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Domine, non sum dignus…

 

DOMINE, NON SUM DIGNUS… (LORD, I AM NOT WORTHY ..)

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As he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralysed at home, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come” and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this, and he does it.”  ….. ( Mt 8 : 5 – 9 )

We acknowledge the same truth about ourselves, using his very words, every time we are about to receive communion – “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word……”

 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

                                                      THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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Let us rejoice in the Lord and celebrate this feast in honour of the Virgin Mary, at whose assumption the angels rejoice, giving praise to the Son of God.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas to all

 

                           

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                                   May the Peace of CHRISTMAS bring happiness to you all through the NEW YEAR

 

Christ the source of resurrection and life

 

                                                           FROM AN EASTER HOMILY BY AN ANCIENT AUTHOR

                                                                       (Sermo 35, 6 – 9; PL 17 [ed. 1879]. 696 – 697)

 

Saint Paul rejoices in the knowledge that spiritual health has been restored to the human race. Death entered the world through Adam, he explains, but life has been given back to the world through Christ. Again he says: The first man, being from the earth, is earthly by nature; the second man is from heaven and is heavenly. As we have borne the image of the earthly man, the image of human nature grown old in sin, so let us bear the image of the heavenly man: human nature raised up, redeemed, restored and purified in Christ. We must hold fast to the salvation we have received. Christ was the firstfruits, says the Apostle; he is the source of resurrection and life. Those who belong to Christ will follow him. Modeling their lives on his purity, they will be secure in the hope of his resurrection and of enjoying with him the glory promised in heaven. Our Lord himself said so in the gospel: Whoever follows me will not perish, but will pass from death to life.

Thus the passion of our Saviour is the salvation of mankind. The reason why he desired to die for us was that he wanted us who believe in him to live for ever. In the fullness of time it was his will to become what we are, so that we might inherit the eternity he promised and live with him for ever.  

Here, then, is the grace conferred by these heavenly mysteries, the gift which Easter brings, the most longed for feast of the year; here are the beginnings of creatures newly formed: children born from the life-giving font of the holy Church, born anew with the simplicity of little ones, and crying out with the evidence of a clean conscience. Chaste fathers and inviolate mothers accompany this new family, countless in number, born to new life through faith. As they emerge from the grace-giving womb of the font, a blaze of candles burns brightly beneath the tree of faith. The Easter festival brings the grace of holiness from heaven to men. Through the repeated celebration of the sacred mysteries they receive the spiritual nourishment of the sacraments. Fostered at the very heart of holy Church, the fellowship of one community worships the one God, adoring the triple name of his essential holiness, and together with the prophet sings the psalm which belongs to this yearly festival. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. And what is this day? It is the Lord Jesus Christ himself, the author of light, who brings the sunrise and the beginning of life, saying of himself: I am the light of the day; whoever walks in daylight does not stumble. That is to say, whoever follows Christ in all things will come by this path to the throne of eternal light.

Such was the prayer made to the Father while he was still on earth: Father; I desire that where I am they also may be, those who have come to believe in me; and that as you are in me and I in you, so they may abide in us.

 

Christmas Blessings

 

     TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS, WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS

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                       MAY THE BLESSINGS OF CHRISTMAS BE WITH YOU ALL TODAY AND ALWAYS

 

 

Fatima Prayer to the Holy Trinity

 

                                                         FATIMA PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

 

“O Most Holy Trinity, Father , Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, truly present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indiference by which He is offended. By the inifinete merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

“My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love You! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love You.”

Works of mercy

WORKS  OF MERCY

 

SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY

To counsel the doubtful

To instruct the uniformed

To  admonish the sinner

To comfort the sorrowful

To forgive the injuries

To bear wrongs patiently

To pray for the living and the dead

 

CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY

To feed the hungry

To give drink to the thirty

To clothe the naked

To shelter the homeless

To visit the sick

To visit the imprisoned

To bury the dead

Act of consecration

ACT OF CONSECRATION:

 

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY TRINITY

O God, I vow and consecrate to you all that is in me: my memory and my actions to God the Father; my understanding and my words to God the Son; my will and my thoughts to God the Holy Spirit; my heart and my body, my tongue, my senses, and my sorrows to the sacred humanity of Jesus Christ, who was content to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men and suffer the torment of the Cross. St. Francis de Sales

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honouring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee.

I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separarted from Thee.

I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.       

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Most loving Holy Spirit,

 I consecrate myself to you,

all that I have, soul and body,

   my entire being now and for eternity.

I ask of you too, in your love,

to assist me in weekness and grant me the grace to say always,

‘speak Lord for your servant is listening’. Amen. Francis Eghomie

TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN

My Queen, my Mother, I give myself to you, and to show my devotion to you, I consecrate to you this day, my eyes,

my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Wherefore good mother as I am Yours keep me,

guard me, as your property and possession. Amen 

 

 

 

The Magnificat

THE MAGNIFICAT  

 My soul glorifies the Lord ,* =  my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. =  He looks on his servant in her lowliness;* = henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me.* = Holy his name! = His mercy is from age to age,* = on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength* = and scatters the proud-hearted. = He casts the mighty from their thrones* = and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things, = sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant,* = remembering his mercy, = the mercy promised to our fathers,* = to Abraham and his sons for ever.

    

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The Salutation to the Heart of Jesus and Mary

Hail, Heart most holy,
Hail, Heart most meek,
Hail, Heart most humble,
Hail, Heart most pure,
Hail, Heart most devout,
Hail, Heart most wise,
Hail Heart most patient,
Hail, Heart most obedient,
Hail, Heart most vigilent,
Hail, Heart most faithful,
Hail, Heart most blessed,
Hail, Heart most merciful,
Hail, most loving Heart of
Jesus and Mary;

Thee we adore,
Thee we praise,
Thee we glorify,
To Thee we do give thanks;

Thee we love,
With all our heart,
With all our soul,
And with all our strength;
To thee we offer our heart,
We give it,
We consecrate it,
We immolate it;
Accept and posses it entirely,
And purify it,
And illuminate it,
And sanctify it;
that in it Thou may live and reign both in now and forever, and in the ages of ages. Amen
__ St John Eudes.