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NOVENA TO CHRIST KING in preparation for the Liturgical Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow

NOVENA TO CHRIST KING
in preparation for the Liturgical Feast
of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow

Day Two
Through Jesus Christ and in Him

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Hebrew 1:1-2a
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets;  in these last days, he spoke to us through a son . . .

Jesus is frequently ignored and ridiculed, is announced to have been a king of the past and not to be the king of the present, let alone of tomorrow, is pushed into the junk room of issues and personages that should not be mentioned aloud and publicly…(Benedict XVI, address during the encounter with young people at Błonia Field in Cracow, 27 May 2006)

PRAYER – God, the Father of all mercy and solace, the kindest Lord and King!   You haVE sent Your only Son to make the world believe that You arE its only love, happiness and meaning of existence.   Our Lord is not only the Redeemer but that He also loves
every soul and hath shed His Blood for everyone.    May Your Kingdom arrive sooner in the souls of those who are paying this homage to You today;  in our families, parishes and the entire Nation.   You who livest and reigns world without end. Amen.

Prayer to Jesus Christ King of the Universe
by Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha (1927)

O Jesus, Lord of our hearts and immortal King of centuries, we hereby solemnly swear to You to stand faithfully by Your throne and by You.   We swear never to blemish Your standard with unbelief, sectarianism or any other apostasy.   We vow to You to persevere in the holy Catholic faith until we die.
May our posterity engrave it on our tombstones that we were never embarrassed because of our faith in You, Jesus the King and Your Gospel.   May You reign in our hearts through grace.   May You reign in our families through family virtues.   May You reign in our schools through genuine Catholic upbringing.
May You reign in our society through justice and concord.  May You reign everywhere, always and forever.   May Your standard be a guide for us all, may Your Kingdom extend to every corner of the earth! Amen

Let us pray:  Almighty God, the powerful King of all creation, we humbly beseech You to send the hosts of angels for our protection so that we may serve You with devotion, with no hindrance and in peace.   We beseech You through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.DAY TWO - novena to christ the king - 18 november 2017

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Thought for the Day – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Thought for the Day – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Peter, the rough fisherman whom Jesus named the rock on which the Church is built and the educated Paul, reformed persecutor of Christians, Roman citizen and missionary to the gentiles, are the original odd couple.

The major similarity in their faith-journeys is the journey’s end:  both, according to tradition, died a martyr’s death in Rome—Peter on a cross and Paul beneath the sword.

Their combined gifts shaped the early Church and they are our icons in faith and truth now, all these 2000 years later.

Believers have prayed at their tombs from the earliest days and still, day by day, year by year, century by century, the queues of hundreds, sometimes thousands, form – each and every day, to get to Peter, to get to Paul – at last!

Sts Peter and Paul, pray for us!

sts peter and paul no 4 - pray for us

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Quote of the Day – – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Quote of the Day – – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

“The beauty and harmony of the churches, destined to give praise to God, also draws us human being, limited and sinful, to convert to form a ‘cosmos,’ a well-ordered structure, in intimate communion with Jesus, who is the true Saint of saints.
This happens in a culminating way in the Eucharistic liturgy, in which the ‘ecclesia,’ that is, the community of the baptised, come together in a unified way to listen to the Word of God and nourish themselves with the Body and Blood of Christ. From these two tables the Church of living stones is built up in truth and charity and is internally formed by the Holy Spirit transforming herself into what she receives, conforming herself more and more to the Lord Jesus Christ.
She herself, if she lives in sincere and fraternal unity, in this way becomes the spiritual sacrifice pleasing to God.”

Pope Benedict XVI – 2008the beauty and harmony - pope benedict - 18 nov 2017the beauty and harmony - pope benedict - 18 nov 2017.-no2

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One Minute Reflection – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

One Minute Reflection – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

To you all, God’s beloved in Rome, called to be his holy people…..Romans 1:7romans 1 - 7

REFLECTION – “The present feast therefore deserves to be more than a local solemnity;  its extension to the Universal Church is a subject for the world’s gratitude.   Thanks to this Feast we can all make together in spirit today the pilgrimage, which our ancestors performed with such fatigue and danger, yet never thought they purchased at too high a price its holy joys and blessings. “Heavenly mountains, glittering heights of the new Sion!”  There are the gates of our true country, the two lights of the immense world.   There Paul’s voice is heard like thunder;   there Peter withholds or hurls the bolt.   The former opens the hearts of men, the latter opens Heaven.   Peter is the foundation-stone, Paul the architect of the temple where stands the altar by which God is propitiated.   Both together from a single fountain, which pours out its healing and refreshing waters” …Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 – c 609).there are the gares of our true country - Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 - c 609). - 18 nov 2017

PRAYER –  Lord God, give Your Church the help of the Apostles Peter and Paul, who first brought it the knowledge of the faith;  may they always obtain for it an increase of grace and continue to run with us on our journey home to You.   Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.sts peter and paul pray for us - 18 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Our Morning Offering – 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Eternal God
By St Francis Xavier S.J. (1506-1552)

Eternal God,
Creator of all things,
remember that You alone
has created the souls of unbelievers,
which You have made
according to Your image and likeness.
Behold, O Lord,
how to Your dishonour,
many of them are falling into Hell.
Remember, O Lord,
Your Son Jesus Christ,
Who so generously shed His Blood
and suffered for them.
Do not permit that Your Son, Our Lord,
remain unknown by unbelievers,
but, with the help of Your Saints
and the Church,
the Bride of Your Son,
remember Your mercy,
forget their idolatry and infidelity,
and make them know Him,
Who You have sent,
Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord,
Who is our salvation,
our life and our resurrection,
through Whom we have been
saved and redeemed,
and to Whom is due glory forever. Ameneternal god - st francis xavier - 18 nov 2017

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NOVENA TO CHRIST KING in preparation for the Liturgical Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

NOVENA TO CHRIST KING
in preparation for the Liturgical Feast
of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow (Mentor and hero of St John Paul).

prince cardinal adam sapieha.jpgDay One
With God the Father

Antiphon to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Luke 11:2

He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come”.
“Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Man, born of the Holy Virgin, came to reveal the fatherhood of God to mankind.   He came to reveal the fatherhood that only he himself knows as the Son who is of one substance with the Father.   So he came to lead mankind into the eternal and Divine dimension of all fatherhood and parenthood in the world created by God.   Also, of all order and harmony, for which the family dimension is essential.
Does to reveal mean only to remind?   More than that, to reveal means to restore. Christ came torestore the Divine fatherhood to mankind, this great human family. Only He could accomplish the restoration in a complete way.   In order to restore the Divine fatherhood to people, Christ had to bring back the people to God as Father.   This was his vital mission…”….(John Paul II, Homily delivered during the Mass at Masłów Aero Club in Kielce, 3 June 1991)

God, Father of mankind, we thank You for making us Your adopted children in Christ and letting us know about this great honour.   You have revealed that being a child of God means essentially acting with truth and simplicity, without a touch of duplicity and egoism.   Jesus Christ, our King and Lord, let all people know the kindness of God, Father of all creation and His care of those who fear Him.   Let us worship and praise the name of our King so that we may be brought to the glory of eternal life, where You live and reign, world without end. Amen

Prayer to Jesus Christ King of the Universe
by Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha (1927)

O Jesus, Lord of our hearts and immortal King of centuries, we hereby solemnly swear to You to stand faithfully by Your throne and by You.    We swear never to blemish Your standard with unbelief, sectarianism or any other apostasy.   We vow to You to persevere in the holy Catholic faith until we die.
May our posterity engrave it on our tombstones that we were never embarrassed because of our faith in You, Jesus the King and Your Gospel.   May You reign in our hearts through grace.   May You reign in our families through family virtues.   May You reign in our schools through genuine Catholic upbringing.
May You reign in our society through justice and concord.   May You reign everywhere, always and forever. May Your standard be a guide for us all, may Your Kingdom extend to every corner of the earth!   Amen

Let us pray. Almighty God, the powerful King of all creation, we humbly beseech You to send the hosts of angels for our protection so that we may serve You with devotion, with no hindrance and in peace.   We beseech You through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amenday one novena christ the king - 17 nov 2017

 

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Thought for the Day – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Thought for the Day – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

“Elizabeth was a lifelong friend of the poor and gave herself entirely to relieving the hungry.   She ordered that one of her castles should be converted into a hospital in which she gathered many of the weak and feeble.   She generously gave alms to all who were in need, not only in that place but in all the territories of her husband’s empire.   She spent all her own revenue from her husband’s four principalities and finally she sold her luxurious possessions and rich clothes for the sake of the poor.

Twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, Elizabeth went to visit the sick.   She personally cared for those who were particularly repulsive; to some she gave good, to others clothing; some she carried on her own shoulders and performed many other kindly services.   Her husband, of happy memory, gladly approved of these charitable works.   Finally, when her husband died, she sought the highest perfection;  filled with tears, she implored me to let her beg for alms from door to door.

On Good Friday of that year, when the altars had been stripped, she laid her hands on the altar in a chapel in her own town, where she had established the Friars Minor and before witnesses she voluntarily renounced all worldly display and everything that our Saviour in the gospel advises us to abandon.   Even then she saw that she could still be distracted by the cares and worldly glory which had surrounded her while her husband was alive.   Against my will she followed me to Marburg.   Here in the town she built a hospice where she gathered together the weak and the feeble.   There she attended the most wretched and contemptible at her own table.

st elizabeth visiting the hospital she founded
St Elizabeth at the Hospice she built

Apart from those active good works, I declare before God that I have seldom seen a more contemplative woman.

Before her death I heard her confession.   When I asked what should be done about her goods and possessions, she replied that anything which seemed to be hers belonged to the poor.   She asked me to distribute everything except one worn-out dress in which she wished to be buried.   When all this had been decided, she received the body of our Lord. Afterward, until vespers, she spoke often of the holiest things she had heard in sermons. Then, she devoutly commended to God all who were sitting near her and as if falling into a gentle sleep, she died.”   – from a letter by Fr Conrad of Marburg, spiritual director of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Elizabeth understood well the lesson Jesus taught when he washed his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper:  the Christian must be one who serves the humblest needs of others, even if one serves from an exalted position.   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.  Of royal blood, Elizabeth could have lorded it over her subjects.   Yet she served them with such a loving heart that her brief life won for her a special place in the hearts of many.   Elizabeth is also an example to us in her following the guidance of a spiritual director.   Growth in the spiritual life is a difficult process.   We can play games very easily if we don’t have someone to challenge us.

St Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us!st elizabeth pray for us