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Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

1 Peter 4:8-10

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Who is Saint Blaise and why the blessing of throats?

For centuries, it has been a tradition for Catholics to have their throats blessed on the Feast of St. Blase, the patron saint against throat ailments. It's a lovely tradition with St. Blaise, who healed a boy with a fishbone stuck in his throat. 

The priest takes two unlit candles and crosses them. He places one on one side of the parishioner's neck and one on the other. And, the priest says this prayer:

By the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop, and martyr, may God deliver you from every malady of the throat, and from every possible mishap; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen. 

Blase, whose virtues made him dear to the people of Sebaste in Armenia, was chosen bishop of that city. When the emperor Diocletian waged his cruel persecution against the Christians, the saint hid in a cave on Mount Argeus, and there he remained some time concealed, but was at length discovered by some soldiers of the governor Agricolaus, while they were hunting. 

They led him to the governor, who gave orders that he should be put into prison. During his imprisonment, many sick people, attracted by the reputation of his sanctity, came to him, and he healed them. Among these was a boy, whose life was despaired of by the physicians, on account of his having swallowed a fishbone, which could not be extracted from his throat. 

The saint was twice brought before the governor, but neither fair promises nor threats could induce him to offer sacrifice to the gods. Whereupon, he was first beaten with rods, and then his flesh was torn with iron hooks while he lay stretched on the rack. At length, he was beheaded and nobly gave testimony to the faith of Christ our Lord.

Prayer:  O God, Who dost gladden us by the annual feast of blessed Blase, Thy Martyr, and Bishop: mercifully grant that we, who celebrate his heavenly birthday, may also rejoice in his protection. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Why and what is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord?

Today’s feast is celebrated in our Church forty days after Christmas, marking the day that Mary and Joseph would have brought Jesus into the Temple. Though Mary was pure and free from sin from the moment of her conception, and though the Son of God did not need to be redeemed, Mary and Joseph fulfilled these ritual obligations.

“Candlemass” is also a traditional name given to today’s feast because as early as the fifth century, the custom of celebrating this feast with lighted candles developed. The lit candles symbolized Simeon’s prophecy that Jesus would be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles.” Lastly, this Feast has been referred to as the “Feast of the Holy Encounter” because God, in the Person of Jesus, encountered Simeon and Anna in the Temple.

Mary and Joseph bring to the Temple their firstborn who, in accordance with the law, had to be redeemed or “bought back” by means of the prescribed sacrifice. Thirty-three years later, Jesus Himself will be the sacrifice that is offered on our behalf, for our redemption. Additionally, Mary’s unique and maternal share in her Son’s redemptive suffering—the sword that will pierce her heart—means that we always have a place in her heart: we can turn to her with our sufferings and our sins.
Ponder, today, your soul being the new temple of the Lord, and acknowledge your need to be purified and offered to the Father in Heaven. As Christ continues to enter into the temple of your soul, pray that He will shine forth for others to see so that, like Simeon and Anna, they will encounter our Lord within you.

My saving Lord, Your loving parents offered You to Your Father in the Temple in accordance with the Law You revealed to Moses. In that offering, our souls are purified and we are offered to Your Father with You. I thank You for the gift of salvation and pray that my soul will always radiate Your light as You dwell within me. Jesus, I trust in You.
𝗢𝗟𝗠 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆, 𝟰𝟬 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 & 𝗜𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗶𝘀 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗲 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮/𝟭𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝟲:𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱-𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗲 "𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲"

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"Jesus, Lamb of God, Saving Love for all, Lord of heaven and earth, Father's love for all, I bow to You"Corpus Christi Procession 2019. Thank you Heavenly Father for keeping the rain at bay, thank you to all who joined and prepared for this wonderful procession. AMDG.

Posted by Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church Aurora/Illinois on Sunday, June 23, 2019

PALM SUNDAY 4-14-2019