Monday, May 20, 2013

Prayer: the best prep

 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. ~ Psalm 134:2
St Catherine's Church ~ Bethlehem
"Prayer is the best preparation for Holy Communion. Prayer is the raising of the mind to God.
When we pray we go to meet Christ Who is coming to us.

If our Creator and Savior comes from heaven with such great love, it is only fitting that we should go to meet Him. And this is what we do when we spend some time in prayer."
St Bernardine of Siena
Franciscan priest, itinerant preacher, theological writer
Italy ~ 1380-1444
Known as "Apostle of Italy"
for efforts to revive faith in 15th century 
FEAST DAY - May 20 
Especially known for his devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus,
Bernardine devised a symbol—IHS, the first three letters
of the name of Jesus in Greek, in Gothic letters on a blazing sun.
"Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength! You are the refuge of those who repent, our banner of warfare in this life, the medicine of souls, the comfort of those who morn, the delight of those who believe, the light of those who preach the true faith, the wages of those who toil, the healing of the sick. To You our devotion aspires; by You our prayers are received; we delight in contemplating You. O Name of Jesus, You are the glory of all the saints for eternity. Amen." ~ St Bernardine
St Bernardine, ora pro nobis!

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