Daily Archives: November 2, 2010

Hour of Mercy for All Souls Day: The Dies Irae

Day of wrath, day that will dissolve
the world into burning coals, as
David bore witness with the Sibyll.
How great a tremor is to be,
when the judge is to come
briskly shattering every (grave).
A trumpet sounding an astonishing
sound through the tombs of the
region drives all people before the
Death will be stunned and (so) will
Nature, when arises the creature
responding to the One judging.
The written book will be brought
forth, in which the whole (record of
evidence) is contained
whence the world is to be judged.
Therefore when the Judge shall sit,
whatever lay hidden will appear;
nothing unavenged will remain.
What am I the wretch then to say?
what patron I to beseech?
when scarecly the just person be
King of tremendous Majesty,
who saves those-to-be-saved free,
save me, Fount of piety.
Remember, faithful Jesus,
because I am the cause of your
journey: do not lose me on that day.
Thou has sat down as one wearied
seeking me, Thou has redeemed
(me) having suffered the Cross:
so much labor let it not be lost.
Just judge of the avengingpunishment,
work the gift of the
remission (of sins) before the Day of
the Reckoning.
I groan, as the accused:
my face grows red from (my) fault:
spare (this) supplicant, O God.
Thou who forgave Mary [the sinful
woman], and favorably heard the
(good) thief, hast also given me
My prayers are not worthy,
but do Thou, God, deal kindly lest I
burn in perennial fire.
Among the sheep offer (me) a place
and from the goats sequester me,
placing (me) at (Thy) right hand.
After the accursed have been
silenced, given up to the bitter
flames, call me with the blest.
Kneeling and bowed down I pray,
My heart contrite as ashes:
Do Thou {, my End,} care for my end.
That sorrowful day,
on which will rise from the burning coals
Man accused to be judged:
Therefore, O God, do Thou spare [them]
Faithful Lord Jesus,
grant them rest.

Pray with me: Novena to St. Charles Borromeo, Day 8

The feast of St. Charles Borromeo is Nov. 4. As well as being a patron saint of catechists, educators, cardinals and canon lawyers, Borromeo was chosen as cardinal at a very young age and while not a bishop, so he should be a powerful patron to job seekers!

O GLORIOUS St. Charles, the father of the clergy, and the perfect model of holy prelates! You are that good pastor, who, like your divine Master, gave up your life for your flock, if not by death, at least by the numerous sacrifices of your painful mission. Your sanctified life on earth was a spur to the most fervent, your exemplary penance was a reproach to the slothful, and your untiring zeal was the support of the Church.

O great Prelate, since the glory of God and the salvation of souls are the only objects of solicitude to the blessed in heaven, vouchsafe to intercede for me now, and to offer up for the intention of this Novena, those fervent prayers which were so successful while you were on earth.

(Here specify your requests)

You are, O great St. Charles, among all the Saints of God, one in whose intercession I should most confide, because you were chosen by God to promote the interests of religion, by promoting the Christian education of youth. You were, like Jesus Christ himself, always accessible to little ones; for whom you broke the bread of the word of God, and procure for them also the blessings of a Christian Education. To you, then, I have recourse with confidence, beseeching you to obtain for me the grace to profit of the advantages I enjoy, and for which I am so considerably indebted to your zeal. Preserve me by your prayers from the dangers of the world; obtain that my heart may be impressed with a lively horror of sin; a deep sense of my duty as a Christian; a sincere contempt for the opinion and false maxims of the world; an ardent love for God, and that holy fear which is the beginning of wisdom.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ hear us. Christ graciously hear us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
St. Charles, pray for us.
St. Charles, imitator of Christ, pray for us.
St. Charles, faithful follower of Christ crucified, pray for us.
St. Charles, replenished with the spirit of the Apostles, pray for us.
St. Charles, consumed with zeal for the glory of God, pray for us.
St. Charles, the light and support of the Church, pray for us.
St. Charles, Father and Guide of the Clergy. pray for us.
St. Charles, most desirous of the salvation of souls, pray for us.
St. Charles, a model of humility and penance, pray for us.
St. Charles, most zealous, for the instruction of youth, pray for us.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.

V: Pray for us, O glorious St. Charles.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
PRESERVE Your Church, O Lord, under the continual protection of Your glorious Confessor and Bishop, St. Charles, that as he was eminent for the discharge of his pastoral duties, so his prayers may make us zealous in the love of Your holy name: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
R: Amen.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine!

Pray for all the souls of the unborn who have died from miscarriage or abortion!

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.


For those in South Carolina, that means voting for Nikki Haley and Jim DeMint.
For those in Richland County, that means voting for Joe Wilson.