🌹THE ANGEL’S PRAYER AT FATIMA

If you know anything about the approved apparitions of Our Lady and Saint Michael the Archangel at Fatima, Portugal, in the years 1916-1917, then you probably have heard of this prayer, which Saint Michael — the Angel of Peace — taught the three children, on his first Mission to meet them.

Pardon Prayer :
My God! I believe, adore, trust and love Thee. I ask Thee pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.

This first prayer taught at Fatima by the Angel of Peace teaches us profound truths about how our Catholic Faith must be real, living, and engage us totally in a relationship which is directed directly at God, the Most Holy Trinity. As His faithful servants and adorers, we should fill our life with love and trust in Him. Faith is presupposed, but our life of Faith goes way beyond believing only in doctrines and dogmas. It requires that we make these the foundation of our whole relationship with God.

Let us pray this prayer frequently during the day, and learn from it to make our way back to God and to God. Let us sanctify ourselves in the true adoration of God Who has done everything for us, and who is, as the Angel of Peace declared, “attentive to our prayers and supplications.”
Thanks
God Bless you
Rev. Fr Benjamin-Maria Igbinovia
Growing in faith with Mary
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*HOW ST. AUGUSTINE CONFOUNDED THE DEMON*
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*Once, when St Augustine was reading, he saw a demon pass before him carrying a book on its shoulders. He at once commanded it to show him what lay written therein. And the demon said that the sins of men were written therein, which it had gathered from all parts and put down in it.*
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*The saint ordered the demon to let him read the book, to see if any of his own sins were written down in it. When the demon showed him the place under his name, Augustine found nothing written there, except that one time he had forgotten to say Compline.*
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*Commanding the devil to wait for him, Augustine entered a church and said Compline devoutly. Completing the prayers, he returned to the demon, and told it to show him the place (in the book) so that he might read it again.*
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*Turning the pages of the book over and over, the demon found the place empty! He cried out in anger, “You have shamefully deceived me! I regret that I showed you my book, because you have cancelled your sin by the power of your prayers!”*
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*Having spoken thus, it disappeared, confounded.*
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*NB: A Compline is a service of evening prayers forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) before retiring for the night*

THE PRIEST’S “SECRET” PRAYERS AT MASS

Did you know that the Church gives priests celebrating the Mass several prayers to say in a low voice, such that few (if any) in the church hear them? These are called the “secret” prayers (from the Latin word for “hidden.”)

May the great beauty of these prayers inform and inspire your own devotion at Holy Mass.

The priest, before proclaiming the Gospel, pauses in front of the altar to bow and pray:

“CLEANSE MY HEART AND MY LIPS, ALMIGHTY GOD, THAT I MAY WORTHLY PROCLAIM YOUR HOLY GOSPEL.”

At the end of the Gospel, the priest (or proclaiming deacon) kisses the book and prays:

“THROUGH THE WORDS OF THE GOSPEL MAY OUR SINS BE WIPED AWAY.”

During the Offertory, the priest (or assisting deacon) pours a little water into the chalice of (unconsecrated) wine and prays:

“BY THE MYSTERY OF THIS WATER AND WINE MAY WE COME TO SHARE IN THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST, WHO HUMBLED HIMSELF TO SHARE IN OUR HUMANITY.”

After thanking God for the gifts of bread and wine He has given us to offer (“Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation…”) the priest bows behind the altar and prays:

“WITH HUMBLED SPIRIT AND CONTRITE HEART MAY WE BE ACCEPTED BY YOU, O LORD, AND MAY OUR SACRIFICE IN YOUR SIGHT THIS DAY BE PLEASING TO YOU, LORD GOD.”

While the priest washes his hands, he prays:

“WASH ME, O LORD, FROM MY INIQUITY AND CLEANSE ME FROM MY SIN.”

During the “Lamb of God,” the priest places a small piece of the Host into the chalice, praying:

“MAY THE MINGLING OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BRING ETERNAL LIFE TO US WHO RECEIVE IT.”

At the end of the “Lamb of God,” the priest joins his hands and prays one of these two prayers:

1. “LORD JESUS CHRIST, SON OF THE LIVING GOD, BY THE WILL OF THE FATHER AND THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THROUGH YOUR DEATH, YOU GAVE LIFE TO THE WORLD, FREE ME BY THIS YOUR MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD FROM ALL MY SINS AND FROM EVERY EVIL; KEEP ME ALWAYS FAITHFUL TO YOUR COMMANDMENTS, AND NEVER LET ME BE PARTED FROM YOU.”

2. “MAY THE RECEIVING OF YOUR BODY AND BLOOD, LORD JESUS CHRIST, NOT BRING ME TO JUDGEMENT AND CONDEMNATION, BUT THROUGH YOUR LOVING MERCY BE FOR ME PROTECTION IN MID AND BODY AND HEALING REMEDY.”

Before consuming the Body of Christ, the priest prays:

“MAY THE BODY OF CHRIST KEEP ME SAFE FOR ETERNAL LIFE.”

Before consuming the Blood of Christ from the chalice, the priest prays:

“MAY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST KEEP ME SAFE FOR ETERNAL LIFE.”

Finally, while purifying the sacred vessels following the distribution of Communion, the priest prays:

“WHAT HAS PASSED OUR LIPS AS FOOD, O LORD, MAY WE POSSES IN PURITY OF HEART, THAT WHAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US IN TIME MAY BE OUR HEALING FOR ETERNITY.”

“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.”
(St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot)

WHY EVERY CATHOLIC NEEDS TO JOIN THE CONFRATERNITY OF THE HOLY ROSARY
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During This Time Of Diabolical Disorientation And Mass Confusion Of The Faith, It Is More Important Now Than Any Other Time For Catholics To Put On The Full Armor Of God And Join The Confraternity. Satan Will Try To Stop You Don’t Let Him.
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The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan.
(Saint Maximilian Kolbe)
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Mary was made Mother of God to obtain salvation for many who, on account of their wicked lives, could not be saved according to the rigor of Divine justice, but might be saved with the help of her sweet mercy and powerful intercession.
(St. John Chrysostom)
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http://www.dominicansavrille.us/signup-form-for-the-rosary-confraternity/
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BENEFITS OF JOINING THE CONFRATERNITY
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1. The special protection of the Mother of God.
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2. A share in the prayer of countless Millions of members the world over, and this even after death.
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3. A share in the prayers, Masses and apostolic works of the entire Dominican Order.
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4. The intercession of the entire Heavenly Court.
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5. Various plenary and partial indulgences.
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The Rosary Confraternity is a spiritual association, the members of which pray the entire rosary during the course of a week. They form a union of the faithful in heaven and one earth who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members.
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“If anyone has the happiness of being in the Confraternity of the Rosary, he has in all corners of the world brothers and sisters who pray for him.” -St. John Vianney
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“Whenever a person fulfills his obligation of reciting the Rosary according to the rule of the Confraternity, he includes in his intentions all its members, and they in turn render him the same service many times over.” -Pope Leo XIII
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Saint Louis de Montfort tells the story of a young girl of noble station named Alexandra, who had been miraculously converted and enrolled by St. Dominic in the Confraternity of the Rosary.
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After her death, she appeared to him and said she had been condemned to seven hundred years in purgatory because of her own sins and those she had caused others to commit by her worldly ways. So she implored him to ease her pains by his prayers and to ask the Confraternity members to pray for the same end. St. Dominic did as she had asked.
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Two weeks later she appeared to him, more radiant than the sun, having been quickly delivered from purgatory by the prayers of the Confraternity members. She also told St. Dominic that she had come on behalf of the souls in purgatory to beg him to go on preaching the Rosary and to ask their relations to offer their Rosaries for them, and that they would reward them abundantly when they entered into glory.
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The Fifteen Promises of Mary Granted to those who Recite the Rosary Daily
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The Blessed Virgin Mary Promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that “Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted.” She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary.
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Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche
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1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
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2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
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3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
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4.The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
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5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
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6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
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7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
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8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenititude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
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9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
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10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
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11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
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12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
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13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
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14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ.
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15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
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A GIRL IN MORTAL GIVES HER LAST CONFESSION TWO DAY’S AFTER HER DEATH
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Father Eusebius Nierembergh relates, that there lived in the city of Aragona, Sicily, a girl named Alexandra. Being both noble and very beautiful, Alexandra was greatly loved by two young men. Driven by jealousy, these young men fought one day and killed each other. Their enraged relatives, in return, killed the poor young girl as the cause of so much trouble. They cut off her head and threw her remains into a well. A few days later, Saint Dominic of Guzman was passing through that place and inspired by Our Lord, approached the well and said: “Alexandra, come forth.” Immediately the head of the deceased came forth, perched on the edge of the well, and asked the saint to hear her confession. Perhaps accustomed to bizarre phenomena, Saint Dominic heard its confession and also gave it communion, in the presence of a great concourse of curious persons who had assembled to witness the miracle. Then the saint asked her to tell why she had received such a grace. Alexandra answered that when she was beheaded, she was in a state of mortal sin and would have been damned to hell. But on account of the rosary which she was in the habit of reciting, Most Holy Mary appeared and preserved her soul from unending torments.
So it happened that for two days the head of Alexandra retained life and when summoned was set upon the edge of the well, in the presence of all, and then the soul went to purgatory. Fifteen days later, Alexandra’s soul appeared to Saint Dominic, beautiful and radiant as a star. She then told him that one of the principal sources of relief to the souls in purgatory is the rosary which is recited for them; and that, as soon as they arrive in paradise, they pray for those who apply to them these powerful prayers. Having said this, Saint Dominic saw that happy soul ascending in triumph to the kingdom of the blessed.
(St. Alphonsus Liguori)
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Don’t let anyone tell you that praying the Rosary is “meaningless repetition” (when we don’t pray it, we don’t know it, anyway, and how could we?). If you ever feel the temptation to stop, because it feels “tedious,” that’s when you keep going, if only because love is not a feeling, but an act of the will. Take your time; praying it effectively and loving it is gradually learned. And the appetite does come with the meal. Turn “tedium” into persistence.
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The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” -Saint Padre Pio
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“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” – Blessed Pope Pius IX
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“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” – Saint Francis de Sales
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“Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” -St. Padre Pio
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“Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” -St. Padre Pio
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The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.” -St. Josemaria Escriva
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“Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary’s which purifies the monotony of your sins!” -St. Josemaria Escriva
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“For those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon, the Rosary is most effective. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.” – St. Josemaria Escriva
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“You always leave the Rosary for later, and you end up not saying it at all because you are sleepy. If there is no other time, say it in the street without letting anybody notice it. It will, moreover, help you to have presence of God.” – St. Josemaria Escriva
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“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” – Pope Pius XI
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“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
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““The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.” Pope Leo XIII
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“No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary” – Bishop Hugh Doyle
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“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” -Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima
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“The Rosary is a long chain that links heaven and earth. One end of it is in our hands and the other end is in the hands of the Holy Virgin…The Rosary prayer rises like incense to the feet of the Almighty. Mary responds at once like a beneficial dew, bringing new life to human hearts.”
St. Therese of Lisieux
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“When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.” -St. Anthony Mary Claret
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The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.~Pope Saint Pius X
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When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.~Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche
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One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.~Saint Dominic
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Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul,IF YOU SAY THE HOLY ROSARY devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins-Saint Louis de Montfort
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“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.” – Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche
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Even if You Pray the Rosary for Years and See No Improvement Spiritually, Do Not Give Up. Mary and Jesus Will Always Come to Your Aide.
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Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes, D.D. Archbishop of New YorkWhy All Catholic’s Need To Join the Confraternity of the Rosary Immediately
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SOME OF THE PROMISES OF OUR LORD JESUS TO ST. MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE AND TO THOSE WHO VENERATE THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

❤ I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

❤ I will establish peace in their families.

❤ I will console them in all their pains and trials.

❤ I will be their assured refuge in life, and especially in death.

❤ I will shed abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.

❤ Sinners shall find in my Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.

❤ Lukewarm souls will be rendered fervent.

❤ Fervent souls shall rise rapidly to greater perfection.

❤ I will bless those houses where the image of my heart shall be exposed and honoured.

❤ I will give to priests the gift of moving the hardest hearts.

❤ Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names inscribed on my heart, never to be effaced from it.

An act of resignation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O Jesus, most worthy of love! I gratefully offer Thee my heart in compensation for my great unfaithfulness, and consecrate myself wholly and forever to Thy service, purposing, with Thy grace, no more to offend Thee. Amen.

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
From
Rev. Fr Benjamin-Maria Igbinovia
Growing in faith with Mary
http://www.be909.wordpress.com

*THE ANGELUS*
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*The Angelus is recited morning 6 a.m, noon and evening 6 p.m. throughout the year except during Paschal time, when the Regina Coeli [see below] is recited instead.*
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*V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.*
*R. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.*
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*Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst 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.*
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*V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.*
*R. Be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail, Mary etc.*
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*V. And the Word was made Flesh.*
*R. And dwelt among us. Hail, Mary etc.*
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*V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.*
*R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.*
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*LET US PRAY:*
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*Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.*
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*THE REGINA COELI*
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*Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia:*
*For He whom thou merited to bear, Alleluia,*
*Has risen, as He said, Alleluia. Pray for us to God, Alleluia.*
*V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.*
*R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.*
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*LET US PRAY:*
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*O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant, we beg Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.*
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*The Regina Coeli carries a Partial Indulgence.*
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*(The Faithful who at dawn, at noon and in the evening, or as soon thereafter as possible, devoutly recite the Angelus, with the appropriate vesicles, and prayer, may gain an indulgence of 10 years each time for themselves or the Holy Souls in Purgatory)*
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*PROMISE:*
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*”Whoever shall devoutly recall to me the joy I felt upon uttering the words, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord,” I will most truly show him that I am his Mother, and unfailingly, I will succor him.”*
*(The Blessed Mother to St. Gertrude the Great)*

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RAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
Cast into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.

Hold onto your Hope

HOLD ONTO YOUR HOPE

Today, we live in a generation without faith and hope where many people easily give up in the face of life’s challenges and trials. When the trouble is so much, instead of praying and believing God more, many get discouraged and bow to the pressure of their problem, allowing themselves to be defeated under the weight of their situation. They begin to compare themselves with others and measure themselves by themselves. When their friends disappoint them, their faith is disappointed; when their business collapses, their faith collapses. Truly, when faith’s light goes out, life becomes a weary road.

However, I have a message of hope for you today: Stop it! Stop sitting back in your setback! Stop wallowing in self pity! Stop grumbling and complaining! You can’t change your situation by complaining about it; you can’t improve your situation by worrying about it. Discover the promise of hope! The transforming power in this promise encourages us to strive toward where and who we desire to be, knowing that we are included in God’s master plan for His creation. It is this hope that connects us to Jesus. It is this hope that imparts a strength for us to endure and manage our present situation. It is this hope that enables us to stand steadfastly without wavering in the face of life’s storms and trials. Therefore, hold onto your hope in Christ – the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19)! He will never leave you, nor forsake you! Jesus love you and care about you look up to him