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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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Devotion for the Month of November – The Holy Souls/The Faithful Departed

Devotion for the Month of November – The Holy Souls/The Faithful Departednovember - the month of the holy souls

As Christmas approaches, it is natural that our thoughts turn to those whom we have loved who are no longer with us.

How appropriate, then, that the Catholic Church offers us November, which begins with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory—those who have died in grace, yet who failed in this life to make satisfaction for all of their sins.

In recent years, perhaps no Catholic doctrine has been more misunderstood by Catholics themselves than the doctrine of Purgatory.   Consequently, we tend to downplay it, even seem a little embarrassed by it and it is the Holy Souls who suffer because of our discomfort with the doctrine.

Purgatory is not, as many people think, one last trial.   All of those who make it to Purgatory will one day be in Heaven.   Purgatory is where those who have died in grace but who have not fully atoned for the temporal punishments resulting from their sins, go to finish their atonement before entering Heaven.   A soul in Purgatory may suffer but he has the assurance that he will ultimately enter Heaven when his punishment is complete.   Catholics believe Purgatory is an expression of God’s love, His desire to cleanse our souls of all that might keep us from experiencing the fullness of joy in Heaven.

As Christians, we don’t travel through this world alone.   Our salvation is wrapped up with the salvation of others and charity requires us to come to their aid.   The same is true of the Holy Souls.   In their time in Purgatory, they can pray for usand we should pray for the faithful departed that they may be freed from the punishment for their sins and enter into Heaven.

We should pray for the dead throughout the year, especially on the anniversary of their death but in this Month of the Holy Souls, we should devote some time every day to prayer for the dead.   We should start with those closest to us—our mother and father, for instance—but we should also offer prayers for all the souls,and especially for those most forsaken.

We believe that those Holy Souls for whom we pray will continue to pray for us after they have been released from Purgatory.   If we live Christian lives, we too will likely find ourselves in Purgatory someday and our acts of charity toward the Holy Souls there now will ensure that they remember us before the throne of God when we are most in need of prayers.   It’s a comforting thought and one that should encourage us, especially in this month of November, to offer our prayers for the Holy Souls.

Let us Pray:

Incline Your ear, O Lord, unto our prayers,
wherein we humbly pray to You.
to show Your mercy upon the souls of Your servants,
whom You have commanded to pass out of this world,
that You would place them in the region of peace and light
and bid them be partakers with Your Saints.
Through Christ our Lord.   Amen incline your ear o lord - nov month of the holy souls

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Our Morning Offering – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints

Our Morning Offering – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints

Prayer of St Gertrude to the Saints in Heaven

I salute you through the Heart of Jesus,
O all you holy angels and saints of God;
I rejoice in your glory and I give thanks to our Lord
for all the benefits which He has showered upon you;
I praise Him and glorify Him
and offer you, for an increase of your joy and honour,
the most gentle heart of Jesus.
Deign therefore, to pray for me
that I may become
according to the heart of God. Amenprayer of st gertrude to the saints in heaven - 1 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 14 October – Saturday Devotion to our Mother

Our Morning Offering – 14 October – Saturday Devotion to our Mother

Mary, let me love your Jesus
By St Ildephonsus (607-667)

Virgin Mary, hear my prayer:
through the Holy Spirit
you became the Mother of Jesus;
from the Holy Spirit may I too have Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit
your flesh conceived Jesus;
through the same Spirit
may my soul receive Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit
you were able to know Jesus,
to possess Jesus,
and to bring Him into the world.
Through the Holy Spirit
may I too come to know your Jesus.
Imbued with the Spirit,
Mary, you could say:
“I am the handmaid of the Lord,
be it done unto me according to your word”;
in the Holy Spirit,
lowly as I am,
let me proclaim the great truths about Jesus.
In the Spirit you now adore Jesus as Lord
and look on Him as Son;
in the same spirit,
Mary, let me love your Jesus.
AmenMARY LET ME LOVE YOUR JESUS - ST ILDEPHONSUS - 14 oct 2017 SAT DEVOTION

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 October

Quote/s of the Day – 9 October

“Jesus, I am committing myself to accepting the things in life
I cannot change and I ask for the grace of serenity.
I am committing myself to changing the things in life
I can change and I ask for the grace of courage.
I am committing myself to knowing the difference
and I ask for the grace of wisdom.”jesus, take away - karl rahner - 8 oct 2917

“Jesus, take away the arrogance in my ego
and give me Your heart in its place.
Take away my ego-centredness
and make Your heart and its purposes.
the centre of myself.
I willingly enter the fire of Your heart
and let Your heart burn away my ego
and enflame me with enthusiasm
for the conversion of the world to the desires of Your heart.”
I feel the passionate longing of Your heart for all humanity and I ask to be an apostle of Your love.”

Karl Rahner SJjesus i am committing myself - karl rahner - 8 oct 2017

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Thought for the day – 7 October – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Thought for the day – 7 October – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation. Pius XII called it a compendium of the gospel.  The main focus is on Jesus—his birth, life, death and resurrection.  The Our Fathers remind us that Jesus’ Father is the initiator of salvation.  The Hail Marys remind us to join with Mary in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary was and is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of his earthly and heavenly existence. T he Glory Bes remind us that the purpose of all life is the glory of the Trinity.

The rosary appeals to many.  It is simple. The constant repetition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God.  We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever..(Fr Don Miller OFM)

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!our lady of the rosary pray for us 2017-2