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PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Visitation: A Three Month Retreat – Day 11
December 7, 2011, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Mother of the Lord, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Mary and Elisabeth Meet Zachariah
Lorenzo and Jacopo Salimbeni about 1416

FOURTH STATION

How can we fail to see that the hidden protagonist in the meeting between the young Mary and the by-then elderly Elizabeth is Jesus? Mary bears him in her womb as in a sacred tabernacle and offers him as the greatest gift to Zechariah, to Elizabeth, his wife, and also to the infant developing in her womb. BENEDICT XVI
 31 May 2006

Truly the great works of God, the great mysteries of God come to pass in hiddenness, in the house of Zechariah. The whole Church will constantly recall them and will repeat with Elizabeth: “Blessed is she who believed”, and, together with Mary, the Church will sing the Magnificat.  JOHN PAUL II   12 June 1999

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, show me how to follow your hidden example in the womb. You brought joy, love, light and reconciliation to Zechariah and Elizabeth’s house in the ordinary and unnoticed event of Mary’s visit. Help me as I go about my day today to find small hidden ways to bring you to others.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Visitation: A Three Month Retreat – Day 10
December 6, 2011, 9:18 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Visitation of Our Lady

FOURTH STATION

God provided for the needs of Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah and John during this three month visit. It was a time of prayer and meditation and religious reflection. They were all stronger afterwards and better prepared for the road ahead.

A MORNING OFFERING

Give me strength and courage to live my life well today Lord. I want to cooperate with other members of Your Mystical Body and do Your Will. Lord, remind me appropriately, to take three seconds to pray whenever I get a chance. Because I am so weak Lord, I ask You for times today for prayer and strengthening through Your Holy Spirit. I rely entirely upon You my God.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Exchange of Prophetic Greetings – Day 9
December 5, 2011, 10:36 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Aus dem Wonnentaler Graduale:
Jesus segnet Johannes

THIRD STATION

“It is not an accident, I think, that in the Scriptures the first person, after Mary, who adored Jesus when he came into the world was St. John the Baptist…The second person who ever worshipped Jesus after Mary was an unborn baby and I think God made it that way to tell us in our day and age the worth and importance of every individual right from the very beginning of life.”  Bishop Vaughan  “The Catholic Duty to be Pro-Life”

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, I offer you my day! Help me to listen to those around me and to greet them with love and respect. Help me to learn and pass on the lesson of the Visitation that each person no matter how insignificant they  might seem is important to You.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Exchange of Prophetic Greetings – Day 8
December 4, 2011, 10:58 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

STRUEB, Hans and/or Jakob
The Visitation c. 1505 Museo Thyssen – Spain

THIRD STATION

“John was “filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb” by Christ himself, whom the Virgin Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit. Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth thus became a visit from God to his people.” Catechism of the Catholic Church (717)

 A MORNING OFFERING
“O Jesus, I adore Thee in Thy temporal conception, and in Thy presence in the sacred womb of Thy most pure mother, for the space of nine months, and in Thy birth into this world at the end of that time….  I give myself to Thee, O my Dear Jesus, that I may now repeat the acts Thou didst perfect while dwelling from all eternity in the bosom of the Father, and for nine months in the womb of Thy mother. (St. John Eudes, The Life and the Kingdom of Jesus in Christian Souls)


PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Exchange of Prophetic Greetings – Day 7
December 3, 2011, 10:37 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Heimsuchung; Papiermaché; Schwaben um 1440
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München

THIRD STATION

When Mary met Elizabeth and the unborn Christ met the unborn prophet, there was Joy, Joy and more Joy! They praised God!

They enjoyed the Presence of the Lord and recounted the deeds of the Lord. They were optimistic about what God intended.

A MORNING OFFERING

Even though Your plans and Your deeds are often unseen or unnoticed, just like the unborn Christ was invisible to the human eye, yet God You are lovingly active. I believe Lord, help my unbelief. Help me to appreciate Your good works today and to be part of Your good plans for this day. Lord, please grant me the gift of Christian Joy each day.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Journey to the Hill Country of Judea – Day 6
December 3, 2011, 12:35 am
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Madonna del parto, Nardo di Cione, Florence, San Lorenzo: 1365

SECOND STATION

“The Word was in Mary’s womb. He inspired His Mother to visit Elizabeth; Mary carried to John his Master and King. John could not come, for his mother was too old to undertake that journey; Jesus Christ went to him. He did the same for us: we could not go to God; God came to us.

St. Peter Julian Eymard

A MORNING OFFERING

Oh Holy Spirit, please fill with with Your love today. Help me to listen to Your inspirations as Mary did when she was inspired to go and visit Elizabeth.  Show me how to bring the joy, love and presence of Jesus to those around me this Advent season. 



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Journey to the Hill Country of Judea – Day 5
December 1, 2011, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

SECOND STATION

In the Visitation episode, St Luke shows how the grace of the Incarnation, after filling Mary, brings salvation and joy to Elizabeth’s house. The Saviour of men, carried in his Mother’s womb, pours out the Holy Spirit, revealing himself from the very start of his coming into the world…. St Luke also seems to invite us to see Mary as the first “evangelist”, who spreads the “good news”, initiating the missionary journeys of her divine Son. Pope John Paul II, General Audience, , October 2, 1996

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, make me aware that everywhere I go today you are with me. Just as Mary went to visit Elizabeth to be of service. Help me to be of service to those around me. Mary brought You to John, Elizabeth and Zachariah, may I bring You to my family, neighbors, co-workers and everyone I meet today.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Journey to the Hill Country of Judea – Day 4
November 30, 2011, 7:52 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Visitation Church, Ein Kerem.

SECOND STATION

Mary set out at once to do the Will of God and to visit Elizabeth. In contrast to Eve, who offered a forbidden fruit to her neighbor, Mary will offer the fruit of her womb which is the fruit of God’s love to her neighbor.

A MORNING OFFERING

Dear Savior, Redeemer, Hope of humanity, thank You for coming into our world seeking us out so as to love us all the more. Help me today to follow the example of Mary the first Christian and to bring the fruit of Your Love and Truth to my neighbors. I desire only Your Will today Lord, nothing else.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: The Nazareth Event – Day 3
November 29, 2011, 8:22 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

FIRST STATION

St. Philip asked Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied,”

Jesus answered, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” ( Jn 14: 8-9).

The humanity of Jesus in all its aspects, even those that are apparently humblest and least important, is for us an immense space for communion with God. Every aspect of his humanity, each of his characteristics, even the smallest and most hidden, each of his words, deeds, and gestures, every stage of his life from his conception in Mary’s womb to his Ascension, brings us into communion with God the Father…

By exploring his humanity like a piece of land that belongs to us…we grow steadily in communion with the inaccessible, unfathomable mystery of God. (Excerpt from Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe )

A MORNING OFFERING

O Lord, I offer You this day. During this Advent, give me a love for the mystery of Your Incarnation. I praise You for your time in the womb and offer my day today in reparation for the sins against the unborn of our world.  Amen



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: The Nazareth Event – Day 2
November 28, 2011, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, John Paul II, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Umbert the Unborn – The Greatest Moment  in Unborn History (Click on Picture to see full view)

FIRST STATION

“Creation is thus completed by the Incarnation and since that moment is permeated by the powers of the Redemption, powers which fill humanity and all creation.” (John Paul II # 52 The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World)

A MORNING OFFERING

O Lord, This new day of Advent I offer you my day. Renew my hope in your power to change the world. Help me to look for moments of grace throughout the day. The grace of your Incarnation that permeates Creation with the power to transform the world.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: The Nazareth Event – Day 1
November 27, 2011, 9:23 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

FIRST STATION

The Archangel Gabriel proclaimed God’s intention of renewing the face of the earth and the hearts of humankind by God Himself becoming Incarnate; one with humanity. Mary was in complete accord and said “Yes” to God. A new creation began as the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary.

A MORNING OFFERING

My Lord and My God, as this new day begins I wish to say “Yes” to You also. Help me Lord to live every day, all day in union with You; especially today! I offer my heart, body, mind and soul to You God entirely. May Your Will be done in my life today.



THE CHURCH TURNS TO GOD FOR ANSWERS & GUIDANCE!
September 12, 2011, 10:36 pm
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae, Pope Benedict XVI, Prayer, Pro-life

This Sunday at Mass we heard a deep teaching of Jesus about forgiveness; Mt 18: 21-35. But look at how it all starts: “Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  As many as seven times?”

This is a great question! Sure, some sophisticated know-it-alls may choose to dismiss Peter’s question and demean him, but to me this was a real and legitimate question to pose to the Lord. And of course, the answer was even better, much better!!

So today, Peter’s successor the Pope, and the Bishops as well, ask God many questions and listen attentively for His wonderful guiding responses. And the laity of course prays for our Pope and Bishops, to support them in their prayers and listening before God.

A few years ago I was quite surprised when I re-read the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, issued by Vatican Council II. There was a reference that appeared several times which was at once surprising but very profound and beautiful:

“Guiding the Church in the way of all truth (cf. Jn 16:13) and unifying her in communion and in the works of ministry, he bestows upon her varied hierarchic and charismatic gifts, and in this way directs her; and he adorns her with his fruits (cf. Eph 4:11-12; I Cor 12:4; Gal 5:22).”  LG #4  Hierarchic gifts – given to the apostles and their successors for the good of the Church!

Which brings us back to Peter. It is critical to ask God the right questions, to persevere in prayer seeking the truth. Our Popes and Bishops do this. (No they haven’t been perfect – just human, but generally with wonderful results.)  A great testimony to this reality of the Church’s life is the solid defense given by the Church on behalf of unborn children.

From the 1st century A.D., when the Didache states: “You shall not put a child to death by abortion nor kill it once it is born…”, to Vatican II (Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, #51), to The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae, written by John Paul II), the Church has been guided by the Holy Spirit to teach soundly on respect for human life, right from the moment of conception.

But this guidance came through prayer, asking God the right questions, like Peter did 2,000 years ago, and like Benedict XVI and his fellow Bishops do today. Last Advent, 2010, Pope Benedict introduced a profound new tradition on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent; he celebrated a Vigil for the Unborn, linking it to Advent when we contemplate Christ in the womb, about to born. Surely this too was the fruit of prayer, of seeking God’s inspiration and guidance. Thanks be to God!



WE BELIEVE, HELP OUR UNBELIEF! WE ARE BORN, HELP OUR UNBORN!
April 18, 2011, 10:38 pm
Filed under: Prayer, Pro-life

Station – Jesus meets the weeping women  in Pfefferschlag He blesses those who are pregnant and the children in the square in front of the historic village church.

He would be a disciple of Jesus… “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mk 9.24). Let us call him “the disciple of human struggle”, the disciple of our human weakness and striving. His words were spoken directly to Jesus in a moment of desperation.

God is All Good, we are good in small measures and irregularly. God is omniscient, we are ignorant and confused much of the time. God is omnipotent, we are consummate weakness. God is Love, we are self-centered much of the time, we like sometimes, we love imperfectly. But, “I believe Lord; help my unbelief!”

This is a cry of hope. “I hope Lord; help my hopelessness.” A cry for strength. “I have courage Lord, help my discouragement!”

And so, when a despondent, discouraged pregnant woman considers having her unborn child aborted, humanity senses her anguish though we have not walked in her steps. We sense her confusion and weakness. We sense too the prayer that she should try to make. “I believe Lord; help my unbelief! I am born Lord; but help my unborn!”

God help us to help her and in our world’s time of need to make this our prayer too. “We believe Lord; help our unbelief! We are born Lord; help our unborn!”



Benedict XVI: “the mystery of the Incarnation of the Lord and the beginning of human life are intimately connected”
November 28, 2010, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI, Prayer, Pro-life, Unborn Jesus
Pregnant virgin. In Pinacoteca, Vatican Museum

During his Homily for the Vigil of Nascent Life on November 27, Pope Benedict speaks of the connection between the unborn and Christ’s time in the womb:

“The beginning of the liturgical year helps us to relive the expectation of God made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, God who makes himself small, He becomes a child, it speaks to us of the coming of a God who is near, who wanted to experience the life of man, from the very beginning, to save it completely, fully. And so the mystery of the Incarnation of the Lord and the beginning of human life are intimately connected and in harmony with each other within the one saving plan of God, the Lord of life of each and every one of us. The Incarnation reveals to us, with intense light and in an amazing way, that every human life has an incomparable, a most elevated dignity.”

Later in the Homily he states:

“With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and wonderfully ordered, a new unique human being. So was Jesus in Mary’s womb, so it was for all of us in our mother’s womb. With the ancient Christian writer Tertullian we can say: ” he who will be a man is already one” (Apologeticum IX, 8), there is no reason not to consider him a person from conception.”

He closes the Homily by entrusting the unborn to Our Lady who bore Jesus, our Savior in her womb:

To the Virgin Mary, who welcomed the Son of God made man with faith, with her maternal womb, with loving care, with nurturing support and vibrant with love, we entrust our commitment and prayer in favour of unborn life .

To read the entire homily click here



Advent Prayer Vigil for all Nascent Human Life – Is your diocese participating?
November 15, 2010, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Advent, Pope Benedict XVI, Prayer

From Diocese of Witchita Website

Note: We encourage you to double check times and locations with the diocese/parish in your area.

This is a very partial list – if you know of locations that we have not been able to find please leave a comment or email us at info@unbornwordalliance.com

Arizona

Time 4:30 PM Date   Saturday, Nov 27 Location   SS Simon and Jude Cathedral, Phoenix     Presiding  Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix

California

Vigil for All Nascent Human Life (Prayer)  Nov 27 Time: 7:00 PM Location: St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church 4735 Cass Street San Diego CA Prayer Service and Benediction for all Nascent Human Life.  Bishop Robert Brom Celebrant.

The Franciscan Friars of Old Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside cordially invite the public to a Solemn Vespers service at 4 p.m. on November 27 in the Historic Mission Church marking the start of Advent and the reopening of the Church to the public for visitation and private prayer. Most Rev. Robert Brom, D.D., Bishop of San Diego, will be the celebrant. Vespers also known as “Evening Prayer,” is part of the tradition of the “Liturgy of the Hours” and provides an opportunity for communal prayer. A reception will follow in the Sacred Garden.

Vigil for All Nascent Human Life – The Pro Life community of Sacramento invites all to participate in a Prayer Service and Benediction for All Nascent Human Life Saturday, November 27, 2010 5:30 p.m., at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe 711 T Street, Sacramento CA . Bishop Soto celebrant.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph 80 S Market St, San Jose, CA Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose invites all the faithful to a special Evening Prayer November 27, 6:00pm to pray for the blessing and protection of new life in our midst.This simple prayer service will include a blessing for all expectant mothers. Expectant mothers of all ages, walks of life, and Christian traditions are especially invited to participate.

Cathedral of the Annunciation 425 West Magnolia Street Stockton, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire will be presiding – November 27, 7:30-8:30

Most Reverend George Niederauer Archbishop of San Francisco has sent a letter to the parishes of his diocese ( Archdiocese of San Francisco letter) asking each parish to participate in this worldwide celebration of prayer at their parish’s Saturday evening Vigil Mass on this First Sunday of Advent. He has suggested in the letter that: “In addition to offering your Mass intention for the protection of all newly-developing human life, you may also wish to include special prayers, the rosary, Eucharistic Adoration or other special devotions after Mass.”

– Holy Family Church , 209 E. Lomita, Glendale, CA will also join the Pope for the hour of prayer. Exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, and prayers will begin immediately after the 5:30 PM Mass on Nov 27.

– St. Denis Catholic Community, 2151 S. Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, California will also join Pope Benedict for the hour of prayer. Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and prayers will be at 4:15 – 5:15 p.m., with evening Mass following at 5:30 p.m. Please join Msgr. James Loughnane and us at this vigil on November 27, 2010!

– On Saturday November 27th, Pope Benedict the XVI will celebrate a Solemn Prayer Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, lifting up in prayer all children living in the womb. Mother of Life Pro-Life Center will be participating in this special prayer vigil. Please join Fr. Nabil Mouannes and us, along with the universal church throughout the world, in this historic call to defend the unborn with our greatest weapon of Prayer. November 27th 6:30 p.m St Ephrem Church Mother of Life Pro-Life Center 750 Medford Street El Cajon, CA

– St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave.,  El Cerrito, CA will hold its vigil after the 5 PM mass on Sat. November 27.  Our vigil will involve benediction with prayer and the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary.

St. Peter Chanel Church 12001 E 214th Street (Hawaiian Gardens) will participate in the Vigil for all Nascent Human Life  by offering  a Rosary, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction following Saturday’s, November 27th, 6:00 PM Regular Vigil Mass (starting approximately 7:05 to 7:15 PM).

Connecticut

Vigil for All Nascent Human Life at Villa Maria Guadalupe 159 Sky Meadow Dr., Stamford, CT Saturday November 27, 2010,  4pm-5:30pm Bishop Lori will preside

Vigil for All Nascent Human Life at the Nazareth Spiritual Life Center
1428 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT  Saturday November 27, 2010, 7pm-8:30pm Bishop Lori will preside

On Saturday, November 27, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 213 Broadway, Norwich – the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, will celebrate a Holy Hour for all nascent human life.

Colorado

November 27 6 pm Cathedral Basilica of Immaculate Conception Denver, CO  Archbishop Chuput presiding

Bishop Michael Sheridan will celebrate the vigil ceremony in Colorado Springs, CO at St. Mary Catholic Cathedral (22 W. Kiowa St.) immediately following the 4:00 pm Mass.

Delaware

The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will preside at a special Evening Prayer and Vigil Mass for the Unborn on Saturday, November 27, 2010, at Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Sixth and West Streets in Wilmington, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Florida

November 27th Cathedral of Saint Mary 7525 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami  5:30 pm Holy Mass for the 1st Sunday of Advent     6:30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary – Prayer of Pope John Paul II – Evangelium Vitae – Benediction – Archbishop Wenski presiding

Diocese of Venice Respect Life Office will be putting up a list soon, click here

Vigil for All Nascent Human Life will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Ave Maria Oratory Ave Maria, FL with Fr. Robert Tatman presiding.

Georgia

In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will celebrate the prayer service for all nascent human life on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 12 noon at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, Georgia Other prayer services may be held at parishes of the archdiocese.

Illinois

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. will be leading a vigil at Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. in solidarity with the Holy Father and the faithful throughout the world.  Chicago, ILL Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as well as a special Benediction.  Please note the date and plan to attend as we join the Vicar of Christ in demonstrating our respect for all human life.

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Siegel will be celebrating a vigil “For All Nascent Human Life” at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet,Illinois on Saturday, November 27, 2010, at 7:30 pm.

Indiana

On Nov. 27, St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center, 1200 W Riverside Ave., Muncie, IN will be celebrating with Exposition, Vespers and the Rosary at 6:45pm in the Worship Space (Vigil for all Nascent Human Life).

Iowa

On Saturday, November 27th, Pope Benedict will preside at a “Vigil for all nascent human life,” and he has asked all bishops around the world to preside at similar celebrations in their own dioceses. Therefore, Bishop Amos will celebrate Vespers at Sacred Heart Cathedral 422-E. 10th Street, Davenport at 7:00 p.m. We are also  making available a booklet for families to use at home if they so desire.

Bishop Richard Pates invites the public to join him in a Mass and evening prayer service at St. Ambrose Cathedral 607 High Street Des Moines, IA on Nov. 27 beginning with the regularly scheduled 4 p.m. Mass. Immediately following, there will be a special evening prayer service at the cathedral with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Join us November 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception-Moville for our Vigil for All Nascent Human Life.

Nov 27 Vigil for All Human life after 4:30 Mass, St. John’s Parish 24043 302nd Place, Adel

Kansas

Diocese of Wichita  WSU Newman Center 1810 N. Roosevelt  Wichita, KS  4- 7 pm Bishop Michael O Jackels presiding

Archbishop Emeritus James P. Keleher will celebrate the vigil ceremony in the Kansas City area at St. Joseph Church in Shawnee, KS (11311 Johnson Dr) at 7:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 27th.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann will celebrate the vigil ceremony in Topeka, KS at Assumption Church (204 SW 8th Ave) at 7:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 27th.

November 27th, 5pm, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City, KS  Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, presiding.

Kentucky

The Pope, Prayer, and You – Pope Benedict XVI requests world-wide prayer for all nascent (starting to develop) human life on Saturday, November 27. We invite you to pray wherever you may be Thanksgiving weekend.  Archbishop Kurtz also invites you to a “Prayer Vigil for Nascent Human Life” (English and Español) on November 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville, KY.

Our celebration of the First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent will take place at St. Agnes Church in Fort Wright, Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. I have asked priests of the diocese to join me in this celebration, and I invite all the faithful from across the Diocese to come and pray with us. Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D. Bishop of Covington, KY.

You’re invited to celebrate vespers with Bishop Medley at Saint Stephen Cathedral 610 Locust Street Owensboro, KY at 6:30 pm on November 27. Vespers will be preceded by the regular 5:00 pm Mass and a short period of adoration

Next Saturday November 27 Bishop Gainer will be with us to celebrate the Vigil for All Nascent Human Life. starting with  the 5:30 p.m. Mass, followed by an  evening prayer with Adoration and Benediction.   St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1730 Summerhill Dr., Lexington, KY.

Louisiana

A Message from Archbishop Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans – On Saturday, November 27 at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” coinciding with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. Along with the Holy Father, I am encouraging all pastors to preside in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes. The most obvious time to take part in the vigil is at Saturday Vigil Mass. Please consider including this intention in your prayers of the faithful throughout the weekend and keep this intention in your prayers.

Maryland

Special Holy Hour on November 27th at 6:30pm At the request of the Pope Benedict XVI, churches all over the world will be celebrating a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” coinciding with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent on November 27th. Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church 885 Cox Rd Huntingtown Maryland

Massachusetts

Saturday, November 27, 2010  7 p.m. Vigil for All Human Life at its Very Beginnings St. Julie Billiart Church 494 Slocum Road  North Dartmouth Mass. Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross – Lower Church Boston, Mass
Prayer Vigil with Evening Prayer (Vespers),Rosary and Benediction November 27, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.Presider: Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM, Cap. Archbishop of Boston

All are invited to join Bishop McManus at the worldwide Vigil for All Unborn Human Life Sunday, November 28, 2010 7:00 p.m. Cathedral of St. Paul, Worcester

Michigan

Join Archbishop Allen H. Vigneronin a vigil of prayer including the Liturgy of the Hours, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. The vigil will coincide with vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, and with reference to the approaching solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. When: November 27th 2010 at 7:00 P.M.Where: St. John Neumann Church 44800 Warren, Canton, Michigan.

Chancellor Msgr. Steven Raica – Prayer Vigil – Sat., Nov. 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm at St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour, Lansing, MI.

Bishop Walter A. Hurley – Holy Hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction – Sat.,  Nov. 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, 301 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 Ave Maria Dr., Ann Arbor  will have a Prayer Vigil for the Unborn on Saturday evening Nov. 27th. The vigil schedule is as follows:

  • 8 p.m.: Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer, followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 9 p.m.: Stations of the Cross with Pro-Life Meditations
  • 10 p.m.: Rosary with Pro-Life Meditations
  • 11 p.m.: Charismatic prayer and intercession
  • 11:45 p.m.: Benediction

Each hour will include a time for private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, which will be exposed in the Worship Space during the vigil. Please Note: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel will continue as usual.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Imlay City will hold a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life Saturday Nov. 27th, 6:10pm. The Vigil will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Vespers, the Holy Rosary, Benediction and an opportunity for Confession, with refreshments following in the hall.

Diocese of  Gaylord – Services are being planned for Saturday, November 27, 2010 at:

* St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord (606 North Ohio Avenue)from 4:00-4:45 p.m. Bishop Bernard Hebda will preside at Evening Prayer for the First Sunday of Advent with Exposition and Benediction. Mass will begin at 5:00 p.m. and be followed by Bishop Hebda leading the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary at 6:15 p.m.

* Holy Family Parish in East Tawas (516 West Lincoln) beginning at 2:45 p.m.

* St. Bernard Parish in Alpena (322 West Chisholm) beginning at 7:00 p.m. Fr. Rolando Silva will preside.

* St. Patrick Parish in Traverse City (630 West Silver Lake Road) beginning at 7:00 p.m.

* Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar (6982 S. Schomberg Road) will follow the 4:00 Mass with a Vespers Service beginning at 5:00 p.m. Fr. Donald Libby will preside.

* St. Francis of Assisi in Lewiston (4086 Salling) beginning at 4:00 p.m.

A special service is also planned for Sunday, November 28 at:
* St. Francis Xavier in Petoskey (513 Howard Street) beginning at 7:00 p.m.

NOTE:  As services in the Diocese of Gaylord are added they will be posted at http://www.dioceseofgaylord.org/

Minnesota

Worldwide Prayer Vigil for the Unborn – Pope Benedict XVI has asked the entire Church to pray with him for unborn children on the eve of the New Church Year.Saturday, November 27, 6:30-9:00pm at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Dr. Faribault.

Several parishes in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are participating in the Pope’s worldwide Prayer Vigil for All Nascent Human Life and the National Night of Prayer for Life. Click HERE for a list of parishes participating.

Missouri

Bishop John R. Gaydos will lead the Diocese in Vespers Prayer on November 28th, 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 2215 West Main Stree. Jefferson City This Prayer is a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life requested by Pope Benedict XVI to be celebrated in every diocese and parish throughout the world. Prayers will include Benediction, the Rosary, and Supplication for Life. Everyone is invited to come as we begin the Advent Season by praying for all human life as we prepare for the birth of the Child Jesus on Christmas Day.

Bishop Robert Finn will celebrate the vigil ceremony in downtown Kansas City at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (416 W 12th St) at 4:00pm on Saturday, Nov. 27th.

St. Joseph parish 106 N. Meramec Ave. Clayton, Missouri will offer a holy hour for all preborn human life from 3-4 pm on November 27. . Benedict XVI  has issued a request for prayers worldwide from all pro-life people against abortion on November 27, the vigil of Advent. Confessions will follow the Holy Hour at 4 pm with the vigil mass at 5 pm.

Montana

Bishop Warfel will be celebrating a vigil at St. Ann Cathedral in Great Falls. He is asking that all parishes in the diocese consider doing a similar vigil.

Nebraska

St. Peter Catholic Church, 27th & Leavenworth, Omaha Vigil for Nascent Life, Sat. Nov. 27 the schedule at St. Peters will be; 6 pm  Eucharistic Exposition – 6:10-6:40 Solemn Chanted Vespers in Spanish – 6:40 pm Rosary in Spanish -7-7:15 Silent prayer – 7:15 pm Rosary in English – 7:30-8 pm  Solemn Chanted Vespers and Benediction in English

Nevada

Bishop Calvo will lead us in “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” at 7:00 p.m. St Thomas Aquinas Cathedral 310 West Second Street, Reno, Nevada

Saturday, November 27, 2010Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer, 55 E. Reno Ave, Las Vegas, NV at 6:00pm the Diocese of Las Vegas will be holding a Pro Life Vigil consisting of Evening Prayer, a Rosary, and Benediction.  All the parishes around the world are asked by Pope Benedict XVI to participate in this vigil.

New Jersey

Bishop O’Connell will be celebrating a Mass for Life at St. James in Pennington, NJ at 5 pm on November 27th.

Diocese of Metichen New Jersey has a list of parishes that will be holding vigils click here

St. Matthias will join in this Prayer Vigil with the Holy Father following the 5:30 Mass on Sat., Nov. 27 with EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION. All are welcome to join us in this worldwide prayer service. 168  John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Somerset, NJ

Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. Vigil For All Nascent Human Life – Our Lady of Guadalupe, 135 N. White Horse Pike, Lindenwold

New York

Archdiocese of New York Family Life/Respect Life Office has put  up a list of  parishes participating in this Vigil) – click here

Ohio

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer and Benediction with Bishop Blair.

Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will celebrate this special vigil at St. Columba Cathedral on November 27. Bishop Murry will preside at Evening Prayer and Benediction at 4:30 p.m. Mass for the First Sunday of Advent will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Pope Benedict XVI will be celebrating a “Vigil for all nascent human life” on 27 November 2010. In the Diocese of Cleveland Bishop Lennon will be celebrating Evening Prayer I of the First Sunday of Advent in conjunction with the anticipated Mass of the First Sunday of Advent at the 4:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Avenue East, Cleveland, OH.

A Vigil for all Nascent Human Life Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:15pm Evening Prayer with Exposition will take place at The Athenaeum of Ohio Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel of St. Gregory the Great 6616 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH

Oklahoma

Please join Bishop Edward J. Slattery for the Nascent Vigil at Holy Family Cathedral 122 West 8th Street Tulsa on Saturday, November 27th after the 5pm Mass. This vigil will coincide with Pope Benedict’s vigil at St. Peter’s.

The Church of Saint Mary 1347 East 49 St., Tulsa, will hold this Vigil request by the Holy Father at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel on November 27th. All are welcome and invited to participate

Oregon

Vigil for all Nascent Human Life 6:30 pm in the Church.  St. Mary’s Catholic Church 501 NW 25th St. Corvallis For more info call 541-757-2788

Pennsylvania

Prayer for the Protection of Nascent Human Life, The observance at St. Peter’s Cathedral 315 Wyoming Avenue Scranton, will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the praying of the Rosary,with a special intention for the protection of all nascent life. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant of the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass. Following the Mass, the Cardinal will lead a brief prayer service at the monument to the unborn located on the grounds of the Cathedral.

Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has asked that we join him in a Vigil for Nascent Life on Saturday evening of the first weekend of Advent. Cardinal Rigali has asked that the Holy Rosary be recited in every church one half hour before the Saturday evening Mass. Deacon Jim McAvoy will lead the Rosary in the Chapel of St. Peter’s Catholic Church 2835 Manor Rd., West Brandywine, at 4:30. Our parish will continue the experience of this event with a Holy Hour at the end of the 5:00 PM Mass. The Most Blessed Sacrament will be exposed while the Holy Rosary is recited and Benediction will complete this wonderful time of prayer

The Departments for Worship and Human Dignity are jointly organizing a diocesan celebration at Saint Paul Cathedral Pittsburgh, PA beginning with 6:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 27. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of Mass, followed by organized prayer and silence, with Benediction beginning at 7:50 p.m. Bishop William Winter will preside.

Vigil for Nascent Human Life on Saturday, November 27. In response, Bishop Joseph P. McFadden will hold a vigil at Saint Patrick Cathedral Harrisburg, PA at 7:00 p.m. that day. Please come and unite with the Holy Father and our Bishop to pray for all unborn life. Please gather at St. Lawrence Chapel at 110 State Street for the one block Marian procession to the Cathedral. Free parking will be available at the South Street Parking Garage.

Pope Benedict XVI has asked that a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” be celebrated on The First Sunday of Advent. To fulfill the Holy Father’s request for prayer, St. Therese Church, 25 Old River Road, Wikes-Barre, PA will have a Holy Hour at Saint Therese Church on Saturday, November 27th, at 2:00 pm, in the Church. All are welcome!

Rhode Island

Nov. 27, Holy Name of Jesus Church, 99 Camp St Providence, RI will be keeping the Vigil with the Holy Father beginning at 5:00 PM following the 4 o’clock vigil Mass. Booklets will be provided for the celebration of Vespers, Rosary and Benediction. Please invite all of your family and friends.

South Dakota

Bishop Paul Swain will preside over a local vigil for all Nascent Human Life at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 27 at the current St. Joseph Cathedral 521 Duluth Ave Sioux Falls, SD  worship space (the school gym,entrance on west side of the building).

Tennesse

On Saturday, November 27, at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a“Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” coinciding with the beginning of Advent. In union with the Holy Father, at 5:30pm, on Saturday, November 27, we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer, and Benediction, followed by Mass at 6:00pm. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 West Vine Avenue Knoxville.

Texas

Pope Benedict XVI Vigil for All Nascent Human Life Location: Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 1111 Pierce St. Houston, TX Cardinal DiNardo Presiding Date: Saturday, November 27, 2010 Time: 8:30 PM

A Diocesan Day of Prayer for all Nascent [newly developing] Human Life will be celebrated by Bishop Joe Vásquez on Saturday, December 4th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Helen Parish 2700 East University Avenue,  Georgetown

The Catholic Pro-life Committee (Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas) has a list of Parishes (about 25 parishes)  that are participating in the Vigil – Click HERE

St Dominic Village – Warren Chapel, 2401 Holcombe Boulevard Houston, TX will hold the Vigil for All Nascent Human Life on Nov. 27th after the 6 pm  Mass (Vigil and Vespers begin at 7:00 pm).

Virginia

“Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” will be held at St. Joseph’s,  750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, Virginia on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 6:15 p.m. Please plan to stay or to come after the 5 p.m. Mass for the “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” in union with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and all Bishops and parishes.

Utah

The Most Reverend John Charles Wester (Salt Lake City)  sent an email forwarded by the diocesan communications director  to all monsignors, priests, and Deacons of his Diocese asking each parish to participate in this worldwide celebration of prayer at their parish’s Saturday evening Vigil Mass on this First Sunday of Advent.

Vermont

There will be a Vigil for All Nascent Life on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington VT

Wisconsin

With joyful hope, Bishop Robert Morlino invites the faithful of the Diocese of Madison to observe this Vigil with him, in communion with the Holy Father, at St. Patrick’s Church of the Cathedral Parish 404 E. Main Street, Madison  on November 27, at 7 p.m. Reception following prayer vigil.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Archbishop Listecki will preside at Evening Prayer, Rosary and Benediction on Saturday, November 27, at 5 p.m. hosted by St. Anthony Church, Ninth & Mitchell, Milwaukee.

Next weekend we begin a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent. Pope Benedict XVI is calling for a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life to be observed on Saturday evening, November 27. “Nascent” means “embryonic, growing, being born.” During Advent we recall the period when Jesus was nascent. We will observe this vigil after the 5:10 Mass on Sat. Nov. 27  with a Marian Procession, Rosary and Benediction. Please come and join us. St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, 530 Main Street, La Crosse, WI

Wyoming

St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, 3rd & Absaroka Street, Powell, Wyoming will be having a vigil for All Nascent Human Life following the 5:45 pm Mass on Sat., November 27. Eucharistic Adoration, Evening Prayer, and praying the Rosary will take place.



MOMENTOUS WORLDWIDE ADVENT VIGIL FOR UNBORN CHILDREN! THANK YOU BENEDICT XVI!
November 15, 2010, 1:18 am
Filed under: Advent, Evangelium Vitae, Pope Benedict XVI, Prayer, Pro-life

Mary Kept All These Things and Pondered Them in Her Heart by Robert Anning Bell from Mary, The Mother of Jesus (Alice Meynell)

On the eve of the first Sunday of Advent – Saturday evening, November 27, 2010 – the Pope will lead a VIGIL FOR NASCENT HUMAN LIFE at St. Peter’s in Rome, and he has asked the world’s Bishops and priests to do the same in their own dioceses and parishes.

The Pope describes the intention of the Vigil as follows:

“The time of preparation for Holy Christmas is a favorable moment to invoke Divine protection over each human being called to existence, also as thanksgiving to God for the gift of life received from our parents.”

Americans please note the appropriate theme of thanksgiving which also relates to the national holiday weekend.

The call for this worldwide Vigil by our Pope is a breakthrough of momentous proportions for many reasons. But one not so obvious reason is that the Church tends to lean on her traditions, perhaps at times being slow to implement brand new ones. The Church has stood prophetically, time and again, for respect for human life from conception to natural death. But the Church has been slow to turn her coordinated worldwide liturgical prayer directly at the worldwide scourge of abortion. No longer!

Benedict’s Pro – Life Prayer Vigil is to prayer, what John Paul II’s encycylical Evangelium Vitae “The Gospel of Life” is to teaching. Our U.S. Chairman for the Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro – Life Activities, Cardinal DiNardo, says this Papal request is “unprecedented” – but that is an understatement.

By making this worldwide Vigil an Advent event, the Pope has now linked in our Catholic Christian consciousness the concept of the solidarity between Unborn Jesus and all unborn children.  There is no turning back now!



St. Clare and St. Francis Infants in the womb
October 2, 2010, 6:41 pm
Filed under: Prayer, Saints

October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis  of Assisi.  To  celebrate the day we would like to recount two obscure stories about St. Clare and St. Francis while they were still in the womb or about to be born.

Hortulana, St. Clare’s Mother Praying for a Safe Delivery.

Note unborn Clare

It is said that St. Clare received the name Clare, which means clear or bright, for the following reason. While her mother Hortulana, was kneeling before a crucifix, praying that God might aid her in her hour of delivery, she heard the words : ” Do not fear. You will give birth to a light which shall illumine the whole world.”

Scenes from the Life of St Francis (Scene 1, north wall) Benozzo Gozzoli 1452 Apsidal chapel, San Francesco, Montefalco

There is a legend about  the birth of St. Francis.  Lady Pica, (his mother) was finding her labor to be particularly difficult. Her husband was abroad in France on one of his business trips, and she was at home with only her household staff in attendance. Whether it was her idea, or another’s, the thought came that perhaps a walk would be good, and so she set out a short distance to the nearby stable. Apparently it did the trick. The baby Francis hastened his entrance into the world, and ended up being born in the stable.