Novena to St Anne – Day Four – 20 July

Novena to St Anne – Day Four – 20 July

Reflections by:
By Fr Daniel A Lord, SJ


Hope is a beautiful virtue.

Hope without prayer is a wasted thing. It is groundless optimism without root in faith.

We hope because we know that God, in His love, will do what is best for us. We pray so that He may know our desires and that if they are for our good, He may fulfil them.

In the long days of patient waiting before the coming of Mary, Anne prayed from a humble and a loving heart. Her life was a long simple prayer committing her to God’s Holy will.

Of a Sabbath, she and her husband, Joachim, went together to the synagogue to pray with the other faithful Jews, who cried aloud for the long-delayed Saviour.

At daybreak she offered to God in heaven everything that she would do throughout the day.

Before and after meals, she thanked the creator of the universe for the gifts of His Fatherly goodness. At night she looked back upon the day and presented it as a gift to God.

And always, underlying her prayer, was the hope that the Saviour would soon be born and that God would send her a child – perhaps the child who would be nurse to the Messias.

To this model of prayer we pray:

Daily Prayer:

O glorious St Anne,
you are filled with compassion
for those who invoke you
and with love for those who suffer!
Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles,
I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you
to take the present intention
which I recommend to you in your special care.
…………………(make your intention)
Please recommend it to your daughter,
the Blessed Virgin Mary
and place it before the throne of Jesus,
so that He may bring it to a happy issue.
Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted.
But, above all, obtain for me the grace, one day,
to see my God face to face
and with you and Mary and all the saints,
to praise and bless Him for all eternity.

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St Anne, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St Anne, intercede for me.


Good St Anne,
you offered your prayer with hope and love
and our Holy and loving Father
answered them by granting you the Mother of His Son,
as your daughter.
By the happiness which then filled your heart,
I beg you to present me to your Grandson Jesus.
Offered by you, I will be agreeable in His sight.
Kind St. Ann, take me forever under your protection.
Deliver me from the temptations, which continually assail me.
Above all, attend me in my last hour.
As I lie on my deathbed, be present with your daughter
to console and strengthen me.
Holy Mary and good St Anne,
show yourselves to be mothers indeed,
by obtaining for me the grace of a good death.
When my soul goes forth,
lead it to God’s tribunal so that,
by your powerful help and intercession,
it may obtain a favourable judgement.
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20 July 2019 – The 50th anniversary of Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect, Congregation of Divine Worship

20 July 2019 – The 50th anniversary of Cardinal Robert Sarah,

Prefect, Congregation of Divine Worship

Today we wish Cardinal Sarah
as he celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his Priestly Ordination.
We offer our Prayers for your continued immense help to the Church of Christ.
May God shine His Face upon you!congratulations card sarah 20 july 2019.jpg

Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship
“When I was a little boy, I asked myself, ‘What are these men doing in silence, in the dark?’ T  his is because there was no electricity in my village. I thought ‘surely they’re talking to someone they see and know.’”  “And when one of them asked me, ‘Do you want to go to the seminary?’   I didn’t know what it was.   I asked, ‘What do you do there?’  He said ‘There you go to become like us.’   I said yes.   I wanted to meet that Person they saw in the silence and darkness of the chapel.”

The years have passed and he still remembers the generosity of these missionaries who came to his land to help the Africans.

Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship
“They came not to gain anything but to serve us, to save us, just as Christ did.   He did not come to gain but to give His life.   They gave their life and some died very young.” “Therefore, for me, to be a priest is to imitate these missionaries who communicated their faith to me. I want to be like them.”

The cardinal has worked in the Vatican since 2001.   He has collaborated with St John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis.   For this reason, he is saddened he is presented as an opponent of the pope.

Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship
“I’m calm because I’m loyal to the pope.”   “They cannot quote a word, a phrase, a gesture with which I oppose the pope.   It is ridiculous, it is ridiculous.   I am at the service of the Church, the Holy Father and God.   This is enough.”   “There people write this kind of stuff to create opposition, against the Holy Father, between bishops or cardinals.   It is ridiculous.  We must not fall into this trap.   We must continue to teach.   I don’t care what they say.”

The cardinal has just published his third book.   In it he deals with the consequences of the crisis of faith in the contemporary world.   It is entitled “The Day Is Now Far Spent” and is dedicated to all the priests of the world, to Benedict XVI and to Pope Francis.  The book, the last volume of three that he has written with the French author Nicolas Diat, will be “the most important” due to what he says is the “decadence of our time” that has “all the faces of mortal peril.”

The book’s French title is Le soir approche et déjà le jour baisse (Evening approaches and the day is now almost over) and is taken from the New Testament account of the disciples’ encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:28-30):

“As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther.   But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”   So, he went in to stay with them.   And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.”



Quote/s of the Day – 20 July – Cardinal Robert Sarah

Quote/s of the Day – 20 July – The 50th anniversary of Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect, Congregation of Divine Worship

“The most important moments in life
are the hours of prayer and adoration.
They give birth to a human being,
fashion our true identity;
they root our existence in mystery.”the most important moments in life - robert sarah 20 july 2019.jpg

“True charity is neither almsgiving
nor humanistic solidarity
nor a form of philanthropy –
charity is the expression of God
and an extension of Christ’s
presence in our world.”true charity is - robert sarah 20 july 2019.jpg

“The foundation of the liturgy
must remain the search for God.
We can only be dismayed by the fact
that this intention of Saints Popes John XXIII
and Paul VI, and of the Council Fathers as well,
is often obscured and, worse yet, betrayed. . . .”

God or Nothingthe foundation of the liteurgy - robert sarah 20 july 2019.jpg

“The Father waits
for His children
in their own hearts.”

The Power of Silence

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One Minute Reflection – 20 July – ‘ his name will the Gentiles hope.’

One Minute Reflection – 20 July – Saturday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 12:14–21

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased….
and in his name will the Gentiles hope.”…Matthew 12:18,21

REFLECTION – “My dear souls, let us recognise, I pray you, Christ’s infinite charity towards us, in the institution of this Sacrament of the Eucharist.   In order that our love be a spiritual love, He wills a new heart, a new love, a new spirit for us.   It is not with a carnal heart but with a spiritual one, that Christ has loved us with a gratuitous love, a supreme and most ardent love, by way of pure grace and charity.   Ah!   One needs to love Him back with one’s whole, whole, whole, living, living, living and true, true, true heart!!” …… St Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619) Apostolic Doctorbehold-my-servant-matthew-12-18-my-dear-souls-let-us-recognise-st-lawrence-of-brindisi-21-july-2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You bestowed on us all the ways of grace in Your Son, so that Your name might be glorified and souls be saved.   At the intercession of His Mother, whom He so lovingly gave us, grant that we may see what we have to do and, in Your mercy give us the strength to do it and the courage, love and charity to persevere.   Grant above all, that by her prayers we may love You above all and with all we are.   Mary, holy Mother of God, pray for us, through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.mary holy mother pray for us 20 july 2019


Our Morning Offering – 20 July – Hail Mary, Queen of Mercy

Our Morning Offering – 20 July – Saturday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and a Marian Saturday

Hail Mary, Queen of Mercy
By St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Hail Mary, Queen of Mercy,
olive-branch of forgiveness,
through whom we receive
the medicine that heals our sickness,
the balsam of pardon.
Virgin Mother of the divine off-spring,
through your Son,
your only Child who stooped
to become the brother of humankind,
you are the true Mother of us all.
For the sake of His love,
take me, unworthy as I am,
into your motherly care.
Sustain, preserve
and enlighten my conversion.
Be for me, for all eternity,
my cherished mother,
tenderly caring for me
throughout my earthly life
and enfolding me in your arms,
at the hour of my death.
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Saint of the Day – 20 July – St Margaret of Antioch (3rd century) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 20 July – St Margaret of Antioch (3rd century) Martyr – also known as Saint Marina the Great Martyr – Virgin and Martyr – born in Antioch and died by being beheaded, date unknown (3rd century).   Patronages – childbirth, pregnant women, dying people, kidney disease, peasants, exiles, falsely accused people, Lowestoft, England; Queens’ College, Cambridge; nurses, Sannat and Bormla, Malta.

Margaret is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is one of the saints who spoke to St Joan of Arc.saint-margaret-of-antioch-onorio-marinari.jpg

According to the version of the story in Golden Legend, she was a native of Antioch and the daughter of a pagan priest named Aedesius.   Her mother having died soon after her birth, Margaret was nursed by a Christian woman.   Having embraced Christianity and consecrated her virginity to God, Margaret was disowned by her father, adopted by her nurse and lived in the country keeping sheep with her foster mother (in what is now Turkey).st margaret of antioch header.jpg

Olybrius, Governor of the Roman Diocese of the East, asked to marry her but with the demand that she renounce Christianity.   Upon her refusal, she was cruelly tortured, during which various miraculous incidents occurred.

One of these involved being swallowed by Satan in the shape of a dragon, from which she escaped alive when the cross she carried irritated the dragon’s innards.   The Golden Legend describes this last incident as “apocryphal and not to be taken seriously” (trans. Ryan, 1.369).st margaret of antioch and the dragon.jpg

Whilst St Margaret is recognised as a saint by the Church, being listed as such in the Roman Martyrology for 20 July.   She was also included from the 12th to the 20th century among the saints to be commemorated wherever the Roman Rite was celebrated (on the Liturgical calendar) but was then removed from that list because of the entirely fabulous character of the stories told of her.

She became one of the most popular saints in England in the 9th century when her life was first recorded in English. Some two hundred early churches were dedicated to her, even though her legend had been declared apocryphal by the Pope as early as 494.   Be that as it may, the exaggerated miracles told of her life never deny her martyrdom for the faith.

Her remains and shrine are now kept at the Basilica of St Margaret at Monte-Fiascone in Tuscany, Italy – see below.basilica of st margaret.jpgcarlo-francesco-nuvolone-saint-margaret-of-antioch.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 July

St Apollinaris of Ravenna – Disciple of St Peter – Martyr (Optional Memorial)
About holy St Apollinaris:

Bl Anne Cartier
St Ansegisus
St Aurelius of Carthage
St Bernward of Hildesheim
St Cassian of Saint Saba
St Chi Zhuze
St Elijah the Prophet
St Elswith
Bl Gregory Lopez (1542-1596)
St José María Díaz Sanjurjo
St Joseph Barsabas
Bl Luigi Novarese
St Margaret of Antioch (3rd century) Martyr
St Maria Fu Guilin
St Mère
St Paul of Saint Zoilus
St Rorice of Limoges
St Severa of Oehren
St Severa of Saint Gemma
St Wulmar

Martyrs of Corinth – 22 saints: 22 Christians who were martyred together. We know nothing else about them but the names – • Appia • Calorus • Cassius • Celsus • Cyriacus • Donatus • Emilis • Felix • Fructus • Magnus • Maximus • Nestita • Partinus • Pasterus • Paul • Romanus • Spretus • Tertius • Theodolus • Ueratia • Valerian • Victor. They were martyred in Corinth, Greece.

Martyrs of Damascus – 16 saints: 16 Christians who were martyred together. We know the names of six of then, but no details about any of them – Cassia, Julian, Macrobius, Maximus, Paul and Sabinus. They were martyred in Damascus, Syria, date unknown.

Martyrs of Seoul – 8 saints: Eight lay native Koreans in various states of life who were murdered together for their faith.
• Anna Kim Chang-gum
• Ioannes Baptista Yi Kwang-nyol
• Lucia Kim Nusia
• Magdalena Yi Yong-hui
• Maria Won Kwi-im
• Martha Kim Song-im
• Rosa Kim No-sa
• Theresia Yi Mae-im
They were martyred on 20 July 1839 at the Small West Gate, Seoul, South Korea and Canonised on 6 May 1984 by St Pope John Paul.

Martyrs of Zhaojia – 3 saints: Married lay woman and her two daughters in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. During the persecutions of the Boxer Rebellion, the three of them hid in a well to avoid being raped. They were found, dragged out, and killed for being Christian. Martyrs. They were – Maria Zhao Guoshi (mother), Maria Zhao and Rosa Zhao (sisters). They were martyred in late July 1900 in Zhaojia, Wuqiao, Hebei, China.

Martyrs of Zhujiahe – 4 saints: Two Jesuit missionary priests and two local lay people who supported their work who were martyred together in the Boxer Rebellion during and immediately after Mass.
• Léon-Ignace Mangin
• Maria Zhu Wushi
• Paul Denn
• Petrus Zhu Rixin
They were martyred on 20 July 1900 in church in Zhujiahe, Jingxian, Hebei, China and Canonised on 1 October 2000 by St Pope John Paul.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Abraham Furones y Furones
• Blessed Antoni Bosch Verdura
• Blessed Francisca Aldea y Araujo
• Blessed Jacinto García Riesco
• Blessed Joan Páfila Monllaó
• Blessed Josep Tristany Pujol
• Blessed Matías Cardona-Meseguer
• Blessed Rita Josefa Pujalte y Sánchez
• Blessed Vicente López y López