Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Today Advent Feria - Vigil of St. Thomas

Violet Vestments Missa "Ego autem"

The Church attaches great importance to the feasts of the Apostles, which are preceded by a Vigil
This day Collect :
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the august solemnity of blessed Thomas, Thine Apostle and to which we look forward, may increase both our devotion and our salvation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God , forever and ever.Amen.
Oremus. Da quæsumus, omnípotens Deus, ut beáti Thomæ Apóstoli tui, q prævenímus, venerán-da solém-nitas, et devotiónem nobis augeat, et salútem. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Commemoration of the Advent Feria
Lord, we beseech Thee, stir up Thy power, and come, and with great might succor us: that by the help of Thy grace that which is hindered by our sins may be hastened by Thy merciful forgiveness.Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

The Gospel recalls the vocation of this great Apostle Saint Thomas, also known as the "doubting Apostle" who had the happiness of hearing continually the word of Christ and of enjoying His intimacy. The Offertory declares that he had been chosen by Jesus to be one of the twelve Princes who would govern His Church, "the Lord has crowned him with glory and honor and has given him authority over the works of His hands."

In addition, the words of the Epistle that St. Thomas was given by Christ, "his share of inheritance among the twelve tribes." The country of the Parthians and Persions was allotted to St. Thomas when the Apostles divided the world among themselves. Let us prepare for tomorrow's solemnity in union with the Holy Church.

Preface of the Apostles

The Lord be with you.And with thy spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We have lifted them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is meet and just.
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, to entreat Thee humbly, O Lord, that Thou woulds not desert Thy flock.
O everlasting Shepherd; but through Thy blessed Apostles, wouldst keep it under Thy constant protection; that it may be governed by those same rulers, whom as vicars of Thy work, Thou didst set over it to be its pastors.
And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of The glory, evermore saying:
Holy , Holy , Holy God of Hosts ,
Heaven and earth are full of Thy Glory;
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest.Amen

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Let us always remember the Poor Souls

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen

Prayer for the Conversion of Scandinavia

300 Days, once a day. (See Instructions.) 54 Leo XIII, April 18, 1885.

O good Jesus , prostrate at Thy feet, we humbly implore Thee, by thy most Sacred Wounds and by the Precious Blood which Thou didst shed for the salvation of the whole world, that Thou wouldst deign to cast a look of pity on the peoples of Scandinavia, seduced from the Faith for so many centuries, and plunged in the darkness of heresy, separated from thy Church, deprived of the participation of the adorable Sacrament of thy Body and Blood, and of the other sacraments instituted by Thee, as the refuge of souls in life and in death.

Remember, O Redeemer of the world, that for these souls too Thou didst suffer bitter death, with the loss of all thy blood. Bring back, O good Shepherd, these wandering sheep ofthine to the one fold and to the healthy pastures of thy Church, so that they may form with us one flock , tended by Thee, and by thy Vicar on earth, the supreme Pontiff, whom, in the person of the Apostle St Peter, Thou didst commission to feed thy sheep and thy lambs. Graciously hear, O good Jesus, the prayers which we offer Thee with the most lively trust in the love of thy Sacred Heart, and to thy most Holy Name be praise, glory, and honor, world without end. Amen.

The Raccolta ( Collection of Indulgenced Prayers and Good Works )


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