Catholic devotions for the 4th 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 Francis
Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone (c. 1181 – 3 October 1226), known as Francis of Assisi OFM,was an Italian mystic and Catholic friar who founded the Franciscans. He was inspired to lead a life of poverty as an itinerant preacher. One of the most venerated figures in Christianity, Francis was canonized by Pope Gregory IX on 16 July 1228. He is usually depicted in a brown habit with a rope around his waist with three knots, symbolizing the three Franciscan vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the sultan al-Kamil and put an end to the conflict of the Fifth Crusade.In 1223, he arranged for the first live nativity scene as part of the annual Christmas celebration in Greccio. According to Christian tradition, in 1224 Francis received the stigmata during the apparition of a Seraphic angel in a religious ecstasy.

He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Once his community was authorized by Pope Innocent III, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs.

Francis is associated with patronage of animals and the environment. It became customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October. He is known for devotion to the Eucharist. Along with Catherine of Siena, he was designated patron saint of Italy.

About 800 years ago, Jesus asked someone to build, or rather, rebuild the Church – St. Francis of Assisi. One day, while praying at the church of San Damiano, St. Francis heard Jesus speak to him from the crucifix: “Go, rebuild my church which is falling down.” Francis thought God wanted him to physically rebuild the collapsing church building, so he started making repairs to the structure. Over time, Francis realized that God wanted him to rebuild the entire Church around the world through prayer, poverty, and peace.

The Reading from the Martyrology

This Day, the Fourth Day of October

At Assisi, in Umbria, the birthday of St. Francis, confessor, founder of the Order of Friars Minor, whose life, filled with holy deeds and miracles, was written by St. Bonaventure.

At Corinth, the birthday of the Saints Crispus and Caius, who are mentionedby the Apostle St. Paul in his Epistle to the Corinthians.

In Egypt, the holy martyrs Mark and Marcian, brothers, and an almost countless multitude of both sexes and of all ages, who merited the blessed crown of martyrdom, some after being scourged, and others when they had suffered horrible torment, after being delivered to the flames. Some were precipitated into the sea; some others were beheaded; many were starved to death; others were fastened to gibbets; while others were suspended by the feet with their heads downward.

At Damascus, St. Peter, bishop and martyr, who, being accused before the king of the Agarenians of teaching the faith of Christ, had his tongue, hands, and feet cut off, and being fastened to a cross, ended his martyrdom.

At Alexandria, the holy priests and deacons Caius, Faustus, Eusebius, Chaeremon, Lucius, and their companions. Some of them were martyred in the persecution of Valerian ; others, for serving the martyrs, received the reward of martyrs.

At Athens, St. Hierotheus, disciple of the blessed Apostle Paul.

At Bologna, St. Petronius, bishop and confessor, celebrated for learning, miracles and sanctity.

At Paris, St. Aurea, virgin.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

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

Response: Thanks be to God.

October is the Month of the Most Holy Rosary

The Seraphic Rosary - the Seven Joys of Mary Rosary of the Franciscans

Wednesday is the Day dedicated to Saint Joseph

I. Oratio, qua S. Ioseph in patronum eligitur 
I. Prayer to choose St. Joseph as one's patron
O S. IOSEPH, Redemptoris mei Christi Iesu fidelis oeconome ac nutricie, castissime Virginis Deiparae sponse! Ego NN. te hodie in patronum et advocatum meum singularem eligo, firmiterque propono, me numquam te derelicturum, nec permissurum, ut a quoquam ex meis subditis aliquid contra tuum honorem agatur. A te igitur peto suppliciter, ut me in clientem perpetuum suscipere, in rebus dubiis instruere, in adversis solari, in hora denique mortis defendere ac protegere digneris. Amen. 
O SAINT JOSEPH, who art the faithful steward and foster-father of my Redeemer Jesus Christ, and who art the spouse of the most chaste Virgin Mother of God, I (N.) choose thee today as my patron and singular advocate. I firmly declare to never desert thee, nor to permit anything done against thy honor by any of my own charges. Therefore I humbly beg thee to graciously accept me as thy perpetual companion, to instruct me in uncertainty, to console me in adversity, and to protect and defend me at my hour of death. Amen.

II. Oratio, ad impetrandam D. Ioseph intercessione gratiam pie communicandi 
II. Prayer asking St Joseph's intercession for the grace of a worthy Communion
O BEATISSIME IOSEPH, quanta tibi a Deo gratia concessa est, quod unigenitum eius Filium in carne (quem tot reges videre frustra exoptarunt) non tantum videris, sed et brachiis paterno affectu amplexus fueris! Utinam ego hoc tuo exemplo inflammatus, et patrocinio adiutus, Dominum ac Redemptorem meum Christum Iesum simili amoris ac reverentiae affectu complectar in sanctissimo Altaris Sacramento, quo merear eundem posthac aeternum complecti in caelis. Amen. 
O MOST BLESSED JOSEPH, such a great grace has been granted to thee by God. For not only didst thou see His only-begotten Son in the flesh, whom so many kings greatly desired to see in vain, but thou also embraced Him in thy arms with paternal affection. Oh that were I so inflamed with this thy example, and aided by thy help, that I might embrace this same Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar with a similar love and reverence, and that I may be worthy afterwards to come to embrace Him in heaven in eternity. Amen.

III. Oratio, ut S. Ioseph in via vitae huius ducem et comitem impetremus 
III. Prayer asking St Joseph to be one's companion and guide in this life
O S. IOSEPH! qui tanquam pater et manuductor Christum Iesum in pueritia et iuventute per omnes peregrinationis humanae vias fidelissime deduxisti: et mihi obsecro in vitae meae peregrinatione tanquam comes et ductor assiste, nec unquam permitte me a via mandatorum Dei declinare; sis in adversis praesidium, in aerumnis solatium, donec tandem ad terram viventium perveniam, ubi tecum et sanctissima sponsa tua Maria, omnibusque Sanctis aeternum in Deo Iesu meo exultem. Amen. O SAINT JOSEPH, just as thou as father and mentor didst most faithfully guide Jesus Christ during His boyhood and adolescence through His journeys in this life, I beseech thee to assist me in the wanderings of my life as just such a companion and guide. Never permit me to turn aside from the path of God's commandments. Be for me a protection in adversity, and a solace in hardship, until I finally arrive in the land of the living, where I may rejoice forever with thee, with the most holy spouse Mary, and with all the saints in my God Jesus. Amen.

IV. Oratio, ad quaelibet D. Ioseph intercessione impetranda 
IV. Prayer asking for St Joseph's intercession
O S. IOSEPH! cui Iesus hic in terris sese subiecit, prompteque oboedivit, quemque singulari semper honore et amore prosecutus est; quomodo idem in caelis, ubi tua nunc remunerantur merita, quidquam tibi denegabit? Ora pro me, o S. Ioseph! gratiamque impetra imprimis, ut peccata omnia serio detester et fugiam, praesertim ista NN. vitam in melius emendem, constanterque me in virtutum studio impendam, praesertim istarum NN ab his NN tentationibus, et peccati occasionibus, quibus anima mea in periculum damnationis induci posset, et ab afflictione ac miseria hac N. nisi divinae id voluntati, meaeque saluti adversetur, liberer. In his tamen et aliis omnibus totum me divino arbitrio et dispositioni, tuaeque paternae fidei, O S. Ioseph! subiicio et committo. Amen. 
O SAINT JOSEPH, to whom Jesus subjected Himself while on this earth, whom He promptly obeyed, and whom He always followed with such honor and love, how much more so now thou art in heaven where thy merits are now rewarded! What will He thus deny thee? Pray for me, O St. Joseph! Most importantly beg for me the grace that I may earnestly pray for deliverance from and flee from all my sins, especially NN. Pray for me that I may amend my life for the better and constantly set myself forth with zeal in virtue, especially in the virtue of NN against the temptation of NN. Free me from the occasions of sin which might lead my soul into danger of damnation. Free me from the affliction and misery of NN, (unless such freedom is opposed to divine will and my salvation). In these and all other things, O St. Joseph, I submit myself and commit myself to divine authority and judgment, and to thy paternal care. Amen.

V. Oratio, pro felici morte impetranda 
V. Prayer asking for a happy death
O S. IOSEPH! qui in suavissimo Iesu clientis tui, et dulcissimae sponsae tuae Mariae complexu ex hac vita emigrasti: succurre mihi, o S. Pater! cum Iesu et Maria, tunc potissimum, quando mors vitae meae finem imponet; illudque (quod unice peto) solatium mihi impetra, ut in iisdem sanctissimis Iesu et Mariae brachiis exspirem. In manus vestras vivens et moriens commendo spiritum meum, Iesu, Maria, Ioseph! Amen. 
O SAINT JOSEPH, thou left this life in the gentle embrace of thy sweet spouse Mary and thy adopted son Jesus. Help me, O holy Father, along with Jesus and Mary, that at the appointed time when death puts an end to my life; obtain for me the one thing I ask, that same solace, so that in those same arms of Jesus and Mary I may expire. Into your hands, O Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, living and dying I commend my spirit! 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. "
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 4
VII. De humilitate
49 Sextus humilitatis gradus est, si omni vilitate vel extremitate contentus sit monachus, et ad omnia quae sibi iniunguntur velut operarium se malum judicet et indignum, 
50 dicens sibi cum propheta: Ad nihilum redactus sum et nescivi; ut jumentum factus sum apud te, et ego semper tecum.

Chapter 7 Humility 
49 The sixth step of humility is that a monk should be content with the most common and worst of everything, and in all that is required of him to judge himself a bad and worthless worker,
50 saying of himself with the prophet: I was reduced to nothing and did not realize it; I have become like a beast before you, yet I am always with you (Ps 73:22-23).

Today's Celebration of the Mass

St Francis receives the Stigmata

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


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