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Divine Mercy Novena – DAY SIX – Easter Wednesday – 19 April 4th Day of the Octave

Divine Mercy Novena – DAY SIX – Easter Wednesday – 19 April
4th Day of the Octave

DAY SIX DM NOVENA

“Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children,and immerse them in My mercy.    These souls most closely resemble My Heart.    They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars.    I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace.    I favour humble souls with My confidence.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.”    Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children.    These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites.    They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God;  God Himself takes delight in their fragrance.    These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.   These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son.    Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne.    Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them:  bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Posted in MORNING Prayers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 19 April

Thought for the Day – 19 April

In the middle years of the eleventh century, some prayers for a variety of purposes were added to a splendid Psalter which had been made at Canterbury c.1012-23, which is now British Library, Arundel 155.    These prayers, some 44 of them, are in Latin with an interlinear Old English gloss.   They’ve been published in two batches, the first group by Ferdinand Holthausen in ‘Altenglische Interlinearversionen lateinischer Gebete und Beichten’, Anglia 65 (1941), 230-54, and the rest by Jackson J. Campbell in ‘Prayers from Ms. Arundel 155’ Anglia 81 (1963), 82-177.   Among these prayers are two addressed to Canterbury’s chief saints, Dunstan and Alphege.

I pray also through you, holy father Alphege,
to all the blessed host of saintly martyrs,
who by their steadfast faith and shedding of their blood
have achieved heavenly rewards,
that supported by the protection of so many saints
in this present life. I may leave and shun all things
which are harmful to the body and the soul
and love Christ entirely with a pure mind
and steadfastly endure in the Lord’s commands.
And, thus enduring, intercede for me, holy father Alphege,
that Christ the Lord may grant that I may deserve
to come to eternal bliss, where health, life and joy endure
for all those beloved of God, through all ages of ages. Amen (Excerpt)

By way of comparison, this is the prayer to St Alphege with which the biographer, Osbern concludes his Life of the saint.

Alphege, great soldier of a great King,
who washed your robe in the blood of Almighty God,
accept the prayers of the sons who cry to you
and by your gracious intercession raise up those
whom you have honoured by your holy Passion.
Made strong by divine assistance,
you overcame the prince of death;
father, strengthen us against him
and help us to vanquish him.
You had mercy on those who stoned you;
have mercy on those who pray to you,
that the fury of those who rave.
may not gain more than the devotion of those who love.
Do not let your servants know the gates of death and hell
but bring them to the gates of Paradise
through the power given to you by the Saviour,
who lives and reigns together with the eternal Father
and co-eternal Spirit, the one, only, true God,
through endless ages of ages. Amen.

And the Thought is – let us run to the Saints who are waiting to intercede for us all.

St Alphege, pray for us!

ST ALPHEGE PRAY FOR US

Posted in EASTER, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS

Quote of the Day – 19 April

Quote of the Day – 19 April

“The Lord’s triumph, on the day of the Resurrection, is final.
Where are the soldiers the rulers posted there?
Where are the seals that were fixed to the stone of the tomb?
Where are those who condemned the Master?
Where are those who crucified Jesus?
He is victorious and faced with His victory those
poor wretches have all taken flight.
Be filled with hope –
Jesus Christ is always victorious!”.

St. Josemarie Escriva, The Forge, 660

JESUS CHRIST IS ALWAYS VICTORIOUS-STJOSEMARIA

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, EASTER, EUCHARISTIC Adoration, MORNING Prayers, Pope BENEDICT XVI

One Minute Reflection – 19 April – Wednesday of Easter Octave

One Minute Reflection – 19 April – Wednesday of Easter Octave

Daily Meditation: Give us the joy of this feast.

Then the disciples from Emmaus
told what happened on the road
and how they knew he was the Lord
when he broke the bread.
— Luke 24:35

REFLECTION – “The fact that archaeologists have not identified the location of Emmaus with any certainty, holds for me a certain value :  it suggests that Emmaus is really everywhere, the road that leads there is the path of every Christian, indeed, every human being.    On our own journeys, the risen Jesus is a traveling companion who rekindles in our hearts the warmth of faith and hope and the breaking of the bread of eternal life.    This beautiful evangelical text already contains the structure of the Mass: in the first part listening to the Word through the Scriptures;  second in the Eucharistic liturgy and communion with Christ present in the sacrament of his Body and his Blood. Nourishing ourselves in this twofold meal, the Church builds itself up and is renewed every day in faith, hope and charity.”……………..Pope Benedict XVI 2008

PRAYER – Loving Father, do I feel this joy so deeply each year?   I know how solemn this season is and yet I am overcome by sheer delight.  I celebrate this joyful time of remembering how I am brought to new life by the sacrifice Your Son made for me.   Help me to delight in the gift He left us, help me to experience the great joy of the feast of the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist the food to nourish me on my own road to Emmaus. Amen

luke 24-35EMMAUS-BENDICT XVI

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Our Morning Offering – 19 April

Our Morning Offering – 19 April

The Anima Christi
By St Thomas Aquinas

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
Amen

THE ANIMA CHRISTI - ST THOMAS AQUINAS

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Saint of the Day – 19 April – St Alphege

Saint of the Day – 19 April – St Alphege (c953-1012) also known as St Alphege of Winchester/Canterbury/Bath – MARTYR and Bishop, Monk, Hermit, Abbot, educator, apostle of charity – his body is incorrupt.    Patron of  Greenwich, England,  kidnap victims,  Solihull, England.   Attributes –  bishop holding an axe,  bishop with an axe in his head,  carrying stones in his chasuble.

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Alphege was born in 953 and became a monk at the Deerhurst Monastery of Gloucester, England. After a few years, he asked to become a hermit, received permission and retired to a small hut near Somerset, England. In 984, Alphege moved to Bath and became abbot at abbey founded by St. Dunstan. Many of Alpege’s companions from Somerset joined him at Bath. In that same year, Alphege was appointed bishop of Winchester and served there for two decades.

He was famed for his care of the poor and for his own austere life. King Aethelred the Unready used his abilities in 994, sending him to mediate with invading Danes.  The Danish chieftain Anlaf converted to Christianity as a result of his meetings with Alphege, although he and the other chief, Swein, demanded tribute from the Anglo-Saxons of the region. Anlaf vowed never to lead his troops against Britain again.   In 1005 Alphege became the successor to Aleric as the archbishop of Canterbury, receiving the pallium in Rome from Pope John XVIII.   He returned to England in time to be captured by the Danes pillaging the southern regions. The Danes besieged Canterbury and took Alphege captive.   The ransom for his release was about three thousand pounds and went unpaid. Alphege refused to give the Danes that much, an act which infuriated them.   He was hit with an ax and then beaten to death.  

MARTYRDOM OF ST ALPHEGE

Revered as a martyr, Alphege’s remains were placed in St. Paul’s Church in London.   The body, moved to Canterbury in 1023, was discovered to be incorrupt in 1105. Relics of St. Alphege are also in Bath, Glastonbury, Ramsey, Reading, Durham, Yorkminster and in Westminster Abbey.   He was canonised by St Pope Gregory VII in 1078.

St Thomas a Becket himself endorsed a parallel between himself and the Anglo-Saxon martyr, when he spoke about Alphege in the sermon he preached on Christmas Day 1170, four days before his own martyrdom:  “You already have a martyr here,” he said, “Alphege, beloved of God, a true saint. The Divine Mercy will provide another for you; it will not delay.”

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Saints – 19 April

St Alphege of Winchester
St Apollonius the Priest
St Aristonicus of Melitene
St Crescentius of Florence
St Expeditus of Melitene
St Gaius of Melitene
St Galata of Melitene
St George of Antioch
St Gerold of Saxony
St James Duckett
Bl Jaume Llach-Candell
St Leo IX, Pope
St Martha of Persia
Bl Ramon Llach-Candell
St Rufus of Melitene
St Vincent of Collioure

Martyrs of Carthage – 17 saints: A group of Christians martyred in the persecutions of Decius. We know little more than the names – Aristo, Basso, Credula, Donato, Ereda, Eremio, Fermo, Fortunata, Fortunio, Frutto, Julia, Mappalicus, Martial, Paul, Venusto, Victorinus and Victor. Died in the year 250 in prison in Carthage, North Africa (modern Tunis, Tunisia).