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.

Ascension Thursday

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The Ascension of Christ, by Fritz von Uhde, 1897

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 14:1-3

(All US ecclesiastical provinces, except Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia, have transferred the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord to the 7th Sunday of Easter.)

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima, by Charles Bosseron Chambers, 20th century

Fatima Prayer

O My Jesus,
forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of Hell
and lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those who are in
most need of Thy mercy.
Amen.


In 1916, in Portugal, The Angel of Peace appeared to three children, Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto and his sister Jacinta, in preparation for the six times that The Blessed Virgin Mary would appear to them in 1917. The children were given a message to establish devotion throughout the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.“

A prayer taught to the children by the Angel, 1916

 

“I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. And after each one of the mysteries, my children, I want you to pray in this way: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell. Take all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need.”

“…Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart.”

Spoken to the children by The Lady of the Rosary, The Blessed Virgin Mary, June 13, 1917