July 30, 2014
MINISTRY OF PRAISE
Dear Friend in Christ,
On August 15th we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The new Catechism tells us, “Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more conformed to her Son, the Lord of Lords and conqueror of sin and death. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians: In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Domitian you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of life. You conceived the living God and, by the prayers, will deliver our souls from death….She is our Mother in the order of grace.”
Give her your sorrows and difficulties, your joys and fears, for “she herself intercedes for us from above, and redirects our petitions if they are not altogether perfectly well-intentioned…What great security devotion to the most Holy Virgin gives us all the time! She will always listen no matter what circumstances we are in!” (In Conversation with God by Frances Fernandez, Vol. 7).
Mother of God, obtain for us a faith that would make Jesus dwell in us, the love that will make us live by the life of Jesus so that we may become like her Son. You, who possess the fullness of grace, pour out graces upon us. Perfect the petitions we present at your feet and plead for us at the throne of God.
– For the Church, the Body of Christ: that through the maternal mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she will grow in wisdom and holiness.
– For the sanctification of all families: that the undying love of the Mother of God in heaven will bless all families with new hope and true healing.
– For the safety of farm laborers and a successful harvest for all the farmers.
– That lawmakers will be granted the wisdom and courage to uphold the conscience rights, and resist the pressure to become collaborators in the culture of death.
– For the Holy Father’s intentions: 1) That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights. 2) That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.
NOVENA TO THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY
Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.
Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body will rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of Heaven.
From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to You for help. I ask for this Favor: (Mention your request).
When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of My God for all eternity together with you.
“Mary is always at prayer because she does everything with reference to her Son” when she talks to Jesus, she prays for prayer in talking to God. She prays each time she looks at Him that is prayer, too. She prays when she asks Him for something or whenever she smiles at Him or when she thinks about Him. Her life was determined by Jesus, and her thoughts were permanently on Him.
Let us keep in our prayers those who are serving our Country in the Armed Forces:
For all the military that are serving our country that God will protect and watch over them.
For all the military that have been injured. For the “Wounded Warriors” that they may receive the help they need to continue with their lives. Also we pray for those that are their caregivers.
For the repose of the souls of Andrew Hauck, Jason Johnston and all the military who have given their lives for our freedom.
May the Lord be your Protector and your Shield; may there be peace for the people of Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Israel, Gaza and our world.
For all the missing girls in Nigeria. May there be peace in the area and may they all be returned to their families.
PRAYER LIST OF THE SICK
May they find strength and healing through our Risen Lord!
Michael Ferris, Art Johnston, Connie Manfreda, Marian Nepela, Tony Pacilio, Jennie Parlato, Justiah Reisman and Donielle Wilde
The Monthly Prayer Request for Priests
Will you pray for a priest each day?
| O Jesus, Eternal High Priest,
keep all Thy priests within the
shelter of Thy Sacred Heart
where none may harm them.
Keep unstained their anointed
hands which daily touch
Thy Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips
purpled with Thy Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their
hearts sealed with the sublime
marks of Thy glorious priesthood.
| Let Thy holy love surround
them and shield them from
the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abun-
dant fruit and may the souls to
whom they ministered here below
be their joy and consolation
and in Heaven their beautiful
and everlasting crown.
O Mary, Queen of the clergy,
pray for us; Obtain for us a
number of holy priests. Amen.
Prayer Suggestions: Mass, Rosary, Fasting, Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy Chaplet,
Observing First Friday and First Saturday of the Month devotions in reparation for sin.