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A Prayer

Posted by presbyterian princess on March 18, 2014

God of stillness
help us to find space in our lives
for quietness and reflection
this day and every day.
Gentle our minds,
order our lives,
let the beauty of your peace
rest within us.



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Saint Joseph my Patron

Posted by presbyterian princess on March 18, 2014


REMEMBER, O most illustrious Patriarch St. Joseph, on the testimony of St. Teresa, your devoted client, never has it been heard that anyone who has invoked your protection or sought your mediation has not obtained relief. In this confidence I come before you, my loving protector, chaste Spouse of Mary, Foster-father of the Savior of men and dispenser of the treasures of His Sacred Heart. Despise not my earnest prayer but graciously hear and obtain my petition.


O Dearest St. Joseph, I consecrate myself to thy honor and give myself to thee, that thou mayest always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me a great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life. After thine example, may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary! And do thou, O blessed St. Joseph, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of thy holy death. Amen.



Receive me, dear and chosen Father, and the offering of every
movement of my body and soul, which I desire to present
through thee to my blessed Lord.

Purify all! Make all a perfect holocaust! May every pulsation
of my heart be a Spiritual Communion, every look and
thought an act of love, every action a sweet sacrifice,
every word an arrow of Divine love, every step
an advance toward Jesus, every visit to Our Lord as
pleasing to God as the errands of Angels, every thought
of thee, dear Saint, an act to remind thee that I am thy child.

I recommend to thee the occasions in which I usually fail,
particularly . . . [Mention these]. Accept each little devotion
of the day, though replete with imperfection, and offer it
to Jesus, Whose mercy will overlook all, since He
regards not so much the gift as the love of the giver.

An important title that Saint Joseph has is the “Terror of Demons”. It is necessary for us to ponder this title because when we are tempted to sin, we should call upon St. Joseph to scare away the demons who are tempting us. As the body of Christ, through the priest at Mass, we invoke St. Joseph to scare away the demons of our life, the ones that cause us to be separated from Christ and His Church.To invoke St. Joseph’s name in the highest form of prayer in the Church, that is the Mass, where we come to worship God, gives great distinction to a saint that models humility and would prefer to stay in the background. Let us go to Joseph, who protects us and leads us to heaven with all the saints in glory.


Words of St.Teresa of Avila
“To other Saints Our Lord seems to have given power to succor us in some special necessity—but to this glorious Saint, I know by experience, He has given the power to help us in all. Our Lord would have us understand that as He was subject to St. Joseph on earth—for St. Joseph, bearing the title of father and being His guardian, could command Him—so now in Heaven Our Lord grants all his petitions. I have asked others to recommend themselves to St. Joseph, and they, too, know the same thing by experience . . .” —Autobiography, VI, 9

Words of St.Teresa of Avila
“Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this glorious Saint [St. Joseph], for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honored him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have always received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good . . . I ask for the love of God that he who does not believe me will make the trial for himself—then he will find out by experience the great good that results from commending oneself to this glorious Patriarch and in being devoted to him . . .” —Autobiography, VI, 11-12

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Lorica of Saint Patrick

Posted by presbyterian princess on March 18, 2014

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and a near,
Alone or in a multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation

St. Patrick (ca. 377)

stained-glass Saint Patrick

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints.

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461. Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone’s Irish. There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story. Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies. As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him. During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote

“The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”

Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family. He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.” He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years. Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message. Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well). Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461. He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock?
Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time. St-Patrick-Icon

In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

Symbols and legends
St. Patrick uses shamrock in an illustrative parable

St. Patrick depicted with shamrock in detail of stained glass window in St. Benin’s Church, Kilbennan, County Galway, Ireland
Legend (dating to 1726, according to the OED) credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.[67] For this reason, shamrocks are a central symbol for St Patrick’s Day.

The shamrock had been seen as sacred in the pre-Christian days in Ireland. Due to its green color and overall shape, many viewed it as representing rebirth and eternal life. Three was a sacred number in the pagan religion and there were a number of “Triple Goddesses” in ancient Ireland, including Brigid, Ériu, and the Morrigan.

St. Patrick banishes all snakes from Ireland
The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by St. Patrick[68] chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill.[69] This hagiographic theme draws on the Biblical account of the staff of the prophet Moses. In Exodus 7:8–7:13, Moses and Aaron use their staffs in their struggle with Pharaoh’s sorcerers, the staffs of each side morphing into snakes. Aaron’s snake-staff prevails by consuming the other snakes.[70]

Image of St. Patrick banishing the snakes


However, all evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had snakes, as on insular “New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica… So far, no serpent has successfully migrated across the open ocean to a new terrestrial home” such as from Scotland at one point only some twelve miles from Ireland, where a few native species have lived, “the venomous adder, the grass snake, and the smooth snake”, as National Geographic notes,[71] and although sea snake species separately exist.[69][72] “At no time has there ever been any suggestion of snakes in Ireland, so [there was] nothing for St. Patrick to banish”, says naturalist Nigel Monaghan, keeper of natural history at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, who has searched extensively through Irish fossil collections and records.[69]

The only biological candidate species for appearing like a native snake in Ireland is the slow worm, actually a legless lizard, a non-native species more recently found in The Burren region of County Clare as recorded since the early 1970s, as noted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of Ireland, which suspects it was deliberately introduced in the 1960s. So far, the slow worm’s territory in the wild has not spread beyond the Burren’s limestone region which is rich in wildlife.[71]

One suggestion, by fiction author Betty Rhodes, is that “snakes” referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids[73] during that time and place, as evinced on coins minted in Gaul. Chris Weigant connects “big tattoos of snakes” on Druids’ arms as “Irish schoolchildren are taught” with the way in which, in the legend of St. Patrick banishing snakes, the “story goes to the core of Patrick’s sainthood and his core mission in Ireland.”[74]

Because of his association with snakes, St. Patrick is associated with the deity Damballa in Voodoo.[75]

St. Patrick’s crosses
Main article: List of Saint Patrick’s Crosses

Image of St. Patrick showing cross pattée on his robes
There are two main types of crosses associated with St. Patrick, the cross pattée and the saltire. The cross pattée is the more traditional association, while the association with the saltire dates from 1783 and the Order of St. Patrick.

Logo of Down District Council showing the cross pattée
The cross pattée has long been associated with St. Patrick, for reasons that are uncertain. One possible reason is that bishops’ mitres in Ecclesiastical heraldry often appear surmounted by a cross pattée.[76][77] An example of this can be seen on the old crest of the Brothers of St. Patrick.[78] As St. Patrick was the founding bishop of the Irish church, the symbol may have become associated with him. St. Patrick is traditionally portrayed in the vestments of a bishop, and his mitre and garments are often decorated with a cross pattée.[79][80][81] [82] [83]

The cross pattée retains its link to St. Patrick to the present day. For example,it appears on the coat of arms of both the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Armagh[84] and the Church of Ireland Archdiocese of Armagh.[85] This is on account of St. Patrick being regarded as the first bishop of the Diocese of Armagh. It is also used by Down District Council which has its headquarters in Downpatrick, the reputed burial place at St. Patrick.

Saint Patrick’s Saltire is a red saltire on a white field. It is used in the insignia of the Order of Saint Patrick, established in 1783, and after the Acts of Union 1800 it was combined with the Saint George’s Cross of England and the Saint Andrew’s Cross of Scotland to form the Union Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. A saltire was intermittently used as a symbol of Ireland from the seventeenth century, but without reference to Saint Patrick.

Photograph of eight home-made badges composed of variously coloured crosses and saltires.
Traditional St. Patrick’s Day badges from the early twentieth century, from the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar.
It was formerly a common custom to wear a cross made of paper or ribbon on St Patrick’s Day. Surviving examples of such badges come in many colours[86] and they were worn upright rather than as saltires.[87]

Thomas Dinely, an English traveller in Ireland in 1681, remarked that “the Irish of all stations and condicõns were crosses in their hatts, some of pins, some of green ribbon.”[88] Jonathan Swift, writing to “Stella” of Saint Patrick’s Day 1713, said “the Mall was so full of crosses that I thought all the world was Irish”.[89] In the 1740s, the badges pinned were multicoloured interlaced fabric.[90] In the 1820s, they were only worn by children, with simple multicoloured daisy patterns.[90][91] In the 1890s, they were almost extinct, and a simple green Greek cross inscribed in a circle of paper (similar to the Ballina crest pictured).[92] The Irish Times in 1935 reported they were still sold in poorer parts of Dublin, but fewer than those of previous years “some in velvet or embroidered silk or poplin, with the gold paper cross entwined with shamrocks and ribbons”.[93]

St. Patrick’s walking stick grows into a living tree
Some Irish legends involve the Oilliphéist, the Caoránach, and the Copóg Phádraig. During his evangelising journey back to Ireland from his parent’s home at Birdoswald, he is understood to have carried with him an ash wood walking stick or staff. He thrust this stick into the ground wherever he was evangelising and at the place now known as Aspatria (ash of Patrick) the message of the dogma took so long to get through to the people there that the stick had taken root by the time he was ready to move on.

St. Patrick speaks with ancient Irish ancestors
The twelfth-century work Acallam na Senórach tells of Patrick being met by two ancient warriors, Caílte mac Rónáin and Oisín, during his evangelical travels. The two were once members of Fionn mac Cumhaill’s warrior band the Fianna, and somehow survived to Patrick’s time. In the work St. Patrick seeks to convert the warriors to Christianity, while they defend their pagan past. The heroic pagan lifestyle of the warriors, of fighting and feasting and living close to nature, is contrasted with the more peaceful, but unheroic and non-sensual life offered by Christianity.

Folk piety
The version of the details of his life generally accepted by modern scholars, as elaborated by later sources, popular writers and folk piety, typically includes extra details such that Patrick, originally named Maewyn Succat, was born in 387 AD in (among other candidate locations, see above) Banna venta Berniae[94] to the parents Calpernius and Conchessa. At the age of 16 in 403 AD Saint Patrick was captured and enslaved by the Irish and was sent to Ireland to serve as a slave herding and tending sheep in Dalriada.[95] During his time in captivity Saint Patrick became fluent in the Irish language and culture. After six years Saint Patrick escaped captivity after hearing a voice urging him to travel to a distant port where a ship would be waiting to take him back to Britain.[96] On his way back to Britain Saint Patrick was captured again and spent 60 days in captivity in Tours, France. During his short captivity within France, Saint Patrick learned about French monasticism. At the end of his second captivity Saint Patrick had a vision of Victoricus giving him the quest of bringing Christianity to Ireland.[97] Following his second captivity Saint Patrick returned to Ireland and, using the knowledge of Irish language and culture that he gained during his first captivity, brought Christianity and monasticism to Ireland in the form of more than 300 churches and over 100,000 Irish baptised.[98]

According to the Annals of the Four Masters, an early-modern compilation of earlier annals, his corpse soon became an object of conflict in the Battle for the Body of St. Patrick.

Saint Patrick’s Bell

The Shrine of St. Patrick’s Bell
The National Museum of Ireland in Dublin possesses a bell first mentioned, according to the Annals of Ulster, in the Book of Cuanu in the year 552. The bell was part of a collection of “relics of Patrick” removed from his tomb sixty years after his death by Colum Cille to be used as relics. The bell is described as “The Bell of the Testament”, one of three relics of “precious minna” (extremely valuable items), of which the other two are described as Patrick’s goblet and “The Angels Gospel”. Colum Cille is described to have been under the direction of an “Angel” for whom he sent the goblet to Down, the bell to Armagh, and kept possession of the Angel’s Gospel for himself. The name Angels Gospel is given to the book because it was supposed that Colum Cille received it from the angel’s hand. A stir was caused in 1044 when two kings, in some dispute over the bell, went on spates of prisoner taking and cattle theft. The annals make one more apparent reference to the bell when chronicling a death, of 1356: “Solomon Ua Mellain, The Keeper of The Bell of the Testament, protector, rested in Christ.”

The bell was encased in a “bell shrine”, a distinctive Irish type of reliquary made for it, as an inscription records, by King Domnall Ua Lochlainn sometime between 1091 and 1105. The shrine is an important example of the final, Viking-influenced, style of Irish Celtic art, with intricate Urnes style decoration in gold and silver. The Gaelic inscription on the shrine also records the name of the maker “U INMAINEN” (which translates to “Noonan”), “who with his sons enriched/decorated it”; metalwork was often inscribed for remembrance.

The bell itself is simple in design, hammered into shape with a small handle fixed to the top with rivets. Originally forged from iron, it has since been coated in bronze. The shrine is inscribed with three names, including King Domnall Ua Lochlainn’s. The rear of the shrine, not intended to be seen, is decorated with crosses while the handle is decorated with, among other work, Celtic designs of birds. The bell is accredited with working a miracle in 1044 and having been coated in bronze to shield it from human eyes, for which it would be too holy. It measures 12.5 × 10 cm at the base, 12.8 × 4 cm at the shoulder, 16.5 cm from base to shoulder, 3.3 cm from shoulder to top of handle and weighs 1.7 kg.[99]

St. Patrick

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Contrition is the Soul’s best medicine

Posted by presbyterian princess on March 12, 2014

An Examination of Conscience
A Review of the Ten Commandments:

Besides telling the nature of your sins, you must also recollect, as far as possible, the number of times you have committed them, telling also (and only) those circumstances which at times may either make a venial sin mortal or a mortal sin notably worse.

1. Have I ever failed to confess a serious sin or disguised it?
2. Have I been guilty of irreverence for this sacrament by failing to examine my conscience carefully?
3. Have I failed to perform the penance given me by the confessor or disobeyed any of his directions?
4. Have I neglected the Easter duty of receiving Holy Communion or failed to confess my sins within a year?
5. Have I any habits of serious sin to confess first (impurity, drunkenness, etc.)?
6. Have I improved on cutting down these habitual sins or is one confession after another sound like the same? If so, what can I resolve to improve?
First Commandment:
I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me
1. Am I ignorant of my catechism (Act of Contrition, Apostle’s Creed, Ten Commandments, Seven Sacraments, the Our Father)?
2. Have I willfully doubted or denied any of the teachings of the Church(heresy)?
3. Have I taken active part in any non-Catholic worship?
4. Am I a member of any anti-Catholic or any secret society?
5. Have I knowingly read any anti-Catholic literature or watched an anti-Catholic film or program or listened to anti-Catholic rhetoric?
6. Have I practiced any superstitions (horoscopes, fortune tellers, etc.)?
7. Have I failed to defend my Faith when it was attacked or have I remained silent for fear of being rebuked?

Second Commandment:
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
1. Have I used God’s name in vain by way of profanity?
2. Have I condoned others who use profanity by my silent approval?
3. Have I murmured or complained against God (blasphemy)?
4. Have I maligned priests or others consecrated to God without just reason?
5. Have I sworn by God’s name (oath) either falsely or rashly?
6. Have I broken any vow to God either public or private?
7. Have I rationalized myself around a vow by cutting corners

Third Commandment:
Keep holy the Lord’s Day
1. Have I missed Mass on Sundays or holydays through my own fault?
2. Have I been late for Mass through my own negligence?
3. Do I realize it is a venial sin to miss any part of the Mass?
4. Do I realize being really late for Mass is a mortal sin and my only alternative is to wait and go to another Mass?
5. Have I been inattentive at Mass or otherwise failed in reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament?
6. Have I done unnecessary servile work (physical labor) or shopping on Sunday?
7. Have I eaten flesh meat on Friday (especially on Good Friday) or on Ash Wednesday or the assigned vigil fast days?
8. Have I obeyed the laws of the Church on fast and abstinence?

Fourth Commandment:
Honor thy Father and Mother
1. Have I been disrespectful to my parents or neglected them?
2. Have I failed in obedience or reverence to others in authority?
3. Have I mistreated my wife or children?
4. Have I been disobedient or disrespectful to my husband?
5. Regarding my children:
-Have I neglected their material needs?
-Have I failed to care for their early Baptism or their proper religious instruction?
-Have I allowed them to neglect their religious duties?
-Have I tolerated their keeping questionable company or steady dating without chaperones?
-Have I otherwise failed to discipline them?
-Have I given them bad example in any way?
-Have I let boys and girls sleep together or with their parents?
-Have I interfered with their freedom to marry or follow a religious vocation?

Fifth Commandment:
Thou shalt not kill
1. Have I placed any one’s life in danger?
2. Have I threatened any one’s life in anger?
3. Have I condoned or promoted abortion?
4. Have I condoned or tolerated others who promote abortion?
5. Have I taken pleasure in anyone’s misfortune?
6. Have I jeopardized others by my driving recklessly?
7. Have I used contraceptives thus preventing life?
8. Have I been sympathetic to those contemplating suicide?

Sixth & Ninth Commandments:
Thou shalt not commit adultery and Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife
1. Have I committed adultery or fornication?
3. Have I jeopardized my marriage by flirting or untoward glances and advances toward the opposite sex?
4. Have I denied my spouse his or her marriage rights?
5. Have I practiced birth control?
6. Have I abused my marriage rights in any other way?
7. Have I touched or embraced another impurely?
8. Have I sinned with others of the same sex?
9. Have I committed masturbation or otherwise sinned impurely with myself?
10. Have I harbored lustful desires for anyone?
11. Have I indulged in other impure thoughts?
12. Have I failed to dress modestly?
13. Have I done anything to provoke or occasion impure thoughts in others?
14. Have I read indecent literature or looked at indecent pictures or websites?
15. Have I watched suggestive films or television programs?
16. Have I permitted my children or others under my charge to do these things?
17. Have I used indecent language or told indecent stories?
18. Have I willingly listened to such stories?
19. Have I boasted of my sins?
20. Have I condoned promiscuity by my silent consent of the actions of others?
21. Have I sinned against chastity in any other way?
22. Do I realize my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and must be treated as such?
23. Do I realize that there are more souls in hell for the sins of the flesh than any other sin? How seriously do I take that and what can I do to become more chaste?

Seventh & Tenth Commandments:
Thou shalt not steal and Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods
1. Have I stolen anything?
2. Have I damaged anyone’s property through my own fault?
3. Have I cheated or defrauded others?
4. Have I refused or neglected to pay any just debts?
5. Have I neglected my duties or been slothful in my work?
6. Have I refused or neglected to help anyone in urgent necessity?
7. Have I failed to make restitution?
8. Have I harmed the good name or reputation of others in any way?

Eighth Commandment:
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
1. Have I lied about anyone (calumny)?
2. Have I rash judged anyone of a serious sin?
3. Have I engaged in gossip (detraction) or spread scandal?
4. Have I lent an ear to scandal about my neighbor?
5. Have I been jealous or envious of anyone?
6. Have I taken pleasure in anyone’s misfortune?
8. Have I quarreled with any one and caused scandal?
2. Have I cursed anyone or otherwise wished evil on him?
7. Is there anyone to whom I refuse to speak or be reconciled?

1. Have I knowingly caused others to sin?
2. Have I cooperated in the sins of others?
3. Have I sinned by gluttony?
4. Have I become intoxicated?
5. Have I misused liquor or narcotics?
6. Have I been motivated by avarice?
7. Have I indulged in boasting or vain glory?
8. Have I received Holy Communion or another sacrament in the state of mortal sin?
9. Is there any other sin I need to confess?

Take time to thoroughly go over the list before you travel to church to go to confession. Once at church or in line for confession, recall the sins you have examined and say the prayer:

Prayer to the Holy Ghost

Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

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Christian Values gone missing in Ulster

Posted by presbyterian princess on February 3, 2011

Writes the good REV MERVYN COTTON of Randalstown, Co Antrim:

Sometimes it’s good for society to pause and reflect on its direction and attitude; no more so than now.
Our government and laws are predicated to the word of God; as a nation, our moral values and principles are paralleled to the moral law comprehended in the Ten Commandments.

However, Christian values are being discredited and derided and Christian practices challenged.

The time has come for careful reflection as to our position on whether we consider Ulster to be Christian, or secular.

Who knew that without the central authority of the Petrine Office, the descendants of subjective Presbyterianism would lose their Christian bearings ? It has taken but a few short centuries and POOF!! – out the baby with the bathwater. This Belfast commentator sums it up well:

What exactly are these ‘Christian’ values? It is a nonsense to suggest that we as a society get our morality from biblical text, our species wouldn’t have survived if we had thought that murder and theft were acceptable until a few thousands years ago.

You should be glad to live in one of the few secular democracies in the world where you are free to practise your religion and where the rest of us are free to live without having these ‘christian values’ imposed on us.

via Time to reflect on our Christian values – Letters, Opinion –

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Will Feminism launch a Catholic Restoration to the British Throne ?

Posted by presbyterian princess on February 3, 2011

What if Prince William, the soon to be Princess Kate, or one of their children should join the mass exodus of British subjects from the Anglican Faith and convert to Catholicism ?

A Revision of the Act of Settlement is being negotiated in the Land of St.George. The new legislation would allow the British Monarch to be or become a Roman Catholic. The reforms are in the works:

Secretary of State William Hague told reporters on February 1 that the revision of the Act of Settlement, which was passed in 1701 and bars Catholics from the monarchy of the United Kingdom, is not a priority. Prime Minister David Cameron had been discussing changes to the act, which favors male heirs over female heirs. The 300-year-old law of primogeniture – which says a man must always take precedence over a woman in line to the throne – was designed to prevent the return of the Catholic Stuarts.The Queen is aware that its abolition would signify a break in the constitutional links between the Church of England and the State.

There have been 11 attempts to change the law on royal succession since 1981. All have failed because of a lack of Government support. But the clamour has been growing since William, 28, announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, 29, in November. As the law stands, if William and Kate have a girl followed by a boy, their son will become king. But if they have daughters only, the eldest will become queen.MPs fear that the system is old-fashioned and unfair. Mr Cameron’s official spokesman said it would be ‘difficult and complex’ to change the law but admitted that ‘the Government accepts that there are provisions in the Act which could be seen as discriminatory’.

The law change has taken on extra impetus after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November. Any changes to the constitution would need parallel legislation on all Commonwealth countries, where the Queen is the head of state. Some sources claim the Palace has privately given the nod to an overhaul. The move came as a backbench bill to overturn the law went through its first stage in the Commons yesterday. However, it stands little chance of becoming law due to the lack of parliamentary time it has been given. Labour MP Keith Vaz said that historically queens proved far more stable monarchs than kings.

Here is some information on The Act of Settlement

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Our Christmas Keeping

Posted by presbyterian princess on December 23, 2010

Saint Matthew on Christmas:

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”- Matthew 1:18-24 (NRSV)

John Calvin on Christmas:

” I pray you to consider two things. The first is that when we believe that we are serving God in observing certain days, we are chargeable with a superstition contrary to his word; and yet this belief has taken such root among the people, that they can scarcely be turned from it. The second is that what is commonly styled Annunciation day is held by the greater number to be a feast of our Lady, in which belief there is idolatry.”

Scottish Presbyterians on Christmas:

John Knox banned it’s observance in Scotland in 1583. For the next 400 years Christmas was not kept in Scotland. Golf continued ,however.

Until the 1960s, Christmas Day was a normal working day for most people in Scotland. If there is a specifically “Scottish” aspect to Christmas, it is that it was not celebrated.

American Calvinists on Christmas:
“That no observation shall be had of the five and twentieth day of December commonly called Christmas-Day; nor any solemnity used or exercised in churches upon the day… .”Puritan Parliament 1652

“… preventing disorders, arising… by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept… to the great dishonor of God… ordered by this court… whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas… shall pay for every such offense five shilling… .” Great and General Court, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 11 May 1659

In 1687, the Reverend Increase Mather of Boston wrote:
“The generality of Christmas-keepers observe that festival after such a manner as is highly dishonourable to the name of Christ. How few are there comparatively that spend those holidays (as they are called) after an holy manner. But they are consumed in Compotations, in Interludes, in playing at Cards, in Revellings, in excess of Wine, in mad Mirth.”

Samuel Sewell of Boston noted (25 December 1685):
“…some somehow observe the day; but are vexed… that the body of the people profane it, and blessed be God no authority yet compel them to keep it.”


By the 20th century,good Presbyterians,my family as such in and around Philadelphia, celebrated Christmas with feasting, Carol singing, sleigh rides, and yes,even balls(dancing).

All in fine fashion,the decor(um) and festive atmosphere at my grandparents’ apartment in Philadelphia’s Society Hill Towers and then at their home in Southern Vermont,”Christmas Tree Farm” was a child’s perfect dream. I remember….backstage visits with the ballerinas at The Nutcracker, Grandmother’s velvet dress trimmed in fur, silk cumber-buns, bejeweled Christmas broaches,and golden candelabras on stiff white linen. A sparkling evergreen by the crackling fire rose majestic over piles of wrapped presents. There were cousins, colorful cookies, music boxes, needlepoint stockings on the fireplace mantle, and the thrilling expectation of Santa Claus come morning. Outside was snow…..glistening snow.

We sang about Jesus and gazed upon an antique creche by the tree. We did not however, in proper Presbyterian fashion, otherwise discuss the reason for the season. The evangelical fire of our forebears long passed, our religion by then had become an unspiritual culture-a culture whose last gasp came and went with the silent stealth of a snowflake falling.

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How Do I Convert? – Busted Halo

Posted by presbyterian princess on December 13, 2010

How Do I Convert? – Busted Halo.

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Come, Thou Fount of every blessing

Posted by presbyterian princess on December 13, 2010

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy grace now, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy unchanging love.

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Posted by presbyterian princess on December 13, 2010

Sé do bheath’ a Mhuire, atá lán de ghrásta,
tá an Tiarna leat.
Is beannaithe thú idir mná agus is beannaithe toradh do bhruinne losa.
A Naomh Mhuire, a mháthair Dé,
guí orainn na peacaithe,
anois is ar uair ar mbás.


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