"We adore you, O Christ, and
we praise you.
Because by your holy cross,
you have redeemed the world."
Saint Francis of Assisi
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SAINT MICHAEL'S LENT
Every year Our Ladyís Little
Portion and Our Lady of the Pearl Franciscan Fraternities invite Franciscans to join us
in prayer and fasting during the Lent of St. Michael which begins on August 15th
and ends on September 29th. In 2009, we prayed for priests and for our
This year, in 2010,
we are praying for
our country, particularly against the secularization and destruction of religion
and culture in America, and for the evangelization of the whole world. We also
ask for prayers concerning the oil spill.
the writings of St. Francis, such as the Volterra text (Letter to All the
Faithful) which is included in The Rule of the SFO, we are reminded again
and again that Franciscans are called to be penitents, to pray and fast. For
these reasons this ancient tradition is important to us. St. Michaelís Lent
is a period of 40 days, honoring Mary and St. Michael the Archangel. It
begins on the Feast of the Assumption and ends on The Feast of the
ď[H]e wished along with the most
faithful Brothers . . . to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
(August 15) and then prepare himself by a forty daysí fast for the Feast of
St. Michael (September 29). In common with the rest of the people of the
Middle Ages, Francis nourished a special devotion to this Archangel,
signifer santus Michaelis, the standard-bearer of the Heavenly Host, and
the one who with his trumpet was to wake the dead in their graves on the
last day . . . .Ē (St. Francis of Assisi by Jorgensen)
is urgent is the evangelization of a world that not only does not know the
basic aspects of Christian dogma, but in great part has lost even the
memory of the cultural elements of Christianity." Pope John Paul II
"In a world
marked by religious indifference, and even by a growing aversion towards
the Christian faith, a new, intense evangelization is necessary, not only
among people that have never known the Gospel, but also among those in
which Christianity has been spread and is a part of their history," Pope
regions in the world that still wait for a first evangelization; others
that received it but need more profound work; others still in which the
Gospel put down roots a long time ago, giving place to a true Christian
tradition, but where in the last centuries -- with complex dynamics -- the
process of secularization has produced a grave crisis of the sense of the
Christian faith and of belonging to the Church." Pope Benedict XVI
pray St. Francisí Office of the Passion as found in the Ritual, beginning
page 82. An explanation and perhaps easier layout is found on the Poor
Clare Colettineís website:
pray the seven Penitential Psalms on behalf of our country. Pray one a day
or all each day. (The Penitential Psalms are so called because they express
sorrow for sin and a desire for pardon. Traditionally there are 7
penitential psalms, although many of the other psalms of the Psalter could
actually be used for this purpose. They are psalms 7, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130,
143, or 6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, 142 in the Vulgate numeration.
And prayers which follow.
Prayer for Our Nation
God our Father, Giver of life,
we entrust the United States of
America to Your loving care.
You are the rock on which this nation was founded.
You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Reclaim this land for Your
glory and dwell among Your people.
Spirit to touch the hearts of our nationīs
Open their minds to the great worth of human
and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.
Remind Your people that true
happiness is rooted in seeking
and doing Your will.
Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us
the courage to reject the "culture of death."
Lead us into a new millennium of life.
We ask this through
Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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Oil Spill Petitions
Godís power, and history reveals Godís providence; in this historical
crisis of the Gulf oil spill may God provide us the power to halt
destruction and reform the way we live.
May those whose livelihoods have been destroyed by the oil spill find
dignified ways to provide for their families.
For those with power in business and government: may they humbly place
their power at the service of the common good.
That all who feel powerless may experience through the compassion of
others that the Lord hears the cry of the poor and is close to the
For the health and safety of those directly involved in oil spill
recovery efforts: may God grant them success.
May those aware of negligence or injustice in the management of natural
resources have the courage to proclaim the truth, and may we all accept
responsible for our use of petroleum.
For those who struggle with addiction, including our nationís addiction
to lifestyles dependent on oil; in discovering new ways of living that
care for creation, may we know the freedom of the children of God.
Franciscan Action Network
A Prayer for Priests
pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around your priests and through
her intercession strengthen them for their ministry.
pray that Mary will guide your priests to follow her own words, "Do whatever
He tells you" (John 2:5).
May your priests have the heart of St. Joseph, Mary's most chaste spouse.
May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart inspire them to embrace all who
suffer at the foot of the cross.
May your priests be holy, filled with the fire of your love, seeking nothing
but your greater glory and the salvation of souls. Amen.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.
Saint John Vianney
Following are the Prayers after
Low Mass which were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII who composed the Prayer
to Saint Michael the Archangel, and were reinforced by Pope Pius XI and
Pope Pius XII to pray for the conversion of Russia. These prayers were in
effect until after Vatican II. A decade later Paul VI said, "satan has
entered the sanctuary." Could the elimination of these powerful prayers
with a ten year indulgence have played a huge part in allowing the devil
such easy access? The answer is obvious. Below the normal Leonine Prayers is
the longer version of the Prayer to St. Michael, composed by His
Excellency Pope Leo XIII to defend against The Great Apostasy.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the
Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and
at the hour of our death. Amen. (3 times)
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To
thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most
gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show
unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
Let us pray. O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon
the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and
immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the
blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and
goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty
and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of
the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the
heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil
spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
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Days for Franciscans to
August 1 - Midnight August 2nd The Portiuncular Indulgence
August 2 - The Feast of Our Lady of the Angels
August 2 - August 10 Novena to St. Clare
August 11 - The Feast of St. Clare
August 14 - The Feast of St. Maximillian Kolbe
August 15 - The Assumption
August 15 - September 29 The Lent of St. Michael
September 8 - The Feast of the birthday of Our Lady
September 14 - The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross
September 14, 1224 St. Francis receives the Stigmata
September 17 - Feast of the Stigmata of Our Holy Father Francis
September 22 - Queenship of Mary
September 29 - The Feast of the Archangels
October 2 - The Feast of the Angels
October 3 - The Transitus
October 4 - The Feast of St. Francis
Saint Francis obtained for us the
Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi or the Portiuncular
Indulgence, as it is also called. The date of the Portiuncular Indulgence is
from vespers on the first of August until sundown on the second of August,
which is the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels. Some say that Saint Francis
was given the date by Our Lord because the Feast of the Chains of St. Peter,
which is celebrated on August 1st, is the day Peter was released from prison
and his chains were removed. The Portiuncular Indulgence removes the chains
of sin from those who devoutly and faithfully seek to gain the indulgence by
completing its requirements.
The conditions to obtain the Indulgence are:
1. Sacramental Confession to be in Godís grace (during eight day
before or after)
2. Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist
3. Recitation of The Apostles Creed, Our Father and a prayer for the
The Portiuncula Indulgence is a grace not to miss, for
yourself and for the souls in purgatory. Mark your calendar. For more