Catholic devotions for the 8th November

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Saint of the Day/ Feast
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 the Four Crowned Martyrs

Here followeth of the Four Crowned Martyrs.

The four crowned martyrs were Severus, Severianus, Carpoforus, and Victorinus, which by the commandment of Diocletian were beaten with plummets of lead unto the death. The names of whom could not be found, but after long time they were showed by divine revelation, and it was established that their memory should be worshipped under the names of five other martyrs, that is to wit Claudian, Castor, Symphorian, Nicostratus, and Simplician, which were martyred two years after the four crowned martyrs. And these martyrs knew all the craft of sculpture or of carving, and Diocletian would have constrained them to carve an idol, but they would not entail ne carve it, ne consent to do sacrifice to the idols. And then by the commandment of Dioc]etian they were put into tuns of lead all living, and cast into the sea about the year of our Lord two hundred four score and seven. And Melchiades, the pope, ordained these four saints to be honoured and to be called the four crowned martyrs before that their names were found. And though their names were afterward found and known, yet for the usage they be always called the four crowned martyrs.

The Reading from the Martyrology

This Day, the Eighth Day of November

The Octave of All Saints. A solemn octave.
At Rome, on the Via Lavicana, at the third milestone from the city, the suffering of the holy martyrs Claudius, Nicostratus, Symphorian, Castorius, and Simplicius. They were first cast into prison, and then severely flogged with scorpions. Since they could not be turned away from the faith of Christ, by the command of Diocletian, they were thrown headlong into the river.
At the same place, on the Via Lavicana, the birthday of the Four Holy Crowned Brothers, Severus, Severian, Carpophorus, and Victorinus. Under the same Emperor, they were flogged to death with blows from leaden-tipped scourges. Since their names could not then be learned (they were divinely revealed years later), it was decreed that their anniversary should be kept along with the five martyrs mentioned above, under the name of the Four Holy Crowned Ones. This has continued to be done in the Church even after their names were revealed. A memory.
Also at Rome, Pope St. Deusdedit, who had such great merit that he healed a leper of his disease by a kiss.
At Blexen on the river Weser, in Germany, St. Willehad, who was the first Bishop of Bremen. He, together with St. Boniface, whose disciple he was, spread the Gospel in Friesland and Saxony.
At Soissons in Gaul, St. Godefrid, Bishop of Amiens, a man of great sanctity.
At Verdun in Gaul, St. Maurus, bishop and confessor.
At Tours in Gaul, St. Clarus, priest, whose epitaph was written by St. Paulinus

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


For the Relief of the Poor Souls in Purgatory

SEVENTH DAY Cruelty of those who abandon the Poor Souls

PREPARATORY PRAYER: Act of Faith: My God, I believe in Thee, because Thou art Truth itself; I firmly believe the truths revealed to the Church.

Act of Hope: My God, I hope in Thee, because Thou art infinitely good.

Act of Charity: My God, I love Thee with all my heart, and above all things, because Thou are infinitely perfect; and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of Thee.

(Indulgence 7 years, 7 quarantines, each time. Benedict XIV., Jan. 28, 1756. Plenary once a month, if said every day. Benedict XIII., Jan. 16, 1728.)

MEDITATION: Our Lord reproved the cruelty of the rich man, who refused even the crumbs of his table to poor Lazarus, while he himself was feasting sumptuously every day. Are they not imitating the wicked rich, who stand unmoved, seeing the sufferings of the “Poor Souls?” Those unfortunates, who appeal to our Compassion, are not strangers. Among them there are our parents, our benefactors, our friends. Not long ago, they were living among us in the same house. We bear their names, we inherited their lands; and we forgot them! We abandon them! They may say with Job: “My kinsmen have forsaken me, and they that knew me have forgotten me. They that dwell in my house, and my maid-servants, have counted me as a stranger, and I have been like an alien in their eyes.” (Job XIX., 15.) To forget the dead is a crime. Solemn promises were made at the death-bed. A child has said to his father and to his mother dying: I will not forget you! But where is the sign of this remembrance? Does it pray for them? Perhaps a vague, shadowy remembrance of the departed comes to its mind, but where is the profit to the “Poor Souls?” Useless and vain compassion! Empty love! Where are the works, alms, and holy Masses to assist, to relieve, to deliver the “Poor Souls?” Those who forget them will also be abandoned! “With what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again,” (St. Matt. VII, 22.)

PRACTICE: After the Evening Angelus say: Our Father and Hail Mary, once; or the De Profundis, as a daily tribute to the “Poor Souls.”

RESOLUTION: I will endeavor to propagate devotion to the “Poor Souls.”

EXAMPLE: A poor servant-girl had the pious custom of having a Mass said every month for the Souls in Purgatory, and she prayed especially for the Soul that was nearest to Heaven. After a long, protracted illness, she was leaving the hospital and setting out in search of a position. On her way she passed a church and, remembering that her monthly Mass had not been said, she entered the sacristy, requesting the priest to say this Mass. When she left the church a young man came up to her. He was tall and pale, and of a noble demeanor. “My good girl,” he said, “I think you are looking for a position.” “Yes,” said the girl, somewhat surprised. “Well,” said the young man, “if you go to Mrs. N. (here he named the street and number), I think you will find a good place;” and suddenly he disappeared among the crowd of passersby. The girl went, found the house, was introduced, and presented her petition. “But,” said the lady of the house, “who could have sent you here? Nobody knows that I need a servant.” Suddenly the girl, looking at the wall, noticed a portrait. “Look here, madam,” said she, pointing to the picture, “that is the exact likeness of the man who told me to come here.” At these words the old lady turned pale. “Ah!” said she, “that is the portrait of my son, who died two years ago. You shall henceforward remain with me, not as a servant-girl, but as my daughter, and we will always pray together for the “Poor Souls” in Purgatory.”

PRAYER: De Profundis

Let us pray: May our prayers be profitable, O Lord, to the Souls of Thy servants, that being absolved from their sins, they may have a share in the fruits of redemption. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

V. May they rest in peace.

R. Amen.
(300 days each time for W. and RR., applicable only to the dead. Pius X., Feb. 13, 1908.)

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.

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 8

13 Humilitatem ante omnia habeat, et cui substantia non est quod tribuatur, sermo responsionis porrigatur bonus, 
14 ut scriptum est: Sermo bonus super datum optimum.
15 Omnia quae ei iniunxerit abbas, ipsa habeat sub cura sua; a quibus eum prohibuerit, non praesumat. 
16 Fratribus constitutam annonam sine aliquo typho vel mora offerat, ut non scandalizentur, memor divini eloquii quid mereatur qui scandalizaverit unum de pusillis.
17 Si congregatio maior fuerit, solacia ei dentur, a quibus adiutus et ipse aequo animo impleat officium sibi commissum. 
18 Horis competentibus dentur quae danda sunt et petantur quae petenda sunt, 
19 ut nemo perturbetur neque contristetur in domo Dei.

13 Above all else he is to have humility: when he has nothing material to give to one who makes a request he is to offer at least a kind word, 
14 as it is written:  A kind word is higher than the best gift (Sir 18:17).
15 All that the abbot has entrusted to him he is to have in his care, and he is not to presume to do what has been forbidden him.  
16 To the brothers he is to offer their alloted ration of food without condescension or delay, so that they are not scandalized, remembering what the Sacred Text says is merited by one who scandalizes one of these little ones (Matt 18:6).
17 If the community is large, helpers are to be given to him, thanks to whose assistance he may retain a peaceful soul while fulfilling the office committed to him.  
18 Only at the appropriate hours are items for distribution to be distributed, or requested items to be requested; 
19 so that no one is perturbed or saddened in the house of God.

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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