Catholic devotions for the 30th of August

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Saint of the Day
Reading of the Martyrology
Dedication of the Month
Dedication of the Day
Five Wounds Rosary in Latin
Seven Sorrows Rosary in English
Latin Monastic Office
Reading of the Rule of Saint Benedict
Celebration of Mass
Reading from the School of Jesus Crucified

Feast of Saint Rose of Lima
St. Rose of Lima, Spanish Santa Rosa de Lima, original name Isabel Flores de Oliva, (born April 20/30, 1586, Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru [now in Peru]—died August 24, 1617, Lima; canonized April 12, 1671; feast day August 23, formerly August 30), the first person born in the Western Hemisphere to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She is the patron saint of Peru and all of South America as well as of embroiderers, gardeners, and florists. Born into a noble family, Rosa (the name by which she was always known) was drawn to penitential practices and a spiritual life at a young age. Her mother wanted her to marry and initially refused to allow her daughter to pursue religious life. To deter suitors, the beautiful Rosa cut off her hair and blistered her skin with hot peppers. The struggle between them lasted 10 years, during which time Rosa made a perpetual vow of virginity, taking St. Catherine of Siena as her model. In 1606 her mother relented and allowed Rosa to become a Dominican of the third order, though her parents did not permit her to live in a convent. Instead, Rosa chose strict enclosure and contemplation and withdrew to the seclusion of a hut in the family garden, where she endured a life of severe austerity and asceticism. She regularly wore a crown of thorns, practiced fasting, slept only a few hours a night on a bed of potsherds, self-flagellated, and experienced numerous visions, particularly of the Devil. Though she was largely a recluse, Rosa was devoted to the sick and hungry in her community and often brought them to her hut to care for them. She was skilled in needlework and sold her fine lace and embroidery and the flowers that she grew in her garden to help her family and to raise funds for the poor. Her funeral was an occasion of public honour, and many miracles were said to have occurred after her death. She was beatified in 1668 by Pope Clement IX and declared patron of Lima; she was canonized by Pope Clement X, who proclaimed her patron saint of South America, the Indies, and the Philippines.

The Reading from the Martyrology

August is the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially... (special intention).

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.

Wednesday is the Day dedicated to Saint Joseph

Go to Joseph

AD te beate Ioseph, in tribulatione nostra confugimus, atque, implorato Sponsae tuae sanctissimae auxilio, patrocinium quoque tuum fidenter exposcimus. Per eam, quaesumus quae te cum immaculata Virgine Dei Genetrice coniunxit, caritatem, perque paternum, quo Puerum Iesum amplexus es, amorem, supplices deprecamur, ut ad hereditatem, quam Iesus Christus acquisivit Sanguine suo, benignus respicias, ac necessitatibus nostris tua virtute et ope succurras. 

TO thee, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. Through that charity which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which thou embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with thy power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

Tuere, o Custos providentissime divinae Familiae, Iesu Christi subolem electam; prohibe a nobis, amantissime Pater, omnem errorum ac corruptelarum luem; propitius nobis, sospitator noster fortissime, in hoc cum potestate tenebrarum certamine e caelo adesto; et sicut olim Puerum Iesum e summo eripuisti vitae discrimine, ita nunc Ecclesiam sanctam Dei ab hostilibus insidiis atque ab omni adversitate defende: nosque singulos perpetuo tege patrocinio, ut ad tui exemplar et ope tua suffulti, sancte vivere, pie emori, sempiternamque in caelis beatitudinem assequi possimus. Amen. 

O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once thou rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and thy aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holy, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Wednesday

The Rosary in Latin 

Chaplet of the Five Holy Wounds of Christ in Latin 

Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady in English

The Reading of the Rule of Saint Benedict for August 30

LXXII. De zelo bono quod debent monachi habere
1 Sicut est zelus amaritudinis malus qui separat a Deo et ducit ad infernum, 
2 ita est zelus bonus qui separat a vitia, et ducit ad Deum et ad vitam aeternam.  
3 Hunc ergo zelum ferventissimo amore exerceant monachi, 
4 id est ut honore se invicem praeveniant.
5 Infirmitates suas sive corporum sive morum patientissime tolerent; 
6 obedientiam sibi certatim impendant; 
7 nullus quod sibi utile judicat sequatur, sed quod magis alio;   
8 caritatem fraternitatis casto impendant; 
9 amore Deum timeant; 
10 abbatem suum sincera et humili caritate diligant; 
11 Christo omnino nihil praeponant, 
12 qui nos pariter ad vitam aeternam perducat.     Amen.

Chapter 72. The good zeal that monks ought to have
1 Just as there is an evil zeal of bitterness that separates from God and leads to hell, 
2 so there is a good zeal that separates from vices and leads to God and eternal life.  
3 The monks should practice this zeal with the most ardent love.  
4 That is, they are to surpass one another in honor. (Rom 12:10)
5 They are to bear patiently with each other's weaknesses, whether of body or character. 
They are to compete with one another in obedience to one another.  
7 No one is to follow what he thinks is useful for himself, but what is better for the other: 
8They are to practice brotherly love in pure charity, 
9 to show loving reverence to God, 
10 to love their abbot with sincere and humble affection, 
11 to prefer nothing to Christ, 
12 and may he lead us all together to eternal life.    Amen. 

Today's Celebration of the Mass

St Paul of the Cross, preaching
Jesu Christi Passio sit semper in cordibus nostris
May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts