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Friday, July 13, 2018

A Chaplet for the Sick, the Dying, and the Departed / FOUR DECADE CHAPLET

This chaplet consists of four decades [forty beads] which refer to the tradition of the forty hours that Jesus is held to have passed, after his crucifixion, liberating the dead from sheol. 

There are also the Five introductory beads prayed as on the Dominican Rosary. 

On the beads between the decades are prayed the acts of Faith, Hope, and Love.***

On the ten small beads of each decade we pray: "Dear Mary, be with us."

Each decade is concluded with: "
Hold us in your peace Dear Saviour." 

Concluding prayer:

Hold Us in your Peace
V. Hold us in your peace Dear Saviour.
(All make the sign of the Cross)
In your love Dear Father, and your peace Dear Jesus, please comfort us by your Holy Spirit: in your name we pray.
R. Amen. 

***Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe 
that you are one God in three divine Persons,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
I believe that your divine Son became man 
and died for our sins and that he will come 
to judge the living and the dead. 
I believe these and all the truths 
which the Holy Catholic Church teaches
because you have revealed them 
who are eternal truth and wisdom, 
who can neither deceive nor be deceived. 
In this faith I intend to live and die. 

Act of Hope

O Lord God, 
I hope by your grace for the pardon 
of all my sins
and after life here to gain eternal happiness
because you have promised it 
who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, 
and merciful. 
In this hope I intend to live and die. 

Act of Love

O Lord God, I love you above all things 
and I love my neighbor for your sake 
because you are the highest, infinite and perfect
good, worthy of all my love. 
In this love I intend to live and die. 

Prayers excerpted from the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. . . , © Copyright 2005 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 

Prophets of a Future Not Our Own - Cardinal Dearden / 1979 - QUOTED BY POPE FRANCIS, 21 December 2015

Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. 

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No program accomplishes the Church's mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own. 
This prayer was first presented by Cardinal Dearden in 1979 and quoted by Pope Francis in 2015. This reflection is an excerpt from a homily written for Cardinal Dearden by then-Fr. Ken Untener on the occasion of the Mass for Deceased Priests, October 25, 1979. Pope Francis quoted Cardinal Dearden in his remarks to the Roman Curia on December 21, 2015. Fr. Untener was named bishop of Saginaw, Michigan, in 1980.

Chaplet to Our Lady of Mercy - THREE DECADE ROSARY

Chaplet to Our Lady of Mercy

                (consists of three decades)
In the beginning:
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; our life, our sweetness and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
On the large beads:
Mary, Mother of Grace and Mother of Mercy, protect us from our enemies and receive us at the hour of death.
On the small beads:
Mary, Mother of Mercy, obtain mercy for us from your Son (10x).
In conclusion:
Concluding Prayer You open your arms wide before us, Most Merciful Mother, and extend your hands filled with every grace and gift. Your motherly heart longs to bestow on us everything that we need. Encouraged by your goodness, we turn to you with confidence. Obtain for us, Mother, all that we need. But above all, by your powerful intercession to help us guard our purity and intercession, grant that we guard our chastity and innocence; that we faithfully and perseveringly nurture a childlike love toward you; and that we bear in our heart the image of your Son’s Heart. May that Heart protect us, guide us, and lead us to everlasting light. Amen.