Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary visists Elisabeth, her relative. They are both pregnant. Mary is pregnant with Jesus and Elisabeth with John the Baptist.
And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
(Luke 1:42–45)

Let us pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ascension Day

Ascension Day is on the 40th day of Easter, when Jesus ascended into heaven.

Let us pray that the risen Christ will lead us to eternal life.
God our Father, make us joyful in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation, for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

100th Anniversary of Apparitions in Fatima

The 13th of May is dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. On this day, in the year 1917, she appeared the first time to three children, Lucia, Jacinta, Francesco, in Portugal. EWTN has set up a special page for the 100th anniversary of Fatima.

Here a part of the movie The 13th Day:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Monday, 1 May 2017

Joseph the Worker

On the 1st of May the Church celebrates Joseph the Worker. Joseph married Mary as a young man, even though he is often shown as an old man in paintings. He was a industrious worker and the nurturer and protector of the holy family.

 Prayer to Saint Joseph

O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labour, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honour to employ and develop by means of labour the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials; to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death. Amen.

(Composed by Pope St. Pius X)

Saint Joseph, pray for us!