Psalm 64, Verse 5
They shoot at the innocent from ambush; they shoot him in a moment and do not FEAR.
This psalm is a lament of a person
overwhelmed by the malice of the wicked who are depicted in the Psalms as the
enemies of the righteous (Ps 64:2–7). When people see God bringing
upon the wicked the evil they intended against others, they will know who is
the true ruler of the world (Ps
64:8–10). The final verse
is a vow of praise (Ps 64:11).
prior to 1962 we
would have celebrated the last Sunday in October as Christ the King.
“Blessed is the king who comes in
the name of our God.” (Luke 19:38)
Behold our King comes to us from the
Tabernacle…Our priests bring us our King via communion. Has COVID made: The
Body of Christ,” unavailable or worse irrelevant?
Jesus Christ King
There was joy and celebration by the people as Jesus entered into Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday; we learn from the gospel that much later things had taken a terrible turn for the worst. Jesus was arrested and sentenced to death. What? Where were we? We heard shouting: “Crucify him” “We have no king, but Caesar.” Did we join in the shouting and jeering? “If you are the king of Jews, come down from the cross. Save yourself.”
Where do we stand? There was a
different voice that day from one of the criminals crucified with Jesus. He
rebuked the other criminal who asked Jesus to save them. With these words:
“Have you no fear of God? We have been condemned justly. This man has done
nothing wrong.” Then he turned to Jesus and said: “Remember me when you come
into your kingdom” Jesus replies: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
I ask again. Where do we stand as all
these events unfold? How do we hope we would have the courage to be, to align
ourselves in difficult or challenging circumstances? There is much to ponder,
to think about.
speaking to your heart? Are you afraid to believe? Are you unsure of your
ability to carry the burden of true religious convictions? Assuage your fears
and begin again asking Mary to help you. She is the first of the warrior saints
to enter heaven. She as our mother and wants us to entertain the same joys of
eternal life and find new ways of being sons and daughters.
Saturday Litany of the Hours Invoking the Aid of Mother
say hourly upon waking
till you go to sleep
the consent of Our Lady, the New Eve, the Son of God became Man and
crushed the head of the ancient Serpent who had deceived the first Eve. By
the Blessed Mother’s assistance, we are able to take part in her Son’s
victory over the Devil and his legions. The Hail Mary: Hail, Mary, full of
grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is
the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
sinners, now and at the hour of our death. AMEN.
O most holy
Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you
experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of
your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a
tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of
my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affection for the
passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that
henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this
one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and
to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen. --Saint Bonaventure
Memorare to Our Lady: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never
was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help,
and sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this
confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother; to you I come,
before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions; but in your clemency hear and answer me.
of Heaven, Reign with your Son over the Enemy. Queen of Angels Summon the
heavenly hosts to war. New Eve of the New Creation Crush the head of the
Serpent. Our Lady of Victory Come to our aid in battle. Help of Christians
Be our comfort and strength. Virgin Most Powerful, Guard us from all harm.
Holy Mother of God, we fly to your protection. AMEN.
Mary, powerful Virgin, you are the mighty and powerful protector of the Church;
you are the marvelous help of Christians; you are terrifying as an army in
battle array; you alone have destroyed every heresy in the whole world. In
the midst of our anguish, our struggles, and our distresses, defend us
from the power of the Enemy, and at the hour of our death, receive our
souls in paradise. AMEN.
fly to your protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in
our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and
blessed Virgin. AMEN.
Mary, most holy
Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection.
Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul.
Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which
Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I
will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it
shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy
sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an
act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on
me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace, and assist me
in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy
holy Virgin, who was pleasing to the Lord and became His mother,
immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look kindly on the
wretched ones who implore your powerful patronage. The wicked Serpent,
against whom was hurled the first curse, continues fiercely to attack and
ensnare the unhappy children of Eve. So then, O Blessed Mother, our queen
and advocate, who from the first instant of your conception crushed the
head of the Enemy, receive the prayers which, united with you in our
single heart, we implore you to present at the throne of God; so that we
may never fall into the snares that are laid out for us, and may all
arrive at the harbor of salvation. And in so many dangers, may the Church
and Christian society sing once again the hymn of deliverance and of
victory and of peace. AMEN.
Queen of Angels, Bane of Devils: The proud spirits of wickedness were
humiliated by your perfect humility; their rebellion was scattered by your
perfect obedience. Your fiat overthrew Eve’s baleful consent to the
ancient Serpent, crushing his head, exposing his deceits, and healing the
wounds inflicted by his venom, through the Son you conceived, Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Come to our aid, Our Lady of Victory! When the battle rages,
when our strength fails, when the Enemy wounds us, when defeat seems
certain: With your mantle, cover and protect us; with your bright banner
above us, dispel the darkness; so that we may rally again in combat
through the invincible power of your Son. Then, when our warfare is
complete, and our victory won, lead us from the battlefield to His
glorious Throne, so that we may join you there in a glad song of
everlasting triumph! AMEN.
holy Virgin, Mother of God, my mother and patroness, I place myself under
your protection; I throw myself with confidence into the arms of your
compassion. Be to me, O Mother of Mercy, my refuge in distress; my
consolation in suffering; and my advocate with your Son, who is worthy to
be adored, now and at the hour of my death. AMEN.
Virgin. and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion
of thy divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with
never-ending joy at His triumph; obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers
in the adversities of Holy Church and the sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as
to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray,
in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mother of God, we take refuge in your loving care. Do not let our plea to
you pass unheeded in the trials that beset us, but deliver us from danger,
for you alone are truly pure, you alone are truly blessed. AMEN.
Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to you; and in proof of my
affection, I give you my eyes, my ears, my tongue, my heart, my whole
being without reserve. Since I am your own, keep me and guard me as your
property and possession. AMEN.
Queen of Heaven! Sovereign Mistress of the angels! You who from the
beginning have received from God the power and mission to crush the head
of Satan: We humbly beg You to send your holy legions of angels so that,
under your command and by your power, they may pursue the evil spirits,
encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them
away from here into the abyss of eternal woe. O good and tender Mother,
you will always be our love and hope! O Mother of God, send your holy
angels to defend us and to drive far away from us the cruel Enemy. Holy angels
and archangels, defend us, guard us! AMEN.
Mother of Grace, Mother of Mercy, protect me from the Enemy and receive me
at the hour of death. AMEN.
O most holy and
afflicted Virgin! Queen of Martyrs! thou who didst stand motionless beneath the
Cross, witnessing the agony of thy expiring Son--through the unceasing
sufferings of thy life of sorrow, and the bliss which now more than amply
repays thee for thy past trials, look down with a mother's tenderness and pity
on me, who kneel before thee to venerate thy dolors, and place my requests,
with filial confidence, in the sanctuary of thy wounded heart; present them, I
beseech thee, on my behalf, to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most
sacred death and passion, together with thy sufferings at the foot of the
cross, and through the united efficacy of both obtain the grant of my present
petition. To whom shall I resort in my wants and miseries if not to thee, O
Mother of Mercy, who, having so deeply drunk of the chalice of thy Son, canst
compassionate the woes of those who still sigh in the land of exile? Offer for
me to my Savior one drop of the Blood which flowed from His sacred veins, one
of the tears which trickled from His divine eyes, one of the sighs which rent
His adorable Heart. O refuge of the universe and hope of the whole world, do
not reject my humble prayer, but graciously obtain the grant of my petition.
fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in
our necessities but deliver us always from all dangers. O glorious and
blessed Virgin. AMEN.
me to praise you, Virgin, most holy; give me strength against your
enemies! Tender heart of Mary be my safety!
Mary most sorrowful, Mother of Christians, pray for us.
Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us.
· Total Consecration to St. Joseph