Prayer for the Feast of Christ the King

Feast of Christ the KingSunday, November 24, is the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of Ordinary Time in the liturgical year. Next Sunday will be the first Sunday of Advent. (I’m all set to start decorating for Christmas on that day. More on that later.) Here’s a prayer to pray tomorrow when you go to Mass. I’m going to print this out and take it with me. H/T to @annie3592. God bless you, every one, and may the peace of Christ be with you always.

Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King.

Prayer:

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before you. We are yours, and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.

Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968

Feast of Christ the King

Original post at Catholic Culture.

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope you’ll have a happy Fourth of July. Enjoy the fireworks, remember the little doggies who don’t enjoy the loud noises so much. Take some time to pray for our country, we’re in the middle of a spiritual war and our enemy is prowling around like a hungry lion seeking our souls to devour. And please, if you will, pray a prayer for my Dad who spent the last few days in the hospital with heart problems. Well, pray for my whole family while you’re at it. And know that I pray for every one who reads the blog or follows on Twitter. Thank you. You all mean a lot to me. Even if we don’t agree about something, you matter to me. Thank you for being there.

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Happy New Year, Y’all!

Happy New Year! I’ve been celebrating by dragging out my good old MIDI keyboard and composing some instrumental music in GarageBand since I still don’t have my voice back yet. Argh. But I’m really fond of what I’m working on right now, so maybe there’s a silver lining in all of this after all. Of all the things I’ve composed via MIDI this is by far the best sounding. Almost sounds like I know what I’m doing. Almost. I even came up with a bass line for once and the guitars sound like guitars. Mostly. Sort of. I keep hearing more parts for it and I know if I work on this for a few days instead of hours I’ll hear even more. But I really want to sing! Argh!

Hope you’re having a marvelous (or peaceful) New Year’s celebration wherever you are. I’m going back to listening to my new song over and over to see what other parts I can come up with. Yes, this is how I party. I am a nerd. ;)

Christmas lights and Nativity scenes, these are a few of my favorite things

I love Nativity scenes. I currently have only a simple set, inexpensive. But I set it up every Christmas during Advent sans the manger and Christ Child which I place in the scene on Christmas Eve after dinner and sometimes at midnight. Depends on whether or not I’m attending Midnight Mass. This year I was ill (sarcoidosis, not the flu or anything contagious) during most of Advent and I didn’t get to go to Mass for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th Sundays of Advent and not for Midnight Mass either. I also lost my voice so I couldn’t even sing Christmas carols at home. Oy!

But I did manage to decorate the house last Saturday just a few days before Christmas. I’ve got stringing lights and garland on the front porch down to an art and this year I even threw a few lights on the shrubs in the flower bed. A small artificial tree on the table in the breakfast nook and a few other things here and there completed the look.

Then on Christmas Eve after the family dinner was over (and a very fine dinner it was, too, thanks to my sister and her husband!) and everyone had left or had gone to bed, I said a blessing for the Nativity scene and placed the Christ Child in the center. The three wise men are in the den, making their way on their journey to Bethlehem. They’re due to arrive on the feast of the Epiphany and then I’ll take the decorations down until next year.

But I may leave the lights in my room a bit longer. My older dog Abby hates those lights (or any lights when she’s trying to sleep) but I like ’em so I’m gonna keep ’em. For a little while. In the bleak midwinter a few little lights can bring a big smile. And I have a photo of my Nativity set to keep me company until Advent next year. Who knows? Maybe this coming year I’ll get an outdoor set for the yard.

Hope your Christmas season is a happy and blessed one wherever you are. Peace be with you now and throughout the coming year.

My Nativity scene, Christmas 2012