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From: John 15:1-8
The Vine and the Branches
1. This comparison of the chosen people with a vine was used in the Old Testa-
ment: Psalm 80 speaks of the uprooting of the vine in Egypt and its re-planting
in another land; and in Isaiah’s Song of the Vineyard (5:1-7) God complains that
despite the care and love He has lavished on it, His vineyard has yielded only
wild grapes. Jesus previously used this imagery in His parable about the murde-
rous tenants (Matthew 21:33-43) to signify the Jew’s rejection of the Son and the
calling of the Gentiles. But here the comparison has a different, more personal
meaning: Christ explains that He Himself is the true vine, because the old vine,
the original chosen people, has been succeeded by the new vine, the Church,
whose head is Christ (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:9). To be fruitful one must be joined to
the new, true vine, Christ: it is no longer a matter of simply belonging to a com-
munity but of living the life of Christ, the life of grace, which is the nourishment
which passes life on to the believer and enables him to yield fruits of eternal life.
This image of the vine also helps understand the unity of the Church, Christ’s
mystical body, in which all the members are intimately united with the head and
thereby are also united to one another (1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Romans 12:4-5;
2. Our Lord is describing two situations: that of those who, although they are still
joined to the vine externally, yield no fruit; and that of those who do yield fruit but
could yield still more. The Epistle of St. James carries the same message when
it says that faith alone is not enough (James 2:17). Although it is true that faith
is the beginning of salvation and that without faith we cannot please God, it is al-
so true that a living faith must yield fruit in the form of deeds. “For in Christ Jesus
neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through
love” (Galatians 5:6). So, one can say that in order to produce fruit pleasing to
God, it is not enough to have received Baptism and to profess the faith external-
ly: a person has to share in Christ’s life through grace and has to cooperate with
Him in His work of redemption.
Jesus uses the same verb to refer to the pruning of the branches as He uses to
refer to the cleanness of the disciples in the next verse: literally the translation
should run: “He cleanses him who bears fruit so that he bear more fruit”. In other
words, He is making it quite clear that God is not content with half-hearted com-
mitment, and therefore He purifies His own by means of contradictions and diffi-
culties, which are a form of pruning, to produce more fruit. In this we can see an
explanation of the purpose of suffering: “Have you not heard the Master Himself
tell the parable of the vine and the branches? Here we can find consolation. He
demands much of you for you are the branch that bears fruit. And He must
prune you ‘ut fructum plus afferas”: to make you bear more fruit’.
“Of course: that cutting, that pruning, hurts. But, afterwards, what richness in
your fruits, what maturity in your actions” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 701).
3. After washing Peter’s feet Jesus had already said that His Apostles were
clean, though not all of them (cf. John 13:10). Here, once more, He refers to that
inner cleansing which results from accepting His teachings. “For Christ’s word in
the first place cleanses us from errors, by instructing us (cf. Titus 1:9) [...]; se-
condly, it purifies our hearts of earthly affections, filling them with desire for Hea-
venly things [...]; finally, His word purifies us with the strength of faith, for ‘He
cleansed their hearts by faith’ (Acts 15:9)” (St. Thomas Aquinas, “Commentary
on St. John, in loc.”).
4-5. Our Lord draws more conclusions from the image of the vine and the bran-
ches. Now He emphasizes that anyone who is separated from Him is good for
nothing, like a branch separated from the vine. “You see, the branches are full of
fruit, because they share in the sap that comes from the stem. Otherwise, from
the tiny buds we knew just a few months back, they could not have produced the
sweet ripe fruit that gladdens the eye and make the heart rejoice. Here and there
on the ground we may find some dry twigs, lying half-buried in the soil. Once they
too were branches of the vine; now they lie there withered and dead, a perfect im-
age of barrenness: ‘apart from Me, you can do nothing’” (St. J. Escriva, “Friends
of God”, 254).
The life of union with Christ is necessarily something which goes far beyond one’s
private life: it has to be focused on the good of others; and if this happens, a fruit-
ful apostolate is the result, for “apostolate, of whatever kind it be, must be an over-
flow of the interior life” (St. J. Escriva, “Friends of God”, 239). The Second Vatican
Council, quoting this page from St. John, teaches what a Christian apostolate
should be: “Christ, sent by the Father, is the source of the Church’s whole apos-
tolate. Clearly then, the fruitfulness of the apostolate of lay people depends on
their living union with Christ; as the Lord Himself said: ‘He who abides in Me, and
I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing’. This
life of intimate union with Christ in the Church is maintained by the spiritual helps
common to all the faithful, chiefly by the active participation in the Liturgy. Lay-
men should make such a use of these helps that, while meeting their human ob-
ligations in the ordinary conditions of life, they do not separate their union with
Christ from their ordinary life; but through the very performance of their tasks,
which are God’s will for them, actually promote the growth of their union with
Him” (”Apostolicam Actuositatem”,4).
6. If a person is not united to Christ by means of grace he will ultimately meet
the same fate as the dead branches—fire. There is a clear parallelism with other
images our Lord uses—the parables of the sound tree and the bad tree (Matthew
7:15-20), the dragnet (Matthew 13:49-50), and the invitation to the wedding (Mat-
thew 22:11-14), etc. Here is how St. Augustine comments on this passage: “The
wood of the vine is the more contemptible if it does not abide in the vine, and the
more glorious if it does abide....For, being cut off it is profitable neither for the
vinedresser nor for the carpenter. For one of these only is it useful—the vine or
the fire. If it is not in the vine, it goes to the fire; to avoid going to the fire it must
be joined to the vine” (”In Ioann. Evang.”, 81, 3).
Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.
Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.
|First reading||Acts 15:1-6 ©|
|Psalm||Psalm 121:1-5 ©|
|Gospel||John 15:1-8 ©|
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Jesus, High Priest
We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.
Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.
Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.
Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.
Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.
Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priestsThis icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.
The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.
The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.
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St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.
1. Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. The Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
3. 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.
4. (3) Hail Mary: HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)
5. Glory Be: GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer. Repeat the process with each mystery.
End with the Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, 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 blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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The Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
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4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]
St. 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, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
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May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary
Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Toward the end of the eighteenth century a zealous Jesuit priest, Father Lalomia, started among the students of the Roman college of his Society the practice of dedicating May to Our Lady. The devotion, which others had promoted in a small way, soon spread to other Jesuit Colleges and to the entire Latin church and since that time it has been a regular feature of Catholic life.
Thou who wast a virgin before thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin in thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin after thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
My Mother, deliver me from mortal sin.
Hail Mary (three times).
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Thou art my Mother, O Virgin Mary: keep me safe lest I ever offend thy dear Son, and obtain for me the grace to please Him always and in all things.
FOR THE HELP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, by the worshipful intercession of Thy glorious Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be delivered from all dangers, and through her loving kindness made to be of one heart and mind: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
THE SALVE REGINA
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 blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
O blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found
the way to restoration? Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted. Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, 0 blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succour the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection. Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.
PETITION TO MARY
Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori
My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my savior,
For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed.
God who is mighty has done great things for me,
holy is his name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm; he has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry he has given every good thing, while the rich he has sent empty away. He has upheld Israel his servant, ever mindful of his mercy; Even as he promised our fathers, promised Abraham and his descendants forever.
TO MARY, REFUGE OF SINNERS
Hail, most gracious Mother of mercy, hail, Mary, for whom we fondly yearn, through whom we obtain forgiveness! Who would not love thee? Thou art our light in uncertainty, our comfort in sorrow, our solace in the time of trial, our refuge from every peril and temptation. Thou art our sure hope of salvation, second only to thy only-begotten Son; blessed are they who love thee, our Lady! Incline, I beseech thee, thy ears of pity to the entreaties of this thy servant, a miserable sinner; dissipate the darkness of my sins by the bright beams of thy holiness, in order that I may be acceptable in thy sight.
FOR THE GRACE OF LOVE
O Mary, my dear Mother, how much I love thee! And yet in reality how little! Thou dost teach me what I ought to know, for thou teachest me what Jesus is to me and what I ought to be for Jesus. Dearly beloved Mother, how close to God thou art, and how utterly filled with Him! In the measure that we know God, we remind ourselves of thee. Mother of God, obtain for me the grace of loving my Jesus; obtain for me the grace of loving thee!
Cardinal Merry del Val
TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY FOR MAY
O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! glorious Queen of heaven and earth! powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, 0 Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. 0 deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.
May my heart bum with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, 0 Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother's blessing and a Mother's care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.
TO OUR LADY
Saint John Vianney, better known as the Cure of Ars, when asked how long he had loved Mary, said: "I loved her almost before I could know her." In this prayer he expresses that love.
O thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy. When I can no longer say: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands," do thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thee for all eternity. Amen.
Saint John Vianney
ACT OF REPARATION
O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous
tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. 0 Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.
Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954
|Memorare of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
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 unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee!
O Virgin of virgins, My Mother!
To Thee I come before Thee I stand,
Sinful and Sorrowful,
Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate,
Despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy,
Hear and answer me.
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Catholic Caucus: Mary, The Power of Her Name [The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
Administrators of Justice. That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience.
Seminaries. That seminaries, especially those of mission churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.
The parable of the vineyard
I have all due respect for the opinion that faithfully and fittingly interprets this vineyard of our text as the whole Church, Christ being the vine, Christians the branches, the Father the gardener and the rich man, the daylight the whole of time or the life of man, the hours the ages of the world or of individuals, the market-place this world's grasping and insatiable business.
But for my part, I view my whole self, soul and body both, and not just my soul, as the one vine that I may not neglect, but must dig about it and cultivate it to prevent it being overrun by unwelcome weeds and by the roots of other plants or be smothered by its own offshoots. Pruned it must be or it will grow wild: trimmed so that it may yield more fruit. It must be altogether fenced-in or every passer-by will freely plunder it; the greatest danger of all being that the wild boar from the thickets... may ravage it (cf. Ps 80,14). To sum all this up briefly: it must be cultivated with the greatest care, otherwise the noble shoots of this choice vine will go to seed, will turn into a worthless vine and, far from delighting both God and man (cf. Ps 104,15), may only succeed in saddening both of them. It must also be guarded with the utmost watchfulness that all the exertion spent on it and hopes placed in it may not be wiped-out, either by stealthy stealing of those who devour the poor in secret (Hab 3,14) or by sudden and unlooked-for disaster. It was in this sense, as though referring to a vine in his keeping, that the First Man was given Paradise that, as Scripture says, "he should cultivate it and keep it" (Gn 2,15).
|Wednesday, May 01, 2013
St. Joseph the Worker (Optional Memorial)
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This prayer, which dates from the twelfth century, is substituted for the Angelus during Easter Season.
Regina coeli, laetare, alleluia: Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia. Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, Alleluia,
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Oremus: Deus qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus, ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.
Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia: For He whom you merited to bear, alleluia, Has risen as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray: O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.