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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

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 »

LITANY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

This fervid litany was written some years before the dogmatic definite declaration of the Immaculate Conception, and was included in the Sadlier Golden Manual of 1851.

God the Father, Source of all sanctity,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, uncreated Sanctity,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Spirit of Sanctity,
Have mercy on us.
Most sacred Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, immaculate, Pray for us.
Virgin of virgins, immaculate, Pray for us.
Holy Virgin, by predestination immaculate, Pray for us.
Holy Virgin, in thy conception immaculate, Pray for us.
Holy Virgin, after thy conception immaculate, Pray for us.
Daughter of the Father, immaculate, Pray for us.
Mother of the Son, immaculate, Pray for us.
Spouse of the Holy Ghost, immaculate, Pray for us.
Seat of the most Holy Trinity, immaculate, Pray for us.
Image of the Wisdom of God, immaculate, Pray for us.
Dawn of the Sun of justice, immaculate, Pray for us.
Living ark of the body of Christ, immaculate, Pray for us.
Daughter of David, immaculate, Pray for us.
Guide to Jesus, immaculate, Pray for us.
Virgin, triumphing over original sin, immaculate, Pray for us.
Virgin, crushing the head of the serpent, immaculate, Pray for us.
Queen of heaven and earth, immaculate, Pray for us.
Gate of the heavenly Jerusalem, immaculate, Pray for us.
Dispenser of graces, immaculate, Pray for us.
Spouse of Saint Joseph, immaculate, Pray for us.
Star of the world, immaculate, Pray for us.
Impregnable tower of the Church Militant, immaculate, Pray for us.
Rose amid thorns, immaculate, Pray for us.
Olive of the fields, immaculate, Pray for us.
Model of all perfection, immaculate, Pray for us.
Cause of our hope, immaculate, Pray for us.
Pillar of our faith, immaculate, Pray for us.
Source of Divine Love, immaculate, Pray for us.
Sure sign of our salvation, immaculate, Pray for us.
Rule of perfect obedience, immaculate, Pray for us.
Pattern of holy poverty, immaculate, Pray for us.
School of devotion, immaculate, Pray for us.
Abode of chaste modesty, immaculate, Pray for us.
Anchor of our salvation, immaculate, Pray for us.
Light of Angels, immaculate, Pray for us.
Crown of Patriarchs, immaculate, Pray for us.
Glory of Prophets, immaculate, Pray for us.
Lady and Mistress of Apostles, immaculate, Pray for us.
Support of Martyrs, immaculate, Pray for us.
Strength of Confessors, immaculate, Pray for us.
Diadem of Virgins, immaculate, Pray for us.
Splendor of all Saints, immaculate, Pray for us.
Sanctity of all Christians, immaculate, Pray for us.
Companion of devout souls, immaculate, Pray for us.
Joy of those who hope in thee, immaculate, Pray for us.
Health of the sick, immaculate, Pray for us.
Advocate of sinners, immaculate, Pray for us.
Terror of heretics, immaculate, Pray for us.
Protectress of all mankind, immaculate, Pray for us.
Patroness of those who honor thee, immaculate, Pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us.

V. In thy Conception, O Virgin Mary, thou wast immaculate.
R. Pray for us to the Father, Whose Son Jesus, conceived of the Holy Ghost, thou didst bring forth.

Let us pray, O Almighty and Eternal God, Who didst prepare for Thy Son a worthy habitation, by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: we beseech Thee that, as Thou didst preserve her from every stain of sin, through the merits of the pre-ordained atonement of Jesus Christ, so Thou wouldst grant that we also may come without spot to Thee. Through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

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AUGUST 1
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

St. Alphonsus was born near Naples, Italy, in 1732. Read More »

AUGUST 2
ST. EUSEBIUS

St. Eusebius was born on the island of Sardinia, Italy, around 283. Read More »

AUGUST 3
ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

St. Peter Julian Eymard was born in a small town in the diocese of Grenoble, France in 1786. Read More »

AUGUST 4
BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE

Blessed Frederic Janssoone was born in Flanders in 1838. Read More »

AUGUST 5
DEDICATION OF ST. MARY MAJOR

St. Mary Major is important to Christendom for three reasons: Read More »

AUGUST 6
THE TRANSFIGURATION

St. Mary Major is important to Christendom for three reasons: Read More »

AUGUST 7
ST. CAJETAN

St. Cajetan was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1480, the son of a count. Read More »

AUGUST 8
ST. DOMINIC

St. Dominic was born in Castile, Spain, in 1170. Read More »

AUGUST 9
BLESSED JOHN OF RIETI

Blessed John lived in the first half of the fourteenth century. Read More »

AUGUST 10
ST. LAWRENCE

St. Lawrence, the famous martyr of Rome, lived in the third century. Read More »

AUGUST 11
ST. CLARE

St. Clare was born around 1193 in Assisi, Italy. She lived at the time of St. Francis of Assisi.Read More »

AUGUST 14
ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

Raymond Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894. Read More »

AUGUST 15
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

This feast of Mary celebrates a special privilege of Mary, our Mother.Read More »

AUGUST 16
ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY

St. Stephen was born around 969 in Hungary. This saint's name.. Read More »

AUGUST 17
BLESSED JOAN DELANOUE

St. Joan Delanoue was born in 1666. Her family had a small but..Read More »

AUGUST 18
ST. JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL

St. Jane was born in Dijon, France, in 1572.Read More »

AUGUST 19
ST. JOHN EUDES

St. John Eudes was born in Normandy, France, in 1601.Read More »

AUGUST 20
ST. BERNARD

St. Bernard was born in 1090 in Dijon, France.Read More »

AUGUST 21
ST. PIUS X

St. Pius X, the great pope, was named Joseph Sarto. He was born in 1835, the son of a mailman in Riese.. Read More »

AUGUST 23
ST. ROSE OF LIMA

St. Rose, the South American saint, was born in Lima, Peru, in 1586.Read More »

AUGUST 24
ST. BARTHOLOMEW

"Bartholomew" was one of the first followers of Jesus.Read More »

AUGUST 25
ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE

St. Louis was born on April 25, 1214. His father was King Louis VIII of France and his mother was Queen..Read More »

AUGUST 25
ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ

St. Joseph was born in 1556, in his father's castle in Spain. He went to college and became a lawyer.Read More »

AUGUST 26
ST. ELIZABETH BICHIER

St. Elizabeth was born in 1773. As a little girl, her favorite game was building castles in the sand. Read More »

AUGUST 27
ST. MONICA

St. Monica, the famous mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332 in Tagaste, northern Africa. Read More »

AUGUST 28
ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine was born in Tagaste in modern Algeria on November 13, 354. This famous son of St. Monica spent many years in wicked living and in..Read More »

AUGUST 29
BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

St. John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus. His mother was St. Elizabeth and his father was Zechariah. Read More »

AUGUST 30
ST. PAMMACHIUS

"St. Pammachius was a distinguished Christian layman who lived in the fourth century.Read More »

AUGUST 31
ST. AIDAN

St. Aidan was a seventh-century Irish monk. He lived at the great monastery of Iona, which St. Columban had founded.Read More »

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