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SAINT JOACHIM AND SAINT ANNE, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Memoria: 26 July

An old tradition going back to the second century gives these names to the parents of he Blessed Virgin Mary. The veneration of Saint Anne dates from the sixth century in the East and spread throughout the West to the tenth century; that of Saint Joachim is more recent.

Prayer: Lord, God of our fathers, You bestowed on Saint Joachim and Saint Anne this singular grace that their daughter, Mary, should become the Mother of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant, at their intercession, the salvation You promised to Your people. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 26 July 2017

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SAINT JAMES, APOSTLE – FEAST: 25 July

Saint James was born at Bethsaida, the son of Zebedee and the brother of the apostle John. He was present when Christ performed His most important miracles. He was killed by King Herod about the year 42 (Acts 12::2), and is venerated especially at Compostella in Spain where there is a magnificent church dedicated in his honor.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You accepted the sacrifice of Saint James, the first of your apostles to give his life for your sake. May your Church find strength in his martyrdom and support in his constant prayer. We pray this in the the most precious name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 25 July 2017

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SAINT MARY MAGDALEN – Feast: 22 July. Gospel Reading: John 1:1,11-18

Saint Mary Magdalen was one of Christ’s disciples and was present at His death. On the morning of Easter day she was the first to whom the risen Redeemer appeared, according to Saint Mark’s Gospel (16:9). Devotion to her spread throughout the Western Church especially in the twelfth cenntury.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your Only-begotten Son Jesus Christ made Mary Magdalen the first heraald of Easter joy. Grant that, following her example and helped by her prayers, we may, in this life, proclaim the living Christ, and come to see Him reigning with You in glory. We pray this in the most precious name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 22 July 2017

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SAINT BONAVENTURE [1221-1294], Bishop & Doctor of the Church – Memoria: 15 July

St. Bonaventure was born about the year 1218 at Bagnoregio in Tuscany. He studied philosophy and theology at Paris, where he gained his Master’s degree, and then taught the students of the order. He became Minister General of the Franciscan Order and ruled the order with great wisdom and prudence, and later became Cardinal Bishop of Albano. He wrote many influential works in philosophy and theology, and died at Lyons in the year 1274.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, on this feast of Saint Bonaventure, enlighten our minds with the splendor of his teaching, and help us to imitate his ardent love of you. We pray this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 15 July 2017

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SAINT BENEDICT, ABBOT – Memoria: 11 July

Born at Norcia in Umbria about the year 480. After studying at Rome, he led a life of solitude in Subiaco and gathered disciples around him, and then went on to Monte Cassino. Here he founded a well-known monastery and wrote his Rule, as a result of which he has been called the Father of monasticism in the West. He died on  21 March 547, but from the end of the eighth century he has been venerated on 11 July in many places.

Prayer: Heavenly Father,  You appointed Saint Benedict to be a wise master in the school of Your service. Give us grace to put Your love before all else, and so to run with joy in the way of Your commandments. We make our prayer in the name our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 11 July 2017

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SAINT THOMAS, APOSTLE – FEAST: 3 JULY

Thomas is renowned among the apostles chiefly because of his lack of faith which was dispelled when the risen Christ appeared to him.  He proclaimed what is in fact the Easter faith of the Church when he said: “My Lord and my God”. Nothing certain is known of his life aart from whaat is given in the gospels, but tradition has it that he preached to the people of India. From the sixth century a feast of the translation of his relics has been kept at Edessa on 3 July.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, let our celebration of the feast of St. Thomas the apostle be the source of his unfailing help and protection. Fill us with Your life giving grace through Faith in Your Son, our Jesus, whom Thomas acknowledged to be his Lord and God. We make our prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 3 July 2017

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SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES – SOLEMNITY: 29 JUNE

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may the blessed apostles Peter and Paul support us by their prayers. Through them You first taught Your Church the Christian faith. Provide us now, by their intercession, with help for our eternal salvation. We make our prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 29 June 2017

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