Saturday, June 5, 2021

Eucharist Explained in 5 Minutes from the Bible and Catholic Catechism - Corpus Christi Explained - VIDEO

The Eucharist is celebrated everyday at Holy Mass in Churches throughout the world. There are two big feast days 
that celebrate the Eucharist, they are Holy Thursday, just before Easter, which remembers the Last Supper, before the Crucifixion. Then, there is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. It is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday but is assigned to the nearest Sunday in many countries. In 2021, it was assigned to Sunday, June 6th in 
several countries but occurred on June 3rd.  
 The feast is also known as the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ) was initiated by Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, to Pope Urban IV,  to establish a feast focused solely on the Holy Eucharist, as being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. (1264AD) At the end of Holy Mass, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, which is contained in a monstrance. The procession is followed by the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

1.What is this Sacrament called?
The word EUCHARIST comes from the Greek noun εὐχαριστία (eucharistia), meaning thanksgiving. In the New Testament of the Bible we find Jesus establishing the Eucharist. At Holy Mass (Church Service) Catholics receive Jesus under the appearance of bread from the Priest; this is the Body and Blood of Christ.  We believe that this transubstantiation happens because Jesus expained it in the Bible. 
Bible basis: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body. (Matt. 26:26)
CCC 1328 The inexhaustible richness of this sacrament is expressed in the different names we give it. Each name evokes certain aspects of it. It is called: Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. The Greek words eucharistein and eulogein recall the Jewish blessings that proclaim - especially during a meal - God's works: creation, redemption, and sanctification.
CCC1330 We speak of the Most Blessed Sacrament because it is the Sacrament of sacraments. The Eucharistic species reserved in the tabernacle are designated by this same name.
2. Why is it called the Lord's Supper?
CCC1329 The Lord's Supper, because of its connection with the supper which the Lord took with his disciples on the eve of his Passion and because it anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the heavenly Jerusalem.The Breaking of Bread, because Jesus used this rite, part of a Jewish meat when as master of the table he blessed and distributed the bread,above all at the Last Supper.It is by this action that his disciples will recognize him after his Resurrection,and it is this expression that the first Christians will use to designate their Eucharistic assemblies;by doing so they signified that all who eat the one broken bread, Christ, enter into communion with him and form but one body in him.
Bible basis: 
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.(John 6:53-56)
3. Why is it called Holy Communion?
 The term "Communion" comes from Latin communio ("sharing in common"), translated from the Greek κοινωνία (koinōnía) coming from the New Testament:
Bible basis: 
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16)
CCC 1331 Holy Communion, because by this sacrament we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body.We also call it: the holy things (ta hagia; sancta)- the first meaning of the phrase "communion of saints" in the Apostles' Creed - the bread of angels, bread from heaven, medicine of immortality,viaticum. . . .
4.What is the Breaking of Bread?
The phrase (Greek: του κλασαι αρτον) is found in the New Testament 
Bible Basis:.
 The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread. (Luke 24:35)
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. (Acts 2:42)
Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. (Acts 2:42)
5. Why is it called the Holy Mass?

The Eucharist is also called "Holy Sacrifice of the Mass", where the term "Mass" might be derived from the use of unleavened bread (in Hebrew: matzah).  Latin word missa (dismissal), is used at the end of Mass in Latin: Ite, missa est ("Go; it is the dismissal"). "Misa" came to mean a 'mission', since the congregation are sent out to serve Christ.
Bible Basis:
Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:19)
CCC 1332 Holy Mass (Missa), because the liturgy in which the mystery of salvation is accomplished concludes with the sending forth (missio) of the faithful, so that they may fulfill God's will in their daily lives.
 CCC means Catechism of the Catholic Church

Sunday Holy Mass Online : Sun. June 6, 2019 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in Your Virtual Church

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Lectionary: 168
Reading I
Ex 24:3-8
When Moses came to the people
and related all the words and ordinances of the LORD,
they all answered with one voice,
"We will do everything that the LORD has told us."
Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and,
rising early the next day,
he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar
and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Then, having sent certain young men of the Israelites
to offer holocausts and sacrifice young bulls
as peace offerings to the LORD,
Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls;
the other half he splashed on the altar.
Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,
who answered, "All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do."
 Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
"This is the blood of the covenant
that the LORD has made with you
in accordance with all these words of his."
Responsorial Psalm
116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
R. (13)    I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
    for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
    you have loosed my bonds.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Reading II
Heb 9:11-15
Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came as high priest
of the good things that have come to be,
passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle
not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation,
he entered once for all into the sanctuary,
not with the blood of goats and calves
but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls
and the sprinkling of a heifer's ashes
can sanctify those who are defiled
so that their flesh is cleansed,
how much more will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God,
cleanse our consciences from dead works
to worship the living God.
For this reason he is mediator of a new covenant:
since a death has taken place for deliverance
from transgressions under the first covenant,
those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
Lauda Sion
Laud, O Zion, your salvation,
Laud with hymns of exultation,
    Christ, your king and shepherd true:
Bring him all the praise you know,
He is more than you bestow.
    Never can you reach his due.
Special theme for glad thanksgiving
Is the quick’ning and the living
    Bread today before you set:
From his hands of old partaken,
As we know, by faith unshaken,
    Where the Twelve at supper met.
Full and clear ring out your chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting,
    From your heart let praises burst:
For today the feast is holden,
When the institution olden
    Of that supper was rehearsed.
Here the new law’s new oblation,
By the new king’s revelation,
    Ends the form of ancient rite:
Now the new the old effaces,
Truth away the shadow chases,
    Light dispels the gloom of night.
What he did at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
    His memorial ne’er to cease:
And his rule for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
    Thus our sacrifice of peace.
This the truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
    To his precious blood the wine:
Sight has fail’d, nor thought conceives,
But a dauntless faith believes,
    Resting on a pow’r divine.
Here beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
    Signs, not things are all we see:
Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
    Christ entire we know to be.
Whoso of this food partakes,
Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;
    Christ is whole to all that taste:
Thousands are, as one, receivers,
One, as thousands of believers,
    Eats of him who cannot waste.
Bad and good the feast are sharing,
Of what divers dooms preparing,
    Endless death, or endless life.
Life to these, to those damnation,
See how like participation
    Is with unlike issues rife.
When the sacrament is broken,
Doubt not, but believe ‘tis spoken,
    That each sever’d outward token
    doth the very whole contain.
Nought the precious gift divides,
Breaking but the sign betides
    Jesus still the same abides,
    still unbroken does remain.
    The shorter form of the sequence begins here.
Lo! the angel’s food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
    see the children’s bread from heaven,
    which on dogs may not be spent.
Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
    Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,
    manna to the fathers sent.
Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
    You refresh us, you defend us,
    Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.
You who all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
    Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
    Where the heav’nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.
Jn 6:51
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven,
says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mk 14:12-16, 22-26
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples said to him,
"Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?"
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
"Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Follow him.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
'The Teacher says, "Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"'
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there."
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
"Take it; this is my body."
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
"This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.

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 June 6 : St. Norbert the Patron of Childbirth and Peace - Founder of the Norbertines with Novena Prayers

Feast Day:
June 6
1080 at Xanten, Germany
6 June 1134 at Magdeburg, Germany
1582 by Pope Gregory XIII
(Prayers to St. Norbert are found below the video)
Patron of:
invoked during childbirth for safe delivery; Magdeburg, peace.
Born at Xanten on the left bank of the Rhine, near Wesel, c. 1080; died at Magdeburg, 6 June, 1134. His father, Heribert, Count of Gennep, was related to the imperial house of Germany, and his house of Lorraine. A stately bearing, a penetrating intellect, a tender, earnest heart, marked the future apostle. Ordained subdeacon, Norbert was appointed to a canonry at Xanten. Soon after he was summoned to the Court of Frederick, Prince-Bishop of Cologne, and later to that of Henry V, Emperor of Germany, whose almoner he became. The Bishopric of Cambray was offered to him, but refused. Norbert allowed himself to be so carried away by pleasure that nothing short of a miracle of grace could make him lead the life of an earnest cleric. One day, while riding to Vreden, a village near Xanten, he was overtaken by a storm. A thunderbolt fell at his horse's feet; the frightened animal threw its rider, and for nearly an hour he lay like one dead. Thus humbled, Norbert became a sincere penitent. Renouncing his appointment at Court, he retired to Xanten to lead a life of penance.
Understanding, however, that he stood in need of guidance, he placed himself under the direction of Cono, Abbot of Siegburg. In gratitude to Cono, Norbert founded the Abbey of Fürstenberg, endowed it with a portion of his property, and made it over to Cono and his Benedictine successors. Norbert was then in his thirty-fifth year. Feeling that he was called to the priesthood, he presented himself to the Bishop of Cologne, from whose hands he received Holy Orders. After a forty days' retreat at Siegburg Abbey, he celebrated his first Mass at Xanten and preached an earnest discourse on the transitory character of this world's pleasures and on man's duties toward God. The insults of some young clerics, one of whom even spat in his face, he bore with wonderful patience on that occasion. Norbert often went to Siegburg Abbey to confer with Cono, or to the cell of Ludolph, a holy and learned hermit-priest, or to the Abbey or Klosterrath near Rolduc. Accused as an innovator at the Council of Fritzlar, he resigned all his ecclesiastical preferments, disposed of his estate, and gave all to the poor, reserving for himself only what was needed for the celebration of Holy Mass. Barefooted and begging his bread, he journeyed as far as St. Giles, in Languedoc, to confer with Pope Gelasius concerning his future life. Unable to keep Norbert at his court, Gelasius granted him faculties to preach wherever he judged proper. At Valenciennes Norbert met (March, 1119) Burchard, Bishop of Cambray, whose chaplain joined him in his apostolic journeys in France and Belgium. After the death of Pope Gelasius (29 January, 1119) Norbert wished to confer with his successor, Calixtus II, at the Council of Reims (Oct., 1119). The pope and Bartholomew, Bishop of Laon, requested Norbert to found a religious order in the Diocese of Laon, so that his work might be perpetuated after his death. Norbert chose a lonely, marshy valley, shaped in the form of a cross, in the Forest of Coucy, about ten miles from Laon, and named Prémontré. Hugh of Fosses, Evermode of Cambray, Antony of Nivelles, seven students of the celebrated school of Anselm, and Ralph at Laon were his first disciples. The young community at first lived in huts of wood and clay, arranged like a camp around the chapel of St. John the Baptist, but they soon built a larger church and a monastery for the religious who joined them in increasing numbers. Going to Cologne to obtain relics for their church, Norbert discovered through a vision, the spot where those of St. Ursula and her companions, of St. Gereon, and of other martyrs lay hidden. Women also wished to become members of the new religious order. Blessed Ricwera, widow of Count Raymond of Clastres, was St. Norbert's first spiritual daughter, and her example was followed by women of the best families of France and Germany. Soon after this, Norbert returned to Germany and preached in Westphalia, when Godfrey, Count of Kappenberg, offered himself and gave three of his castles to be made into abbeys. On his return from Germany, Norbert was met by Theobald, Count of Champagne, who wished to become a member of the order; but Norbert insisted that God wished Theobald to marry and do good in the world. Theobald agreed to this, but begged Norbert to prescribe a rule of life. Norbert prescribed a few rules and invested Theobald with the white scapular of the order, and thus, in 1122, the Third Order of St. Norbert was instituted. The saint was soon requested by the Bishop of Cambrai to go and combat the infamous heresies which Tanchelin had promulgated, and which had their centre at Antwerp. As a result of his preaching the people of the Low Countries abjured their heresies, and many brought back to him the Sacred Species which they had stolen and profaned. In commemoration of this, St. Norbert has been proclaimed the Apostle of Antwerp, and the feast of his triumph over the Sacramentarian heresy is celebrated in the Archdiocese of Mechlin on 11 July.
The rapid growth of the order was marvellous, and bishops entreated Norbert to found new houses in their dioceses. Floreffe, Viviers, St-Josse, Ardenne, Cuissy, Laon, Liège, Antwerp, Varlar, Kappenberg and others were founded during the first five years of the order's existence. Though the order had already been approved by the pope's legates, Norbert, accompanied by three disciples, journeyed to Rome, in 1125, to obtain its confirmation by the new pope, Honorius II. The Bull of Confirmation is dated 27 February, 1126. Passing through Würzburg on his return to Prémontré, Norbert restored sight to a blind woman; the inhabitants were so full of admiration for him that they spoke of electing him successor to the bishop who had just died, but Norbert and his companions fled secretly. Soon after this, on his way to Ratisbon, he passed through Spier, where Lothair, King of the Romans, was holding a diet, the papal legate being present. Deputies form Magdeburg had also come to solicit a successor to their late archbishop, Rudger.
The papal legate and Lothair used their authority, and obliged Norbert to accept the vacant see. On taking possession of it, he was grieved to find that much property belonging to the Church and the poor had been usurped by powerful men, and that many of the clergy led scandalous lives. He succeeded in converting some of the transgressors, but others only became more obstinate, and three attempts were made on his life. He resisted Pietro di Leoni, who, as antipope, had assumed the name of Anacletus and was master in Rome, exerting himself at the Council of Reims to attach the German Emperor and the German bishops and princes more firmly to the cause of Pope Innocent II.
Though his health was increasingly delicate, Norbert accompanied Lothair and his army to Rome to put the rightful pope on the Chair of St. Peter, and he resisted the pope's concession of the investiture to the emperor. Norbert, whose health was now much impaired, accompanied the Emperor Lothair back to Germany and for some time remained with him, assisting him as his chancellor and adviser. In March, 1134, Norbert had become so feeble that he had to be carried to Magdeburg where he died on the Wednesday after Pentecost. By order of the emperor, his body was laid at rest in the Norbertine Abbey of St. Mary, at Magdeburg. His tomb became glorious by the numerous miracles wrought there. The Bollandists say that there is no document to prove that he was canonized by Innocent III. His canonization was by Gregory XIII in 1582, and his cultus was executed to the whole church by Clement X.
On 2 May, 1627, the saint's body was translated from Magdeburg, then in the hands of Protestants, to the Abbey of Strahov, a suburb of Prague in Bohemia. The Chancery of Prague preserved the abjurations of six hundred Protestants who, on the day, or during the octave, of the translation, were reconciled to the Catholic Church. On that occasion the Archbishop of Prague, at the request of the civil and ecclesiastical authorities, proclaimed St. Norbert the Patron and Protector of Bohemia. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

 Novena prayers say every day for 9 consecutive days.

O holy St Norbert, gentlest of saints,
your love for Jesus Christ
truly present in every tabernacle around the world
and your charity for souls made you worthy
while on earth to possess miraculous powers.
Miracles waited your word,
which you were ever ready to speak
for those in trouble or anxiety.
Encouraged by this thought,
I implore you to obtain for me
the favour I seek in this novena.

(State your request)

The answer to my prayer may require a miracle;
even so, you are the saint or miracles.
O gentle and loving St Norbert,
whose heart was ever full of zeal for souls,
whisper my petition into the ears of the Infant Jesus,
on Whose birthday you founded the holy Order of Prémontré,
and the gratitude of my heart will always be yours.

Say 1 Our Father...

Say 1 Hail Mary...

Say 1 Glory Be...

Saint Norbert,
Pray for us.

Saint Norbert,
Pray for us.

Saint Norbert,
Pray for us.

Litany of St Norbert

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 Spirit.
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God.
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary.
Pray for us.

Holy Mother of God.
Pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins.
Pray for us.

Queen of the white-robed Order.
Pray for us.

Holy Virgin, who hadst a great love for St Norbert.
Pray for us.

Holy Father Norbert.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, whose birth was foretold from Heaven.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who was marvellously converted by God.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, mirror of true penance.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst trample earthly pomps under foot.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, despiser of the world.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst conquer thy passions and affections.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst gain the victory over temptations.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst quell and cast down devils.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, restorer of peace and concord.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst walk barefoot.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst practice mortification.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, lover of the Cross.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, pattern of abstinence.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst receive the white habit from the Mother of God.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, most constant in faith.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, most firm in hope.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, most fervent in charity.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, zealous lover of chastity.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, model of poverty.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, mirror of obedience.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, vigilant teacher of discipline.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, defender of the true faith.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, choice vindicator of the Blessed Sacrament.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, pillar of the Catholic Church.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, light of prayer and contemplation.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, leader of the white-robed army.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, patriarch of the Premonstratensians.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, father and protector of thy Order.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, Primate of Germany.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, worker of miracles.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, wonderful discerner of spirits.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, imitator of Jesus Christ.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, follower of the Apostles.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who was like to the martyrs.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, gem of pontiffs.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, glory of confessors.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, companion of virgins.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, colleague of all saints.
Pray for us.

Be merciful.
Spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful.
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

From the neglect of Thy commandments.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the transgression of our vows.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From uncleanness of mind and body.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From a proud and sad spirit.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the snares of the devil.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From overwhelming temptation.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the disorder of our passions.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the blindness of self-love.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the obstinacy of self-will.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From an unprovided death.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through the wonderful conversion of St Norbert.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his austere penance.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his ardent zeal in preaching.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his exemplary life.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through all his virtues.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his holy death.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his glorious crown in heaven.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his merits and intercession.
Deliver us, O Lord.

We sinners.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst grant us true sorrow
and contrition of heart. We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst grant us true conversion of life. We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst grant us obedience
to our Rule and preserve us in the same. We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst make faith,
hope and charity to grow in us.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst make us zealous observers of our holy vows.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst grant us the gift of prayer.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst bestow upon us
the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern
and preserve Thy holy Church.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe
to extend and preserve the Premonstratensian Order.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to strengthen the Abbot-General
and all the prelates of the Order with perfect spirit.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe
to grant us the crown of perseverance.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst give grace to the living
and to the departed eternal rest.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.

V/ Pray for us, O Holy Father Norbert.
R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V/ O Lord, hear my prayer.
R/ And let my cry come unto Thee.

[V/ The Lord be with you
R/ And with thy spirit]

Let us pray.

O God, Who didst make of Blessed Norbert,
Thy Confessor and Bishop,
an excellent preacher of the Word,
and by his means didst enrich Thy Church with new offspring,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that through his intercession
we may put in practice by Thy grace what he taught us,
both in word and work.

Awake, O Lord, in Thy Church the Spirit by Whom St Norbert,
Thy Confessor and Bishop was guided,
in order that, filled with the same spirit,
we may love what he loved and live as he taught us.

O Lord, grant to us Thy servants
constancy in Thy faith and service, that,
rooted in Divine Charity,
we may not be conquered by any temptation.
Through Christ our Lord.


Praised be the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar
and the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Pope Francis says "God never abandons us and we can become a sign of his mercy if we know how to bend..." FULL TEXT + Video



Sala Clementina - Saturday, 5 June 2021
Pope Francis met with representatives of companies and cooperatives part of a “Progetto Policoro” of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Pope tells the group of 100 young people led by Cardinal Bassetti to always be a "sign of hope" in these difficult times.

FULL TEXT Message of the Holy Father, Pope Francis:

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

I welcome you. I am pleased to share with you the 25th anniversary of the Policoro Project of the Italian Church. I thank the two "spokespersons" who presented it and I extend my greetings to all the young people and collaborators involved in these years. I thank the Cardinal President and the Secretary General, as well as those who accompany you on your formative journey. And thanks for the beautiful gift announced of the statue of St. Joseph! Thank you!

The Policoro Project was and is a sign of hope, especially for many areas of Southern Italy lacking in work or exploiting workers. Today you are called to be hope in a new way - to be hope is a new way - because this important anniversary comes at a time of severe socio-economic crisis due to the pandemic. I would like to suggest four verbs that can be useful for your journey and for it to be concrete.

The first is to animate , that is , to give courage. Never as in this time have we felt the need for young people who, in the light of the Gospel, know how to give a soul to the economy, because we are aware that "social problems are answered with community networks" (Encyclical Letter Laudato si ' , 219). It is the dream that the “Economy of Francis” initiative - of San Francesco is also cultivating! You call yourselves "community animators". In fact, communities must be animated from within through a style of dedication: to be builders of relationships, weavers of a humanity in solidarity, when the economy is "vaporized" in finances, and this is a new, more sophisticated form. of the chain of Sant'Antonio that we all know. It is a question of helping parishes and dioceses to walk and plan on the "great theme [which] is work", trying to "make the seeds that God has placed in each one germinate, his abilities, his initiative, his strength »(Encyclical letter Brothers all, 162). It is a question of dignity. The dignity of the person does not come from money, it does not come from the things that are known, it comes from work. Work is an anointing of dignity. Who does not work is not worthy. So simple.

Dealing with work is promoting the dignity of the person. In fact, work does not come from nothing, but from man's ingenuity and creativity: it is an imitation of God the creator. You are not one of those who limit themselves to complaining about the lack of work, but you want to be proactive, protagonists, to encourage the growth of entrepreneurial figures at the service of the common good. The objective to be pursued is that of "access to work or its maintenance, for all" (Benedict XVI, Encyclical letter Caritas in veritate , 32). You young people do not lack creativity - do not be afraid, do not be afraid -: I encourage you to work for an alternative economic model to the consumerist one, which produces waste. Sharing, fraternity, gratuitousness and sustainability are the pillars on which to found a different economy. It is a dream that requires audacity, in fact it is the audacious who change the world and make it better. It is not voluntarism: it is faith, because true newness always comes from the hands of God. This is to animate , the first verb.

The second verb is to dwell . We ask you to show us that it is possible to inhabit the world without stepping on it - this is important -: it would be a great achievement for everyone! Living the earth does not mean first of all owning it, no, but knowing how to fully live relationships: relationships with God, relationships with brothers, relationships with creation and with ourselves (Encyclical Letter Laudato si ' , 210). I urge you to love the territories in which God has placed you, avoiding the temptation to flee elsewhere. Indeed, the very peripheries can become laboratories of fraternity. From the outskirts often arise inclusion experiments "by all, in fact, you can learn something, no one is useless, no one is superfluous" (Enc. Lett. Brothers all , 215). May you help the Christian community to live the pandemic crisis with courage and hope. God never abandons us and we can become a sign of his mercy if we know how to bend over the poverty of our time: the young people who cannot find work, the so-called Neet, those who suffer from depression, those who are unmotivated, those who are tired in life, on those who have stopped dreaming of a new world. And there are young people who have stopped dreaming. It is sad, because a young person's vocation is to dream. The Servant of God Giorgio La Pira argued that unemployment is "a waste of productive forces". [1]

And then, at this moment in Italy, I want to stop on one serious thing: unemployment that makes many young people seek alienation. You know so many things… A consistent number are seeking suicide. Then, alienate oneself, go out of life, at a time when we are not in the summer of Italian demographic life; we are in the winter! We lack young people and for this reason young people cannot give themselves the luxury of not entering this job. The average age in Italy is 47! Well, you are old. It has no future. "But how can I have children if I don't have a job?" ? ". It's all another way! You have to react against this. May young people begin to dream, to be parents, to have children. And for this, they have jobs. Work is a bit of a guarantee for this future.

Moreover, it is time to live in the social, work and politics without fear of getting your hands dirty. You can lend a hand to open the doors and windows of the parishes, so that the problems of the people enter ever more into the hearts of the communities.

And don't be afraid to also inhabit conflicts. We find them in the world, but also on an ecclesial and social level. Patience is needed to transform them into a capacity for listening, for recognizing the other, for mutual growth. Tensions and conflicts are part of life, but we know that their "resolution on a higher plane" (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium , 228) is the sign that we have aimed higher, higher than our particular interests, to get out of the quicksand of social enmity.

The third verb is to be passionate . And this is a bit of fashion everywhere: the social enmity and not the social friendship to which we are all called. The third verb, perhaps, is the youngest of all four: to be passionate. There is a style that makes the difference: the passion for Jesus Christ and for his Gospel. And this can be seen in the “more” that you put in to accompany other young people to take their lives in hand, to be passionate about their future, to develop adequate skills for the job. May the Policoro Project always be at the service of concrete faces, of people's lives, especially the poor and the least of our society. As I wrote in the Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit , «I want to remember what the big question is: Many times, in life, we waste time asking ourselves:“ But who am I? ”. You can ask yourself who you are and live a whole life looking for who you are. But ask yourself: " Who am I for?". You are for God, no doubt. But He also wanted you to be for others, and He placed in you many qualities, inclinations, gifts and charisms that are not for you, but for others "(n. 286). In this sense, you can ask yourself: who am I passionate about? First of all: am I passionate? And then: who am I passionate about? What does my heart take? Is this life taken with foresight? And not a prisoner of the little things, of the little things. What am I spending on? We are not created to make a career, but to grow in communion with the Creator and with creatures. To make it grow.

And here it must be reiterated that we are passionate when we take care of our own interiority, if we do not neglect spirituality, if we study, if we know the social doctrine of the Church in depth and strive to translate it into concrete situations. Don't be afraid to lend yourselves even for free to raise the life of those who are discarded. Go to the suburbs to find the discarded. The opposite of passion, what is it? Sloth? Mediocrity or superficiality, which leads us to think that we already know everything from the start and not to seek solutions to problems by putting ourselves on the line. As Don Milani reminds us: "We will not see saints blossom until we have built young people who vibrate with pain and faith while thinking of social injustice!" [2]And I ask you the question: do you vibrate with pain and faith in the face of so many social injustices, exploitation, lack of work, the waste of the elderly? To become passionate is to vibrate for it.

The fourth and last verb is to accompany . The Policoro Project is a network of human and ecclesial relationships: many people commit themselves to accompany you, your dioceses look at you with hope, and each of you is capable of becoming a companion on the road to all the young people he meets on his path. Your presence in the territories thus becomes the sign of a Church that knows how to take you by the hand. And this is Christ's style towards the disciples of Emmaus ( cf.Lk24: 13-35), who showed themselves resigned, discouraged, closed, for what had happened in Jerusalem. Jesus allows their disappointment to be expressed, but he also helps them to reread everything starting from Easter. Thus the bishop Tonino Bello meditated: «It is necessary to travel to Jerusalem - Jericho. It is the axis on which faith intersects history, and hope crosses despair, and charity encounters the fruits of violence " [3]Faith tells us that the crisis can be a passage of growth. You know that from a crisis we will never come out the same. It comes out either better or worse, never the same. The Spirit of the risen Christ animates the hope to get out of it, which becomes a help for people to get up, get back on the road, go back to dreaming and commit themselves to life, to the family, to the Church and to society. And indeed, remember that you cannot get out of a crisis alone. Either we go out together or we can't go out. We will remain in the labyrinth of the crisis.

Dear young people, at the school of the Church's social teaching, you are already signs of hope. May your presence in the dioceses help everyone to understand that evangelization also passes through the care of work. May the 25 years of the Policoro Project be a restart . I encourage you to "dream together" (Encyclical letter Fratelli tutti , 8) for the good of the Church in Italy. And I encourage you to make noise. Young people have to make a noise. I accompany you with my prayer. I invoke the blessing of the Lord on your families and communities. And I ask you, please, not to forget to pray for me. Thank you!


[1]  The waiting of the poor people , LEF, Florence 1978, 20.

2]   Pastoral experiences,  LEF, Florence 1957, 241.

[3]  Charity with the bowels of mercy , EMP, Padua 2009, 32.

Cardinal Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada - Statement on the 215 Graves of Native Children Discovered "...they must not be forgotten."

June 3, 2021
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.” (1 Cor 12:26)
In recent days, the country has been shocked, saddened and angered by the discovery of the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves who attended a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. We pray for the children who died in Kamloops and in residential schools throughout the country – they must not be forgotten. We must also recognize the betrayal of trust by many Catholic leaders who were responsible for operating residential schools, abandoning their obligation to care for young and innocent children.
We all seek the truth and this tragic discovery provides yet another opportunity for us to learn more about this dark chapter in our history and the painful journey experienced by so many of our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
There is much more work to be done. Since the 1990’s, many of the Catholic entities responsible for the operation of residential schools have apologized publicly for their actions and have journeyed together with victims on the path to truth and reconciliation. This includes the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the religious order that operated the residential school in Kamloops, which over the weekend again apologized for its role in the residential school system. Pope Benedict XVI also had the chance to meet with Indigenous leaders in 2009 to personally express his sorrow and anguish.
These actions do not erase our history; they acknowledge our past, force us to face the consequences of our behaviour and compel us to ensure that our sins are not repeated.
While the Archdiocese of Toronto did not operate residential schools, we join with the Indigenous peoples, the Catholic community and Canadians from coast to coast to coast in a period of collective grief for those who are physically, emotionally and spiritually wounded. This Sunday, I will offer Mass for those who died or were abused at residential schools and for all those who deal with the intergenerational trauma caused by this system. We must also continue to build on the tangible initiatives present throughout the country, like the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, where bishops and priests, women religious, laity and Indigenous peoples are committed to walking together on a path to reconciliation.
As I have stated previously when speaking of abuse in the Church, the real scandal is when evil festers in the darkness. Once in the open, evil can be rooted out. That must happen. Then new life can begin. Let us journey together to find light through the darkness once again.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.
Thomas Collins
Archbishop of Toronto
Source: Press Release Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada

Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio to Canada - Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič who has Represented the Holy See at the UN

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Canada. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič  has represented the Holy See at the UN and specialized institutions in Geneva since 2016. The Slovenian Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič is 69-years-old and has served previously in a number of countries.  Archbishop Jurkovič was serving as Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, to the World Trade Organization and, also as the Holy See's Representative to the International Organjhjization for Migration. 
Biography : 
Born in Kočevje, in southern Slovenia, Ivan Jurkovič was ordained a priest on 29 June 1977. He graduated in theology from the University of Ljubljana, then trained as a diplomat at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. In 1984 he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See, serving as secretary at the nunciature in South Korea. In 1988 he received his doctorate in canon law and until 1992 served as financial auditor at the nunciature in Colombia. From 1992 to 1996 he worked at the nunciature in Russia. He also taught dedicated his time to teaching as a university lecturer in canon law, philosophy, theology and history, publishing several books. He served as a a consultant at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). On July 28, 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Jurkovič titular archbishop of Krbava and apostolic nuncio to Belarus. He received his episcopal consecration on 6 October in Ljubljana from Cardinal Angelo Sodano, and was then appointed nuncio to Ukraine on 22 April 2004. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him nuncio to Russia on 19 February 2011, just over a year after the official establishment of full diplomatic relations between Russia and the Holy See. In the same year, he was appointed nuncio to Uzbekistan. On 13 February 2016, Pope Francis chose him for the role of Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva. His latest diplomatic assignment will take him to Canada.
Edited from Vatican