With meditations and prayers of St Francis of Assisi.
Pray the stations of the cross with Cardinal Wuerl, who provides a brief meditation for each of the 14 stations.
The Stations of the Cross in this slide show were created by Pittsburgh artist Virgil Cantini and are on display at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, where they were photographed for the Catholic Standard by Michael Hoyt.
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One of the most famous hymns of worship to the Lord God, to whom we owe all our love and adoration. The version in this video includes only parts of the entire song, but it is still well performed. Please be patient, as the chanting takes a while to begin. The background art is “Liberation of St. Peter” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The full hymn and English translation are as follows:
Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi caeli et universae Potestates;
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra majestatis gloriae tuae.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus, Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia, Patrem immensae majestatis: Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium; Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe. Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius. Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris. Iudex crederis esse venturus.
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.
(some add the following)
Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.
Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.
Per singulos dies benedicimus te; Et laudamus Nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.
Miserere nostri Domine, miserere nostri. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.
In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.
We praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud : the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim : continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty f thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee. The holy Church throughout all the world : doth acknowledge thee The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son; Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man: thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death : thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father. We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge. We therefore pray thee, help thy servants : whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.
[added later, mainly from Psalm verses:]
O Lord, save thy people :and bless thine heritage. Govern them : and lift them up for ever. Day by day : we magnify thee; And we worship thy Name : ever world without end. Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us. O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us :as our trust is in thee. O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.
With God in Jesus Christ, Who is THE way, THE truth and THE life, man can achieve the most wonderful things – and live forever!
Without His blessings, all things, including man fallen in sin, return merely “to dust”.
The choice is extreme. The choice is clear. And every man must choose.
Come to the Manger Christmas Meditation by Catholic priest James Korda
Our Lady of the Rosary
“It is as if every year Our Lady invites us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound…a contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of Sacred Scripture…[it is] the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary.” – Pope Benedict XVI
To Our Lady of the Rosary
O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.
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