Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mary, Undoer of Knots

Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots, Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of knots in the lives of His children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with your Son and my Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
(Mention your request here)
I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me. Amen.

Join me in praying the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots.  You can get reminders and daily prayers at: Pray More Novenas

Friday, April 3, 2015

Stations of the Cross - Good Friday

The First Station  
Jesus Is Condemned to Death

The Second Station
Jesus Takes Up His Cross

The Third Station
Jesus Falls the First Time

The Fourth Station
Jesus Meets His Mother

The Fifth Station
Simon of Cyrene Helps Carry the Cross

The Sixth Station 
Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

The Seventh Station 
Jesus Falls the Second Time

The Eighth Station
Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

The Eighth Station
(the women on the other side of the pathway)

The Ninth Station 
Jesus Falls the Third Time

The Tenth Station
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

The Eleventh Station 
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

The Twelfth Station
Jesus Dies on the Cross

The Thirteenth Station
Jesus Is Taken Down From the Cross

The Fourteenth Station 
Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

The Fifteenth Station 
Jesus Rises From the Dead

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.  

These are photos taken at different times of the year at Queen Of Peace Catholic Church in 
Aurora,  Colorado.  Every Good Friday, I pray the Stations of the Cross here.  The final photo was taken later in the year, with the rose bushes in full bloom.  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Maundy Thursday

Luke 22:19-20

19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Fifteenth Prayer of St. Bridget

Fresco by Fra Angelico, Dominican monastery at San Marco, Florence,
 showing the lance piercing the side of Jesus on the cross (c. 1440)

O JESUS! True and fruitful Vine! Be mindful of the overflowing and abundant outpouring of Thy Blood which Thou didst pour forth copiously, like wine pressed from grapes, when upon the wine press of the Cross Thou didst tread alone 
(Isa. 63:3), and when Thy side was pierced with a soldier's lance, thou didst give us blood and water to drink which issued forth until there was not left in Thy Body a single drop. Then at last, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the Cross,Thy delicate Flesh was destroyed, the very Substance of Thy Body withered, and the Marrow of Thy Bones dried up.

Through Thy most bitter Passion and though the outpouring of Thy Precious Blood, I beg of Thee, oh Sweet Jesus, to receive my soul in the agony of my death. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday of Holy Week

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,

where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. 
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages
and given to the poor?”
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,
not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him.
~John 12: 1-11

Monday, March 23, 2015

Prayer Before A Crucifix

Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Your sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech You that You would impress upon my heart lively sentiments of Faith, Hope, and Charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Your five most precious Wounds; having before my eyes the words which David in prophecy spoke concerning Yourself, O good Jesus: “They have pierced my hands and feet; they have numbered all my bones.”

On any Friday during Lent a plenary indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who, after Communion, devoutly recite the above prayer before an image of Jesus Christ crucified. On other days of the year the indulgence is a partial one. 

Handbook of Indulgences 

One can obtain a plenary indulgences for himself. However, we can offer that plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory. This is an act of charity and spiritual tithing to do during Lent. A plenary indulgence is gained every Friday in Lent by saying the following prayer before a Crucifix after receiving Holy Communion. The usual requirements for a plenary indulgence also apply.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

O Mary, My Mother

 Bouguereau's L'Innocence

O Mary, my Mother

O Mary, my Mother, most lovely, most mild, Look down upon me, your weak lowly child; From the land of my exile I call upon thee; Then, Mary, my Mother, look kindly on me. O Mary, in pity look down upon me; 'Tis the voice of thy child that is calling on thee.

If thou shouldst forsake me, ah! where shall I go? My comfort and hope in this valley of woe! When the world and its dangers with terror I view, sweet hopes come to cheer me in pointing to you. O Mary, in pity look down upon me; 'Tis the voice of thy child that is calling on thee.

In sorrow, in darkness, be still at my side, my light and my refuge, my guard and my guide; Though snares should surround me, yet why should I fear? I know I am weak, but my Mother is near.  Then, Mary, in pity look down upon me; 'Tis the voice of thy child that is calling on thee.