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Friday, January 27, 2006
St. Angela Merici
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Optional Memorial (1969 Calendar): January 27
Double (1954 Calendar): May 31
Class III (1962 Calendar): June 1

Today the Church remembers St. Angela Merici, virgin. St. Angela was born in 1474 in Italy and ended up forming the Order of Ursulines, which was the first teaching order for women to be approved by the Church.

Early on in her life, St. Angela devoted her life to Christ as His bride. This deep love for God led her to a deeper prayer life and love beyond today's standards. When her parents died, St. Angela lived for Christ and His Gospel every day in solitude. This is the one area that am trying to improve in - solitude. Prayer requires silence and the raising of one's heart and mind to God.

In 1524, St. Angela journeyed on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. She visited Pope Clement VII, in Rome, who desired for her to remain in the city. So, in 1516, she founded a society for girls under St. Ursula's protection, which later became the Ursuline Order.

At age 70, St. Angela Merici died, and her body remained perfectly incorrupted for 30 days afterwards. A remarkable event also happened at her burial in the Church of St. Afra.

Please join me in a litany to St. Angela Merici now:

  • 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, Mother of God, and faithful Guardian of our Mother Saint Angela, Pray for us.
  • Saint Angela Merici, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, favored with the choicest gifts of God from thy infancy, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who didst give thyself to the practice of all the virtues from thy tenderest years, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who didst always preserve a spotless purity, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who by thy love for holy purity, didst merit to receive thy name, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who from childhood found thy delight in solitude, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who led an angelic life in the house of thy parents, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who didst daily hear on thy body the mortification of Jesus, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, whose gift it was to reconcile the bitterest enemies, Pray for us.
  • (St. Angela, who at thirteen become a Tertiary of St. Francis and ever remained faithful,) Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, gifted with the graces of prayer and contemplation, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who visited the Holy Land, and there followed the bloody footprints of Jesus, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who triumphed over the illusions of the devil, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who wast not afflicted at the loss of thy sight in visiting the holy places, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, whose sight was miraculously restored in the Island of Candia, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, whom the love of God had wounded and whom this same love cured, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, model of perfect self-denial and true humility, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who, like Jacob, wast permitted to see the mysterious ladder, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, chosen by God to be the mother of many holy virgins, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, Foundress of the illustrious Order of the Ursulines, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, to whom God promised that this Order should always subsist, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, who, filled with joy, didst give up thy soul in the embrace of the Lord, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, whose body remained incorruptible after death, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, Patroness of Christian mothers, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, Protectress of young girls, Pray for us.
  • St. Angela, our Mother and Advocate, Pray for us.
  • Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.
  • Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:Hear us, O Lord.
  • Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us.
  • V. Pray for us, O glorious Mother Saint Angela:
  • R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.Let us pray.
O God, Who by means of our blessed Mother Saint Angela didst cause a new Order of holy virgins to flourish in Thy Church: grant, through her intercession, that we may imitate her angelic virtues, and, forsaking all earthly things, may be found worthy of eternal bliss. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

Prayer Source: Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944

1 comments:

del_button April 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM
Anonymous said...

Beautiful words to recite; memorable visions to ponder. Thank you for sharing the world of Saint Angela and her immediate and never wavering love and obedience to Our Father God. May we learn from her actions, thoughts and prayers, that it is ever possible to be renewed in the Spirit and begin a new walk with Jesus. Amen

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