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Coming Dec 8th. Feast of the "Immaculate Conception"

Posted on 12/05/2005 4:56:34 PM PST by Rosary

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8th. The title Mary called herself when appearing so many years ago to the peasant girl Bernadette at Lourdes. Hail Mary full of grace. May miracles come to all who call upon Mary in the title-Immaculate Conception!
1 posted on 12/05/2005 4:56:35 PM PST by Rosary
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To: Rosary

It is sad to see the Roman Catholic church go to such lengths to maintain Mary's virginity.

According to the Marian Library, about 80% of the Catholic shrines are dedicated to Mary NOT Jesus.

Romans 3:23
“for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; (WEB)

for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; (ASV)

For all have done wrong and are far from the glory of God; (BBE)

for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (DBY)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (KJV)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (WBS)

for all alike have sinned, and all consciously come short of the glory of God, (WEY)

for all did sin, and are come short of the glory of God -- (YLT)


2 posted on 12/05/2005 5:19:27 PM PST by ~Matahari (“earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3))
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To: ~Matahari
It is sad to see the Roman Catholic church go to such lengths to maintain Mary's virginity.

No, it's not.

3 posted on 12/05/2005 5:21:00 PM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: ~Matahari; Religion Moderator

It is really rude for people to come into these devotional threads and trash our faith. This wasn't a theological debate, but Rosary was starting a celebration of a major religious feast day.

So, instead of being able to celebrate our faith, these people think they have to troll us. It makes it very difficult for us to say anything devotional when this happens.

This is like racism. It's religious bigotry.


4 posted on 12/05/2005 5:27:41 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Rosary




Prayer to Mary Immaculate, Help of Christians (M)

Blessed Mother,
Help of Christians,
Mary most pure,
teach us to see with your eyes,
to act with that love
that comes only from loving and knowing your son,
to be your son's hands on this earth,
to be channels of God's light
in this dark world.

O Immaculata,
O Mother most kind,
pray for us now and at the hour of our deaths,
Amen.


5 posted on 12/05/2005 5:32:16 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum



Saint Athanasius


"Let those, therefore, who deny that the Son is by nature from the Father and proper to his essence deny also that he took true human flesh from the ever-virgin Mary" (Discourses Against the Arians 2:70 [A.D. 360]).


6 posted on 12/05/2005 5:34:15 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
"wasn't a theological debate, but Rosary was starting a celebration of a major religious feast day.

I understand that the rosary is not Biblical.

The Bible doesn't say much about Mary. The last record of her speaking was her counsel to the servants at the feast at Cana at the beginning of Jesus' public ministry:

"Whatever he says to you, do it." (meaning what ever is Biblical.)

Moreover Mary teaches us about salvation that we should look unto God alone, for she did not trust in herself.

The last time she is mentioned in the Biblical narrative is in the opening chapter of Acts where she is found praying with the disciples before the coming of the Holy Spirit. From then on, the Bible is silent about the rest of her life and about her death.

7 posted on 12/05/2005 5:39:34 PM PST by ~Matahari (“earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3))
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To: Rosary

Immaculata

Immaculata,
O pure one,
shaped by the fires
of God's love,
and refined the flame of loving God,
Mother of our Lord,
You who always told God yes,
no matter what the cost,
no matter what the pain,
no matter how deep the sorrow,
pray for us.

You who love us like the children we are,
lost and confused,
remember us
in this sad and painful world
where the darkness roars
as if to swallow us all up
as if it could extinguish the light
that your Son gave us
like it tried that sad and glorious day
at Golgotha,
inticing with pleasure that leads to death,
enraging with anger that leads to blood,
and yet,
there you are,
calm and loving in the midst
of this storm,
calling us home.

Never was it known
that any who turned to your intercession
was left unaided.
I pray to you then
to intercede for us
now that the darkness looks so deep,
to give us the strength to be followers of your Son,
that we will hear his voice
and walk in his ways,
glad to follow no matter what the cost,
this day and always,
Amen.


8 posted on 12/05/2005 5:39:48 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: ~Matahari; Religion Moderator

There you go. I am NOT going to debate you. You attacked what we believe when we were not making a debate thread. This is a devotional thread. We are talking about the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the title of Mary as patroness of the Americas. We are not arguing about whether YOU think Mary is in heaven or not, about honoring the saints, or anything like that.

Do not ping me back.


9 posted on 12/05/2005 5:44:15 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Rosary

The contemplation of Christ has an incomparable model in Mary. In a unique way the face of the Son belongs to Mary. It was in her womb that Christ was formed, receiving from her a human resemblance which points to an even greater spiritual closeness. No one has ever devoted himself to the contemplation of the face of Christ as faithfully as Mary. The eyes of her heart already turned to him at the Annunciation, when she conceived him by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the months that followed she began to sense his presence and to picture his features. When at last she gave birth to him in Bethlehem, her eyes were able to gaze tenderly on the face of her Son, as she “wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger” (Lk2:7).

Thereafter Mary's gaze, ever filled with adoration and wonder, would never leave him. At times it would be a questioning look, as in the episode of the finding in the Temple: “Son, why have you treated us so?” (Lk 2:48); it would always be a penetrating gaze, one capable of deeply understanding Jesus, even to the point of perceiving his hidden feelings and anticipating his decisions, as at Cana (cf. Jn 2:5). At other times it would be a look of sorrow, especially beneath the Cross, where her vision would still be that of a mother giving birth, for Mary not only shared the passion and death of her Son, she also received the new son given to her in the beloved disciple (cf. Jn 19:26-27). On the morning of Easter hers would be a gaze radiant with the joy of the Resurrection, and finally, on the day of Pentecost, a gaze afire with the outpouring of the Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14).

John Paul II,

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae_en.html


10 posted on 12/05/2005 5:46:05 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

5"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.[a]' 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


11 posted on 12/05/2005 5:47:47 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: ~Matahari

Your point?

Where did Jesus do only as I say (when it is found in the Bible)?

Oh yeah, that's right, Jesus didn't write the Gospels.


12 posted on 12/05/2005 5:48:12 PM PST by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum; Rosary

Gotta love how threads like this get hijacked.

At Mass this Sunday the priest was talking about the Feast and reminded everyone that their mother expected them to be there. It was an excellent way of describing the situation.

Immaculate Mary your praises we sing
You reign now in heaven with Jesus our King
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria
Ave, Ave, Maria


13 posted on 12/05/2005 5:50:44 PM PST by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: Rosary



Sixteenth Apparition Of Our Lady Of Lourdes

Thursday 25 March 1858

For the next twenty one days, Bernadette did not go to the Grotto in the early morning as she had been doing until then - she had not felt the call within herself which was her summons. But surely the matter had not reached a satisfactory conclusion - after all, the Lady had still not identified Herself, despite the child's repeated requests.

However, the child did go to the Grotto - but alone. She would go in the late afternoon and spend long hours in prayer and contemplation. But unlike the days of the visions, Bernadette would not kneel in her usual place; instead, she would go deep into the large rock vault at the base of the Grotto. There, cloaked in the gloom of the place, she would pour out her soul to the Lady of the Apparitions - whom she saw with the eyes of her soul, if not her body. By this time, some pious people in Lourdes had set up a small altar beneath the niche - upon an old table, they had placed a small statue of the Blessed Virgin, surrounded with flowers and candles. In fact, candles burned all over the Grotto. Whenever people were gathered at the place, they would begin to sing hymns to the Queen of Heaven. Nearly all of the pilgrims there would leave a small monetary donation, which would later be used to carry out the requests of the Lady. Strangely, none of this money was ever stolen - although it was left there with no-one to watch over it.

On the evening on March 24th, Bernadette told her parents of the feeling she had that she was being called to the Grotto once more by an interior impulse - she intended to return there in the morning. It had been a long time since the Lady had visited her - more than two weeks! How long that night was - try as she might, the child was unable to sleep. As soon as the first light of dawn began to pierce the darkness of night, she rose and quickly dressed.

There were a number of people present there at the Grotto already; it seemed they too felt there may be a fresh occurrence that day. But why today, after the silence of two weeks? That was simple to answer - today was the feast of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary - the day he saluted Her as 'Full of Grace'.
So perhaps ....

Bernadette arrived at the Grotto at five in the morning, with her blessed candle in her hand. Her parents were with her. Even before she reached the rock, she could see the wondrous light filling the niche, in which stood her beautiful Lady.

"She was there", said
Bernadette, "tranquil and smiling and watching the crowd just as a fond mother watches her children. When I knelt down before Her, I begged Her pardon for coming late. Still kindly towards me, She made me a sign with Her head that I had no need to apologise. Then I told Her of all my love and regard for Her and how happy I was to see Her again. And after pouring out my heart to Her I took up my beads".

At this moment, the Figure bathed in the heavenly light moved from the niche down into the larger vault. Rising to her feet, Bernadette went into the vault to be closer to the Lady. She remained standing in front of Her and a conversation followed. Soon afterward, the oval of light moved back up into the niche once more and prayers were resumed.

Bernadette herself describes the conversation and events which followed this moment -

"Whilst I was praying, the thought of asking Her name came to my mind with such persistence that I could think of nothing else. I feared to be presumptuous in repeating a question She had always refused to answer and yet something compelled me to speak. At last, under an irresistible impulsion, the words fell from my mouth and I begged the Lady to tell me who She was.

"The Lady did as She had always done before; She bowed Her head and smiled but She did not reply.

"I cannot say why, but I felt myself bolder and asked Her again to graciously tell me Her name; however, She only smiled and bowed as before, still remaining silent.

"Then once more, for the third time, clasping my hands and confessing myself to be unworthy of the great favour I was asking of Her, I again made my request.

"The Lady was standing above the rose bush, in a position very similar to that shown on the Miraculous Medal. At my third request, Her face became very serious and She seemed to bow down in an attitude of humility. Then She joined Her hands and raised them to Her breast. She looked up to Heaven.

"Then slowly opening Her hands and leaning towards me, She said to me in a voice vibrating with emotion

'I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION' (Que Soy Era Immaculada Conceptiou)

"She smiled again, spoke no more, and disappeared smiling".

After the vision, Bernadette asked her aunt Lucille to allow her to keep the blessed candle which she had used throughout the Apparitions. Lucile agreed. Having obtained the necessary permission, Bernadette placed the candle between some of the rocks beneath the niche, where it slowly burned itself out.

Lucile asked why Bernadette had wanted to do this. She replied -

"The Lady asked me if I would leave the candle to burn at the Grotto - as it was your candle, I could not leave it there without your permission".

Leaving the Grotto, the child was laughing and smiling and quietly repeating some words to herself. Some neighbours from Lourdes came toward her and asked the cause of her happiness and what it was that she was saying. The child replied -

"Oh, I'm repeating the name the Lady has just this moment given me, for fear that I might forget it. She said to me, 'I am the Immaculate Conception' ."

The child was mispronouncing the word 'Conception' and had to be corrected.

From the Grotto, the little one went directly to the Presbytery - still smiling, still repeating the words which already were spreading so quickly throughout Lourdes.

She was still repeating them when she entered the garden of the Presbytery, where Abbe Peyramale was praying his Office. He asked what she wanted today, but the child did not hear his question.

"What's that you're saying, you conceited little thing!"

" 'I am the Immaculate Conception' it's the Lady who has just said these words to me!"

He asked if she knew what the words meant. She replied that she did not know their meaning.

"I see you are still being deceived. How can you say things you don't understand?" he asked.

"All the way from the Grotto I have been repeating the words 'I am the Immaculate Conception' for fear that I would forget them."

"Good!" added the Priest, "I shall consider what is to be done" and he entered the house, leaving the child and her aunt standing in the garden.

Later that day, the Priest admitted to a neighbour the effect of the child's words on him

"I was so amazed by it that I felt myself stagger and I was on the verge of falling

http://www.ourcatholicfaith.org/lourdes/apparition-16.html


14 posted on 12/05/2005 5:52:31 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Holy-Mole

Do not ping me again on this thread.


15 posted on 12/05/2005 5:53:32 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: StAthanasiustheGreat

Here's one for you:

Immaculata

Immaculate.
clean
pure,
spotless

like a drop of water
falling like rain,
before it touches earth

like a beam of light
breaking through the darkness
to light the way.

Like you, O Mary!

You who never told God no,
you who always told God yes,
no matter how difficult.

Immaculate Mary,
pray for us now, and at the hour of our deaths.

Amen.


16 posted on 12/05/2005 5:54:42 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: StAthanasiustheGreat

Luther's hymn in praise of the blessed Theotokos:

To me she's dear, the worthy maid,
And I cannot forget her;
Praise, honor, virtue her are said,
Then all will love her better.
I seek her good,
And if I should
Right evil fare,
I do not care,
She'll make up for it to me
With love and truth that will not tire,
Which she will ever show me,
And do all my desire.

She wears of purest gold a crown
Twelve stars their rays are twining,
Her rainment, glorious as the sun,
And bright from far is shining.
Her feet the moon
Are set upon
She is the bride
With the Lord to hide.
Sore travail is upon her;
She bringest forth a noble Son
Whom all the world must honor,
Their king, the only one.

That makes the dragon rage and roar,
He will the child upswallow;
His raging comes to nothing more;
No jot of gain will follow.
The infant high
Up to the sky
Away is heft
And he is left
On earth,all mad with murder.
The mother now alone is she,
But God will watchful guard her.
And the right Father he.

Sadly, this thread is far too full of rage and roar...not from you whom I have pinged.


17 posted on 12/05/2005 5:56:51 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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To: lightman

I like that hymn.


18 posted on 12/05/2005 5:59:45 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

"This Virgin Mother of the Only-begotten of God, is called Mary, worthy of God, immaculate of the immaculate, one of the one."
Origen,Homily 1(A.D. 244),in ULL,94

"Thou alone and thy Mother are in all things fair, there is no flaw in thee and no stain in thy Mother."
"Ephraem,Nisibene Hymns,27:8(A.D. 370),in THEO,132

"Mary, a Virgin not only undefiled but a Virgin whom grace has made inviolate, free of every stain of sin."
Ambrose,Sermon 22:30(A.D. 388),in JUR,II:166

"We must except the Holy Virgin Mary, concerning whom I wish to raise no question when it touches the subject of sins, out of honour to the Lord; for from Him we know what abundance of grace for overcoming sin in every particular was conferred upon her who had the merit to conceive and bear Him who undoubtedly had no sin."
Augustine,Nature and Grace,42[36](A.D.415),in NPNF1,V:135

"As he formed her without my stain of her own,so He proceeded from her contracting no stain."
Proclus of Constantinople,Homily 1(ante A.D. 446),in ULL,97

"A virgin, innocent, spotless, free of all defect, untouched, unsullied, holy in soul and body, like a lily sprouting among thorns."
Theodotus of Ancrya,Homily VI:11(ante A.D. 446),in THEO,339

"The angel took not the Virgin from Joseph, but gave her to Christ, to whom she was pledged from Joseph, but gave her to Christ, to whom she was pledged in the womb, when she was made."
Peter Chrysologus,Sermon 140(A.D. 449),in ULL,97

"[T]he very fact that God has elected her proves that none was ever holier than Mary, if any stain had disfigured her soul, if any other virgin had been purer and holier, God would have selected her and rejected Mary."
Jacob of Sarug(ante A.D. 521),in CE


19 posted on 12/05/2005 6:01:54 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: StAthanasiustheGreat

O Sanctissima
Verse 1

O sanctissima, O piissima,
Dulcis Virgo Maria.
Mater amata, intemerata,
Ora, ora pro nobis

Verse 2

Tota pulchra es, O Maria
Et macula non est in te
Mater amata, intemerata,
Ora, ora pro nobis.

Verse 3

Sicut lilium inter spinas,
Sic Maria inter filias
Mater amata, intemerata,
Ora, ora pro nobis.


20 posted on 12/05/2005 6:03:55 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Rosary

Oh Goddess Mother
You are the mystery of Night
Your radiant shine is the Day
Infinite realms cascade within You

Abundance is Your essence of Being
Blessings flow from You Limitlessly
Your Universe is harmony and tension in Balance

Within each of us, You are Alive


21 posted on 12/05/2005 6:05:51 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: ~Matahari
I understand that the rosary is not Biblical.

Bzzzzzt. Try again. Every prayer and Mystery of the rosary is based on a Biblical event surrounding the life of Jesus.

22 posted on 12/05/2005 6:06:31 PM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Aggie Mama

Prayer of Becoming

May clarity grow within Me
Open my eyes to life's many Wonders
May I feel the pulse of all creation within Me

Open my spirit to Awareness
Fill my heart with Understanding
May my life be of service to Earth and the Goddess

Open my ears to the needs of those around Me
Make my hands strong & gentle in Your Service
May I remember always, the Goddess works through Me


23 posted on 12/05/2005 6:07:29 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
Thank you for your wonderful retort!

God Bless

24 posted on 12/05/2005 6:08:46 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Bless this Day

May this day be blessed with gifts
Lessons, understanding and friends
May my energy be a gift to all I meet

Let me be centered, healing and open
May I face the day with courage
kindness, insight and compassion

May my spirit and body, honor this day


25 posted on 12/05/2005 6:09:20 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
I've commented on similar threads that the 1854 dogma of the Immaculate Conception is one which would have pleased Luther very much, as it places the the emphasis on God's grace ("a singular grace"), not the human response to grace; and links that grace to Christ's sacrifice ("in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race"). This teaching was being discussed in the 16th Century and was never condemned by Luther or his followers. I truly consider the dogma a very Lutheran statement.
26 posted on 12/05/2005 6:09:34 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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To: ~Matahari
"Christ our Savior was the real and natural fruit of Mary's virginal womb ... This was without the coöperation of a man, and she remained a virgin after that."--Martin Luther, Protestant reformer

"I firmly believe according to the words of the Gospel that a pure virgin brought forth for us the Son of God and remained a virgin pure and intact in childbirth and also after the birth, for all eternity. I firmly trust that she has been exalted by God to eternal joy above all creatures, both the blessed and the angels."--Ulrich Zwingli, Protestant reformer

27 posted on 12/05/2005 6:09:38 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Campion

Oh Great Goddess
Bless this day
Keep me safe and whole

Oh Great Goddess
Bless my path
Help me to act on thy wisdom

Oh Great Goddess
Bless my family
Living on this Earth


28 posted on 12/05/2005 6:10:34 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: Campion

O Theotokos, Virgin Mary, it is indeed a dread and ineffable mystery, what has been done in you.

For you, indeed, gave birth to the Word, who is the cause of all things, and Who is the cause of all things, and Who was incarnated by the Holy Spirit, beyond any cause or reason.

For from you, who remained unchangeable, He received flesh of His own divine immutable and unaltered nature.

Since in Him coexisted the two natures, the divine and human, in one hypostasis, He was dual in natures, a whole man and a God as well, showing the perfect wholeness and having all the energies of the characteristics of both.

As a mortal He was crucified in flesh voluntarily but as God during His passion, He overcame His passion.

As a mortal He died, but as God He was risen.

As a mortal He was laid in a tomb, but as God He was in Hades, defeating the power of death and saving men.

Him, O Virgin Mary, most-pure Theotokos, the Saviour and Redeemer of the human race, that He may send down from heaven to us joy and peace.

From you, O Holy Virgin, Christ was born, who was God eternally, but appeared as a man recently.

He kept for Himself, in a divine and unconfusable union, the properties of both natures; He showed the divine with glorious wonders, while He proved the human nature with His sufferings. Therefore, although he was one in one godly-human hypostasis, He dies in the flesh as man, yet He rises from the dead as God.

Him, O Virgin Mary, most-pure Theotokos, as one who has boldness entreat that He may be compassionate and save from condemnation those who praise you unceasingly.


29 posted on 12/05/2005 6:16:15 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Thank You Great Goddess for this day
for the blessings and lessons that came my way
May my sleep be peaceful in dreams and rest
and tomorrow may I do my best


30 posted on 12/05/2005 6:17:07 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: wagglebee

Pray the First Joyful Mystery
"The Joyful Mysteries remind us to be glad."

The Annunciation: the angel Gabriel says to Mary
that she is going to be the mother of Jesus

Our Father

God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth (Luke 1,26)
Hail Mary

He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. (Luke1,27)
Hail Mary
The angel came to her and said, "Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!" (Luke 1,28)
Hail Mary

Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and she wondered what his words meant. (Luke 1,29)
Hail Mary

The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus." (Luke 1,30-31)
Hail Mary

Mary said to the angel, "I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?" (Luke 1,34)
Hail Mary

The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God.'" (Luke 1,35)
Hail Mary

"Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old." (Luke1,36)
Hail Mary

"For there is nothing that God cannot do." (Luke 1,37)
Hail Mary

"I am the Lord's servant," said Mary; "may it happen to me as you have said." And the angel left her. (Luke 1,36)
Hail Mary

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


31 posted on 12/05/2005 6:17:54 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Holy-Mole

Thank You For This Day

Thank You for this day on Earth
Ancient Mother who gave me birth
Healing Mother who keeps me strong
Crone Mother who brings each new dawn

Thank You for the gift of being
For blessing me with the wonders of seeing
For the sounds and feeling of laughter
and the wisdom learned through pain

Spirit Mother bless me, tomorrow with a day agai


32 posted on 12/05/2005 6:18:39 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the Second Joyful Mystery
"The Joyful Mysteries remind us to be glad."

The Visitation: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth to tell her how happy she is that she is going to have a baby

Our Father

Soon afterwards Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea. (Luke 1,39)
Hail Mary

She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. (Luke 1,40)
Hail Mary

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby moved within her. (Luke 1,41)
Hail Mary

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said in a loud voice, "You are the most blessed of all women..." (Luke 1,42)
Hail Mary

"...and blessed is the child you will bear!" (Luke 1,42)
Hail Mary

"Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord's mother comes to visit me?" (Luke 1,43)
Hail Mary

"For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness." (Luke 1,44)
Hail Mary

"How happy you are to believe that the Lord's message to you will come true!" (Luke 1,45)
Hail Mary

Mary said, "My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Savior." (Luke 1,46-47)
Hail Mary

"for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy." (Luke 1,48)
Hail Mary

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.



33 posted on 12/05/2005 6:19:10 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Holy-Mole

A Healing Prayer

Oh Great Goddess
Mother of Mercy and Healing

Send the energy of Hygeia
to nourish from Her Sacred Bowl

Send the energy of Brigid
to heal with waters of Her Sacred Well

Send the energy of Demeter
to restore life to withering cells

Send the energy of Quan Yin
to bless the healing with peace

Send Your healing wisdom to the body
to restore its sacred balance

Thank You Great Goddess
Mother of All Life


34 posted on 12/05/2005 6:19:40 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the Third Joyful Mystery
"The Joyful Mysteries remind us to be glad."

The Birth of Jesus

Our Father

Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of Kind David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. (Luke 2,4)
Hail Mary

She was pregnant, and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. (Luke 2,6)
Hail Mary

She gave birth to her first son, wrapped in cloths and laid him in a manger -- there was no room for them to stay in the inn. (Luke 2,7)
Hail Mary

There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. (Luke 2,8)
Hail Mary

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid. (Luke2,9)
Hail Mary

But the angel said to them, "Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David's town your Savior was born -- Christ the Lord." (Luke 2, 10-12)
Hail Mary

Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God: "Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!" (Luke 2,13-14)
Hail Mary

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. (Luke 2,16)
Hail Mary

When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. (Luke 2, 17-18)
Hail Mary

Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. (Luke 2,19)
Hail Mary

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


35 posted on 12/05/2005 6:20:08 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the Fourth Joyful Mystery
"The Joyful Mysteries remind us to be glad."

The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Our Father

A week later, when the time came for the baby to be circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name which the angel had given him before he was conceived. (Luke 2,21)
Hail Mary

The time came for Joseph and Mary to perform the ceremony of purification, as the Law of Moses commanded. So they took the child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (Luke 2,22)
Hail Mary

At that time there was a man named Simeon living in Jerusalem. He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be save. The holy Spirit was with him. (Luke 2,25-26)
Hail Mary

Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do what the Law required, Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God. (Luke 2,27-28)
Hail Mary

"Now, Lord, you have kept your promise, and you may let your servant go in peace." (Luke 2,29)
Hail Mary

"With my own eyes I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples." (Luke 2,31)
Hail Mary

"A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel." (Luke 2,32)
Hail Mary

The child's father and mother were amazed at the things Simeon said about him. (Luke 2,32)
Hail Mary

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, "This child is chosen by God for the destruction and salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from Godwhich many will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart." (Luke 2,34-35)
Hail Mary

When Joseph and Mary had finished all that was required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their hometown of Nazareth in Galilee. The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God's blessing was upon him. (Luke 2,39-40)
Hail Mary

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


36 posted on 12/05/2005 6:21:06 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Holy-Mole

Deep in my Bone
the Goddess is alive
Deep in my cells and blood
the Life Force is strong
Deep in my heart and spirit
I believe I will heal

I feel the Goddess at my core
filling me with faith and health
Abundant Life Forces of the Universe
flow in me, and banish all disease

My blood, my bones, my cells and my body
are healing now, are healing now
The Goddess force is in me
and healing me now


37 posted on 12/05/2005 6:21:11 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: sandyeggo

Elements Hymn

At one with the Universe
My spirit is free
All creation pulses in me

Floating upon the wind
Sparking with the energy of fire
Flowing with the waters
Dancing the rhythms of Earth

Spinning and Spiraling
into Elemental re-birth
The magic of being renews

Floating upon the wind
Sparking with the energy of fire
Flowing with the waters
Dancing the rhythms of Earth

Between the Moon and Sun


39 posted on 12/05/2005 6:22:21 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the Fifth Joyful Mystery
"The Joyful Mysteries remind us to be glad."

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Our Father

Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual. (Luke 2,41)
Hail Mary

When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. (Luke 2,43)
Hail Mary

His parents did not know this; they thought he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends. (Luke 2,44)
Hail Mary

Jesus, as a boy, in the templeThey did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. (Luke 2,45)
Hail Mary

On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. (Luke 2,46)
Hail Mary

All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers. (Luke 1,47)
Hail Mary

His parents were astonished when they saw him and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you?" (Luke 2, 48)
Hail Mary

He answered them, "Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?" (Luke 2,49)
Hail Mary

But they did not understand his answer. (Luke 2,50)
Hail Mary

So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people. (Luke 2,51-52)
Hail Mary

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


40 posted on 12/05/2005 6:22:38 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

The Orthodox veneration of
the Theotokos (Mother of God)
by Blessed Archbishop John Maximovitch

Mother of GodThe Orthodox Church teaches about the Mother of God that which Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture have informed concerning Her, and daily it glorifies Her in its temples, asking Her help and defence. Knowing that She is pleased only by those praises which correspond to Her actual glory, the Holy Fathers and hymn-writers have entreated Her and Her Son to teach them how to hymn Her. "Set a rampart about my mind, O my Christ, for I make bold to sing the praise of Thy pure Mother" (Ikos of the Dormition). "The Church teaches that Christ was truly born of Mary Ever-Virgin" (St. Epiphanius, "True Word Concerning the Faith").

"It is essential for us to confess that the holy Ever-Virgin Mary is actually Theotokos (Birth-giver of God), so as not to fall into blasphemy. For those who deny that the Holy Virgin is actually Theotokos are no longer believers, but disciples of the Pharisees and Sadducees" (St. Ephraim the Syrian, "To John the Monk").

From Tradition it is known that Mary was the daughter of the aged Joachim and Anna, and that Joachim descended from the royal line of David, and Anna from the priestly line. Notwithstanding such a noble origin, they were poor. However, it was not this that saddened these righteous ones, but rather the fact they did not have children and could not hope that their descendants would see the Messiah. And behold, when once, being disdained by the Hebrews for their barrenness, they both in grief of soul were offering up prayers to God - Joachim on a mountain to which he had retired after the priest did not want to offer his sacrifice in the Temple and Anna, in her own garden, weeping over her barrenness -- there appeared to them an angel who informed them that they would bring forth a daughter. Overjoyed, they promised to consecrate their child to God.

In nine months a daughter was born to them, called Mary, Who from Her early childhood manifested the best qualities of soul. When She was three years old, her parents, fulfilling their promise, solemnly led the little Mary to the Temple of Jerusalem; She Herself ascended the high steps and, by revelation from God, She was led into the very Holy of Holies by the High Priest who met Her, taking with Her the grace of God which rested upon Her into the Temple which until then had been without grace. (See the Kontakion of the Entry into the Temple. This was the newly-built Temple into which the glory of God had not descended as it had upon the Ark or upon the Temple of Solomon). She was settled in the quarters for virgins which existed in the Temple, but She spent so much time in prayer in the Holy of Holies that one might say that She lived in it. (Service to the Entry, second Sticheron on "Lord, I have cried,"and the "Glory, Both Now Being adorned with all virtues, She manifested an example of extraordinarily pure life. Being submissive and obedient in all, She offended no one, said no crude word to anyone, was friendly to all and did not allow any unclean thought (abridged from St.Ambrose of Milan, "Concerning the Ever-Virginity of the Virgin Mary").

"Despite the righteousness and the immaculateness of life which the Mother of God led, sin and eternal death manifested their presence in Her. They could not but be manifested: Such is the precise and faithful teaching of the Orthodox Church concerning the Mother of God with relation to original sin and death" (Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov, "Exposition of the Teaching of the Orthodox Church on the Mother of God"). "A stranger to any fall into sin" (St. Ambrose of Milan, Commentary on the 118th Psalm), She was not a stranger to sinful temptations. "God alone is without sin" (St. Ambrose, same source), while man will always have in himself something yet needing correction and perfection in order to fulfil the commandment of God; Be ye holy as I the Lord your God am Holy (Leviticus 19:2). The more pure and perfect one is, the more he notices his imperfections and considers himself all the more unworthy.

The Virgin Mary, having given Herself entirely up to God, even though She repulsed from herself every impulse to sin, still felt the weakness of human nature more powerfully than others and ardently desired the coming of the Saviour. In Her humility She considered Herself unworthy to be even the servant-girl of the Virgin Who was to give Him birth. So that nothing might distract Her from prayer and heedfulness to Herself, Mary gave to God a vow not to become married, in order to please only Him Her whole life long. Being betrothed to the elderly Joseph when Her age no longer allowed Her to remain in the Temple, She settled in his house in Nazareth. Here the Virgin was vouchsafed the coming of the Archangel Gabriel who brought Her the good tidings of the birth from Her of the Son of the Most High. Hail, Thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed an Thou among women ... The Holy Spirit shall come upon Thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow Thee: wherefore also that which is to be born shall be holy and shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:28-35).

Mary received the angelic good tidings humbly and submissively. "Then the Word, in a way known to Himself, descended and, as He Himself willed, came and entered into Mary and abode in Her" (St. Ephraim the Syrian, "Praise of the Mother of God"). "As lightning illuminates what is hidden, so also Christ purifies what is hidden in the nature of things. He purified the Virgin also and then was born, so as to show that where Christ is, there is manifest purity in all its power. He purified the Virgin, having prepared Her by the Holy Spirit, and then the womb, having become pure, conceived Him. He purified the Virgin while She was inviolate; wherefore, having been born, He left Her virgin. I do not say that Mary became immortal, but that being illuminated by grace, She was not disturbed by sinful desires" (St. Ephraim the Syrian, Homily Against Heretics, 41). The Light abode in Her, cleansed Her mind, made Her thoughts pure, made chaste Her concerns, sanctified Her virginity" (St.Ephraim the Syrian, "Mary and Eve") "Once who was pure according to human understanding, He made pure by grace" (Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov, "Exposition of the Teaching of the Orthodox Church on the Mother of God").

Mary told no one of the appearance of the angel, but the angel himself revealed to Joseph concerning Mary's miraculous conception from the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:l8-25); and after the Nativity of Christ, with a multitude of the heavenly host, he announced it to the shepherds. The shepherds, coming to worship the new-born one, said that they had heard of Him. Having previously endured suspicion in silence, Mary now also listened in silence and kept in her heart the sayings concerning the greatness of Her Son (Luke 2:8-19). She heard forty days later Symeon's prayer of praise and the prophecy concerning the weapon which would pierce Her soul. Later She saw how Jesus advanced in wisdom; She heard Him at the age of twelve teaching in the Temple and everything She kept in Her heart (Luke 2:21-51)

Even though full of grace, She did not yet fully understand in what the service and the greatness of Her Son would consist. The Hebrew conceptions of the Messiah were still close to Her and natural feelings forced Her to be concerned for Him, preserving Him from labours and dangers which it might seem, were excessive. Therefore She favoured Her Son involuntarily at first, which evoked His indication of the superiority of spiritual to bodily kinship (Matt. 12:46-49). "He had concern also over the honour of His Mother, but much more over the salvation of Her soul and the good of men, for which He had become clothed in flesh" (St.John Chrysostom, Commentary on John, Homily 21). Mary understood this and heard the word of God and kept it (Luke 11:27,28). As no other person, She had the same feelings as Christ (Phil. 2:5), unmurmuringly bearing the grief of a mother when She saw Her Son persecuted and suffering. Rejoicing in the day of the Resurrection, on the day of Pentecost. She was clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49). The Holy Spirit Who descended upon Her taught (Her) all things (John 14:26), and instructed (Her) in all truth (John 16:13). Being enlightened, She began to labour all the more zealously to perform what She had heard from Her Son and Redeemer, so as to ascend to Him and be with Him.

The end of the earthly life of the Most Holy Mother of God was the beginning of Her greatness. "Being adorned with Divine glory" (Irmos of the Canon of the Dormition), She stands and will stand, both in the day of the Last Judgment and in the future age, at the right hand of the throne of Her Son. She reigns with Him and has boldness towards Him as His Mother according to the flesh and as one in spirit with Him, as one who performed the will of God and instructed others (Matt. 5:19). Merciful and full of love, She manifests Her love towards Her Son and God in love for the human race. She intercedes for it before the Merciful One, and going about the earth, She helps men.

Having experienced all the difficulties of earthly life, the Intercessor of the Christian race sees every tear, hears every groan and entreaty directed to Her. Especially near to Her are those who labour in the battle with the passions and are zealous for a God-pleasing life. But even in worldly cares She is an irreplaceable helper. "Joy of all who sorrow, and intercessors for the offended, and feeder of the hungry, consolation of travellers, harbour of the storm-tossed, visitation of the sick, protection and intercessor for the inform staff of old age, Thou are the Mother of God on high, O Most Pure One" (Sticheron of the Service to the Hodigitria). "The hope and intercession and refuge of Christians", "The Mother of God unceasing in prayers" (Theotokion of the Third Tone). "She day and night doth pray for us and the sceptres of kingdoms are confirmed by Her prayers" (daily Nocturne).

There is no intellect or words to express the greatness of Her Who was born in the sinful human race but became "more honourable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim." "Seeing the grace of the secret mysteries of God made manifest and clearly fulfilled in the Virgin, I rejoice; and I know not how to understand the strange and secret manner whereby the Undefiled has been revealed as alone chosen above all creation, visible and spiritual. Therefore, wishing to praise Her, I am struck dumb with amazement in both mind and speech. Yet still I dare to proclaim and magnify Her: She is indeed the heavenly Tabernacle" (Ikos of the Entry into the Temple). "Every tongue is at a loss to praise Thee as is due; even a spirit from the world above is filled with dizziness, when it seeks to sing Thy praises, 0 Theotokos. But since Thou art good, accept our faith. Thou knowest well our love inspired by God, for Thou art the Protector of Christians and we magnify Thee" (Irmos of the 9th Canticle, Service of the Theophany).

from The Orthodox veneration of the Mother of God

http://home.it.net.au/~jgrapsas/pages/Veneration.html


42 posted on 12/05/2005 6:24:39 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: sandyeggo

Da mihi habenas.


43 posted on 12/05/2005 6:25:31 PM PST by Holy-Mole (I do not think I should care to go on worshiping a Madonna even if she did wink. CH Spurgeon)
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To: lightman
I truly consider the dogma a very Lutheran statement.

That's one of the most interestng things I seen on this forum in quite a long time.

44 posted on 12/05/2005 6:26:29 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Salve Regina

Verse 1

Salve Regina coelitum, O Maria!
Sors unica terrigenum, O Maria!

Verse 2

Mater misericordiae, O Maria!
Dulcis parens clementiae, O Maria!

Chorus

Jubilate, Cherubim, Exsultate, Seraphim!
Consonante perpetim: Salve, Salve, Salve Regina.


45 posted on 12/05/2005 6:27:01 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the First Luminous Mystery
"The Luminous Mysteries remind us to follow Jesus, the light of the world."

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River

Our Father

John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching. "Turn away from your sins and be baptized," he told the people, "and God will forgive your sins." (Mark 1,4)
Hail Mary

Not long afterward Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. (Mark 1,9)
Hail Mary

Baptism of Jesus - Fra AngelicoAs soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. (Mark 1,10)
Hail Mary

And a voice came from heaven, "You are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you." (Mark 1,11)
Hail Mary

For God so loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. (John 3,16)
Hail Mary

Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. (Mark 16,14)
Hail Mary

Peter said to them, "Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2,38)
Hail Mary

You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Christ himself. (Galatians 3,27)
Hail Mary

Those whom God had already chosen he also set apart to become like his Son, so that the Son may be the first among many believers. (Romans 8,29)
Hail Mary

And those he called, he put right with himself, and he shared his glory with them. (Romans 8,30)
Hail Mary

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


47 posted on 12/05/2005 6:28:23 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

ray the Second Luminous Mystery
"The Luminous Mysteries remind us to follow Jesus, the light of the world."

Miracle at Cana's Wedding Feast

Our Father

The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory... (John 1,14)
Hail Mary

Wedding Feast at Cana - BordoneThere was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. (John 2,1-2)
Hail Mary

When the wine had given out, Jesus' mother said to him, "They are out of wine." "You must not tell me what to do," Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come." (John 2,3-4)
Hail Mary

Jesus' mother then told the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." (John 2,5)
Hail Mary

Jesus said to the servants, "Fill these jars with water." They filled them to the brim, and then he told them. "Now draw some water out and take it to the man in charge of the feast." They took him the water, which now had turned into wine, and he tasted it. He did not know where this wine had come from. (John 2,7-8)
Hail Mary

He called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have drunk a lot, he serve the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now." (John 2,9-10)
Hail Mary

Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believe in him. (John 2,11)
Hail Mary

No longer will you be called "Forsaken," "The Deserted Wife."
Or your land be called "The Deserted Wife." (Isaiah 62,4)
Hail Mary

Your new name will be "God is Pleased with Her."
Your land will be called "Happily Married,"
Because the Lord is pleased with you
And will be like a husband to your land. (Isaiah 62,4)
Hail Mary

Like a young man taking a virgin as his bride,
He who formed you will marry you.
As a groom is delighted with his bride,
So your God will delight in you. (Isaiah 62,5)
Hail Mary

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.



48 posted on 12/05/2005 6:29:39 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the Third Luminous Mystery
"The Luminous Mysteries remind us to follow Jesus, the light of the world."

Jesus Preaches the Good News

Our Father

Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness. (Mark 4,23)
Hail Mary

Then Jesus went home. Again such a large crowd gathered that Jesus and his disciples had no time to eat. (Luke 3,29)
Hail Mary

Sermon on the Mount - Fr AngelicoWhen Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6,34)
Hail Mary

Then Jesus called the crowd and his disciples to him. "If any of you want to come with me," he told them, "you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me." (Mark 8,34)
Hail Mary

Some people brought their babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. The disciples saw them and scolded them for doing so, but Jesus called the children to him and said, "let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these." (Luke 18,15-16)
Hail Mary

"I am the light of the world," he said. "Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness." (John 8,12)
Hail Mary

"I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep." (John 10,11)
Hail Mary

"I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and those who live and believe in me will never die." (John11,25)
Hail Mary

"I am among you as one who serves." (Luke 22,27)
Hail Mary

"This, then, is what I command you: love one another." (John 15,17)
Hail Mary

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


49 posted on 12/05/2005 6:30:26 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Holy-Mole

Will you please quit spamming this thread?


50 posted on 12/05/2005 6:30:52 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Ken Blackwell for Governor, Ohio 2006)
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