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Sanctifying the Lord’s Day

While in the Archdiocese of Brisbane we have been dispensed from assisting at Mass on Sunday, we are still obligated to keep the Lord’s Day Holy, of which Mass is usually one component. We are reminded that on Sunday’s “If because of lack of a sacred minister or for other grave cause participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is impossible, it is specially recommended that the faithful… engage in prayer for an appropriate amount of time personally or in a family…” (CCC, 2183). Mass is greater than any private devotion, but while we cannot assist at Sunday Mass, we can still contribute to sanctifying the Lord’s day especially through prayer. Here are some suggestions:

  • Praying some hours from the Divine Office. The Divine Office is the official public worship of the Church and is intimately connected to the Mass. Unlike other private prayer, even said as a group, by praying the Divine Office we participate in the prayer of whole Church united together. The texts for the Old Rite Divine Office can be found here and the New Rite here. Priests and religious are obligated to the pray the Divine Office daily.
  • We might make time for some other prayers especially the Rosary, Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love and other prayers in our missals or prayer books such as Acts of Contrition and Spiritual Communion. We can also spend some time in Mental Prayer or conversation with God.
  • Praying and/or meditating on the propers (introit, collect, readings) and common of the Sacrifice of the Mass for this Sunday, offering our own prayer as a sacrifice and making a spiritual communion. There are some guidelines and printouts available here on how to pray the Mass.
  • Make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament at Mary Immaculate Church. You must register online here.
  • The Holy Father has asked us to pray and “Implore the Almighty God for the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted, and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.” The Pope has granted a plenary indulgence for this purpose. You can read more about that here.

Triduum of Prayer to St Joseph

In order to help us prepare for the Feast of St Joseph on Thursday, we will be reciting a prayer to him after all Masses. The practice of three days of special prayers in preparation for the Feast of St Joseph was encouraged by Pope Leo XIII in 1889. We invite you to join us in in this prayer which is below.

Statue of St Joseph in our church of Mary Immaculate.

St Joseph was given the great privilege of being the foster father of the Son of God, and protector of his spouse the Blessed Virgin Mary. St Thomas tells us that while other saints may be particularly powerful in certain necessities, St Joseph is powerful in all our needs, for Our Lord could not but have a great affection for this most holy Saint.

Prayer to St Joseph

To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wilt look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and wilt succor us in our need by thy power and strength. Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen off-spring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under thy patronage, that, following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.

Composed by Pope Leo XIII in Quamquam Pluries.