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Friday, August 25, 2006
Friday, the Day Our Lord Died

O Master, have mercy on us sinners for we know not what we do.

Today is Friday, the day we commemorate Our Lord's passion and death. It was our own sins that condemned Our Glorious Lord to death - death on a Cross. As Catholics, we are still bound to either abstain from meat today or rather to do some act of penance. It was on this day of the week that Our Glorious Redeemer died for us. Please, never forget this, especially at 3 o'clock, the hour that He died. At 3 o'clock attempt to pray the 3 o'clock Mercy Prayer. Please remember Our Lord's love and repent today.

Code of Canon Law:

Canon 1251: "Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the episcopal conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday."
Canon 1253 provides an exception to the rule - and, perhaps, an explanation for the cultural shift: "The episcopal conference can determine more particular ways in which fasting and abstinence are to be observed. In place of abstinence or fasting it can substitute, in whole or in part, other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety."

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Today is also a great day to pray the Stations of the Cross. The Stations are a wonderful devotion that can be prayed in Church or at home. Nonetheless, the stations allow us to contemplate the true love of our Redeemer during His bitter Passion. Please join me in praying the Stations of the Cross. Remember, it was on this day that He gave up His life all for you.

Prayer to the Glorious Cross:

I adore You, O glorious Cross, which was adorned with the Heart and Body of my Savior Jesus Christ, stained and covered with blood. I adore You, O Holy Cross, out of love for Him, Jesus, who is my Savior and my God.

(Pope Pius IX declared that reciting this prayer five times on Friday will free five souls from Purgatory and 33 souls by reciting it on Good Friday. This prayer should be recited before a crucifix with a contrite heart and praying a few minutes for the Pope).


del_button August 11, 2006 at 4:55 PM
Jennifer said...

Thank you for posting this prayer again. I just helped 5 people into the gates of paradise.

del_button August 18, 2006 at 12:28 PM
Juparis said...

Forgive me if I am mistaken, but I was taught that the Catholic Church revoked whatever law stating that all Catholics must abstain from meat on Fridays. If this isn't true (which it doesn't seem to be), would you have any clue where I or my teacher would have gotten that inclination?

Additionally, I'm curious how a prayer would help 5 people out of a supposed Purgatory. Just because our Lord died on what we believe to be a Friday? To me, a prayer is a prayer, and the Lord will hear it no matter which day you pray it on, so I'm confused as to why saying a specific sequence of words on a specific day of the week would have so much power... Care to explain?

del_button August 18, 2006 at 1:28 PM
St. Michael the Archangel said...

Hey Juparis,

Friday is a very special day indeed and certain days do hold much more power over other days. For an example, have you ever heard of the witching hour? Its at 3am, apparently at that time in the morning more evil is committed than at any other time during the day or night. Why is that? Our Lord died at the 3rd hour of the day, 3pm. The witching hour is in mockery of Christs death and that is when if you are awake you should pray very hard for people and for the evil that happens at that time. Many people wake up at that time to say the chaplet of Divine Mercy, and they also like to say it at 3pm in honor of our Lord. The same goes with Friday, it was Friday at 3pm that our Lord died, we have proof of that through history, and many many mystics. Did you know what the promise of the Scapular is? Our lady said that no one will suffer eternal fire when it is worn, also the first friday the following year, that person who died wearing this scapular will be released from their sufferings and enter into the glories of heaven. Now you may scoff at such things, but it takes faith. Have faith and believe in the power of our Lord. and at 3pm on fridays say a prayer during the hour of divine mercy. Also each day at 3pm say a prayer for it is a holy hour.

del_button August 18, 2006 at 4:16 PM
Moneybags said...


Look at those two passages of Canon Law. Catholics do not have to abstain from meat on Fridays but they still must do penance. Catholics are only obligated to abstain on Fridays in Lent. However, since I still must perform penance on Friday, I choose the traditional abstiance from meat. Unfortunately, many Catholics do not know of this.

That prayer is said to save 5 souls because it is Friday. As St. Michael (the poster) said, Friday is a powerful day becuase on this day, Our Lord died. The Pope at that time has declared this too.

Of course, to be a Catholic, you would not have to believe the prayer would save 5 souls. It is just a pious belief we have because of our faith.

del_button August 21, 2006 at 7:24 PM
Juparis said...

Thanks for the responses. I suppose that I can understand why a prayer would have more power on Friday. But now, something "st. michael" brought up, has intrigued me.

This "Scapular" which "[your] lady" promised? Why would anything that a mere human promise have any governing power over where we end up when we die? It makes this lady (who I presume to be Mary) seem as though she were anything more than just human--as if she herself were even with God, since only God should know (according to the Bible) who goes to heaven and whom to hell. Care to explain a bit further?
I'm not trying to scoff the idea, but it does come across (to me) as something like an indulgence, something I'm aware that has been severely corrupted in your church in the far past...

del_button August 21, 2006 at 8:51 PM
St. Michael the Archangel said...

Hey Juparis,

I thought about what you said, searched many different places, my catechism, and other places and it seems that the best way to put this is from the source.

First I will address a little on the background and history of the Brown Scapular, you have to understand, it is a sacramental of the church, yes the very church that you do not understand, I know that is not your fault, that is just the way that you were raised.

Old Testament History

Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel ( the Madonna of the Scapular) goes back far before the time of St.Simon Stock -- even before the time of Our Blessed Lord; it goes back all the way to 8th century BC. It was then that the great prophet Elias ascended the holy mountain of Carmel in Palestine, and began there a long tradition of contemplative life and prayer. It is amazing to realize that centuries before Christ was born, Holy Elias and his followers had mystically dedicated themselves to God's Mother-to-come, Mary, Queen of Mt.Carmel. Nearly three thousand years later, that tradition of prayer, contemplation, and devotion to Mary continues to live and prevail in the Catholic Church.

In the fullness of time, God became the God-Man, Jesus. We know of Our Lords life, death, resurrection and ascension from the four Gospels of the New testament, and we know that Jesus bequeathed to the world the Holy Catholic Church to teach, to govern, and to sanctify in His Name.

On the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, the spiritual descendants of Elias and his followers came down from Mount Carmel. Fittingly, they were the first to accept the message of Christianity and to be baptized by the Apostles. When, at last, they were presented to Our Lady, and heard the sweetest words from Her lips, they were overcome with a sense of majesty and sanctity which they never forgot. Returning to their holy mountain, they erected the first chapel ever built in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From that time devotion to God's Mother was handed down by the hermits on Mount Carmel as a treasured spiritual legacy.

Our Lady (Mary) Appears to St. Simon Stock

In the year 1241, the Baron de Grey of England was returning from the Crusades in Palestine: he brought back with him a group of religious from the holy mountain of Carmel. Upon arrival, the baron generously presented the monks with a manor house in the town of Aylesford. Ten years later, in the very place, there occurred the now famous apparition of Our Lady to St.Simon Stock. As the Holy Virgin handed St.Simon the Brown Woolen Scapular she spoke these words: "This shall be the privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire." In time, the Church extended this magnificent privilege to all the laity who are willing to be invested in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites, and who perpetually wear it.

Many Catholic are invested in the Brown Scapular at the time of their First Holy Communion; in the case of converts the vesting concurs with their Profession of Faith. When a person is enrolled in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular and vested in that tiny habit of brown wool, the priest says to him: "receive this blessed Scapular and ask the most Holy Virgin that, by Her merits, it may be worn with no stain of sin and may protect you from all harm and bring you into everlasting life."

Your right, there have been many things abused in our church, actually your church too. I don't know from what religion you hail, but I can guarantee you, that your faith is based on the Catholic one. This is not an abuse by our Church, this is a promise of Our dear Mother, whom loves you very much and desires only to know you in a close manner. I hear the typical prot line almost everyday, just accept the Lord as your person savior and your saved... ok... that is nowhere in the bible... it doesn't say that line at all, is that an abuse by your church??? Have you thought about accepting Mother mary as your mother and loving her like a Mother, and in return she will love you like a son?

Once you learn to talk to the Mother of God on a personal level, you too will have a much better understanding of her and you will appreciate the history you were born into.

Pax Christi,

St. Michael

del_button August 22, 2006 at 12:43 PM
Juparis said...

I appreciate your response, 'st. michael,' but I'm afraid this is another rebuttal. Don't take offense to it; I'm just trying to explain why I cannot agree with you..

Firstly, I do not recall ever reading that Elias and his followers dedicated themselves to Mary. Is this, by chance, in one of the books that Luther removed from what has become the current NIV Bible?

Additionally, you stated, "I hear the typical prot line almost everyday, just accept the Lord as your person savior and your saved... ok... that is nowhere in the bible... it doesn't say that line at all, is that an abuse by your church??? Have you thought about accepting Mother mary as your mother and loving her like a Mother, and in return she will love you like a son?"
Have you ever read the passage John 3:16? The most famous passage of all; the one that most people will know, even if they know no other passage from the Bible. "For all that believe in him shall not perish, but will have eternal life." Now if that isn't eternal life promised to those who accept Jesus as Christ, then I don't want to know what is.

Secondly, I'm afraid I could not "accept" Mary as my mother, because she is nothing more than a human, just like me (that's a differing belief, though). Sure, she was chosen by God to give birth to Jesus, but as a human she sinned just like you and I do every day. Do you not remember that God is a jealous god? Why, then, would he in any way allow any mere human--which he created from the dust of the earth--anywhere near his own glory, since it detracts from the focus on Christ?? I see nothing but demons in your supposed Mary apparations/sightings/bleedings. They manifest themselves as the spirit Mary because they know that humans will be foolish enough to rely on her rather than Jesus Christ, as we were told to do. It's only [flawed] human logic to think that as a mother of Jesus God/Man, Mary deserves any higher praise than the other Christians of her time.
Additionally, I cannot pray to Mary because she is in heaven. Being in heaven, there is no sorrow. No sadness, no pain. If souls long-since ascended could intercede our prayers, don't you think that we would be invoking sadness, sorrow, or pity at the least? Since none of these exist in heaven, I can only assume that Mary, along with all other saints (I think we differ on the definition of saint as well) cannot hear our cries.

I'm not saying that faith alone will gain entrance to heaven (even though that's what the Bible says), but praying to a soul which you assume deserves glory will certainly not help. God is far too jealous for that to be allowed, I should think.

Anyway, that is just what I believe.

del_button August 25, 2006 at 9:32 AM
Peter said...

Mary sinned? I didn't know that. If that were the case, God would not have chosen her body as a temple to house Jesus. We'll go one step further, she is without original sin.
Mary is higher above other saints. She has to be since God chose her to be the Mother of his only son Jesus. God would not have chosen just anybody to take on this role.
And she is not just a human like you. She can't even be compared to someone like you or i. We also don't rely on her rather than on Jesus, but we ask her to intercede on our part. Anyway about entering into heaven, i hope money bags doesn't mind me saying my web addy but go to my site whenever you get a free moment, scroll down to august 15 to see how difficult saints believe it is to get to Heaven.
Finally, i have to say the following. If you thought helping 5 souls to Heaven with a single prayer is strange, i say we save 1000 souls from purgatory with the following single prayer:
The following prayer was dictated to St Gertrude the Great by our Lord to release 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said:

"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen"
God Bless and thank you for asking questions. Discussion is totally healthy.

del_button August 25, 2006 at 9:54 AM
Peter said...

Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity. (Mention your request here). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Amen.

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