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One last word on the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, today, 9 November.

One last word on the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, today, 9 November.

One of the best things about the Lateran is the 8-sided Baptistery, which I really love, though it is a beautiful church in general.    There one reads:

Here is born a people of noble race, destined for Heaven, whom the Spirit brings forth in the waters he has made fruitful.   Mother Church conceives her offspring by the breath of God and bears them virginally in this water.   Hope for the Kingdom of Heaven, you who are reborn in this font.   Eternal life does not await those who are only born once.   This is the spring of life that waters the whole world, taking its origin from the Wounds of Christ.   Sinner, to be purified, go down into the holy water.   It receives the unregenerate and brings him forth a new man.   If you wish to be made innocent, be cleansed in this pool, whether you are weighed down by original sin or your own.   There is no barrier between those who are reborn and made one by the one font, the one Spirit and the one faith.   Let neither the number nor the kind of their sins terrify anyone – once reborn in this water, they will be holy.here is born a people - 9 nov 2017 - st john lateran baptistry inscription

And so we say with the words of Scripture:

“zeal for your house consumes me.”zeal for your house consumes me - st john lateran - 9 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 9 November – Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran

Our Morning Offering – 9 November – Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran

O God,
who from living and chosen stones
prepare an eternal dwelling for Your Majesty,
increase in Your Church the spirit of grace
You have bestowed, so that by new growth,
Your faithful people may build up
the heavenly Jerusalem.
We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ,
in union with the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.prayer for the feast of the dedication of st john lateran - 9 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 2 November – The Commemoration of All Souls Day

Our Morning Offering – 2 November – The Commemoration of All Souls Day

Psalm 130 (129) The De Profundis

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.
If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord,
For with the Lord is kindness
and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.de profundis - 2 nov 2017

The De Profundis is the common name for the 130th Psalm (in the modern numbering system; in the traditional numbering system, it is the 129th Psalm).   The Psalm takes its name from the first two words of the psalm in its Latin phrasing (see below).   This Psalm has a varied history of usage in many traditions.

In Catholicism, the rule of St. Benedict, established around 530 CE, assigned the De Profundis to be recited at the beginning of the vespers service on Tuesday, followed by Psalm 131.

It is a penitential psalm that is also sung in commemoration of the dead and it is also a good psalm to express our sorrow as we prepare for the Sacrament of Confession.

For Catholics, every time a believer recites the De Profundis, they are said to receive a partial indulgence (the remission of a portion of punishment for sin).

The De Profundis also has a variety of uses in Judaism. It is recited as part of the liturgy for the high holidays, for example and is traditionally recited as a prayer for the sick.

The De Profundis has also appeared in world literature, in the works of the Spanish author Federico García Lorca and in a long letter by Oscar Wilde to his lover.

The Psalm has frequently been set to music, with many of the melodies written by some the world’s most renowned composers, including Bach, Handel, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, as well as modern composers such as Vangelis and Leonard Bernstein.

THE 130TH PSALM IN LATIN
De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine;
Domine, exaudi vocem meam. Fiant aures tuæ intendentes
in vocem deprecationis meæ.
Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine, Domine, quis sustinebit?
Quia apud te propitiatio est; et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine.
Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus:
Speravit anima mea in Domino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem, speret Israël in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia, et copiosa apud eum redemptio.
Et ipse redimet Israël ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus.

 

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Our Morning Offering – 13 October

Our Morning Offering – 13 October

The Absorbeat
St Francis of Assisi

May the power of Your love, Lord Christ,
fiery and sweet as honey,
so absorb our hearts
as to withdraw them
from all that is under heaven.
Grant that we may be ready
to die for love of Your love,
as You died for love of our love.
Amenthe absorbeat - st franics 13 oct 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 11 October – The memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

Our Morning Offering – 11 October – The memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

OPENING PRAYER AT THE
2ND VATICAN COUNCIL (1962)
By St John XXIII

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we
gather in Your name.

Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength
to know Your will,
to make it our own and to
live it in our lives.

Guide us by Your wisdom,
support us by Your power,
for You are God, sharing the
glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all:
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favour.

Unite us to Yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in Your name
may we temper justice with love,
so that all our decisions may be pleasing
to You and earn the reward promised to
good and faithful servants.
You live and reign with the Father
and the Son, One God, forever and ever.
Amen.opening prayer at the second vatican council - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 7 October – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

One Minute Reflection – 7 October – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Open your petals, like roses planted near running waters...Sirach 39:13

REFLECTION – “To discover whether people are of God, I have found no better way than the following.
Observe whether they say the Hail Mary and the Rosary.”……St Louis Marie de Montfortto discover whether people - st louis de montfort 2017

PRAYER – Lord, open our hearts to Your grace. May we, who learned to believe through the angel’s message, in the Incarnation of Christ, Your Son, be brought by His Passion and Cross, at the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to the glory of His Resurrection. Through Him who redeemed us in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, pray for us, amen.our lady of the rosary pray for us 2017