17 November 2017

Prof. Rachel Fulton Brown's "Mary & the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life"

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Rachel Fulton Brown, Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Chicago, has written a most important work for anyone interested in understanding the authentic way mediaeval people of faith understood and lived their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God the Lord Jesus Christ.  

The work is entitled Mary & the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought, and, although it is a scholarly work, this book is also a very important work today for those who love the Blessed Mother and those who wish to understand the beautiful Medieval devotion to Mary the Mother of God from the point of view from the Medieval faithful whose profound devotion to the Holy Virgin has long stood as a witness against the claims of revolutionaries and reformers.



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16 November 2017

S. Albertus Magnus (a day late)

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“The Blessed Virgin Mary 
wrapped the Word of the Father 
in humble bands to teach us
that the Divine Word 
should be clothed by preachers 
in simple language 
rather than in rhetorical finery.”

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“Hail, Saviour of the world, 
the Father’s Word — 
true victim, living flesh, 
wholly God, truly man. 
Ingrafted in you, 
may we be worthily offered 
in your Majesty’s divine temple. 
Brought near to the Body 
at the Father’s right hand, 
may we one day 
share your eternity, 
have fellowship in your bliss, 
and be incarnate 
in your Incarnation, 
for yours is all honour and glory 
for ever and ever. Amen.”


Saint Albert the Great

14 November 2017

Our Duty according to St. Cyril of Alexandria

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"It is our duty, therefore, 
to be faithful to God, 
pure in heart, 
merciful and kind, 
just and holy; 
for these things imprint in us 
the outlines of the Divine likeness, 
and perfect us as heirs of eternal life."

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

03 November 2017

A Hymn of St. Alcuin, trans. Fr. Adrian Fortescue

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Luminis fons, lux et origo lucis

Fountain of light, thyself the light unending,
Lord, hear our prayer and, cleansing us from evil,
Take away darkness; let thy holy radiance
Shine on thy servants.

Now that the evening brings the end of labour,
Lord, who hast kept us safe in thy protection,
Grateful we offer thee our thanks and worship
Now and at all times.

Since then the daylight fades into the darkness,
Let that sun light us which enlightens always
Choirst of angels in they holy presence,
Light never failing.

From all the sins which we this day committed
Cleanse thou our conscience, Christ our Lord and Saviour,
So in the night time we may rest uninjured,
Safe in thy friendship.

Six days we labour, working as thou willest;
Then on the seventh resting by thine order,
We look to that day which at last shall bring us
Rest everlasting.

S. Alcuin of York (d. 804) 
translation by Fr. Adrian Fortescue

from Latin Hymns 
as sung at St. Hugh, Letchworth 
Fr. Adrian Fortescue

02 November 2017

ALL SOULS DAY

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Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord,
and, as our faith in your Son,
raised from the dead, is deepened,
so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants
also find new strength.
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. Amen.
Roman Missal, 3rd ed.


Father of all,
we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer.
Grant them your peace,
let light perpetual shine upon them,
and in your loving wisdom and almighty power,
work in them the good purpose of your perfect will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Book of Alternative Services
Anglican Church of Canada

O God, the Maker and Redeemer of all believers;
Grant to the faithful departed
the unsearchable benefits
of the passion of your Son;
that on the day of his appearing
they may be manifested as your children;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Lesser Feasts and Fasts
The Episcopal Church USA

Eternal God, our maker and redeemer,
grant us, with all the faithful departed,
the sure benefits of your Son’s saving passion
and glorious resurrection
that, in the last day,
when you gather up all things in Christ,
we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Common Worship
The Church of England


01 November 2017

Enid Chadwick: All Saints and All Souls

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O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, 
we pray thee to set thy passion, cross, and death, 
between thy judgement and our souls, 
now and in the hour of our death. 
Give mercy and grace to the living, 
pardon and rest to the dead, 
to thy holy Church peace and concord, 
and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; 
who with the Father and the Holy Ghost 
livest and reignest, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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ALL SAINTS DAY

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O God, the King of saints, we praise and magnify thy holy Name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear; for the Blessed Virgin Mary; for the holy patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs; and for all other thy righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we beseech thee that, encouraged by their examples, aided by their prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, USA




Almighty ever-living God, by whose gift we venerate in one celebration the merits of all the Saints, bestow on us, we pray, through the prayers of so many intercessors, an abundance of the reconciliation with you for which we earnestly long. 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. Amen. 

Roman Missal, 3rd ed.


Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Common Worship, Church of England

30 October 2017

St. Seraphim of Sarov: "The fact that I am a monk ..."

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Saint Seraphim of Sarov says:


“The fact that I am a monk and you are a layman is of no importance. The Lord listens equally to the monk and to the man of the world provided both are true believers. 

The Lord looks for a heart full of true faith into which to send His Spirit. For the heart of a man is capable of containing the Kingdom of God. 

The Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of God are one.”

25 October 2017

Our Lady of Kibeho: "The world rushes toward its ruin"

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Our Lady of Kibeho (The Mother of the Word) gave to the late Marie-Claire -- a Church approved visionary -- the following message on 27 March A.D. 1982 which still speaks to the state of every nation in the world right now at this very moment:




If I am now turning to the parish of Kibeho it does not mean I am concerned only for Kibeho or for the diocese of Butare or for Rwanda, or for the whole of Africa. 

The world is bad. 

The world rushes toward its ruin. 

It’s about to fall into an abyss. 

The world is in rebellion against God. 

Many sins are committed. 

There is no love and no peace. 

If you don’t repent and convert your hearts, all will fall into an abyss.




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24 October 2017

Recalling a Message to Saint Faustina

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Near the end of each October this message given to Saint Faustina comes to my mind.  This year after the eclipse that passed across the USA, I have been thinking about the message below a very great deal.

Let us pray that our good Lord will cleanse our sight and ready us to behold whatsoever signs He may choose to place in the Heavens.



The Lord Jesus said to St. Faustina: 


Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. 

Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: 

All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. 


Message given to St. Faustina Diary of Divine Mercy, n. 8


Saint Faustina Kowolska, pray for us.

17 October 2017

St. Louis Marie de Montfort's "Hail Joseph"

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Among the versions of "Hail Joseph" most widely known is that written by St. Louis Marie de Montfort. I am not aware of the saint writing anything else with regard to St. Joseph, but in this one prayer he packs tremendous insights:


     Hail Joseph the just, 
     Wisdom is with you; 
     blessed are you among all men 
     and blessed is Jesus, 
     the fruit of Mary, your faithful spouse. 
     Holy Joseph, 
     worthy foster-father of Jesus Christ, 
     pray for us sinners 
     and obtain divine Wisdom for us from God, 
     now and at the hour of our death. 
     Amen.
     
     

16 October 2017

Hail Joseph

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Saint Joseph, Shadow of the Father 
written by the hand of Fr Wm Hart McNichols


The following is my personal version of the prayer edited together from many sources:


       Hail Joseph, Son of David.
       Chosen of the Father, Guardian of the Son,
       Wisdom is with you:
       Blessed art thou amongst men
       And most blessed is thy beloved JESUS.
       Holy Joseph,
       Righteous among the righteous,
       Spouse of Mary and Guardian of the Redeemer,
       Intercede for us
       That we may be granted Wisdom and Peace
       In this life 
       And at the hour of our death.
       Amen.

28 September 2017

Thinking of St Michael and All Angels

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O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and mortals in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy Angels alway do thee service in heaven, so by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Apocalypse/Revelation 12:7-12


7 And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: 

8 And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. 

9 And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 

10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: 

Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night. 

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. 

12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.

Verbum Domini.
Deo gratias.

18 September 2017

Saint Birgitta of Sweden on the Sorrows of Mary


Excerpts from Book 11 “The Sermon of the Angel” from The Prophecies and Revelations of Saint Bridget of Sweden, Chapter 18:

“You shall seek me and shall not find me.” These words of Christ were the sharp point of the sword of sorrow, entering Mary's heart. That sword pierced deeper at the betrayal of Judas, and at the arrest of Christ, when he willed to be taken by the enemies of justice and truth. Deeper still at each insult offered to Christ, with each suffering inflicted on him. The sorrow of her heart overflowed into all the members of her body. She saw how cruelly Christ was struck, and more cruelly beaten and scourged. She heard the sentence of death passed by the Jews. She heard the cries of the people - Crucify him, away with him.

She saw him led out, bound as a criminal, to a traitor's death. She saw him struggling to carry his Cross, dragged forward and whipped as he stumbled, led like some wild beast rather than a lamb to the slaughter. As Isaias had foretold, he went meekly to his death; like the lamb that is led to the slaughter house, like the sheep that is dumb before its shearers.

Christ was patient in his sufferings. Mary endured patiently the sorrow of his sufferings. She followed him, even to the place of death. She saw the wounds of his scourging, the crown of thorns, his cheeks disfigured with blows, his face covered with blood, and she wept in sorrow.

She saw him stretched on the Cross, and heard the blows of the hammer as the nails pierced his hands and feet. So great was her suffering and sorrow that her strength almost failed her as she stood by and watched. She saw the vinegar and gall offered for his lips to taste. and her own lips could not move in prayer. She heard his cry - My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?, and saw his head fall forward and his body become rigid as he breathed forth his spirit. She stood and saw how he died.

Then truly was her heart quite pierced by the sword of sorrow. It was the strength God gave that alone saved her from dying in such sorrow. To see her Son, stripped and bleeding, dying, pierced by a lance, mocked by those who stood by, jeered at by soldiers, deserted by all but a few of his chosen ones, abandoned by so many whom he had won to justice and truth, to see this most bitter death - could there be sorrow so deep as her?

We read that once, when the Ark of God fell into the hands of enemies, the wife of one of God's priests died for sorrow. How much greater was the sorrow of Mary, for she saw the body of her Son, which the Ark prefigured, nailed to the wood of the Cross. Her love for her Son was love for the Son of God, greater than the loves of all men.

If the loss of the Ark could cause sorrow and death, the death of Christ would have brought Mary to death but for God's gift to support so grievous a sorrow. By his death, Christ opened the gateway to heaven, and won for his own their entry into joy. Mary looked up from the depths of her sorrow, as one coming back from the gates of death.

Her faith never faltered that Christ would rise again, and in this faith she could comfort many whose faith had failed. They took him down from the Cross, and wrapped him in fine linen with spices, and laid him in the tomb. Then all left. Few still had faith that he would rise. Little by little, the sorrows of Mary's heart lightened, and she felt the first sweetness of consolation. The sufferings of her Son were at an end. She knew that on the third day he would rise, would rise with his humanity united again to his Divinity, would rise to everlasting honor and glory, to suffer, to die no more.

Saint Birgitta of Sweden
(Saint Bridget)

14 September 2017

England to be re-dedicated in 2020

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In 2020 England will be re-dedicated as Our Lady's Dowry.

Please see the article at this link.

The Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is promoting a new Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham which can be found at this link.

Others may prefer the traditional Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham at this link.

O gracious Lady, 
glory of Jerusalem, 
Cypress of Sion and Joy of Israel, 
Rose of Jericho and Star of Bethlehem, 
O gracious Lady, 
our asking do not repel, 
in mercy all women ever thou dost excel. 
Therefore, Blessed Lady, 
grant then thy great grace, 
to all that thee devoutly visit in this place. Amen.  

15th Century Prayer to Our Lady of Walsingham, 
from the Pynson Ballad

12 September 2017

Fr James T Moore, PhD, Requiescat in Pace

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I received this notice yesterday from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas, and I feel I need to pass it on here on my blog for those who may not have heard or read of the passing of Fr James T Moore, the founding priest of Our Lady of Walsingham Church in Houston (now the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham).  

I entreat you all to pray for the soul of Fr Moore who was one of the first priests to enter the Catholic Church under the Pastoral Provision of Pope St. John Paul II. Please also pray for Fr. Moore's dear, dear wife Linda and for his children and grandchildren.  

May Father Moore rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon him:


Dear Faithful of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham,


It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Father James T. Moore, beloved co-founding pastor of our parish, passed away at his home in Iola, Texas yesterday afternoon, September 10, 2017.

A rosary will be offered on Thursday evening at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church (1511 Hwy 90 South, Anderson, Texas).  

Simultaneously that evening, Evensong for the Faithful Departed will be offered at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham (7809 Shadyvilla Lane, Houston, Texas) with the body lying in state in the Holy House Chapel throughout the evening.  

On Friday morning at 10:30 am a Requiem Mass will be offered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham celebrated by the Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes.  A lunch reception for all present will follow at the Chancery of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.    

Please pray for the Moore family, especially Fr. Moore’s beloved wife Linda.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace

Faithfully in Christ through Mary,

Fr. Hough
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Very Rev. Charles A. Hough IV
Rector and Pastor





Bishop’s Master of Ceremonies and Director of Worship

A Chaldean Catholic Prayer of Blessing

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Glory to you, O Jesus our victorious King, eternal image of the Father, Begotten One without beginning, above the ages and creations, without whom we have neither hope nor expectation, O Creator! By the prayer of the just and chosen who have pleased you from the beginning, grant forgiveness for our sins, absolution for our faults, deliverance from our troubles and response to our requests. Bring us to your joyous Light and guard us, through your living Cross, from all perils, hidden or manifest; now, at all times, and forever and ever. Amen.

Final Blessing
Sunday Evening Prayer
EMMANUEL
That is,
The Book of Public Prayer
as Celebrated 
in the Chaldean Church of the East

11 September 2017

For Church or Nation: A Prayer of Humiliation

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Dan. ix.

O LORD, the great and dreadful GOD,
which keepest covenant and mercy
with them that love Thee
and keep Thy commandments :
We have sinned and have dealt perversely,
and have done wickedly and have rebelled,
even turning aside from Thy precepts
and from Thy judgements.
O LORD, righteousness belongeth unto Thee,
but unto us confusion of face as at this day,
because we have sinned against Thee.
To the L
ORD our GOD
belong mercies and forgivenesses,
but we have rebelled against Him :
neither have we obeyed
the voice of the LORD our GOD,
to walk in His laws which He set before us.
O LORD, according to all Thy righteousness,
let Thine anger and Thy fury, I pray Thee,
be turned away ;
because for our sins
and for the iniquities of our fathers
Thy people are become a reproach
to all that are round about us.

Now therefore, O our G
OD,
hearken unto the prayer
of Thy servant, and to his supplications,
and cause Thy face to shine
upon Thy sanctuary that is desolate.
O my GOD, incline Thine ear and hear :
open Thine eyes, and behold our desolations,
and the city, which is called by Thy name.
For we do not present our supplications
before Thee for our righteousnesses,
but for Thy great mercies.

O L
ORD, hear : O LORD, forgive :
O LORD, hearken and do : defer not :
For Thine own sake, O my GOD ;
Because Thy city and Thy people are called
by Thy name.

from Sursum Corda
A Handbook of Intercession and Thanksgiving
W.H. Frere & A. A. Illingworth
October 1898

09 September 2017

Hurricane Season: Our Lady of Prompt Succour, pray for us.

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We pray the following Litany especially this Hurricane Season.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour, New Orleans, Louisiana


In the Name + of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Litany
of
Our Lady of Prompt Succour

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy upon us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy upon us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Mother of the Infant Jesus, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succour, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 of all who invoke you with confidence, 
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
of all who are devout toward the Infant Jesus, 
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
for obtaining a lively faith,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 for sustaining the hope of Christians,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
for obtaining and persevering in charity,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
for observing the law of God, 
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
for observing perseverance in virtue and good works, 
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 in every spiritual necessity,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 against the revolt of self-will,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 in the occasion of sin, 
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 in every temptation,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 against the evil spirit,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 for obtaining contrition,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 of those wishing to re-enter the path of salvation,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
for the conversion of sinners,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
in every temporal necessity,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
in every affliction,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
of afflicted families,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
of the sick and the poor,  
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
against contagious diseases and epidemics,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour in every accident,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 against destruction by fire,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 against lightning and tempest,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 against destruction by flood, 
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour of travelers,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour of navigators,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour of the shipwrecked,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 against the enemies of our country,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour in time of war,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour of those aspiring 
to the holy priesthood and the religious life, 
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
of laborers in the Lord's vineyard,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
of missionaries who spread the faith,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
of our Holy Father the Pope,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour
for those searching for the faith,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour against the enemies of the Church,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour at the hour of death,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succour 
 for the deliverance of the souls in purgatory,
pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

V: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who sees us surrounded by so many dangers and miseries, grant in Your infinite goodness that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Divine Son, may defend us from the evil spirit and protect us against all adversities, that always and with prompt succor she may deliver us from every evil of soul and body, and safely guide us to the kingdom of heaven, through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Contemplation:
If our eyes are always on heaven and God, at the end of life we will find ourselves in His Presence.

(Recitation of the Rosary)

Imprimatur:

Joseph F. Rummel

Archbishop of New Orleans.

New Orleans.

February 11, 1936.


+Kyrie eleison!