A Celebration of the Word of God
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
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Happy Feast of the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 25)!
One of the favorite traditional prayers that we use here at St. Therese is The Angelus, which we recite before meals as part of our meal-time grace . The prayer recalls the Annunciation, the Archangel Gabriel appearing to Mary, announcing that she would be the mother of the expected Emmanuel, and Mary's "Fiat, Yes!". The Angelus prayer was traditionally recited three times daily: 6:00am, 12:00pm and 6:00pm, and in some places. the church bell was rung, calling the faithful to prayer.
If you would like to start making use of this prayer in your home, feel free to download and print a copy of our Meal-Time Prayer Card (PDF 6.2MB).
We created this card for our students during this time of not being able to attend Mass or receive the Eucharist due to Masses being cancelled because of pandemic. You can easily make your own set of chaplet beads, even if you don't have a Blessed Sacrament or Eucharistic medal (you can substitute with a crucifix, another suitable religious medal, or create your own for now on whatever medium you can; of course you can try and source one online too).
You can download a print-resolution PDF of the prayer card by clicking the link below. The card features our own Bishop Mark Hagemoen (Dioc. Saskatoon) giving the Eucharist to one of our students in the St. Therese chapel as a reminder to us all of our Bishops' (and our Priests') love and care for us—how they truly do long to give us Jesus, Eucharistically present in His body, blood, soul and divinity, during these days when we need to receive Him most, and the ache in their hearts in not being able to do so right now— and as a reminder to pray for our Bishops (and priests and the Pope) during this time.
We hope that you may find this chaplet to be a source of comfort and a way of drawing close to our Lord "at least spiritually [in your] heart".
The Blessed Sacrament Chaplet for Spiritual Communion
This chaplet consists of a medal of the Blessed Sacrament and 33 beads, recalling the 33 years of Christ’s life on earth.
On the medal one makes a Spiritual Communion as follows:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen
On each bead say:
Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us!
(Approved May 20, 1911 by Pope St. Pius X)