Friday, March 30, 2012

US Bishops call for prayer & fasting for religious liberty today

The Bishops of the United States have asked the faithful to offer prayers and fasting for religious liberty today. They have provided a beautiful prayer, along with a prayer card invoking the patroness of the United States, St. Mary Immaculate, for that purpose:—

O GOD OUR CREATOR, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith. Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

GOAL MET: After only 3 days, generous donors make it possible for seminarian to visit Walsingham

As I first mentioned here on Thursday, I needed to raise funds in order to take advantage of the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Walsingham, Norfolk, England.

I had begun the appeal for assistance this early, because I believed it would take a long time to raise the necessary $1,000 to go on the pilgrimage. But, only 3 days later, I can say with great joy and humility that due to the generosity of less than five donors, I have already met the goal of raising $1,000 for the trip.

All of the donors have asked to remain anonymous, but please allow me to thank them publicly. I look forward to praying for them and their intentions at Our Lady's shrine, and I pray God rewards them for their unbelievable patronage.

Will you join me in offering this Te Deum in thanksgiving for their generosity?

Handel's Te Deum in D Major:

Words of the hymn:

We praise thee, O God :
we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee :
the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud :
the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim :
continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy :
Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty :
of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world :
doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man :
thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death :
thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants :
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people :
and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us :
as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted :
let me never be confounded.

Domina Nostra Walsinghamensiae, ora pro nobis!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pilgrimage to Walsingham: How you can help

UPDATE (Sat., Mar. 24, 4:27 pm): After only 4 days of the appeal, we have reached our goal!

Dear Readers:—

I have been offered an opportunity to go to Walsingham, Norfolk, UK in May 2012 for a pilgrimage for Pentecost with Fr. Becket Soule, O.P., the Griffin Chair of Canon Law and Professor of the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum.

My bishop has authorized me to go on the pilgrimage, but the diocese will be unable to pay for the expense of attending. I have raised some funds from family and friends, but I still need about $1,000 for air travel, lodging, rail travel, and board for our stay in the UK.

I would invite my readers to help in any way that they can; please be assured that I will pray, by name, for all those who are able to offer a gift, no matter how large or small, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, where Fr. Soule will celebrate Mass in the Slipper Chapel for Pentecost.

If you have any questions, or to confirm that this is a legitimate appeal, please feel free to email me at diezba at gmail dot com.

Please be sure to mention your name and the intention for which you would like me to pray when you donate.

Thank you,

D.E. Barker
Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville