NOVENA TO CHRIST KING in preparation for the Liturgical Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

in preparation for the Liturgical Feast
of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow (Mentor and hero of St John Paul).

prince cardinal adam sapieha.jpgDay One
With God the Father

Antiphon to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Luke 11:2

He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come”.
“Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Man, born of the Holy Virgin, came to reveal the fatherhood of God to mankind.   He came to reveal the fatherhood that only he himself knows as the Son who is of one substance with the Father.   So he came to lead mankind into the eternal and Divine dimension of all fatherhood and parenthood in the world created by God.   Also, of all order and harmony, for which the family dimension is essential.
Does to reveal mean only to remind?   More than that, to reveal means to restore. Christ came torestore the Divine fatherhood to mankind, this great human family. Only He could accomplish the restoration in a complete way.   In order to restore the Divine fatherhood to people, Christ had to bring back the people to God as Father.   This was his vital mission…”….(John Paul II, Homily delivered during the Mass at Masłów Aero Club in Kielce, 3 June 1991)

God, Father of mankind, we thank You for making us Your adopted children in Christ and letting us know about this great honour.   You have revealed that being a child of God means essentially acting with truth and simplicity, without a touch of duplicity and egoism.   Jesus Christ, our King and Lord, let all people know the kindness of God, Father of all creation and His care of those who fear Him.   Let us worship and praise the name of our King so that we may be brought to the glory of eternal life, where You live and reign, world without end. Amen

Prayer to Jesus Christ King of the Universe
by Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha (1927)

O Jesus, Lord of our hearts and immortal King of centuries, we hereby solemnly swear to You to stand faithfully by Your throne and by You.    We swear never to blemish Your standard with unbelief, sectarianism or any other apostasy.   We vow to You to persevere in the holy Catholic faith until we die.
May our posterity engrave it on our tombstones that we were never embarrassed because of our faith in You, Jesus the King and Your Gospel.   May You reign in our hearts through grace.   May You reign in our families through family virtues.   May You reign in our schools through genuine Catholic upbringing.
May You reign in our society through justice and concord.   May You reign everywhere, always and forever. May Your standard be a guide for us all, may Your Kingdom extend to every corner of the earth!   Amen

Let us pray. Almighty God, the powerful King of all creation, we humbly beseech You to send the hosts of angels for our protection so that we may serve You with devotion, with no hindrance and in peace.   We beseech You through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amenday-one-novena-christ-the-king-17-nov-2017



Thought for the Day – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Thought for the Day – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

“Elizabeth was a lifelong friend of the poor and gave herself entirely to relieving the hungry.   She ordered that one of her castles should be converted into a hospital in which she gathered many of the weak and feeble.   She generously gave alms to all who were in need, not only in that place but in all the territories of her husband’s empire.   She spent all her own revenue from her husband’s four principalities and finally she sold her luxurious possessions and rich clothes for the sake of the poor.

Twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, Elizabeth went to visit the sick.   She personally cared for those who were particularly repulsive; to some she gave good, to others clothing; some she carried on her own shoulders and performed many other kindly services.   Her husband, of happy memory, gladly approved of these charitable works.   Finally, when her husband died, she sought the highest perfection;  filled with tears, she implored me to let her beg for alms from door to door.

On Good Friday of that year, when the altars had been stripped, she laid her hands on the altar in a chapel in her own town, where she had established the Friars Minor and before witnesses she voluntarily renounced all worldly display and everything that our Saviour in the gospel advises us to abandon.   Even then she saw that she could still be distracted by the cares and worldly glory which had surrounded her while her husband was alive.   Against my will she followed me to Marburg.   Here in the town she built a hospice where she gathered together the weak and the feeble.   There she attended the most wretched and contemptible at her own table.

st elizabeth visiting the hospital she founded
St Elizabeth at the Hospice she built

Apart from those active good works, I declare before God that I have seldom seen a more contemplative woman.

Before her death I heard her confession.   When I asked what should be done about her goods and possessions, she replied that anything which seemed to be hers belonged to the poor.   She asked me to distribute everything except one worn-out dress in which she wished to be buried.   When all this had been decided, she received the body of our Lord. Afterward, until vespers, she spoke often of the holiest things she had heard in sermons. Then, she devoutly commended to God all who were sitting near her and as if falling into a gentle sleep, she died.”   – from a letter by Fr Conrad of Marburg, spiritual director of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Elizabeth understood well the lesson Jesus taught when he washed his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper:  the Christian must be one who serves the humblest needs of others, even if one serves from an exalted position.   In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order.   The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers.   This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe.  Of royal blood, Elizabeth could have lorded it over her subjects.   Yet she served them with such a loving heart that her brief life won for her a special place in the hearts of many.   Elizabeth is also an example to us in her following the guidance of a spiritual director.   Growth in the spiritual life is a difficult process.   We can play games very easily if we don’t have someone to challenge us.

St Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us!st elizabeth pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 November – Mercy/Charity/Love on the Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary – Apostle of Charity (1207-1231)

Quote/s of the Day – 17 November – Mercy/Charity/Love on the Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary – Apostle of Charity (1207-1231)

“It is better to err by excess of mercy
than by excess of severity. . .
Wilt thou become a Saint?
Be severe to thyself but kind to others.”

“Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Churchmercy imitates god - st john chrysostom - 17 nov 2017

“Two works of mercy set a person free:
Forgive and you will be forgiven
and give and you will receive.”two works of mercy - st augustine - 17 nov 2017

” Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works.
There is the goal;
that is why we run:
we run toward it and once we reach it,
in it we shall find rest.

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchlove is itself - st augustine - 17 nov 2017

“Lord, I am in this world to show Your mercy to others…
For my part I will glorify You by making known
how good You are to sinners, that Your mercy is boundless.”

St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)lord, i am in this world - st claude de la colombiere- 17 nov 2017


One Minute Reflection – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

One Minute Reflection – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Adapt yourselves no longer to the pattern of this present world but let your minds be remade and your whole nature thus transformed…Romans 12:2

REFLECTION – “Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?”…–St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)extend your mercy towards others - st elizabeth of hungary - 17 nov 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, as You have taught Your Church that all the commandments are summed up in the love of You and of our neighbour, grant that as we follow St Elizabeth of Hungary in doing works of charity, we may be numbered among the blessed in Your Kingdom. May the prayers of St Elizabeth help us to give constant love and service to the afflicted and the needy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity. Amenst eliz of hungary pray for us 17 nov 2017


Our Morning Offering – 17 November – St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Our Morning Offering – 17 November – St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Blest are the Pure in Heart” – From the Breviary
(A perfect hymn/prayer for the Feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary)

Blest are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God,
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ’s abode.

The Lord, who left the heavens,
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with men,
their pattern and their King.

Still to the lowly soul,
He does Himself impart
and for His dwelling and His throne,
chooses the pure in heart.

Lord, we Thy presence seek,
May ours this blessing be:
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple fit for Theeblest are the pure in heart - on feast of st elizabeth of hungary - 17 nov 2017


Saint of the Day – 17 November – St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Saint of the Day – 17 November – St Elizabeth of Hungary TOSF (1207-1231) Princess, Widow member of the Third Order of the Franciscans, Mother, Apostle of the poor, the sick, the needy..  Also known as St Elizabeth of Thuringia.   Born in 1207 at Presburg, Hungary – 1231 at Marburg, Germany of natural causes.   Her relics, including her skull wearing a gold crown she had worn in life, are preserved at the convent of Saint Elizabeth in Vienna, Austria.   Patronages – hospitals, nurses, bakers, brides, countesses, dying children, exiles, homeless people, lace-makers, widows. all Catholic charities and the Third Order of Saint Francis.   She was Canonised on 27 May 1235 by Pope Gregory IX at Perugia, Italy. HEADER - Marcos da Cruz - st elizabeth

Elizabeth was born in 1207.   Her father was Alexander II, the King of Hungary.   Her marriage was arranged when she was just a child and at age four, she was sent to Thuringia for education and eventual marriage.   When she was 14, she married Louis of Thuringia.   They loved each other deeply.elizabeth-of-hungary-spinning-for-poor-marianne-stokes_1895

Elizabeth went out with loaves of bread to feed those who were poor.   Her husband saw her and took hold of her cape to see what she was carrying. What he saw was roses rather than bread!   Because of this, she is also known as the patroness of bakers.   Louis supported her in all she did to relieve the sufferings of those who were poor or sick.   But Louis’s mother, Sophia, his brother and other members of court resented Elizabeth’s generosity.   She was taunted and mocked by the royal family but deeply loved by the common people.   Louis loved her and defended her.   They had three children.

In 1227, after six years of marriage, Louis went to fight in the Crusades.   He died on the way.   Elizabeth was grief stricken.   Her in-laws accused her of mismanaging the finances of the kingdom, forcing her and her children out of the palace.   For a while, they found refuge only in barns.   Finally, they were taken in by her uncle, the bishop of Bamberg.   When her husband’s friends returned from the Crusades, they helped restore her to her rightful place in the palace.   Elizabeth increased her service to others.   She was 24 when she died.

She was canonised only four years later.   Elizabeth is symbolized by a triple crown—for roles as a member of royalty, as a mother, and as a saint, crowned in heaven. Canonization of St Elisabeth of Hungary in 1235

Elisabeth-Kirche Marburg
Elisabeth-Kirche Marburg
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Memorials of the Saints – 17 November

St Elizabeth of Hungary (Memorial) –

St Acisclus
St Aignan of Orléans
St Alphaeus of Palestine
St Eugene of Florence
St Eusebio Roldán Vielva
St Florinus of Remüs
St Giacinto Ansalone
St Gregory of Tours
St Gregory Thaumaturgus
St Hilda of Whitby
St Hugh of Lincoln
St Hugh of Noara
St Josefa Gironés Arteta
St Juan de Castillo-Rodriguez
St Laverius
St Lazarus Zographos
St Lorenza Díaz Bolaños
St Namasius of Vienne
Bl Salomea of Galicia
Bl Sébastien-Loup Hunot
St Thomas Hioji Nishi Rokuzaemon
St Victoria of Cordoba
Bl Yosafat Kotsylovsky
St Zacchaeus of Palestine

Jesuit Martyrs of Paraguay – 3 saints

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Eusebio Roldán Vielva
• Blessed Josefa Gironés Arteta
• Blessed Lorenza Díaz Bolaños