Brisbane Oratory News
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.
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 JosephComposed by Pope Leo XIII in Quamquam Pluries.
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.
Lent begins today on Ash Wednesday when we recall that we were made from dust and to dust we shall return. During lent let us take up the practice of self-denial, prayer, and almsgiving to help us prepare for Easter.
We were blessed to receive the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents. After the Solemn Reception of the Relics, the all night vigil saw many people come and venerate this wonderful saint.
In this months Oratory Newsletter we have several important dates to mark and Fr Andrew gives a reflection on the positive influence the Oratory can have on parish life.
The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and of her parents, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, will be visiting our Archdiocese in February, and we have the great blessing of being able to welcome them to Mary Immaculate church. They will arrive at about 10:00pm on Friday 7 February, at which point there will be a talk, and then the relics will be present for veneration and private prayer until the normal 8:15am Mass on Saturday morning. Confessions will be heard from 7:00am on the Saturday. All are welcome and invited to visit the church through the night. The relics will be taken to the Cathedral at 10:30am on the Saturday.
Read more of what is happening at the Oratory in this months newsletter.
Today on the Feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation to the Gentiles that God has become incarnate in the person Jesus Christ. This revelation to the Gentiles is seen when, guided by the starts, the Magi or Wise Men bring gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to the infant Jesus in recognition of his kingship.
In accordance with ancient tradition, today Fr Scot assisted by Br Tyson in a chanted blessing that takes a little under an hour, blessed Epiphany Water. Epiphany Water is Holy Water that has particularly powerful prayers of exorcism and blessing for use by the faithful.
This water is made available along with blessed chalk at Mary Immaculate Church for people to bless their homes, and like the Magi, to welcome Christ into it. Chalking and blessing our homes encourages us to dedicate our entire home and common life to God and is a wonderful way for families to celebrate the Epiphany and revelation of God becoming man for us.
The blessing can be done simply by writing the script 20+C+M+B+20 above the main door of the house or using a simple blessing such as the this one.
The letters have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar who were sanctified by their adoration of the infant Jesus. They also abbreviate the Latin words “Christus mansionem benedicat,” “May Christ bless the house.”