Friday, May 28, 2021

 

Auxilium Christianorum - Praying for Persecuted Priests
Monday, May 24 is the Feast of Mary Mother of the Church. It is also the Feast of Mary Help of Christians (Auxilium Christianorum). Please consider joining this Auxilium Christianorum family to pray daily for our holy and courageous persecuted priests.

The Church teaches us that it is divided into the Church Triumphant (which includes the members of the Church in heaven), the Church Suffering (this includes the members of the Church in purgatory), and the Church Militant (this refers to those members of the Church who are alive in this world). Because we are part of the Church Militant, we are in a spiritual warfare and this spiritual warfare requires that we recognize, as Saint Paul teaches us "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places." (Ephesians 6:12)

The members of the Auxilium Christianorum should always bear in mind the reality of our state as members of the Church living in this world. Despite St. Paul's teaching, many Catholics do not take seriously their obligation to wage war against the demonic forces. It is for this reason the Association of the Auxilium Christianorum was founded.


Daily Prayers Offered for the Members of the Auxilium Christianorum

Prayers to be said every day:

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.

Most gracious Virgin Mary, thou who wouldst crush the head of the serpent, protect us from the vengeance of the evil one. We offer our prayers, supplications, sufferings and good works to thee so that thou may purify them, sanctify them and present them to thy Son as a perfect offering. May this offering be given so that the demons that influence or seek to influence the members of the Auxilium Christianorum do not know the source of their expulsion and blindness. Blind them so that they know not our good works. Blind them so that they know not on whom to take vengeance. Blind them so that they may receive the just sentence for their works. Cover us with the Precious Blood of thy Son so that we may enjoy the protection which flows from His Passion and Death. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Michael Prayer. Guardian Angel Prayer. Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.

Litany of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
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.
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, save us.
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us.
Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, save us.
Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, save us.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, save us.
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us.
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us.
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us.
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us.
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us.
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us.
Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, save us.
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, save 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.

V. Thou hast redeemed us with Thy Blood, O Lord.
R. And made of us a kingdom for our God.

Let us pray.

Almighty, and everlasting God, Who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the world, and hast been pleased to be reconciled unto us by His Blood, grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our salvation, that the power thereof may here on earth keep us from all things hurtful, and the fruit of the same may gladden us for ever hereafter in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

On Sundays:

O Glorious Queen of Heaven and Earth, Virgin Most Powerful, thou who hast the power to crush the head of the ancient serpent with thy heel, come and exercise this power flowing from the grace of thine Immaculate Conception. Shield us under the mantle of thy purity and love, draw us into the sweet abode of thy heart and annihilate and render impotent the forces bent on destroying us. Come Most Sovereign Mistress of the Holy Angels and Mistress of the Most Holy Rosary, thou who from the very beginning hast received from God the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan. Send forth thy holy legions, we humbly beseech thee, that under thy command and by thy power they may pursue the evil spirits, counter them on every side, resist their bold attacks and drive them far from us, harming no one on the way, binding them to the foot of the Cross to be judged and sentenced by Jesus Christ Thy Son and to be disposed of by Him as He wills.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, come to our aid in this grave battle against the forces of darkness, repel the attacks of the devil and free the members of the Auxilium Christianorum, and those for whom the priests of the Auxilium Christianorum pray, from the strongholds of the enemy.

St. Michael, summon the entire heavenly court to engage their forces in this fierce battle against the powers of hell. Come O Prince of Heaven with thy mighty sword and thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits. O Guardian Angels, guide and protect us. Amen.

On Mondays:

In Thy name, Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that Thou cover us, our families, and all of our possessions with Thy love and Thy Most Precious Blood and surround us with Thy Heavenly Angels, Saints and the mantle of Our Blessed Mother. Amen.

On Tuesdays:

Lord Jesus Christ, we beg Thee for the grace to remain guarded beneath the protective mantle of Mary, surrounded by the holy briar from which was taken the Holy Crown of Thorns, and saturated with Thy Precious Blood in the power of the Holy Spirit, with our Guardian Angels, for the greater glory of the Father. Amen.

On Wednesdays:

In the Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and God, we ask Thee to render all spirits impotent, paralyzed and ineffective in attempting to take revenge against anyone of the members of the Auxilium Christianorum, our families, friends, communities, those who pray for us and their family members, or anyone associated with us and for whom the priests of the Auxilium Christianorum pray. We ask Thee to bind all evil spirits, all powers in the air, the water, the ground, the fire, under ground, or wherever they exercise their powers, any satanic forces in nature and any and all emissaries of the satanic headquarters. We ask Thee to bind by Thy Precious Blood all of the attributes, aspects and characteristics, interactions, communications and deceitful games of the evil spirits. We ask Thee to break any and all bonds, ties and attachments in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

On Thursdays:

My Lord, Thou art all powerful, Thou art God, Thou art our Father. We beg Thee through the intercession and help of the Archangels Sts. Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one. All Saints of Heaven, come to our aid.

From anxiety, sadness and obsessions - We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From hatred, fornication, and envy - We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From thoughts of jealousy, rage, and death - We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From every thought of suicide and abortion - We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From every form of sinful sexuality - We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From every division in our family, and every harmful friendship - We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From every sort of spell, malefice, witchcraft, and every form of the occult - We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.

Thou who said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." Grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every demonic influence and enjoy Thy peace always. In the Name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

On Fridays:

Litany of Humility

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

On Saturdays:

O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name and humbly beseech Thy clemency, that, through the intercession of the ever immaculate Virgin, our Mother Mary, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, thou wouldst vouchsafe to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits that are prowling about the world to the great peril of the human race and the loss of souls. Amen.

Conclusion for Every Day

August Queen of the Heavens, heavenly Sovereign of the Angels, Thou who from the beginning hast received from God the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan, we humbly beseech Thee to send thy holy legions, so that under Thy command and through Thy power, they may pursue the demons and combat them everywhere, suppress their boldness, and drive them back into the abyss. O good and tender Mother, Thou wilt always be our love and hope! O Divine Mother, send Thy Holy Angels to defend us and to drive far away from us the cruel enemy. Holy Angels and Archangels, defend us, guard us. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Virgin Most Powerful, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
All You Holy Angels, pray for us.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
  
Fr. Chad Ripperger on "Levels of Spiritual Warfare"


Friday after Pentecost-Ember Day

SAINT BERNARD

 

1 Samuel, Chapter 28, Verse 20

Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, in great FEAR because of Samuel’s message. He had no strength left, since he had eaten nothing all that day and night.

 

Christ is the strength of the weak and the humble and the confidence of those who trust in him. Christ says to us, My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. (Jn. 10:27) Saul was in great fear because the spirit of God had long ago left him, and he no longer heard the voice of God. In desperation now that Samuel had died was to have the witch of Endor act as a medium to conjure up the spirit of Samuel to help save him from the Philistines. Saul broke his own laws by seeking the aid of a sorcerer. The Israelites were a Holy people and Saul could not understand the Ends never justify the means. No, we must be calm and listen to the voice of he that was the epitome of fairness and justice that took upon Himself our sins to the cross and thus bearing our guilt to make us a Holy people.

Apostolic Exhortation[1]

Veneremur Cernui – Down in Adoration Falling

of The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix,
to Priests, Deacons, Religious and the Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Phoenix on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

My beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Part II

I. The Graces of Holy Communion

i. Holy Communion changes and transforms us into “Alter Christus”

33. The Eucharistic presence of Jesus is not only to be with us, but also to be our strength and nourishment. Jesus does this by choosing the elements of nature – bread and wine – the food and drink that man must consume to maintain his life. The Eucharist is precisely this food and drink for they contain in themselves all the power of the Redemption wrought by Christ. The Eucharist is the only nourishment that brings us true, lasting happiness and leads us to eternal life. It is capable of transforming man’s life and open before him the way to eternal life. How is this possible?

34. While going through a period of conversion, one day Saint Augustine was granted a vision in which a voice said to him: “I am the food of the mature: grow, then, and you shall eat me. You will not change me into yourself like bodily food; but you will be changed into me” (Confessions, VII, 10, 18). There is a popular saying that goes, “You are what you eat.” How true this is when we apply this to the Eucharist. Ordinary food is absorbed by us and becomes a part of our bodies. But when we receive the Eucharist, it absorbs us; a Christian becomes truly what he eats; he is transformed into Christ. Centuries ago, Saint Leo the Great wrote: “Our partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ tends only to make us become what we eat”.

35. The Fathers of the Church took the example of physical food to explain this mystery. We know that the stronger form of life normally assimilates the weaker and not vice versa. The vegetative world assimilates the minerals, and the animals assimilate the vegetables, and the spiritual assimilates the material. When we receive the Body of Christ, we do not change Christ into our own substance. Instead, we are changed into Christ Himself. The normal food that we eat is not a living thing and therefore cannot give us life. It is a source of life only because it sustains the life we have. Instead, the Bread of Life, that is Jesus, is the living Bread and those who receive it, live by it. So, while the normal food that nourishes the body is assimilated by the body and becomes a part of it, the complete opposite takes place with the Bread of Life.

To be continued

Devotions for Holy Communion[2]

PRAYER BEFORE COMMUNION.

O compassionate Lord Jesus Christ, I, a sinner, nothing presuming on my own merits, but trusting in Thy mercy and goodness, draw near with awe and trembling to the table of Thy sweetest banquet. For my heart and my body are stained with many sins, my mind and my tongue have not been kept with fitting diligence and circumspection. "Wherefore, O compassion ate Godhead, O dread and awful Majesty, I, Thy wretched creature, who am fallen into a great strait, betake myself to Thee, the Fountain of mercy; to Thee I hasten that I may be healed; beneath Thy protection I make my refuge; I long to have Thee for my Savior, before Whom I can in no wise stand as my Judge. To Thee, O Lord, I now show my wounds; before Thee I lay bare all this my shame. I know my sins, so many and so great, by reason of which I am afraid. I hope in Thy mercies, which are past numbering. Look on me with the eyes of Thy mercy, O Lord Jesus Christ, everlasting King, God and man, Who wast crucified for man. Graciously hear me who hope in Thee; have mercy on me who am full of miseries and of sins, O Thou full and over-flowing Fountain of pity and of mercy. Hail, Thou saving Victim, offered for me and all mankind upon the tree of the cross. Hail, thou noble and precious blood, which dost ever flow forth from the wounds of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ, and wash away the sins of the whole world. Remember Thy creature, O Lord, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thine own blood. I grieve that I have sinned; I do earnestly desire to amend what I have done amiss. Wherefore, O most merciful Father, take away from me all my iniquities and my sins, that, being cleansed in soul and in body, I may worthily receive the holy food of the holy ; and grant that the sacred taste of Thy body and blood, which I unworthy am about to receive, may be to me the remission of my sins, the perfect expiation and cleansing of all my faults, and the putting to flight of evil thoughts, the quickening and renewal of all good feelings, the healthful energy of all good works, the most assured protection of my body and soul from all the snares of my enemies. Amen.

Friday after Pentecost-Ember Day[3]

EPISTLE. Joel ii. 23-27.

THUS, saith the Lord God: O children of Sion, rejoice, and be joyful, in the Lord your God: because He hath given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down for you as in the beginning. And the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years which the locust, and the bruchus (beetle), and the mildew, and the palmerworm have eaten: My great host which I sent upon you. And you shall eat in plenty, and shall be filled: and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, Who hath done wonders with you, and My people shall not be confounded forever. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides: and My people shall not be confounded forever, saith the Lord Almighty.

GOSPEL. Luke v. 17-26.

At that time: It came to pass on a certain day, as Jesus sat teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them. And behold men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof, and let him down through the tiles with his bed, into the midst before Jesus. Whose faith when He saw, He said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this Who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?

And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering He said to them: What is it you think in your hearts? Which is easier to say, thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?

But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins (He saith to the sick of the palsy): I say to thee, Arise, take up thy bed and go into thy house. And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay; and he went away to his own house, glorifying God. And all were astonished; and they glorified God. And they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things to-day.

Ember Friday-Meditation on the Crucifixion[4]

Another Form of Prayers for The Stations

(For Private Use.)

PREPARATORY PRAYER.

RECEIVE, O holy Trinity, this my dutiful service, which I offer unto Thee in union with the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Virgin, and all the saints, to the glory of Thy divine majesty, in satisfaction for my sins, in remembrance of our redemption, and to obtain for the departed rest, for the living grace, and for all everlasting glory. To Thee be praise, and honor, and glory, O blessed Trinity, forever and ever. Amen.

FIRST STATION.

CHRIST IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH. He willingly submitted to that unjust judgment, that He might deliver thee from the sentence of everlasting damnation.

·         The wicked have said, reasoning with themselves, but not right: Let us lie in wait for the just, for He is contrary to our doing: He boasteth that He hath the knowledge of God, and calleth God His Father. Let us see if His words be true. If He be indeed the Son of God, He will deliver Him out of our hands. Let us condemn Him to a most shameful death.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

God spared not His own Son. But delivered Him up for us all. He was offered up, because He Himself desired it. And He opened not His mouth.

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

Prayer.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who out of the bosom of the Father didst descend from heaven to earth, and didst shed Thy most precious blood for the remission of our sins, we humbly beseech Thee that in the day of judgment we may be found worthy to stand at Thy right hand, and to hear Thee say unto us, “Come, ye blessed” Amen.

SECOND STATION.

THE CROSS IS LAID UPON CHRIST. “The wicked have wrought upon my back” (Ps. cxxviii.). Hail, our King! Thou only hadst pity on our sins, and wast led, in obedience to Thy Father, to be crucified, and as a gentle lamb to the slaughter. To Thee be glory, hosanna; to Thee be triumph and victory; to Thee the crown of highest praise and honor.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. And by His bruises we are healed. The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. For the wickedness of His people hath He struck Him.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

THIRD STATION.

CHRIST FALLS THE FIRST TIME UNDER THE CROSS. How great must be the weight of our sins, under which He fell, Who bears all things by the word of His power!

·         Our Lord Jesus Christ humbled Himself unto death, even the death of the cross; for which cause God also hath exalted Him, and hath given Him a name which is above all names.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Surely, He hath borne our infirmities. And carried our sorrows. He was branded for our iniquities. He was bruised for our sins.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

FOURTH STATION.

CHRIST IS MET ON HIS WAY BY HIS BLESSED MOTHER AND ST. JOHN. Oh, how sharp a sword of grief must have pierced the heart of His Mother and of His loving disciple when they met Jesus thus! Dost thou, too, share with them their sorrow and grief?

·         Oh, all ye that pass by, attend and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow: therefore, do I weep, and my eyes run down with water, because the Comforter, the relief of my soul, is far from me. My eyes have failed for weeping, my bowels are troubled, my heart is turned within me, for the desolation of my Son, because the enemy hath prevailed.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Great as the sea is thy grief. Who shall heal thee? A sword of grief hath pierced thine own soul. That out of many hearts’ thoughts may be revealed.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

FIFTH STATION.

THE CROSS IS LAID UPON SIMON OF CYRENE. This man was compelled to carry the cross after Jesus. How great an honor to have carried it willingly! Art thou ready to bear the cross of Christ?

·         It behooveth us to glory in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom is our salvation, who is our life and resurrection, and through Whom we are saved and delivered.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. By Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. O faithful cross, thou peerless tree! No forest yields the like of thee, leaf, flower, or bud.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

SIXTH STATION.

CHRIST IS MET BY VERONICA. How excellent a mirror did Veronica obtain in the image of the face of Christ! Do thou ever contemplate thyself in that mirror?

·         Behold, we have seen Him without beauty or comeliness, despised and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with infirmity, and His look was as it were hidden and despised; whereupon we esteemed Him not. His appearance is without honor among the living, and His beauty among the sons of men; yet He is beautiful above all the children of men, by Whose bruises we are healed.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

O Lord God of hosts correct us. Show us Thy face, and we shall be saved. Turn not away Thy face from us. Neither leave Thy servants in displeasure.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

SEVENTH STATION.

CHRIST FALLS DOWN AT THE GATE OF JUDGMENT. How wilt thou be able to stand before Him in the day of judgment?

·         They delivered Me into the hands of the ungodly, and thrust Me among the wicked, and did not spare My soul. The strong men gathered themselves against Me. and stood over Me like giants, gazing upon Me with fierce looks; and, beating Me with cruel stripes, they mocked Me.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

But I am a worm, and no man. The scorn of men and the outcast of the people. All they that see Me laugh at Me. They spoke against Me with their lips, and wagged their heads.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

EIGHTH STATION.

WOMEN LAMENT OVER CHRIST. Where are the tears with which thou dost bewail thy sins rather than the loss of any earthly good?

·         Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For, behold, the days shall come in which they say, blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, fall upon us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?

Our Father. Hail Mary.

The breath of our nostrils, Christ the Lord. Is taken in our sins. The crown of our head hath fallen. Woe unto us, for we have sinned.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

NINTH STATION.

CHRIST FALLS FOR THE LAST TIME AT MOUNT CALVARY. Oh, how often is Christ pressed down by the weight of our sins!

·         My people, what have I done to thee, or wherein have I molested thee? Answer thou Me. I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and thou hast prepared for Me a cross; I led thee through the wilderness forty years, and fed thee with manna, and thou hast beaten Me with buffets and scourges; I gave thee a royal sceptre, and thou hast given My head a crown of thorns. What could I have done more for thee that I have not done?

Our Father. Hail Mary.

He is led like a sheep to the slaughter. And, as a lamb before His shearers, He is dumb. He delivered His soul unto death. That He might give life unto His people.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

TENTH STATION.

CHRIST IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS, AND IS GIVEN VINEGAR AND GALL TO DRINK. Art thou unkind and inconsiderate to the poor? What thou dost to them thou dost to Christ.

·         My people, what have I done to thee, or wherein have I molested thee? Answer thou Me. I brought thee out from the house of bondage to the promised land; and when I came to thee from the bosom of My Father, thou didst lead Me to the death of the cross. I planted thee My choicest vine, and thou wast made unto Me exceeding bitter; I gave thee to drink out of the rock the water of salvation, and thou madest Me to drink vinegar and gall. What could I have done more for thee that I have not done?

Our Father. Hail Mary.

My strength hath dried up like a potsherd. And my tongue hath cleaved to My jaws. They gave Me gall to eat. And when I was thirsty, they gave Me vinegar to drink.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

ELEVENTH STATION.

CHRIST IS FASTENED TO THE CROSS WITH DREADFUL NAILS. How strong are the bands of love with which Jesus hath bound Himself unto thee! How dost thou bind thyself in return unto Him?

·         My people, what have I done unto thee? I exalted thee with great power, and thou didst hang Me on the gibbet of the cross; I made thee higher than all nations, and thou hast loaded Me with reproaches and curses; I opened before thee the Red Sea, and thou hast opened My side with a spear. What could I have done more for thee that I have not done?

Our Father. Hail Mary.

What are these wounds in the middle of Thy hands? With them was I wounded in the house of those that loved Me. They have pierced My hands and My feet. And have numbered all My bones.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

TWELFTH STATION.

CHRIST DIES UPON THE CROSS. Consider what Jesus said and did when He was dying. Oh, that thou too mayst die like Him!

·         Behold how the just man dieth, and no man layeth it to heart; and the righteous are taken away, and no one considereth. The just man is taken away from before the face of evil, and the memory of him shall be in peace.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Christ became obedient unto death for us. Even the death of the cross. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

THIRTEENTH STATION.

THE BODY OF CHRIST IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS, AND LAID UPON THE KNEES OF HIS MOTHER. Consider the vehement anguish of Mary’s soul when she received in her arms the dead body of her Son taken down from the cross, and laid Him on her knees. Love caused her so great grief, and made her truly a martyr. What love and sympathy dost thou feel for thy Savior?

·         To what shall I compare thee, or to whom shall I liken thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? To what shall I equal thee, O virgin daughter of Sion? Great as the sea is thy desolation. O mother of mercy make me to share with thee the death of Christ; make me a partaker of His passion.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Through thee, O Virgin Mary, may we obtain salvation. From the wounds of Christ. O holy Jesus, grant me to obtain, through Thy Mother, The crown of victory.

FOURTEENTH STATION.

THE BODY OF JESUS IS BURIED. Consider, O my soul, how the body of Jesus was wrapped in spices, and laid in a new tomb. With what honor dost thou receive Jesus thy Redeemer daily, either sacramentally or spiritually? Art thou always endeavoring to be, as it were, a new tomb for the reception of Jesus, bright with the beautiful ornaments of virtue?

·         I am counted among them that go down to the pit; I am become as a man without help, free among the dead. O good Jesus, I come here with the women to Thy tomb, sorrowing and lamenting that hitherto I have shown myself so unworthy: confirm and establish the kingdom of Thy grace in my heart.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

My flesh shall rest in hope. Thou wilt not give Thy holy one to see corruption. Arise, O Lord, and help me. And deliver me from my sins.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, etc.

COMMENDATION.

Look down, O Lord, we beseech Thee, upon this Thy family, for which Our Lord Jesus Christ did not refuse to be delivered into the hands of wicked men, and to endure the torment of the cross. Amen.

PRAYER ON THE HOLY WINDING-SHEET OF CHRIST’S BODY.

 

O Lord Jesus Christ, “Who didst leave the marks of Thy passion on the holy winding-sheet in which Thy most sacred body was wrapped by Joseph when taken down from the cross, mercifully grant that through Thy death and burial we may be brought to the glory of the resurrection. Amen.

MEDITATIONS ON THE LITURGY FROM THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM FOR EACH OF THE EMBER DAYS AFTER PENTECOST.

Written by Monsignor Martin B. Hellriegel, originally published in the journal Orate Fratres Vol. XVIII, May 14, 1944, No. 7, pp. 299-305, later reprinted in Vine and Branches, Pio Decimo Press, 1948.

These meditations are attached to the 1962 Extraordinary Form liturgy. The current lectionary has different readings and prayers not specific to the Ember Days.

Prayer:

EMBER FRIDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Station "With the Twelve Apostles"

They found them clean vessels and one in love (response).

We are resting upon the blessed Apostles, the twelve pillars of the Church of God. May we never depart from them. The Church prays today for that grace: "We who by the Holy Ghost have been gathered within the (apostolic) fold, may we in no wise be disturbed by any attack of the foe."

Yesterday's response to the first lesson is a beautiful tribute to the apostolic protectors on this ember Friday. "The fire of God," so reads the response, "came not to destroy, but to enlighten; not to consume, but to shine, and found the hearts of the disciples’ clean vessels. And the Holy Ghost gave them the gifts of His grace. He found them one in love, and the overflowing grace of the Godhead shone through them, alleluia."

He found their hearts clean vessels full of charity and love. No wonder the Holy Spirit replenished such hearts with the gifts of His grace. Where purity is, there is the vision of God; where charity and love are, there is God Himself. Purity and charity, these are the jewels that adorn the twelve apostolic pillars upon whom we rest. Purity and charity, these are the two channels through which flows freely the transforming life of the Godhead.

"O children of Sion, rejoice and be joyful in the Lord your God, because He hath given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you, as in the beginning" (epistle).

The holy apostles with whom we celebrate this day are indeed our "teachers of justice." If we adhere to them, if we absorb their purity and charity, the dew of the Holy Ghost will descend upon us, as it did in the beginning--on the day when "He found their hearts clean vessels and one in love."

In many ways we resemble the sick man in today's gospel; the palsy of human affections and uncharitableness is responsible for our lameness in the things of God. May these twelve strong apostolic men take hold of us this morning and "let us down into the midst before Jesus" that we may obtain from Him health of mind and heart and a new infusion of His Spirit of purity and charity.

May the eucharistic fire of God make our hearts clean vessels, and fill them with such a degree of love that the Holy Ghost will also give to us His gifts and the overflowing grace of His Godhead.

Prayer Source: Orate Fratres/Worship: A Review Devoted to the Liturgical Apostolate , The Liturgical Press

 

St. Bernard of Montjoux-Patron of Mountaineers[5]


 

Historically today is the feast of St. Bernard of Montjoux, an Italian churchman, founder of the Alpine hospices of Saint Bernard. He is most famous for the hospices he built on the summits of passes over the Alps. Many pilgrims from France and Germany would travel over the Alps on their way to Rome, but it was always a possibility that one would die from freezing along the way. In the 9th century a system of hospices had been attempted but had lapsed long before Bernard's time. Bernard's hospices in the 11th century were placed under the care of clerics and laymen and were well equipped for the reception of all travelers. A now-famous breed of dogs, known for its endurance in high altitude and cold, was named in honor of this saint. Bernard's life has been the focus of many romantic plays and stories. Many of us may remember childhood stories of St. Bernard’s dogs coming to the rescue of stranded or injured victims on Alpine slopes. The dogs almost always seem to have a cask of Brandy attached to their collars and when the victims were revived by a good drink the dogs would lead them to safety.

 

Things to Do

 

·         Read History of the Grand St Bernard pass for background.

·         If you like dogs, you might find this history of the Saint Bernard Dog interesting.

 

Memorial Day Build Up

 

Every day from now to Memorial Day I ask your prayers for each service and all of our defenders to include police and fire on Memorial Day.

 

US Space Force[6]


 

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is a new branch of the Armed Forces. It was established on December 20, 2019 with enactment of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and will be stood-up over the next 18 months. The USSF was established within the Department of the Air Force, meaning the Secretary of the Air Force has overall responsibility for the USSF, under the guidance and direction of the Secretary of Defense. Additionally, a four-star general known as the Chief of Space Operations (CSO) serves as the senior military member of the USSF. The CSO is a full member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Mission

 

The USSF is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. USSF responsibilities include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands.

 

Space Capabilities

 

The new, independent U.S. Space Force will maintain and enhance the competitive edge in space while adapting to new strategic challenges. Spacelift operations at the East and West Coast launch bases provide services, facilities and range safety control for the conduct of NASA and commercial space launches. Through the command and control of all defense satellites, satellite operators provide force-multiplying effects  continuous global coverage, low vulnerability and autonomous operations. Satellites provide essential in-theater secure communications, weather and navigational data for ground, air and fleet operations and threat warning. Ground-based and space-based systems monitor ballistic missile launches around the world to guard against a surprise missile attack on North America. A global network of space surveillance sensors provides vital information on the location of satellites and space debris for the nation and the world. Maintaining space superiority is an emerging capability required to protect U.S. space assets from hostile attacks. 

 

Daily Devotions

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Iceman’s 40 devotion

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Operation Purity

 

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