May Crowning

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May Crowning

May 7, 2022

We began the Month of Mary with the May Crowning. This is a beautiful Catholic tradition where we honor Mary by crowning a statue of her with garland or flowers. This also honors her as the Queen of Heaven.

Our Religious Education students all participated in the procession at the 4PM Mass. They approached the statue and placed flowers at her feet. Students receiving First Communion and Confirmation this year had the special honor of placing her crown and corsage and being enrolled in the Brown Scapular.

Photos courtesy of Valerie Fatur.

Sacred Easter Triduum at Mt. Carmel

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April 14 – 16, 2022

The Sacred Easter Triduum began on April 14th, Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Fr. Hugh Guentner, OSM, pastor, washed the feet of several parish organization members and Religious Education students. Father Mark Franceschini, OSM and Fr. Fred Gaglia concelebrated. The Blessed Sacrament was moved to the Altar of Repose and remained exposed for Adoration until 10PM.

Good Friday, April 15th, was the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion and the Mass of the Presanctified, presided by Fr. Mark Franceschini, OSM. The faithful also venerated the Cross.

Finally, we concluded the Sacred Easter Triduum with the Easter Vigil on April 16th, Holy Saturday. Meagan Castle and Nicole Frye were received fully into the Catholic Church. A reception followed afterward in the Parish Hall.

Photos by Valerie Fatur

La Desolata

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La Desolata

April 8, 2022

We presented the annual Desolata service on the Friday of Sorrows; that is, the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. When the Servants of Mary (or Servites) were founded in 1233, they chose the Sorrowful Mother as their patroness. Her feast had been celebrated on a variety of dates until 1727 when Pope Benedict XIII extended it to the entire Latin Church, fixing it on the Friday before Palm Sunday.

However, since 1668, The Servite Friars had been celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15th, the day after the the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Pope Pius VII made this her main feast and extended it to the whole Church in 1814. The Friday of Sorrows can be considered the Sorrowful Mother’s secondary feast day. On this day, it is traditional to reflect on Our Lady’s spiritual martyrdom. It is still recognized, though mainly in Italy and Spain, but here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we continue the tradition through La Desolata – a commemoration of her sorrows through sacred music and meditations.

It is unknown when exactly La Desolata began at Mount Carmel – presumably since the Servites took charge of the parish in 1904. The music currently used was written in 1933 by Fr. A.S. Dimichino, SJ specifically for the event.

Fr. Mark Franceschini, OSM, a retired Servite friar in residence, provided the meditations, and our fine choir: Ryan Tipton, Megan Arnold, Nina Incampo, Joanne Bur, Phyllis Ursetta, and Diane Dider Vollmer led by Mr. Shaun Steavenson, director of music.

Thank you to all who continue to support this beautiful, unique tradition. Photos provided by Anne Barhyte, Photographer of Life.

A Day of Celebration

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Fr. Mark celebrates his 92nd birthday

Fr. Mark Franceschini, OSM turns 92 years old today. We were blessed to have celebrated with him at the March 6th Prima Domenica reception. The Bellio family presented him with a custom-made bust created by Joe Cipri. Mike Bellio said it was in “gratefulness to everyone who he has touched their hearts.” Fr. Mark will also celebrate his 63rd anniversary of ordination on March 30th. Congratulations and tanti auguri!

44th Annual St. Joseph’s Table in the Church Parking Lot

We also had our 44th Annual St. Joseph’s Table / Drive-thru Spaghetti Dinner today. Fr. Hugh blessed the table and statue of St. Joseph shortly after it began. It was great to see everyone picking up their orders with a smile! Thanks to all who volunteered and supported this tradition!

Buon anniversario!

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March 18, 1894 – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is founded

In 1891, Michele Notary and Giacomo DiGiacomo founded the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society, Denver’s first Italian-Catholic organization. With the society’s help, Father Mariano Felice Lepore was able to buy land on Palmer Avenue (now Navajo Street) between 35th and 36th Avenues. There they built the first Mount Carmel Church. The first church burned down 4 years later; however, the community was not discouraged. They would build a bigger, grander church and dedicate it in 1904.

Fr. Mariano Lepore

On the first page of the first book of baptismal records, in Father Lepore’s own handwriting, it reads: “Dedicata la chiesa Italiana il giorno delle Palme, 18 Marzo, 1894.” The Italian Church dedicated on Palm Sunday, March 18, 1894.

A little over a month prior to the first dedication, the newspaper Colorado Catholic published an article describing the Italian colony’s progress. The following is excerpted from that article:

For many years the conditions of the Italian colony of Denver, upwards of 3,000 in number, has not been a cause of edification from the standpoint of Catholicism. Neither has their condition been such as to obtain for themselves as great a degree of respect as, under other conditions, they might hope to obtain. Spiritually, the Italians have been utterly neglected, and naturally the result has been deplorable …

… The Colorado Catholic has maintained its belief that whenever an intelligent and sincere effort would be made to bring the 3,000 Italians of this city back to the church, the attempt would be crowned with success.

It is therefore a great satisfaction to record that the work of Father Lapore [sic] among his Italian fellow countrymen is being crowned with a rich and abundant harvest…The Italian people have flocked about him, listened to his voice, and during a two weeks’ mission which he conducted among them at St. Patrick’s church was filled to overflowing and hundreds of Italians received the sacraments, joyous and glad that, after many years, a priest had come among them who sought only the salvation of their souls.

Already a new church has been begun for these people and there is no doubt that with the elevation of their spiritual life they will be quickly elevated to the social respect to which, in common with all American citizens, they are entitled in this community.

Colorado Catholic, February 15, 1894

Read the full article here (page 4).

Grazie di cuore a tutti! We look forward to many more years serving Denver’s Catholic community.

Rite of Election

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Archbishop Aquila celebrated the Rite of Election at the Cathedral, formally affirming that the candidates and catechumens are ready and willing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. During the Rite of Election, individuals preparing to enter into full communion with the Church at Easter publicly state their intent to become members of the Catholic Church and receive a special blessing to continue on their journey of preparation. ⁣

Mount Carmel presented one candidate, Meagan Castle, and one catechumen, Nicole Frye. They will receive the sacraments here at the Easter Vigil, Saturday April 16th at 8PM.

Please pray for our elect and all those who will be received into the Church.

Nicole Frye pictured center in the black sweater. Photo by Valerie Fatur
Meagan Castle pictured center in the beige sweater. Photo by Valerie Fatur

Choosing a Bible

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Saint Isidore said, “Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us. If a man wants to always be in God’s company, he must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.” And Saint Jerome said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”

Have you ever wondered how God talks to us? He does this in a couple of ways, the first of which is prayer. If we also listen when we pray, we can hear Him in our hearts. He also speaks to us when we read Sacred Scripture. If we are going through a rough time in our life or need words of encouragement, it’s in those times we need God the most and reading Sacred Scripture will definitely help. The Sacred Scriptures are also a great way to help us change those areas in our lives that need changing, if we are willing. So where do we begin? How do I find a Bible that’s right for me?

First, a little background on the Bible. The Catholic Bible consists of two parts, the Old Testament, and the New Testament. The Old Testament deals with events that happened prior to the birth of Jesus and the New Testament deals with events after the birth of Jesus. Now in the Old Testament we have the historical books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel 1 and 2, Kings 1 and 2, Chronicles 1 and 2, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, and Maccabees 1 and 

2. The doctrinal books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Canticles, and Wisdom. And the prophetical books: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonas, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The New Testament consists of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The historical book, Acts. And the doctrinal books or epistles: Romans, Corinthians 1 and 2, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians 1 and 2, Timothy 1 and 2, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James 1 and 2, Peter 1 and 2, John 1, 2, 3 and Jude. Revelation is a prophetical book. The above-mentioned books are included in all Catholic Bibles.

The languages in which the books of the Bible were originally written are Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The Hebrew comes from Noah’s sons and is the language spoken by those living in Canaan. Aramaic was spoken in Babylonia, Mesopotamia, and Syria. Aramaic was also the language Jesus spoke. Hebrew was gradually replaced by Aramaic. The Greek language of the Bible is not the same as what is taught in schools, but a Greek dialect. After Alexander the Great, it spread all over the civilized world. Nearly all books in the Old Testament were written in Hebrew including some portions of Daniel, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Esther, all of Tobit, Judith, and the Gospel of Saint Matthew. The Book of Wisdom, Maccabees 2, and all the New Testament – with the exception of Matthew – were written in Greek. This is a little (and I mean a little) background on the Bible. You should research and read as much as possible on the history of the Bible. It’s important to understand where the Bible comes from, its translations, and its characteristics in order to gain an in-depth look at the books of both the Old and New Testaments. This background will help you once you begin reading the Bible.

So, where do I go from here? There are so many versions, which one should I choose? How do I know which one is right for me? There are several really good versions and some I wouldn’t spend money on. You must decide for yourself by doing some research on the Bibles you feel drawn to.

Here are a few things I hope will be helpful in choosing the Bible that is right for you.

  • Choose a Catholic Bible. The Protestant Bible does not include all the books a Catholic Bible does and those books are important. The Catholic Church made the decision hundreds of years ago to include all these books found for a reason.
  • Choose your translation. Once you have found a complete Catholic Bible with all the books from the Old and New Testaments, you can then think about the style of translation you would like. There are two types of translation styles: formal equivalent and dynamic equivalent. Formal equivalent is more of a word-for-word type of Bible. These kinds of Bibles read as close as possible to the original languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek). This translation is extremely accurate, but can be more difficult to read. A dynamic translation gives the reader an overall meaning of the original, but is easier to read. A couple of Bibles use a combination of the two types. This is called optimal equivalence.
  • Look for extras. There are also Bibles that have notes, maps, timelines, and dictionaries to help the reader. I like maps that show a region as it was and how it is now, they are most helpful. I also favor notes and annotations which help the reader understand some of the language used, particularly when reading a formal version.


The following is a partial list of Bibles approved by the Catholic Church for consideration:

  • New American Bible: Revised Edition (NABRE): Published in 2011 – Optimal Equivalence, controversial Book of Psalms in this version.
  • Ignatius Study Bible (ICSB): Published in 2006 – Formal Equivalence, easy to read and has lots of notes but only includes the New Testament.
  • Good News Bible: Catholic Version (GNB): Published in 1992 – Dynamic Equivalence, easy to understand but poetry is lost in favor of clarity.
  • Revised Standard Version: Catholic Version (RSV-CE): Published in 1966 – Formal Equivalence, considered the first ecumenical Bible.
  • New Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition (NRSV-CE): Published in 1989 – Formal Equivalence, a revised version of the RSV-CE.
  • Jerusalem Bible (JB): Published in 1966 – Dynamic Equivalence, this is a more thought-for-thought than a word-for-word translation.
  • New Jerusalem Bible (NJB): Published in 1990 – Dynamic Equivalence, most widely used Bible outside of the US, uses inclusive language, avoiding a preference for the masculine.
  • Douay-Rheims Bible (DRB): Published in 1582 – Formal Equivalence, upholds Catholic Tradition and is the best Bible in my opinion.

There is one more thing you should look at when choosing a Bible: “Books of the Sacred Scriptures cannot be published unless the Apostolic See or the Conference of Bishops has approved them,” Code of Canon Law 825§1. To be considered a Catholic Bible, there must be two things: the nihil obstat, which is Latin for “nothing hinders” or “nothing stands in the way”. This is the Church telling us that a book contains nothing damaging to the faith or morals. The second thing is the , meaning “to imprint” or “to impress”. This tells us that the Church has given approval or license to publish. When choosing any book about the faith to read, I always look for one or both and that way I know for certain there are no moral or doctrinal objections from the Catholic Church.

Remember, no matter which Bible you choose, it will not help you if it sits on the shelf. It is meant to be read. Reading fifteen minutes per day is a good start. Find some quiet space where you can be alone and ask the Holy Ghost to be with you as you read. Once you are finished with reading, meditate on what you have read. Stay quiet and open your heart and mind to the words. God will speak to your heart. If there is something you do not understand – well that is why we have priests. A priest can help you interpret Holy Scripture. The Holy Bible will help us get to know God, learn to love God, and because of that love, serve God.

If you are looking to deepen your faith, strengthen your relationship with God, and increase your love for the Almighty, the Bible is a great place to start.

Regarding St. Joseph

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By: Crystal Peccia


The Italian Family! The classic symbol of the Italian culture and one of the many things that makes Italians unique. We all know how important it is in anything to have a strong foundation. Whether you are building a house or baking a cake, a good solid foundation is crucial. Society is no different! The family is that foundation, that structure that really makes it all work. It’s no wonder God made sure Jesus had a family while He was here on earth. God, knowing all things, provided that stability and foundation for Jesus. Not only did He pick out a beautiful, pious person for Jesus’ mother, but He hand picked His father as well. So, let’s talk about Joseph.


There is not a whole lot about Joseph in the Bible, but we can gain some insight into his life through what is available in the Holy Scriptures. The Bible tells us that Joseph was born circa 100 B.C. and died in Israel circa 1 A.D. and that Joseph descended from royalty. We can read about the genealogy of Saint Joseph in Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-28, where we can follow his lineage all the way back to King David. We know 
Joseph was a carpenter (Matthew 13:55) – a working man. He didn’t have a ton of money (Luke 2:24) because when he brought Jesus to the temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified, he offered a sacrifice of two turtle doves allowed for those who could not afford a lamb. We also know from Scripture (Matthew 1: 1-25) that he was a compassionate, caring man. When he discovered that Mary was pregnant, rather than expose her (which would have likely gotten her stoned to death), he decided to send her away quietly so as not to shame her. Of course, we know that he was visited by the angel Gabriel who gave him the whole story and directed him not to worry about taking Mary as his wife. We also can glean from Holy Scripture that Joseph loved Jesus. His concern for His safety is evident in Matthew 2: 13-23 when he took Mary and Jesus to Egypt to protect Jesus’ life. He stayed there without question until God told him it was safe to return. And there was the time Jesus was in the Temple (Luke 2:48) and Joseph and Mary searched frantically for Him for three days. Lastly, Joseph treated Jesus as his own son because we read in Luke 4:22 that the people of Nazareth said of Jesus, “Is this not the son of Joseph?” Tradition says that Joseph most likely died before Jesus began His ministry and that both Jesus and Mary were with him when he died. How comforting it must have been for Joseph to have the two people he loved the most in the world – one the mother of God and his beloved wife, the other God himself and his Son – by his side during that time.


When I think about Saint Joseph, I imagine an incredibly quiet, strong man who would do anything for his family. It must have been stressful being the foster father of Jesus though. I imagine he thought things like, “What if Jesus gets hurt on my watch?” Or, “What if I let God the Father down in taking care of Jesus and Mary?” “How do I ensure their safety?” Oh, the thoughts that must have gone through his mind! And then I start thinking about my own family. When meditating on Holy Scripture or reading about a saint, I think about who is most like the person I’m reading about in my own family. Saint Joseph reminds me of my maternal grandfather. He was an amazing person. He was a quiet man who took great care of his family (including a sick wife), fought for his country, and was generous to a fault. He also prayed often, especially in his exceptionally large vegetable garden and as he would pull weeds, daily I might add, he prayed many Hail Mary’s. He did what he had to do without complaint. I never spoke to my grandfather about this, but often wondered if he tried to imitate Saint Joseph in his own life because it sure seemed that way to me.


Italy holds Father’s Day on the Feast of Saint Joseph, 
March 19th. That’s a great day to celebrate Father’s Day! Much better, I think, than in June. And what better way to honor the foster father of our Lord than with a celebration of fatherhood and by participating in a feast. There are celebrations honoring Saint Joseph called Saint Joseph’s Table. Saint Joseph’s Table originated in Sicily and things like fava beans, breadcrumbs (symbolizing sawdust, because Joseph was a carpenter), and a ton of delicious Italian foods are present with all proceeds collected going directly to the poor.


Saint Joseph deserves to be honored because not only did he watch over the Son of man, but he also watches over His Church. Yes, Saint Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church proclaimed in 1870 by Blessed Pope Pius IX. Pope Leo the XIII in
Quamquam Pluries (1889) wrote, “Joseph was the guardian, the administrator and legitimate and natural defender of the divine household of which he was the head. It was thus natural and very worthy of Saint Joseph that, as he supported in another era all the needs of the Family of Nazareth which he wrapped in his holy protection, he now covers with his heavenly patronage and defends the Church of Jesus Christ.” Perhaps that is why, given all that is going on in our world and the Church today, Pope Francis has proclaimed this the year of Saint Joseph. Saint Joseph, being powerful and a defender of the family, is just what we need today. He should be one we all look to as an advocate and protector, especially those of us who are fathers. He should be the one that men in particular look to for guidance in how to be men and how to be a father. There is no one better suited for that than Saint Joseph. Any way you look at it, Saint Joseph was an amazing person, a terrific husband, a wonderful father, and someone all men should aspire to be. During March (the month of Saint Joseph) and this year of Saint Joseph, let us pray to him and ask him to protect the Church and our families. Pray to him for our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, and nephews.


I found this beautiful prayer in one of my prayer books and wanted to share it with you. It’s one that can be said before receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. It’s an old prayer that helps us to prepare ourselves to receive Jesus worthily. I like the old prayers because they make me think about myself and what I’m doing in my life. They also remind me of the life that is to come and help me to remember that I must strive always for that life with God. Happy Feast of Saint Joseph and may he bless us all.


PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH
Happy and blessed art thou, O Joseph to whom it was given not only to see and to hear that God Whom many kings desired to see and saw not, to hear, and heard not; but also to bear Him in thine arms, to embrace Him, to clothe Him, and to guard and defend Him.

V. Pray for us, O blessed Joseph.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


LET US PRAY
O God, vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, that as blessed Joseph was found worthy to handle with his hands, and bear within his arms, Thine only-begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary, so may we be fit, by cleanness of heart and innocence of works, worthily to receive the most sacred Body and Blood of Thy Son, now in this present, and deserve to attain an everlasting reward in the world to come. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

What Are Ember Days?

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By: Crystal Peccia


One of the perks of living in Colorado, is the changing of the seasons. There is nothing better than watching the seasons change and all that comes with it. During the winter season, the beauty of freshly fallen snow and the quiet, peaceful feeling makes for quite the scene. We move into spring from there and one of the things first noticed are the little flowers popping up everywhere. The snow gives way to new life. The subtle hues of the colors of the rainbow are everywhere, the warm air excites the mind, and we look forward to summer. Summer brings warm days and many outdoor activities. Gardens are in full bloom with comfortable evenings spent sitting on a front porch or lying in the cool grass daydreaming. Summer gives way to autumn, my personal favorite. The cool crisp days, a bountiful harvest, and the coming holidays spent with family and friends – there’s nothing better. The Church too thought of all this and gave us what are called “Ember Days.”


You may have noticed this on the 2021 OLMC calendars and thought, “What exactly are Ember Days?” Well, Ember Days are additional opportunities for sacrifice and spiritual growth throughout the year. They occur four times a year, one for each season. Ember Days are kept on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. They occur after Ash Wednesday (February 24th, 26th, and 27th), after Pentecost (May 26th, 28th, and 29th, after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 15th, 17th, and 18th), and after the Feast of St. Lucy (December 15th, 17th, and 18th this year). The term “Ember Days” comes from the Latin “Quatuor Tempora,” meaning four times. Ember Days are an ancient practice instituted by the Church to thank God for blessings received and to ask for additional blessings in the seasons to come. They are also intended to thank God for the gifts of nature and to teach us to use those gifts in moderation.


As my grandmother always said, “Everything in moderation.” They also remind us to help those in need. Ember Days originated from at least the fifth century and the modern format was arranged by Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085). The ordination of priests was also held on Saturdays during Ember weeks; however, that is not the case since the Second Vatican Council. The Church also instituted these days to sanctify the four seasons of the year. So, we should thank God during these days for the beauty of the seasons and remember all our Lord does and has done for us. Every moment of our day should be for the glory of God. Our thoughts, as often as we can throughout the day, should be on God and the beauty around us given by God our Father. Given all God does for us, what then can we do for Him? We can fast, pray, and be thankful. Ember days provide opportunities for this and are a great way to do that during the year.


Why Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays? These are particular days of devotion in the early Church. Wednesday recalls the our Lord’s betrayal by Judas. Friday is in memory of His Passion and Saturday is a continuation of Friday. These are days of penance and fasting. How we fast during Lent applies to the Ember Days as well.


So, why do we fast anyway? Well, we do that in expiation of our sins. Despite all that we see and hear now – that is, “do what makes you feel good” – Christ’s teachings are clear. When the Pharisees complained that the Apostles were not fasting, Jesus said they were not because He was with them, but that they would fast once He was gone (Matthew 2: 18). Saint Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Let us exhibit ourselves as servants of God, in patience, in fastings” (2 Corinthians 6: 4). In other words, I indulged my senses at the expense of God’s law; I will therefore now mortify them at the expense of my own comfort. Ember Days allow us the opportunity to show God how much we love Him. God has not changed; however, the world has. We should not change with the world, but stay close to God.


Since Vatican II, Ember Days, along with other devotions, are not officially observed; however they are still encouraged by the Church. There is absolutely no reason not to observe Ember Days because any assistance we can get that will bring us closer to God should be pursued. God does not abandon us so we MUST not abandon Him. Lent began on Ash Wednesday and what a great time to ask God to be with us and to forgive what we have done to offend Him. We can show our love for God and our sadness over hurting Him by participating in the Ember Days. Below are some prayers that can be said. The spring Ember Days are coming up this week, on February 24th, 26th, and 27th. These are days of fasting and abstinence, allowing one full meal, with meat at the principal meal only, except on Fridays where complete abstinence is required.


Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all He has done for you.
V. Lord, You have been our refuge.
R. From generation to generation.

LET US PRAY
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that as year by year we devoutly keep these holy observances, we may be pleasing to You both in body and soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


IN HONOR OF CHRIST’S BETRAYAL AND PASSION
O God, Who for the world’s redemption was pleased to be born, circumcised, rejected by the Jews, betrayed by the kiss of the traitor Judas, bound with chains, led like an innocent lamb to sacrifice, and shamefully presented before Annas, Caiaphas, Pilate, and Herod, accused by false witnesses, beaten with whips, buffeted, insulted, spat upon, crowned with thorns, smitten with a reed, blindfolded, stripped of Your garments, fastened with nails to the cross, and lifted up on high, reputed among thieves, made to drink gall and vinegar, and wounded by a lance; oh, by these most sacred sufferings, which, unworthy as I am, I thus commemorate, and by Your holy cross and death, deliver me, Lord, from the pains of hell, and deign to lead me where You did lead the penitent thief, who was crucified by Your side. Who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be x5 (Indulgence of 3 years)

Christmas Novena

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A novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a particular feast, or to obtain a special favor.  We are currently in Advent, which itself is a season of waiting and preparation.  Many Catholics pray the Christmas novena (below) to prepare themselves for the coming of the Savior. This particular novena is the earliest ecclesiastical novena of which the Church has record. It commemorates the nine months during which Christ was carried in His mother’s womb.


Christmas Novena (Dec. 16-24)

December 16

O Shepherd that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, come to guide and comfort us. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

December 17

O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

December 18

O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai, come to redeem us with an outstretched arm!

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

December 19

O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to deliver us, do not tarry.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

December 20

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

December 21

O Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice, come to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

December 22

O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof!  O Cornerstone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth!

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

December 23

O Emmanuel, our King and our Lawgiver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

December 24

O Thou that sittest upon the cherubim, God of hosts, come, show Thy face, and we shall be saved.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be