Catholic devotions for the 1st November

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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 All Saints

The Reading from the Martyrology

This Day, the First Day of November

The Festival of All Saints. Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon
temple ``in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and in honor
of the holy martyrs,'' and he decreed that every year this feast should be
fittingly and generally observed throughout Rome. 

A somewhat similar feast was already observed in various ways in other dioceses; hence Gregory IV decreed that the feast, now extended to include all saints, should be forever solemnly celebrated in the Universal Church on the first day of November.A totum duplex feast of the first class with a solemn octave.
In Persia, the holy martyrs John, bishop, and James, priest, under King Sapor.
At Terracina in Campania, the birthday of St. Caesarius, deacon. He was harshly treated in prison for many days; afterward, with St. Julian, priest, he was placed in a sack and cast into the sea.
In the town of Dijon, the priest St. Benignus. He was sent into Gaul by St. Polycarp to preach the Gospel. Later, in the reign of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, he was repeatedly subjected to the most inhuman tortures by the judge Terence. Finally, it was ordered that his neck be beaten with an ironbar and his body pierced with a spear.
At Damascus, the suffering of Ss. Caesarius, Dacius, and five others.
On the same day, the servant-girl St. Mary. In the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, she was accused of professing the Christian religion. Accordingly, she was severely whipped, stretched on the rack, and mangled with iron hooks. In this manner, she completed her martyrdom.
At Tarsus in Cilicia, Ss. Cyrenia and Juliana, martyrs, in the time of the Emperor Maximian.
In Auvergne in Gaul, St. Austremonius, who was the first bishop of that region.
At Paris, the death of St. Marcellus, bishop.
At Bayeaux in Gaul, St. Vigor, bishop, in the time of Childebert, King of the Franks.
At Angers in Gaul, the death of St. Licinius, bishop, a holy old man.
At Tivoli, St. Severinus, monk.
At Larchant in north central Gaul, St. Mathurin, confessor.

Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis
("All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us", from the Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints)

November is the Month of the Poor Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday is the Day dedicated to Saint Joseph

On Wednesdays, many Catholics make a special devotion to St. Joseph by going to Mass on the first Wednesdays of nine consecutive months and offering their Communions in his honor and for the salvation of the dying.

Based upon the Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary, this prayer was originally composed in Italian. MEMORARE, o purissime Sponse Virginis Mariae, o dulcis Protector mi, sancte Ioseph, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquem ad tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum. Ego tali animatus confidentia ad te venio, tibique fervide me commendo. Noli, quaeso, o Pater putative Redemptoris, verba mea despicere, sed audi propitius. Amen. 
REMEMBER, o most pure Spouse of the Virgin Mary, my sweet Protector Saint Joseph, never was it heard that anyone who implored thy help nor sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I come to thee and to thee do I fervently commend myself. Despise not my petitions, I beseech thee, foster Father of the Redeemer, but graciously hear them. Amen.

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Wednesday

"I would like to remind you that the Rosary is a biblical prayer, all filled with the Holy Scriptures." It is a prayer from the heart, in which the repetition of the Ave Maria directs the thought and affection towards Christ, and thus is made a confident prayer to Him and our Mother. It is a prayer that helps to meditate on the Word of God and assimilate the Eucharistic Communion, on the model of Mary who kept in her heart everything Jesus did and said and even His Presence. " Pope Benedict XVI

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 November 1

1 Is autem frater qui gravioris culpae noxa tenetur suspendatur a mensa, simul ab oratorio. 
2 Nullus ei fratrum in nullo iungatur consortio nec in colloquio. 
3 Solus sit ad opus sibi iniunctum, persistens in paenitentiae luctu, sciens illam terribilem apostoli sententiam dicentis 
4 traditum eiusmodi hominem in interitum carnis, ut spiritus salvus sit in die Domini. 
5 Cibi autem refectionem solus percipiat, mensura vel hora qua praeviderit abbas ei competere; 6 nec a quoquam benedicatur transeunte nec cibum quod ei datur.

1 But that brother who is guilty of a more serious fault is to be suspended both from the common table and from the oratory.  
2 None of the brothers may associate with him or engage him in conversation. 
3 Laboring in solitude at the work enjoined on him, persisting in the sorrow of penitence, he is to consider that dreadful sentence of the apostle who says:  
4 such a man is handed over for the destruction of the flesh, so that the spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord (1 Cor 5:5).  
5 And his meals are to be taken alone, in the measure and at the hour the abbot considers best for him: 
6 he may not be blessed by any who pass by, nor may the food be blessed that is given to him.

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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