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DAY THREE – NOVENA in honour of the EXALTATION of the HOLY CROSS – 7 September

DAY THREE – NOVENA in honour of the EXALTATION of the HOLY CROSS – 7 September

Jesus suffers humiliation

Jesus, you manifested Your power through Your miracles
but in carrying the Cross, You showed
that God preferred to be humility than to be conquest.
You were beaten and spat upon,
mocked and derided.
You suffered humiliation for love of all
as You struggled under the weight of the heavy Cross.
You did this to show Your oneness with the powerless of the earth.
You took the side of the helpless
and You shamed the arrogant and the powerful.
May we, Lord, in our relationship with our brothers and sisters,
avoid domineering attitudes and instead, be of service to them.
May the glory of your cross help us understand
that hearts can never be conquered through imposition or arrogance
but through disinterested service.
Make us servants to one another
and may self-giving characterize our relationships with all.
Amen.

DAILY PRAYER:

Dear Lord Jesus
Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified
and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption
and salvation of our souls,
to bear the sins of all the history of humanity,
from Adam to the end of time.
look down upon us and grant the petition we ask
…………….( mention your intention)
We trust completely in Your Mercy.
Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace,
sanctify our work,
give us and all those who are dear to us,
our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings,
bless our families,
and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted,
Your Peace, which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Your Commandments
we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.

O Cross, you are the glorious sign of victory.
Through your power may we share
in the triumph of Christ Jesus. Amen
Glory Be. (3x)

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Our Morning Offering – 7 September

Our Morning Offering – 7 September

Prayer for Perseverance in Truth
By St HILARY OF POITIERS – (315-368) Father and Doctor

Father, keep us from vain strife of words.
Grant to us constant profession of the Truth!
Preserve us in a true and undefiled faith
so that we may hold fast to that
which we professed when we were baptised
in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
that we may have You for our Father,
that we may abide in Your Son
and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.

This prayer is an excerpt from a sermon ‘On the Trinity’ by Saint Hilary of Poitiers, a bishop and early Church Father of the fourth century and Doctor of the Church, who struggled valiantly against the Arian heresy, defending the divinity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity.

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Saint of the Day – 7 September – St Cloud

Saint of the Day – 7 September – St Cloud (also known as Clodoald, Clodoaldus, Claud) – (522 in Gaul (modern France) – 560 in France of natural causes).   Priest, Hermit, Confessor and Abbot.   Patronages – • nail makers,  •against carbuncles, • Saint Cloud, Minnesota, diocese of.   Attributes – a Benedictine abbot giving his hood to a poor man as a ray of light emanates from his head; with royal insignia at his feet or instructing the poor.

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St Cloud was the son of King Chlodomer of Orléans and his wife Guntheuc. On his death , in the year 511 his kingdom was divided between his four sons, of whom the second was Clodomir.   Thirteen years later he was killed fighting against his cousin, Gondomar, leaving three sons to share his dominions.   The youngest of these sons of Clodomir was St. Clodoald, a name more familiar to English people under its French form of Cloud from the town of Saint-Cloud near Versailles.   When Cloud was eight years old, his uncle Childebert plotted with his brother, to get rid of the boys and divide their kingdom.   The eldest boy, Theodoald was stabbed to death.   The second, Gunther fled in terror but was caught and also killed.   Cloud escaped and was taken for safety into Provence or elsewhere.
Childebert and his brother Clotaire shared the fruits of their crime and Cloud made no attempt to recover his kingdom when he came of age.   He put himself under the discipline of St Severinus, a recluse who lived near Paris and he afterwards went to Nogent on the Seine and had his heritage where is now Saint-Cloud.

Visited by many for counsel and healing, Clodoald in effect gained nothing by keeping himself remote from society.   He therefore returned to Paris, where he was received with joy.   At the people’s request, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Eusebius of Paris in 551 and served the church for some time.

Clodoald established a holy place at Nogent-sur-Seine that is now a collegiate church of canons regular called Saint Cloud wherein his relics are kept.   The village hosting his tomb was renamed Saint-Cloud accordingly.

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Memorials of the Saints – 7 September

St Alcmund of Hexham
Bl Alexander of Milan
St Augustalus
St Balin
St Carissima of Albi
St Chiaffredo of Saluzzo
Bl Claude-Barnabé Laurent de Mascloux
St Cloud
St Desiderio of Benevento
St Dinooth
Bl Eugenia Picco
St Eupsychius of Caesarea
St Eustace of Beauvais
St Evortius of Orleans
St Faciolus
St Festo of Benevento
Bl François d’Oudinot de la Boissière
Bl Giovanni Battista Mazzucconi
St Giovanni of Lodi
St Goscelinus of Toul
St Gratus of Aosta
St Grimonia of Picardy
St Hiduard
Bl Ignatius Klopotowski
Bl John Duckett
Bl John Maki
Bl John of Nicomedia
Bl Ludovicus Maki Soetsu
Madalberta
Bl Maria of Bourbon
St Marko Križevcanin
St Melichar Grodecký
St Memorius of Troyes
St Pamphilus of Capua
Bl Ralph Corby
St Regina
St Sozonte
Bl Thomas Tsuji
St Tilbert of Hexham

Martyrs of Noli: Four Christians who became soldiers and were martyred together for their faith. A late legend makes them member of the Theban Legend who escaped their mass martyrdom but that’s doubtful – Paragorius, Partenopeus, Parteus and Severinus. They were born in Noli, Italy and martyred in Corsica, France. Attribute – soldiers with a banner of Noli.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Antoni Bonet Sero
• Blessed Ascensión Lloret Marcos
• Blessed Gregorio Sánchez Sancho
• Blessed Félix Gómez-Pinto Piñero