(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, August 6, 2017)
The Transfiguration of the Lord
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration in which the divine nature of Jesus was revealed. To keep everything in perspective, Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a mountain to pray with Him. By God's grace and design, these three men who accompanied Jesus were given the vision of "Jesus Glorified" in conversation with Moses and Elijah so that we, an unbelieving people, might understand the divinity of Jesus.
Sadly, even to this day many don't believe, or are greatly burdened with the overpowering cares of this passing world. Oh, how many enter before the Sacred Presence of the Lord in Catholic churches and fail to give Him a profound gesture of deep respect! As our work-week progresses and we become even more lost in our mad scramble to make money and please ourselves, any thought of the Son of God present among us in the Tabernacle is normally far from our minds.
If we really believed in the sacredness of Jesus as shown at the Transfiguration, would we allow ourselves to consider Jesus in such an off-handed manner?
Let us resolve today, to listen carefully to the scripture readings at Mass this weekend and to ponder deeply the profound truth of the Transfiguration of Jesus, the Son of God, now actually present among us.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor
Prayer to St. Clare of Assisi, for Intercession
God of mercy, You inspired Saint Clare with the love of poverty. By the help of her prayers may we follow Christ in poverty of spirit and come to the joyful vision of Your glory in the Kingdom of heaven. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer For Priests
Lord Jesus, on behalf of the whole Church: Grant love and the light of Your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, 0 Lord. Lord, give us holy priests; You Yourself maintain them in holiness. 0 Divine and Great High Priest may the power of your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Your mercy, 0 Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for You can do all things.
Novena to Saints Joachim and Ann
Saints Joachim and Ann, grandparents of Jesus and parents of Mary, we seek your intercession. We beg you to direct all our actions to the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls. Strengthen us when we are tempted, console us during our trials, help us when we are in need, be with us in life and in death. 0 divine Savior, we thank you for having chosen Saints Joachim and Ann to be parents of our Blessed Mother Mary and so to be your own beloved grandparents. We place ourselves under their patronage this day. We recommend to them our families, our children, and our grandchildren. Keep them from all spiritual and physical harm. Grant that they may ever grow in greater love of God and others. Saint Joachim and Ann, we have many great needs. We beg you to intercede for us before the throne of your divine Grandson. All of us here have our own special intentions, our own special needs, and we pray that through your intercession, our prayers may be granted. Amen. (Mention your request here).
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAELSaint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, 0 Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.