Feast of Saint Matthias

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Fresco in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Schwarzenberg, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1757

Prayer to Saint Matthias, the Apostle

O Glorious Saint Matthias,
in God’s design it fell upon you
to take the place of the unfortunate
Judas who betrayed his Master.
You were selected by the twofold sign
of the uprightness of your life
and the call of the Holy Spirit.
Obtain for us the grace to practice
the same uprightness of life
and to be called by the same Spirit
to wholehearted service of the Church.
Then after a life of zeal and good works
let us be ushered into your company
in heaven to sing forever the praises
of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Saint Catherine of Siena

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St. Catherine of Siena

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
By Saint Catherine of Siena

Holy Spirit, come into my heart;
draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God,
and grant me charity with filial fear.
Preserve me, O ineffable Love,
from every evil thought;
warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love,
and every pain will seem light to me.
My Father, my sweet Lord,
help me in all my actions.
Jesus, love, Jesus, love.
Amen.

The Novena to the Divine Mercy – Day 7

In preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, please take a few minutes today to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Novena, Day 7.

Seventh Day of the Novena

“Today bring to Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy and immerse them in My mercy.”  -as dictated by Our Lord to Saint Faustina

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg, You, O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.


18 Minute Video – The Chaplet of Divine Mercy – In Song