October 17, 2006

Psalm LXIX-Pope's Visit to Turkey Confirmed

The power of Adoration never ceases to amaze me. The directions the Holy Spirit takes me during my Holy Hour astonishes me. Up until 2 years ago, I had NEVER EVEN HEARD OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION. Now, I don't know how I'd live without my standing hour every week. Adoration has increased and strengthened my prayer life and my relationship with God. No, it's not all perfect. But something from nothing, is still something. Prior to my weekly Adoration with God, I hardly ever spent quiet, contemplative time with God. The parish I used to belong to was not conducive to it. Sunday "masses" were all noise and chaos. How could the Lord be heard in such a din? How could I speak to the Lord when I was too busy running around talking and hugging everyone?

This morning I did not go to Adoration with a "plan". Some days I do. Today, I felt like taking one of my prayer books and my Bible. But, I did not know which one, or what, I would read. Recently, I have been intermittantly praying the Litany of the Saints leading up to All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. I decided to spend some of my Adoration time with the Litany of the Saints in my prayer book.

My prayer book has the Litany of the Saints, followed by Psalm LXIX which reads:

Incline unto my aid, O God.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek my soul.
Let them be turned backward and blush for shame that desire evils to me.
Let them be presently turned away blushing for shame that say to me, "Tis well, 'tis well."
Let all that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; and let such as love Thy salvation say always, The Lord be magnified. But I am needy and poor: O God, help me.
Thou art my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, make no delay.

Glory Be To The Father, etc.
V- Save Thy servants.
R- Trusting in Thee, O my God.
V- Be unto us, O Lord, a tower a strength.
R- From the face of the enemy.
V- Let not the enemy prevail against us.
R- Nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt us.
V- O Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.
R- Neither reward us according to our iniquities.
V- Let us pray for our chief bishop: Benedict XVI
R- The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

V- Let us pray for our benefactors.
R- Vouchsafe, O Lord, for Thy name's sake, to reward with eternal life all those who do us good.
V- Let us pray for the faithful departed.
R- Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
V- May they rest in peace.
R- Amen.
V- For our absent brethren.
R- Save Thy servants who hope in Thee, O my God.
V- Send them help, O Lord, from Thy holy place.
R- And from Sion protect them.
V- O Lord, hear my prayer.
R- And let my cry come unto Thee.

O God, Whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, receive our petition, that we and all Thy servants who are bound by the chain of sin, may, by the compassion of Thy goodness, mercifully be absolved.

Hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy supplicants, and pardon the sins of those who confess to Thee, that, in Thy bounty, Thou mayest grant us both pardon and peace.

In Thy clemency, O Lord, show Thy unspeakable mercy to us, that so Thou mayest both loose us from all our sins and deliver us from the punishments which we deserve for them.

O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people, who make supplication to Thee, and turn away the scourges of Thine anger, which we deserve for our sins.

O almighty and eternal God, have mercy on Thy servant Benedict XVI., our chief bishop, and direct him according to Thy clemency, in the way of everlasting salvation, that, by Thy grace, he may desire the things that are pleasing to Thee, and perform them with all his strength.

O God, from Whom are all holy desires, righteous counsels, and just works, give to Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that, our hearts being disposed to keep Thy commandments, and the fear of enemies taken away, the times, by Thy protection, may be peaceful.

Inflame, O Lord, our reins and hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit; that we may serve Thee with a chaste body, and please Thee with a clean heart.

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired.

Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy holy inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance; that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and through Thee be happily ended.

O almighty and eternal God, Who hast dominion over the living and the dead, and art merciful to all who Thou foreknowest will be Thine by faith and good works: we humbly beseech Thee that they for whom we have purposed to offer our prayers, whether this present world still detains them in the flesh or the next world hath already received them divested of their bodies, may, by the intercession of Thy saints and the clemency of Thy goodness, obtain pardon and full remission of all their sins. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R- Amen.
V- O Lord, hear my prayer.
R- And let my cry come unto Thee.
V- May the almighty and merciful Lord graciously hear us.
R- Amen.
V- And my the souls of the faithful departed throught the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R- Amen.

The sections referring to the Pope really jumped out at me today. I have been concerned about the Pope's planned visit to Turkey. Especially, because of the violent reactions to some people in Muslim nations after the Pope's comments in Regensberg in September were taken entirely out of context.

I'm in the car on the way to work and I hear that the Holy See has confirmed that the Holy Father will visit Turkey on November 28th-December 1st.

I'm praying for the protection and safe keeping of the Holy Father. I'm also praying that my concerns are completely unfounded and that he will be just fine. Furthermore, I pray that he continue to be a strong disciple of Christ and an excellent teacher of the Faith.


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