Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ascension of Jesus into Heaven Explained in 3 Minutes - Biblical Explanation of the #Ascension and Novena Prayer



Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension, is celebrated, in some countries as it has been shifted from Thursday.  The Solemnity of the Ascension is celebrated 40 Days after Easter - however, the celebration is often shifted to the nearest Sunday in many countries. In 2021, Ascension Thursday was on May 13th. (Novena prayer in honor of the Ascension see below) The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, 40 days after his resurrection from the dead, is told in the Bible in the Book of Acts 1:9-11.

   

This teaching explains that the resurrected Jesus was taken up to Heaven 40 days after the resurrection. The Gospels also describe the ascension of Jesus in Luke 24:50-53 and Mark 16:19. The ascension of Jesus is included in the Nicene Creed and in the Apostles' Creed. The Feast of the Ascension, is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter (always a Thursday). In some countries this Feast is transferred to the Sunday following the Thursday. Jesus said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Jesus led the eleven disciples to Bethany, not far from Jerusalem.  Then he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. Acts 1:9 describes the Ascension: "And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." The Ascension took place on Mount Olivet. The Chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem today is venerated by Christians and Muslims.

There is a 12x12 meter octagonal structure (called a martyrium—"memorial"—or "Edicule") that remains to this day. Russian Orthodox have a Convent of the Ascension on the top of the Mount of Olives. Christian theology[edit]  The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:"Christ's Ascension into heaven signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God's power and authority." CCC 668. In  John 20:17 Jesus told St. Mary Magdalene: "I have not yet ascended to the Father; go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God"

Ascension remembers the day when Jesus went up into heaven 40 days after He rose from the dead.  The Ascension is often transferred to the Sunday so that people can attend Mass.
(Image: Pietro Perugino, Ascension, between 1496 and 1500 Oil on wood Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Pérugin, l’Ascension, between 1496 and 1500, huile sur bois, musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.)
Novena Prayer (Say 9 Times)
Antiphon
Jesus, I honor You on the feast of Your Ascension into heaven. I rejoice with all my heart at the glory into which You entered to reign as King of heaven and earth. When the struggle of this life is over, give me the grace to share Your joy and triumph in heaven for all eternity.

I believe that You entered into Your glorious Kingdom to prepare a place for me, for You promised to come again to take me to Yourself. Grant that I may seek only the joys of Your friendship and love, so that I may deserve to be united with You in heaven.

In the hour of my own homecoming, when I appear before Your Father to give an account of my life on earth, have mercy on me.

Jesus, in Your love for me You have brought me from evil to good and from misery to happiness. Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness. May Your Humanity give me courage in my weakness and free me from my sins.

Through Your grace, give me the courage of perseverance for You have called and justified me by faith. May I hold fast to the life You have given me and come to the eternal gifts You promised.

You love me, dear Jesus. Help me to love You in return. I ask You to grant this special favor:

(Mention your request).

By Your unceasing care, guide my steps toward the life of glory You have prepared for those who love You. Make me grow in holiness and thank You by a life of faithful service. Amen.
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be.

Ascension Sunday Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, May 16, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Eastertide





Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Lectionary: 58
Reading I
Acts 1:1-11
In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
 

after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While meeting with them,
he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for “the promise of the Father
about which you have heard me speak;
for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
 He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”
Responsorial Psalm
Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 
R. (6) God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands,
    shout to God with cries of gladness,
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy:  a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
    the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
Sing praise to God, sing praise;
    sing praise to our king, sing praise.
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy:  a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
    sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
    God sits upon his holy throne.
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy:  a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Reading II
Eph 1:17-23
Brothers and sisters:
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the church,
which is his body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
OR:
Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13
Brothers and sisters,
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit
through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 
Therefore, it says:
    He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;
    he gave gifts to men.
What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended
into the lower regions of the earth?
The one who descended is also the one who ascended
far above all the heavens,
that he might fill all things.
And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ. 
OR:
Brothers and sisters,
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the calling
you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 
And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ. 
Alleluia
Mt 28:19a, 20b
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Go and teach all nations, says the Lord;
I am with you always, until the end of the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
Mk 16:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

 Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint May 16 St. Simon Stock a Carmelite who Tried to Attain Perfect Love of God and the Patron of the Brown Scapular


CARMELITE - 
Feast: May 16

Born:
1165 in Aylesford, County Kent, England
Died:
16 May 1265 in the Carmelite monastery at Bordeaux, France
Major Shrine:
Aylesford, England
Patron of:
Bordeaux, FranceHe was descended of a good family in Kent. From his infancy he turned all his thoughts and affections to attain to the most perfect love of God, and studied to devote all his moments to this glorious pursuit. In this earnest desire, in the twelfth year of his age, he retired into a wilderness, and chose for his dwelling a great hollow oak tree; whence the surname of Stock wee given him. While he here mortified his flesh with fasting and other severities, he nourished his soul with spiritual dainties in continual prayer. His drink was only water; and he never touched any other food but herbs, roots and wild apples. While he led this course of life, he was invited by a divine revelation to embrace the rule of certain religious men who were coming from Palestine into England. Albert, the holy patriarch of Jerusalem, having given a written rule to the Carmelite friars about the year 1205, some brothers of this order were soon after brought over from mount Carmel by John lord Vescy and Richard lord Gray of Codnor, when they returned from the Holy Land. These noblemen some time after settled them, the latter in the wood of Aylesford, near Rochester in Kent, the former in the forest of Holme, near Alnewick in Northumberland; which houses continued the two most famous convents of this order in England till their dissolution in the thirty-third year of the reign of Henry VIII. But we are assured by Bale, who before his apostacy was himself a friar of the English province of this order, and by Lambert and Weaver in their accurate descriptions of the Antiquities of Kent, that the first or most ancient convent of these friars in England was that at Newenden in Kent, which was founded for them by Sir Thomas Archer or Fitz-Archer, whose family flourished for many centuries upon that manor. The first arrival of these friars in England is placed in the annals of the order, quoted by F. Cosmas de Villiers, in 1212. Simon, who had then lived a recluse twenty years, imitating the Macariuses and Arseniuses in the most heroic practices of penance and contemplation, was much affected with the devotion of these servants of God to the blessed Virgin, their edifying deportment, and their eremitical austere institute, and joined their holy company before the end of the year 1212. After his admission he was sent to Oxford to finish his studies; and having run through his academical course he returned to his convent, where so bright was the example of his piety, that the virtue of the rest seemed to suffer an eclipse by the extraordinary lustre of his sanctity. Such was his reputation, that in 1215 Brocard, prior of mount Carmel, and general of the order, appointed him vicar-general, with full power over all the western provinces. Many clamors being raised against this institute, St. Simon repaired to Rome in 1226, and obtained from pope Honorius III. a confirmation of the rule given to this order by Albertus; and another from Gregory IX. in 1229. Some years after, St. Simon paid a visit to his brethren on mount Carmel, and remained six years in Palestine, where, in 1237, he assisted at the general chapter of the order held by Alanus the fifth general. In this assembly it was decreed, that the greatest part of the brethren should pass into Europe, their settlements in the east being continually disturbed by the persecutions, oppressions, or threats of the Saracens. In 1240 many were sent to England, and in 1244, Alanus himself, with St. Simon, having nominated Hilarion his vicar on mount Carmel, and in Palestine, followed them  thither, there being already five monasteries of the order erected in this island.

 In a general chapter held at Aylesford in 1245, Alanus resigning his dignity, St. Simon was chosen the sixth general, and in the same year procured a new confirmation of the rule by pope Innocent IV., who at the saint's request received this order under the special protection of the Holy See, in 1251. St. Simon established houses in most parts of Europe; but this institute flourished nowhere with so great splendor and edification as in England, and continued so to do for several ages, as the annals of the order take notice. St. Simon, soon after he was promoted to the dignity of general, instituted the confraternity of the Scapular, to unite the devout clients of the Blessed Virgin in certain regular exercises of religion and piety. Several Carmelite writers assure us that he was admonished by the Mother of God in a vision, with which he was favored on the 16th of July, to establish this devotion." This confraternity has been approved, and favored with many privileges by several popes. The rules prescribe, without any obligation or precept, that the members wear a little scapular, at least secretly, as the symbol of the order, and that they recite every day the office of our Lady, or the office of the church; or, if they cannot read, seven times the Pater, Ave, and Gloria Patri, in lieu of the seven canonical hours; and lastly, that they abstain from flesh-meat on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; or if this cannot be done, that they double for each of these days the seven Paters, &c. St. Simon cured several sick persons by giving them the scapular; the reputation of which miracles moved Edward I., king of England, St. Louis of France, and many others, to enrol their names in this confraternity.

St. Simon governed the order with great sanctity and prudence during twenty years, and propagated it exceedingly from England over all Europe being himself  famous for his eminent virtue, and a great gift of miracles and prophecy. He wrote several hymns and decrees for his order, and several other useful things for its service, says Leland. At length, in the hundredth year of his age, having a call to France, he sailed to Bordeaux, where God put an end to his labors some months after his arrival, in 1265, on the 16th of July. He was buried in the cathedral of that city, and was honored among the saints soon after his death. Pope Nicholas III. granted an office to be celebrated in his honor at Bordeaux on the 16th of May, which Paul V. extended to the whole order. SOURCE: Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler

Powerful Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost with Consecration Prayers - 3

 

HOLY SPIRIT NOVENA DAY 3 FOR PENTECOST
 A novena is a prayer said over 9 days. The novena to the Holy Ghost remembers the time when the disciples of Jesus gathered in the upper room after the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. After the 9th day of prayer the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples. (This is day 3 of the prayer, links for day 1-9 can be found below - it can be prayed any time during the year but especially before Pentecost)
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere / "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.
The Gift of Piety
The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.
(Our Father and Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)
Prayer
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen

Novena Day 1 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2021/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-for-pentecost-day.html
Day 2 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2021/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-for-pentecost.html
Day 3 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/05/powerful-novena-to-holy-spirit-for.html

Day 4 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/05/powerful-novena-to-holy-spirit-for_25.html

Day 5 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-for-pentecost_28.html
Day 6 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-for-pentecost_23.html
Day 7 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-for-pentecost-to.html
Day 8 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/05/powerful-novena-to-holy-spirit-for_30.html
Day 9 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-for-pentecost-to_31.html


Pope Francis says "Jesus sends us to proclaim that He is with us, He is before the Father..." to Charismatic Group FULL TEXT + Video


 

VIDEO MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE “MEETING FOR FRATERNAL DIALOGUE 2021”
OF THE ITALIAN CHARISMATIC CONSULTATION

 Dear brothers and sisters,

During this time you will be holding the Italian charismatic consultation. I would like to be closer to you, to be with you, at least with a video message. Thank you very much for this work that you have been doing for years - for years! - since the celebration in 1992 in Bari, every year. And the meeting you are holding today is on the theme of fraternity: it is a meeting of fraternal dialogue. The guide will be the Word of the Lord: "Go to my brethren and say to them: 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'". Jesus sends us to proclaim that He is with us, He is before the Father, He accompanies us; and as Christians, without exposing the divisions that still exist but that do not prevent us from working together, walking together, and washing each other's feet: let us remember Bari. To serve together. Brotherhood. I join you and participate spiritually in this meeting, in this gathering of yours. I pray with you, I pray for you and I ask you to pray for me too. Brothers and sisters, thank you very much for doing this, this sign of brotherhood. Thank you.


Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office15 May 2021

Pro-Life Victory as Texas Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Unborn Babies when the Heartbeat Begins



Life News reports that the Texas state legislature passed a bill Thursday ban abortions once an unborn baby’s heart begins beating. After the House approved the pro-life measure earlier this month on a 83-64 vote, the Senate voted today 18-12 to pass it. The bill now goes to pro-life Governor Greg Abbott, who will sign it into law.

When signed into law, the Texas Heartbeat Act will abolish elective abortions as early as six weeks, when the preborn child’s heartbeat is detectable using methods according to standard medical practice. The policy would take effect on September 1, 2021.

During debate on the bill one of the lead sponsors shared her own personal story. Rep. Shelby Slawson (R-Stephenville) said doctors told her mother she had medical problems and advised her to get an abortion.

“The complications and those dire prognosis continued, the back-and-forth to the doctor continued, and that heartbeat continued,” Slawson said. “And then one Tuesday in May, that new mom greeted her newborn. This surprisingly normal baby, marveling at 10 fingers and 10 toes and wisps of red hair.”

Sponsored as well by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, the bill would require abortionists to check for an unborn baby’s heartbeat and prohibit the abortion if it is detected. It would create criminal penalties for abortionists who violate the measure.

“This bill says for the little baby inside her mother’s womb, if there is a heartbeat detected, that little baby will be protected,” Hughes said.

State Sen. Eddie Lucio, a pro-life Democrat, defended the legislation against criticism from other Democrats, according to the Morning News.

The other pro-life legislation that passed Monday includes a bill to ban abortions completely if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, another to prohibit abortion drugs from being delivered by mail, legislation to prohibit local governments from funding abortions and abortion-related activities with taxpayer dollars, a bill to prohibit abortions for fetal anomalies after 20 weeks, another to require a third party to offer informed consent and resources to mothers seeking abortions, and a multi-action pro-life bill that would, among other life-saving measures, ban abortions after six weeks when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.

A number of states have passed heartbeat laws in recent years, but all have been banned from enforcing them due to legal challenges by abortion activist groups. States with heartbeat laws include Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Tennessee. South Carolina also passed a heartbeat law in February.

 Gallup polls also consistently have found that a majority of Americans think all or most abortions should be illegal.

In 1973, the Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe v. Wade, and instead forced states to legalize abortion on demand. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.

Edited from Life News


Pope Francis Meets with John Kerry the Special US Presidential Envoy for Climate



Vatican News reports that Pope Francis, met with John Kerry, Special US Presidential Envoy for Climate. John Kerry spoke to Vatican News in an exclusive interview about this meeting and his work in promoting cooperation on addressing climate change.
 
Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry made a special visit to the Vatican on Saturday and met in private audience with Pope Francis. He is currently in Europe visiting Rome, London, and Berlin, to meet with European government officials and business leaders on to strengthen cooperation on dealing with climate change. The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet later this year. After his audience with the Pope and Vatican officials, Mr. Kerry sat down with Vatican News' Christopher Wells for this inteview. (Source: Vatican News) 

Churches in Austria Allow Singing Again and Relaxation of Restrictions on Church Services




In the run-up to the opening steps by the federal government on May 19, Austrian Minister of Culture Susanne Raab agreed on Friday with all churches and religious communities to adapt the existing agreement for the holding of public church services. The previously existing protective measures (mandatory wearing of FFP2 masks, a minimum distance of two meters between the believers and sufficient disinfectant) continue to apply. In the future, liturgical chanting, which is important in the context of worship, will be possible again, provided appropriate security measures and in a reduced form, as before the lockdown.
The Catholic Church, said the Bishops' Conference, will adjust its framework for the celebration of public church services in the next few days. 

Accordingly, from May 19, congregational singing will be possible again, but this must "be reduced in terms of its duration and scope". Choir singing in church services is only possible if evidence of a low epidemiological risk is provided. When singing, a distance of at least two meters must be maintained, whereby the FFP2 mask requirement is not applicable. For the rehearsals of church choirs, the same provisions of the COVID-19 opening ordinance apply as for associations, said Leichtfried, who referred to the website of the choir association.
 Due to the new legal relaxation, the number of people in the cemetery is no longer limited.
The new Corona regulations will also apply to the feast of Corpus Christi (June 3), continued the liturgy bishop. "When the weather is good, it is possible to celebrate the Eucharist outdoors. Processions are only possible if it is ensured that a distance of at least two meters to other people who do not live in the same household is maintained at all times," says Leichtfried. He pointed out that the FFP2 mask requirement still applies to outdoor worship services.

Pope Francis says "...I urge you to always root your daily activity in your daily relationship with God: in personal and community prayer, in listening to his Word. and above all in the Eucharist..." FULL TEXT


 

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE "METER" ASSOCIATION

Sala Clementina - Saturday, May 15, 2021

Dear brothers and sisters ,

I am pleased to meet you representatives of the Meter Association , which since 1989 - when few talked about this plague - has been involved in the fight against pedophilia in Italy and in other countries. I greet and thank the Bishop Mons. Antonio Staglianò and Don Fortunato Di Noto, who founded this important reality. And I greet and thank Cardinal Paolo Lojudice, and all those who in various ways support the Association, for the protection and defense of abused and mistreated children.

In recent years, with your generous work, you have contributed to making visible the love of the Church for the least and defenseless. How many times, like the Good Samaritan of the Gospel, have you approached each other with respect and compassion, to welcome, console, protect! Closeness, compassion and tenderness: it is God's style. How many spiritual wounds you have bandaged! The ecclesial community is grateful to you for all this.

We can compare your Association to a house . When we say "home" we think of a place of welcome, shelter, custody. The word home has a typically familiar flavor, which evokes the warmth, affection, tenderness that can be experienced in a family, especially in times of anguish and pain. And you have been and are "home" for many children violated in their innocence or enslaved by the selfishness of adults. You have been and are a house of hope, favoring a path of liberation and redemption in many victims. I therefore encourage you to continue in this meritorious social and human activity, continuing to offer your precious contribution in the child protection service.

Your work is all the more necessary because, unfortunately, the abuses perpetrated against children continue. I refer in particular to the solicitations that take place via the internet and various social media, with pages and portals dedicated to child pornography. This is a scourge that, on the one hand, requires to be faced with renewed determination by public institutions, the authorities, and on the other, requires an even stronger awareness of families and the various educational agencies. Even today we see how many times in families, the first reaction is to cover everything up; a first reaction that is always present also in other institutions and also in the Church. We have to struggle with this old habit of covering up. I know that you are always vigilant in protecting children even in the context of the most modern means of communication.

Child abuse is a kind of "psychological murder" and in many cases a cancellation of childhood. Therefore, the protection of children against sexual exploitation is a duty of all States, called to identify both traffickers and abusers. At the same time, the denunciation and prevention carried out in the various areas of society are all the more necessary: ​​school, sporting, recreational and cultural realities, religious communities, single individuals. Furthermore, in the field of the protection of minors and in the fight against pedophilia, specific interventions must be prepared for effective help to the victims.

On all these fronts, the Meter Association actively collaborates with institutional bodies and with various sectors of civil society, also through appropriate memoranda of understanding. Continue your work without hesitation, paying particular attention to the educational aspect, to form a firm conscience in the people and eradicate the culture of abuse and exploitation.

The logo of your Association is made up of a large letter “M” which recalls the idea of ​​a womb, welcome, protection and a hug to the little ones. Inside the "M" there are twelve stars, symbol of the crown of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and mother of all children. She, a caring mother, wholly intent on loving her Son Jesus, is a model and guide for the entire Association, stimulating to love children victims of slavery and violence with evangelical charity. Charity towards neighbor is inseparable from the charity that God has for us and that we have for him. This is why I urge you to always root your daily activity in your daily relationship with God: in personal and community prayer, in listening to his Word. and above all in the Eucharist, sacrament of unity and bond of charity.

Dear brothers and sisters, I renew my appreciation and gratitude to the leaders, members, volunteers and those who cooperate with your Association. Do not be afraid in the face of misunderstandings and difficulties; there are many, but don't be afraid. Move forward with courage and perseverance. I accompany you with my prayer and also with my blessing. And you too, please, don't forget to pray for me. Thank you!

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Saint Dymphna a Virgin and Martyr and Patron of Mental Illness and Incest with Novena Prayers and Litany to Share!


(Also known as Dympna and Dimpna). Virgin and martyr. Her feast is celebrated on May 15.
Patron of : mental disorders, neurological disorders, runaways, victims of incest, depression
The earliest historical account of the veneration of St. Dymphna dates from the middle of the thirteenth century. Under Bishop Guy I of Cambrai (1238-47), Pierre, a canon of the church of Saint Aubert at Cambrai, wrote a "Vita" of the saint, from which we learn that she had been venerated for many years in a church at Gheel (province of Antwerp, Belgium), which was devoted to her. The author expressly states that he has drawn his biography from oral tradition.
According to the narrative, Dymphna — the daughter of a pagan king of Ireland — became a Christian and was secretly baptized. After the death of her mother, who was of extraordinary beauty, her father desired to marry his own daughter, who was just as beautiful, but she fled with the priest Gerebernus and landed at Antwerp. Thence they went to the village of Gheel, where there was a chapel of St. Martin, beside which they took up their abode. The messengers of her father however, discovered their whereabouts; the father betook himself thither and renewed his offer. Seeing that all was in vain, he commanded his servants to slay the priest, while he himself struck off the head of his daughter. The corpses were put in sarcophagi and entombed in a cave where they were found later. The body of St. Dymphna was buried in the church of Gheel, and the bones of St. Gerebernus were transferred to Xanten.
This narrative is without any historical foundation, being merely a variation of the story of the king who wanted to marry his own daughter, a motif which appears frequently in popular legends. Hence we can conclude nothing from it as to the history of St. Dymphna and the time in which she lived. That she is identical with St. Damhnat of Ireland cannot be proved. There are at Gheel fragments of two simple ancient sarcophagi in which tradition says the bodies of Dymphna and Gerebernus were found. There is also a quadrangular brick, said to have been found in one of the sarcophagi, bearing two lines of letters read as DYMPNA. The discovery of this sarcophagus with the corpse and the brick was perhaps the origin of the veneration. In Christian art St. Dymphna is depicted with a sword in her hand and a fettered devil at her feet. Her feast is celebrated 15 May, under which date she is also found in the Roman martyrology.
From time immemorial, the saint was invoked as patroness against insanity. The Bollandists have published numerous accounts of miraculous cures, especially between 1604 and 1668. As a result, there has long been a colony for lunatics at Gheel; even now there are sometimes as many as fifteen hundred whose relatives invoke St. Dymphna for their cure. The insane are treated in a peculiar manner; it is only in the beginning that they are placed in an institution for observation; later they are given shelter in the homes of the inhabitants, take part in their agricultural labours, and are treated very kindly. They are watched without being conscious of it. The treatment produces good results. The old church of St. Dymphna in Gheel was destroyed by fire in 1489. The new church was consecrated in 1532 and is still standing. Every year on the feast of the saint and on the Tuesday after Pentecost numerous pilgrims visit her shrine. In Gheel there is also a fraternity under her name. Text: Catholic Encyclopedia
Prayers Below are from the National Shrine of St. Dymphna
LITANY IN HONOR OF ST.DYMPHNA
 Lord have mercy on us. 
Christ'have'mercy'on'us.
 Lord have mercy on us.
 Christ hear us.
Christ'graciously'hear'us.
God the Father of Heaven,  have'mercy'on'us. 
God the son, Redeemer of the world,  have'mercy'on'us. 
God the Holy Ghost,  have'mercy'on'us. 
Holy Trinity, one God,  have'mercy'on'us. 
Holy Mary, Virgin and Mother of God,  conceived without sin,  pray'for'us. 
St. Dymphna,  pray'for'us. 
St.Dymphna,noble by birth but more noble in virtue, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna,docile to the lessons of your pious mother, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna,obedient to your saintly confessor, Gerebran, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna,who abandoned the court of your father, to escape the  danger of impurity, pray'for'us. St. Dymphna,who chose a life of poverty on earth so that you might lay up Treasure in Heaven, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna, who sought consolation in prayer and devout attendance of  Holy Mass, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna, brilliant example of Christian youth, pray'for'us. St. Dymphna,who died a martyr, beheaded by your own father, pray'for'us. So that we may carefully preserve the virtue of chastity according to our  state by avoiding all dangerous occasions of sin. pray'for'us. So that we may persevere in our Faith, pray'for'us. So that we may learn to have confidence in the Lord during our afflictions, pray'for'us. So that we may obtain the spirit of prayer, the source of all graces, pray'for'us. So that we may love our Lord and God with all our hearts and above all  things, pray'for'us. So that we may receive the grace of final perseverance, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna, Patroness of Gheel, pray'for'us. St.Dymphna,Protectressagainst all nervous disorders, pray'for'us. St. Dymphna, renowned for many miracles,particularly in Gheel, pray'for'us. In monents of emptation, pray'for'us. In times of contagious diseaseds, in time of war and persecution against  the faith, pray'for'us. In our last illness, pray'for'us. At the hour of death, pray'for'us. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Spare'us,'O'Lord. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously'hear'us,'O'Lord
 Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have'mercy'on'us. 
Christ hear us, Christ'graciously'hear'us. 
Lord have mercy on us,  
Christ'have'mercy'on'us, 
Our Father Who art  in heaven,hallowed be Thy name;Thy kingdom come; Thy Will be done on earth as  it  is  in heaven.  Give us  this day  our  daily  bread;  and  forgive  us  our  trespasses  as  we  forgive  those  who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver  us from evil. Amen.
 Pray for us, St. Dymphna, That'we'may'be'made'worthy'of'the'promises'of'Christ. 
Let Us Pray O God, Who gave St. Dymphna to the infant Church in Brabant as a model  perfect  in  all  virtues,  and  Who  ordained  that  Thy  handmaid  should  seal  with her innocent blood and with numerous miracles the teachings of the  Gospels for the spread of the true faith, grant we beseech Thee that those  especially who honor the Holy Relics may continue to enjoyher powerful  protection so that being fortified in faith and gratefully imitating her other  virtues  may  be  able  to  gain   new  glory  from  Thy  infinite  and  supreme  majesty, through Christ our Lord. Amen. 
9 Day NOVENA to St. Dymphna
First Day Intention ~ Faith O God, Source of our salvation, Who in  the midst of a pagan people didst  enlighten  St.  Dymphna  by  the  faith,  which  she  professed  under  the  guidance  of  her  holy  confessor,  Gereberne,  with  such  constancy  that  she  suffered  martyrdom,  we  beseech  Thee  through  the  intercession  of  these  two  saints  that  Thou  wouldst  deign  to  strengthen  our  faith  which  Thou  hast  given  to  us  so  that  by  wisely  subjecting  our  souls  to  Thy  Supreme  Authority and by faithfully regulating our lives by our faith we may honor  Thee with  our whole  heart and  soul  until  the  hour  of  our  death,  through  Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Second Day Intention ~ Hope O Almighty and Infinitely Good God, Who hast promised eternal salvation  to  those  who  obey  Thy Commandments  and  profit  by  Thy  grace,  we  beseech Thee, through the intercession of St. Dymphna, who fled from the  danger of sin by quitting the palace of her father and who hoping thereby  to gain eternal  salvation  fled  to Brabant  to live in  poverty, grant  that we  also who are striving for eternal happiness may overcome all obstacles in  the  pathway  of  virtue  and  may  attain  eternal  salvation  through  Jesus  Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father 
Third Day Intention ~ Charity O  God  of  Love,  Most  Perfect  Being,  Creator  of  All  That  is  Good  and  Beautiful, deign to help us by Thy powerful grace through the intercession  of St. Dymphna, who in her youth loved Thee above all Creatures and loved  her neighbor as herself for Thy Sake as the Image and Likeness of Thee, as  the  price  of  the  Blood  of  Jesus  and  as  coheir  of  heaven,  so  that  we  may  faithfully  adhere  to  the  two  great  commandments  of  charity  not  only  in  word, but in action and in truth, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Fourth Day Intention ~ Piety O  God,  Our  Creator  and  Supreme  Master,  we  beseech  Thee  through  the  intercession of St. Dymphna, who served Thee with great zeal even in her  childhood,  hearing  Thy  word  with  great  delight,  assisting  at  Holy  Mass  with  great  respect,  and  receiving  Holy  Communion  from  the  hand  of  St.  Gerebran with tender devotion that Thou wouldst grant us the same virtue  of piety so that having honored Thee during this life as our Creator we may  possess Thee hereafter as our final reward through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father
 Fifth Day Intention ~ Prudence O  God,  Ruler  of  the  universe,  Who  allowed  St.  Dymphna  to  discover  an  efficacious means of avoiding the criminal intentions of her father, deign to  grant through the merits of Thy Holy  servant, that we may become simple  as doves and wise as serpents so  that  through prudent advice and sound  judgment we may perceive that which is to be avoided and that which is to  be  followed  in  order  to  happily  achieve  the  great  work  of  our  salvation  through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Sixth Day Intention ~ Justice O  God,  Source  of  eternal  justice,  we  supplicate  Thee  through  the  intercession of St. Dymphna, who in order to render to Thee that which is  Thine,  fled  from  her  country  and  her  father,  that  Thou  wouldst  deign  to  make  us  seek  after  justice  so  that  we  may  perform  rightly  our  duties  toward Thee as we see them, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Seventh Day Intention ~ Fortitude O  God,  rewarder  of  those  who  remain  firm in  their  good  resolutions,  we  beseech  Thee  through  the meditation  of  the merits  of  St. Dymphna,  who  through love of virtue had the courage to suffer privation, persecution and  even  martyrdom,  that  Thou  wouldst  grant  us  fortitude  so  that  we  may  courageously  and  perseveringly  overcome  ourselves  and  finally  conquer  the enemy of our salvation through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father 
Eighth Day Intention ~ Temperance O  God,  who  hast  made  St.  Dymphna  resplendent  in  the  virtue  of  temperance so that she mastered sensual inclination and tempered the use  of earthly goods, uniting with this the beautiful virtues of modesty, docility  and humility which is called  the  foundation of all virtue because humility  banishes  from  the  soul  pride  which  is  an  obstacle  to  grace,  we  beseech  Thee through the intercession of St. Dymphna that Thou wouldst deign to  guide and direct us so that being preserved from all nervous disorders we  may  come  to   happy  end in  the good  counsels  Thou  hast given  through  Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"be"to"the"Father ~~~~~ 
Ninth Day Intention ~ Chastity O  God,  Lover  of  innocent  souls,  Who  gave  to  St.  Dymphna  the  virtue  of  angelic purity which rendered her reserved in all her actions, so modest in  her dress, so attentive in her conversation, so circumspect in her bearing  that she shed her blood to preserve this precious virtue, we beseech Thee  that  Thou  bestow  upon  us  the  virtue  of  chastity  so  that  we  may  enjoy  peace  of  conscience  in  this  life  and  the  pure  eternal  joys  of  heaven  hereafter through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen. Five"times:"Our"Father,"Hail"Mary,"Glory"b