Blog 3/23/2020

Prayer For the Church and for the Civil Authorities 

We pray Thee, O Almighty and Eternal God, who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy; that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue, with unchanging faith, in the confession of Thy name.

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life our chief bishop, N., the Vicar of our Lord Jesus Christ in the government of His Church; our own Bishop, (or Archbishop,) N., (if he is not consecrated, our Bishop-elect); all other Bishops, Prelates, and Pastors of the Church ; and especially those who are appointed to exercise among us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

We pray Thee, O God of might, wisdom, and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgments decreed, assist, with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude, the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people, over whom he presides, by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our role and government; so, that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge, and may perpetuate to us the blessings of equal liberty.

We pray for his Excellency the Governor of this State, for the members of the Assembly, for all Judges, Magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare; that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise to Thy unbounded mercy all our brethren and fellow-citizens, throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge, and sanctified in the observance of most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and, after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and repose in the sleep of peace: the souls of our parents, relations, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation; and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship, and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

 

Prayer Source: Manual of Prayers by Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, P.J. Kennedy & Sons, 1888 taken from 

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=911 (taken from 3/23/2020

 

For 1/13/2020 Blog Resources:

Churchmilitant.com

View for Fr. Mark Goring, cc - on youtube.com

View Dr. Taylor Marshall  - on youtube.com

 

From Blog 12/13/2019

Book Title: The Mystical City of God- The Divine History and Life of the Virgin Mother Of God, by Sr. Mary of Agreda. (Now Venerable). 1914.TAN Books, Charlotte, North Carolina, (4 Volumes). Available on Amazon.

From Blog 8/9, 2019

Book Title: St. Michael and the Angels: A Month with St. Michael and the Holy Angels

                 TAN Books, Rockford, Il  Available on Amazon.  

                 

New Perspective Blog continued  3/15, 2019:

 I hope you read my Blog for today. It will help you understand this insight. When confronted by someone who gives you a negative emotion rather than the positive emotional response you were hoping for or thought you deserved and you end up feeling hurt or offended in some way, consider the following - send an offer of peace from your heart to their heart and not the negative response you are thinking. Why is that? The negative emotion given off by another is because something had occurred to them in their life that has prevented them from a positive expression around the issue presented by you. They have emotionally suffered from it, and it remains unresolved for them. They continue to carry this burden of hurt and sadness with them even though they are unaware of it. You don't have to take it on for yourself. It is their emotional work to do not yours.  Sure we feel disappointed when someone doesn't respond to us; however, taking on emotions that belong to someone else does not spiritually benefit you. So don't do it! Instead, go with the gracious heart and thank them for listening and make a generous offer of peace to their heart. This inward gift to their spirit may be just the nudge they need to begin the process of healing.   

 

An Intercession Prayer is taken from Feb. 15, 2019, Morning Prayers in the Magnificat publication.  I added a new line to support the above perspective.

 

*Response: Raise up the fallen, O God our help!

Give light - to those whose lives are sunk in violence and degradation. *

Give trust - to those who are afraid to trust. *

Give hope - to those who know no meaning. *

Give reconciliation - to those who are at odds with one another *

Give peace - to those who have offended you. *

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