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A Papal Mass and Three Chants for Epiphany

Epiphany–the Twelfth Day of Christmas–is today.  The Catholic Church in this country celebrates it on the nearest Sunday, and thus celebrated it this past Sunday this year; but the real Epiphany is today.

For the Feast of St. John the Apostle

The first is a brief talk about the Feast of Saint John the Apostle–which is today–and the second is the movie The Gospel of John, a critically acclaimed movie about the life of Christ, which is based on the aforementioned Gospel.

Vespers for the Feast of the Holy Innocents

Today is their feast day.

A Prayer to Saint John the Evangelist

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Prayer to St. John the Evangelist

O Glorious Saint John, you were so loved by Jesus that you merited to rest your head upon his breast, and to be left in his place as a son to Mary. Obtain for us an ardent love for Jesus and Mary. Let me be united with them now on earth and forever after in heaven.
Litany to St. John the Evangelist

(Composed by Fr. Joepel Padit for St. John the Evangelist Parish)

St. John, Apostle of the Lord
St. John, Beloved of Jesus
St. John, Guardian Son of Mary
St. John, You did not abandon the Lord in Calvary
Lead us to Jesus
Help us to love Jesus
Make us honor and love Mary

Strengthen us in our faith in God

St. John, You died in your heart with Jesus on the cross
and when you gave
His lifeless body to Mother Mary

Never let us be separated from our Lord

St. John, You are The Evangelist
St. John, Our Patron
St. John, Our Patron
St. John, Our Patron
Teach us to know and serve the Lord
Protect us from the evil one
Inspire us in our daily life
Intercede for us always

Amen.

Courtesy of here.

A Prayer to Saint Stephen, the First Martyr

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Prayer to St. Stephen the Protomartyr

O Great St. Stephen, the scriptures tell us that your face was like an angel’s as you witnessed to the truth of Christ.

Please ask the Most Holy Trinity to fill my soul and the souls of all my brothers and sisters throughout the world with a deep hunger for the truth that comes from the Heart of Jesus, and also with the loving courage to embrace and profess the truth even amid difficulties, confusion, and persecution.

May the serenity and peace which were yours at the hour of your stoning be ours as well as we wait in hope for the coming of the Lord Jesus who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Today is his feast day.

In Honor of the Holy Family

The Sunday after Christmas (referred to liturgically as the “Sunday within the Octave of Christmas [that is, in the eight-day period after Christmas, inclusive]), which is today this year, celebrates the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph).

Some Christmas Music

It’s still the Christmas season (that lasts until Epiphany).  So, for this Friday’s music,  enjoy a couple hours of Christmas music!

A Blessing of Children for Holy Innocents

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Courtesy of here.  This is the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents.

The feast of the Holy Innocents is a good time to teach the children about their special patrons. There is also a traditional children’s blessing for the feast of the Holy Innocents that can be performed by the parents in the absence of a priest’s blessing at church.

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Prayers to Saint John

St. John Devotions

Courtesy of here.  Today is his feast day.
Hymn: Exsultet orbis

Now let the earth with joy resound,
And heaven the chant re-echo round;
Nor heaven nor earth too high can raise
The great Apostle’s glorious praise.

O ye who, throned in glory dread,
Shall judge the living and the dead,
Lights of the world forevermore!
To you the suppliant prayer we pour.

Ye close the sacred gates on high;
At your command apart they fly:
O loose for us the guilty chain
We strive to break, and strive in vain.

Sickness and health your voice obey;
At your command they go or stay:
From sin’s disease our souls restore;
In good confirm us more and more.

So when the world is at its end,
And Christ to Judgment shall descend,
May we be called those joys to see
Prepared from all eternity.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, Virgin-born, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

(Roman Breviary)