Hello everyone, good morning to you!
“He is not here, He has risen!” Luke 24:5b NRSV
Today, we remember Saints Nereus and Archilleus.
They were most likely Roman soldiers as members of the Praetorian Guard from the 1st Century– the Emperor’s bodyguards. They persecuted the early Christians and put many of them to death. Later on, by a miracle of faith, they too were converted to faith in Christ and were later martyred themselves for their Christian faith. Here is some information from Catholic.org.
We also remember St Pancras.
Little is known of Pancras’ life. He was a Roman citizen and his name in Greek means, “One who holds everything.” He was born at the end of the 3rd Century and lived in Rome with an uncle after the death of his parents. He died for his faith in Christ in the year 304 under the Emperor Diocletian by being beheaded. He was only 14 years old. He is one of the Saints for teenagers.
Eastertide tip for the 5th Week of Easter:
Re-read some of the Gospel readings from the Easter Season we have read together so far: Matthew 28:8-15; John 20:11-18; Luke 24:13-35
The Gospel Reading of the 5th Week of Easter is: John 21:1-14
“Jesus said to them (the disciples), ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.” John 21:12,14
Month of May:
Every week I will include a special prayer to Our Lady which can be said throughout this special Month dedicated to her.
Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: The Memorare.
This prayer may be attributed to St Bernard. It is a beautiful prayer of trust in Our Lady’s Motherly Love and Maternal help. As we ask her for help, she will offer our prayer to the Lord.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
Today’s Rosary Mysteries:
Today is Tuesday. Along with the whole Church we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries. In these uncertain days, let us join all our anxieties, fears and sufferings to those of Jesus and Mary and ask for their prayers for us.
Today’s Title of Our Lady:
Queen assumed into Heaven, Pray for us. Amen.
Once again today I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you all at Mass.
Our prayers for today:
The Sub tuum praesidum – a special prayer to Our Blessed Lady in these days.
We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
Despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin Mary. Amen.
May the Divine Assistance remain with us always. Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron of our Archdiocese and our MAC, Health of the Sick and Comforter of the Afflicted, Pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us. Amen.
St Thomas More, Pray for us. Amen.
St Peter, Pray for us. Amen.
St Bede the Venerable, Pray for us, Amen.
St Augustine of Canterbury, Pray for us. Amen.
St Luke, Beloved Physician (Doctor) and companion of St Paul the Apostle, Patron of Doctors and Healthcare professionals, Pray for us. Amen.
St Jude Thaddeus, Patron of impossible or difficult circumstances, Pray for us. Amen.
St Raphael, Archangel, God’s healing Angel, Pray for us. Amen.
Sts Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, Pray for us. Amen.
Our scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament. (Lam 3:22,23)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22,23 NRSV
Blessings to you all on this day.