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The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (2).

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (2).

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These nine worlds form three sections, above each of which I see great angel enthroned; the first holds a sceptre; the second, a rod; the third a sword. They wear crowns and long robes, and their breast is dec­orated with ribands. In these spheres dwell the bad spirits who at each man’s birth are associated to him by an inti­mate relation which I clearly understand, which excites my wonder, but which I cannot now explain. They are not lovely and transparent like the Angels. They shine it is true, but by an external, unsteady light, as if by re­flection. They are either slothful, indolent, fanciful, mel­ancholy, or passionate, violent, obstinate, stubborn, or frivolous, etc., – a personification of the different passions.

Among them I have remarked the same colors that I see among men in their sufferings and interior struggles and in the aureolas of the martyrs, whose passions purified by torments have been changed into colors of triumph. These spirits have something sharp, violent, and penetrating   in their countenance. They attach themselves with extraor­dinary tenacity to the human soul as insects to certain odours and plants, rousing in them all kinds of thoughts and desires. They are full of stings, of rays, of seductive charms. They themselves produce no act, no sin, but they withdraw man from the divine influence, lay him open to the world, intoxicate him with self, bind him, attach him to the earth in many ways. If he yields, he plunges into darkness, the devil then draws near and marks him with his seal: now some act, some sin, and his separation from God to effected.

I have clearly seen that mortification and fasting weaken the influence of these spirits and facilitate that of the Angels, whilst Holy Communion is the most effectual means of resisting them. I have seen that certain inclinations and aversions, certain involuntary antipathies, and espe­cially the disgust we have for certain things, such as  in­sects, reptiles, vermin, etc., have a mysterious signification, since these creatures are images of those sins and passions to which, through their connection with these spirits, we are the most exposed. I was told that when one feels dis­gust for such things, he should recall his sins and evil pro­pensities symbolized by them. I have seen such spirits presenting to people in Church all sorts of toys and trinkets, filling their heads with all sorts of thoughts and desires, whilst their Angels are busy recalling them to better things. I cannot relate these multiplied pictures…

To be continued. 

Powerful Testimonies From The Saints On The Power Of The Mass, The St. Michael Prayer And Other Legions Of Angels During Mass

Powerful Testimonies From The Saints On The Power Of The Mass, The St. Michael Prayer And Other Legions Of Angels During Mass


THE LATIN LITURGICAL BOOKS OF 1962.
The Traditional Latin Mass Prayers to St Michael, that were removed from the New Mass, at the Second Vatican Council.

 St. Michael and the Angels at Mass.

Jesus said the evil groups removed the prayers to St Michael, which is still prayed in the Traditional Mass, from the Norvus Ordo Mass, because they know the efficacy of that prayer in protecting the Church. Now read more about it here.
It is said that St. Michael presides over the worship of adoration rendered to the Most High and offers to God the prayers of the faithful symbolized by incense whose smoke rises towards Heaven. In fact, the liturgy presents St. Michael to us as the incense-bearer, standing beside the altar as our intercessor and the bearer of the Church’s prayers before the throne of God. 

An Angel of the Lord stood near the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand, and there was given to him much incense, and the smoke of the perfumes ascended before God.” [Offertory, Mass of St. Michael].
At the beginning of Holy Mass [the Traditional Roman or Latin Mass], St Michael’s name is mentioned in the confession of faults made by the priest at the foot of the altar, and by the faithful in turn. At the offertory, in Solemn High Mass, the priest implores the blessing of the Almighty upon the oblation through the intercession of St. Michael. And during the Canon of the Mass [The Canon was obliterated in the Novus Ordo, as were several other beautiful orations, for which either nothing was supplied at all or banal prose was added.], after the Consecration, the priest prays God to command that the oblation be borne by the hands of His holy Angel to His altar on high. The Angel here referred to is doubtless the Archangel Michael. With loving solicitude he watches over the Precious Blood, that no accident may occur, and also over all the tiny particles which may fall from the consecrated Hosts at the time of Holy Communion, that they may not be lost or desecrated.
But St. Michael is not alone present at the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar. Christian tradition assures us that innumerable Angels also assist at Mass. St. John Chrysostom, among others, states that: 

When Mass is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless Angels who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar.” Besides the guardian Angels of the faithful who are present, thousands of Heavenly spirits assist at Mass, reverently worshipping their Lord and God. With what sentiments of profound veneration do they not adore the Precious Blood being shed anew upon the altar! It is the self-same Blood that was shed on Calvary, but with this difference, that then It fell upon the ground and stones, whereas in Holy Mass, It is applied to the souls of those present. The efficacy of the Mass is so wonderful, God’s mercy and generosity are then so unlimited that there is no moment so propitious to ask for favors as when Jesus is born on the altar. The Angels know this full well and come in throngs to adore their Divine Master and make their petitions at this hour of mercy. What an example for us! Whenever we attend Holy Mass, therefore, let us unite with St. Michael and the holy Angels, “and place our offerings and petitions in their pure hands, to be presented to the Most High, that He may receive them graciously and pardon our lack of devotion for the sake of the devotion of the celestial spirits with whom we associate ourselves. It was revealed to St. Mechtilde that three thousand Angels from the choir of Thrones are ever in devout attendance around every Tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Doubtless a much greater number are present at Holy Mass, which is not merely a Sacrament but also a sacrifice.” 

And we read in the revelations of St. Bridget

One day when I was assisting at the Holy Sacrifice, I saw an immense number of Holy Angels descend and gather around the altar, contemplating the priest. They sang heavenly canticles that ravished my heart, Heaven itself seemed to be contemplating the great Sacrifice. And yet we poor mortals, blind and miserable creatures, assist at Mass with so little love, relish and respect!” 

Do Catholics ever think of this amazing truth, namely: that at Mass they are praying in the midst of thousands of God’s Angels?
Let us beg St. Michael and his Angels to impart to us a greater realization of the infinite value of the Mass, “where Christ spiritually sprinkles the souls of the faithful with His Blood.” St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi says of this spiritual sprinkling: ‘This Blood when applied to the soul, imparts to it as much dignity as if it were decked in a costly robe. It imparts such brilliance and splendor that couldst thou behold the effulgence of thy soul when sprinkled with that Blood, thou wouldst fall down to adore it.’ Happy the soul adorned with such beauty! Let us go to Holy Mass often, that we may be sprinkled with this adorable Blood and our soul arrayed in rich apparel which will render us glorious forever in the sight of the Angels and the Saints. The Catholic Church owns no greater, no more costly treasure than the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ; for a single drop of this Blood, which is united to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, outweighs in value all the riches of Heaven and earth.
Let us remember also that one Mass heard during life is of more benefit to the soul than many heard for it after death, and that every Mass will go with you to Judgment and plead for pardon. They will, moreover, shorten your Purgatory and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. How pleasing to God is the frequent attendance at Mass, is well illustrated in the following gracious little story:
A poor farmer was wont to attend daily Mass for many years of his life. He was crossing the snow-covered fields one cold morning on his way to church, when he thought he heard foot-steps behind him, and turning, he saw his Angel Guardian bearing a basket full of beautiful roses which exhaled a delightful perfume. “See,” said the Angel, “these roses represent each step you have taken on the way to Mass and each rose represents also a glorious reward which awaits you in heaven. But far, far greater are the merits you have acquired from the Mass itself.”



The thought of the priceless advantages that are to be derived from devout assistance at Mass, ought to be a stimulant for us to hear it not only on Sundays, but also on week days; whenever possible. Should illness or some other serious reason prevent us from doing so, let us send our Guardian Angel in our stead with the prayer following the next section. 

  

Fittingly is the Blessed Sacrament called the “Bread of Angels,” because of the ardent love with which the Angels cherish the adorable Sacrament and the profound adoration which they render to their God hidden beneath the Sacramental veils. But this designation reminds us also of the Angelic purity which ought to adorn our hearts when we receive Holy Communion.

We ought, therefore, to think of our Guardian Angels and their incomparable purity whenever we approach the Table of the Lord, asking them to obtain for us the grace to approach the Heavenly Banquet with true purity of heart and worthy dispositions.
It is particularly when we approach the Holy Table that our Guardian Angels exercise their most watchful care over us, for here there is question of a very special homage to their most beloved Lord in the wondrous condescension of His Eucharistic state. With what glowing love they hasten to render Him their services! And yet the Holy Eucharist was instituted not for the Angels, but for men. Ought we not to be wholly abashed in contemplating the Angels’ fervor?
When we are preparing for Holy Communion, the Angels strive to awaken in us holy sentiment; they urge us to banish distractions and to repeat pious acts of contrition, longing and love. The evil spirit takes delight in disturbing us in order to hinder us from receiving Holy Communion fruitfully, for he knows that this is the fountain of all good. On this account, we often experience that just during Holy Mass and at the time of Holy Communion we are most violently assailed by distractions and temptations. But our faithful Angel also redoubles his watchfulness at this sacred time, and if we cooperate with him, he will assist us to conquer the enemy and to receive the adorable Sacrament with proper dispositions. We must also strive not to displease our good Angel by want of reverence in approaching the Holy Table.
Our holy Guardian Angels also rejoice in uniting with us in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament and during the time of Holy Mass. They do all they can to keep us from inattention and irreverence, for they are inflamed with love of God, whom they behold face to face. 

St. Francis de Sales had special devotion towards the holy Angels charged with the guardianship of the tabernacles. His veneration for these Angelic Guardians was increased by an instance which showed that these pure spirits revere not only the Sacred Species, but also the ministers who consecrate and handle them. After having conferred Holy Orders on a pious young man, St. Francis noticed that the newly ordained priest hesitated before a door as if to let someone pass before him. “Why do you pause?” asked the Saint. “God favors me with the sight of my Guardian Angel,” replied the priest. “Before I was ordained to the holy priesthood, my Angel always remained at my right and preceded me. Now he walks at the left and refuses to go before me.” Such is the great veneration which the Angelic spirits show even to God’s ministers because of their reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.

Prayer When Unable to Assist at Daily Mass.


Go, my Angel Guardian dear, 

To church for me——the Mass to hear. 

Go, kneel devoutly at my place 

And treasure for me every grace. 

At the Offertory time 

Please offer me to God Divine. 

All I have and all I am, 

Present it with the Precious Lamb. 

Adore for me the great Oblation. 

Pray for all I hold most dear 

Be they far or be they near. 

Remember, too, my own dear dead 

For whom Christ’s Precious Blood was shed. 

At Communion bring spiritually to me 

Christ’s flesh and blood my food to be, 

To give me strength and holy grace; 

A pledge to see Him face to face, 

And when the Holy Mass is done.

Then with His blessing, come back home.
It is related of St. Catherine of Siena, who was also favored with the visible presence of her Guardian Angel, that once while praying in the church she turned her head slightly to gratify her curiosity. Her Guardian Angel gave her so severe a look for her disrespect in the presence of the Most Holy that for several days St. Catherine was inconsolable and performed severe penance in atonement.

Blessed
Veronica of Binasco relates a similar experience: “Once,” she writes, “when, prompted by curiosity, I happened during the time of Mass to look at one of the Sisters who was kneeling near the altar, the Angel of God who is constantly beside me rebuked me with such severity that I almost fainted with terror. How threateningly he looked at me as he said, ‘Why dost thou not keep watch over thy heart? Why dost thou gaze thus curiously at thy sister? Thou hast committed no slight offense against God.’ Thus spoke the Angel, and by Christ’s command he enjoined on me a heavy penance for my fault, which for three days I bewailed with tears. Now, when I hear Mass, I never venture so much as to turn my head, for fear of incurring the displeasure of the Divine Majesty.” What a lesson for those who give free rein to their eyes in church and even talk during the time of Holy Mass! 

The Leonine Prayers.

Prayers after the Low Mass.
The Leonine Prayers were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII to be said by the priest and congregation after Low Mass. The original intention was the defense of the temporal sovereignty of the Holy See. In 1904, St. Pius X granted permission to add at the conclusion of the Leonine Prayers a threefold invocation, “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.” In 1929, Pius XI ordered that the prayers should be said for the conversion of Russia, alluding to the request of Our Lady in Fatima. They are customarily said kneeling.

After Vatican II, the prayers were no longer said. Vatican II had refused to condemn Communism, while Paul VI after his election in 1963 began to approach communist countries with the “Vatican Ostpolitik” – the policy of deténte with Communism. Since the Leonine Prayers were a reminder of Moscow’s plans for universal expansion, they were among the first things to go.

Ave
María – Hail Mary (3 times).

Ave María, grátia plena, Dóminus tecum, benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus frúctus véntris tui, Jésus. 
Sáncta María, Mater Déi, ora pro nóbis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nóstrae. Amen.

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.

Salve Regina – Hail Holy Queen

Sálve Regina, Máter misericórdiae, vita, dulcédo, et spes nóstra, sálve. Ad te clamámus, éxsules filii Evae. Ad te suspirámus geméntes et fientes in hac lacrymárum valle. Eia ergo, advocáta nóstra, illos tuos misericórdes óculos ad nos convérte. Et Jésum, benedíctum frúctum véntris tui, nóbis, post hoc exilium osténde. O clémens, o pía, o dúlcis Virgo María. Ora pro nóbis, Sáncta Déi Génitrix. Ut dígni efficiámur promissiónibus Christi. 
Orémus.

Deus, refúgium nóstrum et vírtus, pópulum ad te clamántem propítius réspice; et intercedénte gloriósa, et immaculáta Virgine Dei Genitríce María, cum beáto Joseph, ejus Spónso, ac beátis Apóstolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et ómnibus Sánctis, quas pro conversióne peccatórum, pro libertáte et exaltatióne sanctae Matris Ecclésiae, preces effúndimus, miséricors et benígnus exáudi. Per eúndum Chrístum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

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 pious, O sweet Virgin Mary. 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 Lord. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Sáncte Micháel Archángele, defénde nos in proélio; contra nequítiam et insídias diáboli esto praesídium. Impéret illi Deus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, Prínceps milítiae caeléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in mundo, divína virtúte in inférnum detrúde. Amen

V
. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum. 

R. Miserére nobis. 

V. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum. 

R. Miserére nobis. 

V. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum.

R. Miserére nobis. 

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the Devil. May God restrain 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 for the ruin of souls. 

Amen. 
V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 

R. Have mercy on us. 

V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

R. Have mercy on us. 

V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 

R. Have mercy on us. 
At High Traditional Mass During Incense
ORDO MISSAEORDINARY OF THE MASSP. Per intercessionem beati Michaelis Archangeli, stantis a dextris altaris incensi, et omnium electorum suorum, incensum istud dignetur Dominus benedicere, et in odorem suavitatis accipere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

P
. Through the intercession of Blessed Michael the Archangel, standing at the right hand of the altar of incense, and of all His elect may the Lord vouchsafe to bless + this incense and to receive it in the odor of sweetness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The priest censes the offerings, the cross and the altar, saying:

ORDO
MISSAEORDINARY OF THE MASSP. Incensum istud a te benedictum, ascendat ad te, Domine, et descendat super nos misericordia tua.

P
. May this incense blessed by You, arise before You, O Lord, and may Your mercy come down upon us.
The priest incenses the altar.
ORDO MISSAEORDINARY OF THE MASSP. Dirigatur, Domine, oratio mea sicut incensum in conspectu tuo: elevatio manuum mearum sacrificium vespertinum. Pone, Domine, custodiam ori meo, et ostium circumstantiae labiis meis : ut non declinet cor meum in verba malitiae, ad excusandas excusationes in peccatis.

P
. Let my prayer, O Lord, come like incense before You; the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice. O Lord, set a watch before my mouth, a guard at the door of my lips. Let not my heart incline to the evil of engaging in deeds of wickedness.
We shall read more about St. Michael, the Holy Angels in general, at Mass and other activities during this September, the month of the Angels!

St. Michael the Archangel defend us in the day of battle…

The Saint Who Walked On Water 

The Saint Who Walked On Water 

How St. Maurus walked upon the water.


Saint Maurus, O.S.B. (or Maur), was the first disciple of Saint Benedict of Nursia (512584). He is mentioned in Pope Saint Gregory the Great‘s biography of the latter as the first oblate; offered to the monastery by his noble Roman parents as a young boy to be brought up in the monastic life.

On a certain day, as Venerable Bennet (St. Benedict) was in his cell, the foresaid young Placidus, One of St. Benedict‘s monks, went out to take up water at the lake, and putting down his pail carelessly slipped into the water, and was carried away from the land so far as one may shoot an arrow. The holy monk St. Benedict, being in his cell, by and by knew this, and called in haste for Maurus, saying: “Brother Maurus, run as fast as you can, for Placidus, that went to the lake to fetch water, has fallen in, and is being carried a good way off.” 

A strange thing, and since the time of Peter the Apostle never heard of! 

Maurus, craving his father’s (St. Benedict) blessing, and departing in a haste at his commandments, ran towards the lake to which Brother Maurus carried the young lad by force thereof, thinking that he had all that while gone upon the land and taking fast hold of him by the hair of his head, in all haste he returned back again and so soon as he was at land, he looked behind him, and realized that he had just ran upon the water! Something which he would never had assumed, had now happened to him before his very eyes. This marvelled and frightened the two monastic brothers.

Coming back to the father (St Benedict), and telling him what had happened, the venerable man did not attribute this to his own merits, but to the obedience of Maurus. But on the contrary, Maurus said that it was done only by his commandment, and that he had nothing to do with the miracle, not knowing at that time what he did.

But out of humility, the young youth that was saved from drowning did say that he saw when he was drawn out of the water, the Abbot’s garment upon his head, affirming that it was he (Maurus) that had delivered him from that great danger.

Why Satan Hates The Brown Scapular 

Why Satan Hates The Brown Scapular 

When worn in faith, the sacramental is a strong weapon against the Evil One.

The Catholic Church is blessed with lots of sacramentals which guides and increases our faith through our earthly journey. Among the many sacramentals of the Catholic Church, the Brown Scapular is one of the most popular ones. It is a piece of brown cloth that is worn around the shoulders and fosters a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Throughout history it has aided a countless number of Christian souls and has proven to be a powerful defense against Satan. In the booklet Garment of Grace, evidence for this claim is found in the life of Venerable Francis Ypes. 

According to the story: “One day his Scapular fell off. As he replaced it, the devil howled, ‘Take off the habit which snatches so many souls from us!’ Then and there Francis made the devil admit that there are three things which the demons are most afraid of: the Holy Name of Jesus, the Holy Name of Mary, and the Holy Scapular of Carmel.”

As an example of the scapular’s sacramental power to “snatch” souls from the devil, St. Peter Claver used the Brown Scapular in his missionary adventures. Each month “a shipment of 1,000 slaves would arrive at Cartegena, Colombia, South America. St. Peter used to insure the salvation of his converts. First, he organized catechists to give them instructions. Then, he saw to it that they were baptized and clothed with the Scapular. Some ecclesiastics accused the Saint of indiscreet zeal, but St. Peter was confident that Mary would watch over each of his more than 300,000 converts!”

These and other stories echo what various exorcists have experienced. Famed exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth related that the devil said to him during an exorcism, “I am more afraid when you say the Madonna’s name, because I am more humiliated by being beaten by a simple creature, than by Him.”

Consequently, when the wearing of a Brown Scapular leads a person to develop a “habit” of faith, it becomes a strong defense against Satan as it draws a person closer to the Virgin Mary, whom the devil vehemently abhors.

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