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

Day Four
Behold, your mother

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

John 19:26-27
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother,
“Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

For the Mother of Christ is glorified as “Queen of the Universe.”   She who at the Annunciation called herself the “handmaid of the Lord” remained throughout her earthly life faithful to what this name expresses.   In this she confirmed that she was a true “disciple” of Christ, who strongly emphasised that his mission was one of service:  the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt. 20:28).   In this way Mary became the first of those who, “serving Christ also in others, with humility and patience lead their brothers and sisters to that King whom to serve is to reign” and she fully obtained that “state of royal freedom” proper to Christ’s disciples:  to serve means to reign!…(St Pope John Paul II, The Encyclical Redemptoris Mater, 41)

Prayer:  O God, whose sainthood is beyond understanding! Through Your Son Jesus Christ You have given us the paragon of sainthood and the path thereto.   You have involved the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mission of Salvation by making her Christ’s Mother and ours.   May You help us to see and believe that Virgin Mary is, for us, the model of ideal love. May our existence be permeated with the longing to bear love to Jesus and Mary. Mother of Divine Love, be mindful of the faithful gathered in this
temple and all other places where You are glorified and addressed in the world full of misery.    Be mindful of our souls longing to bear indivisible love to your Son and thee. Be mindful of all souls, especially the souls loving your Son, teach them to fulfil His will as faithfully as possible, protect them from all sin and help them to attain perfect love in humility, simplicity and complete devotion to God.   Through Christ, Our Lord, with the Holy Spirit. 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 FOUR NOVENA christ the king - 20 Nov 2017

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 November

St Agapius of Caesarea
Bl Ambrose of Camaldoli
St Ampelus of Messina
St Anatolius of Nicea
St Apothemius of Angers
St Autbodus of Valcourt
St Basil of Antioch
St Bernerio of Eboli
St Crispin of Ecija
St Dasius of Dorostorum
St Dorus of Benevento
St Edmund of East Anglia
St Eudo of Carméry
St Eustachius of Nicea
St Eval of Cornwall
St Felix of Valois
St Francis Xavier Can Nguyen
St Francisca Desamparados Honorata Lloret Martí
St Gaius of Messina
St Gregory Decapolites
St Hippolytus of Belley
St Humbert of Elmham
St Leo of Nonantula
Bl Maria Fortunata Viti
St Maxentia of Beauvais
St Milagros Ortells Gimeno
St Nerses of Sahgerd and Companions
St Simplicius of Verona
St Sylvester of Châlons-sur-Saône
St Thespesius of Nicea
St Teonesto of Vercelli

Martyred Sisters of the Christian Doctrine – 17 beati: A group of 17 religious sisters, members all of the Sisters of the Christian Doctrine, who were martyred in two different incidents in 1936 during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War.
They were Beatified on 1 October 1995 by St Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Antioch – 3 saints: Group of three Christians executed together for their faith. No details have survived except their names – Basil, Dionysius and Rusticus. They were martyred in Antioch (Antakya, Turkey).

Martyrs of Heraclea – 3 saints: A group of 43 Christians martyred together. The only details about them to survive are three of their names – Agapitus, Bassus and Dionysius. They were martyred in Heraclea, Thrace.

Martyrs of Turin – 3 saints: Three Christian martyrs whose original stories were lost, and somehow came to be associated with the Theban Legion. They are – Adventor, Octavius and Solutor. They were beheaded in 297 in Turin, Italy. Patronage – Turin, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939.
• Blessed Ascensión Duart Roig
• Blessed Aurea Navarro
• Blessed Catalina Calpe Ibáñez
• Blessed Emilia Martí Lacal
• Blessed Francisca Desamparados Honorata Lloret Martí
• Blessed Gertrudis Rita Florència Surís Brusola
• Blessed Isabel Ferrer Sabrià
• Blessed Josefa Pascual Pallardó
• Blessed Josefa Romero Clariana
• Blessed Josepa Mongoche Homs
• Blessed María Antonia del Sufragio Orts Baldó
• Blessed Maria Dolors Llimona Planas
• Blessed María Isabel López García
• Blessed María Purificación Gómez Vives
• Blessed Milagros Ortells Gimeno
• Blessed Paula de San Antonio
• Blessed Teresa Jiménez Baldoví
• Blessed Teresa Rosat Balasch

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, MORNING Prayers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS

Our Morning Offering – 20 November

Our Morning Offering – 20 November

by St Francis de Sales

Lord, I am Yours
and I must belong to
no one but You.
My soul is Yours
and must live only by You.
My will is Yours
and must love only for You.
I must love You
as my first cause,
since I am from You.
I must love You
as my end and rest,
since I am for You.
I must love You more
than my own being,
since my being subsists by You.
I must love You more than myself,
since I am all Yours
and all in You. Amen.

This beautiful prayer from Treatise on the Love of God by St Francis de Sales is a prayer of giving oneself totally to God, of wanting to love Him above all thing and is a very appropriate Daily Prayer to add to your memory.LORD I AM YOURS - ST FRANCIS DE SALES

Posted in NOTES to Followers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS

Out of Town

Out of Town from 20 November for roughly 10 days – until the job is finished!out of town - 20 nov 2017

Dear friends and followers

I have to fly off tomorrow on a work assignment.   As soon as I am done I will start posting again.

In the meantime, I am pre-scheduling the Novena, the list of Saints for each day, a Morning Offering and a post for the beautiful Feast of Christ the King next Sunday 26 November.   On which day, I will be praying for you all to be abundantly blessed.

Stay well and be saints!

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.