Catholic devotions for the 30th October

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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 Angelus of Acri

Luca Antonio Falcone (19 October 1669 – 30 October 1739) – in religious life Angelo – was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and a professed member of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in Cosenza. Falcone had a rough call to religious life after several entries and exits into the order and he later served as a noted preacher across southern Italian cities such as Catanzaro and Salerno after his first few sermons attracted little following. He became titled as both the "Angel of Peace" and the "Apostle of the South".

Falcone became known for ecstasies during the celebration of Mass and was known for converting the hearts of thousands when he went about preaching. The friar possessed the gifts of visions and bilocation and was invited to start preaching in the Neapolitan region at the behest of Cardinal Francesco Pignatelli.

He received beatification from Pope Leo XII on 18 December 1825 after being titled as a Servant of God in 1778 under Pope Pius VI and Venerable under Pope Pius VII on 17 June 1821. He is a patron of Acri and of missionaries.  Pope Francis approved his canonization and it was determined at a gathering of cardinals on 20 April 2017 that Falcone would be named as a saint; the canonization was celebrated in Saint Peter's Square on 15 October 2017.

The Reading from the Martyrology

This Day, the Thirtieth Day of October

At Cividale in Friuli (Italy), Blessed Benvenuta Bojani, virgin of our
Order, who blossomed by penance, prayer, and humility. A semi-duplex
In Sardinia, the birthday of St. Pontianus, pope and martyr. He was exiled
to Sardinia in company with Hippolytus, priest, by the Emperor Alexander.
Here he gained martyrdom by being clubbed to death. His body was brought
to Rome by Pope St. Fabian and buried in the cemetery of St. Callistus. His
feast, however, is observed on November 19.
At Aeges in Cilicia, the sufferings of Ss. Zenobius, bishop, and his sister
Zenobia, under the governor Lysias, in the reign of the Emperor Diocletian.
At Altino near Venice, St. Theonestus, bishop and martyr, who was put
to death by the Arians.
In Africa, the birthday of two hundred and twenty holy martyrs.
At Tangier in Mauretania, the suffering of St. Marcellus, a centurion. He
was the father of the holy martyrs Claudius, Lupercus, and Victorius. He
gained martyrdom by being beheaded under Agricolaus, who was acting as
praetor in the place of Praefectus.
At Alexandria, thirteen holy martyrs. In company with Ss. Julian, Eunus,
and Macharius, they suffered under the emperor Decius.
At Cagliari in Sardinia, St. Saturninus, martyr. In the persecution of
Diocletian, he was beheaded by the governor Barbarus.
At Apamea in Phrygia, St. Maximus, martyr, under the same Diocletian.
At Leon in Spain, the holy martyrs Claudius, Lupercus, and Victorius, the
sons of the centurion St. Marcellus. In the persecution of Diocletian and
Maximian, they were condemned to be beheaded by the governor
At Paris, St. Lucanus, martyr.
At Alexandria, St. Eutropia, martyr. She was arrested while visiting the
martyrs. She died after being cruelly tortured with them.
At Antioch, St. Seraphion, bishop. He was noted for his learning.
At Capua, St. Germanus, bishop and confessor. He was a man of great
sanctity and St. Benedict saw his soul, at the hour of death, being carried by
angels into Heaven.
At Potenza in Lucania, St. Gerard, bishop.

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

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary

Devotion to the Rosary for 30th October

"And they were continually in the Temple, praising and blessing God. Amen." Luke 24/53.


As we rapidly gaze back over the scenes and events suggested by these Glorious Mysteries we cannot fail to be impressed with the utter unselfishness of Mary our Mother ! Surely we should expect that with the release of her Divine Son from His suffering and death, she too would at once share in His glory. At the foot of the cross she had been given to us, in the person of St. John, as our Mother, and that she might prove to us her maternal care for us, she willingly consents to remain for fifteen long years after the Ascension of her Son, here upon earth, to care for the Infant Church with the same solicitude that she cared for the Child Jesus, in the days of His infancy at Bethlehem. What a sacrifice that was — the sacrifice of separation, the sacrifice of labor! But Mary made it for love of us, her adopted children! What shall we do for her?


''O Mother blest whom God bestows 
On sinners and on just. 
What joy what hope thou givest those 
Who in thy mercy trust ! Chorus : —

''Most holy Mary ! 
at thy feet Thy children bend a suppliant knee ; 
Dear Mother of my God, 
Do thou remember me.

''Remember, Mary, Virgin fair,
It never yet was told
That he who humbly sought thy care.
Departed unconsoled.''

Monday is the Day dedicated to the Holy Ghost & the Souls in Purgatory

A traditional prayer asking for the grace of the Holy Spirit. It has been used for centuries as a prayer of private devotion. The texts appear in the propers for the feast of Pentecost in both the Mass and Divine Office, and also in the votive Mass of the Holy Spirit. The first part, which has a partial indulgence attached to it, is the antiphon for the Magnificat for Pentecost. The veriscle and response are associated with the readings for the feast. Lastly, the collect is found in the votive Mass.

VENI, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende. COME, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur;
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
DEUS, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. Let us pray:
O GOD, Who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Monday

"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 October 30

1 Si quis frater contumax aut inoboediens aut superbus aut murmurans vel in aliquo contrarius exsistens sanctae regulae et praeceptis seniorum suorum contemptor repertus fuerit, 
2 hic secundum Domini nostri praeceptum admoneatur semel et secundo secrete a senioribus suis. 
3 Si non emendaverit, obiurgetur publice coram omnibus. 
4 Si vero neque sic correxerit, si intellegit qualis poena sit, excommunicationi subiaceat; 
5 sin autem improbus est, vindictae corporali subdatur.

1 If any brother is found to be contumacious, or disobedient, or proud, or a murmurer, or in any way has contempt for the Holy Rule and the precepts of his seniors, 
2 let him, according to Our Lord’s precept, be admonished once or twice in private by his seniors (cf. Matt 18:15-16).  
3 If he does not amend he should be publicly rebuked in the presence of all.  
4 If he still refuses to be corrected, he should (provided he understands what this penalty signifies) be subjected to excommunication: 
5 however, if he lacks such understanding he should undergo corporal punishment.

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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