Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas Novena

Cottage Blessings: Christmas Novena for the Feast of St. Andrew

The Master's Voice

Intercessors Of The Lamb

The link above takes you to a wonderful article by Mother Nadine about listening to God.

Prayers for teacher

Protesters demand execution of teddy row teacher | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

Let's all pray for this woman.

The Summons

godtouches - Catholic Hymns:
"The Summons

1. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don't know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known, will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

2. Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare? Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

3. Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen, and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

4. Will you love the 'you' you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around, through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

5. Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In Your company I'll go where Your love and footsteps show. Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me."

St. Andrew Feast Day

Universalis: Today:
"St Andrew the Apostle

He was born in Bethsaida, in Galilee, and worked as a fisherman. He may have been a disciple of St John the Baptist. He became one of the first to follow Jesus and introduced his brother, Simon Peter, to him. As one of the twelve Apostles he was widely venerated in ancient times, and became patron saint of Scotland because according to legend some of his bones were brought there and buried at the place where the town of St Andrew’s now stands."

St. Andrew pray for us...that we too may be faithful Apostles of the Lord.

USCCB - (NAB) - November 30, 2007

USCCB - (NAB) - November 30, 2007:
"Mt 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him."

Prayer for Today: May we also have the courage and humility to hear the Lord's voice, obey it and then stick with it.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Prayer request

My mom fell yesterday and fractured her wrist. Anthony has surgery tomorrow to remove the tongue tie. I need prayers for them and for me to remain strong.


I got the above e-mail from my cousin today...please pray for my aunt's wrist to heal and for all to go well tomorrow with her 4 year old son's surgery. Thank you.

the month before Christmas

Spirit Daily - Daily spiritual news from around the world

Twas the month before Christmas
> When all through our land,
> Not a Christian was praying
> Nor taking a stand.

Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away,
> The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
> The children were told by their schools not to sing,
> About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
> It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
> December 25th is just a " Holiday ".
> Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit. Pushing folks
> down to the floor just to get it!
> CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod.
> Something was changing, something quite odd!
> Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
> In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
> As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
> At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.
> At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
> You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
> Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
> Are words that were used to intimidate me.
> Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
> On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
> At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
> To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
> And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
> Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.
> The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
> The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
> So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree"
> Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
> Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
> Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday !

please pray

"dear friends, please pray for my friend's mom. she has a blood infection and it has infected her heart. it is very serious and she could be facing death. please pray for healing. please pray she is open to the Sacraments and that it is offered to her at this time, just in case. lastly, please pray my friend is open to help and support in some fashion, during this time.

love mel"

Stand Up

USCCB - (NAB) - November 29, 2007: "
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads"

Prayer for Today: May we have enough faith and hope in God to be able to stand erect ready for action and raise our heads in acknowledgement, when tragedies happen around us.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Prayers for my dad, please

As some of you know, he's been in a local nursing home for almost a year now. Recently the opportunity to move him to St. Joseph's Manor in Brockton, has come up. We are investigating this for him and could use some prayers to help in the discernment process. It is a lot further away from me so I'm sort of divided over this, but if it is the best for him and within God's will then ofcourse I'll be thrilled. He'd be down the street from my brother and most importantly within a Catholic setting...the residence has a chapel and they hold Mass there each week. I'm going to go over there this afternoon with my brother to check it out. Please keep all of us in your prayers.

While we are at it let's also pray for all the elderly in nursing homes and their families, and for those that are in the process of making this very difficult decision.

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi:
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

May we keep this prayer in our hearts as we get ready to begin our preparations for Christmas. Spreading God's love to all we meet.

I Surrender All

USCCB - (NAB) - November 28, 2007:

"You had the vessels of his temple brought before you, so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers, might drink wine from them; and you praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence. But the God in whose hand is your life breath and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify."

Prayer for Today: May we put away all of our 'false idols' and glorify God alone!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds)

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds):
"1 Thessalonians 5:4 - 5 ©

"It is not as if you live in the dark, my brothers, for that Day to overtake you like a thief. No, you are all sons of light and sons of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness."

Be Not Afraid

USCCB - (NAB) - November 27, 2007:
"When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” "

Prayer for Today: May the Lord pour down His grace upon us and fill our hearts so full of peace and love for one another that fear has no hold on us.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Universalis: Vespers

Universalis: Vespers:
"1 Thessalonians 2:13 ©

We constantly thank God for you because as soon as you heard the message that we brought you as God’s message, you accepted it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power among you who believe it."

Praying that we may live in intimate relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ...listening for God's messages and promptly matter the cost.

Cursillo Weekend

Hi Essy, I will pray for you and the folks on your prayer list.

Please keep the team and candidates for this cursillo weekend in your prayers. It starts Thurs. evening. I will be doing a 4th day witness talk.

May God continue to bless you with all good things.

Mary Regan

Christian Unity

ANALYSIS: Will Anglicans Come Home to Rome? - Catholic Online:

"Sources indicate that a formal request from a large group of Anglicans for full communion with the Catholic Church is also to be discussed. Bishops of the “Traditional Anglican Communion” (TAC) officially petitioned for what they called a “full, corporate, sacramental union” with the Roman Catholic Church. The letter was personally delivered to the Holy See by their representative. "

Continued prayers that true Christian Unity may one day be achieved.

Holy Spirit Rain Down

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds)

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds):
"Prayers and Intercessions

Our Saviour has made us into a royal priesthood offering acceptable sacrifices to God. Let us thank him and ask him: - Lord, help us to serve God.

Christ, eternal Priest, you conferred your holy priesthood on your people.
Grant that we may ceaselessly offer acceptable sacrifices to God.

Be generous with the gifts of your Spirit:
patience, kindness and gentleness.

Give us the gift of loving you,
so that we may possess you, for you yourself are love.

Give us the gift of doing good,
so that we may praise you simply by living.

Grant that we may seek whatever is best for our brethren
and ease their path to salvation."

Universalis: Office of Readings

Universalis: Office of Readings:
"2 Peter 1:1 - 11 ©
From Simeon Peter, servant and apostle of Jesus Christ; to all who treasure the same faith as ourselves, given through the righteousness of our God and saviour Jesus Christ. May you have more and more grace and peace as you come to know our Lord more and more.

By his divine power, he has given us all the things that we need for life and for true devotion, bringing us to know God himself, who has called us by his own glory and goodness. In making these gifts, he has given us the guarantee of something very great and wonderful to come: through them you will be able to share the divine nature and to escape corruption in a world that is sunk in vice. But to attain this, you will have to do your utmost yourselves, adding goodness to the faith that you have, understanding to your goodness, self-control to your understanding, patience to your self-control, true devotion to your patience, kindness towards your fellow men to your devotion, and, to this kindness, love. If you have a generous supply of these, they will not leave you ineffectual or unproductive: they will bring you to a real knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But without them a man is blind or else short-sighted; he has forgotten how his past sins were washed away. Brothers, you have been called and chosen: work all the harder to justify it. If you do all these things there is no danger that you will ever fall away. In this way you will be granted admittance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ."

Prayer for Today: May we be filled with Faith, Goodness, Understanding, Self-Control, Patience, True Devotion, Kindness and Love.

Maye each one of us and our family members be able to 'escape corruption in a world that is sunk in vice'.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! Amen.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Prayers for the Jenard Family

Hi, Prayer Warriors,

I would like to ask for your prayers for the Jenard family. I met Carol and her daughter Jamie after the 9am Mass today. Jamie's dad is at Brigham & Women's Hospital with cancer in multiple locations. In addition to your prayers and sacrifices for this intention, I'd like to ask if anyone would be interested, and available, to come pray at the hospital.

I believe that the Lord has something special for this family as this is their first year at St. Joseph School. Jamie is in 6th or 7th grade. School families are helping them with their school obligations and meals twice a week. I asked Carol what she needed at this time and she said that all they need is our prayers, and for the husband to come home.

God bless you.


Come, Now is the Time to Worship

Prayer for Today: That all will give their heart to the King of kings!

Here We Are To Worship

Thy kingdom come

Universalis: Office of Readings

From a discourse of Origen on prayer
Thy kingdom come

The coming of the kingdom of God, says our Lord and Saviour, does not admit of observation, and there will be no-one to say “Look here! Look there!” For the kingdom of God is within us and in our hearts. And so it is beyond doubt that whoever prays for the coming of the kingdom of God within himself is praying rightly, praying for the kingdom to dawn in him, bear fruit and reach perfection. For God reigns in every saint, and every saint obeys God’s spiritual laws — God, who dwells in him just as he dwells in any well-ordered city. The Father is present in him and in his soul Christ reigns alongside the Father, as it is said: We will come to him and make our dwelling with him.

Therefore, as we continue to move forward without ceasing, the kingdom of God within us will reach its perfection in us at that moment when the saying in the Apostle is fulfilled, that Christ, His enemies all made subject to Him, shall deliver the kingdom to God the Father that God may be All in All.

For this reason let us pray without ceasing, our souls filled by a desire made divine by the Word Himself. Let us pray to our Father in heaven: hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come.

There is something important that we need to understand about the kingdom of God: just as righteousness has no partnership with lawlessness, just as light has nothing in common with darkness and Christ has no agreement with Belial, so the kingdom of God and a kingdom of sin cannot co-exist.

So if we want God to reign within us, on no account may sin rule in our mortal body but let us mortify our earthly bodies and let us be made fruitful by the Spirit. Then we will be a spiritual garden of Eden for God to walk in. God will rule in us with Christ who will be seated in us on the right hand of God — God, the spiritual power that we pray to receive — until he makes his enemies (who are within us) into his footstool and pours out on us all authority, all power, all strength.

This can happen to any one of us and death, the last enemy may be destroyed, so that in us Christ says Death, where is your sting? Death, where is your victory? So let our corruptibility be clothed today with holiness and incorruption. With Death dead, let our mortality be cloaked in the Father’s immortality. With God ruling in us, let us be immersed in the blessings of regeneration and resurrection.

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Call to Worship

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds):
"Psalm 94 (95)
A call to worship

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, let us acclaim God our salvation. Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks, let us acclaim him with songs. For the Lord is a great God, a king above all gods. For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands, and the peaks of the mountains are his. For the sea is his: he made it; and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down, bend the knee before the Lord who made us; for he himself is our God and we are his flock, the sheep that follow his hand. If only, today, you would listen to his voice: “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, on the day of Massah in the desert, when your fathers tested me – they put me to the test, although they had seen my works”. “For forty years they wearied me, that generation. I said: their hearts are wandering, they do not know my paths. I swore in my anger: they will never enter my place of rest”.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen."

Praise God!

USCCB - (NAB) - November 23, 2007
Reading 1
1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59

"On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled it,
on that very day it was reconsecrated
with songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals.
All the people prostrated themselves and adored and praised Heaven,
who had given them success."

Today's Prayer: May we too praise Heaven and Adore Our God joyfully Who has given us all.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

USCCB - (NAB) - November 22, 2007

USCCB - (NAB) - November 22, 2007:
"Reading 1
Sir 50:22-24

And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb, and fashions them according to his will! May he grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you; May his goodness toward us endure in Israel to deliver us in our days."

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thank You Lord

I don't know who these people on the video it is the best sounding video of this song that I could find.

Thanksgiving prayer

Thanksgiving Day Meal prayer

+Thanksgiving Day Meal+

Father, all of Creation rightly owes you thanks and praise. Your justice, love and mercy abound. We thank you this day for all that you have given us:

For the Passion and Death of your Divine Son..... we thank you Father....through the Cross, He redeemed the world.
For the Church......... we thank you Father.... it is our beacon for salvation.
For the martyrs and saints who give testimony to your Son......... we thank you Father.....their witness to your Son is our inheritance.
For our loved ones and friends who have died and gone before us..... we thank you Father...their love abides with us forever.
For loving spouses ......we thank you Father......together we seek you.
For the gift of children.....we thank you Father....they are your precious gifts to us and to the world.
For the gift of our families, loved ones and good friends.......we thank you Father....Through them we see the reflection of your Son.
For jobs, our homes and all that we have.....we thank you Father....give us only that which we need, as we seek Your Kingdom.
For the bounty we are about to eat...we thank you through Christ Our Lord. Amen


Universalis: Office of Readings

Universalis: Office of Readings:
"A sermon of St Augustine

By faith she believed; by faith, conceived

Stretching out his hand over his disciples, the Lord Christ declared: Here are my mother and my brothers; anyone who does the will of my Father who sent me is my brother and sister and my mother.

I would urge you to ponder these words. Did the Virgin Mary, who believed by faith and conceived by faith, who was the chosen one from whom our Saviour was born among men, who was created by Christ before Christ was created in her – did she not do the will of the Father? Indeed the blessed Mary certainly did the Father’s will, and so it was for her a greater thing to have been Christ’s disciple than to have been his mother, and she was more blessed in her discipleship than in her motherhood. Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb him whom she would obey as her master."

A Mother to Remember

A Mother to Remember : A Catholic Reflection:
"Jesus has charged Mary with being our mother (Jn 19:26). She who was presented to the Lord in the Temple now presents us unfailingly to God in prayer with her motherly love. The Lord uses Mary to transmit great faith to her children in time of trial. Satisfy Jesus' thirst (Jn 19:28). Receive Mary's help.

PRAYER: Jesus, in giving Mary as my mother (Jn 19:26), You gave me more than a great sum of money (Lk 19:13). I will embrace and use this gift so as to bear the return You expect."

For Mothers

USCCB - (NAB) - November 21, 2007:
"Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king, to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother, who saw her seven sons perish in a single day, yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord."

Today we offer a prayer of gratitude for Our Blessed Mother, and for all earthly mothers.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Universalis: Vespers

Universalis: Vespers:
"Prayers and Intercessions:

Christ the Lord lives among us and we are his adopted people.Let us praise him and offer him our prayers:
- Lord, listen to us and show your greatness.

Lord, king and ruler of the nations, guide all peoples and all who exercise power
that they may work together for the common good, according to your laws.

You conquered our captivity and took it prisoner:
restore to freedom our brethren who are captive in body or in soul.

May our young grow up irreproachable in your sight
and may they wholeheartedly follow you when you call.

Make children follow your example
and move steadily forward in wisdom and grace.

Take up the dead into your eternal kingdom
where we hope one day to rule at your side"

Fresh Fire

Fresh Fire
David Hamilton and Don Moen | Copyright | 2006 Gratia Music (adm by The Loving Company)/ASCAP and Integrity's Hosanna! Music/ASCAP

Fresh fire let it fall
O God hear our call
Send Your Spirit like a rushing wind
We need fresh fire

We are hungry we are thirsty
Crying out for more of You
Lord we are desperate for Your mercy
Let us burn to know Your Truth
Light a flame in us now
Send Your holy fire down

We have left our hearts unguarded
We confess we've walked away
Lord take us back to where we started
Where we first found love and grace
Light a flame in us now
Send Your holy fire down

More of Your love
More of Your power
Send a revival
We need it now
Stir up a fire
Let it burn brighter
Let the flame burn higher
higher higher

Revive us again

from Fr. Ron

"This weekend, with the Feast of Christ the King, we bring our liturgical
year to an end. The question we all need to ask is has this year brought us
closer in our relationship with Jesus? Is He the king of my life? As you
know, we were created to be in friendship with God. If Jesus is not the
center of our life, then we are not fulfilling the purpose of our life.
Hopefully, we can all say that we have made progress in our spiritual growth. If we have, let us
continue to grow. If not, let us make the effort to do so, starting today. One suggestion is to
take time every day to tell Jesus how you are feeling, what is happening in your life, and where
you need help. Also, thank him for your blessings every day."

Wendy Cukierski

Subject: Fwd: Prayers needed for Wendy Cukierski
Whitman was born at 7:36 a.m. at 8 lb and
>> 20"...everything was fine until 11 when Wendy started to
>> hemorrage...she's on her 2nd unit of blood and they were blowing
>> veins trying to get a line into her, but Walt said it's slowed down
>> now. We need to get her on the prayer lines although I think she's
>> doing better. Please start praying and forward to your prayer
>> partners, warriors, whomever!

a personal request

If you could all please say a quick prayer for my family today. Our dog (a black lab that we've had for over 13 years) is going to be put down today. The kids seem to be doing so much.

Thank you.

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds)

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds):

"Psalm 23 (24)

The Lord comes to his temple The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all who live in it. He himself founded it upon the seas and set it firm over the waters. Who will climb the mountain of the Lord? Who will stand in his holy place? The one who is innocent of wrongdoing and pure of heart, who has not given himself to vanities or sworn falsely. He will receive the blessing of the Lord and be justified by God his saviour. This is the way of those who seek him, seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors, and let the king of glory enter.

Who is the king of glory? The Lord of might and power. The Lord, strong in battle.

Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors, and let the king of glory enter.

Who is the king of glory? The Lord of hosts – he is the king of glory.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen."

Universalis: Office of Readings

Universalis: Office of Readings:

"Concluding Prayer

O Lord our God, grant that we may always find joy in serving you; for if we constantly serve the one from all good things come, it will give us perfect happiness for ever. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen."

Short Stuff

Short Stuff : A Catholic Reflection:
"Like Zacchaeus, we are all short – short on money, brains, opportunities, patience, strength, etc. We can spend our lives on tiptoe, up trees, and climbing ladders, or we can live for Jesus.

PRAYER: Jesus, because You died on a tree, I don't have to climb one. Because you climbed the hill of Calvary, I don't have to climb the ladder of success. I thank You, adore You as God, and totally give my life to You."

Days of Elijah

Monday, November 19, 2007

Rosary Meditations

Living His Life Abundantly, Women of Grace and Canticle Magazine

I just wanted to recommend this beautiful set of two CD's called 'My Soul Magnifies the Lord' by Johnette Benkovick. I'm not affiliated with them in anyway, so get nothing by saying this but I own a set and absolutely love it.

Prayers for the men

Spirit Daily - Daily spiritual news from around the world:

" Men, you have an obligation to join your wives and mothers, your sisters, in defending and filling and reviving the Church. It cannot go on forever without you. It is time for real men to stand up. Do you really want to see the Church destroyed? It is also time to kneel. It is masculine to love God. It is masculine to love others. It is masculine to fight for Jesus while we are on this battlefield, this playing field, in this boxing ring called earth.

Want real power? Want real masculinity? Pray. Go the Mass. Fast. See if you are tough enough for that"

Let's pray for all of the men in our lives today. May the Lord draw their hearts back to Him so that they can fulfill their role in the church and in their families more fully. May St. Joseph intercede on their behalf.

Prayers for Fr. Francis Mary

Fr. John Trigilio comments on Fr. Francis Mary Stone
Prayers for Fr. Francis Mary of EWTN's 'Life on the Rock' and for all priests. May St. Michael come to their defense.

“Lord, please let me see.”

USCCB - (NAB) - November 19, 2007

Lk 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.

They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

Today's Prayer:
Dear Lord, we too want to that we can follow You more fully and give You glory. Amen.

Universalis: Compline (Night Prayer)

Universalis: Compline (Night Prayer)

"Let us pray. Today we have celebrated the mystery of the Christ’s resurrection, and so now we humbly ask you, Lord, that we may rest in your peace, far from all harm, and rise rejoicing and giving praise to you. Through Christ our Lord, Amen."

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Universalis: Vespers

Universalis: Vespers:
"Prayers and Intercessions
We worship Christ the Lord: he is our Head and we are his body. In triumph we cry:
- Lord, may your kingdom come.

Our Saviour, make your Church more and more a sacrament of human unity:
and an ever more effective road to salvation.

Stand next to the college of Bishops, and our Pope,
and give them the gifts of unity, love, and peace.

May Christians be more closely united with you as their Head;
may the way they live proclaim your kingdom.

In your kindness, give peace to the world:
make peace and security flower everywhere.

Give the deceased a glorious resurrection at the end of time,
and allow us to share their blessedness."

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds)

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds):

"Prayers and Intercessions

Christ the Lord is our day and our sunlight, shining on all men and never setting. Let us praise him, saying:
- O Lord, you are our life and our salvation!

Creator of the stars, we offer you in gratitude the first-fruits of this day,
and we commemorate your resurrection.

May your Spirit guide us today to do what is pleasing to you:
may your Wisdom lead us always.

Let us join together with joy at Mass this Sunday,
at the table of your word and your Body and Blood.

Our souls give you thanks
for your immeasurable kindness."


USCCB - (NAB) - November 18, 2007:
Lk 21:5-19

"'Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.' "

Prayer for Today:

Dear Lord, gives us wisdom and perseverance. Teach us what to say and when, so that by our testimony we can lead our family and friends into the fullness of Truth. Especially as we head into Thanksgiving Day with families gathering all over. May our love for You shine through us!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Universalis: Vespers

Universalis: Vespers:
"Prayers and Intercessions

Let us give glory to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and humbly offer him our prayers:
- Lord, be with your people.

Holy Lord, almighty Father, let justice grow across the Earth
-and may your people live in peace.

Let all nations enter your kingdom:
-bring salvation to all mankind.

May married couples live in peace according to your will,
-living together in mutual love.

Lord, reward all who do good to us
-and bring them to eternal life.

Take pity on those who die through war and hatred:
-in your kindness, give them rest in heaven."

St. Joseph Online Prayer Group

Yahoo E-Mail List.

I just noticed that they posted the address to the yahoo e-mail list on the bulletin. It's a good thing that I decided to keep the group there, even though it didn't have a very good start. So...we'll see what the Lord wants to do with it. Meanwhile, I think I'll post a link from there to here, in case anyone decides to check it out but can't log in.

From Morning Prayer (Lauds)

Universalis: Morning Prayer (Lauds):
"Psalm 8
The greatness of God, the dignity of man

How wonderful is your name over all the earth, O Lord, our Lord! How exalted is your glory above the sky! Out of the mouths of children and infants you have brought praise, to confound your enemies, to destroy your vengeful foes. When I see the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you set in their place – what is man, that you should take thought for him? what is the son of man, that you should look after him? You have made him but one step lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honour; you have set him over the works of your hands. You have put everything beneath his feet, cattle and sheep and the beasts of the field, the birds in the air and the fish in the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the waters. How wonderful is your name above all the earth, O Lord, our Lord!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen."

Praise God!

USCCB - (NAB) - November 17, 2007:
Reading 1
Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9

"For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be preserved unharmed. The cloud overshadowed their camp; and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging: Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road, and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood. Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand, after they beheld stupendous wonders. For they ranged about like horses, and bounded about like lambs, praising you, O Lord! their deliverer."

Universalis: Office of Readings: "Offer a sacrifice to God – a sacrifice of praise; to the Most High, fulfil your vows. Then you may call upon me in the time of trouble: I will rescue you, and you will honour me."

Pray Always

USCCB - (NAB) - November 17, 2007
Lk 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.

He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Praying that the Lord will bring together here to this blog the ones that He has so chosen...that His will may be done.

Universalis: Office of Readings:
"Psalm 49 (50)
True reverence for the Lord The Lord, the God of gods has spoken; he has summoned the whole earth, from east to west. God has shone forth from Sion in her great beauty. Our God will come, and he will not be silent. Before him, a devouring fire; around him, a tempest rages. He will call upon the heavens above, and on the earth, to judge his people. “Bring together before me my chosen ones, who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice”. The heavens will proclaim his justice; for God is the true judge."

Saint of the Day

".=: S A I N T O F T H E D A Y :=.
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

In her short life Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers. This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe. For more, click the link below! Saint of the Day: "

She is also the aunt of St. Elizabeth (Isabel)of Portugal in honor of whom we (the Portuguese)do the Holy Spirit Coronations and Feast.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Universalis: Vespers

Universalis: Vespers:

"Let all your creatures proclaim you, O Lord, let your chosen ones bless you. Let them tell of the glory of your reign, let them speak of your power – so that the children of men may know what you can do, see the glory of your kingdom and its greatness. Your kingdom stands firm for all ages, your rule lasts for ever and ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen."

Safety in Travel

Please pray for all travelling during the Thanksgiving week.


P5:...In the Presence of God:

"Today's Prayer: May we see beauty everywhere today and let it remind us of our Heavenly Father. "

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Just got the following from my homeschooling group and wanted to pass it on since this is not something that we often see coming from the movie industry. Let's pray for Hollywood and all those in the entertainment industry while we are at it.

"The Youth Group went to see this movie last weekend, and it was really, really good. We moms thought it should be required viewing for Catholic teens. It speaks to taking responsibility for your actions, the importance of loving families, respecting the gift of life, what is really important in life, and living a life of caring Christian compassion. We noticed the lead character praying the rosary and wearing a scapular (you had to Catholic and quick to see these) (and it helped that said lead character was dubbed by the girls a "hunk" - ha!) The teens thought it was good also. Please note this isn't for younger kids - we think it got the PG13 rating because there is a tragic death - there were no sex scenes, violence or foul language.

Please support this movie!"

Pray for Wisdom

P5:...In the Presence of God:

"Today's Prayer: May the Word of God come alive for us and may we be filled with the Wisdom of the Lord. "

St Anthony's prayer for Wisdom

Oh Light of the World, Infinite God, Father of Eternity, giver of Wisdom and Knowledge, and ineffable dispenser of every Spiritual Grace; who knowest all things before they are made, who makest the darkness and the light; put forth Thy hand and touch my mouth, and make it as a sharp sword to utter eloquently Thy Words.

Make my tongue, Oh Lord, as a chosen arrow, to declare faithfully Thy Wonders.

Put Thy Spirit, Oh Lord, in my heart, that I may perceive; in my soul, that I may retain; and in my conscience, that I may meditate.

Do thou lovingly, holily, mercifully, clemently and gently inspire me with Thy Grace. Do Thou teach, guide and strengthen the comings in and goings out of my senses and my thoughts.

And let Thy discipline instruct me even to the end, and the Counsel of the Most High help me through Thy Infinite Wisdom and Mercy, Amen

A Catholic Reflection

The Today Show : A Catholic Reflection: "Let's pray, prepare for the future, and not dread it. We should pray to not be subjected to the trial but to stand erect by faith and hold our heads high 'when these things begin to happen' (Lk 21:28). We prepare for the future by using fully the opportunities of the present. We have wasted enough time doing 'what the pagans enjoy' (1 Pt 4:3). We are not to spend what remains of our 'earthly life on human desires but on the will of God' (1 Pt 4:2). 'It is now the wake from sleep, for our salvation is closer than when we first accepted the faith' (Rm 13:11).

PRAYER: Father, today is the only day I'm certain I have left. I live my life and day fully for You.
PROMISE: 'For she [wisdom] is the refulgence of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of His goodness.' –Wis 7:26
PRAISE: St. Albert spent his days learning about God through both natural and supernatural revelations. "

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

For Our Prayer Warriors

Let's pray for all who will come to this site in prayer for others. May the Lord protect you and bless you and your families.

Please add your name to the comments so that we know who is with us.

Holy Father's Prayer Intentions

Holy Father's Prayer Intentions For 2007:

General: That those dedicated to medical research and all those engaged in legislative activity may always have deep respect for human life, from. its beginning to its natural conclusion.

Mission: That in the Korean Peninsula the spirit of reconciliation and peace may grow."

Catholic Prayers Site

EWTN:Catholic Prayers, Novenas, Prayers to Jesus, Marian Prayers, Prayers of the Saints

For Church Unification

Javno - World: "A document containing 46 articles that sets the foundations for the unification of the Catholic and Orthodox churches after their separation in 1054 was signed by the delegations of the two churches in Ravenna after a meeting in October, Italian daily Repubblica reported on Wednesday."

pray for peace

For peace in the families.


for friend's brother

please pray for my brother

> he is severely depressed. something from his past he says. he's
> been battling depression for a couple of years now. he says he's not
> suicidal right now, but he was at one point.
> i'm extremely worried.
> please pray!
> he served over in iraq for a short while. worked as an EMT. Is a
> paramedic and now a firefighter. he has struggled hard to get this
> job as a firefighter. my brother doesn't like hearing about God in
> any way. i hope that whatever is bothering him will come out, so
> that we can help him deal with it. i hope he can see the love we are
> trying to surround him with.
> thank you, for storming heaven for my brother.
> love
> m

I just got this e-mail today. Please join us in praying for him.

For those in authority

Good, God-Pleasing Prayer (1 Tm 2:3) : A Catholic Reflection: "Paul told Timothy: 'First of all, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for all men, especially for kings and those in authority' (1 Tm 2:1-2). Prayer for those in authority should be our top priority and the first thing the Lord calls us to do. It is 'first of all.'"

Today's prayer is for all in authority...for our president and all the presidential candidates. For all Governors and others in places of power in the government. I pray for our Pope, Bishops and priests...especially for Fr. Ron. I pray for all that are leading ministry groups.

If you would like for us to pray for a particular person that is in authority, please leave a comment here.

For our children

"... I think praying for eachothers children is so important in this day and age. I have been praying for there futures and that they will always be in the will of God.

God bless, and have a great week!!!
Mary T."

If you would like for us to specifically pray for a particular child...please add a comment here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Heart to Heart Listening

Learn to hear God’s voice and pray according to
His will. The results may surprise you because
the Lord is never outdone in generosity. Join us
on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30pm at St. Joseph
Rectory (173 Albion Street, Wakefield, MA)
for an informational session. We plan to meet
every other Tuesday evening and follow the Intercessors
of the Lamb series entitled Heart to
Heart Listening, based on the Spiritual Exercises
of St. Ignatius. Hosted by Tessa Visconti (617-


Family Trees?
Let's pray for these stores(and their employees) that want our money during Christmas, but are determined not to recognize the reason for the Season.

Missing - Daffny Velder

Missing - Daffny Velder - Independence, MO

Prayers going out for this missing girl and her family.

Prayer Requests

Please add your prayer requests here. I will keep a link to this post on the side bar so that we can have access to the prayer requests at all times.

Just click on 'post a comment' and I will receive the message and will post it at the main site.

Prayer for Nov. 13th

Lord, help us to be faithful in the little things in our daily lives so
that we can then be trusted with the big.

Show us clearly what You would have us do today.

Give us the grace necessary to be obedient to You...even when it is

May we keep in mind that we are to be faithful...but that the success
of it is up to You.


Praying in the moment

Praying in the moment

I decided to do a search on the Title that I had chosen for this blog and came upon this...PERFECT! I'm not sure who wrote it. But I know that the Lord has used it to inspire me. I hope that it inspires you too.