- St. Michael the Archangel Story
- History of St. Michael the Archangel Prayer
- St. Michael the Archangel Prayers
- St. Michael the Archangel Apparitions
- The Chaplet of St. Michael Archangel
- Novena to St Micheal the Archangel
- Litany of St. Michael the Archangel
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »
BLESSING OF HERBS ON THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
After the Asperges if it is a Sunday, otherwise immediately before Mass, the priest, standing before the altar and facing the people who hold the herbs and fruts in their hands, says in a clear voice:
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: To you we owe our hymn of praise, O God, in Sion; to you must vows be fulfilled, you who hear prayers.
All: To you all flesh must come* because of wicked deeds.
P: We are overcome by our sins; * it is you who pardon them.
All: Happy the man you choose, * and bring to dwell in your courts.
P: May we be filled with the good things of your house, * the holy things of your temple.
All: With awe-inspiring deeds of justice you answer us, * O God our Savior,
P: The hope of all the ends of the earth * and of the distant seas.
All: You set the mountains in place by your power, * you who are girt with might;
P: You still the roaring of the seas, * the roaring of their waves and the tumult of the peoples.
All: And the dwellers at the earth's ends are in fear at your marvels; * the farthest east and west you make resound with joy.
P: You have visited the land and watered it; * greatly have you enriched it.
All: God's watercourses are filled; you have prepared the grain. * Thus have you prepared the land:
P: Drenching its furrows, * breaking up its clods,
All: Softening it with showers, * blessing its yield.
P: You have crowned the year with your bounty, * and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
All: The untilled meadows overflow with it, * and rejoicing clothes the hills.
P: The fields are garmented with flocks and the valleys blanketed with grain. * They shout and sing for joy.
All: Glory be to the Father.
P: As it was in the beginning.
P: The Lord will be gracious.
All: And our land will bring forth its fruit.
P: You water the mountains from the clouds.
All: The earth is replenished from your rains.
P: Giving grass for cattle.
All: And plants for the benefit of man.
P: You bring wheat from the earth.
All: And wine to cheer man's heart.
P: Oil to make his face lustrous.
All: And bread to strengthen his heart.
P: He utters a command and heals their suffering.
All: And snatches them from distressing want.
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, who by your word alone brought into being the heavens, earth, sea, things seen and things unseen, and garnished the earth with plants and trees for the use of man and beast; who appointed each species to bring forth fruit in its kind, not only for the food of living creatures, but for the healing of sick bodies as well; with mind and word we urgently call on you in your great kindness to bless + these various herbs and fruits, thus increasing their natural powers with the newly given grace of your blessing. May they keep away disease and adversity from men and beasts who use them in your name; through Christ our Lord.
Let us pray.
God, who through Moses, your servant, directed the children of Israel to carry their sheaves of new grain to the priests for a blessing, to pluck the finest fruits of the orchard, and to make merry before you, the Lord their God; hear our supplications, and shower blessings + in abundance upon us and upon these bundles of new grain, new herbs, and this assortment of produce which we gratefully present to you on this festival, blessing + them in your name. Grant that men, cattle, flocks, and beasts of burden find in them a remedy against sickness, pestilence, sores, injuries, spells, against the fangs of serpents or poisonous creatures. May these blessed objects be a protection against diabolical mockery, cunning, and deception wherever they are kept, carried, or otherwise used. Lastly, through the merits of the blessed Virgin Mary, whose Assumption we are celebrating, may we all, laden with the sheaves of good works, deserve to be taken up to heaven; through Christ our Lord.
Let us pray.
God, who on this day raised up to highest heaven the rod of Jesse, the Mother of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that by her prayers and patronage you might communicate to our mortal nature the fruit of her womb, your very Son; we humbly implore you to help us use these fruits of the soil for our temporal and everlasting welfare, aided by the power of your Son and the prayers of His glorious Mother; through Christ our Lord.
And may the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon these creatures and remain always.
They are sprinkled with holy water and incensed.
LIVES OF THE SAINTS
ST. THERESA OF THE CHILD JESUS
St. Theresa, often called the Little Flower, was born in Normandy, France, in 1873. She was the youngest of the five daughters born to Louis and..Read More »
ST. GERARD OF BROGNE
St. Gerard was born at the end of the ninth century in France. Read More »
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
St. Francis was born around 1181. As a young man in his Italian hometown of Assisi. Read More »
St. Bruno was born around 1030. This founder of the Carthusian..Read More »
BLESSED MARIE ROSE DUROCHER
Blessed Eulalie Durocher was born in 1811 in Quebec, Canada.Read More »
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
It was St. Dominic in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries who encouraged everyone to say the Rosary.Read More »
St. Simeon lived in the first century. In Luke's Gospel, chapter two.Read More »
ST. DENIS AND COMPANIONS
St. Denis is very popular in France. In fact, he is considered the patron saint of France.Read More »
ST. JOHN LEONARDI
St. JOhn was born in 1541and became a pharmacist in Lucca, Italy. Read More »
ELEVEN MARTYRS OF ALMERIA, SPAIN
The Spanish civil war began in 1936. It has been described as a struggle between atheism and belief in God. Read More »
St. Kenneth who is sometimes called St. Canice or Kenny, lived in the..Read More »
ST. FELIX AND ST. CYPRIAN
Sts. Felix and Cyprian were African bishops who lived in the fifth..Read More »
King St. Edward was one of the best loved of all the English kings.Read More »
ST. CALLISTUS I
St. Callisturi, the great pope and martyr, lived in the first part of the..Read More »
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
St. Teresa was born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515.Read More »
ST. MARGARET MARY
St. Margaret Mary lived in the seventeenth century. She is the famous French nun to whom Jesus showed his.. Read More »
ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH
St. Ignatius of Antioch has been well-known since earliest times.Read More »
St. Luke is generally believed to be a gentile doctor.Read More »
ST. ISAAC JOGUES, ST. JOHN DE BREBEUF AND COMPANIONS--THE NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS
Over three hundred years ago, six Jesuit priests and two holy laymen, all from France, died as martyrs here in North America.Read More »
ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS
Paul Danei of Ovada, Italy, was born into a family of merchants in 1694Read More »
St. Hilarion lived in the fourth century. He was an unbelieving teenager when he left his home in Palestine. Read More »
BLESSED TIMOTHY GIACCARDO
Joseph Giaccardo was born on June 13, 1896, in Narzole, Italy. Read More »
ST. JOHN CAPISTRANO
St. John Capistrano was born in Italy in 1386. He was a lawyer and governor of the city of Perugia. When enemies of the city threw John into prison, Read More »
ST. ANTHONY CLARET
St. Anthony was born in Spain in 1807. It was the same year that Napoleon invaded the country. Perhaps that was a "hint" of the exciting Read More »
BLESSED RICHARD GWYN
Blessed Richard was a Welshman who lived in the sixteenth century.Read More »
St. Evaristus lived in the second century. He was from a Jewish family in Bethlehem. They were living in Greece at the time of their son's birth. Read More »
BLESSED CONTARDO FERRINI
Blessed Contardo was born in 1859. His father was a teacher of mathematics and physics.Read More »
ST. SIMON AND ST. JUDE
These two apostles of Jesus are honored on the same day.Read More »
St. Narcissus lived in the second and early part of the third centuries.Read More »
ST. ALPHONSUS RODRIGUEZ
St. Alphonsus, the Spanish saint, was born in 1553.Read More »
St. Foillan was an Irish monk who lived in the seventh century. Read More »
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