For the Life and Salvation of our Souls

You have united, O Lord, your divinity with our humanity and our humanity with your divinity; your life with our mortality and our mortality with your life. You have assumed what is ours, and you have given us what is…

Blessing Candles on the Presentation of our Lord

The Feast of the Presentation, celebrated on February 2, is one of the major feasts in the church year. It is sometimes known as Candlemas or the Feast of the Purification. This feast is celebrated forty days after Christmas and…

Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

The Church has a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany and the week following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an…

Epiphany Proclamation 2013

An ancient practice of the Church is The Epiphany Proclamation. During the liturgy on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, the Church proclaims the date of Easter as well as other feast and fast dates. The Proclamation proclaims not only…

A Litany for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

In our remembrance of 9/11 let us turn toward God and one another.

Interrupting the Silence

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,        
Have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy upon us.
O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,
Have mercy upon us.
O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,
Have mercy upon us.

Hear our prayers, O Christ, our God.
Hear us, O Christ

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us.

As your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment may they help and defend us here on earth.
Hear us, good Lord. 

For all who died in the 9/11 tragedy that they may be given entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of all your saints,
Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. 

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Blessing of an Icon – The Protection of Philip

Tonight at our celebration of the Feast of St. Philip we will bless our icon, The Protection of Philip. The icon shows Jesus and St. Philip standing together. Jesus is on the right side of the icon with his right arm around…

Regina Caeli – Good News to Mary

With the Easter season the Regina Caeli is now the Marian anthem following compline. It also replaces the Angelus throughout the Easter season. O Queen of heaven, be joyful: Alleluia For he who was born of your body: Alleluia Has…

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