Catholic devotions for the 18th September

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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 Joseph of Cupertino

He was born the son of Felice Desa and Frencesca Panara in the village of Cupertino, in the Region of Apulia, then in the Kingdom of Naples, now in the Italian Province of Lecce. His father having died before his birth, however, the family home was seized to settle the large debts he had left, and his mother was forced to give birth to him in a stable.

Joseph began to experience ecstatic visions as a child, which were to continue throughout his life, and made him the object of scorn. His life was not helped by his frequent outbursts of anger. He was soon apprenticed by his uncle to a shoemaker. Feeling drawn to religious life, in 1620 he applied to the Conventual Franciscan friars, but was rejected due to his lack of education. He then applied to the Capuchin friars in Martino, near Taranto, by whom he was accepted in 1620 as a lay brother, but he was dismissed as his continued ecstasies made him unfit for the duties required of him.

After Joseph returned to the scorn of his family, he pleaded with the Conventual friars near Cupertino to be allowed to serve in their stables. After several years of working there, he had so impressed the friars with the devotion and simplicity of his life that he was admitted to their Order, destined to become a Catholic priest, in 1625. He was ordained a priest on 28 March 1628. He was then sent to the convent of Santa Maria della Grotella, just outside Cupertino, where he spent the next 15 years.

After this point, the occasions of ecstasy in Joseph's life began to multiply. It was claimed that he began to levitate while participating at the Mass or joining the community for the Divine Office, thereby gaining a widespread reputation of holiness among the people of the region and beyond. He was deemed disruptive by his religious superiors and church authorities, however, and eventually was confined to a small cell, forbidden from joining in any public gathering of the community.

As the phenomenon of flying or levitation was widely believed to be connected with witchcraft, Joseph was denounced to the Inquisition. At their command, he was transferred from one Franciscan friary in the region to another for observation, first to Assisi (1639–1653), then briefly to Pietrarubbia and finally Fossombrone, where he lived with and under the supervision of the Capuchin friars (1653–1657). He practiced a severe asceticism throughout his life, usually eating solid food only twice a week, and adding bitter powders to his meals. He passed 35 years of his life following this regimen.

Finally, on 9 July 1657, Joseph was allowed to return to a Conventual community, being sent to the one in Osimo, where he soon died.

Joseph was beatified in 1753 and canonized in 1767.

The Reading from the Martyrology

September is the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

Seventh Sorrow - Jesus is laid in the tomb

Matthew 27
57 And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus.
Cum autem sero factum esset, venit quidam homo dives ab Arimathaea, nomine Joseph, qui et ipse discipulus erat Jesu :

58 He went to Pilate, and asked the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the body should be delivered.
hic accessit ad Pilatum, et petiit corpus Jesu. Tunc Pilatus jussit reddi corpus.

59 And Joseph taking the body, wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth.
Et accepto corpore, Joseph involvit illud in sindone munda,

60 And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument, and went his way.
et posuit illud in monumento suo novo, quod exciderat in petra. Et advolvit saxum magnum ad ostium monumenti, et abiit.

61 And there was there Mary Magdalen, and the other Mary sitting over against the sepulchre.
Erant autem ibi Maria Magdalene, et altera Maria, sedentes contra sepulchrum.

Luke 23
50 And behold there was a man named Joseph, who was a counsellor, a good and just man,
Et ecce vir nomine Joseph, qui erat decurio, vir bonus et justus :

51 (The same had not consented to their counsel and doings;) of Arimathea, a city of Judea; who also himself looked for the kingdom of God.
hic non consenserat consilio, et actibus eorum, ab Arimathaea civitate Judaeae, qui exspectabat et ipse regnum Dei :

52 This man went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
hic accessit ad Pilatum et petiit corpus Jesu :

53 And taking him down, he wrapped him in fine linen, and laid him in a sepulchre that was hewed in stone, wherein never yet any man had been laid.
et depositum involvit sindone, et posuit eum in monumento exciso, in quo nondum quisquam positus fuerat.

54 And it was the day of the Parasceve, and the sabbath drew on.
Et dies erat parasceves, et sabbatum illucescebat.

55 And the women that were come with him from Galilee, following after, saw the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
Subsecutae autem mulieres, quae cum eo venerant de Galilaea, viderunt monumentum, et quemadmodum positum erat corpus ejus.

56 And returning, they prepared spices and ointments; and on the sabbath day they rested, according to the commandment.
Et revertentes paraverunt aromata, et unguenta : et sabbato quidem siluerunt secundum mandatum.

Monday is the Day dedicated to the Holy Spirit and the Souls in Purgatory

Litany for the Souls of the Faithful Departed
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven ,
Have mercy on the Souls of the Faithful departed.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on the Souls of the faithful departed.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on the Souls of the faithful departed.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on the Souls of the faithful departed.
Holy Mary ,
Pray for the Souls of the faithful departed.
Holy Mother of God,
Pray for the Souls of the faithful departed.
Saint Michael, etc.
Saint Gabriel,
All ye holy Angels and Archangels,
Saint John the Baptist,
Saint Joseph,
All ye holy Patriarchs and Prophets,
Saint Peter,
Saint Paul,
Saint John,
All ye holy Apostles and Evangelists,
Saint Stephen,
Saint Lawrence,
All ye holy Martyrs,
Saint Gregory,
Saint Ambrose,
All ye holy bishops and confessors,
Saint Mary Magdalen,
Saint Catherine,
All ye holy Virgins and widows,
All ye Saints of God,
Make intercession for the Souls of the faithful departed.
Be merciful,
Spare them, O Lord.
Be merciful,
Hear them, O Lord.
From all evil,
O Lord, deliver them.
From Thy wrath,
O Lord, deliver them.
From the flame of fire, etc.
From the region of the shadow of death,
Through Thine Immaculate Conception,
Through Thy Nativity,
Through Thy Most Holy Name,
Through the multitude of Thy tender mercies, Through Thy most bitter Passion,
Through Thy most Sacred Wounds,
Through Thy most Precious Blood,
Through Thine ignominious death, by which
Thou hast destroyed our death,

We sinners,
We beseech Thee, hear us.
O Thou Who didst absolve the sinner woman and hear the prayer of the good thief,
We beseech Thee, hear us.
That thou wouldst release our deceased parents, relations and benefactors
from the bonds of their sins and the punishment for them, etc.
That Thou wouldst hasten the day of visiting Thy faithful detained in the receptacles
of sorrow, and wouldst transport them to the city of eternal peace,
That Thou wouldst shorten the time of expiation for their sins and graciously
admit them into the holy sanctuary, into which no unclean thing can enter,
That through the prayers and alms of Thy Church, and especially by the inestimable
Sacrifice of Thy Holy Altar, Thou wouldst receive them into the tabernacle of rest
and crown their longing hopes with everlasting fruition,
Son of God,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Grant them eternal rest.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Grant them eternal rest.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Grant them eternal rest.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, etc.

V. And lead us not into temptation,
R. But deliver us from all evil. Amen.
V. From the gates of Hell,
R. Deliver their Souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer ,
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let Us Pray.

O God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the Souls of Thy
departed servants the remission of all their sins, that through our pious
supplications they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

O God, the Giver of pardon and the Lover of the salvation of men, we beg Thy clemency on behalf of our brethren, kinsfolk and benefactors who have departed this life, that by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the Saints, Thou wouldst receive them into the joys of Thine everlasting kingdom. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

O God, to Whom it belongs always to have mercy and to spare, be favorably propitious to the Souls of Thy servants and grant them the remission of all their sins, that being delivered from the bonds of this mortal life, they may be admitted to life everlasting. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Monday

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 September 18
IV. Quae sunt instrumenta bonorum operum
1 In primis Dominum Deum diligere ex toto corde, tota anima, tota virtute; 
2 deinde proximum tamquam seipsum.
3 Deinde non occidere, 
4 non adulterare, 
5 non facere furtum, 
6 non concupiscere, 
7 non falsum testimonium dicere, 
8 honorare omnes homines, 
9 et quod sibi quis fieri non vult, alio ne faciat.
10 Abnegare semetipsum sibi ut sequatur Christum 
11 Corpus castigare, 
12 delicias non amplecti, 
13 ieiunium amare. 
14 Pauperes recreare, 
15 nudum vestire, 
16 infirmum visitare, 
17 mortuum sepelire. 
18 In tribulatione subvenire, 
19 dolentem consolari.

Chapter 4 What are the instruments of good works 
1 First of all to love the Lord God with one’s whole heart, whole soul, whole strength (Matt 22:37-39; Mark 12:30-31; Luke 10:47).; 
2 then, to love one’s neighbor as oneself.
3 Then, not to kill, 
4 not to commit adultery, 
5 not to engage in theft, 
6 not to ardently desire (Rom. 13:9) , 
7 not to give false testimony (Matt 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20); 
8 to honor all (I Pet 2:17), 
9 and not do to another what one does not want done to oneself (Tob 4:16; Matt 7:12; Luke 6:31).
10 To deny one’s own self in order to follow Christ (Matt 16:24; Luke 9:23). 
11 To chastise the body (I Cor 9:27):
12 not to embrace delicacies; 
13 to love fasting.  
14 To give new life to the poor; 
15 to clothe the naked, 
16 to visit the sick (Matt 25:36), 
17 to bury the dead (cf. Tob 1:21,2:7-9).  
18 To help in tribulation, 
19 to console the sorrowful.

Today's Celebration of the Mass

Jesus XPI Passio sit semper in cordibus nostris
May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts


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