Happy Feast Day to our dear Blessed Mother, to all Australians and to all Christians.!!!
Prayer for Australia:
Lord, You place deep in our hearts, the love of Mary, Help of Christians. Through her prayers grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens. Under her protection may Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer (Imprimatur) by Archbishop Little (1975) entitled:
“Crusade of Prayer for the Safety of Australia as a Christian Nation”:
Almighty God, we thy people cry out in our affliction. Do not scorn us, but for the glory of Thy name, come to our rescue. Look mercifully upon us in our tribulation, and, though we have justly deserved punishment, turn away Thy wrath. Through Jesus Christ, Our lord, Amen. Mary, Help of Christians, bring succour and peace to Australia.
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia.
O Mary, Help of Christians,Patroness of Australia, Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart. To you we consecrate our country, our families, our hearts, our souls and all that we have.
And in order that this consecration may be truly effective and lasting, we renew today the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation; and we undertake to live as good Christians – faithful to God, the Church and the Holy father.
We desire to pray the Rosary, partake in the Holy Eucharist, attach special importance to the first Saturday of the month and work for the conversion of sinners.
Furthermore, we promise, O most holy Virgin, that we will zealously spread devotion to you, so that through our consecration to your Immaculate Heart and through your own intercession, the coming of the Kingdom of Christ in the world may be hastened. Amen.
1. Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free; We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea; Our land abounds in nature’s gifts Of beauty rich and rare; In history’s page, let every stage Advance Australia Fair
Chorus: In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands; To make this Commonwealth of ours Renowned in all the lands; For those who’ve come across the seas We’ve boundless plains to share; With courage let us all combine To Advance Australia Fair.
With Christ our head and cornerstone,
We’ll build our nation’s might. Whose way and truth and light alone Can guide our path aright. Our lives a sacrifice of love Reflect our Master’s care. With faces turned to heaven above Advance Australia Fair.
At Mass this morning we sang the hymn (see video above). I love this version of the hymn. It brings tears to my eyes- especially the last 2 verses (I don’t know why- just that I do love and appreciate my angel).
THE GUARDIAN ANGELS IN SACRED SCRIPTURES
Jesus attests that humans are protected by Angels since Childhood.
Matthew 18:10 “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”
John 1:51/Genesis 28:12: “Angels ascend & descend between Heaven & Earth.”
God sent Angels to protect the People of God
Exodus 23:20-22: “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Bewared of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him [“My authority resides in him” – NAB]. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. [Exodus 33:2]
Psalm 34:7: “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivered them.”
God commanded His Angels to protect those who are under His protection
Psalm 91:11-12 “For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a ston”
St Paul mentions some of the Choirs of Angels(Colossians 1: 16)
“For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by him and in him”.
He also tells us (in Ephesians 1:21), that Christ is raised up “above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion”
Angels in charge of nations
(Deuteronomy 32:8) “When the Most High divided the nations, when He scattered the children of Adam, He established the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God”.
Angel of Macedonia appears to St. Paul(Acts 16:9)
“And a vision was showed to Paul in the night, which was a man of Macedonia standing and beseeching him and saying: Pass over into Macedonia and help us”.
Ezekiel’s vision of the Cherubim
In Ezechiel’s vision, the cherubim are described at great length(Sirach 49:10)“It was Ezechiel that saw the glorious vision, which was shown him upon the chariot of cherubims”
(Ezekiel 1:5-13) “And in the midst thereof the likeness of four living creatures: and this was their appearance: there was the likeness of a man in them. 6Every one had four faces, and every one four wings. 7Their feet were straight feet, and the sole of their foot was like the sole of a calf’s foot, and they sparkled like the appearance of glowing brass. 8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides: and they had faces, and wings on the four sides, 9 and the wings of one were joined to the wings of another. They turned not when they went: but every one went straight forward. 10 And as for the likeness of their faces: there was the face of a man, and the face of a lion on the right side of all the four: and the face of an ox, on the left side of all the four: and the face of an eagle over all the four. 11 And their faces, and their wings were stretched upward: two wings of every one were joined, and two covered their bodies: …13 And as for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like that of burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps”
Cherubim guard the Ark of the Covenant
(1 Samuel4: 4-5) “So the people sent to Silo, and they brought from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, sitting upon the cherubims: and the two sons of Heli, Ophni and Phinees, were with the ark of the covenant of God”.
The archangel Raphael (Tobit 12:12) accompanies Tobias’ son on a long and dangerous journey to collect some money from a relative, and to find a wife. The father‘s eyes are also healed by Raphael: “The angel says: “I offered thy prayer to the Lord”
Water is stirred by an angel at the Pool at Bethsaida(John 5:2-4)
2 Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered: waiting for the moving of the water. 4 And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.
St Michael is mentioned in theLetter of St Jude: 9
“When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses, he dared not bring against him the judgment of railing speech, but said: The Lord command you.”
Archangels are mentioned by St Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:15
“For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment and with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in Christ shall rise first.”
The angel Gabriel instructs Daniel(Daniel 8:16), though he is not called an angel in either of these passages, but “the man Gabriel” (9:21).
“And it came to pass when I, Daniel, saw the vision, and sought the meaning, that behold there stood before me as it were the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard the voice of a man between Ulai: and he called, and said: Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.”
Message to Zachary(Luke 1: 11- 13)
“And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zachary seeing him, was troubled: and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for your prayer is heard: and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son. And you shall call his name John”
The Annunciation(Luke 1: 26-38)
“ And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women. 29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for you have found grace with God. 31 Behold you shall conceive in your womb and shall bring forth a son: and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. 33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold your cousin Elizabeth, she also has conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren. 37 Because no word shall be impossible with God.a nd Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word. And the angel departed from him.”
The message to the shepherds (Luke 2:9-12)
“And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them and the brightness of God shone round about them: and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people: 11 For, this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of DavidAnd this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.”
An angel sent to comfort Jesus in His agony: (Luke 22:43).
“And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer.”
Quotes from St Padre Pio:
“How close to us stands one of the celestial spirits, who from the cradle to the grave never leaves us for an instant. He guides us, he protects us like a friend, like a brother. This should be a source of constant consolation for us, especially during the saddest times of our lives.”
“How many times, alas, have I made this good angel weep! How many times have I lived without the least fear of offending the purity of his regard! Oh, he is so finely mannered, so discreet. My God, how many times did I respond to the ample, more than maternal care of this good angel without any sign of respect, affection or acknowledgment!”
“Your tears were collected by angels and were placed in a gold chalice, and you will find them when you present yourself before God,”
‘Your guardian angel is there and he’s protecting you! Pray heartily to him, pray heartily to him!’
“Invoke your guardian angel that he will illuminate you and will guide you,” Padre Pio advised. “God has given him to you for this reason. Therefore use him!”
See our personal stories about our guardian angels posted on a previous feastday. Follow the links below.
“Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life (336).”
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you thattheir angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father”(Matthew 18:10).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “the existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’is a truth of faith (328).”
Brethren, we will love God’s angels with a most affectionate love; for they will be our heavenly co-heirs some day, these spirits who now are sent by the Father to be our protectors and our guides. With such bodyguards, what are we to fear? They can neither be subdued nor deceived; nor is there any possibility at all that they should go astray who are to guard us in all our ways. They are trustworthy, they are intelligent, they are strong — why, then, do we tremble? We need only to follow them, remain close to them, and we will dwell in the protection of the Most High God. So as often as you sense the approach of any grave temptation or some crushing sorrow hangs over you, invoke your protector, your leader, your helper in every situation. Call out to him and say: Lord, save us, we are perishing.
Various Prayers to our Guardian Angels:
St. Gertrude’s Guardian Angel Prayer
O most holy angel of God, appointed by God to be my guardian, I give you thanks for all the benefits which you have ever bestowed on me in body and in soul. I praise and glorify you that you condescended to assist me with such patient fidelity, and to defend me against all the assaults of my enemies. Blessed be the hour in which you were assigned me for my guardian, my defender and my patron. In acknowledgement and return for all your loving ministries to me, I offer you the infinitely precious and noble heart of Jesus, and firmly purpose to obey you henceforward, and most faithfully to serve my God. Amen.
The Guardian Angel Prayer for Friends
Guardian Angel, watch over those whose names you can read in my heart. Guard over them with every care and make their way easy and their labours fruitful. Dry their tears if they weep; sanctify their joys; raise their courage if they weaken; restore their hope if they lose heart, their health if they be ill, truth if they err, repentance if they fail.
The Guardian Angel’s Lament
Thou hast sorrowed the spirit that loved thee, And watched o’er thy footsteps for years: Thou hast made me at last sigh o’er thee, In secret, in silence, and tears. For my Father in Heaven I loved thee, For His sake have I guarded thy ways. Return, O return, I implore thee, Him to love, to serve, and to praise. O’er thy pathway through life still I hover. Thee to comfort, to solace, to cheer; With the love of a fond, saving brother, Through this desert of trial and fear. Oh! When shall I clasp thee, how fondly And bear thee, all dangers no past, To the arms of God Who dies for thee To our home in the heavens at last! (Hope our angels don’t have to lament over us.)
Good Night My Guardian Angel
Good night, my Guardian Angel, The day has sped away; Well spent or ill, its story Is written down for aye. And now, of God’s kind Providence, Thou image pure and bright, Watch over me while I’m sleeping. My Angel dear, good night!
Thank you Lord for our dear good guardian angels to watch over us, and whisper encouragements and warnings to us. Help us to always listen to them. Thank for this beautiful feast day to honour them. Amen.
Today was a very special day.We usually have 2 general (regional) meetings of Crusade Prayer groups per year, but we decided at our last one that we just had to celebrate this special feastday.
It was the First Saturday and in the Ordinary Rite, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart. We also had a few interstate visitors and one from a nearby country.
We prayed the 3 Mysteries of the Rosary consecutively as our Bl. Mother advised us in in one of the messages. We were advised to go to Mass first before we met at the venue we hired. Unfortunately, we are still quite underground here – many priests condemn the Book of Truth. We had a beautiful altar (i.e. a table) set up with images, statues of Saint Faustina, St JPII, St Benedict, St Joseph, Crucifix, etc and lots of flowers. We had a special image of our Mother of Salvation printed, framed and put up on an easel. For Crusade Prayer 154, we each put a written list of names into a basket before the image of Our Lady.
We spent 4- 5 hours there, praying, meeting new Crusaders. We had a great lunch, organized by various prayer groups. There were also medals, seals and scapulars to hand out to those who needed them.
At the end we sang a beautiful hymn to our blessed Mother. The words are below:
On this Day, O Beautiful Mother
On this day we give thee our love.
Near thee Madonna, fondly we hover,
Trusting thy gentle care to prove.
On this day we ask to share,
Dearest Mother thy sweet care;
Aid us ere our feet astray
Wander from thy guiding way.
Queen of angels, deign to hear
Lisping children’s humble pray’r;
Young hearts gain, O Virgin pure,
Sweetly to thy self allure.
3. Rose of Sharon, lovely flow’r,
Beauteous bud of Eden’s bow’r;
Cherished lily of the vale,
Virgin Mother, Queen we hail.
4. Fast our days of life we run,
Soon the night of death will come;
Tower of strength in that dread hour,
Come with all thy gentle power.
WE had a very restful and peaceful day, which is always the case when we are praying, gathered together as the Remnant Army.
Let us not forget our dearest Mother on this day. She has been ignored this month (May) and on many other feastdays… ( the Assumption, Immaculate Conception,…etc). We desperately need her now!
The invocation Auxilium Christianorum (Help of Christians ) originated in the sixteenth century. In 1576 two litanies were published that were used at Lorreto. One of these (“Aliae litaniae B.M.V.”) is identical with the litany of Loreto, and was approved by Clement VIII in 1601. It is now used throughout the entire Church.
According to the Roman Breviary, Pius V inserted the invocation in the Litany of Loreto after the battle of Lepanto. It is possible that the warriors returning from the Battle of Lepanto (on 7th Oct. 1571, visited the sanctuary of Loreto, and saluted the Holy Virgin there for the first time with this new title.
The history of the feastday dates back to the 1800’s.
Napoleon Bonaparte had jailed Pius VI who died in jail. When Pope Pius VII was elected he too was jailed by Bonaparte, who kept him prisoner The Holy Father vowed to God that if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary. The military eventually forced Bonaparte to release the Pope and on 24 May 1814, Pius VIIreturned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians be kept on 24 May.
The feast day of Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844. The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary and was the first nation to choose her under the title Help of Christians, as principal Patroness.
When Australia became the first country to have Mary Help of Christians as Patroness, it became the first country to have a mother-cathedral under the same title.
Let us ask our dear Mother – the Help of all Christians – who with the help of that most powerful weapon, the Holy Rosary, saved Europe from the enemy at Lepanto in 1571; in Vienna in 1683; in 1716 in Peterwardsein in Hungary; in 1955 in Austria against the communists; in 1966 in Brazil and in 1975 in Portugal where communist rule was averted.
We turn to her now under her most powerful titles, amongst them being – Mother of Salvation, Our Lady Help of Christians, and Our Lady Queen of the Rosary – to lead us in this battle against the enemy which confronts the whole world .