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Quote/s of the Day – 22 August – From the Fathers on the Queenship of Mary

Quote/s of the Day – 22 August – The Memorial of The Queenship of Mary, Holy Mother of God

“Let Heaven sustain me in its embrace,
because I am honoured above it.
For heaven was not thy mother
but Thou hast made it thy throne.
How much more honourable
and venerable than the throne of a king
is His mother.”

St Ephrem (306-373) Doctor of the Churchlet heaven sustain me st ephrem 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary.jpg

“Be enthroned, Lady,
for it is fitting that you should sit
in an exalted place since you are a Queen
and glorious above all kings.”

St Germanus (378-448)be enthroned lady - st germanus 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary.jpg

“O my Lady, my Sovereign,
You who rule over me,
Mother of my Lord . . .
Lady among handmaids,
Queen among sisters.”

St Ildephonsus (607-670)o my lady my sovereign st ildephonsus 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary .jpg

“Just as Mary surpassed in grace all others on earth,
so also in heaven is her glory unique.
If eye has not seen or ear heard or the human heart conceived
what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9),
who can express what He has prepared
for the woman who gave Him birth
and who loved Him,
as everyone knows, more than anyone else?”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) – Doctor of Light – Mellifluous Doctor

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Our Morning Offering – 5 July – Our Lady

Our Morning Offering – 5 July – Saturday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Saturdays with Mary

Our Lady
St Germanus (378-448)
Bishop of Auxerre

Our Lady
Your name is Our Lady.
You alone are Mother of God
and raised high over all the earth.
O Spouse of God,
we celebrate you with faith,
we honour you with longing,
we venerate you with awe,
at every moment
we exalt you
and reverently proclaim
you Blessed.
Amenour lady - st germanus 6 july 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 22 May – My Lady, My Refuge and My Strength

Our Morning Offering – 22 May – ‘Mary’s Month’ – Wednesday of the Fifth week of Easter

My Lady, My Refuge and My Strength
By St Germanus (638-730)
First Bishop of Cyzicus,
Patriarch of Constantinople

My refuge and my strength
My Lady,
my refuge, life and help,
my armour and my boast,
my hope and my strength,
grant that I may enjoy
the ineffable,
inconceivable gifts of your Son,
your God and our God,
in the heavenly kingdom.
For I know surely
that you have power to do as you will,
since you are Mother of the most High.
Therefore, Lady most pure,
I beg you
that I may not be disappointed
in my expectations
but may obtain them,
O Spouse of God,
who bore Him,
who is the expectation of all,
Our lord Jesus Christ,
true God and master of all things,
visible and invisible,
to whom belongs all glory, honour and respect,
now and always and through endless ages.
Amenmy lady my refuge my strength - st germanus no 2 - 22 may 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 28 May “Mary’s Month!” – The Memorial of St Germanus (c 490-576)

Our Morning Offering – 28 May “Mary’s Month!” – The Memorial of St Germanus (c 490-576)

Most Holy Virgin, My Consolation
By St Germanus (c 490-576)

Most Holy Virgin!
Who are the greatest consolation
that I receive from God,
you who art the heavenly dew
which assuages all my pains,
you who are the light of my soul
when it is enveloped in darkness,
you who are my guide in unknown paths,
the support of my weakness,
my treasure in poverty,
my remedy in sickness,
my consolation in trouble,
my refuge in misery,
and the hope of my salvation,
hear my supplications,
have pity on me,
as becomes the Mother of so good a God,
and obtain for me a favourable reception
of all my petitions at the throne of mercy.
Amenmost-holy-virgin-my-consolation-by-st-germanus-28-may-2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 28 May – St Germanus of Paris (c 496-576) “Father of the Poor”

Saint of the Day – 28 May – St Germanus of Paris (c 496-576) Bishop, Monk, Teacher, Reformer, Writer, Apostle of the Poor – known as the “Father of the Poor”, Miracle Worker.  Born Germain in 496 at Autun, France and died on 28 May in 576 in Paris, France of natural causes.   His remains were interred in a decorated tomb in the chapel of Saint Symphorien next to the abbey church c 635 and then translated to the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (St Germanus-in-the-Fields) in 754 by order of King Pepin the Short.  He was Canonised in 754 by Pope Stephen II.   Patronage – archdiocese of Rimouski, Quebec.

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Saint Germanus, the glory of the Church of France in the sixth century, was born in the territory of Autun, a city in south central France, about the year 496.   In his youth he was conspicuous for his fervour.   After being ordained priest, he was made abbot of Saint Symphorian’s monastery, built near the walls of the city;  he was favoured at that time with the gifts of miracles and prophecy.   It was his custom to pray for the greater part of the night in the church, while his monks slept.   He bestowed on the poor of the region all that he could of the monastery’s resources in provisions, and provoked at times the indignation of the religious, who at one time had him arrested and imprisoned. He had scarcely been placed in a cell, when the doors opened of themselves and the bishop, being informed of it, recognised his sanctity and treated him with great respect.

One night, in a dream, he thought a venerable old man presented him with the keys of the city of Paris and said to him that God committed to his care the inhabitants of that city, that he might save them from perishing.   Four years after this divine admonition, in 554, happening to be at Paris when that see became vacant by the death of the bishop Eusebius, he was raised to the episcopal chair, though he endeavoured by many tears to decline the charge.

His promotion made no alteration in his mode of life.   The same simplicity and frugality appeared in his dress, table, and furniture.   His house was perpetually crowded with the poor and the afflicted and he always had many beggars at his own table.   He had edifying books read during the meals, that their souls and his own might be nourished. God gave to his sermons a wonderful influence over the minds of all ranks of people, so that the face of the whole city was in a very short time entirely changed.

King Childebert of the Francs, who until then had been an ambitious, worldly prince, was converted by the sweetness and the powerful discourses of the Saint.   He founded many religious institutions and sent large sums of money to the good bishop, to be distributed among the indigent.   When Saint Germanus learned that some poor folk, inhabitants of a village he was passing through one day, had been imprisoned by their lord for non-payment of debts, he went to pray and shed tears, face to the ground, at the gate of the subterranean jail where the unfortunate victims were lamenting.   The overlord refused to open its doors but an Angel came down and did so and the entire crowd, scarcely believing in their good fortune, came as one person, to kneel in gratitude before their benefactor.   At that point the overlord gave them full amnesty and cancelled their debts.   Demons fled from the bishop’s presence, as they had before Our Lord, his Master, asking to be allowed to remain in the forest on the mountains.

In his old age Saint Germanus lost nothing of the zeal and activity with which he had filled the great duties of his station in the vigour of his age.   Nor did the weakness to which his corporal austerities had reduced him make him alter anything in the mortifications of his penitential life, which redoubled in celestial ardour as he approached more closely the end of his course.   By his zeal, the remains of idolatry were extirpated in France.   The Saint continued his labours for the conversion of sinners, the deliverance of prisoners and the relief of the poor, until he was called to receive his reward at the age of eighty, on the 28 May, 576.   Below is the Church of St Germanus in Paris.

Fortunatus had visited  Germanus’ Shrine in Paris and was described the shrine as “nothing but a string of miracles”.   Germanus, according to Venantius had performed his first miracle in the womb, preventing his mother from performing an abortion.

The most valuable work of St Germanus, is An Exposition of the Liturgy, published from an ancient manuscript by Dom Martenne.   The greatest virtue of St Germanus was his unbounded charity to the poor.   Liberality in alms moves God to be liberal to us in the dispensations of His spiritual graces but he who hardens his heart to the injuries and wants of others, shuts against himself the treasury of heaven.

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Our Morning Offering – 31 December – The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the Octave Day of the Nativity of Our Lord

Our Morning Offering – 31 December – The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the Octave Day of the Nativity of Our Lord

Our Lady, Mother of God
By St Germanus (378-448)

Our Lady
Your name is
Our Lady.
You alone are
Mother of God
and raised high
over all the earth.
O Spouse of God,
we celebrate you
with faith,
we honour you
with longing,
we venerate you
with awe;
at every moment
we exalt you
and reverently proclaim
you blessed.
Amenour lady, mother of god - 1 jan 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 16 May

Our Morning Offering – 16 May

MOST HOLY VIRGIN
ST GERMANUS – 576
(Bishop of Auxerre)

Most Holy Virgin!
Who art the greatest consolation
that I receive from God,
you who are the heavenly dew
which assuages all my pains,
you who are the light of my soul
when it is enveloped in darkness,
you who are my guide in unknown paths,
the support of my weakness,
my treasure in poverty,
my remedy in sickness,
my consolation in trouble,
my refuge in misery,
and the hope of my salvation,
hear my supplications,
have pity on me,
as becomes the Mother of so good a God,
and obtain for me a favourable reception
of all my petitions at the throne of mercy. Amen

most holy virgin - st germanus