Daily Archives: July 22, 2010

Novena to St. Anna, Day 7

Glorious Saint Anne, I desire to honor you with a special devotion. I choose you, after the Blessed Virgin, as my spiritual mother and protectress. To you I entrust my soul and my body, all my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of my family.

To you I consecrate my mind, that in all things it may be enlightened by faith; my heart, that you may keep it pure and fill it with love for Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and yourself; my will, that like yours, it may always be one with the Will of God.

Good Saint Anne, filled with love for those who invoke you and with compassion for those who suffer, I confidently place before you my earnest petition: . . . .

I beg you to recommend my petition to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, that both Mary and you may present it to Jesus. Through your earnest prayers, may my request be granted. But, if what I ask for should not be according to the Will of God, obtain for me that which will be for the greater benefit of my soul. By the power and the grace with which God has blessed you, extend to me your helping hand.

But most of all, merciful Saint Anne, I beg you to help me to master my evil inclinations and temptations, and to avoid all occasions of sin. Obtain for me the grace of never offending God, of fulfilling faithfully all the duties of my state of life, adn of practicing all those virtues that are needful for my salvatoin.

Like you, may I belong to God in life and in death through perfect love. And, after having loved and honored you on earth as a truly devoted child, may I, through your prayers, have the privilege of loving and honoring you in heaven with the Angels and Saints throughout eternity.

Good Saint Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for me and obtain my request.

Memorare to Saint Anne

Remember, good Saint Anne, whosename means grace and mercy, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I come before you, sinful and sorrowful. Holy mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and loving grandmother of the Savior, do not reject my appeal but hear me and answer my prayer. Amen.

Prayer to Sts. Joachim and Ann

Great and glorious patriarch, Saint Joachim, and good Saint Anne, what joy is mine when I consider that you were chosen among all God’s holy ones to assist in the fulfillment of the mysteries of God, and to enrich our earth with the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. By this singular privilege, you have become most powerful with both the Mother and her Son, so as to be able to obtain for us the graces that are needful to us.

With great confidence I have recourse to your mighty protection, and I commend to you all my needs, both spiritual adn temporal, and those of my family. Especially do I entrust to your keeping the particular favor that I desire and look for from your intercession: . . . .

And since you were a perfect pattern of the interior life, obtain for me the grace to pray earnestly, and never to set my heart on the passing goods of this life. Give me a lively and enduring love for Jesus and Mary. Obtain for me also a sincere devotion and obedience to Holy Church and the sovereign pontiff who rules over her, in order that I may live and die in faith and hope and perfect charity. Let me ever invoke the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and may I thus be saved.

Litany in honor of St. Anne
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, 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 Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Saint Anne, pray for us.
Offspring of the royal race of David, pray for us.
Daughter of the Patriarchs, pray for us.
Faithful spouse of Saint Joachim, pray for us.
Mother of Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, pray for us.
Gentle mother of the Queen of Heaven, pray for us.
Grandmother of Our Savior, pray for us.
Beloved of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us.
Instrument of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Richly endowed with God’s grace, pray for us.
Example of piety and patience in suffering, pray for us.
Mirror of obedience, pray for us.
Ideal of pure womanhood, pray for us.
Protectress of virgins, pray for us.
Model of Christian mothers, pray for us.
Protectress of the married, pray for us.
Guardian of children, pray for us.
Support of Christian family life, pray for us.
Help of the Church, pray for us.
Mother of mercy, pray for us.
Mother of confidence, pray for us.
Friend of the poor, pray for us.
Example of widows, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Cure of those who suffer from disease, pray for us.
Mother of the infirm, pray for us.
Light of the blind, pray for us.
Speech of the mute, pray for us.
Hearing of the deaf, pray for us.
Consolation of the afflicted, pray for us.
Comforter of the oppressed, pray for us.
Joy of the Angels and Saints, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Harbor of salvation, pray for us.
Patroness of a happy death, pray for us.
Help of all who have recourse to you, pray for us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord

Pray for us, good Saint Anne,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Prayer
Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, You were pleased to choose Saint Anne to be the mother of the Mother of Your loving Son. Grant, we pray, that we who confidently honor her may through her prayers attain to everlasting life. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

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What atheists and Protestants have in common

1.  They are far more concerned about exactly how the world was created or how it will be destroyed than about what’s going on right now.

2.  They’re both looking for excuses to justify immoral behavior.

3.  They both hate teleology and asking “why”.

4.  They both define themselves by negation.

G. K. Chesterton on the Freedom to Reason

There is a thought that stops thought. That is the only thought that ought to be stopped. That is the ultimate evil against which all religious authority was aimed. It only appears at the end of decadent ages like our own: and already Mr. H. G. Wells has raised its ruinous banner; he has written a delicate piece of scepticism called “Doubts of the Instrument.” In this he questions the brain itself, and endeavours to remove all reality from all his own assertions, past, present, and to come. But it was against this remote ruin that all the military systems in religion were originally ranked and ruled. The creeds and the crusades, the hierarchies and the horrible persecutions were not organized, as is ignorantly said, for the suppression of reason. They were organized for the difficult defence of reason. Man, by a blind instinct, knew that if once things were wildly questioned, reason could be questioned first. The authority of priests to absolve, the authority of popes to define the authority, even of inquisitors to terrify: these were all only dark defences erected round one central authority, more undemonstrable, more supernatural than all — the authority of a man to think.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 3.

A rather old, but still apropros, guest post from my wife

Clinton’s abortion views are clearly contradictory
To the Editor:
In response to your article in the Stafford Neighbors section, “New kids on the political block,” I feel those Democrats, and others like them, must have hypocritical ignorance of their candidates.
I cannot understand how someone who is so concerned about prenatal care and Head Start and who is against the death penalty can at the same time call himself or herself pro-choice, meaning proabortion.
Bill Clinton and Al Gore are supposedly concerned about the future of America, but, hypocritically, they support the murder of the innocents, the children, the future of America.There are organizations to help mother and baby, like Birthright, which is now part of the United Way campaign, and adoption agencies. Instead of spending millions of dollars a year for infanticide, why not spend the money on the mother and her child? I feel we need to spend that money for more organizations like Birthright and Bethany Christian Services.
If one person kills another in the shadows, where they can’t see one another, it’s called murder. But when a woman with a child inside of her, a child she can feel but cannot see, kills the child, or as some put it, exercises her right, it is just a choice, not abortion.
I hope in the future that The Free Lance-Star will cover events like the hundreds of citizens who stood in the rain for three hours to show their love for all people, born and unborn. This event occurred Oct. 4 on U.S. 1.

Mary Hein
Stafford, VA

Letter to the Editor, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA, Thursday, October 22, 1992