“St. Patrick’s Breast-Plate”

The beautiful prayer of St. Patrick, popularly known as “St. Patrick’s Breast-Plate”, is supposed to have been composed by him in preparation for this victory over Paganism. The following is a literal translation from the old Irish text:

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

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Saint Patrick

Feastday: March 17
Patron of Ireland
387 – 461

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints.

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote

“The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”

Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family.

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.”

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.

Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

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CCP Donates too keep Hospice Patient Accounts Active

Some are aware that there are players within the CCP EVE Universe that are playing from their beds in Hospice Wards that they are tied too by life support systems. CCP has agreed too continue too fund some of these accounts for another year. On behalf of the Hospice Wards I wish too publicly thank CCP/EVE Online for their generous donation. For without this donation all accounts would have been deactivated within a month.

This gratitude is also extended too all those capsuleers who have helped these players whether it be in showing understanding in limited/erratic play times, showing patience with patients with physical limitations that affect game play, donation of fees for individual Killboards, with occasional ISK donations and that of ships (last two listed are virtual donations). We will not list any individual by name as the donations were given with an open heart and not for acknowledgment.

The IHM Hermitage will administer any real world donations while in the EVE Universe donation too aid these patients are administered by and may be donated too Primatech Industries Ltd. [PI.L] via their CEO only please.

Once again for the hospice wards I say Thank you!

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Ascension Catholic Community Ministry of Intercession for March 2012

O God, bless us during this season of Lent. Fill our minds and hearts with love, that we may be a sign of Jesus to all those living in our midst.

Please pray for the following this month.

For the holy Father’s intention that the world may recognize the contribution of women to the development of society.

Missions: That the Holy Spirit may grant perseverance to those who suffer discrimination, persecution, or death in the name of Christ, particularly in Asia.

We pray for all the men and women participating in the Christ Renews His Parish retreats, may the weekends touch their hearts and awaken their spirits to a new life in your image.

Holy Spirit we thank you for all the men and women who minister in our parish. Help all of us to be good and generous stewards of our time, treasure and talents.

Lord, we pray that during this Lenten season we will pattern our lives after you. help us to imiate you completely in all our thoughts, words and deeds.

We pray for all those looking for employment and facing financial difficulties.

God our Father, comfort all those who suffer from diseases that devastate the body, may they be granted strength and hope.

Bless and console all the members of Ascension community in need of your healing powers, grant them peace and comfort.

Peace be with you and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Ascension Catholic Community Ministry of Intercession for February 2012

Thank you for being a part of this behind the scenes ministry. Please pray the following intentions this month.

For the Holy Father’s intention that all people may have access to water and other resources needed for daily life.

Missions: That the Lord may sustain in the efforts of the health workers assisting the sick and elderly in the world’s poorest regions.

Holy Spirit, guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and to stand for justice.

We pray that by opening our hearts to love we may put an end to the numerous wars and conflicts which continue to bloody our world.

Lord God, bless all families of Ascension Parish and watch over our children.

Father, we pray for all those you are calling to the priesthood and religious life, may they hear and answer your call.

We pray as we approach this Lenten Season that your will pattern our lives after you. Help us to imitate you in all our thoughts, words and deeds.

God Our Father, we pray for all those who suffer from cancer and other serious diseases.

Lord, we pray for all those in need of food, shelter and employment.

We pray for all those who are in their final days on this earth. May they find in your presence light, happiness and peace.

May you have a blessed month.

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Ascension Catholic Community Ministry of Intercession for January 2012

Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits and blessings you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have born for me. Merciful Friend, Brother and Redeemer, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.

May peace and happiness be with you this New Year. Please pray the following intentions this month.

For the Holy Father’s intention that the victims of natural disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort they need to rebuild their lives.

Missions: That the dedication of Christians to peace may bear witness to the name of Christ before all men and women of good will.

We pray that the family may be respected by all and that its contribution to society be recognized.

Lord Jesus, we pray that all nations may grow in harmony and peace.

Protect Our Holy Father, bishops, priests and deacons. Help them to be holy, loving and wise shepherds of your people.

God Our Father, protect all those traveling this winter and keep them safe.

Holy Spirit, guide all those having financial and relationship difficulties.

Jesus, comfort all who are in their final days on this earth. May they find in your presence light, happiness and peace.

We pray for and remember all those who have died this past year.

A Very Blessed New Year to you

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Ascension Catholic Community Ministry of Intercession for December 2011

As we pray for our intentions this month let us remember that Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench. This Christmas season let us ask for His guidance throughout the coming year.

For the Holy Father’s intention that the nations of the earth, through knowledge and mutual respect, may grow in harmony and peace.

Missions: That children and young people may be messengers of the Gospel and that their dignity may always be respected and preserved from all violence and exploitation.

Holy Spirit, move the families of Ascension Parish to share their time, money and influence to relieve the needs of other families in the community.

Lord, remove from the heart of every person every trace of resentment, hostility, and of hate, and open them to reconciliation, solidarity and peace.

We pray for all those looking for a job and are facing financial difficulties.

God Our Father, give our military and their families strength and courage.

Bless our congress, instill in them the knowledge and understanding to enact laws that protect the sanctity of life from the unborn to the elderly and promote the good of all people.

Lord, bring comfort and console all who are grieving a loss of any kind. Bless support groups that seek to help people deal with loss.

Lord Jesus, bless our church family this Christmas season. May they experience your peace, joy, hope, love and understanding.

Thank you for being a part of this Ministry. May the light of His love bring peace to your life at Christmas time and always.

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Ascension Catholic Community Ministry of Intercession for November 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We give thanks for all your prayers on behalf of Ascension Parish, the community and the world. Please pray for the following this month:

For the Holy Father’s intention that the African continent may find in Christ the strength to fulfill the path of reconciliation and justice, indicated in the Synod of Bishops for Africa.

We pray for Congregations for Community Action, that this Ecumenical ministry may continue to serve those in need in our area.

Lord Jesus, we pray that allthe souls in purgatory enter the joy of heaven.

Holy Spirit, guide all those suffering from the economy, the unemployed and the underemployed.

We give thanks for all those working on our Fall Festival and bringing our Ascension Community together.

God Our Father, help us to be generous to those in need this Thanksgiving. Let us remember that we are one in Christ and that we must care for one another. Fill us with your goodness and love.

God, watch over and guide our president and the leaders of all nations.

We pray for our parish Small Christian Communities and Bible studies that these may be opportunities for spiritual growth for many.

We pray for all those who have died, the sick and those who are suffering.

May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving,

Father Eamon and The Ministry of Intercession

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Saint Martin de Porres

St. Martin de Porres was born at Lima, Peru, in 1579. He was the illegitimate son of a Spanish gentleman. His mother was a freed-slave from Panama, maybe black but also possibly of Indian blood. At fifteen, he became a laybrother at the Dominican Friary at Lima and spent his whole life there — as a barber, farm-laborer, almoner, and infirmarian, among other things.

Saint Martin de Porres Statue

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Martin had a great desire to go off to some foreign mission and thus earn the palm of martyrdom. However, since this was not possible, he made a martyr out of his body, devoting himself to ceaseless and severe penances. In turn, God endowed him with many graces and wondrous gifts, such as aerial flights and bilocation.

St. Martin’s love was all-embracing, shown equally to humans and animals, including vermin, and he maintained a cats’ and dogs’ hospital at his sister’s house. He also possessed spiritual wisdom, demonstrated in his solving his sister’s marriage problems, raising a dowry for his niece inside of three days’ time, and resolving theological problems for the learned of his Order and for Bishops. A close friend of St. Rose of Lima, this saintly man died on November 3, 1639 and was canonized on May 6, 1962.

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November Devotion: The Holy Souls in Purgatory

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. As a reminder of our duty to pray for the suffering faithful in Purgatory, the Church has dedicated the month of November to the Holy Souls. The Holy Souls are those who have died in the state of grace but who are not yet free from all punishment due to their unforgiven venial sins and all other sins already forgiven for which satisfaction is still to be made. They are certain of entering Heaven, but first they must suffer in Purgatory. The Holy Souls cannot help themselves because for them the night has come, when no man can work (John 9:4). It is our great privilege of brotherhood that we can shorten their time of separation from God by our prayers, good works, and, especially, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

INVOCATION Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY My Jesus, by the sorrows Thou didst suffer in Thine agony in the Garden, in Thy scourging and crowning with thorns, in the way to Calvary, in Thy crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; do Thou deliver them from the dire torments they endure; call them and admit them to Thy most sweet embrace in paradise. Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

FOR ALL THE DECEASED By Thy resurrection from the dead, O Christ, death no longer hath dominion over those who die in holiness. So, we beseech Thee, give rest to Thy servants in Thy sanctuary and in Abraham’s bosom. Grant it to those, who from Adam until now have adored Thee with purity, to our fathers and brothers, to our kinsmen and friends, to all men who have lived by faith and passed on their road to Thee, by a thousand ways, and in all conditions, and make them worthy of the heavenly kingdom. Byzantine Liturgy

DE PROFUNDIS The psalmist is crying out here from the depression that grips him because of his sense of sin. He tells God that no man could be forgiven should strict justice be demanded; but, since God is forgiving and merciful, the psalmist (Israel) will hope for redemption from iniquities. We, who know the mercy of God far better than the g Israelites, may pray this psalm with even greater trust in God. The Church uses this psalm in the liturgy as her official prayer for the souls in Purgatory. Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my, voice! Let Your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication: If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered. I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in His word. My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn. More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, For with the Lord is kindness and with Him is plenteous redemption; And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities. Psalm 130

THE MISERERE This psalm is a marvelous act of contrition, confession, and supplication by a repentant sinner. It was composed by David after his sin with Bethsabee. In reparation David promises to lead others back to God by telling them of the ways of divine justice. Instead of offering God an external sacrifice which he knows He will not accept, he offers instead the sacrifice of a contrite and humble heart, a sacrifice that will always be most pleasing in the eyes of God. Have mercy on me, 0 God, in Your goodness; in the greatness of Your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. For I acknowledge my offense, and my sin is before me always: “Against You only have I sinned, and done what is evil in Your sight”– That You may be justified in Your sentence, vindicated when You condemn. Indeed, in guilt was I born, and in sin my mother conceived me; Behold, You are pleased with sincerity of heart, and in my inmost being You teach me wisdom. Cleanse me of sin with hyssop, that I may be purified; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness; the bones You have crushed shall rejoice. Turn away Your face from my sins, and blot out all my guilt. A clean heart create for me, 0 God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from Your presence, and Your holy spirit take not from me. Give me back the joy of Your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me. I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall return to You. Free me from blood guilt, 0 God, my saving God; then my tongue shall revel in Your justice. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim Your praise. For You are not pleased with sacrifices; should I offer a holocaust, You would not accept it. My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, 0 God, You will not spurn. Be bountiful, O Lord, to Sion in Your kindness by rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem; Then shall You be pleased with due sacrifices, burnt offerings and holocausts; then shall they offer up bullocks on Your altar. Psalm 50

FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory. Remember not their offenses and negligences, but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity. Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires that they may be made worthy to behold Thee face to face in Thy glory. May they soon be united with Thee and hear those blessed words which will call them to their heavenly home: “Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O’Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

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