To Our Lady of the Rosary
O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.
Of the glorious Body telling,
O my tongue, its mysteries sing,
And the Blood, all price excelling,
Which the world’s eternal King,
In a noble womb once dwelling
Shed for the world’s ransoming.
Given for us, descending,
Of a Virgin to proceed,
Man with man in converse blending,
Scattered he the Gospel seed,
Till his sojourn drew to ending,
Which he closed in wondrous deed.
At the last great Supper lying
Circled by his brethren’s band,
Meekly with the law complying,
First he finished its command
Then, immortal Food supplying,
Gave himself with his own hand.
Word made Flesh, by word he maketh
Very bread his Flesh to be;
Man in wine Christ’s Blood partaketh:
And if senses fail to see,
Faith alone the true heart waketh
To behold the mystery.
Therefore we, before him bending,
This great Sacrament revere;
Types and shadows have their ending,
For the newer rite is here;
Faith, our outward sense befriending,
Makes the inward vision clear.
Glory let us give, and blessing
To the Father and the Son;
Honour, might, and praise addressing,
While eternal ages run;
Ever too his love confessing,
Who, from both, with both is one.
R. Thou hast given them bread from heaven.
V. Having within it all sweetness.
Let us pray: O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament left us a memorial of Thy Passion: grant, we implore Thee, that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, as always to be conscious of the fruit of Thy Redemption. Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever.
Of course, if you’d rather chant it in Latin. Here you go:
1. Pange lingua gloriosi
Quem in mundi pretium
Fructus ventris generosi,
Rex effudit gentium.
2. Nobis datus, nobis natus
Ex intacta Virgine
Et in mundo conversatus,
Sparso verbi semine,
Sui moras incolatus
Miro clausit ordine.
3. In supremae nocte coenae
Recumbens cum fratribus,
Observata lege plene
Cibis in legalibus,
Cibum turbae duodenae
Se dat suis manibus
4. Verbum caro, panem verum
Verbo carnem efficit:
Fitque sanguis Christi merum,
Et si sensus deficit,
Ad firmandum cor sincerum
Sola fides sufficit.
5. Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
6. Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et iubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
V. Panem de caelo praestitisti eis.
R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem.
Oremus: Deus, qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili, passionis tuae memoriam reliquisti: tribue, quaesumus, ita nos corporis et sanguinis tui sacra mysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tuae fructum in nobis iugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.
O God, whose only begotten Son by His life, death, and Resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, Our Lord.
September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows. This seems an appropriate prayer given the state of our Nation.
“Hail, Mary, full of sorrows, the Crucified is with thee; tearful are thou amongst women, and tearful is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of the Crucified, give tears to us, cruicifiers of thy Son, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.” — Blessed be God
More from “Blessed be God” for Friday. Let the old fashioned words of this prayer wash over you with peace and consolation. Then go have a holy day.
ANT. O all ye who pass by the way, attend and see if there is any sorrow like unto my sorrow.
V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Let us pray
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Who at the sixth hour didst mount the gibbet of the cross for the Redemption of the world and didst shed Thy Precious Blood that our sins might be washed away, we humbly beseech Thee that after our death Thou wouldst suffer us to pass with joy through the gates of heaven. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Yep. This blog was getting me down. First of all, I don’t have a lot of strong opinions about things. My temperament is one of a teacher. I want to impart knowledge about our Catholic Faith. However, the responsibility of writing a blog that is pithy and attractive is escaping me right now. Then I feel guilty over the fact that I am not writing as much as I should. Plus it costs me money every year to keep my name. Now that I am retired, I am looking at everything we spend to be sure that it is necessary. Anyhow, I am still praying and thinking about it.
Which brings me to today’s prayer. I have a Catholic prayer book called “Blessed be God” that I use every single day. It is pre-Vatican 2, so it has some prayers that one doesn’t hear anymore that I pray quite often. Today’s prayer was to the Holy Angels and it touched me so much, I thought I’d share it with you today.
“O Holy Angels, watch over us at all times during this perilous life; O holy Archangels, be our guides on the way to heaven; O heavenly choir of the Principalities, govern us in soul and body; O mighty Powers, preserve us against the wiles of the demons; O celestial Virtues, give us strength and courage in the battle of life; O powerful Dominations, obtain for us dominion over the rebellion of our flesh; O sacred Thrones, grant us peace with God and man; O brilliant Cherubim, illumine our minds with heavenly knowledge; O burning Seraphim, enkindle in our hearts the fire of charity. Amen.”
Have a great day! May your Guardian Angel be at your side today to guide and protect you. Praise God!
He will be having a CT Scan on his face on Wednesday. Last week his jaw started hurting him and then that whole side of his face swelled. He went to the doctor, had an ultrasound (which the ENT Specialist tells us was a waste of time and money) and now has to get a CT. We are hoping that the worse case scenario (a deep tissue tumor) will be ruled out by the scan and that it will be a simple virus that will go away on its own. Anyhow, if you could pray for him and a good diagnosis, we would appreciate it. We will know for sure Thursday afternoon.