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Devotion to St. Michael’s important just because of the divine role this archangel has been one of the great princes of Heaven and minister of God, considered the angel of repentance and justice, as well as leader of the heavenly host. It is invoked in situations protection against the dangers, the forces of evil and enemies.

The name Michael comes from Hebrew and means “Who is like God?”.

The beginning of this time of prayer is on 15 August and closes on 29 September, St. Michael the Archangel party.

To prepare for this 40 days devotion what is required:

Provide an altar to San Miguel with an image or picture of the angel ;

Light a candle before the image;

Make an act of penance;

Making the sign of the cross;

Pray this prayer every day.

Lent of St. Michael

Opening prayer for every day

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our refuge against the wickedness and snares of the devil. Lord, we earnestly ask you, and you, prince of the heavenly host, by the divine virtue, cast into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacred Heart of Jesus

Litany of St. Michael

Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ hear us.

Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Heavenly Father, You are God, have mercy on us.

Son, Redeemer of the world, which are God, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, which are God, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, who are one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.

St. Michael, pray for us.

St. Michael, full of God’s grace, pray for us.

St. Michael, perfect adorer of the Divine Word, pray for us.

St. Michael, crowned with honor and glory, pray for us.

Saint Michael, most powerful Prince of the armies of the Lord, pray for us.

St. Michael, standard-bearer of the Holy Trinity, pray for us.

St. Michael, guardian of Paradise, pray for us.

St. Michael, guide and consoler of the Israeli people, pray for us.

St. Michael, splendor and fortress of the Church Militant, pray for us.

St. Michael, honor and joy of the Church Triumphant, pray for us.

St. Michael, Light of the Angels, pray for us.

St. Michael, bulwark of Christians, pray for us.

St. Michael, strength of those who fight the banner of the Cross, pray for us.

Saint Michael, light and confidence of souls at the last moment of life, pray for us.

St. Michael, very sure aid, pray for us.

St. Michael, our help in all adversities, pray for us.

Saint Michael, herald of the everlasting judgment, pray for us.

Saint Michael, consoler of souls in Purgatory, pray for us.

St. Michael, whom the Lord has charged to receive souls after death, pray for us.

St. Michael, our prince, pray for us.

St. Michael, our Advocate, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, forgive us, Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, hear us, Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Christ, so that we are worthy of His promises.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, sanctify us, by a blessing always new, and grant us through the intercession of St. Michael, this wisdom which teaches us to lay up treasures in heaven and exchange the goods of this time for the eternal goods. You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Lent of St. Michael the Archangel

Consecration to St. Michael the Archangel

ACT OF CONSECRATION
TO SAINT MICHAEL.

Oh most Noble Prince of the Angelic Hierarchies
valorous warrior of Almighty God,
and zealous lover of His glory,
terror of the rebellious angels,
and love and delight of all the just ones,
my beloved Archangel Saint Michael,
desiring to be numbered among your devoted servants,
I, today offer and consecrate myself to you,
and place myself, my family,
and all I possess under your most powerful protection.

I entreat you not to look at how little, I,
as your servant have to offer,
being only a wretched sinner,
but to gaze, rather,
with favorable evy at the heartfelt affection
with which this offering is made,
and remember that if from this day onward
I am under your patronage,
you must during all my life assist me,
and procure for me the pardon of my many grievous offenses, and sins,
the grace to love with all my heart my God,
my dear Saviour Jesus and my Sweet Mother Mary,
and obtain for me all the help necessary to arrive to my crown of glory.

Defend me always from my spiritual enemies,
particularly in the last moments of my life.

Come then oh Glorious Prince and succour me in my last struggle,
and with your powerful weapon
cast far from me and into the infernal abysses that prevaricator and proud angel
that one day you prostrated in the celestial battle.

Saint Michael, defend us in our daily battle
so that we may not perish in the last Judgement.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle lest we perish in the judgment supreme.

Source of consecration prayer

Portuguese version

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Dec 252016
 

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Today is Christmas, of course, and it is a day of great emotion. You know it is Christmas, we are all supposed to be happy and nice to one another. Peace on Earth, Good Will toward All, yada yada yada. However, is that really what Christmas is all about? Let us take another look and understand it to a deeper level.

 

Today’s gospel talks about the light that shines in the darkness, a darkness that does not overcome it. What does that mean, because we cannot understand Christmas if we do not understand what that may mean. Let’s take a look.

 

Darkness is something interesting because in reality it does not exist. Darkness is the absence of light. So, if there is no light, there is nothing but darkness. This means that without the light, we are surrounded by darkness. Jesus came so that we may be freed from that dynamic, that we may experience the light and may share the light with others. It is something far from profound than simply peace on earth, good will toward all.

 

If Jesus did not come, then we would be lost in the darkness of hopeless humanity, a humanity that has no hope beyond its current earthly existence. However, Jesus’ coming changes our whole focus of who we are so that we live in a hope that is greater than you and I can imagine. If we seek the light and share that light with others, we are free from the darkness for all eternity.

 

This is the message of Christmas.

 

For us it is a unique time, because the forces of darkness, those forces that seek to live in the darkness are always trying to lead us away from the light, they are always trying to get us to turn from Christ and join them. When we walk away from the light we walk into the darkness by default.

 

This makes our existence today a special time. You may or may not know that for the past two weeks Most Blessed Sacrament Church has been closed. We had a boiler problem and whatever the cause, it almost caused this church to turn dark. Do not forget the name of this Church, the Most Blessed Sacrament, that very manifestation of the presence of Christ. Yet, thanks to the presence of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and the dedicated members of this parish who attended the mass there under the schedule that we maintain here, those forces of darkness failed in silencing the witness of Most Blessed Sacrament Church. It gets more exciting. Those forces of darkness that tried to silence our Church whatever they may have been failed. Here on this Christmas the light continues to shine and you and I continue to seek Him. That details more the meaning of Christmas than all the Christmas decorations you have seen over the past two months combined.

 

The light,by the will of God, shines here in Quincy. However, there is more to Christmas. Remember, Christ invites us to be witnesses to His light. If we do not embrace that we miss the point of Christmas.

 

It is good to go to Church this day, to come to our Church and celebrate what He has done for us, but, it does not mean anything if we do not fulfill our vocation and live the role he calls us to live and know.

 

Those who remained faithful during this unique time, have done a great witness to the faith and so must each of us, because there is more at stake than a Church or a boiler. What happens when we walk away from Christ and walk into the darkness, the darkness grows. What does it look like? The toxic effects of sin!!. Not just sin, but its toxic effects. Drug abuse, domestic issues, dissention hatred, division, hostility, these are the things that grow when we turn from the light. It is when we embrace the light that these things go away.

 

Have you noticed there is a serious opioid crisis in the state and the rise of the crisis matches the effort to silence the Church over the past fourteen years. It is one of many things that is the effect of darkness that seeks to destroy lives. Now do you see why our celebrating the presence of Christ in this community is essential and when we do not take our baptismal role seriously the effects grow more and more.

 

Celebrate Christmas by embracing Christ, by being transformed in mind and heart and by being committed to the Christ who calls us.

 

Make it a merry Christmas by celebrating the light today and everyday so that the light may grow and make the darkness vanish. That is what Christmas is all about make this a real Christmas by committing yourself to that light and returning next sunday and every sunday throughout every year.

Merry Christmas

Fr. Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Carrbooks.us Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Dec 252015
 

A BLESSED CHRISTMAS

FELIZ NATAL

FELIZ NAVIDAD

Today, of course, is Christmas and we look upon it as that special time of year. We remember this time of happiness, of being nice to each other, of the family coming together of Santa coming and so many things. The whole celebration focuses around one incident which is the Birth of Jesus Christ.

But we also need to reflect on something more deeply. What if it never happened. I am not saying it is a myth like the atheists say which it is not. I am saying something else. What if Jesus never came. Maybe Mary said no, or the angel Gabriel never arrived. Would we be in the same situation?

That is a powerful question to reflect upon and when we do that we can really understand the meaning of Christmas, because sometimes we understand the meaning of something by its absence.

So where would be if Jesus never came. I wonder if we would be anywhere at all, or if we would be surrounded by the barbarism we are seeing coming out of some sectors of the world. In fact, what you see coming out of certain terrorist groups in the Middle East, you can see are similar to other groups who were just as vicious three thousand years ago in the same place.

However, that same barbarism was practiced throughout the world, even in the americas. Many people will say for example that Christianity destroyed the cultures of the Incas, Maya and the Aztecs, but all three practiced a vicious form of barbarism as did many tribes in what is now North America. Christianity had its issues, but it put a stop this this tribal barbarism.

Look at the great suffering endured by French Jesuit Missionaries Isaac Jogues, Rene Guptil and Jon Brebreuf in Ossernenon which is today called Auriesville and borders the Erie Canal outside of Albany.

What would Europe look like today. How about China if it was not visited by St. Francis Xavier evangelizing the Portuguese empire including India where may Catholics practice their faith and trace their spiritual roots back to this great Jesuit saint.

Many in South America teach that the future of Christianity comes from there, for it is quite strong in what we would call that continent and what they call the southern part of this continent.

If you study the scriptures you see that God intervenes in times when great spiritual imbalance happens. Clearly, Jesus’ arrival is such a great spiritual imbalance. Indeed, at this time, Judah, the remainder of David’s Kingdom has only 70 years left.

I have spoken that the Romans eliminated the Jewish state forty years after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Already,Judah was occupied by that foreign power and its future was precarious at best. Had the birth of Christ not happened it is an interesting question of what would be the fate of Jews. I am sure they still would have continued as they have from that time, but they do not proseltyze so they would become a religion unto themselves maybe like the zoastrians or even the Buddhist or Hindus of today. But they would not have changed the Roman Empire. There would not have been a holy Roman empire. The paganism of the European cultures which conquered the Roman Empire would be going strong and as such our world would be radically different. Ireland, that great bastion of Catholicism was lost in deep paganism prior to the arrival of the Bishop Patrick. Remember the motivating force of coming to America was evangelization and commerce. The commerce would happen, but how different would it be without the faith.

In South America the forces of commerce enslaved the natives, but it was priests such as Bartolomeo de las Casas who called for an end to these disturbing practices calling such actions as gravely sinful. They even created what are called the black legends as a way to undermine anyone in the church who supported these practices. Had they not existed it is clear that the world would look different.

Those cultures in the twentieth century that embraced atheism and rejected Christ became the bloodiest of history including the National Socialism of Germany, the Communism of the Soviet Union and of Mao’s China, to say nothing of the places influenced by Che Guevara and the communist revolution in this hemisphere. The first country to receive the Soviets in the Americas was Mexico which began a vicious destruction and bloody persecution of the Church.

The current violence promoted by Al Queda, ISIS and others is actually a form of paganism that promotes human sacrifice for their God as did the ancient pagans in the world. Remember, although God stopped human sacrifice in the Judeo Christian cultures from the time of Abraham, it was the Romans that had to stop it in paganism.

Even the issue of abolition of slavery here was part of a movement of Christianity mostly from the North. Further, people call the man Martin Luther King, Jr. but his real name was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr who was a baptist preacher who also taught about Jesus.

Look at however the new concerning changes that are happening in our world and those changes that are most drastic begin by rejecting the birth of Christ, rejecting God and embracing a worldview that as Fulton Sheen once said, even the ancient pagans such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle would have rejected.

The final realization is that Christ came that we could be saved. What is he saving us from? It is sin that overtime leads to a decay of the culture and society, as well as body and soul back to the barbarism we see on the news. If you do not believe me, remember the middle eastern cultures are far older than any others in Europe and the Americas. It is sin that leads cultures to become houses divided and fall into destruction. He came to show us there is not only another way, but a way that leads to eternal life for those that embrace his truth. He came to show us life eternal as the prologue of John says and teaches us to believe in that which is far beyond our ability to perceive. This brings us a hope that no culture can foster like Christ.

So we celebrate today the beginning of our salvation and the end of a barbarism that exists in some non-Christian environments not far from where Christ himself came and began a radical change of this world like no one could have imagined. He more importantly gave us a hope beyond what we could have imagined as well: eternal life with the Father. 

Fr. Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is an alliance member of the New Song Community (Canção Nova). He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube.  You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr. Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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