November 30, 2020

Feast of Sant’Andrea Apostolo

Sant'Andrea Apostolo, ora pro nobis
November 30th is the Feast of Sant'Andrea Apostolo, protokletos, or "First-Called." St. Andrew is the patron Saint of fishermen and the Southern Italian coastal city of Amalfi, where he is also fêted on June 27th. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Andrew. The accompanying photo was taken at the 2012 Feast of Saint Andrew in New Haven, Connecticut. Evviva Sant'Andrea Apostolo!
Prayer to Saint Andrew
O glorious Saint Andrew, you were the first to recognize and follow the Lamb of God. With your friend, Saint John, you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity. As you led your brother, Saint Peter, to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him. Teach us to lead others to Christ solely out of love for Him and dedication in His service. Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and to carry our daily crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus. Amen.

St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Beginning on November 30th, the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the following prayer of anticipation is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas to help us prepare for the coming of Our Lord. 

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [State your intentions here...] through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

The accompanying photo of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Belisario Corenzio (c.1558-1643) was taken by Andrew Giordano at the Duomo di Salerno.

Advent Lecture Series with Father Peter Stravinskas at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC

Father Peter Stravinskas will lead us in reflection on the many Marian Masses of Advent on the Wednesdays of the season, following the 6:00 p.m. Mass (December 2, 9, 16, 23). As Our Lady kept the first Advent, she is an ideal model and guide for us as we keep the Advent of 2020. The conferences will be held in the Church Hall with refreshments. Please join us and spread the word! 

Source: The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018) November 22, 2020 Bulletin

Around the Web: The Latest from Crisis Magazine by Historian Charles A. Coulombe

Photos courtesy of Crisis Magazine
November 27, 2020
The Cross, the Crescent, or the Swastika?

By Charles A. Coulombe


If the past month has been chaotic in America, it has seen some bloody scenes here in Europe. On the morning of October 29, a 21-year old Tunisian national entered the Basilica of Notre Dame in Nice, France began knifing the three people he found there. He virtually severed the head of an elderly lady, stabbed an old man in the throat fatally, and then cut another lady sufficiently that while she escaped she succumbed to her wounds in a nearby café. Hastily summoned, the police shot the young man dead. That same day, here in Vienna, a mob of 50 Muslim youths invaded the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, kicked pews and a confessional, stormed around a bit shrieking “Allahu Akbar!” and then left.


Also here in Vienna, just a few days later on November 2 (All Souls Day, ironically) a twenty-year-old Macedonian Muslim went on a shooting spree in the tourist-filled First District, killing four and wounding 23 before being gunned down himself by police. Although the authorities declared that he had acted alone, they did arrest 14 people in the course of their enquiries. Continue reading

November 23, 2020
Civil War Is Coming. Can We Stop It in Time?

By Charles A. Coulombe


As all the world knows, the election of 2020 was destined to be messy, as the two nations inhabiting the territory of these United States geared up for battle: after four years of nonstop media abuse, in which the major news generators had long since abandoned any pretense to impartiality, both sides were spoiling for a fight. The two simply don’t inhabit the same mental universe. For the one faction, the four years of intolerable rule by the evil Orangeman threatened as nothing else had such natural rights as infanticide and sodomitical unions. For the other, the looming tyranny they endured under Obama seemed poised to return with a vengeance—punctuated by burning cities and the long march of the “woke” through beloved institutions. Thus far, the disputed election returns seem to the former as deliverance from Pharaoh, and to the latter as a titanic fraud amounting to a rolling coup. It is a tense moment at this writing, and into the midst of it has dropped a video tweeted by Jon Voight. Continue reading


For more by Charles A. Coulombe visit Crisis Magazine

November 29, 2020

The First Sunday of Advent

Zampognari figures at the MET
The Sunday closest to the Feast of Sant’Andrea Apostle on November 30th marks the beginning of the Western Church’s liturgical year and the penitential season of Advent (Adventus in Latin, which means "coming" and "arrival."). A time of prayer, charity and fasting, the faithful are admonished to worthily prepare ourselves for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ and the second and final coming of our King and Savior. Popular Southern Italian customs during the season include the making and displaying of ornate presepi (Nativity Scenes) and traditional bagpipe music performed by zampognari and pifferari (pipers and fifers). 
In celebration, I’m posting a prayer for Advent. The accompanying photo of lifelike zampognari figures was taken at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Annual Angel Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche exhibit.
Advent Prayer
Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find him. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Photo of the Week: Statue of St. Andrew the Apostle in the Crypt of the Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Amalfi

Photo by Andrew Giordano

Announcing the 2020 Italian Enclaves Historical Society Food Drive in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

November 28, 2020

Feast of San Giacomo della Marca

San Giacomo della Marca, ora pro nobis
November 28th is the Feast of San Giacomo della Marca (St. James of the Marches), Missionary and Miracle worker. Counted among the many co-patrons of Naples, the austere friar preached tirelessly against greed and usury. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to St. James of the Marches. The accompanying photo, courtesy of Anthony Scillia, was taken at Saint James of the Marches R.C. Church in Totowa, New Jersey. Evviva San Giacomo della Marca!
Prayer to St. James of the Marches
O God, you have given to the Church in St. James of the Marches a tireless missionary of your word, totally dedicated to the salvation of souls and the conversion of sinners. May his intercession help us to atone for our sins and to walk swiftly on the path of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who is God.

Vigil of Saint Andrew the Apostle and Feast of St. Saturninus of Toulouse

San Saturnino di Tolosa, ora pro nobis

Dóminus secus mare Galilææ vidit duos fratres, Petrum et Andréam, et vocávit eos: Venite post me: fáciam vos fíeri piscatóres hóminum. Ps. 18, 2. Cœli enarrant glóriam Dei: et ópera mánam ejus annúntiat firmaméntum. V Glória Patri.


The Lord saw two brothers. Peter and Andrew, by the seaside of Galilee, and He called them; Come ye after Me, I will make you to be fishers of men. Ps. 18, 2. The heavens show forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the works of His Hands. V. Glory

November 29th is the Vigil of Saint Andrew the Apostle and the Feast of St. Saturninus of Toulouse, Bishop and Martyr (If the feast of St. Andrew falls on a Monday, the vigil Mass is said on the previous Saturday as no vigil may be kept on a Sunday). In celebration, I’m posting the Introit (Matt. 4, 18, 19) and Prayers in Latin and English. The Illumination of the Martyrdom of St. Saturninus by Jacobus de Voragine was extracted from the Legend Aurea, XIV century. Evviva Sant’Andrea e San Saturnino di Tolosa!


The Vigil Prayer of St. Andrew


Quæsumus, omnípotens Deus: ut beátus Andréas Apóstolus, cujus prævenímus festivitátem, tuum pro nobus implóret auxílium; ut, a nostris reátibus absolúti, a cunctis étiam perículis eruámur. Per Dóminum.


We beseech Thee, O almighty God, that blessed Andrew, Thine apostle, for whose feast we are preparing, may implore for us Thine aid, that, our offenses being pardoned, we may also be saved from all dangers, Through our Lord.


Prayer of St. Saturninus (Nov. 29th)


Deus, qui nos beáti Saturnini Mártyris tui concedis natalítio pérfrui: ejus nos tríbue méritus adjuvári. Per Dóminum. 


O God, Who dost permit us to enjoy the feast-day of Blessed Saturninus, Thy martyr, grant us to be assisted by his merits. Through our Lord.

Votive Sung Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Clare of Assisi Church in the Bronx, New York


November 27, 2020

Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Mary Immaculate, ora pro nobis
November 27th is the Feast of Our  Lady of the Miraculous Medal, a joyful commemoration of the Marian apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré (1806-1876). In 1830 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine,  a young novice of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, and instructed her to have devotional medals struck portraying the image she manifested and that all who wear it in confidence will receive great graces. Obeying the Blessed Mother, St. Catherine went to her confessor, Fr. Jean Marie Aladel, and explained what had occurred. After much scrutiny she eventually obtained approval from the archbishop and on June 20, 1832 the first 2,000 medals were produced. Officially called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, the devotion quickly spread, and due to the many extraordinary blessings bestowed it soon came to be popularly known as the Miraculous Medal.

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The accompanying photo of the Miraculous Medal bye-altar was taken at St. Mary Mother of God Church in Washington, D.C. Ave Maria!

Prayer to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, we unite ourselves to you under your title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your motherly affection for us and a constant reminder of our filial duties towards you. While wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son. Most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep us close to you every moment of our lives so that like you we may live and act according to the teaching and example of your Son. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death so that in union with you we may enjoy the happiness of heaven forever. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Novena to San Nicola di Bari

San Nicola di Bari, ora pro nobis
Pray novena for nine consecutive days, November 27th to December 5th (Feast celebrated on December 6th)*

Glorious Nicholas, my own protector! from that bright throne where thou dost enjoy the vision of thy God, in pity turn thine eyes upon me; ask for me from God those graces and helps most seasonable in my present necessities, whether spiritual or temporal, and especially the grace of [mention your request here] if such be expedient for my eternal welfare. Forget not, glorious and holy bishop, our true Sovereign Pontiff, the holy Church, and this pious city. Bring back to the right way of salvation those who live steeped in sin, or buried in the darkness of ignorance, error, and heresy. Comfort the sorrowing, provide for the needy, strengthen the weak-hearted, defend the oppressed, help the sick; let all know the effects of thy powerful patronage with Him Who is the supreme giver of all good. Amen 


Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.


V. Pray for us, blessed Nicholas.

R. That we may made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray:


God, Who has honored, and ceasest not daily to honor, Thy high-priest and glorious confessor, blessed Nicholas, with innumerable miracles: grant, we beseech Thee, that, by his merits and prayers, we may be delivered from the fires of hell and from all other dangers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


(Indulgence of 50 days, Pope Gregory XVI., 1880) 

* Prayer reprinted from catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com. May also be said separate from the Novena. The accompanying photo of the Icon of San Nicola, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Puglia.

Advent 'Day of Recollection' with Fr. John Perricone in Bayside, New York

November 26, 2020

RIP Diego Armando Maradona

October 30, 1960 — November 25, 2020

"O mamma mamma mamma, o mamma mamma mamma, sai perché mi batte il corazon? Ho visto Maradona, ho visto Maradona, eh, mammà, innamorato son."

“Oh Mama mama mama, do you know why my heart beats? I have seen Maradona, I have seen Maradona, and mamma I am in love.” ~ Excerpt from Napoli football chant


Forza Napoli Sempre!

Around the Web: What is Legitimism?

Reprinted from catholicism.org

By Charles A. Coulombe

“Legitimism” is a very curious word that pops up from time in history. It has to deal with the questions fought — politically or militarily — in many countries over the past few centuries. Considering that it deals with the issue of legitimacy — legitimate rule — it might actually have some interest for Americans, given our recent presidential election.

Legitimism is a fairly recent phenomenon. On the surface, it would appear to mean nothing more than loyalty to a particular royal line, even after its deposition by presumed usurpers. But there is more to it than that. Certainly, before the 16th century there had been succession disputes, which pitted adherents of one branch of a royal family against another — most famous of these were the Hundred Years War between the closely related English and French ruling lines, and the War of the Roses pitting the former’s York and Lancaster branches against one another. But despite the strange paradoxes of those conflicts — Richard III’s ultimate recognition of Henry VI’s sanctity, and the French opposition to the latter being led by St. Joan of Arc — the combatants in these conflicts had identical views regarding Church and State, the role of the Monarch, and various other issues that would, in addition to genealogical issues, animate the future Legitimists. Continue reading

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Around the Web: Are You a Monarchist?

A Prayer for Queen Isabella the Catholic’s Intercession

Isabella the Catholic, ora pro nobis
Almighty Father, in Your infinite goodness You made Queen Isabel the Catholic, a model for young ladies, wives, mothers, women leaders and government rulers. As the first sovereign of the American continent You granted to her heart a sense of piety, justice, compassion and the vision of a new land full of promise. Grant us the grace to see Your infinite majesty glorified in her prompt canonization, and through her intercession...[ask for your particular needs] that we ask of You in this present need through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Servant of God, Queen Isabel, pray for us.

Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be...

Pray to the Servant of God Isabel the Catholic and ask her intercession for your particular needs. When you obtain your favor, please inform the: Comité Reina Isabel, P.O. Box 268237, Chicago, IL 60626-8237, U.S.A.

* Prayer courtesy of Queen Isabella the Catholic. Portrait of Isabella I of Castile (April 22, 1451— November 26, 1504) by Luis de Madrazo (1825-1897)

Buona Festa del Ringraziamento (Happy Thanksgiving)

Celebration of the First Mass attributed to Léon Trousset
We at 
Il Regno wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. Even in hard times there is still a lot to be thankful for. We're thankful for our family, our brethren, and our faith. We're thankful for opportunities to work, and provide for ourselves and our loved ones. We're thankful for the past, because there can be no greater teacher. May we learn our lessons well. God bless you all. Buona Festa del Ringraziamento!

Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving

O God, source and giver of all things, you manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness in the earth about us: We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields: For the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, your Son, as atonement for our sins, for the growth of your Church, for peace and love in our homes, and for salvation for all. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

November 25, 2020

Feast of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, ora pro nobis
November 25th is the Feast of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria (St. Catherine of Alexandria), Virgin and Martyr. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, she is, inter alia, the patron saint of millers, potters, mechanics, spinners, archivists, librarians and hat makers. Widely venerated across Southern Italy, she is also the patroness of Caprioli (SA), Santa Caternina (SA),  Melito (SA), Grammichele (CT), San Pietro Clarenza (CT), Santa Caterina (CT), San Pietro Clarenza (CT), Pedara (CT), Locri (RC), Mongrassano (CZ), Santa Caterina Albanese (CZ), Monteverde (AV), Santa Caterina dello Ionio (CZ), Santa Caterina di Nardò (LE), Santa Caterina Villarmosa (CL), Santa Maria a Toro (BN), and Viggianello (PZ), among others
In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to St. Catherine of Alexandria. The accompanying photo of St. Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1650) from the workshop of Bernardo Cavallino was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Evviva Santa Caterina!
Prayer to St. Catherine of Alexandria
Glorious Saint Catherine, virgin and martyr, help me to imitate your love of purity. Give me strength and courage in fighting off the temptations of the world and evil desires. Help me to love God with my whole heart and serve Him faithfully. O Saint Catherine, through your glorious martyrdom for the love of Christ, help me to be loyal to my faith and my God as long as I live.

Novena to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Martire, ora pro nobis
Prayers by Rev. Bonaventure, O.F.M. to be recited for nine consecutive days, November 25th — December 3rd (Feast on December 4th)

Preparatory Prayer


Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saying, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in Honor of St. Barbara

O God, who didst adorn Thy holy virgin and martyr Barbara with extraordinary fortitude in the confession of the Faith, and didst console her in the most atrocious torments; grant us through her intercession perseverance in the fulfillment of Thy law and the grace of being fortified before our end with the holy sacraments, and of a happy death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Barbara

Intrepid virgin and martyr, St. Barbara, through thy intercession come to my aid in all needs of my soul. Obtain for me the grace to be preserved from a sudden and unprovided death; assist me in my agony, when my senses are benumbed and I am in the throes of death. Then, O powerful patroness of the dying, come to my aid! Repel from me all the assaults and temptations of the evil one, and obtain for me the grace to receive before death the holy sacraments, that I breathe forth my soul confirmed in faith, hope, and charity, and be worthy to enter eternal glory. Amen.

  St. Barbara, at my last end
    Obtain for me the Sacrament;
  Assist one in that direst need
    When I my God and Judge must meet:
  That robed in sanctifying grace
    My soul may stand before His face.

Prayer


My Lord and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

* For more on St. Barbara and the Fourteen Holy Helpers, I highly recommend Project Gutenberg's free ebook, Mary, Help of Christians and the Fourteen Saints Invoked as Holy Helpers, compiled by Rev. Bonaventure, O.F.M. It has instructions, legends, novenas and prayers, with thoughts of the saints for every day of the year. Pictured is my makeshift shrine with icon.

November 24, 2020

Prayer for the Glorification of Father Alfred Pampalon, Patron of Alcoholics and Drug Addicts

Venerable Alfred Pampalon, ora pro nobis
(For Private Use)

O Jesus, in Your power and goodness, You have raised Father Alfred Pampalon to such admirable virtue, grant that, through his intercession, we may imitate him in his love for You and for Your Immaculate Mother, Mary.


Bestow upon us, O Jesus, the favors we seek through his intervention, so that You may be glorified in Your servant and that Your Church may soon raise him to the ranks of Her Blessed and of Her Saints. Amen.


Please report obtained favors to:

Cause of Father Alfred Pampalon

Secretariat of the Shrine

Saint Anne de Beaupre (Quebec)

Canada GOA 3CO

Feast of San Giovanni della Croce

San Giovanni della Croce, ora pro nobis
November 24th is the Feast of San Giovanni della Croce (St. John of the Cross), Doctor of the Church and patron saint of contemplatives, poets, and mystics. A major figure of the Counter-Reformation, St. John was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and, with St. Teresa of Avila, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to St. John of the Cross. The accompanying photo was taken outside St. Athanasius School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn before it was replaced with a statue of Christ the King. Evviva San Giovanni della Croce!

Prayer to St. John of the Cross


Saint John of the Cross, in the darkness of your worst moments, when you were alone and persecuted, you found God. Help me to have faith that God is there especially in the times when God seems absent and far away. Amen 

November 23, 2020

Feast of Santa Felicita Martire

Santa Felicita Martire, ora pro nobis
November 23rd is the Feast of Santa Felicita (St. Felicity), Virgin and Martyr. Commonly known as the mother of the Seven Martyrs (whose memorial is celebrated on July 10th) she is the patron saint of widows and grieving parents. She is also the principal patroness of Torricella Peligna (CH), Collarmela (AQ) and Isca sullo Ionio (CZ). In celebration, I'm posting a prayer in her honor. The accompanying photo of silver miniature was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Dated 1762, the prized statuette was copied after Giacomo Serpotta's (b. 1652 Palermo–d. 1732 Palermo) stucco figures of Augustinian nuns in Sant'Agostino, Palermo. Evviva Santa Felicita!
Prayer to St. Felicita
All-powerful, ever-living God, turn our weakness into strength. As you gave your martyrs St. Felicitas and her sons the courage to suffer death for Christ, give us the courage to live in faithful witness to you. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Photo of the Week: Fontana di Sant’Andrea in Amalfi

Photo by Andrew Giordano

November 22, 2020

Feast of Santa Cecilia Martire

Santa Cecilia Martire, ora pro nobis
November 22nd is the Feast of Santa Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr. Patroness of music and musicians, Saint Cecilia’s Day marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Southern Italy. Traditionally celebrated with music and concerts, it is also customary to enjoy regional delicacies, such as le pettole di Santa Cecilia, a fried dough specialty sometimes sprinkled with sugar or stuffed with anchovies, capers and codfish. In celebration, I'm posting A Prayer to Saint Cecilia. The accompanying photo of The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia is by Bernardo Cavallino (ca.1616-1656), courtesy of the Museo di Capodimonte in Napoli. Evviva Santa Cecilia!
A Prayer to Saint Cecilia
O glorious saint, who chose to die instead of denying your King, we pray you please to help us as His fair praise we sing. We lift our hearts in joyous song to honor Him this way. And while we sing, remember-ing, to sing is to doubly pray. At once in our hearts and in our tongues we offer double prayer sent heavenward on winged notes to praise God dwelling there. While in our hearts and tongues we try with song to praise God twice, we ask dear saint, to help us be united close to Christ! Amen.

Indulgenced Prayers for Every Day in the Week for the Souls in Purgatory

The Holy Souls in Purgatory, Our Lady of Peace Church, Gowanus, Brooklyn
For Sunday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, deliver the souls in Purgatory - and especially that soul amongst them all who is most destitute of spiritual aid - and vouchsafe to bring it to Thy glory, there to praise and bless Thee for ever. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary,

Prayer for the Dead (De Profundis, Psalm 130)

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice. 

Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark iniquities, Lord, who shall stand? 

For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness; and by reason of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord. 

My soul hath relied on His word;  my soul hath hoped for the Lord. 

From the morning watch even unto night, let Israel hope in the Lord.

Because with the Lord there is mercy; and with Him plentiful redemption.

And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

For Monday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scourging, deliver the souls in Purgatory - and that soul especially amongst them all which is nearest to its entrance into Thy glory; that so it may forthwith begin to praise and bless Thee for ever. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, De Profundis, etc.

 

For Tuesday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and in particular that one amongst them all which would be the last to depart out of these pains, that it may not tarry so long a time before it comes to praise Thee in Thy glory and bless Thee for ever. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, De Profundis, etc.

 

For Wednesday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in the streets of Jerusalem when He carried the cross upon His sacred shoulders, deliver the souls in Purgatory and especially that soul which is richest in merits before Thee; that so, in that throne of glory which awaits it, it may magnify Thee and bless Thee for ever. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, De Profundis, etc.

 

For Thursday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy Divine Son Jesus, which He gave with His own hands upon the eve of His Passion to His beloved apostles to be their meat and drink, and which He left to His whole Church to be a perpetual sacrifice and the life-giving food of His own faithful people, deliver the souls in Purgatory and especially that one which was most devoted to this Mystery of infinite love, that it may with the same Thy Divine Son, and with The Holy Spirit, ever praise Thee for Thy love therein in eternal glory. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, De Profundis, etc.

 

For Friday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed upon the wood of the cross, especially from His most sacred Hands and Feet, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and particular that soul for which I am most bound to pray; that no neglect of mine may hinder it from praising Thee in Thy glory and blessing Thee for ever. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, De Profundis, etc.

 

For Saturday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood which gushed forth from the Side of Thy Divine Son Jesus, in the sight of, and to the extreme pain of His most holy Mother, Mary, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and especially that one amongst them all which was the most devote to her; that it may soon attain unto Thy glory, there to praise Thee in her and her in Thee world without end. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, De Profundis, etc.

A Gift From Heaven…The Miraculous Medal

The Image of Mary herself...

The Medal of the Immaculate Conception--popularly known as the Miraculous Medal--is unique among all medals. It was given by the Blessed Virgin herself! No wonder then that it wins such extraordinary graces for those who wear it and pray for Mary's intercession and help.

Our Lady manifested the Medal to St. Catherine Laboure, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, on November 27, 1830 in the motherhouse of the sisters in Paris. Catherine saw Our Lady standing on a globe. Her right foot stood on top of the head of a serpent. This is what God said she would do in Genesis 3:15, the first prophesy of the savior: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers."

Besides this there were dazzling rays of light streaming from her outstretched hands. These are the graces given to those who, with confidence, ask for them. Framing the figure was an inscription: "O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." Then Mary spoke to Catherine: "Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they were it around the neck."

The vision then seemed to turn to show the reverse side of the Medal: Around the medal were 12 stars representing the 12 apostles and the 12 tribes of Israel. The letter M (Mary) was surmounted by a cross with a bar at its base signifying Mary on earth at the foot of the Cross holding him up to us. Below this monogram was the Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. These signify the great love and sacrifice of Jesus and Mary for us.

With the approval of the Church, the first medals were made in 1832 and were distributed in Paris. Almost immediately the blessings that Mary had promised began to shower down on those who wore her Medal, and soon all of France was clamoring for what the people referred to as the "Miraculous Medal." Billions of medals and over 180 years later, the Medal now blankets the world. Everywhere the Medal is still bringing God's blessings for those who wear it.

Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal every Monday. Miraculous Medal Novena booklets and Medals available in the Gift Shop in the Parish Office

Source: The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018) November 22, 2020 Bulletin 

November 21, 2020

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis

Deus, qui beátam Mariam semper Virginem Spiritus Sancti habitáculum, holdiérna die in templo præsentári voluísti: præsta, quæsumus; ut, ejus intercessióne, in templo glóriæ tuæ præsentári mereámur. Per Dóminum…in unitate ejusdem.

November 21st is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple. In fulfillment of a vow, San Gioacchino and Sant’Anna brought Our Lady as a child to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate their daughter to God and unknowingly begin her preparation to be the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In the Byzantine Church the celebration is regarded as one of the twelve great feasts of the liturgical year, called the Dodecaorton. 


In celebration, I’m posting a prayer for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin and English. The accompanying photo of a young Blessed Virgin Mary is a detail of my old beat-up statue of Sant’Anna. Evviva Maria!


Prayer


O God, Who wast pleased that on this day the Blessed Virgin, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, should be presented in the Temple, grant, we beseech Thee, that, by her intercession, we may deserve to be presented in the temple of Thy glory. Through…in the unity of the same.

Novena to Sant’Andrea Apostolo

Sant'Andrea Apostolo, ora pro nobis
Pray novena for nine consecutive days, November 21st to 29th, in preparation for the feast on November 30th. Evviva Sant'Andrea!

Day 1 — November 21st

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his openness to Your call in our own lives, that we may be as ready to serve You as he was. St. Andrew, you were one of the first people to be called personally by Our Lord. He called you and your brother St. Peter to leave behind your lives as fishermen and to follow Him as Apostles. You followed His call to become “fishers of men.” And you remained faithful to that call, staying with Him throughout His ministry and spreading the Gospel after His death. You probably never would have guessed that you would be invited to be one of the closest friends of the Son of God, but you left everything behind in order to follow Him. Pray for me, that I may be as ready to serve Christ as you were. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew the Apostle, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Day 2 — November 22nd

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his virtue in our daily lives, throughout the work we do each day. St. Andrew, you were no stranger to hard work. You spent much of your life performing the physical labor involved in the life of a professional fisherman. You did not move away from the demands of this work. Instead, you embraced it and attempted to do it well. When Jesus called you to leave your work behind and become a “fisher of men,” you immediately left your old life and dived into a new kind of work for the glory of God. Pray for me, as I strive for holiness amidst my daily work. Pray that, like you, my life may revolve around devotion to Christ. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew the Apostle, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 


Day 3 — November 23rd

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his faith in our own lives, that we may follow You as unreservedly as he did. St. Andrew, you left behind your old life as a fisherman when Our Lord called you to be His apostle. You did not know what this new life might entail, but you chose to follow Him readily in faith. Throughout Christ’s public ministry, you remained close with Him and did not desert Him. After His death and resurrection, you carried out the mission of preaching the Gospel despite persecution. You had faith that God would reward you in Heaven. Pray for me, that I may remain faithful to God in my life, despite fears of the unknown or of suffering. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew the Apostle, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Day 4 — November 24th

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his devotion and his close friendship with You, that we too may have a deep friendship with You. St. Andrew, you were one of the people who was closest to Jesus during His time on earth. Along with the other Apostles, you saw Him perform miracles and heard Him teach. You were with Him at the Last Supper when He gave us Himself in the Eucharist. You saw Him after He had risen from the dead. During the time you spent with Him, you developed a deep friendship with Him. Pray for me, that I may have a deep friendship with Christ. Pray that I may grow to love Him and serve Him as faithfully as you did. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew the Apostle, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Day 5 — November 25th

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his zeal for Your glory and his deep desire to win souls for You. St. Andrew, you became a missionary for Christ after His death. He once called you to become a “fisher of men,” and you carried out this call by preaching the Gospel to others in the area near the Black Sea. Though Christians were persecuted and you knew that preaching about Christ could cause you to be killed, you did not waver in your mission. You continued trying to bring souls to God, until you were martyred for your missionary work. Pray for me, that I may be as zealous for souls as you were. Pray that I may never waiver in preaching the Gospel, even if I must suffer because of it. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Day 6 — November 26th

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his love for You, especially for the Eucharist that he encountered for the first time at the Last Supper. St. Andrew, you were one of Our Lord’s closest friends while He was on earth. With the other Apostles, you spent much time with Christ. You were one of the privileged men who shared the Last Supper with Him. You were there when He gave us His own Body and Blood in the Eucharist. You received from Him the immense gift of Himself that He continues to give us at each Mass. Pray for me, that I may always show the Eucharist the reverence It is due. Pray that I may always recognize what a gift Christ has given us in His Body and Blood. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew the Apostle, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Day 7 — November 27th

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his courage in preaching the Gospel, that we may always be firm in our faith, no matter what it may cost us. St. Andrew, you readily accepted the mission from Jesus to become a “fisher of men,” and you carried out that mission until the end of your life. After Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, Christians were often persecuted and killed. But despite this, you carried on courageously in your mission to preach the Gospel. You continued trying to win souls for Christ until your martyrdom, and you did not let the threat of suffering or death stop you. Pray for me, that I may have the courage to preach the Gospel against all obstacles as you did. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew the Apostle, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Day 8 — November 28th

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his courage amidst suffering, that we may be ready to even give our lives for our faith if necessary. St. Andrew, you knew that being a Christian and spreading the Gospel would not be easy. You knew that Our Lord’s words about the need to suffer for Him would be true in your own life. But even though remaining faithful to Him would mean your death, you did not waver in your faith. You willingly suffered for Christ and ultimately died for Him, knowing that your reward would be great in Heaven. Pray for me and for all who face the threat of suffering or death over their faith in Christ. Pray that we may have the strength to stand strong in our faith, even to the point of death if necessary. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Day 9 — November 29th

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Andrew the Apostle as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate his humility, that we may be as humble as he was when he thought himself unworthy to die in the same manner as Christ. St. Andrew, you worked with great bravery for the sake of the Gospel throughout your life, even continuing on courageously to the point of death. But like your brother St. Peter, you did not feel worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus did. When you were sentenced to death by crucifixion, you requested your cross to be different from Our Lord’s, feeling that your death as a sinful man should not look outwardly identical to the death of Jesus. Pray for me, that I may have a true, humble understanding of my own sinfulness. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). St. Andrew the Apostle, pray for us! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


* Photo of reliquary bust of Sant’Andrea Apostolo was taken inside the Duomo di Amalfi by Andrew Giordano