Saturday, November 29, 2014

SUNDAY 1st OF ADVENT, year B (Readings)

Isaiah 63:16b-17,19b;64:2b-7
Psalm 80: “Lord, make us turn to you; 
let us see your face and we shall be saved.”
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

Isaiah 63:16b-17,19b;64:2b-7

Were Abraham not to know us, nor Israel to acknowledge us, You, Lord, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever. Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage. Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before you, While you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for, such as they had not heard of from of old. No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him. Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways! Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful; all of us have become like unclean men, all our good deeds are like polluted rags; We have all withered like leaves, and our guilt carries us away like the wind. There is none who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to cling to you; For you have hidden your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt. Yet, O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.

Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
R. Lord, make us turn to you; 
let us see your face and we shall be saved.

O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; 
let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Once again, O Lord of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; 
let us see your face and we shall be saved.

May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; 
let us see your face and we shall be saved.

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Brothers and sisters: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mark 13:33-37

Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'"

Monday, November 3, 2014

PRAYER: Silence of Mary

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you who treasured things
and pondered them carefully in your heart,
teach us that deep, interior silence
which enfolded you throughout your lifetime

the silence of the Annunciation, of faith, mission and obedience;
the silence of the Visitation, of humility, service and praise;
the silence of Bethlehem, of birth, incarnation and wonder;
the silence of the flight into Egypt, of perseverance, hope and trust;
the silence of Nazareth, of simplicity, intimacy and communion;
the silence of Mt. Calvary, of courage, death and abandonment;
the silence of Easter, of resurrection, jubilation and glory;
the silence of Ascension, of fulfillment, transformation and new creation;
the silence of Pentecost, of peace, power and love.

Mary, in your wisdom, teach us that silence
which enables us to listen to the small, still voice of our God;
which compels us to worship Him alone in spirit and in truth;
which empowers us to acknowledge our nothingness and exult confidently in our Savior;
which frees us to lose ourselves in unceasing adoration of the God who is Infinite Love.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us now and always,
that we may enter into that silence of yours
which unites us to Jesus, your Son,
in he mistery of His silence before the Father of mercies.



The Angelus derives its name from the first word of the Latin version of the prayer Angelus Domini nuntiavit Maria, "The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary." Each response is followed by reciting the Hail Mary. Traditionally the Angelus is prayed three times a day, at 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m., to honor the incarnation of Jesus. 

- The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
- And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary...

- Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
- May it be done unto me according to your word.
Hail Mary...

- And the Word became flesh.
- And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary...

- Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of the angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord.


Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus:
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

At the words that follow, up to and including
“the Virgin Mary”, all bow

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.


1. Pray the Sign of the Cross and the Apostles´ Creed
2. Pray the Lord´s Prayer
3. Pray three Hail Marys
4. Pray the Glory Be.
5. Say the first mystery; then pray the Lord´s Prayer
6. Pray ten Hail Marys while meditating on the mystery.
7. Pray the Glory Be
8. Say the second mystery; then pray the Lord´s Prayer

Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with the third, fourth, and fifth mysteries of the day in the same manner.

9. Pray the Hail, Holy Queen

– The Joyful Mysteries
(Pray on Mondays and Saturdays)

The Annuntiation
The Visitation
The Nativity
The Presentation in the Temple
The Finding in the Temple

– The Luminous Mysteries
(Pray on Thursdays)

The Baptism of Jesus
The Wedding at Cana
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Transfiguration
The Institution of the Eucharist

– The Sorrowful Mysteries
(Pray on Tuesdays and Fridays)

The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
The Crowning with Thorns
The Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion and Death

– The Glorious Mysteries
(Pray on Wednesdays and Sundays)

The Resurrection
The Ascension
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Assumption of Mary
The Coronation of Many in Heaven

Source: Prayers for Our Catholic Family
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