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June 27

Saint of the day:

Saint Emma or Hemma of Gurk


Patron Saint of invoked during childbirth and against diseases of the eye; extreme hangovers

Thursday Feast

Thursday is the day of the week that our Lord gave himself up for consumption. Thursday commemorates the last supper. Some theologians believe after Sunday Thursday is the holiest day of the week. We should then try to make this day special by making a visit to the blessed sacrament chapel, Mass or even stopping by the grave of a loved one. Why not plan to count the blessing of the week and thank our Lord. Plan a special meal. Be at Peace.

·         According to Mary Agreda[1] in her visions it was on a Thursday at six o'clock in the evening and at the approach of night that the Angel Gabriel approached and announced her as Mother of God and she gave her fiat.

Thursday Feast

·         Today is World Arak Day try this Lebanon drink-caution 126 proof

  • Grilled Chicken Skewers With Toum (Shish Taouk)
  • Cabbage Tabbouleh
  • Honey Orange Blossom Baklava
  • Lebanese Baklava

Best Places to Visit in June

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Visiting Newcomers that came over by paying the Drug Cartels and possibly the Joe Biden Crime Syndicate are not welcomed

Martha’s Vineyard is one of the best places to visit in the USA in June with so many wonderful things to do and gorgeous sites to see. It is one of the best day trips from Boston, and June is an excellent time to visit before the summer tourists arrive in July and August.

While you are in Martha’s Vineyard, take a ride on their oldest operating platform carousel called Flying Horses Carousel. It is a historic landmark and a fun attraction for all ages.

Martha’s Vineyard is also home to lighthouses, museums, and summer festivals. You can visit one of the five remaining lighthouses on Martha’s Vineyard, such as Edgartown Lighthouse, or check out the island’s first festival of the season called Vineyard Artisan Festival.

Make sure to visit either Detente or Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company for the island’s best chowder. If you visit during the first week of June, you will be lucky enough to enjoy restaurant week at many of the island’s top eateries and restaurants.

The ocean waves lapping up against the bluffs in Marth's Vineyard

    Where to Stay: Harbor View Hotel

    Nearest Major Airport: Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY)

    Average Temperature: 73°F // 57°F

Contributed by Lenore from The Nitty Gritty Travel OT

Rachel’s Corner Today is National Sunglasses Day

Lord, help us-Pray-Pray hard

Today is Helen Keller Day

·         Pray that our leaders may see and hear God’s Revelation as well as Helen Keller although she was born blind and deaf.

I was born in Germany and my dad worked with a lot of Polish Labor Service men that were prisoners of the Nazi’s and then went to work for the American Army. These men were always kind to me and Stan the Man whenever he would see me would hand me a 5-mark piece. These men were very devoted to Our Lady of Czestochowa who’s feast day is today. If you can light a candle for Stan, the Man. While you are at it light one for our President; he needs it.


[1] Venerable Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations (p. 770). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition



Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

 

Deuteronomy, Chapter 11, Verse 25

None shall stand up against you; the LORD, your God, will spread the FEAR and dread of you through any land where you set foot, as he promised you.

 

What have you to fear with God at your back?


 

We as the heirs of God’s promises to the Hebrews must have the courage to support and defend Israel at each threshold of change that God brings about. Yes, there will be suffering, and we must be up to the challenge; to carry our cross, as God wills it.

 

Gods covenant with man began through Noah (Gn 9), developed through Abraham (Gn 17) and Moses (Ex 34), reached fulfillment through Christs redemptive sacrifice (Lk 23:46), and will last until the end of time. It is the single ongoing story of Gods relationship with us. Above all else, it reminds us that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, that He should be the object of our every waking thought: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates (Dt 6:5).[1] 

St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria (376-444).[2] Cyril was one of the metropolitan sees of the Christian Church in the east, was one of the great defenders of the faith against the heresy of Nestorius who denied the oneness of person in Jesus Christ. At the Council of Ephesus in 431, over which he presided in the pope's name, and at his instigation, it was defined that Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time God and man, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, His mother, is truly Theotokos, the Mother of God. St. Cyril died in 444. The Church venerates him as one of her great doctors. His commentary on the Gospel of St. John is one of the richest doctrinally of those left us by the Fathers of the Church. 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help[3]

Also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, is celebrated on June 27 by the universal Church.

The devotion to this Marian advocation revolves around the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, painted on wood, with background of gold. It is Byzantine in style and is supposed to have been painted in the thirteenth century. It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel presenting Him the instruments of His Passion. Over the figures in the picture are some Greek letters which form the abbreviated words Mother of God, Jesus Christ, Archangel Michael, and Archangel Gabriel respectively.

·         The icon was brought to Rome towards the end of the fifteenth century by a pious merchant, who, dying there, ordered by his will that the picture should be exposed in a church for public veneration. It was exposed in the church of San Matteo in the famous Roman street of Via Merulana, which connects the basilicas of Saint Mary Major and Saint John Lateran. Crowds flocked to this church, and for nearly three hundred years many graces were obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. The picture was then popularly called the Madonna di San Matteo. The church was served for a time by the Hermits of Saint Augustine. These Augustinians were still in charge when the French invaded Rome (1812) and destroyed the church. The picture disappeared; it remained hidden and neglected for over forty years, but a series of providential circumstances between 1863 and 1865 led to its rediscovery in an oratory of the Augustinian Fathers at Santa Maria in Posterula.

·         Pope Pius IX, who as a boy had prayed before the picture in San Matteo, became interested in the discovery. But at that time, the ruins of San Matteo were in the grounds of a convent of the Redemptorists -- the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer -- founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787). The Father General of the Redemptorists, Most Rev. Nicholas Mauron, decided to bring the whole matter to the attention of the Pope. The Pope listened attentively and felt sure it was God’s will that the icon should be gain exposed to public veneration and the logical site was their church of St. Alphonsus, standing as it did between the Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. The Holy Father at once took a piece of paper and wrote a short memorandum ordering the Augustinian Fathers of St. Mary in Posterula to surrender the picture to the Redemptorists, on condition that the Redemptorists supply the Augustinians with another picture of Our Lady or a good copy of the icon of Perpetual Help.

·         The Icon meant much to the Augustinians, but when the two Redemptorists came armed with the Pope’s signed memorandum, what could they do but obey? On January 19, 1866, Fathers Marchi and Bresciani brought the miraculous picture to St. Alphonsus’ church. Preparations were now made to inaugurate the new public reign of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. On April 26th, a great procession was staged in which the picture was carried throughout the Esquiline region of Rome. Upon returning to the church, the picture was enthroned over the high altar, in a resplendent shrine-niche especially constructed for it.

·         Reports of marvelous healings spread rapidly throughout the city of Rome and people came by the hundreds to visit the shrine. Soon the whole area around the altar was filled with abandoned crutches and canes and several whole glass-covered cabinets were filled with gold and silver thanksgiving offerings in the shapes of miniature hearts, arms, legs and other votive offerings. Scarcely two weeks after the solemn exposition of the picture, Pope Pius IX himself came to visit the shrine. He stood quietly before it for a long time and then exclaimed: “How beautiful she is!”.

·         Pope Leo XIII, the next pontiff, had a copy of the picture on his desk so that he might see it constantly during his working day. St. Pius X sent a copy of the icon to the Empress of Ethiopia and granted an indulgence of 100 days to anyone who repeated the phrase: “Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.”

·         Pope Benedict XV had the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help placed immediately over his chair of state in the throne room. Here it could be seen by all just over his head, as if to say: “Here is your true Queen!”.

·         Pope Pius IX told the Redemptorists, in speaking to them of the treasure he had committed to their care: “Make her known!” It seems as though they hardly needed the exhortation. In the United States, they built the first Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in the Roxbury section of Boston, and it was eventually raised to the honor of a “Papal Basilica” by Pope Pius XII.

Things to Do:

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION ONE-"I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"

CHAPTER TWO GOD COMES TO MEET MAN

Article 3 SACRED SCRIPTURE

V. Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church

131 "and such is the force and power of the Word of God that it can serve the Church as her support and vigor, and the children of the Church as strength for their faith, food for the soul, and a pure and lasting fount of spiritual life." Hence "access to Sacred Scripture ought to be open wide to the Christian faithful."

132 "Therefore, the study of the sacred page should be the very soul of sacred theology. the ministry of the Word, too - pastoral preaching, catechetics and all forms of Christian instruction, among which the liturgical homily should hold pride of place - is healthily nourished and thrives in holiness through the Word of Scripture."

133 The Church "forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful... to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

Daily Devotions

·         Fight like a knight, so I can reward you. Do not be unduly fearful, because you are not alone. Trust is victorious. Do not fear struggle; courage itself often intimidates temptations, and they dare not attack us. Courage, God is.

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Protection of Life from Conception until natural death. Pray for our Godfather baby killer President.

·         do a personal eucharistic stations of the cross.

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Go to MASS

·         Rosary

 




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