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The Story Of St. Christopher “The Christ Bearer”

The Story Of St. Christopher “The Christ Bearer”

The Story Of Saint Christopher “The Christ – Bearer”.

Feast Day July 25, Martyred 254 A.D, One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers of the Catholic Church.

In Catholic Ancient Tradition that has been passed down from Generation to Generation like many of the Church’s Traditions. This Catholic Tradition concerns Saint Christophorus, and the story of this Great Saint relates:

He was born in the land of Canaan, and was named Reprobus, that is Reprobate, for he was a barbarous heathen. In stature and strength he was a giant. Thinking no one his like in bodily vigor, he resolved to go forth in search of the mightiest master and serve him. In his wanderings, he met with a king who was praised as the most valorous man on earth. To him he offered his services and was accepted. The king was proud of this giant and kept him near his person.

One day a minstrel visited the king’s castle, and among the ballads he sung before the court was one on the power of Satan. At the mention of this name the king blessed himself, making the sign of the cross. Reprobus, wondering, asked him why he did that. The king replied: “When I make this sign, Satan has no power over me”. Reprobus rejoined: “So thou fearest the power of Satan? Then he is mightier than thou, and I shall seek and serve him”.

Setting forth to seek Satan, he came into a wilderness. One dark night he met a band of wild fellows riding through the forest. It was Satan and his escort. Reprobus bravely accosted him, saying he wished to serve him. He was accepted. But soon he was convinced that his new master was not the mightiest on earth. For one day, whilst approaching a crucifix by the wayside, Satan quickly took to flight, and Reprobus asked him for the reason. Satan replied: “That is the image of my greatest enemy, who conquered me on the cross. From him I always flee”. When Reprobus heard this, he left the Devil, and went in search of Christ.

In his wanderings, he one day came to a hut hidden in the forest. At its door sat a venerable old man. Reprobus addressed him, and in the course of the conversation that ensued the old man told him that he was a hermit, and had left the world to serve Christ, the Lord of heaven and earth. “Thou art my man,” cried Reprobus “Christ is He whom I seek, for He is the strongest and the mightiest. Tell me where I can find Him”. The hermit then began instructing the giant about God and the Redeemer, and concluded by saying: “He who would serve Christ must offer himself entirely to Him, and do and suffer everything for His sake. His reward for this will be immense and will last forever”.

Reprobus now asked the hermit to allow him to remain, and to continue to instruct him. The hermit consented. When Reprobus was fully instructed, he baptized him. After his baptism, a great change came over the giant. No longer proud of his great size and strength, he became meek and humble, and asked the hermit to assign to him some task by which he might serve God, his master. “For,” said he, “I can not pray and fast; therefore I must serve God in some other way”.

The hermit led him to a broad and swift river nearby, and said: “Here build thyself a hut, and when wanderers wish to cross the river, carry them over for the love of Christ”. For there was no bridge across the river.

Henceforth, day and night, whenever he was called, Reprobus faithfully performed the task assigned to him. One night he heard a child calling to be carried across the river. Quickly he rose, placed the child on his stout shoulder, took his staff and walked into the mighty current. Arrived in midstream, the water rose higher and higher, and the child became heavier and heavier. “O child,” he cried, “how heavy thou art! It seems I bear the weight of the world on my shoulder”.

And the child replied, “Right thou art. Thou bearest not only the world, but the Creator of heaven and earth. I am Jesus Christ, thy King and Lord, and henceforth thou shalt be called Christophorus, that is, Christ-bearer. Arrived on yonder shore, plant thy staff in the ground, and in token of my power and might tomorrow it shall bear leaves and blossoms”.

And the child disappeared. On reaching the other shore, Christophorus stuck his staff into the ground, and behold, it budded forth leaves and blossoms. Then, kneeling, he promised the Lord to serve Him ever faithfully. He kept his promise, and thenceforth became a zealous preacher of the Gospel, converting many to the Faith.

On his missionary peregrinations he came also to Lycia, where, after his first sermon, eighteen thousand heathens requested baptism. When Emperor Decius heard of this, he sent a company of four hundred soldiers to capture Christophorus. To these he preached so convincingly, that they all asked for baptism. Decius became enraged and had him cast into prison.

There he first treated him with great kindness, and surrounded him with every luxury and even sent him two of the most beautiful women in his kingdom to tempt him to sin, but in vain as he ended up converting the two Pagan women to Christ who were shortly Martyred. Then he ordered him to be tortured in the most cruel manner, until he should deny the Faith. He was scourged, placed on plates of hot iron, boiling oil was poured over and fire was lighted under him. When all these torments did not accomplish their purpose, the soldiers were ordered to shoot him with arrows. This, too, having no effect, he was beheaded, on July 25th, 254. Two great saints refer to the wonderful achievements of St. Christophorus which is a further declaration of the truths of the Story of Saint Christopher as Saint Ambrose mentions that this saint converted forty-eight thousand souls to Christ and Saint Vincent Ferrer declares, that when the plague devastated Valencia, its destructive course was stayed through the intercession of Saint Christophorus.

Prayers To Saint Christopher.

Prayer of the Church in Honor of Saint Christopher.

Grant us, almighty God, that whilst we celebrate the memory of Thy blessed martyr St. Christophorus, through his intercession the love of Thy name may be increased in us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer In Honor Of St. Christopher.

O God, Who did make St. Christopher a true Christ-bearer, who converted multitudes to the Christian faith, and Who gave him the grace to suffer for Thy sake the most cruel torments, through the intercession of this Saint, we implore Thee to protect us from sin, the only real evil. Preserve us also against the harmful forces of nature, such as earthquake, lightning, fire, and flood and In all our Travels. Amen.

Invocation Of St. Christopher.

Great St. Christopher, seeking and mightiest master which Thou found in Jesus Christ, the Almighty God of Heaven and earth. Faithfully serving Him with all Thy power to the end of Thy life, gaining for Him countless souls and finally shedding Thine blood for Him, obtain for me the grace to bear Christ always in my heart, as Thou once did, bearing Him on Thine shoulder. So that by this I may be strengthened to overcome victoriously all temptations and resist all enticements of the world, the Devil, and the flesh, and that the powers of darkness may not prevail against me. Amen.

Prayer Of Petition By The Merits Of Saint Christopher.

My Lord and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His Immaculate and Blessed Mother, Mary ever Virgin, and of all the Saints, particularly with those of the Holy Helper, St. Christopher, in whose honor I say this prayer. Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thine Grace and Thy Love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

Novena Prayer To All The Angels For A Special Favour

Novena Prayer To All The Angels For A Special Favour

Novena Prayer To All The Angels For A Special Favour.

Known To Be Very Powerful.

Can Also Be Prayed Once or Made Part Of Your Daily Prayers.

Bless the Lord, all Ye His Angels! Thou who art mighty in strength and do His Will, intercede for me at the Throne of God. By Thine unceasing watchfulness, protect me in every danger of soul and body. Obtain for me the grace of final perseverance, so that after this life, I may be admitted to Thy glorious company and sing with Thee the praises of God for all eternity. All ye Holy Angels and Archangels, Thrones and Dominations, Principalities and Powers and Virtues of Heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, and especially Thou, my dear Guardian Angel, intercede for me and obtain for me the special favour I now ask (mention your request). Amen.

Offer the “Glory Be” three times.

Prayer To Mary Mistress Of Angels.

(This prayer was given by Mary to a Bernadine Sister approximately 1937 and urged fervently by Our Lady to be printed and distributed).

O exalted Queen of Heaven, Supreme Mistress of the Angels, who from the beginning has received from God the power and the commission to crush the serpent’s head, we pray Thee humbly, send down Thy Holy Legions, that they, under Thy command and power, may pursue the spirits of Hell, everywhere wage war against them, defeat their boldness and thrust them into the abyss of Hell.

“Who is like unto God?” – “Holy Angels and Archangels, defend us and protect us!” – “O kind and tender Mother, Thou shalt ever remain our love and our hope.” Amen.

A Bernardine Sister was shown in spirit the vast desolation caused by the Devil throughout the world. At the same time, she heard the Blessed Virgin telling her it was true, Hell had been let loose upon the earth, and that the time had come to pray to her as Queen of Angels and to ask of her the assistance of the Heavenly Legions to fight against these deadly foes of God and of men.

“But, my good Mother,” she replied, “you who are so kind, could you not send them without our asking?”

“No,” Our Lady answered, “Because prayer is one of the conditions required by God Himself for obtaining favors.”

Then the Blessed Virgin communicated the following prayer, bidding her to have it printed and distribute it.

Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus – Day 1

Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus – Day 1

*Day 1 -Sacred heart Novena*

*June /19/2019*

*Peace be with you!*

*REFLECTION*

It is said that St. Padre Pio recited this novena daily for all those who requested his prayers. This novena (repeating the same prayer for nine consecutive days for a particular intention or devotion) can be prayed at any time, though it is a tradition to begin on the traditional feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday) leading up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus itself it is a tradition to pray the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart.

In this Novena to the Sacred Heart, we pray for nine days in trust and confidence in the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, that He might grant our request. At each point where the prayer indicates that you should state your request, mention the same request, and use the same request for each of the nine days of the novena.

*In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.*

*I Confess to You*

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask the Blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Amen.

*Come Holy Spirit*

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

*The Lord’s Prayer* [Our Father]

Our Father, Who art in heaven, 

Hallowed be Thy Name. 

Thy Kingdom come. 

Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our trespasses, 

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Amen.

*Hail Mary*

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou amongst women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

*The Prayer to the Sacred Heart*

Oh Lord Jesus Christ, to Your most Sacred Heart I confide this intention {name petition}.

Only look upon me, then do what Your love

Inspires. Let Your Sacred Heart decide.

I count on You. I trust in You. I throw myself on Your mercy. Lord Jesus, You will not fail me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked You for many favors, but I earnestly implore this one.

Take it, place it in Your open Heart.

When the Eternal Father looks upon it, He will see it covered with Your Precious Blood.

It will be no longer my prayer, but Yours, Jesus. Sacred Heart of Jesus,

I place all my trust in You. Let me not be disappointed. Amen

*Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus*

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

*Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

Day 1*

O my Jesus, Thou has said: “Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek, and I ask for the grace of 

[​state your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, Thou hast said: “Truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in My name, He will give it to you.” Behold, in Thy name, I ask the Father for the grace of

[State your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, Thou has said: “Truly I say to you, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Encouraged by Thy infallible words, I now ask for the grace of:

[state your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

*Let us pray.*

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for Whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have mercy on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of Thee, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, thy tender Mother and ours.

*Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus*

V. Lord, have mercy on us.

R. Christ, have mercy on us. 

V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. 

R. Christ, graciously hear us. 

V. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

~God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

~God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

~Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mother’s womb, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call upon You, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in You, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

R. Spare us, O Lord.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

R. Have mercy on us.


V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart (3x). 

R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

*In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.*

Catholic Devotions With Promises Of Salvation – The 3 Hail Mary’s Devotion

Catholic Devotions With Promises Of Salvation – The 3 Hail Mary’s Devotion

The 3 Hail Mary’s Devotion.

One of the greatest means of salvation and one of the surest signs of predestination, is unquestionably, the devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin. All the holy doctors of the Church are unanimous in saying with St. Alphonsus of Liguori: “A devout servant of Mary shall never perish.” The chief thing is to persevere faithfully till death in this devotion.

Numerous examples show how agreeable the three Hail Marys Devotion is to the Divine Mother and what special graces it draws, during life and at the hour of death, on those who never omit it for a single day.

This practice was revealed to St. Melchtilde (13th century) while she was beseeching Our Blessed Mother to assist her in her hour of death. Our Lady appeared to her and said:

“I will, certainly. But I also want you to say three special Hail Mary’s to me every day. 

The first will be in honor of God the Father, Whose omnipotence raised my soul so high above every other creature that after God I have the greatest power in heaven and on earth. In the hour of your death I will use that power of God the Father to keep any hostile power far from you.

The second Hail Mary will be said in honor of the Son of God Who communicated His inscrutable wisdom to me. In the hour of your death I will fill your soul with the light of that wisdom so that all the darkness of ignorance and error will be dispelled.

The third Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Holy Ghost Who filled my soul with the sweetness of His love and tenderness and mercy. In your last hour I will then change the bitterness of death into divine sweetness and delight.”

Our Blessed Mother also revealed to St. Gertrude the Great: 

“To any soul who faithfully prays the Three Hail Mary’s, I will appear at the hour of death in a splendor so extraordinary that it will fill the soul with heavenly consolation.”

St. Leonard of Port Maurice, the celebrated missionary, had the Three Hail Mary’s recited morning and evening in honor of Mary Immaculate, to obtain the grace of avoiding all mortal sins during the day or night. Moreover, he promised in a special manner, eternal salvation to all those who proved constantly faithful to this practice. He gave this devotion of Three Hail Mary’s as a penance in the confessional, especially for those who were struggling with sins of impurity.

Practice: Recite morning and evening, three Hail Mary’s in honor of the three great privileges bestowed upon Our Blessed Mother by the most Blessed Trinity with this invocation at the end: for the morning: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin during this day.” For the evening: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin during this night.”

(Pope St. Pius X gave his Apostolic Blessings to this practice and the devotion was raised to an Archconfraternity by Pope Benedict XV).

The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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