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The Work of the Divine Infant

By Laurie Ghigliotti | The National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague encourages devotion to the Divine Child. |
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Fr. Tito: Mary

Fr. Tito: Mary

Devotion to Mary is a sign of predestination. Mary protects and preserves our faith in Christ. Mary was filled with divine charity, and charity is always in hurry to the needs of others.
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Dec 31, Midmorning Prayer for Sylvester I, Po

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I:
Ordinary: 658
Proper of Seasons: 474 (reading, concluding prayer)
Complementary Psalter: 1091 (Series I, Midmorning)

Midmorning Prayer for the Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas, using Complementary Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Love Came Down at Christmas by Chichester Cathedral Choir; Words: Christina Rossetti, 1885. Music: Irish melody

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph were filled with wonder at all that was said of the child.

Psalm 120
Longing for peace

Be patient in suffering, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12)

To the Lord in the hour of my distress
I call and he answers me.
O Lord, save my soul from lying lips,
from the tongue of the deceitful.

What shall he repay you in return,
O treacherous tongue?
The warriors arrows sharpened
and coals, red-hot, blazing.

Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech,
dwell among the tents of Kedar!

Long enough have I been dwelling
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace, but when I speak,
they are for fighting.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 121
Guardian of his people

Never again will they hunger and thirst, never again know scorching heat (Revelation 7:16)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 122
The holy city, Jerusalem

You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22)

I rejoiced when I heard them say:
Let us go to God’s house.
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built as a city
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel’s law it is,
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgment
of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
“Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls,
in your palaces, peace!”

For love of my brethren and friends
I say: Peace upon you.
For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph were filled with wonder at all that was said of the child.

READING Isaiah 45:13

It was I who stirred up one for the triumph of justice;
all his ways I make level.
He shall rebuild my city
and let my exiles go free
Without price or ransom,
says the Lord of hosts.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

The Lord has remembered his gracious promise, alleluia.
He has kept faith with his people Israel, alleluia.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Almighty and ever-living God,
who in the Nativity of your Son
established the beginning and fulfillment of all religion,
grant, we pray, that we may be numbered
among those who belong to him,
in whom is the fullness of human salvation.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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Dec 29, Midmorning Prayer for Thomas Becket, B & M

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I:
Ordinary: 658
Proper of Seasons: 450 (reading, concluding prayer)
Complementary Psalter: 1091 (Series I, Midmorning)

Midmorning Prayer for December 29, the Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas, using the Complementary Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Love Came Down at Christmas by Chichester Cathedral Choir; Words: Christina Rossetti, 1885. Music: Irish melody

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph were filled with wonder at all that was said of the child.

Psalm 120
Longing for peace

Be patient in suffering, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12).

To the Lord in the hour of my distress
I call and he answers me.
O Lord, save my soul from lying lips,
from the tongue of the deceitful.

What shall he repay you in return,
O treacherous tongue?
The warriors arrows sharpened
and coals, red-hot, blazing.

Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech,
dwell among the tents of Kedar!

Long enough have I been dwelling
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace, but when I speak,
they are for fighting.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 121
Guardian of his people

Never again will they hunger and thirst, never again know scorching heat (Revelation 7:16)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 122
The holy city, Jerusalem

You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
I rejoiced when I heard them say:
Let us go to God’s house.
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built as a city
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel’s law it is,
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgment
of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
“Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls,
in your palaces, peace!”

For love of my brethren and friends
I say: Peace upon you.
For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph were filled with wonder at all that was said of the child.

READING Titus 2:11-12

The grace of God has appeared, offering salvation to all men. It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires, and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

The Lord has remembered his gracious promise, alleluia.
He has kept faith with his people, Israel, alleluia.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Almighty and invisible God,
who dispersed the darkness of the world
by the coming of your light,
look, we pray, with serene countenance upon us,
that we may acclaim with fitting praise
the greatness of the Nativity of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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Dec 25, About Today for Christmas

December 25

The Nativity of the Lord

Solemnity

“And above the firmament over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness as it were of a human form. And upward from what had the appearance of his loins I saw as it were gleaming bronze, like the appearance of fire enclosed round about; and downward from what had the appearance of his loins I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness round about him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face…” (Ezek 1:26-28). [1]

Jesus Christ, Our Lord, is born. We have prepared for this day and in glorious acclaim we join the celestial choir of angels who sing, “Glory to God in the highest heavens and peace on earth to people of good will”(Luke 2:14). Church Fathers comment that this angelic song, heard by shepherds on the night of Christ’s birth, unveils God’s personality in a new way. For before, God was known in splendor, in the radiant beauty of the cosmos and in the divine workings of creation. But now, at the onset of Christ’s birth in a manger, He makes Himself known as a child. A little baby, tender and in need of love, ushers in a new and special relationship with the Creator. [2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Version s.v., “Ezekiel, The Book of.”
[2] Benedict XVI, Homily, December 25, 2008.

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Dec 23, Midday Prayer for Sunday of the 4th week of Advent

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I:
Ordinary: 661
Proper of Seasons: 374
Psalter: Sunday, Week IV, 1057

Midday Prayer for Sunday, December 23, using Current Psalmody

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia

HYMN

Refrain:
Venez divin Messie,
Sauver nos jours infortunés ;
Vous êtes notre vie,
Venez, venez, venez!

Ah ! Descendez, hâtez vos pas!
Sauvez les hommes du trépas;
Secourez-nous, ne tardez pas!
Voyez couler nos larmes;
Grand Dieu, si vous nous pardonnez,
Nous n’aurons plus d’alarmes:
Venez, venez, venez!

Refrain:

Ah ! Désarmez votre courroux :
Nous sommes tous à vos genoux,
N’ayant, Seigneur, d’espoir qu’en Vous.
Pour nous livrer la guerre,
Tous les enfers sont déchaînés :
Venez sauver la terre,
Venez, venez, venez!

Refrain:

Que nos soupirs soient entendus!
Les biens que nous avons perdus
Ne nous seront-ils point rendus?
Seigneur, vos saints oracles
À tous les siècles étonnés
Promirent ces miracles :
Venez, venez, venez!

O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

Dear Savior haste;
Come, come to earth,
Dispel the night and show your face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.

O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.
And sadness flee away.

Literal translation of the French lyrics

Refrain:
Come divine Messiah,
Save our ill-fated days;
You are our life,
Come, come, come!

Oh! Come down, hasten your step:
Save men from death;
Help us, don’t be late!
See our tears run;
Great God, if you forgive us,
We will have no more fear:
Come, come, come!

Oh! Let your wrath abate:
We are all at your knees,
Having, Lord, faith only in You.
To bring us war
All the hells were released:
Come save the Earth,
Come, come, come!

May our sighs be heard!
The goods that we have lost
Won’t they be returned to us?
Lord, your sainted oracles
To all of the astonished centuries
They promised these miracles:
Come, come, come!

Venez, Divin Messie (O Come Divine Messiah) by Louis Philippe; Text: Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, Abbot (1663-1745), according to Isaiah 4:14; Lk 2.4 to 14; Jn 3.16-18; Music: traditional French, sixteenth century

PSALMODY

Ant. The angel Gabriel said to Mary in greeting: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.

Psalm 23
The Good Shepherd

The Lamb himself will be their shepherd and will lead them to the springs of living waters (Revelation 7:17).

The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort.

You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, shepherd of your Church, you give us new birth in the waters of baptism, anoint us with saving oil, and call us to salvation at your table. Dispel the terrors of death and the darkness of error. Lead your people along safe paths, that they may rest securely in you and live for ever in your Father’s house.

Psalm 76
Thanksgiving for victory

They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven (Matthew 24:30).

I

God is made known in Judah;
in Israel his name is great.
He set up his tent in Jerusalem
and his dwelling place in Zion.
It was there he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, the armor.

You, O Lord, are resplendent,
more majestic than the everlasting mountains.
The warriors, despoiled, slept in death;
the hands of the soldiers were powerless.
At your threat, O God of Jacob,
horse and rider lay stunned.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

II

You, you alone, strike terror.
Who shall stand when your anger is roused?
You uttered your sentence from the heavens;
the earth in terror was still
when God arose to judge,
to save the humble of the earth.

Men’s anger will serve to praise you;
its survivors surround you in joy.
Make vows to your God and fulfill them.
Let all pay tribute to him who strikes terror,
who cuts short the life of princes,
who strikes terror in the kings of the earth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Your power is awesome, Father, and wonderful is your holiness. In your presence the earth both trembles and stands still, for you shattered death’s power by the cross. Rise to help your people: give your light, and grant salvation to the meek of the earth, that they may praise your name in heaven.

Ant. The angel Gabriel said to Mary in greeting: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.

READING Jeremiah 30:18a

Thus says the Lord:
See! I will restore the tents of Jacob,
His dwellings I will pity.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Remember us, Lord, because of the love you have for your people.
Come and bring us your salvation.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Pour forth,
we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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Pope says faith includes trust in dark moments

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2012 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element of darkness.

"We encounter moments where God seems absent, his sil…

‘An Urgent Need to Respond to the Divine Call’

Pope Benedict XVI Releases Message for 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Nov 26, Office of Readings for Monday of the 34th week of Ordinary Time

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. IV:
Ordinary: 615
Proper of Seasons: 586
Psalter: Monday, Week II, 811
Christian Prayer:
Does not contain Office of Readings
Office of Readings for Monday in Ordinary Time
God, come to my assistance.
– …

Nov 25, About Today for Christ the King

Last Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Solemnity
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my k…