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Quote/s of the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Quote/s of the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

“You should be aware, that the word “angel”,
denotes a function, rather than a nature.
Those holy spirits of heaven,
have indeed always been spirits.
They can only be called angels,
when they deliver some message.
Moreover, those who deliver messages
of lesser importance are called angels
and those who proclaim messages
of supreme importance are called archangels.”

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) Father & Doctor of the Churchyou should be aware - pope st gregory the great - 29 sept 2018

“Angels take different earthly forms
at the bidding of their master, God.
They thus reveal themselves to human beings
and unveil the Divine Mysteries to them”

St John Damascene (675-749) Father & Doctor of the Churchangels take different forms - st john damascene - no 3- 29 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 26 July – The Memorial of Sts Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgina nd Grandparents of Jesus

One Minute Reflection – 26 July – The Memorial of Sts Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgina nd Grandparents of Jesus

How wonderful is God among his saints;  come, let us adore him…..Psalm 94how wonderful is godamong his saints - psalm 94 - 26 july 2018

REFLECTION – “Joachim and Anne, how blessed a couple!   All creation is indebted to you.   For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts:  a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of Him.   Joachim and Anne, how blessed and spotless a couple!   You will be known by the fruit you have borne, as the Lord says:  “By their fruits you will know them.”   The conduct of your life pleased God and was worthy of your daughter.   For by the chaste and holy life you led together, you have fashioned a jewel of virginity:  she who remained a virgin before, during and after giving birth  . She alone for all time would maintain her virginity in mind and soul as well as in body.   Joachim and Anne, how chaste a couple!   While leading a devout and holy life in your human nature, you gave birth to a daughter nobler than the angels, whose queen she now is.” – from a sermon by Saint John Damascene (675-749) – Doctor of the Churchjoachim-and-anne-st-john-damascene- 26 july 2017

PRAYER – O Lord, God of our Fathers, who bestowed on Saints Joachim and Anne this grace, that of them should be born the Mother of your incarnate Son, grant, through the prayers of both, that we may attain the salvation you have promised to your people. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Sts Joachim and Anne, pray for us!  Amensts-anne-and-joachim-pray-for-us- 26 july 2017

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Quote of the Day – 28 March – Wednesday of Holy Week 2018

Quote of the Day – 28 March – Wednesday of Holy Week 2018

By nothing else except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
has death been brought low, the sin of our first parent destroyed,
hell plundered, resurrection bestowed,
the power given us to despise the things of this world,
even death itself, the road back to the former blessedness made smooth,
the gates of paradise opened, our nature seated at the right hand of God
and we made children and heirs of God.
By the cross all these things have been set aright…
It is a seal that the destroyer may not strike us,
a raising up of those who lie fallen,
a support for those who stand,
a staff for the infirm,
a crook for the shepherded,
a guide for the wandering,
a perfecting of the advanced,
salvation for soul and body,
a deflector of all evils,
a cause of all goods,
a destruction of sin,
a plant of resurrection
and a tree of eternal life.

St John Damascene (675-749) Father & Doctor of the Churchby nothing else except the cross - st john damascene - 28 march 2018 - wed of holy week 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 4 December – The Memorial of St John Damascene (676-749) Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 4 December – (676-749) Doctor of the Church

I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now…John 16:12john 16 12

REFLECTION – God knows all things and provides what is profitable for each one.
He revealed what it is to our benefit to know.   But He kept secret what we are
unable to bear now……….St John Damascenegod knows all things - st john damascene - 2016 image

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help me to meditate on Your Revelations every day.   Grant that by learning fully what You have revealed, I may one day in heaven attain the knowledge of all that You did not reveal.   St John Damascene Pray for us!st john damascene pray for us 2016

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Our Morning Offering – 4 December – The Memorial of St John Damascene – Father and Doctor of the Church

Our Morning Offering – 4 December – The Memorial of St John Damascene – Father and Doctor of the Church

O Mary, my Hope!
St John Damascene 

I salute you, O Mary!
you are the hope of Christians:
receive the prayer of a sinner,
who loves you tenderly,
honours you in a special manner
and places in you the whole hope
of his salvation.
From you I have my life.
You reinstate me in the grace of your Son:
you are the sure pledge of my salvation.
I beseech of you, therefore, to deliver me
from the burden of my sins:
dispel the darkness of my mind,
banish from my heart the love of the world,
repress the temptations of my enemies
and so rule my whole life, that by your means
and under your guidance,
I may obtain everlasting happiness in heaven.
Amen (modernised)

o Mary my Hope - st john damascene - 4 dec 2017 - I salute you, O Mary

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Saint of the Day – St John Damascene (676-749) Last of the Greek Fathers and Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – St John Damascene (676-749) Last of the Greek Fathers and Doctor of the Church.  Also known as • Doctor of Christian Art • Jean Damascene • Johannes Damascenus • John Chrysorrhoas (literally “streaming with gold”—i.e., “the golden speaker”) • John of Damascus.   (c 676 – 4 December 749) was a Syrian monk and priest. Born and raised in Damascus, he died at his monastery, Mar Saba, near Jerusalem.   Patronages: • pharmacists • icon painting • theology students.

John grew up in the rich, luxurious court of the Muslim ruler of Damascus, where his father was a wealthy Christian court official.   In order to make sure John had a solid Christian foundation, his father employed a brilliant Sicilian monk named Cosmos, who was a war captive, to teach John.   Cosmos schooled the boy in science and theology, in the Greek and Arabic languages and in the culture of Islam.   Then John was ready to assume a high place in the government, which he did.   But the spirit of the Muslim rulers was turning against Christians, so John left his position in the government and became a monk in Jerusalem.

He is famous in three areas:

First, he is known for his writings against the iconoclasts, who opposed the veneration of images.   Paradoxically, it was the Eastern Christian emperor Leo who forbade the practice and it was because John lived in Muslim territory that his enemies could not silence him.

Second, he is famous for his treatise, Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, a summary of the Greek Fathers, of which he became the last.   It is said that this book is for Eastern schools what the Summaof Aquinas became for the West.

Third, he is known as a poet, one of the two greatest of the Eastern Church, the other being Romanus the Melodist.   His devotion to the Blessed Mother and his sermons on her feasts are well known.

For all of his efforts to defend the faith, John of Damascene was named a Doctor of the Church in 1890.

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One Minute Reflection – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

One Minute Reflection – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee name Nazareth, to a virgin ….Luke 1:26-27

luke 1 26-27

REFLECTION – Angels take different earthly forms at the bidding of their master, God.
They thus reveal themselves to human beings and unveil the Divine Mysteries to them……St John Damasceneangels take different forms - st john damascene - 29 sept 2017

PRAYER – God of all Wisdom, You direct the ministry of angels and of human beings. Grant that the angels who always minister to You in heaven may defend us during our life on earth and protect us from evil.   Grant this, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.   Amenholy archangels - pray for us