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Today is a Sad Day

for the Powers of Darkness


     Today we celebrate the Apparition, in 492, of St. Michael the Archangel on Monte Gargano, Italy, which was and is, in some places, a feast day of the Archangel. (This feast was in the universal calendar of the Roman Rite until 1960.)

     On this day in 1429, St. Joan of Arc won her first victory. She had specifically, clearly and concretely prophesied it: Orleans was liberated. The Archangel was her spiritual and also military advisor.

     On this day in 1668, Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine fell asleep in the Lord in Québec. She was in her life, and is now in glory, a powerful foe against the evil spirits. She is a Mother of the Church in Canada. Today is her liturgical celebration in Canada and elsewhere.

     On this day, in 1786, St. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney, the holy Curé of Ars was born. He snatched many “big fish” away from the powers of darkness. The demons were so angry with him that they even lit his bed on fire one night (with the permission of Providence, obviously)


A Litany for Today:

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Christ hear us. Christ graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,                 have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world             have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,                           have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,                                   have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,                                         pray for us.

Holy Mother of God,                                      

Holy Virgin of virgins,                                               

St. Michael                                                     

All you holy angels                                        

St. Jochaim and St. Anne                                           

St. Joseph                                                       

St. John the Baptist                                         

St. Peter and St. Paul                                       

St. Catherine of Alexandria                            

St. Margaret of Antioch                                 

St. Joan of Arc                                                

Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine            

St. John-Mary Vianney                                  

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

       spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

       graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

       have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

G RANT, we beseech You, O Lord God,

that we, Your servants,

may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body;

and by the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin,

of St. Michael the Archangel,

and of all the angels and saints,

may be delivered from present sorrow,

and obtain eternal joy.

Through Christ our Lord.


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