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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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To: Knitting A Conundrum

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

The Transfiguration

Our Father

Jesus took Peter, John , and James with him and went up a hill to pray. While he was praying, his face changed in appearance, and his clothes became dazzling white. (Luke 9,28-29)
Hail Mary

Suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in heavenly glory and talked with Jesus about the way in which he would soon fulfill God's purpose by dying in Jerusalem. (Luke 9, 30-31)
Hail Mary

Transfiguration - Fra AngelicoPeter and his companions were sound asleep, but they woke up and saw Jesus' glory and the two men who were standing with him. (Luke 9,32)
Hail Mary

As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, how good it is that we are here. We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Luke 9,33)
Hail Mary

While he was still speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow; and the disciples were afraid as the cloud came over them. (Luke 9,34)
Hail Mary

A voice said from the cloud, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen -- listen to him!" (Luke 9,35)
Hail Mary

When the voice stopped, there was Jesus all alone. The disciples kept quiet about all this and told no one at the time anything they had seen. (Luke 9,36)
Hail Mary

See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God's children --and so, in fact, we are. (1 John 3,1)
Hail Mary

We are God's children now, but it is not yet clear what we shall become. (1 John 3,2)
Hail Mary

But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really is. (1 John 3,2)
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.


51 posted on 12/05/2005 6:31:08 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; Rosary
Ladies, please remember: E meglio lavorare con chi non ti paga, e no parlare con chi non ti capisce. Shake the dust, and head out.

No, Blessed Mary wasn't special! She was just picked out of how many billions of women to be the vessel of our Salvation. Billions upon billions, yet she merits no consideration beyond the consideration one would give to a stranger. Blessed Mary gave back what Eve took away. No! No future generations will call her blessed, you'd think that was Scriptural or something!

Now that I've got that off my chest, I wonder if anyone remembers Leonard Cohen's Song of Bernadette? This song is part of Jennifer Warnes' Famous Blue Raincoat CD. It's simple and beautiful, and I really love it.

There was a child named Bernadette
I heard the story long ago
She saw the Queen of Heaven once
and kept the vision in her soul

No one believed what she had seen
no one believed what she had heard
that there were sorrows to be healed
and mercy, mercy in this world

So many hearts I find
broke like yours and mine
torn by what we've done and can't undo
I just want to hold you
won't you let me hold you
like Bernadette would do

We've been around, we fall, we fly
we mostly fall, we mostly run
and every now and then we try
to mend the damage that we've done

Tonight, tonight I just can't rest
I've got this joy here inside my breast
to think that I did not forget
that child, that Song of Bernadette

So many hearts I find
broke like yours and mine
torn by what we've done and can't undo
I just want to hold you
come on let me hold you
like Bernadette would do

I just want to hold you
won't you let me hold you
like Bernadette would do

Even that old troubador Cohen gets it. God Bless Leonard and may the Blessed Mother keep an eye on him too.

52 posted on 12/05/2005 6:31:43 PM PST by AlbionGirl
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

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

Institution of the Eucharist

Our Father

When it was evening, Jesus and the twelve disciples sat down to eat. During the meal Jesus said, "I tell you, one of you will betray me." (Matthew 26,20-21)
Hail Mary

The disciples were very upset and began to ask him, one after the other, "Surely, Lord, you don't mean me?" (Matthew 26,22)
Hail Mary

Judas, the traitor, spoke up. "Surely, Teacher, you don't mean me?" he asked. Jesus answered, "So you say." (Matthew 26,25)
Hail Mary

First Eucharist - Fra AngelicoWhile they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. "Take and eat it," he said, "this is my body." (Matthew 26,26)
Hail Mary

Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and gave it to them. "Drink it, all of you," he said; "this is my blood, which seals God's covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." (Matthew 26,27)
Hail Mary

"I am the bread of life," Jesus told them. "Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty." (John 6, 35)
Hail Mary

"Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them to life on the last day." (John 6,54)
Hail Mary

"There are many rooms in my Father's house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am." (John 14,3)
Hail Mary

"Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid." (John 14,27)
Hail Mary

"My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them." (John 15,12-13)
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.


53 posted on 12/05/2005 6:32:06 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: sandyeggo

Tempus meum tero.

Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert.


54 posted on 12/05/2005 6:32:49 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: AlbionGirl

I don't think I ever heard it...wow...I do like Leonard Cohen.


55 posted on 12/05/2005 6:32:55 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

I'll Sing A Hymn To Mary

Verse 1

I'll sing a hymn to Mary,
The Mother of my God,
The Virgin of all virgins,
Of David's royal blood.
O teach me, Holy Mary,
A loving song to frame,
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
To love and bless thy name.

Verse 2

O Lily of the Valley,
O Mystic Rose, what tree,
Or flower, e'en the fairest,
Is half so fair as thee?
O let me, tho' so lowly
Recite my Mother's fame.
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
I'll love and bless thy name.

Verse 3

O noble Tower of David,
Of gold and ivory.
The ark of God's own promise,
The gate of Heav'n to me.
To live and not to love thee
Would fill my soul with shame.
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
I'll love and bless thy name.


56 posted on 12/05/2005 6:34:02 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 absolute purity of Mary

Patristic writings on Mary's purity abound.

* The Fathers call Mary the tabernacle exempt from defilement and corruption (Hippolytus, "Ontt. in illud, Dominus pascit me");
* Origen calls her worthy of God, immaculate of the immaculate, most complete sanctity, perfect justice, neither deceived by the persuasion of the serpent, nor infected with his poisonous breathings ("Hom. i in diversa");
* Ambrose says she is incorrupt, a virgin immune through grace from every stain of sin ("Sermo xxii in Ps. cxviii);
* Maximum of Turin calls her a dwelling fit for Christ, not because of her habit of body, but because of original grace ("Nom. viii de Natali Domini");
* Theodotus of Ancyra terms her a virgin innocent, without spot, void of culpability, holy in body and in soul, a lily springing among thorns, untaught the ills of Eve nor was there any communion in her of light with darkness, and, when not yet born, she was consecrated to God ("Orat. in S. Dei Genitr.").
* In refuting Pelagius St. Augustine declares that all the just have truly known of sin "except the Holy Virgin Mary, of whom, for the honour of the Lord, I will have no question whatever where sin is concerned" (De naturâ et gratiâ 36).
* Mary was pledged to Christ (Peter Chrysologus, "Sermo cxl de Annunt. B.M.V.");
* it is evident and notorious that she was pure from eternity, exempt from every defect (Typicon S. Sabae);
* she was formed without any stain (St. Proclus, "Laudatio in S. Dei Gen. ort.", I, 3);
* she was created in a condition more sublime and glorious than all other natures (Theodorus of Jerusalem in Mansi, XII, 1140);
* when the Virgin Mother of God was to be born of Anne, nature did not dare to anticipate the germ of grace, but remained devoid of fruit (John Damascene, "Hom. i in B. V. Nativ.", ii).
* The Syrian Fathers never tire of extolling the sinlessness of Mary. St. Ephraem considers no terms of eulogy too high to describe the excellence of Mary's grace and sanctity: "Most holy Lady, Mother of God, alone most pure in soul and body, alone exceeding all perfection of purity ...., alone made in thy entirety the home of all the graces of the Most Holy Spirit, and hence exceeding beyond all compare even the angelic virtues in purity and sanctity of soul and body . . . . my Lady most holy, all-pure, all-immaculate, all-stainless, all-undefiled, all-incorrupt, all-inviolate spotless robe of Him Who clothes Himself with light as with a garment . ... flower unfading, purple woven by God, alone most immaculate" ("Precationes ad Deiparam" in Opp. Graec. Lat., III, 524-37).
* To St. Ephraem she was as innocent as Eve before her fall, a virgin most estranged from every stain of sin, more holy than the Seraphim, the sealed fountain of the Holy Ghost, the pure seed of God, ever in body and in mind intact and immaculate ("Carmina Nisibena").
* Jacob of Sarug says that "the 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". It seems, however, that Jacob of Sarug, if he had any clear idea of the doctrine of sin, held that Mary was perfectly pure from original sin ("the sentence against Adam and Eve") at the Annunciation.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07674d.htm


57 posted on 12/05/2005 6:36:55 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
It has always been perfectly logical to me. If Mary is the most blessed of all women, then she must have been conceived and lived a life which was superior to all others. It is without question that Eve was created free from sin, so for Mary to be superior to Eve, then she must have also been conceived in a immaculate state. Further, there can be no question that the Mother of God must be in all ways superior to the mother of Cain; therefore, the Holy Mother could not have ever committed sin.

In Genesis 3:15, Satan is told that emnity will be placed between "him and the woman" and the woman here must refer to Mary because there was obviously no emnity between Satan and Eve as she has already been seduced; and the SAME emnity will be between her (Mary's) Seed (our Lord) and Satan's seed. The emnity between Christ and Satan is without question Eternal and Immaculate, so if the same emnity is between the Blessed Mother and Satan, it too is Eternal and Immaculate.

All Christian tradition (including protestant) refers to Mary's response to Elizabeth as the "Magnificat" because Mary declare that her "soul magnifies the Lord." The word magnify is not used by chance, but rather by design to convey very simple illustration: a soul that is blemished with the stain of sin CANNOT magnify God, a stained soul can only obscure God.

59 posted on 12/05/2005 6:41:24 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: Rosary

60 posted on 12/05/2005 6:41:53 PM PST by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: murphE

Nice holy card pic!


61 posted on 12/05/2005 6:43:11 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 Miraculous Medal Story and Its Meaning


The Medal of the Immaculate Conception — popularly known as the Miraculous Medal — was designed by the Blessed Virgin herself! No wonder, then that it wins such extraordinary graces for those who wear it and pray for Mary's intercession and help.

The First Apparition1st Apparition

The story begins on the night of July 18-19, 1830. A child (perhaps her guardian angel) awakened Sister (now Saint) Catherine Labouré, a novice in the community of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, and summoned her to the chapel. There she met with the Virgin Mary and spoke with her for several hours. During the conversation Mary said to her, “My child, I am going to give you a mission.”

2nd ApparitionThe Second Apparition

Mary gave her this mission in a vision during evening meditation on November 27, 1830. She saw Mary standing on what seemed to be half a globe and holding a golden globe in her hands as if offering it to heaven. On the globe was the word “France,” and our Lady explained that the globe represented the whole world, but especially France. The times were difficult in France then, especially for the poor who were unemployed and often refugees from the many wars of the time. France was first to experience many of those troubles which ultimately reached many other parts of the world and are even present today. Streaming from rings Mary's fingers as she held the globe were many rays of light. Mary explained that the rays symbolize the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. However, some of the gems on the rings were dark, and Mary explained that the rays and graces were available but did not come because no one had asked for them.

The Third Apparition and the Miraculous Medal

The vision then changed to show our Lady standing on a globe with her arms now outstretched and with the dazzling rays of light still streaming from her fingers. Framing the figure was an inscription: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Front of the Miraculous Medal
The Meaning of the Front Side of the Miraculous Medal

Mary is standing upon a globe, crushing the head of a serpent beneath her foot. She stands upon the globe, as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her feet crush the serpent to proclaim Satan and all his followers are helpless before her (Gn 3:15). The year of 1830 on the Miraculous Medal is the year the Blessed Mother gave the design of the Miraculous Medal to Saint Catherine Labouré. The reference to Mary conceived without sin supports the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary—not to be confused with the virgin birth of Jesus, and referring to Mary's sinlessness, “full of grace” and “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28)—that was proclaimed 24 years later in 1854.

The vision turned and showed the design of the reverse side of the medal. Twelve stars encircled a large “M” from which arose a cross. Below are two hearts with flames arising from them. One heart is encircled in thorns and the other is pierced by a sword.
Back of the Miraculous Medal
The Meaning of the Back Side of the Miraculous Medal

The twelve stars can refer to the Apostles, who represent the entire Church as it surrounds Mary. They also recall the vision of Saint John, writer of the Book of Revelation (12:1), in which “a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars.” The cross can symbolize Christ and our redemption, with the bar under the cross a sign of the earth. The “M” stands for Mary, and the interleaving of her initial and the cross shows Mary’s close involvement with Jesus and our world. In this we see Mary’s part in our salvation and her role as mother of the Church. The two hearts represent the love of Jesus and Mary for us. (See also Lk 2:35).

Then Mary spoke to Catherine: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” Catherine explained the entire series of apparitions to her confessor, and she worked through him to carry out Mary’s instructions. She did not reveal that she received the Medal until soon before her death 47 years later. 3rd Apparition

With approval of the Church, the first Medals were made in 1832 and were distributed in Paris. Almost immediately the blessings that Mary had promised began to shower down on those who wore her Medal. The devotion spread like wildfire. Marvels of grace and health, peace and prosperity, following in its wake. Before long people were calling it the “Miraculous” Medal. And in 1836, a Canonical inquiry undertaken at Paris declared the apparitions to be genuine.

There is no superstition, nothing of magic, connected with the Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is not a “good-luck charm”. Rather, it is a great testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith. God uses a Medal, not as a sacrament, but as an agent, an instrument, in bringing to pass certain marvelous results. “The weak things of this earth hath God chosen to confound the strong.”

When our Blessed Mother gave the design of the medal to Saint Catherine Labouré she said, “Now it must be given to the whole world and to every person.” The Association of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri carries out our Lady’s request in many ways, including offering you a free Miraculous Medal.

http://www.amm.org/medal.htm


62 posted on 12/05/2005 6:46:02 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Rosary

63 posted on 12/05/2005 6:47:05 PM PST by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: wagglebee

Yep. For Mary to have the same freedom of choice as Eve, she had to be as free from original sin as Eve. IMHO. And backed by many, many of the Church Fathers.


64 posted on 12/05/2005 6:49:13 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: murphE

65 posted on 12/05/2005 6:50:47 PM PST by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the First Sorrowful Mystery
"These stories of Jesus tell us not to give up -- even when things are very bad. God will help us through; God will make us strong enough to go on."

The Agony of Jesus in the Garden

Our Father

They came to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He took Peter, James and John with him. (Mark 14,32-33)
Hail Mary

Distress and anguish came over him and he said to them, "The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch." (Mark 14,34)
Hail Mary

The Agony of Jesus in the GardenHe went a little farther on, threw himself on the ground, and prayed that, if possible, he might not have to go through that time of suffering. (Mark 14, 35)
Hail Mary

"Father," he prayed, "my Father. All things are possible for you. Take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want." (Mark 14, 36)
Hail Mary

Then he returned and found the three disciples asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Weren't you able to stay awake for even one hour?" (Mark 14, 37)
Hail Mary

And he said to them, "Keep watch, and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Luke 14, 38)
Hail Mary

He went away once more and prayed, saying the same words. The he came back to the disciples and found them asleep; they could not keep their eyes open. (Mark 14,39)
Hail Mary

When he came back the third time, he said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come! Look the Son of Man is now being handed over to the power of sinners." (Mark 14,41)
Hail Mary

Jesus was still speaking when Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs... (Mark14,43)
Hail Mary

As soon as Judas arrived, he went up to Jesus and said,"Teacher!" and kissed him. So they arrested Jesus and held him tight. (Mark 14,45)
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.


66 posted on 12/05/2005 6:50:47 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: murphE

Most excellent!


67 posted on 12/05/2005 6:51:17 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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The Scourging at the Pillar

Our Father

Early in the morning Jesus was taken from Caiphas' house to the governor's palace. (John 18,28)
Hail Mary

Pilate went outside and asked, "What do you accuse this man of?" (John 18,29)
Hail Mary

The Scourging at the PillarTheir answer was, "We would not have brought him to you if he had not committed a crime." (John 18,30)
Hail Mary

Pilate went back into the palace and called Jesus. "Are you the king of the Jews?" he asked him. (John 18,33)
Hail Mary

Jesus said, "My kingdom does not belong to this world." (John 18,36)
Hail Mary

Pilate asked him, "Are you a king then?" (John 18,37)
Hail Mary

Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me." (John 18, 37)
Hail Mary

Then Pilate went outside to the people and said to them, "I cannot find any reason to condemn him. But according to the custom you have, I always set free a prisoner for you during the Passover. Do you want me to set free for you the king of the Jews?" (John 18, 39)
Hail Mary

They answered him with a shout, "No, not him! We want Barabbas!" (Barabbas was a bandit.) (John 18, 40)
Hail Mary

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped. (John 19,1)
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.


68 posted on 12/05/2005 6:51:59 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 Sorrowful Mystery
"These stories of Jesus tell us not to give up -- even when things are very bad. God will help us through; God will make us strong enough to go on."

The Crowning with Thorns

Our Father

The soldiers took Jesus inside the courtyard of the governor's palace and called together the rest of the company. (Mark 15,16)
Hail Mary

The soldiers made a crown out of thorny branches and put it on his head. (John 19,2)
Hail Mary

The Crowning with ThornsThen they put a purple robe on him and came to him and said, "Long live the King of the Jews!" (John 19,3)
Hail Mary

And they went up and slapped him. (John 19,3)
Hail Mary

Pilate went out once more and said to the crowd, "Look, I will bring him out here to let you see that I cannot find any reason to condemn him." (John 19,4)
Hail Mary

So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. (John 19,5)
Hail Mary

Pilate said to them, "Look, here is the man!" (John 19,5)
Hail Mary

When the chief priests and Temple guards saw him, they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" (John 19,8)
Hail Mary

Pilate said to them, "You take him, then, and crucify him. I find no reason to condemn him." (John 19,6)
Hail Mary

But the crowd shouted back, "If you set him free, that means that you are not the Emperor's friend. Anyone who claims to be a king is a rebel against the Emperor!" (John 19,12)
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.


69 posted on 12/05/2005 6:52:27 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 Sorrowful Mystery
"These stories of Jesus tell us not to give up -- even when things are very bad. God will help us through; God will make us strong enough to go on."

The Carrying of the Cross

Our Father

Then all the disciples left him and ran away. (Matthew 26,56)
Hail Mary

The Carrying of the CrossThe soldiers led Jesus away, and as they were going, they met a man from Cyrene who was coming into the city from the country. (Luke 23,26)
Hail Mary

They seized him, put the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. (Luke 23,26)
Hail Mary

A large crowd of people followed him; among them were some women who were weeping and wailing for him. (Luke 23,27)
Hail Mary

Jesus turned to them and said, "Women of Jerusalem! Don't cry for me, but for yourselves and your children." (Luke 23,28)
Hail Mary

Two other men, both of them criminals, were also led out to be put to death with Jesus. (Luke 28,32)
Hail Mary

When they came to the place called "The Skull," they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. (Luke 28, 33)
Hail Mary

There they tried to give him wine mixed with a drug called myrrh, but Jesus would not drink it. (Mark 15,23)
Hail Mary

They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. (Luke 23,34)
Hail Mary

Jesus said, "Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing." (Luke 28,34)
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.


70 posted on 12/05/2005 6:53:00 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
Lots more here
71 posted on 12/05/2005 6:53:23 PM PST by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery
"These stories of Jesus tell us not to give up -- even when things are very bad. God will help us through; God will make us strong enough to go on."

The Crucifixion

Our Father

It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him. The notice of the accusation against him said: "The King of the Jews." (Mark 15,26)
Hail Mary

People passing by shook their heads and hurled insults at Jesus: "Aha! You were going to tear down the Temple and build it back up in three days! Now come down from the cross and save yourself!" (Mark15,29)
Hail Mary

The CrucifixionThe soldiers also made fun of him; they came up to him and offered him cheap wine and said, "Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews."(Luke 23,36)
Hail Mary

Standing close to Jesus' cross were his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clophas, and Mary Magdalene. (John19,25)
Hail Mary

Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, "He is your son." (John19,26)
Hail Mary

At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why did you abandon me?" (Mark15,33-34)
Hail Mary

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father! In your hands I place my spirit! He said this and died." (Luke23,46)
Hail Mary

It was toward evening when Joseph of Arimathea arrived. It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), so Joseph went boldly into the presence of Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. (Mark 15,42-43)
Hail Mary

Joseph bought a linen sheet, took the body down, wrapped it in the sheet, and placed it in a tomb which had been dug out of solid rock. (Mark 15,46)
Hail Mary

Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph were watching and saw where the body of Jesus was placed. (Mark 15,47)
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.


72 posted on 12/05/2005 6:53:24 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

It is also consistent with what ALL of the major protestant reformers (Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Wesley) believed and taught.


73 posted on 12/05/2005 6:53:28 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: murphE

Thanks for linking the rest ... you're killing my pathetic dialup connection. ;'}


74 posted on 12/05/2005 6:55:37 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: wagglebee

I knew that was true about Luther and some of the other early ones, but it did get shed with time. Some people act like Mary was just a box to hold Jesus in 9 months.

O Blessed Mother,
Impossible for me to imagine, really,
all those years with him who was love incarnate,
growing up straight and tall ,
a graceful sapling
turnng into a man.

I can imagine him
playing games through the streets of Nazareth,
sitting at Joseph's feet among the wood shavings,
watching you sewing.

Yet, to be with him all that time -
Did not the villagers notice
something special
about the youth
growing in their midst?

And you -
impossible to imagine
a lifetime spent
tending and caring,
loving and fixing for
God on earth -
Amazing that the glory invisible in your home
did not shatter your walls -
Indelible the brightness
it left upon your soul!


75 posted on 12/05/2005 6:56:09 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Rosary

Why the Immaculate Conception?

Catholic Encyclopedia: Immaculate Conception (The Doctrine and Its Roots)

The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady December 8

Mary's Immaculate Conception: A Memorable Anniversary

Ineffabilis Deus: 8 December 1854 (Dogma of the Immaculate Conception)

Why do we believe in the Immaculate Conception?

John Paul II goes to Lourdes; reflections on the Immaculate Conception

Your Praises We Sing--on the Dogma of the Proclamation of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8th

Eastern Christianity and the Immaculate Conception (Q&A From EWTN)

Memorandum on the Immaculate Conception [Newman]

On The Feast of The Immaculate Conception, The Patroness of the US, We Must Pray For Our Country[Read only]

76 posted on 12/05/2005 6:59:56 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Justin Martyr


"[Jesus] became man by the Virgin so that the course which was taken by disobedience in the beginning through the agency of the serpent might be also the very course by which it would be put down. Eve, a virgin and undefiled, conceived the word of the serpent and bore disobedience and death. But the Virgin Mary received faith and joy when the angel Gabriel announced to her the glad tidings that the Spirit of the Lord would come upon her and the power of the Most High would overshadow her, for which reason the Holy One being born of her is the Son of God. And she replied ‘Be it done unto me according to your word’ [Luke 1:38]" (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 100 [A.D. 155]).



Irenaeus


"Consequently, then, Mary the Virgin is found to be obedient, saying, ‘Behold, O Lord, your handmaid; be it done to me according to your word.’ Eve, however, was disobedient, and, when yet a virgin, she did not obey. Just as she, who was then still a virgin although she had Adam for a husband—for in paradise they were both naked but were not ashamed; for, having been created only a short time, they had no understanding of the procreation of children, and it was necessary that they first come to maturity before beginning to multiply—having become disobedient, was made the cause of death for herself and for the whole human race; so also Mary, betrothed to a man but nevertheless still a virgin, being obedient, was made the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race. . . . Thus, the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. What the virgin Eve had bound in unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosed through faith" (Against Heresies 3:22:24 [A.D. 189]).

"The Lord then was manifestly coming to his own things, and was sustaining them by means of that creation that is supported by himself. He was making a recapitulation of that disobedience that had occurred in connection with a tree, through the obedience that was upon a tree [i.e., the cross]. Furthermore, the original deception was to be done away with—the deception by which that virgin Eve (who was already espoused to a man) was unhappily misled. That this was to be overturned was happily announced through means of the truth by the angel to the Virgin Mary (who was also [espoused] to a man). . . . So if Eve disobeyed God, yet Mary was persuaded to be obedient to God. In this way, the Virgin Mary might become the advocate of the virgin Eve. And thus, as the human race fell into bondage to death by means of a virgin, so it is rescued by a virgin. Virginal disobedience has been balanced in the opposite scale by virginal obedience. For in the same way, the sin of the first created man received amendment by the correction of the First-Begotten" (ibid., 5:19:1 [A.D. 189]).



Tertullian


"And again, lest I depart from my argumentation on the name of Adam: Why is Christ called Adam by the apostle [Paul], if as man he was not of that earthly origin? But even reason defends this conclusion, that God recovered his image and likeness by a procedure similar to that in which he had been robbed of it by the devil. It was while Eve was still a virgin that the word of the devil crept in to erect an edifice of death. Likewise through a virgin the Word of God was introduced to set up a structure of life. Thus what had been laid waste in ruin by this sex was by the same sex reestablished in salvation. Eve had believed the serpent; Mary believed Gabriel. That which the one destroyed by believing, the other, by believing, set straight" (The Flesh of Christ 17:4 [A.D. 210].



Pseudo-Melito


"If therefore it might come to pass by the power of your grace, it has appeared right to us your servants that, as you, having overcome death, do reign in glory, so you should raise up the body of your Mother and take her with you, rejoicing, into heaven. Then said the Savior [Jesus]: ‘Be it done according to your will’" (The Passing of the Virgin 16:2–17 [A.D. 300]).



Ephraim the Syrian


"You alone and your Mother are more beautiful than any others, for there is no blemish in you nor any stains upon your Mother. Who of my children can compare in beauty to these?" (Nisibene Hymns 27:8 [A.D. 361]).



Ambrose of Milan


"Mary’s life should be for you a pictorial image of virginity. Her life is like a mirror reflecting the face of chastity and the form of virtue. Therein you may find a model for your own life . . . showing what to improve, what to imitate, what to hold fast to" (The Virgins 2:2:6 [A.D. 377]).

"The first thing which kindles ardor in learning is the greatness of the teacher. What is greater [to teach by example] than the Mother of God? What more glorious than she whom Glory Itself chose? What more chaste than she who bore a body without contact with another body? For why should I speak of her other virtues? She was a virgin not only in body but also in mind, who stained the sincerity of its disposition by no guile, who was humble in heart, grave in speech, prudent in mind, sparing of words, studious in reading, resting her hope not on uncertain riches, but on the prayer of the poor, intent on work, modest in discourse; wont to seek not man but God as the judge of her thoughts, to injure no one, to have goodwill towards all, to rise up before her elders, not to envy her equals, to avoid boastfulness, to follow reason, to love virtue. When did she pain her parents even by a look? When did she disagree with her neighbors? When did she despise the lowly? When did she avoid the needy?" (ibid., 2:2:7).

"Come, then, and search out your sheep, not through your servants or hired men, but do it yourself. Lift me up bodily and in the flesh, which is fallen in Adam. Lift me up not from Sarah but from Mary, a virgin not only undefiled, but a virgin whom grace had made inviolate, free of every stain of sin" (Commentary on Psalm 118:22–30 [A.D. 387]).


77 posted on 12/05/2005 7:01:06 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 Glorious Mystery
"God gives us a new life that never ends."

The Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead

Our Father

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. (John 20,1)
Hail Mary

She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him." (John 20,2)
Hail Mary

The Resurrection of Jesus from the DeadMary stood crying outside the tomb. Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus. "Woman, why are you crying?" Jesus asked her. "Who is it you are looking for?" (John 20,14-15)
Hail Mary

She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, "If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him." (John 20,15)
Hail Mary

Jesus said to her, "Mary!" (John 20,16)
Hail Mary

She turned toward him and said in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (This means "Teacher".) (John 20,16)
Hail Mary

"Do not hold on to me," Jesus told her, "because I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God." (John 20,17)
Hail Mary

So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and related to them what he had told her. (John 20,18)
Hail Mary

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them, "Peace be with you," he said. (John 20,19)
Hail Mary

After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. (John 20,20)
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.


78 posted on 12/05/2005 7:02:16 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Sorry.


79 posted on 12/05/2005 7:02:21 PM PST by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the Second Glorious Mystery
"God gives us a new life that never ends."

The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven

Our Father

Before Jesus was taken up, he gave instructions by the power of the Holy Spirit to the men he had chosen as his apostles. (Acts 1,2)
Hail Mary

For forty days after his death he appeared to them many times in ways that proved beyond doubt that he was alive. (Acts 1,3)
Hail Mary

The Ascension of Jesus into HeavenAnd when they came together, he gave them this order: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised." (Acts 1,4)
Hail Mary

Jesus said to them... "when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1,8)
Hail Mary

After saying this, he was taken up to heaven as they watched him, and a cloud hid him from their sight. (Acts 1,9)
Hail Mary

They still had their eyes fixed on the sky as he went away, when two men dressed in while suddenly stood beside them and said,"Galileans, why are you standing looking up at the sky?" (Acts 1,10-11)
Hail Mary

Then the apostles went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is about a mile away from the city. (Acts 1,12)
Hail Mary

They gathered frequently to pray as a group, together with the women and with Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers. (Acts 1,14)
Hail Mary

The disciples went and preached everywhere. (Mark 16,20)
Hail Mary

And the Lord worked with them and proved that their teaching was true by the miracles that were performed. (Mark 16,20)
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.


80 posted on 12/05/2005 7:02:49 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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"I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever." (John 14,16)
Hail Mary

"The Helper will come -- the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who come from the Father. I will send him to you from the Father, and he will speak about me." (John15,26)
Hail Mary

The Descent of the Holy SpiritWhen the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. (Acts 2,1)
Hail Mary

Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (Acts 2,2)
Hail Mary

Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. (Acts 2,3)
Hail Mary

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. (Acts 2,4)
Hail Mary

There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country of the world. When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. (Acts 2, 5)
Hail Mary

They were all excited because they heard the believers talking in their own language... Amazed and confused, they kept asking each other, "What does this mean?" (Acts 2,12)
Hail Mary

Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles and in a loud voice began to say to the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means." (Acts 2,14)
Hail Mary

This is what the prophet Joel spoke about: "This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone." (Acts 2,16)
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.


81 posted on 12/05/2005 7:03:26 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Pray the Fourth Glorious Mystery
"God gives us a new life that never ends."

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven

Our Father

Mary said:"My heart praises the Lord;" (Luke 1,46)
Hail Mary

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven"my soul is glad because of God my Savior," (Luke 1,47)
Hail Mary

"for he has remembered me, his lowly servant." (Luke 1,47)
Hail Mary

"From now on all people will call me happy, because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me." (Luke 1,49)
Hail Mary

"His name is holy; from one generation to another he shows mercy to those who honor him." (Luke 1,50)
Hail Mary

"He has stretched out his might arm and scattered the proud with all their plans." (Luke 1,51)
Hail Mary

"He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly." (Luke 1,52)
Hail Mary

"He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away with empty hands." (Luke 1,53)
Hail Mary

"He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors, and has come to the help of his servant Israel." (Luke 1,54)
Hail Mary

"He has remembered to show mercy to Abraham and to all his descendants forever!" (Luke 1,55)
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.


82 posted on 12/05/2005 7:03:55 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Pray the Fifth Glorious Mystery
"God gives us a new life that never ends."

The Crowning of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth

Our Father

After this I looked, and there was an enormous crowd -- no one could count all the people. (Revelation 7,9)
Hail Mary

They were there from every race, tribe, nation and language, and they stood in front of the throne and of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and hold palm branches in their hands. (Revelation 7,9)
Hail Mary

The Crowning of MaryThey called out in a loud voice: "Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!" (Revelation 7,10)
Hail Mary

Then a great and mysterious sight appeared in the sky. There was a woman, whose dress was the sun and who had the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head." (Revelation 12,1)
Hail Mary

Then I saw a new heaven and new earth... I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready, like a bride bring dressed to meet her husband. (Revelation 21,1-2)
Hail Mary

I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: "Now God's home is with people. He will live with them, and they shall be his people." (Revelation 21,3)
Hail Mary

"God himself will be with them, and he will be their God." (Revelation 21,3)
Hail Mary

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. " (Revelation 21,4)
Hail Mary

Then the one who sits upon the throne said, "And now I make all things new!" (Revelation 21,5)
Hail Mary

"Listen!" says Jesus, "I am coming soon! I will bring my rewards with me..." (Revelation 22,12)
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.


83 posted on 12/05/2005 7:04:24 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: murphE
No sweat ... I really should quite being a cheap Bustard, and spring for DSL.
84 posted on 12/05/2005 7:05:48 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Cable modem is where it's at!


85 posted on 12/05/2005 7:06:25 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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History

The Immaculate Conception, a solemnity, is the patronal feast of the United States. It is one of the few Holy days of obligation on the Church calendar -- that is, all Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on this day. As this feast occurs early in Advent, it is a perfect time to consider Mary and her important role in the celebration of Christmas.

In 1854, Pope Pius IX's solemn declaration, Ineffabilis Deus, clarified with finality the long-held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from original sin. In proclaiming the Immaculate Conception of Mary as a dogma of the Church, the pope expressed precisely and clearly that Mary was conceived free from the stain of original sin. This privilege of Mary derives from God's having chosen her as Mother of the Savior; thus she received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception. (The picture above shows her mother, Anna, with the infant Mary within her womb.) This great gift to Mary, an ordinary human being just like us, was fitting because she was destined to be Mother of God. The purity and holiness of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a model for all Christians.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says of the Immaculate Conception of Mary:

490. To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role". The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace.

491. Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, "full of grace" through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1844:

"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." (Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854.)

492. The "splendor of an entirely unique holiness" by which Mary is "enriched from the first instant of her conception" comes wholly from Christ: she is "redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son." The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person "in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places" and chose her "in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love."

493. The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God "the All-Holy" (Panagia) and celebrate her as "free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature". By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.


86 posted on 12/05/2005 7:09:06 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Readings for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Antiphon
I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God; for he has clothed me in the garment of salvation and robed me in the cloak of justice, like a bride adorned with her jewels. (Isaiah 1:10)

Collect
Father You prepared the Virgin Mary
to be the worthy Mother of Your Son.
You let her share beforehand
in the salvation Christ would bring by His death,
and kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception.
Help us by her prayers to live in Your presence without sin. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

Scripture

First Reading - Genesis 3: 9-15, 20

After Adam had eaten of the tree the Lord God called to him, "Where are you?" He asked. "I heard the sound of You in the garden," he replied. "I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid." "Who told you that you were naked?" He asked. "Have you been eating of the tree I forbade you to eat?" The man replied, "It was the woman You put with me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it." Then the Lord God asked the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman replied, "The serpent tempted me and I ate."

Then the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Be accursed beyond all cattle, and wild beasts. You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust every day of your life. I will make you enemies of each other: you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring. It will crush your head and you will strike its heel."

The man named his wife 'Eve' because she was the mother of all those who live.

Second Reading - Ephesians 1: 3-6,11-12

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Before the world was made, He chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in His presence, determining that we should become His adopted sons, through Jesus Christ for His own kind purposes, to make us praise the glory of His grace, His free gift to us in the Beloved. And it is in Him that we were claimed as God's own, chosen from the beginning, under the predetermined plan of the One who guides all things as He decides by His own will; chosen to be, for His greater glory, the people who would put their hopes in Christ before He came.

Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end.

And Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no husband?"

And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the Child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren, for with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. (RSV-CE translation)


87 posted on 12/05/2005 7:10:20 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

I agree.

Hear the laughing in Mecca and Medina?

That's the sound of Muslims making merry while Christians argue with each other over points of religion while they plot our common doom.

Christians shouldn't criticize the beliefs of other Christians. We should be aiming our guns at our real enemies in Islamdom.


88 posted on 12/05/2005 7:11:12 PM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: ZULU

Good points!


89 posted on 12/05/2005 7:18:49 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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V: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary

R: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

V: Hail Mary, full of grace: The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

R: Holy Mary, Mother of God: Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V: Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.

R: Be it done unto me according to thy word.

V: Hail Mary ...

R: Holy Mary ...

V: And the Word was made flesh

R: And dwelt among us.

V: Hail Mary ...

R: Holy Mary ...

V: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V: Let us pray.

All: Pour forth, we beseech the, O Lord, thy grace unto our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ, our Lord, Amen.


90 posted on 12/05/2005 7:20:43 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

May I say it...?

;-)


91 posted on 12/05/2005 7:25:49 PM PST by magisterium
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

"Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam"


92 posted on 12/05/2005 7:32:15 PM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: magisterium

Say away!


93 posted on 12/05/2005 7:33:13 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

None of your posts express anything of Catholic teachings on Mary. Nowhere is it ever taught or held that Mary is a goddess. Your posts are a strawman and you know it.


94 posted on 12/05/2005 7:33:40 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Having secretly received the command, the Archangel hastened into Joseph's abode and spoke to the Holy Virgin. He Who bowed the Heavens with His descending, is wholly contained, yet unchanged in You. And seeing Him taking the likeness of a servant in your womb, I stand in amazement and cry unto you:
Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin [3 times].
Kontakion

Unto you, O Theotokos, invincible Champion, your City, in thanksgiving ascribes the victory for the deliverance from sufferings. And having your might unassailable, free us from all dangers, so that we may cry unto you:
Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.
1

The Archangel was sent from Heaven to cry 'Rejoice!' to the Theotokos. And beholding You, O Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe, and with his bodiless voice he cried aloud to her such things as these:

Rejoice, you through whom joy shall shine forth. Rejoice, you whom the curse will vanish.
Rejoice, the Restoration of fallen Adam. Rejoice, the Redemption of the tears of Eve.
Rejoice, O Height beyond human logic. Rejoice, O depth invisible even to the eyes of Angels.
Rejoice, for you are the King's throne. Rejoice, you bear Him, Who bears the universe.
Rejoice, O Star revealing the Sun. Rejoice, O Womb of divine Incarnation.
Rejoice, you through whom creation is renewed. Rejoice, you through whom the Creator is born a Babe.

Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.
2

Beholding herself in purity, the holy one courageously said to Gabriel: Your strange voice seems almost unbelievable to my soul; for how do you speak of birth-giving without seed? crying aloud:
Alleluia.
3

Seeking to know the incomprehensible knowledge, the Virgin cried to him who ministered to her: How many a Son be born from a virginal womb? Tell me! To her he answered in fear, yet crying thus:

Rejoice, O seer of the ineffable Will. Rejoice, O surety of those praying in silence.
Rejoice, you the Preface of Christ's miracles. Rejoice, you the Pinnacle of His commandments.
Rejoice, O heavenly Ladder, by which God descended. Rejoice, O Bridge leading those from earth to Heaven.
Rejoice, O Miracle, much marveled of Angels. Rejoice, O trauma, much dirged of demons.
Rejoice, you who ineffably gave birth to the Light. Rejoice, you who revealed the mystery to none.
Rejoice, O knowledge superceding the wise. Rejoice, You who enlightens the minds of the faithful.

Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin
4

The power of the Most High then overshadowed the Virgin, that she might conceive; and her fruitful womb He made a fertile meadow for all those desiring to reap salvation, as they chant:
Alleluia.
5

Carrying God in her womb, the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth, whose unborn babe forthwith recognizing Mary's salutation rejoiced, and with leaps as it were with songs, he cried out to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, O branch of the unwithering Vine. Rejoice, O Land yielding the untainted Fruit.
Rejoice, O Husbandry of the merciful Husbandman. Rejoice, O birthgiver to the Planter of our life.
Rejoice, O Field bearing abundant compassion. Rejoice, O Table laden with an abundance of mercies.
Rejoice, for you make the meadow produce contentment. Rejoice, for you prepare a haven for souls.
Rejoice, acceptable Incense of intercession. Rejoice, Oblation for all the world.
Rejoice, Favour of God to mortals. Rejoice, Access of mortals to God.

Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.
6

Having doubtful thoughts, the righteous Joseph was troubled; for he suspected a secret union as he beheld you unwed, O blameless one; but when he learned of your conception through the Holy Spirit, he cried:
Alleluia.


95 posted on 12/05/2005 7:34:21 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

Ora Pro Nobis

I fly unto your patronage, my mother,
Ora pro nobis.
You who never leave anyone unaided,
but lay all our sighs, mourning and tears
at the feet of your Son,
Ora pro nobis.
You who try to keep us under your mantle
like your little children
wrapped safe against the wind and the rain,
Ora pro nobis.
Thank you for caring when we wander far away
and you come searching to call us home,
Ora pro nobis.
Thank you for teaching us
to cherish your Son
and show us his ways,
Ora pro nobis.
Thank you for being willing to be mother of us all,
O Mother of the Word Incarnate.


96 posted on 12/05/2005 7:36:18 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: ~Matahari

To him through her. She tells us to do whatever he tells us.


97 posted on 12/05/2005 7:36:23 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: Unam Sanctam

Maria walks amid the thorn,
Kyrie eleison.
Maria walks amid the thorn
Which for seven years not a leaf has borne,
Jesus and Maria.

What 'neath her heart does Mary bear:
Kyrie eleison.
A little child does Mary bear;
Beneath her heart the Son is there,
Jesus and Maria.

Lo, roses bloom upon the thorn,
Kyrie eleison. A
s the Christ-Child through the wood is borne
Lo, Roses bloom upon, the thorn.
Jesus and Maria.


98 posted on 12/05/2005 7:44:16 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

Blessed Virgin Mother, daughter of your Son,
Highest of all women, humbler there is none.
When you bore the savior by divine decree,
You gave all creation new nobility.

When the Source of Hope sprang forth against Despair,
And the God of Love as nourished by your care,
Then the fire of grace did flourish and increase,
Spreading through the nations news of heav'nly peace.

You are loving kindness, ever know our need;
You are all compassion, gladly intercede,
You are all perfection In the human race,
Through your mediation we can share God's grace.


99 posted on 12/05/2005 7:48:21 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

Dawn-star of the world's redemption,
Lo! we hail thee 'full of grace'!
Destined mother of the Savior
Promised to our fallen race,
Kings and prophets have foretold thee
And desired to see thy face.

Called by "God's divine election
To a wondrous destiny
And preserved by His protection
From all sin and evil free,
Mother of His Son Incarnate
Yet a virgin still to be.

Sorrow, pain and deep affliction
Marked thy pathway here on earth
From the moment of the 'Fiat'
To the day which saw His birth
And the dreadful consummation
In the mystery of His death.

But when He achieved our ransom
Raised aloft on Calvary,
Mother of mankind He named thee,
Of the souls He had redeemed.
A new Eve to guard the Eden
Of the Church's mystery.

Therefore now we praise the Father
And His well-beloved Son,
With the sanctifying Spirit
Ever reigning with Them One.
Praise we God, the One Eternal,
For the marvels He has done!


100 posted on 12/05/2005 7:52:56 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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