31 Days of Prayer – The Rosary

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. So, naturally, I want to encourage you to pray the rosary.

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

It took me a long time before I realized how powerful and wonderful and scriptural the rosary is. Now, I look forward to praying the rosary. If you are interested, go here to learn about Catholics and the Rosary, and here are some links about the rosary.

I wish I had the chance to make a video or had the opportunity to do a live chat so we could pray the rosary; It just isn’t possible today. However, here is a quick rundown on how to pray the rosary:

On the Cross: Make the sign of the cross, state your intention, and pray the Apostle’s Creed.

Large Bead: Pray an Our Father.

3 small beads: Hail Mary on each bead.

Large bead: Pray a Glory Be, announce the first mystery**, pray an Our Father.

10 small beads: Pray a Hail Mary on each bead.

Large bead: Pray the Glory Be, “Oh my Jesus,”* announce the second mystery, pray an Our Father.

10 small beads: Pray a Hail Mary on each bead.

Continue in this way, remembering to announce the next mystery, until you finish the fifth mystery.

Large bead: finish with the Hail Holy Queen and “Oh, God..” Make the sign of the cross.

*Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven. Amen.

**Joyful Mysteries of the rosary are: The Annunciation, The Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth, The Nativity of Jesus, The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, The Finding of Jesus at the Temple.

**Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary are: The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and fifth, The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.

**Luminous Mysteries of the rosary are: The Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan, The Wedding Feast at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom and call to Conversion, The Transfiguration, and The Institution of the Eucharist.

**Glorious Mysteries of the rosary are: The Resurrection of Jesus, The Ascension of Jesus, The Coming of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of Mary, and The Queenship of Mary.

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Saints and Feast Days in August 2016

August is a week away and I am actually getting out this list ahead of time! Hopefully, this will give you some time to plan some fun activities for the various feasts. 🙂

Saint and Feast days in August 2016

Saints and Feasts

August 1:  St Alphonsus Liguori, bishop & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 2: St. Eusebius of Vercelli (optional memorial)

August 2: St. Peter Julian Eymard (optional memorial)

August 4: St. John Vianney, Priest (obligatory memorial)

August 5: Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major (optional memorial)

August 5: First Friday Devotions (Optional)

August 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord (feast)

August 6: First Saturday Devotions (Optional)

August 8: St. Dominic, Priest (obligatory memorial)

August 9: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (optional memorial)

August 10: St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr (feast)

August 11: St. Clare, virgin (obligatory memorial)

August 12: St. Jane Frances de Chantal, religious (optional memorial)

August 13: Sts. Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs (optional memorial)

August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (solemnity)

August 16: St. Stephen of Hungary (optional memorial)

August 19: St. John Eudes, priest (optional memorial)

August 20: St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (obligatory memorial)

 August 23: St. Rose of Lima (optional memorial)

August 24: St. Bartholomew, apostle (feast)

August 25: St. Louis (optional memorial)

August 25: St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (optional memorial)

August 27: St. Monica (obligatory memorial)

August 29: The Passion of St. John the Baptist (obligatory memorial)

August 30: St. Jeanne Jugan, religious (optional memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Blessed Sacrament

August 3: Civic Holiday (Canada)

Here is a printable version of this list: SAINTS and FEASTS in AUGUST 2016. No opt-in required.

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The Saints and Feasts in August 2015

August is upon us, so it is time for the monthly edition of “saints and feasts.” There are a lot of “good ones” this month with Saint Dominic, Saint Clare, The Transfiguration, The Assumption, and others!

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Without further ado, here they are (don’t forget the printable at the end of post):

Saints and Feasts

August 1:  St Alphonsus, bishop & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 4: St. John Vianney, Priest (obligatory memorial)

August 5: Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major (optional memorial)

August 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord (feast)

August 7: St. Sixtus II, Pope, and Companions, Martyrs (optional memorial)

August 7: St. Cajetan, Priest (optional memorial)

August 8: St. Dominic, Priest (obligatory memorial)

August 10: St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr (feast)

August 11: St. Clare, virgin (obligatory memorial)

August 12: St. Jane Frances de Chantal, religious (optional memorial)

August 13: Sts. Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs (optional memorial)

August 14: St. Maximillian Kolbe, priest and martyr (obligatory memorial)

August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (solemnity)

August 19: St. John Eudes, priest (optional memorial)

August 20: St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 21: St Pius X, pope (obligatory memorial)

August 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (obligatory memorial)

August 24: St. Bartholomew, apostle (feast)

August 25: St. Louis or St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (optional memorial)

August 27: St. Monica (obligatory memorial)

August 28: St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 29: The Passion of St. John the Baptist (obligatory memorial)

August 30: St. Jeanne Jugan, religious (not celebrated this year because it falls on a Sunday, but she is one of my favorite saints, so I had to mention her!)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Blessed Sacrament

August 3: Civic Holiday (Canada)

 

Marriage Prayer

Catholic Prayer for Marriages

I can’t believe that as of today (Thursday) Michael and I have been married ten years. The time has just flown by! There have been a lot of ups and downs over the past ten years but I have always been thankful that God has put him in my life and called us to marriage.  From the moment I saw him I knew he was “the one” and I still know it. 🙂

In honor of our anniversary, I want to share this beautiful prayer that I found online (here and here).

“We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate of feeling, and concerned for each other’s needs and wishes. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings. Increase our faith and trust in You and may Your Prudence guide our life and love. Bless our Marriage O God, with Peace and Happiness, and make our love fruitful for Your glory and our Joy both here and in eternity.” — Traditional Catholic prayer, author unknown

I pray  not only for our marriage but for yours, too. May your marriage be strong and blessed in every way!

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P.S. I could not mention that today is also the feast of the Queenship of Mary. it is a beautiful feast day and to help you understand the meaning behind this feast I offer the following resources:

CatholicTradition.org

domestic-church.com

americancatholic.org

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Queenship of Mary and Happy Anniversary!

Queenship of Mary

Today we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. It is a lovely feast day and you can find out more about it here, here and here. I’m not planning a big celebration for this feast; however, just the usual: mass, decade of the rosary, having Andrew coloring this page, and a nice dinner and dessert.

BUT, what makes today really special is that today is my husband and my wedding anniversary! It’s hard to believe that we have been married eight years already. Time has flown by and there have been many ups and downs; but, there is no doubt or question in my mind that Michael is the man God intended for me. 🙂

One of the big things that stands out for me about our wedding day is that during the wedding mass (when the couple traditionally go to say a prayer at the feet of Our Lady) we publicly made the total consecration to Jesus through Our Lady according to the St. Louis de Montfort devotion. We said the prayer out loud together and then Father came to us to sign it in front of everyone. It was a special moment for us.

 

Anniversary Edition: Saints and Scripture Sunday

“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Luke 1:46-48

Welcome to this week’s Saints and Scripture Sunday! Today happens to be a special day for me, for a few reasons:

1. It is my husband’s and my seventh wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been seven years already! It feels like we just got married! LOL! (I won’t be seeing my honey because he has to work, so: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Michael! I LOVE YOU!)

2. Although it’s not celebrated this year (because Lord’s Day takes precedence), today is the obligatory memorial of the Queen-ship of Mary. The Queen-ship of Mary is a beautiful feast. Jesus has given us HIS mother to be our mother and Queen intercessor.

3. Today is also the anniversary and renewal of our (me and my husband) total consecration to Jesus through Mary according to Saint Louis de Montfort.

What makes our consecration extra special is that we made the actual consecration during our wedding ceremony! We asked our priest friend who married us if we could make the consecration during the mass and he said yes.  So, after communion, we went as a newly married couple to pray before the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary (which is custom for us Catholics). We prayed the WHOLE consecration (it’s a bit long) and afterward (to our surprise) Father had us sign the consecration in front of everyone. It was truly a special moment for us. 🙂

Saint Bonaventure says: “Listen, all you who desire the Kingdom of God! Honor and serve the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will find life and eternal salvation!”

Let us this week strive to deepen our relationship with Our Lady! God bless you.