Friday, December 7, 2018

Marriage - Jesus Has a New Paradigm for Life and He Went to a Lot of Trouble to Bring It to Humanity - the old paradigms don't work... look around you....

In the "New Covenant" made by our Creator God with humanity (Jeremiah 31:31-34) every person can know God from within - because the Holy Spirit is revealing our Creator to all who are willing to know the Lord and trust in Him. We can still help each other along the way; so may you be pleased to find here a variety of helps to the life of faith in God through Jesus Christ. G.S.

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Marriage, Family Life, and the Sunday Mass – Jesus’ New Paradigm for Life by Fr Gilles A. Surprenant (scroll down to the middle of this post for Jesus' New Paradigm)


Family Life was once enough preparation for Life, Work, Vocation, Marriage, and Family

Life, marriage, and family as we approach the middle of the 21st century is far less stable than it was a century ago. The social upheaval brought about by World War II, scientific, technological, and manufacturing upheavals, and the speeding up of society due to the "digital age" and omnipresent means of social communication have made society much more mobile. We won't understand for a while how radically life will be different because of the Covid-19 worldwide Pandemic. 

The so-called "sexual revolution" - it is beginning to be clear by now - has disturbed much of what had been known and expected about life, marriage, family, and religious life and priesthood. As a result, increasing differences continue to generate misunderstanding and confusion, greater disparity in women’s and men’s expectations of marriage, religious life, and priesthood, and greater fear and anxiety about what can be experienced by people in these vocations or walks of life.

It is clear to us today that the Church is composed of human beings; so it stands to reason that criticism is often warranted and the Church as an institution is ever in need of reform. Still she continues to mirror Jesus who is the Good Shepherd. Concerned for young people who had to endure all these destabilizing influences, the Church in her bishops began in the 1940’s to offer better preparation to help young adults cope with their new challenges in the hope that they would be able to succeed in their projects of marriage or religious life.

Formation houses for religious and for candidates for priesthood are constantly being renewed

Some religious orders and communities actually reach a point of “exhaustion” as they get farther away from their founder or foundress. They usually don’t wait until it becomes urgent to put into motion reforms and ongoing formation in order to help their candidates and members to “fan into burning flames” the desire of love that brought them to join. Seminaries must also constantly assess, review, and renew their formation program. In Montreal, 2020-2021 have been two years for a major “makeover” for the Grand Seminary which initiated a move to a new location, where the staff and candidates can be more directly involved in the life of local parishes.

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 “From This Day Forward” - Marriage Preparation Course 

Similarly, there have been several attempts in the Diocese of Montreal to develop Marriage preparation that would meet the needs and expectations of engaged couples. But, since human life and society never stand still, a course that satisfies for some years may no longer do so as time passes. A previous course on behalf of the Diocese used to be offered at St Patrick Basilica, and it seemed to work well enough for a few decades, but feedback gave witness to changing times, conditions, and people; making necessary a complete revision.

“From This Day Forward” has been the result of that process. The course you are now taking is not the same as the very first version offered some 20 years ago in 1998, but all the essential elements continue to be addressed. What has mostly changed are the people composing the team of presenters, and of course each person brings his or her own personality, experience, formation, faith, enthusiasm for married and family life and parenting, and love for engaged couples. In addition, in recent years – not only because of the Covid-19 Pandemic – we have undergone a “digital revolution” which will probably continue well into the future.

From your point of view and life experience as engaged couples

Most people acknowledge that society and culture are ever changing, but what stands out these days is the rapid acceleration in some of those changes. Our Marriage Preparation Course Team is constantly taking into account the evaluations and feedback given by engaged couples who take the course, as well as the data we receive from the couples who register and plan to join in one of the scheduled courses.

For a time, course participants asked for Mass on Sunday as part of the course and we offered it for about four years. The wheel of change turned again and engaged couples now want coaching in their desire to connect with God for help they feel they need in understanding and overcoming the obstacles, difficulties, and struggles they have in their lives, and further, in trying to develop a personal relationship with God. Then with the worldwide Covid-19 Pandemic which began here in Québec in March 2020; our Team agreed to offer our first “Workshop / Seminar on God and Prayer” in September 2020 and the participation of each set of engaged couples helps us to “hone” this very dynamic “Open Forum” for andragogical learning.

Sunday Worship and “Living the Lord’s Day Well”

We no longer include the Sunday in our course offerings; so there is no need to offer the Sunday Mass during the course. However, it remains valuable – even essential – for the Christian individual and couple to participate in the Sunday Liturgy. God is our Creator; so He knows under what conditions we will function the most “optimally”. To put it in other terms, God loves us so much He wants us to have “abundant life” in love. So God calls us to “live the Lord’s Day well” in order to have the rest we need and enjoy our life and family.

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Of what relevance is the practice of faith to married and family Life?

From our point of view as the Team, we hope to share with course participants our conviction about the richness of weaving together the human secular perspective with the spiritual religious perspective. The human sciences dovetail very well with the Christian faith in general and the Roman Catholic tradition in particular.

For example, today humanity is increasingly aware and alarmed about the accelerating damage to our environment and the accelerating threats to the survival of our common home on Earth. All the sciences and technology propose solutions which are difficult to implement because of the diversity of opinion and practice among human societies and governments. Faith brings the added perspective that the Creator loves our Earth even more than we do and offers us the inspiration and moral courage we need to take action.

While we get busy “greening” our home life, schools, and work places, we are only now beginning to get the picture that from the very beginning the Creator designed “green” into our very DNA and even into our human sexuality. When we try to follow the Creator’s plan, we enjoy deeper respect for our own body as well as ourselves as people, and by extension, a deeper respect for our beloved, both in their body and their person. This is called “chastity” in both the married and celibate versions in accord with each Christian vocation.

Of what relevance is the Sunday Mass to married and family life?

Faith in God shows us that Jesus Christ wasn’t just a great human being, or extraordinary preacher, or miracle worker. Jesus is the divine Son of God who, out of love for us and out of concern for our challenges and unhappiness, became one of us by the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary of Nazareth. In Mary the mother and in Jesus her son, God the Father provides a female and a male model of a human life lived with trust in God.

God wants us to have the satisfaction of giving meaning and purpose to our existence; so He doesn’t offer magical solutions to remove our troubles and challenges. Instead, God gives us the opportunity to do our best with the “cards which life deals to us”. Life is often very unfair, but it does provide opportunities for us to rise to the occasion and go beyond our comfort zones in order to make of our lives a gift of love for others. In this we have inspiring examples in Mary and Jesus, as well as in Joseph and all the saints.

Jesus was born a helpless baby, totally dependent on the love and care of Mary and Joseph. The son of God trusted in his Father and accepted to become helpless. Now Jesus trusts us to accept his words and to treat his gifts with respect. When we celebrate the Holy Mass, we hear God speak to us and once again Jesus trusts us to receive Him with love by coming to us in the helpless form of bread and wine as food for our souls.

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Jesus offers us a new paradigm for human life, Marriage, parenting, and family life

People who engage in any of the professions know how easy it is to produce reports, but how very difficult it is to go on to implement the recommendations made in those reports. Why is that? The obvious reason is that we human beings don’t like to change. We prefer what is familiar and what we know. We are reluctant to trust something or someone we don’t yet know. It takes time and effort for us to accumulate all the information and motivation we need in order to effect productive change.


            Perhaps that is why Jesus taught primarily by using parables, analogies, images, and stories. He wanted to respect people’s freedom and to give them the time they needed to become convinced and to make whatever decisions they needed to make. The Lord continues to treat us with the same respect in every generation as He did when He walked the Earth two millennia ago. From God’s perspective, Jesus never really left the Earth.

Yes, He ascended into Heaven – that mysterious realm of God which existed before the universe came into being, before the “Big Bang” – but because He is God in three persons: Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and is a “divine being”, God continues to “be present” to us at every moment of our lives.

The more you read, study, pray with, and assimilate all that is contained in the Gospels about Jesus and all that He taught, as well as all the reflections on all of this in the letters and Acts of the Apostles; the more you finally realize that Jesus is making all of us an offer that is so amazing and yet which we can refuse. Unlike the “Godfather” who made offers people “could not refuse” or they would be killed; Jesus makes us an offer that we can refuse, but do we really want not to accept the new life in God that He offers?

Jesus offers us a new paradigm for human life which, if we buy into it, will begin to bring order back to the Earth in our human relations and also in the environment which, in Pope Francis’ words, “is our common home.” What is Jesus’ new paradigm, his amazing offer? In Matthew 11:29-30 Jesus offers each of us a “yoke”, a piece of wood that joins two oxen to a load that the pair then pulls together. Jesus offers us to no longer feel like we have to carry the weight of the whole world on our own shoulders, alone and by ourselves, because He loves us and doesn’t want us to be crushed by the burden. Jesus offers to “team up” with each of us.

To put it in commercial terms, Jesus is offering to become our “business partner” to be our inspiration and guide as we conduct our affairs in life, family, work, and play. Jesus wants to be our “life coach”. This is at the heart of the meaning of the word religion, which points to “re-linking” or “re-joining” our lives to God our Creator from whom we come and to whom we are all returning at the end of our life on Earth.

Jesus said He came so that we might have life in abundance, to share with us his joy; so that our joy might be full. Jesus as our Lord and God is not a “spoil sport”; on the contrary, Jesus loved being with people so much that He gives us an image of eternal life as a “wedding banquet”. We human beings become most clearly living images of God who is the source of love when we live our lives most freely and generously in marriage, parenting, and family life. As parents, we are the first experience of “god” that our children have. To them we are “god” or all powerful, until the day they begin to discover that we are only human and that God is someone else, someone really amazing. We don’t have to be perfect as their parents, because God is already perfect, and we can find all that we need in Him to satisfy our deep, burning desire for perfect love and wisdom.

When people are in love – either a woman and man or a parent and child – love has us use language that at first sounds illogical or irrational. We commonly hear someone in love, or ourselves may say, “I love you so much I could eat you up.” Of course, this is not to be taken literally, because it is a language of love, and love is so deep that it cannot be perfectly put into words, but we have to try anyway to express it. We want the one we love to be “inside of us” and we ourselves want to be “inside them” for a perfect union that will last.

The Holy Mass is full of love language spoken by God to us and by us in reply. Jesus is not only human and risen from the dead, but also the Son of God and divine. He can give us something of his own substance, of his own divine life, which He does in Holy Communion. We know how meaningful it is for a mother to nourish her baby at the breast, giving nurture from her own life. This beautiful reality of maternity helps us to see how Jesus feeds us spiritually his “Body and Blood” in Holy Communion. We need this “food from heaven” to meet the challenge of living as children of God on this Earth and like Him to make of our life a gift of love for others.

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Are we “just getting married” or… “Is God calling us?”

Statistical studies show the divorce rate for arranged marriages around 35%, and for love marriages between 40 and 50%. Divorce is what happens to people who weren’t really serious about their marriage, right? Actually, studies over the past 4 decades consistently show that when a husband and wife attend Sunday worship every week and also pray together every day; they are most certain to live a lively Marriage that thrives. That is because they are making room for God, who is the source of life and of love, in their intimate union of friendship and love. They remain connected to the fountain.

What is a Family Life Chaplain? What does a FLC do? To whom is this service offered?

Actually, "Family Life Chaplain" is in fact a "modern" term or title for the parish priest sent by Jesus to each parish through the supervisory authority of the local bishop or archbishop (in the case of an archdiocese). As Jesus received all those who came to Him with any ailment, complaint, need, or request while He walked this Earth in the Holy Land of Palestine / Israel; so now Jesus continues to receive all those who seek Him today all over this Earth through the pastoral presence and kindly services of the local parish priest. Priests don't necessarily have a charism of healer; so we continue to employ health services.

The priest continues to be a simple human being like all of us, a sinner; he isn't perfect yet. This means that we need to love him as we are called to love one another in our family and close personal circles; as well as our enemies and all those we don't necessarily like or enjoy.... Those we don't like give us an opportunity to practice perfect, unselfish love; since we don't expect anything good from such people. At such times God blesses us through the love we give rather than receive.

When the priest offers the Holy Mass, the Holy Eucharist, it is Jesus Himself who is there, offering Himself anew to his Father for us. The Holy Spirit gathers all our prayers, adoration, supplications, praise, contrition, and thanksgiving - the whole offering of our self and our life since the last time - and places our offering on the altar with the bread and wine. Through the priest, Jesus offers us, our offering, along with his own of himself, to the Father. Then, at Holy Communion, the Father answers our prayers by accepting our offering and in response, He gives us the best that He has to give, which is his only-begotten Son, Jesus, in Holy Communion. Jesus gives us a "transfusion" of the divine life and love He has with the Father and the Holy Spirit in the Most Holy Trinity. With each Holy Communion we become more and more able to live, love, forgive, and serve as children of God, living images of Jesus in our world today; in this way He shines his divine light for the world.

It is the same with all of the sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation (Penance or Confession), the Anointing of the Sick, and Marriage. We see and hear the parish priest, but always it is Jesus who receives us, listens to us, speaks to us, prays with us, offers us words of instruction and encouragement, extends his hands over us in blessing, anoints us with holy oil, offers us forgiveness and absolution of our sins, challenges us to make better efforts to approach God, get to know Him and his ways, and give Him a return of love for all of the love He constantly pours into us in the Holy Spirit.... No matter how "distressing" we may find the "wrapping" - the human limits and failings of the priest - we can be assured that it is Jesus who is there, before us, serving and blessing us. Jesus promised He would be with us all days until the end of time, and He is faithful. Jesus, in union with his Eternal Father and the Holy Spirit, is faithful and ALWAYS keeps his promises.

What is on Fr. Gilles’ Web Pages - https://fathergilleshome.blogspot.com ?

On these web pages powered by Blogger you will find audio recordings of homilies given by Fr. Gilles since August 2020 and much more! On his original website you will find archived homilies sorted seasonally with links on the Home Page: HOMILIES – Summer – Fall – Advent & Christmas – Winter – Lent & Easter.

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In the "New Covenant" made by our Creator God with humanity (Jeremiah 31:31-34) every person can know God from within - because the Holy Spirit is revealing our Creator to all who are willing to know the Lord and trust in Him. We can still help each other along the way; so may you be pleased to find here a variety of helps to the life of faith in God through Jesus Christ. G.S.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Lord's Day Rest versus Work

In the "New Covenant" made by our Creator God with humanity (Jeremiah 31:31-34) every person can know God from within - because the Holy Spirit is revealing our Creator to all who are willing to know the Lord and trust in Him. We can still help each other along the way; so may you be pleased to find here a variety of helps to the life of faith in God through Jesus Christ. G.S.

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ABOUT SUNDAY WORK

A priest’s point of view

Over the years I've been privileged to live and labour as a priest of our Lord Jesus Christ. It has become apparent to me and perhaps increasingly to the faithful that priests work on the Lord’s Day, on Sunday. We still live under the obligation to rest one day a week because for our good He wants us to enjoy abundant life, to “keep holy the Lord’s Day”; that is, to rest and not to work or worry the whole day long, and to spend the day with our family and friends.

Since we priests labour on Sunday, we must transfer part of our Sunday obligation to rest and spend time with family on another day, preferably in connection with Sunday, such as on Monday or Saturday. Another issue touches all those who approach us on the Sunday – before or after Masses for example – with requests which require follow up later. Sunday is not a good day to approach our priests with anything requiring us to remember details later.  We are ready to receive personal news, to hear penitents in the confessional, to offer the Anointing of the Sick on the spot, to simply pray particularly for someone or formulate a blessing. However, multiple encounters prevent efficient memory; so if anyone wants follow up, they would do better to get back to us during the week.

It's not because we don't care, but simply that since the matter is personal and important to the seeker, then their motivation about it will definitely cause them to remember it and so it makes sense that they take charge of the follow up.  From the priests' point of view, there usually are several such conversations on Sunday, sometimes all in the space of just a few minutes.  Some may be able to remember so many varied encounters that come in rapid succession, but I tend to forget most or all of them!  In fact, I don’t even remember who left an item with me unless it is labelled. My mind doesn't work like a computer where everything is on the desktop where I left it last time I was there.

Attempting to recover a lost memory of someone making a request or suggestion before or after Mass on Sunday can be a very tedious process.  I must tell everyone not to try to "do business" or approach me regarding anything other than what is immediate, on Sunday before or after Masses.  Though you may have a very clear memory of approaching me or another priest on a given Sunday; as generally happens, after Sunday is over, most priests have no recollection whatever of it. 

It is very misleading for me to allow anyone to have the impression that what he or she may say to me on Sundays will be retained or that anything I say will be remembered or followed up on.  I try to always say this, but can't always when they catch me between two other people or two duties, or with my mind full of personal and spiritual considerations of my own.  It is best to seek particular services from priests by putting the request to them during the week through normal channels.

While it makes sense to try to accomplish practical matters during the week, the “divine renovation” approach to the Sunday Assembly can arrange in advance to provide a wider range of services on Sunday. A “Hospitality Desk” can be set up with one or more people ready to take note of specific requests, registrations for various activities and learning opportunities, and try to answer any number of questions that people might bring.  Parish staff and volunteers could be formed to be the face and voice of the Church in rendering such a service in a way that creates opportunities for people to feel as though they are welcome and belong to the Parish faith community.

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God's point of view – “You shall keep holy the Lord’s Day.”          (Exodus 20:8, 31:14)

The Lord's Day belongs to Him; so we are not to conduct any kind of business on this day, meaning trying to make progress in our work activities, domestic tasks, or even Church work.  Our entire and only preoccupation on this day is to give glory to God, to honor Him, to consider his Word and ponder it, to reflect on his ways and take to heart his Word and see how it may apply to our lives.  It's a day for worship, spiritual renewal, community, family life, celebration, leisure, and rest. 

God did not make this a command to tyrannize our lives, but only because we had forgotten how to live well. God doesn’t want us to give Him back the “Lord’s Day” for his own benefit, but for ours.  Only when we make sufficient room for God in our lives can He free us from the harmful effects of the tyranny of our own impulses, wants, desires, ambitions, fears, and needs.

We are to spend the whole day in the company of family and friends, to remember to love and be loved, to celebrate God and each other’s lives.  We can help each other enjoy solitude and silence, physical activity, and rest. We remember we are creatures and children of God, that life is brief, filled with beauty, goodness, and all God's good gifts, and that our eternal destiny is of great importance.  We are, at least once a week, to enjoy being alive and remember why we are alive, how it is that our life is a gift, where we come from and where we are going.

A parishioner’s point of view

From our human and personal point of view, the normal times, places, and means for carrying out Fabrique and Parish activity is during the week, when we have access to means to take notes and do whatever is needed to assure the proper follow up that may be required by each need or request.  We can make special provision to assist the stranger and welcome those who come to the Sunday Assembly and orient them for later follow up without turning the day into a working ministry day.

I am deeply inspired and strongly challenged by the enthusiasm, talent, and generosity of the children of God.  I deeply appreciate you and love you for the zeal you have for God, for his Church, and for his people.  You and so many are doing so much and juggling so many duties that you share your ideas when you can for fear of forgetting them in the confusion of your relentless activity and the boiling thoughts of your very active mind and imagination. I understand that.

It remains a great challenge for us, who live in such a secularized and individualized culture and society, to obey the third commandment and give back to God the day that belongs to Him and not to us.  We get so caught up in what we do and care about that we can actually forget or lose sight of the most important things, those that really matter for the good conduct of our lives and happiness, and those that really last.  It is precisely for this reason that God has given this commandment. 

God’s solution to the threat and reality of our slavery to time is to give us time as a gift.  We can actually receive time from God as a gift when we accept to give Him back the seventh day, the Sabbath.  It’s a hard challenge for us to do this. As we try to resist the frantic pace of society around us, it is as if we were paddling against the current.  Every effort we expend to do this, to obey the Lord and honour Him, He will reward with the freedom of the children of God and renew the joy of our youth.  He has promised, and He is faithful.  Blessed be God, our Father, and Jesus our Lord.  

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I first wrote about this at St. Luke Parish in Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC September 12, 2008, updated it November 26, 2014 after ending my time in the Parish and moving on to serve as Family Life Chaplain for the OEPS of the Diocese of Montreal, and finally updating it November 23, 2018 for my original website. 

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In the "New Covenant" made by our Creator God with humanity (Jeremiah 31:31-34) every person can know God from within - because the Holy Spirit is revealing our Creator to all who are willing to know the Lord and trust in Him. We can still help each other along the way; so may you be pleased to find here a variety of helps to the life of faith in God through Jesus Christ. G.S.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

New Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary - by Fr. Gilles A. Surprenant - August 2018 at MHA

In the "New Covenant" made by our Creator God with humanity (Jeremiah 31:31-34) every person can know God from within - because the Holy Spirit is revealing our Creator to all who are willing to know the Lord and trust in Him. We can still help each other along the way; so may you be pleased to find here a variety of helps to the life of faith in God through Jesus Christ. G.S.

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Most Holy Rosary – Phrases added according to St. John Paul II (2002) at Lourdes Shrine (and other phrases composed by this priest*)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus –  

 

Messianic Mysteries* – Monday* / at dawn*   6:30

– The Eternal Word with God in the beginning, God of Adam and Eve, and Noah;

– The Almighty who called Abram to go out to the Promised Land;

– The Living Flame who from the Burning Bush sent Moses to save his people;

– The Son of Man, the Promised One, who called the prophets to prepare his way;

The Messiah, Suffering Servant of Israel who came to serve, suffer, and die;

 

Joyful Mysteries** – Tuesday* / at morning*   8:30

The AnnunciationWho wanted to take on our human condition;

The VisitationWho did wonders for you;

The NativityWho found no room in the home of men;

The PresentationWho enters the Temple to purify it;

The Finding of JesusWho returned to Nazareth and was subject to you and Joseph ;

 

Hidden Life Mysteries* – Wednesday* / at mid morning*   10:00

Refugee Child whom you and Joseph his parents protected and nurtured in exile;

Cherished Son & Heart of your Family whom you & Joseph loved & served;

Apprentice to Joseph who mentored Him in life, work, and devotion;

Craftsman & Good Neighbour who worked wonders with wood and with people;

Shoot of Jesse who like you waited patiently to do the Father’s will;

 

Luminous Mysteries** – Thursday / at noon*   12:00

The Baptism of JesusIn whom the Father is well pleased;

Wedding at CanaWho makes sacramental Marriage the sign of the eternal Covenant;

The Proclamation of the Kingdom of GodWhose Kingdom is so very near to us;

The TransfigurationWhose glory transforms us in his image;

The Institution of the EucharistWho offers us the New Covenant in his blood;

 

Sorrowful Mysteries** – Friday / at mid afternoon*   15:00

The Agony in the GardenWho asks that the Father’s will be done and not his own;

The Scourging at the PillarWhose wounds heal us;

The Crowning with ThornsWho is turned to mockery;

The Carrying of the CrossWho collapses to the ground to lift us up from our falls;

The Crucifixion & Death of JesusWho commends his spirit into the hands of his Father;

 

Glorious Mysteries** – Saturday* / at evening*   18:30

The ResurrectionWho in the Father and the Holy Spirit rises from among the dead;

The AscensionWho makes us reign with Him in loving service;

The Descent of the Holy SpiritWho sends the Holy Spirit from beside the Father;

The Assumption of MaryWho makes of you the living Temple of the Lord;

The Crowning of MaryWho makes of you the Mother of the Church;

 

Eschatological Mysteries* Sunday* / at twilight*   21:45

Prophet of the Final Tribulation who by your tears exhorts the faithful & warns humanity;

High Priest of Divine Mercy who prepares his Bride for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb;

Lord of Armageddon who sends Michael to expose Satan and break earthly strongholds;

Judge of the Nations who will come on the clouds to separate the sheep from the goats;

King of the Universe, the Lamb, eternal Light of the New Jerusalem;

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us (poor) sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

*Composed **translated 180929 revised 210126 by Fr Gilles A Surprenant, MHA Associate priest & poustinik, Montréal QC Canada


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In the "New Covenant" made by our Creator God with humanity (Jeremiah 31:31-34) every person can know God from within - because the Holy Spirit is revealing our Creator to all who are willing to know the Lord and trust in Him. We can still help each other along the way; so may you be pleased to find here a variety of helps to the life of faith in God through Jesus Christ. G.S.

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Nouveaux Mystères du Très Saint Rosaire de la Bienheureuse Vierge Marie - par l'Abbé Gilles A. Surprenant - août 2018 à MHA

In the "New Covenant" made by our Creator God with humanity (Jeremiah 31:31-34) every person can know God from within - because the Holy Spirit is revealing our Creator to all who are willing to know the Lord and trust in Him. We can still help each other along the way; so may you be pleased to find here a variety of helps to the life of faith in God through Jesus Christ. G.S.

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Très Saint Rosaire – phrases ajoutées selon St Jean Paul II (2002) au Sanctuaire de Lourdes (et d’autres phrases composées par ce prêtre*)

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce, le Seigneur est avec vous. Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes, et –

Mystères Messianiques* – lundi* / à l’aurore*   6h30


– Le Verbe Éternel avec Dieu au commencement, Dieu d’Adam et Ève, et Noé;

– Le Tout Puissant qui appela Abram pour aller vers la Terre Promise;

– La Flamme Vivante qui du Buisson Ardent envoya Moïse sauver son peuple;

– Le Fils de l’Homme, le Promis, qui appela les Prophètes à préparer sa venue;

Le Messie, Serviteur Souffrant d’Israël venu pour servir, souffrir, et mourir;

 

Mystères Joyeux** – mardi** / au matin*   8h30

L’AnnonciationCelui qui a voulu prendre notre condition d’homme;

La VisitationCelui qui fit pour vous des merveilles;

La Nativité de JésusCelui qui n’a trouvé aucune place dans la maison des hommes;

La Présentation au TempleCelui qui entre dans le Temple pour le purifier;

Recouvrement de JésusCelui qui revint à Nazareth et fut soumis à vous et Joseph;

 

Mystères de la Vie Cachée* – mercredi* / en avant midi*   10h00

Enfant Réfugié que vous et Joseph ses parents avez protégé et nourri en exile;

Fils chéri & Cœur de votre Famille que vous & Joseph avez aimé & servi;

Apprenti de Joseph qui l’a guidé dans la vie, le travail, et la dévotion;

Artisan et Bon Voisin qui fit des merveilles avec le bois et avec les gens;

Rameau de Jesse qui comme vous attend patiemment pour faire la volonté du Père;

 

Mystères Lumineux** – jeudi / à midi*   12h00

Le BaptêmeCelui à qui le Père donne toute sa faveur;

Les Noces de CanaCelui qui fait du Mariage sacramentel le signe de l’Alliance éternelle;

L’Annonce du Royaume de DieuCelui dont le Royaume est tout proche de nous;

La TransfigurationCelui dont la gloire nous transforme à son image;

L’Institution de l’EucharistieCelui qui nous offre la Nouvelle Alliance en son sang;

 

Mystères Douloureux** – vendredi / en après midi*   15h00

L’Agonie au JardinCelui qui demande que soit faite la volonté du Père et non la sienne;

La FlagellationCelui dont les blessures nous guérissent;

Le Couronnement d’épinesCelui qui est tourné en dérision;

Le Portement de la croixCelui qui tombe à terre pour nous relever de nos chutes;

La Crucifiement et la mortCelui qui remet son esprit entre les mains de son Père;

                                                                  

Mystères Glorieux** – samedi* / au soir*   18h30

La RésurrectionCelui qui avec l’Esprit Saint a ressuscité d’entre les morts;

L’AscensionCelui qui nous fait régner avec Lui dans un service de charité;

La Descente de l’Esprit SaintCelui qui envoie l’Esprit Saint d’auprès du Père;

L’Assomption de MarieCelui qui fait de vous le Temple vivant du Seigneur;

Le Couronnement de MarieCelui qui fait de vous la Mère de l’Église;

 

Mystères Eschatologiques* – dimanche* / au crépuscule*   21h45


Prophète de la Tribulation Finale qui par vos larmes exhorte les fidèles et avertit l’humanité;

Grand Prêtre de la Miséricorde Divine qui pare son Épouse pour les Noces de l’Agneau;

Seigneur d’Harmaguédone qui envoie Michel exposer Satan et briser les bastions terrestres;

Juge des Nations qui viendra sur les nuées pour séparer les moutons des chèvres;

Roi de l’Univers, l’Agneau, la Lumière éternelle de la nouvelle Jérusalem;

 

Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles (ou votre Enfant), est béni. Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous (pauvres) pécheurs, maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort. Amen.

*Composés **traduits 180929 révisés 210126 par Abbé Gilles A Surprenant, prêtre associé MHA & poustinik,  Montréal QC Canada


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