Friday, December 23, 2011

Message from the World Apostolate of Fatima for Christmas

Glory to God in the highest;
and peace on earth to men of good will.


May the Divine Infant of Bethlehem,
Whom we adore and acknowledge to be our Sovereign Lord,
come and take birth in our hearts;
And may the message His Holy Mother delivered to the world at Fatima in 1917 soon be taken to heart by all so that the peace on earth wished for mankind by the angels at Bethlehem and echoed by the Angel of Peace at Fatima may finally come to our world and the salvation of souls be achieved.

A very blessed and merry Christmas to all.
The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA
"Our Lady's Blue Army"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

History Channel Airs Fatima Message


From the World Apostolate of Fatima, An Association of Pontifical Right

Watch or Record the International History Channel (H2) on Thursday for a full hour on Fatima on secular TV. Look for the Nostradamus Effect: Fatima's Lost Prophecy, this is a one hour segment of a 13 part series that has aired many times on the US History Channel. Showings by time zone are: ET 1pm, 7pm, CT 12pm, 6pm, MT 11am, 5pm, PT 1pm, 7pm.

Featuring from the Apostolate: Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, Spiritual Advisor, Michael La Corte, Executive Director, Deacon Bob Ellis, National Coordinator and International Secretariats Nuno Prazares and Ana Reis.

The show has nothing to do with Nostradamus but delivers the message around the world to many who don't know Our Lady of Fatima's message of Hope. We look forward to hearing your comments. Please email us at soul@bluearmy.com


Enjoy and Share,
Mike



Excerpt from the History Channel Description:

In 1917, three young shepherd children from the small town of Fatima, Portugal, claim to be instruments of divine prophecy. The children report being visited by the Virgin Mary. Three haunting visions of death and destruction are revealed, but the children are forbidden to give details. Two of the children die within three years of receiving their visions. The third, Lucia, shares the three "secrets" with the Vatican. The Vatican debates the girl's stories.

Could three children from a poor town have really been touched by divinity? And what of the visions? Lucia claimed the first vision revealed souls burning in a fiery hell. The second foretold the outbreak of World War II and the dangers of Communism. But the third was guarded closely by the Vatican until the year 2000. The final Fatima prophecy revealed an angel with a flaming sword setting the world on fire.





Michael La Corte

Executive Director

World Apostolate of Fatima, USA

674 Mountain View Rd E.
Asbury NJ 08802
visit us at: www.wafusa.org

Friday, October 14, 2011

WAF Honolulu Division - Annual Rosary in the Park

Thanks to a lovely and dedicated woman, Josephine and of course, her many assistants, we were blessed to have another wonderful afternoon of Rosary in the Park.  This is a local annual event to commemorate Our Lady of Fatima's last apparition on October 13, 1917.  This year was extra special as our dear Bishop Larry joined the faithful in honoring our beautiful blessed mother!  It was also the first time a shower of blessing (rain) fell while the sun was still shining.  It reminded me of what the people must have experienced the day the sun danced.

The gathering started with our bishop leading us in prayer.  Then that was followed by the procession around the park.  Our Lady's statue was crowned with a beautiful Haku lei and roses.  We then chanted the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m. or a little past that time.  We prayed the Luminous Mysteries...mostly in the rain and then we renewed our total Consecration (St. Louis de Montfort).  The bishop gave his final blessing and we all left...very happy participants in a very joyful event. 

The following are some photos from the Rosary gathering.   

Bishop Larry's arrival
Deacon Vince and Bishop Larry
The Gathering and a Prayer
Crucifix leads the Procession Honoring Our Lady
Followed by Bishop Larry and Josephine
A large group of the faithful came
The World Apostolate of Fatima, Honolulu Division Banner in the Procession
The Crowning of Our Lady
Bishop brings flowers to the Fairest

The Fairest
The Divine Mercy image
The Divine Mercy Chaplet...chanted
The Five Luminous Mysteries led by Bishop Larry
Rosary in the Rain
Faithful Father and Son Praying the Rosary
Bishop's Final Blessing
Filmmaker and photographer yesterday...Venny V.
The World Apostolate of Fatima - Honolulu Diocese Division

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour


Friday, October, 7th - Broadcast Live on EWTN
10 am- EST 7am PACIFIC - ENCORES 4 pm EST 1 pm PACIFIC
Check your Local Listing


Thousands of Youngsters to Offer Mary a Golden Rose



ST. PAUL, Minnesota, SEPT. 27, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Thousands of children will gather at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, [0.8327759197324415] D.C., next month to offer Our Lady a "Golden Rose" and to pray before the Holy Eucharist.

The youngsters will represent children from 140 nations who will participate Oct. 7 in the 9th annual Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour, which will be broadcast live around the world on Eternal [0.5768261964735516] World Television Network (EWTN), and translated for Spanish-speaking countries.


The "Holy Hour unites children around the world before the Blessed Sacrament to console the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and to pray for the families of the world, a mission entrusted to them by Blessed John Paul II in his Christmas Letter to the World's Children, in 1994, at the close of the International Year of the Family."


Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans will preside at the main event in the basilica, which is co-sponsored by Children of the Eucharist, the children's program of the World Apostolate of Fatima, and the Holy Childhood Association.



A growing number of dioceses, parishes and schools on every continent are participating in the event every year, according to Connie Schneider, founder and international chairwoman.

She added, "This global Holy Hour gathers our children before the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to console him, as requested by the Angel of Peace at Fatima, and to pray for our own families and the families of the world."

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Check out the World Apostolate of Fatima's New Website


You are in for a treat when you click here. Please be patient while page loads.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Annual Public Rosary in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima

Public Rosary on October 13, 2010

On October 13th we honor the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (October 13, 1917) by holding a public rosary. Please join the World Apostolate of Fatima, Honolulu Division, the Legion of Mary and all faithful Catholics in praying the Holy Rosary in a public forum...Thomas Square Park, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The program is as follows:

2:30 p.m. Assembly

2:45 p.m. Procession and Coronation

3:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy (Chanted)

3:20 p.m. The Most Holy Rosary

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

EWTN TV - Deacon Bob Ellis with Fr. Mitch Pacwa

WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA, USA
A Pontifical Association of the Faithful

EWTN TV - Deacon Bob Ellis with Fr. Mitch Pacwa


Deacon Bob Ellis, the National Coordinator for the World Apostolate of Fatima, Our Lady's Blue Army, will be Fr. Mitch Pacwa's guest on EWTN Live tomorrow Wednesday August 10th at 8:00 pm Eastern 5:00pm Pacific.



Check your local listings, record it, watch it and pass the word!



"Fatima... More Important Now than Ever" Pope John Paul II

Learn, Live and Spread Our Lady of Fatima's Message of Hope to a World in Great Need!



The World Apostolate of Fatima is an Association of Pontifical Right present in over 100 countries. It is the only organization given Ecclesiastical Authority to speak on the Message of Fatima and the mission by the Catholic Church to help people, Learn, Live, and Spread Our Lady of Fatima's Message of Hope.



Visit www.wafusa.org for more information.



For more information about "Fatima Prayer Everywhere,"

Visit: FatimaPrayerEverywhere
Email: prayer@bluearmy.com

Saturday, June 18, 2011

FATIMA IN FOCUS


Picture source

By Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Used with permission.

On May 13 the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
Like the apparitions of Our Lady at Guadalupe and at Lourdes, her apparitions at Fatima are known far and wide across the world in both religious and secular circles. To appreciate more clearly the impact of Mary’s appearances at Fatima, it is important for us to know something about the conditions in Portugal at the time of the appearances in 1917. The events need to be placed in historical context.

The historical, political, social circumstances
For centuries Portugal had distinguished itself by its zeal for the spread of the Christian faith. But in the eighteenth century the government was influenced by anti-religious ideas and, from that time, Freemasonry set about de-Christianizing the country. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the moral and religious situation in Portugal was abysmal. In 1911, the separation of Church and State became official. The years from 1910 to 1913 were years of terror: priests and bishops were imprisoned or exiled; religious orders were suppressed; almost all the seminaries were closed and confiscated; missions languished or were abandoned. Freemasonry was in control. From 1910 to 1926 Portugal experienced 16 revolutions with 40 changes of government officials.

The apparitions and their message
Then, on May 13, 1917, a shining Lady appeared to three little shepherds near Fatima, a Portuguese village. They were Jacinta, seven years old; Francisco, her brother, nine years old; their cousin, Lucia, ten years old. The brilliant Lady encouraged them to pray the rosary, a summary of the Gospel, and to offer acts of penance. Then she asked them to return on the 13th of the next five months. The children were faithful in coming, except for August 13, for the mayor, a Mason, had them imprisoned at that time. He had threatened to cast them into a caldron of boiling oil if they did not reveal the secret confided to them by the Lady.
At each meeting, the Lady revealed to them a little more of God’s designs. She foretold future misfortunes which they were to keep secret for the time being, and which were recently revealed by the sole survivor, Lucia. These had to do with an even more terrible war than the current one of 1914-1918. The Lady asked for the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for only through her could the aid of God come to the world. On the last apparition, that of October 13, she promised a great miracle which everyone would be able to see.

Curiosity drew ever larger numbers that accompanied the little visionaries to each meeting: there were some 25,000 to 30,000 on September 13; about 70,000 on October 13.
That day, on which the great miracle promised by the Virgin Mary was to take place, rain poured all morning. The crowd was soaked. But at noon the skies cleared. Mary appeared to the three shepherds and revealed her name: Lady of the Rosary. She asked that people be converted and pray. Then, in the sight of the 70,000 spectators, the sun, which had just appeared through the clouds, began to rotate or spin three times. Each rotation lasted three or four minutes, illuminating the trees, the crowd, the earth, with all the colors of a rainbow. Then it zigzagged in the sky and descended as though to fall into the crowd. People fell to the ground crying for mercy. Then the sun returned to its proper place. The spectators noticed that their clothes were completely dry.

News of this miracle, witnessed by 70,000 people, including a number hostile to religion, spread like wildfire throughout Portugal and made a tremendous impression. The material miracle was but a sign of another miracle, the enlightenment of souls and the conversion of the country.

The aftermath
Less than two weeks after the last apparition, a first sign of a new attitude manifested itself in the protest by an influential antichristian newspaper against a sacrilegious attack by a group of sectarians at Fatima. In 1918, the bishops were recalled from exile and were able to hold a meeting at Lisbon. The military chaplaincy was reinstated and relations with the Holy See reestablished. At that point, the Masonic lodges had the president of the Republic of Portugal assassinated. They sought to reinstate the control of the anticlericals, but their efforts failed.

In 1926, the first National Council was held. In 1928, the renowned Oliveira Salazar rose to power. He was an outstanding Catholic and a great statesman, the providential man for the financial, civil, political, and religious restoration of Portugal.

Come 1936, a new great danger menaced the land. The Russian Bolshevists decided to establish atheistic communism in Spain and Portugal in order to spread it more successfully in the east and in the west, throughout all Christian Europe. We know what success they had in Spain. Portugal seemed unable to resist their activity, organized with satanic cleverness. To dispel the danger, the bishops saw salvation only in the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1936, they promised, by what was termed an anticommunist oath, to make a pilgrimage of the entire nation to Fatima if Portugal were preserved from the peril which was threatening it.
While, on the other side of the frontier in Spain, the “Reds” were massacring, profaning, pillaging, burning priests and men and women religious and churches and convents, trying to extirpate the last vestiges of Christianity, Portugal enjoyed the most profound peace. And so, in 1938, an enormous pilgrimage of a half-million faithful was on route to Fatima to thank the Virgin for her miraculous protection.

In 1940, Portugal signed with the Holy See the most perfect concordat, from the Christian point of view, ever signed in recent times. The faith is proclaimed throughout the entire country with pride, the sacraments are frequented, Catholic Action flourished, ecclesiastical vocations multiplied. In eight years the number of religious had quadrupled. In keeping with the prediction of the Virgin at Fatima, the Second World War was much more horrible than the first. Yet, though most of the nations of the world were involved in the indescribable calamities and anguish, Portugal continued with its tranquil life under the protection of Mary.

The Church’s action
The ecclesiastical inquiry into the facts of Fatima was opened in November of 1917. However, because of circumstances, a verdict was rendered only thirteen years later, on October 13, 1930. Meanwhile, pilgrimages continued to arrive, always more numerous, and usually on the 13th of each month. Cures were taking place. In 1926, a board of review was established similar to the one at Lourdes. More than a thousand cures, scientifically unexplainable had been registered by 1955.

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, the ecclesiastical authority judged the moment suitable for revealing in part what Our Lady of the Rosary had asked Lucia to keep secret for the time being.

In his radio message of October 31, 1942, to the pilgrims gathered at Fatima, Pope Pius XII consecrated the Church and the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He renewed this consecration the following December 8 in Rome. The bishops of the whole world also made this consecration for their individual dioceses on March 28, 1943. We know that the Pope Pius XII confided to Cardinal Tedeschini that he himself had seen the solar phenomenon on October 30 and 31, and on November 1 and 8, 1954, on the occasion of the definition of the dogma of the Assumption.

The impact of Fatima
The message of Fatima has been heard in Portugal, and Mary’s goodness has marvelously repaid it. Has it been heard in the rest of the world? Certainly not enough. Otherwise wars among nations by armies, and “cold wars,” and fratricides within countries would have ended long ago.
However, not all have turned a deaf ear. The message of Fatima has been received in part, at least, by a great number of Christians. Devotion to the rosary continues to gain favor and reaches into many countries. As has been said, all the dioceses of the world have been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the bishops. The visits of the Pilgrim Virgin statues have been received with tremendous enthusiasm not only by Catholic populations, but by Protestants and Muslims as well.

The message of Fatima has moved many and has contributed to making our era an Age of Mary. It has not spoken its final word. What that word will be depends on the cooperation which Our Lady of Fatima receives from us. She extends this call and invitation to each of us.

The words of Franz Werfel about Lourdes apply also to Fatima: “For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.”

Thursday, May 5, 2011

EWTN Live Mysteries of the Virgin Mary Fr Pacwa with Fr Peter Came...

Month of May: The Humility of Mary and Praying the Memorare for Vocations


In a pastoral letter on Mary's Humilty, Cardinal Carberry recommended that we pray the Memorare daily during the month of May, for more vocations.

Month of May: Humility of Mary and Praying the Memorare for Vocations.

I would ask that all we all join in praying this prayer for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Monday, May 2, 2011

WAF Position Regarding a Third Secret Email Being forwarded


A friend forwarded me an email with the following title: "LUCIA REVEALS THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA THE THIRD SECRET, AT LAST, IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!"

I indicated that I would check it out with WAF. The following is the response I received from Deacon Bob Ellis of the World Apostolate of Fatima.

"...The position of the World Apostolate of Fatima with regard to the “Secret of Fatima” is identical with the official position of Holy Mother Church as delineated in the attached** official Church document produced by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith when then Cardinal Ratzinger was its prefect.



Although your devout Catholic friend is, no doubt, sincere in her intentions, the information contained in her email does not, in many ways, mesh with to official position of Holy Mother Church. I highly recommend you share the CDF Document with her and urge her to share it with others rather than continuing to share the content of her email to you..."

**Instead of attaching, please click here.

"Bring Flowers of the Fairest" and May Crowning Invitation



Mahalo to Lisa Graas for sharing this rare video.

BTW, there will be a May Crowning this Saturday (the day before Mother's day) at Sacred Heart Church. It begins at 10:00am. There will be a procession, the faithful will honor our lady with flowers, we will crown our lady and then we will pray the Rosary. This is one of the beautiful songs that is sung.

Please feel free to bring flowers or leis for our dear blessed Mother.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Reminder: The Divine Mercy Novena Begins on Good Friday and Local Divine Mercy Invitation

Join us for the official inauguration of The Blessed Pope John Paul II Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph's Church in Waipahu
DATE: May 1, 2011 Divine Mercy Sunday
TIME: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
LOCATION: St. Joseph's Church
94-675 Farrington Highway, Waipahu

SCHEDULE:
2:00 pm Visit the Parish Hall for Eucharistic Adoration
and Divine Mercy Materials

2:30 pm Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy Prayers

3:00 pm Holy Mass to be officiated by Bishop Larry Silva
with the LaSalette priests concelebrating
Eucharistic Procession after the Mass

4:00 pm Refreshments in Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Special Announcement - Divine Mercy Novena


I just received the following email from John-Paul who recently organized the novena for Pope Benedict XVI's birthday:

I can't wait to tell you about this exciting prayer intention for the Divine Mercy Novena!

This Friday is both Good Friday AND the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena! 

I hope you're as excited as I am about praying this Novena! Not only is it Divine Mercy, but we have a special intention too!

Click here to see what our special Divine Mercy Novena Intention will be!

You and I are going to be praying with over 2,400 people in the PrayMoreNovenas community and with a multitude of people around the world!

I'm looking forward to it. Are you?

God bless you!

   John-Paul

P.S. Not only is it a very important and powerful novena that was given to St. Faustina by Jesus, but we also have a very special intention to go along with this novena! Click here to see what it is!



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Campaign to pray rosary on Saturdays boosts support for WYD 2011 in Madrid

Monday, April 18, 2011

Local Event - An Invitation to 2 Important Events for the Feast of Dvine Mercy

The following is from Josephine Yu, co-coordinator of the WAF, Honolulu Division:
His Excellency, Bishop Larry Silva with the witnessing of Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona on April 23, 2006, Mercy Sunday, dedicated our Diocese and the Islands of Hawaii to Divine Mercy. A heavenly inspired move courageously taken up by our Bishop.

Now ours is the responsibility to apply, promote and disseminate the messages of Divine Mercy, Chaplets, Novena and Acts of Love and Mercy.

As we affirm: JESUS, WE TRUST IN YOU.

1. Hour of Mercy Preparation for the Feast of Divine Mercy

Church: Blessed sacrament Church
2124 Pauoa Road

Good Friday to Saturday after Easter
Divine Mercy Novena
April 22 to April 20, 2011

April 22,2:20PM - 1st Day - Good Friday
April 23, 2:45PM - 2nd Day - Holy Saturday
Novena & Prayers only during Triduum

April 24 to April 30, 2011
2:45PM 3rd Day till the 9th Day
Novena with Mass
at the Hour of Mercy

Jesus said: "By this Novena [of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls."

The Three o'clock Hour..."This the hour of Great Mercy for the whole world...at this Hour I will refuse nothing to the soul hat makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion, providing it is compatible to My Will."

(Image of Divine Mercy & Other Religious Items Available for Purchase. Proceeds to go to Bishop's Diocesan Projects).

2. Hour of Mercy Celebration for the Feast of Divine Mercy

Church: Star of the Sea Church
4469 Malia Street
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

2:00 PM Divine Mercy Assembly
2:15 PM Divine Mercy Holy Hour
3:00 PM Hour of Mercy Prayer/Holy Mass - Fr. Mark Del Rosario Concelebrants welcome
4:00 PM Blessing of Divine Mercy images

The Image of Divine Mercy is to be ceremoniously blessed. The Image should be exposed to all taking part in the celebration and an image may be left in a position that all can touch and say:

"Jesus, I Trust in You."

*Bring your own images for blessing on this Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011

"I desire that priests proclaim this great Mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners. Let the sinner not be afraid to approach Me, the Flames of Mercy are burning Me - clamoring to be spent; I want to pour them out upon these souls." [Diary 50]

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Novena for the Pope, Day 9 -Happy Birthday Pope Benedict XVI

Happy Birthday Pope Benedict! Today is the big day!

I want to say a big THANK YOU on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI! I'm sure that our prayers together are benefiting the Pope, the Church and ourselves!

Novena Prayers

Jesus, we pray for our beloved Pope and for his intentions. We pray for his personal intentions and for his April prayer intentions for the entire Church. In solidarity with the Universal Church, we ask that you grant this intention: "That the Church may offer new generations, through the believable proclamation of the Gospel, ever-new reasons of life and hope."

Heavenly Father, you commanded that we make disciples of all nations. We pray for this missionary intention given to us by the Pope: "That missionaries, with the proclamation of the Gospel and their witness of life, may bring Christ to all those who do not yet know Him."

Heavenly Father, we pray for Pope Benedict XVI as this year's World Youth Day approaches. We pray for a New Evangelization of the youth through this year's World Youth Day. Please bless all who attend and all who follow the events from afar. Give your servant Benedict XVI the words to bring all those in attendance closer to Christ.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
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Thank you so much for all you have done for this novena! By my count, we ended up with much fewer than 84,000 novenas. However, we really did get thousands of faithful people praying for the Pope!

The next novena is the Divine Mercy Novena starting on Good Friday. I'll let you know more about that soon!

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

P.S. I hope you're looking forward to the Divine Mercy Novena as a great way to celebrate the resurrection! It starts on April 22nd!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 8 - Pope Benedict's Birthday Novena

The Pope wants you to pray for these intentions. Every month, Pope Benedict XVI specifies two prayer intentions. So, today and tomorrow we will pray for his two intentions for the month of April as we continue to pray for the Pope's birthday!

Novena Prayers

Jesus, we pray for our beloved Pope and for his intentions. We pray for his personal intentions and for his April prayer intentions for the entire Church. In solidarity with the Universal Church, we ask that you grant this intention: "That the Church may offer new generations, through the believable proclamation of the Gospel, ever-new reasons of life and hope."

Heavenly Father, we pray for Pope Benedict XVI as this year's World Youth Day approaches. We pray for a New Evangelization of the youth through this year's World Youth Day. Please bless all who attend and all who follow the events from afar. Give your servant Benedict XVI the words to bring all those in attendance closer to Christ.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
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Remember to keep the Pope in your prayers as we get closer to his Birthday! Let's finish strong with this novena!

(Remember to check out the Pope's latest book on Jesus here: Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. II )

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

P.S. Oh, and if you haven't read Jesus of Nazareth Vol. I, you can find it here -> Ignatius Press

P.P.S. We have another novena coming up right after this one... I know it's soon, but I think you're going to be up for it!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 7 - Pope Benedict's Birthday Novena

Have you ever been to World Youth Day?  I know a lot of young people heading to Madrid this summer to celebrate their Catholic faith and see Pope Benedict XVI. So, let's pray today for World Youth Day and the Pope's interaction with the young people in the world.

Novena Prayers

Heavenly Father, we pray for Pope Benedict XVI as this year's World Youth Day approaches. We pray for a New Evangelization of the youth through this year's World Youth Day. Please bless all who attend and all who follow the events from afar. Give your servant Benedict XVI the words to bring all those in attendance closer to Christ.

Jesus, you gave to us a great Pope in Benedict XVI. You blessed him with wisdom, insight and intelligence to help guide your Church on an intellectual level. We pray for his ministry as a teacher specifically through his writing. We pray that his writings about you will reach the whole world with your saving message. We pray for a deeper understanding of our faith through the Pope's writings.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
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In case you missed it last time, you can find the Pope's latest book on Jesus here:Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. II I'm planning on reading it soon, you should join me!

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

P.S. If you're interested in more of the Pope's works, you can find them at his North American publisher's website. Click here -> Ignatius Press

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Novena for the Pope, Day 6

Benedict XVI is a prolific author. His writings are inspirational, educational and powerful for the faithful. Today let us pray for the promulgation of Benedict XVI's writings to more and more people around the world. Let us pray that more Catholics will be attentive to what our Holy Father has to teach us about Christ and let us pray for more non-Catholics to be drawn into the beauty of the faith through his writings. (If you're interested, you can find the Pope's latest book on Jesus here:Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. II)

Novena Prayers

Jesus, you gave to us a great Pope in Benedict XVI. You blessed him with wisdom, insight and intelligence to help guide your Church on an intellectual level. We pray for his ministry as a teacher specifically through his writing. We pray that his writings about you will reach the whole world with your saving message. We pray for a deeper understanding of our faith through the Pope's writings.

Dear Lord, your servant Benedict has given his life for the Church and for You. Please protect his health as he grows older in his pontificate so that he can lead your us, your Church with vitality.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
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Let's all start to read more of the Pope's works! You can start here with his latest book: Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. II

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

P.S. If you're interested in more of the Pope's works, you can find them at his North American publisher's website. Click here -> Ignatius Press

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 5 - Pope Benedict's Birthday Novena

We are past half way to completing our birthday gift for Papa Benedict. Let's keep going and praying for his Holiness the Pope!

Novena Prayers

Dear Lord, your servant Benedict has given his life for the Church and for You. Please protect his health as he grows older in his pontificate so that he can lead your us, your Church with vitality.

Prince of Peace, we come to you today to ask for your grace of peace for our Holy Father. There are many problems in the world and in the Church that he must address everyday. We beg you for peace in the world, peace in our hearts as we face the brokenness of a fallen world and peace for the Pope as he shepherds your Church.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
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Long live the Pope! Remember to pray for the Pope today! I hope you have a blessed day!

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 4 - Pope Benedict's Birthday Novena

It's day 4 of the novena for the Pope! Let's pray today for his health. Pope Benedict XVI is not as young as he once was. At 84 he's still quite proactive which is pretty amazing. However, we need to pray that he stays healthy and strong so that he can lead the Church for many more years to come. Long Live the Pope!

Novena Prayers

Dear Lord, your servant Benedict has given his life for the Church and for You. Please protect his health as he grows older in his pontificate so that he can lead your us, your Church with vitality.

Prince of Peace, we come to you today to ask for your grace of peace for our Holy Father. There are many problems in the world and in the Church that he must address everyday. We beg you for peace in the world, peace in our hearts as we face the brokenness of a fallen world and peace for the Pope as he shepherds your Church.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
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Long live the Pope! Remember to pray for the Pope today! I hope you have a blessed day!

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 3 - Pope Benedict's Birthday Novena

t's the Lord's day and it's time to pray... for the Pope! His birthday is coming up soon and he needs all the prayers he can get. Today, let us pray for peace. Our Holy Father is constantly reminding the world to pray for and work for peace. He is at times the lone voice for peace among world leaders. So, today let us pray together with thousands of the faithful for his intention of peace for the world but also for God's peace to rest in the heart of Pope Benedict.

Novena Prayers

Prince of Peace, we come to you today to ask for your grace of peace for our Holy Father. There are many problems in the world and in the Church that he must address everyday. We beg you for peace in the world, peace in our hearts as we face the brokenness of a fallen world and peace for the Pope as he shepherds your Church.

Heavenly father, Your Providence guides the Church and the successor to St. Peter, Pope Benedict XVI. May he be protected at all times from spiritual attacks so that he may lead Your Church to greater holiness and unity through your Holy Spirit.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
-------

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Pray for the Pope today! I hope you have a blessed day!

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Birthday Novena for the Pope, Day 2

Let's pray today for the spiritual protection of the Pope. As you may know, those who are in positions of leadership of the Church are often under the most spiritual attack. The Pope is, I am sure, the biggest target of the devil. So, let's pray together for his protection by the Blood of Christ.

Novena Prayers

Heavenly father, Your Providence guides the Church and the successor to St. Peter, Pope Benedict XVI. May he be protected at all times from spiritual attacks so that he may lead Your Church to greater holiness and unity through your Holy Spirit.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
-------

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Pray for the Pope today! I hope you have a blessed day!

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

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Friday, April 8, 2011

First Day of Pope Benedict XVI's Birthday Novena


Birthday Novena for the Pope, Day 1


Today is the first day of the novena for the Pope! Are you ready to pray?

Thank you so much for praying for our beloved Holy Father. I'm sure he greatly appreciates the gift of prayer for his birthday!

Let's pray together specifically for his intentions today. Let us pray that his wisdom and guidance of the Church is rooted always in an unshakeable faith in Jesus Christ. Join me in this gift of 9 days of prayer for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI!

Novena Prayers

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]
Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …
Amen.
-------

Remember to keep the Pope in your prayers today! I hope you have a blessed day!

God Bless You,

  John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

First Saturday Devotion

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On June 13, 1917, when she appeared to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, the Most Holy Mother of God told Lucia dos Santos, " Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and these souls will be loved by God like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne."

The next month, on July 13, the Blessed Virgin Mary showed the children a terrifying vision of hell. Then she said, "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save the, God wishes to establish int he world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace...I shall come to ask for...the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays..."

Our Lady came to Lucia again as she promised, on December 10, 1925, with the Child Jesus in the Dorothean convent at Pontevedra, Spain. She revealed a heart encircled by thorns. The Child Jesus said: "Have compassion on the heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation."

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Conditions:

Our Lady spoke next, saying: "Look, my daughter, at my heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for fifteen minutes while mediating on fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."
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Why Five Saturdays:

Christians have always honored the Blessed Virgin on Saturday because of her constant faith in Jesus on that first Holy Saturday before the Resurrection.

According to Sister Lucia, five first Saturdays of reparation were requested to atone for the ways people offend the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

1. attacks upon Mary's Immaculate Conception;
2. attacks against her Perpetual Virginity;
3. attacks upon her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all mankind;
4. for those who try to publicly implant children's hearts indifference, contempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother and
5. for those who insult her directly in her sacred images.

Source: World Apostolate of Fatima, USA

Printed with ecclesiastical permission 6/05

The World Apostolate of Fatima Spiritual Guide for the Salvation of Souls and World Peace
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