Wednesday evening TLM, devotions set at Benedict St. Francis

A Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Father Kevin Cusick at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening, January 20.

Mass will be preceded at 6:00 pm by Eucharistic Adoration and confessions. After Mass, novena devotions to St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer sufferers, will be held, including healing prayers and veneration of the saint’s relic. This Mass has been added to our seven-day calendar.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County, Maryland, approximately 45 minutes to an hour from the Capital Beltway via Maryland Routes 5 and 231, and offers ample free parking.

For Dedication on Sept. 29, what better St. Michael novena prayer?

Tuesday, September 29, commemorates the Archangel Michael in both the traditional and Novus Ordo calendars of the Roman Catholic Church. In the traditional calendar, the observance is of the Dedication of St. Michael, in reference to a basilica bearing the Archangel’s name once located north of Rome, and is a feast of the first class.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Michael in Annandale, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence.  Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the following Prayer to St. Michael — as originally promulgated by Pope Leo XIII — as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the Feast of the Dedication:

O  glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and Powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in his own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.

Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan, who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels.

Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of his Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory.

This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions.

In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.

Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude.

Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

℣. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
℟. The Lion of the tribe of Juda has conquered, the root of David.
℣. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
℟. As we have hoped in Thee.
℣. O Lord, hear my prayer.
℟. And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy Holy Name, and as suppliants we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St. Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.

A novena prayer in honor of St. Cyprian

On Wednesday, September 16, the feast of St. Cyprian is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. A pagan magician who converted to Christianity and became a bishop in North Africa, he promulgated the doctrine of the apostolic primacy of the Pope as occupant of the chair of Peter. Refusing under duress to renounce the Faith, St. Cyprian won the palm of martyrdom in ad 258 during the persecution conducted under the Roman emperor Valerian.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian on Capitol Hill in Washington, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of this prayer attributed to St. Cyprian from the MyCatholicSource website on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on September 16:

Good God, may we confess your name to the end; may we emerge unmarked and glorious from the traps and darkness of this world. As you have bound us together by charity and peace, and as together we have persevered under persecution, so may we also rejoice together in your heavenly kingdom. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Pater, Ave, Gloria)

A novena litany in honor of St. Louis IX, King of France

On Tuesday, August 25, the feast of St. Louis IX, King of France, is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. Legendary for piety, justice, and charity, Louis is the patron saint of France, hairdressers, and lacemakers.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as St. Louis Church in Alexandria, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of this litany from the Catholicism.about.com website on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on August 10:

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, . . .
Saint Louis of France, . . .
Saint Louis, scion of devout parents, . . .
Saint Louis, constant protector of the children of God, . . .
Saint Louis, steadfast teacher of piety, . . .
Saint Louis, true model of Christian virtue, . . .
Saint Louis, faithful confessor of the living Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, kingly bearer of humiliations, . . .
Saint Louis, staunch defender of the glorified Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, true martyr of the flesh by mortification, . . .
Saint Louis, detester of worldly pride and honor, . . .
Saint Louis, saviour of souls, . . .
Saint Louis, ardent lover of God, . . .
Saint Louis, kind friend of enemies, . . .
Saint Louis, rapt in prayer to God, . . .
Saint Louis, hope of sinners, . . .
Saint Louis, giver of gifts, . . .
Saint Louis, founder of charitable institutions for the afflicted, . . .
Saint Louis, generous giver of alms, . . .
Saint Louis, lavish dispenser of riches, . . .
Saint Louis, guard of the holy places of pilgrimage, . . .
Saint Louis, detester of immoderate people, . . .
Saint Louis, protector of widows and orphans, . . .
Saint Louis, defender of the sepulchre of Our Lord Jesus Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, victor over the Saracens, . . .
Saint Louis, protector of those in pagan slavery, . . .
Saint Louis, converter of unbelievers to the Christian faith, . . .
Saint Louis, visitor of hospitals and dispenser of favors to the infirm, . . .
Saint Louis, healer of the sick, . . .
Saint Louis, intercessor and patron of the French King, . . .
Saint Louis, from whom those who flee to thee obtain the infallible help of God, . . .
Saint Louis, at whose request divers diseases are miraculously cured, 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.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father (secretly). Hail Mary (secretly).

℣. Pray for us, Saint Louis:
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O Lord, King of kings, Jesus Christ, Who didst love Saint Louis and didst lead him into the heavenly Kingdom: grant that by his intercession and good works, we may participate in his glory for all eternity. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

Novena prayers of thanksgiving for Our Lady’s Assumption

On Saturday, August 15, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary body and soul into Heaven is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as St. Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of these prayers, formerly indulgenced, as a novena on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on August 15:

Adore the Eternal Father with a Pater, Ave, and Gloria; then say,
I adore Thee, Eternal Father, my Lord and my God, in union with all the heavenly host, rendering Thee infinite thanks for every grace and favor Thou hast granted to Mary, most holy Virgin, thy well-beloved daughter, and, above all, for that height of power to which Thou didst exalt her by her Assumption into heaven.
Adore the Eternal Son with a Pater, Ave, and Gloria; then say,
I adore Thee too, Eternal Son, my God, my Lord, and my Redeemer, in union with all the heavenly host, rendering Thee infinite thanks for every grace and favor Thou hast granted to Mary, Virgin most blessed, thy well-beloved Mother, and, above all, for the gift of highest wisdom with which Thou didst glorify her on her Assumption into heaven.
Adore the Holy Ghost with a Pater, Ave, and Gloria; then say,
I adore Thee also, O Holy Ghost, the Paraclete, my God and my Lord, and in union with all the heavenly host I render Thee infinite thanks for every grace and favor Thou hast granted to the most blessed Virgin, thy most loving Spouse, and, above all, for that most perfect and divine charity with which Thou didst inflame her most holy and most pure heart in the act of her most glorious Assumption into heaven. In the name of thy most chaste Spouse, I humbly beg of Thee to grant me the grace of remission of all my most grievous sins which I have committed from the first moment when I was able to sin until this day, for all of which I grieve exceedingly, firmly purposing rather to die than ever again offend Thy Divine Majesty; and relying on the high merits and most powerful protection of this Thy most loving Spouse, I beg of Thee to grant me the most precious gift of Thy grace and Divine love, by vouchsafing me those lights and special helps whereby Thy eternal providence has determined to will my salvation, and to bring me to Thyself.
Then say three times,
Holy Mary, all ye holy men and women, saints of God, intercede for us to our Lord, that we may merit His help and be saved. Amen.

To the Most Blessed Virgin.
I acknowledge thee and I venerate thee, most holy Virgin, Queen of Heaven, Lady and Mistress of the Universe, as Daughter of the Eternal Father, Mother of his well-beloved Son, and most loving Spouse of the Holy Ghost. Kneeling at the feet of thy great Majesty, with all humility I pray thee, through that divine charity with which thou wast so bounteously enriched on thy Assumption into Heaven, to vouchsafe me favor and pity, placing me under thy most safe and faithful protection, and receiving me into the number of thy happy and highly-favored servants. Deign, Mother and Lady most tender, to accept my miserable heart, memory, will, powers, and senses, internal and external; govern them all in conformity to the good pleasure of thy Divine Son, as I intend by my every thought and deed to give thee glory and honor. And, by that wisdom with which thy well-beloved Son glorified thee, I pray and beseech thee to obtain for me light that I may clearly know myself and my own nothingness, and in particular my sins, that so I may hate and loathe them; and that I may discern the snares of the infernal enemy, and all his modes of attack, whether open or hidden. Above all, most tender Mother, I beg of thee the grace of [name your intention].
Say three times,
Virgin of all virgins,
To thy shelter take us,
Gentlest of the gentle,
Chaste and gentle make us.

Let us pray.
Pardon, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the sins of thy servants; that we, who of our own actions know not how to please Thee, may be saved by the intercession of the Mother of Thy Son, our Lord. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless and preserve us. Amen.

A novena prayer in honor of St. Lawrence the Martyr

On Monday, August 10, the feast of St. Lawrence, patron saint of cooks, chefs, and comedians, is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. Ordered by the emperor Valerian to turn over the riches of the Church, he presented the emperor with a vast gathering of the poor and was sentenced to die. Characteristically cheerful in defiance, he joked with his executioners even as he was being roasted to death on a gridiron.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as St. Lawrence the Martyr in Alexandria, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of this novena prayer from the Prayers4Reparation website on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on August 10:

Glorious St. Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbour. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favours and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly (name it). Help me, dear St. Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. Amen.
(Pater, Ave, Gloria)

A novena prayer in honor of St. Alphonsus Liguori

On Sunday, August 2, the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, patron saint of confessors, is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Author of many beloved devotional works, the saint founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (“Redemptorists”).

A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of this novena prayer, formerly indulgenced, on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on August 2:

O glorious Saint Alphonsus, my most beloved protector, thou who hast laboured and suffered so much to secure to men the fruits of Redemption, behold the miseries of my poor soul, and have pity on me. Through thy powerful intercession with Jesus and Mary, obtain for me true repentance, together with the pardon of my past faults, a great horror of sin, and strength always to resist temptation. Impart to me, I pray thee, a spark of that ardent charity with which thy heart was ever inflamed; and grant that, imitating thee, I may make the good pleasure of God the only rule of my life. Obtain for me, moreover, a fervent and constant love for Jesus Christ, and a tender and filial devotion to his Mother Mary, together with the grace to pray always, and to persevere in the service of God until my death; so that I may at length join with thee in praising God, and the most Blessed Virgin Mary, for all eternity. Amen.

A novena prayer in honor of St. Vincent de Paul

On Sunday, July 19, the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, the “Great Apostle of Charity” of the 17th century, is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Enslaved by the Muslims for two years as a young priest, the saint eventually founded the French religious orders of the Daughters of Charity and the Congregation of the Mission (“Vincentians”).

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Vincent de Paul in Washington, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of this novena prayer, formerly indulgenced, on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on July 19:

O glorious St. Vincent, heavenly patron of all charitable associations and father of all the unfortunate, who in thy lifetime didst not reject anyone who had recourse to thee; see now by how many evils we are oppressed, and come to our assistance. Obtain from Our Lord help for the poor, solace for the sick, consolation for the afflicted, protection for the abandoned, charity for the rich, conversion for sinners, zeal for priests, peace for the Church, tranquility among nations, and salvation for all. May all feel the effects of thy merciful intercession, so that, sustained by thee in the miseries of this life, we may be able to join thee above, where there will be no more strife, lamentation or sorrow, but joy, exultation, and beatitude for ever. Amen.

Novena prayers in honor of St. Rita of Cascia

On Friday, May 22, the feast of St. Rita of Cascia is celebrated in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Patroness of abused wives and troubled marriages, St. Rita patiently endured battering and insults throughout her marriage and spent the latter years of her widowhood as an Augustinian nun.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Rita of Cascia in Alexandria, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial. Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the novena prayers at this link provided by the Shrine of St. Rita in Philadelphia on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on May 22.

Adoration Society for 2015 Synod initiated by Catholic lay women

We commend to the attention of our readers the weblog of the Eucharistic Adoration Society for Synod on the Family 2015. An initiative founded by Catholic lay women Christine McCarthy and Diane Montagna, the Society promotes a worldwide Novena of Eucharistic Adoration in preparation for the October 2015 Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

As reported by Edward Pentin in the January 29, 2015, issue of the National Catholic Register, “Possibly not since the Second Vatican Council has the Church faced such a crucial gathering of prelates as the upcoming synod on the family. . . . [Society founders McCarthy and Montagna] are inviting clergy, religious and the faithful worldwide to take part in a Eucharistic adoration novena for the intentions of the Pope, the synod fathers and the Church.

“The novena,” Pentin reports, “is to take place on the first Thursday of each month, for nine consecutive months, beginning on Feb. 5. It will conclude on Oct. 1, the feast of [Society patroness] St. Thérèse of Lisieux, three days before the opening of the synod.”