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First, a word about the Traditional Latin Mass:

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most important prayer for Catholics and it has been in use continuously since it was instituted by Jesus Christ Himself at the Last Supper. It is not to be confused with the Novus Ordo Mass which, although valid, was confected at the time of the Second Vatican Council with the aid of six Protestant advisers in order that it should be acceptable to Protestants as part of a move towards ecumenism, and which has only existed since the time of that Council.

The Latin Mass Society's national "Schedule of Latin Masses" lists some of the Traditional Latin Masses available at this link:

http://www.lms.org.uk/find-a-mass/mass-listings .

Traditional Latin Masses are also provided by the Fraternal Society of Saint Pius X (the SSPX) who are striving to keep alive the traditions of the Catholic Church as upheld by the Popes through the centuries prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Pope Benedict XVI has said publicly that the SSPX is not in schism, the Sacraments administered by its priests are entirely valid, and attending Masses offered by its priests meets the obligation placed on Catholics.  Here is a link to the Traditional Latin Masses offered by the SSPX:

http://www.sspx.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=72&Itemid=55


The Sign of The Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

The Creed:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one being with the Father.
Through Him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven:
All bow
for the next three lines
by the power of the Holy Spirit
He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

The Gloria:
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
 Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Confiteor:
I confess to Almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault.
(All strike their breast)
In my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessèd Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Amen.

The Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve,
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us,
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessèd fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
oh clement, oh loving, oh sweet Virgin Mary.
Amen.

The Angelical Salutation: (the Hail Mary):
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessèd art thou amongst women,
and blessèd is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

The Rosary:

Traditionally, the five Joyful Mysteries are said on Mondays and Thursdays and on the Sundays in Advent. 
The five Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesdays and Fridays and the Sundays of Lent. 
The five Glorious Mysteries are said on Wednesdays and Saturdays and all the other Sundays of the Year.

There are virtues to be prayed for when saying the Rosary and they are as follows:

During the five joyful Mysteries:

1st Mystery: Humility
2nd: Divine charity
3rd: A spirit of holy poverty and detachment
4th: Purity
5th: Holy zeal

During the five sorrowful Mysteries:

1st Mystery: Resignation to the divine will
2nd: Mortification of the flesh
3rd: Mortification of the thoughts and passions
4th: To bear the Cross
5th: To die to sin

During the five glorious Mysteries:

1st Mystery: Conversion of heart
2nd: Divine hope
3rd: The gifts of the Holy Ghost
4th: A holy death
5th: Union with Our Lord in heaven.

These are the 15 Promises Our Lady gave for praying the Most Holy Rosary:

•  Whoever shall faithfully serve Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.

•  I promise My special protection and the greatest graces to all who shall recite the Rosary.

•  The Rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

•  It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

•  The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.

•  Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

•  Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

•  Those who are faithful in reciting the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

•  I shall deliver from purgatory, those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

•  The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

•  You shall obtain all you ask of Me by the recitation of the Rosary.

•  All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in their necessities.

•  I have obtained from My Divine Son, that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors, the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

•  All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of My only son Jesus Christ.

•  Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

The five Joyful Mysteries are:

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Birth of our Lord in the stable at Bethlehem
  4. The Presentation at the Temple
  5. The Finding in the Temple.

The five Sorrowful Mysteries are:

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion of our Lord.

The five Glorious Mysteries are:

  1. The Resurrection of our Lord
  2. The Ascension into Heaven
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption of our Lady
  5. The Coronation of our Lady.

On the first single bead, say the "Our Father" and call to mind the first Mystery.

On each of the next ten beads, say the "Hail Mary" whilst contemplating the Mystery.

On the next single bead, say the "Gloria". This is the end of the first decade.

At the end of each decade say the invocation:

“Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need”.

Then call to mind the second Mystery, and say the "Our Father".

On each of the next ten beads, say the "Hail Mary" whilst contemplating the Mystery.

On the next single bead, say the "Gloria", then the invocation, and then call to mind the third Mystery, and say the "Our Father".

On each of the next ten beads, say the "Hail Mary" whilst contemplating the Mystery.

On the next single bead, say the "Gloria", then the invocation, and then call to mind the fourth Mystery, and say the "Our Father".

On each of the next ten beads, say the "Hail Mary" whilst contemplating the Mystery.

On the next single bead, say the "Gloria", then the invocation, and then call to mind the fifth Mystery, and say the "Our Father".

On each of the next ten beads, say the "Hail Mary" whilst contemplating the Mystery.

On the final single bead, say the "Gloria", then the invocation.

Then say one "Our Father", three "Hail Mary"s and the "Gloria" for the Pope's intentions.

After reciting the Rosary:

H ail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessèd fruit of thy womb, Jesus, oh clement, oh loving, oh sweet Virgin Mary.
Amen.

O h God, whose only begotten Son,
by His life, death and resurrection,
hast purchased for us the rewards of eternal life,
grant we beseech Thee,
that meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy rosary,
we may both imitate what they contain,
and obtain what they promise,
through the same Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

An Act of Contrition:
O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins,
and detest them above all things,
because they deserve thy dreadful punishments,
because they have crucified my loving Saviour Jesus Christ,
and most of all because they offend thine infinite goodness;
and I firmly resolve, by the help of thy grace,
never to offend thee again,
and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin.
Amen.

A Prayer for England (to be recited daily):

O Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother,
look down in mercy upon England, thy Dowry,
and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee.
By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and hope, was given unto the world;
and He has given thee to us that we may hope still more.
Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful mother.
Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son.
Pray for us all, dear mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home.

Amen.

The "Gloria Patri":
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.
Amen.

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The Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy: As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.


 

The Nine First Friday and the Five First Saturday Devotions
 
Those involved in any form of Catholic Action, will be only too aware of the growing threats facing those who wish to remain faithful to traditional Catholic teaching and practice.  Obviously, prayer must accompany the action that all Catholics, by virtue of their baptism, are called to take in order to defend and promote our glorious Faith.  Our Blessed Lord, in revelations to St Margaret Mary Alacoque at Paray-le-Monial in France, and Our Blessed Lady, in revelations to the Fatima seer Sr. Lucia at Pontevedra in Spain, have given us most efficacious forms of prayer in order to overcome these threats, save our souls and help save other souls - namely, the devotions of the Nine First Fridays in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Five First Saturdays in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 
 
The Nine First Fridays
 
Our Blessed Lord appeared to St Margaret Mary on many occasions.  Four apparitions, known as the "Great Revelations" took place between 1673 and 1675.  During these revelations, Our Blessed Lord requested the following:-
  • The institution of a Holy Hour in memory of His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (St Margaret Mary was asked to do this from 11pm to midnight on Thursday nights; a practice we could imitate).
  • A Communion of Reparation to be received on the First Friday of each month.
  • A Feast in honour of His Sacred Heart, to be kept on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi.
  • Consecration to His Sacred Heart.
Our Blessed Lord gave twelve promises to St Margaret Mary for souls who would practice devotion to His Sacred Heart:- 
  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their homes.
  3. I will console them in all their afflictions.
  4. I will be their secure refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
  5. I shall bestow abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and ocean of infinite mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall rise rapidly to a high degree of perfection.
  9. I will bless every place where an image of my Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
  10. I will give to priests the power to touch the hardest hearts.
  11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
  12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Communion on the First Friday of every month, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance, and that they shall not die without receiving the Sacraments, and that My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in that last moment.
A concrete way in which to practise this devotion, can be found in the book "The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus" by Fr John Croiset SJ (TAN books ISBN 0-89555-334-1).  The sleeve notes from the book state the following:- "Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is not "just another book on the Sacred Heart devotion", but it can be truly said to be the book on this devotion.  Written by the spiritual director of St Margaret Mary (1647-1690), the book comes from the pen of a man intimately familiar with every aspect of the revelations given by Our Lord to this famous saint; thus, the book is actually the "key" to understanding the importance and the centrality of the Sacred Heart devotion for our lives as true Catholics . . . Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was actually commissioned by Our Lord Himself through St Margaret Mary, and as the author neared completion of it, the Saint told him that Our Lord said it was so completely in accord with His wishes that it would never be necessary to make any change in it.  Later she revealed to Fr Croiset that it was Our Lord Himself who had inspired him with the ideas in this book and that it was so pleasing to Him that "none other but Himself could have arranged everything so much to His wishes". 
 
The Five First Saturdays
 
The following is taken from Sister Lucia's memoirs (she is writing in the third person).  The events took place at her convent in Pontevedra, Spain:-
 
"On December 10th 1925 the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her (Sr Lucia) and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was a child.  The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her (Sr Lucia's) shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled with thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.  At the same time, the Child 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 to remove them."  Then the Most Holy Virgin said; Look, My Daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.  You at least try to console me, and announce that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with 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 meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me." 
 
A couple of years later, on November 1st 1927, Sr Lucia wrote a letter to Dona Maria Filomena Morais de Miranda, highlighting the importance of the First Saturday devotion and clarifying a couple of points.  Here are some excerpts from that letter:- 
 
"I don’t know if you already know about the reparatory devotion of the five Saturdays to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As it is still recent, I would like to inspire you to practice it, because it is requested by Our Dear Heavenly Mother and Jesus has manifested a desire that it be practised. Also, it seems to me that you would be fortunate, dear godmother, not only to know it and to give Jesus the consolation of practising it, but also to make it known and embraced by many other persons.  It consists in this: During five months on the first Saturday, to receive Jesus in Communion, recite a Rosary, keep Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, and make a confession. This confession can be made a few days earlier, and if in this previous confession you have forgotten the intention (of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary) one can offer the following confession for this intention, provided that on the first Saturday one receives Holy Communion in the state of grace, with the intention of repairing for offences against the Most Holy Virgin, and which afflict Her Immaculate Heart.  It seems to me, my dear godmother, that we are fortunate to be able to give Our Dear Heavenly Mother this proof of love, for we know that She desires it to be offered to Her. As for myself, I avow that I am never so happy as when first Saturday arrives.  Isn’t it true that our greatest happiness is to belong entirely to Jesus and Mary and to love Them, and Them alone, without reserve? We see this so clearly in the lives of the saints . . . They were happy because they loved, and we, my dear godmother, we must seek to love as they did, not only to enjoy Jesus, which is the least important - because if we do not enjoy Him here below, we will enjoy Him up above - but to give Jesus and Mary the consolation of being loved . . . . and that in exchange for this love They might be able to save many souls . . ." (emphases mine).

Sister Lucia was asked by her confessor, Father Gonçalves, why Our Lady had asked for five First Saturdays, and not any other number.  It was Sr Lucia's habit to make a holy hour from eleven in the evening to midnight, especially on Thursday evenings, according to the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Paray-le-Monial.  On the night of May 29-30, 1930, she put Fr Gonçalves' question to Our Blessed Lord and received the following answer:- 

"My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five types of offences and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

  1. Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception.
  2. Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity.
  3. Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men.
  4. The blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn, or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother.
  5. The offences of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.
Sadly, even among traditional Catholics, the prominence that should be given to these two crucial devotions appears to be dwindling.  This is a plea to all Catholics to either begin these devotions of reparation, or take them up again, and if at all possible, to practice them continuously, and to get as many others as possible to practice them.  Sacrilege and blasphemy against Our Blessed Lord and Our Blessed Lady have attained unprecedented heights and are being added to daily, so recourse to these devotions has become increasingly urgent.

 


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 THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants these seven graces to the souls who honour her daily by saying seven Hail Marys and meditating on her tears and sorrows. The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget.

The Seven Graces:

1.  I will grant peace to their families.
2.  They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
3.  I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
4.  I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
5.  I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of   their lives.
6.  I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
7.  I have obtained (This Grace) from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolours, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.

 


 


 

 

 


 

 

The Seven Sorrows:

  1.  The prophecy of Simeon.

  2.  The flight into Egypt.

  3.  The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple.

  4.  The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.

  5.  The Crucifixion.

  6.  The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.

  7.  The burial of Jesus.

Reprinted from CHRISTIAN ORDER, APRIL, 2007             

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Novena to St.Jude - patron saint of matters despaired of.

This Novena (a prayer recited on nine successive days) may be offered at any time of the year, but it is traditionally offered on October 20th through to October 28th (birthday of St.Jude).

Saint Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus! The name of the traitor has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the Church honours and invokes thee universally as the patron saint of hopeless cases - of matters despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable: Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolations and succour of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly . . . . . . (here make your request), and that I may bless God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O Blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, and I will never cease to honour thee as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee.

Amen.

The Memorare:

Prayer of St. Bernard to Our Blessed Lady:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left forsaken. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me.

Amen.