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December 12, 2007

Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe


Wednesday's feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was celebrated in many ways, despite the most
inclement of weather.


Many high schools had their own special day of celebration in honor of Our Lady, including Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Florda.

How did your school celebrate the feast of the Patronness of the Americas?


Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, intercede for the Church, protect the Holy Father, help all who invoke You in their necessities. Since You are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the True God, obtain for us from Your Most Holy Son the grace of a firm and sure hope amid bitterness of life, as well as an ardent love and the precious gift of final perseverance.

Dearest Lady, fruitful Mother of Holiness, teach me Your ways of gentleness and strength. Hear my prayer, offered with deep felt confidence to beg this favor.

O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to Thee under the glorious title "Guadalupe" - the Virgin who crushed the serpent.

Queen of Martyrs, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my path. Invoke the Holy Spirit of Wisdom to fortify my will to frequent the Sacraments so that, thus enlightened and strengthened, I may prefer God to all creatures and shun every occasion of sin.

Help me, as a living branch of the Vine that is Jesus Christ, to exemplify His divine charity always seeking the good of others. Queen of Apostles, aid me to win souls for the Sacred Heart of my Savior. Keep my apostolate fearless, dynamic, and articulate, to proclaim the loving solitude of Our Father in Heaven so that the wayward may heed His pleading and obtain pardon, through the merits of Your Merciful Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Comments

1 Acroamatic

Dec. 15, 2007
We celebrated the Liturgy, as is appropriate. Our usual relatively formal music was supplemented by a professional mariachi group, and our prayers of the faithful were recited in about 10 of the languages that reflect the ancestries of our students. As is customary for us, we heard the readings in both Spanish and English. So the students found the Mass a real celebration of faith and culture, and said so. And their exuberance at hearing the mariachis was real--it took a little effort to encourage them to stay somewhat calm, but was worth it.

2 Acroamatic

Dec. 15, 2007
We celebrated the Liturgy, as is appropriate. Our usual relatively formal music was supplemented by a professional mariachi group, and our prayers of the faithful were recited in about 10 of the languages that reflect the ancestries of our students. As is customary for us, we heard the readings in both Spanish and English. So the students found the Mass a real celebration of faith and culture, and said so. And their exuberance at hearing the mariachis was real--it took a little effort to encourage them to stay somewhat calm, but was worth it.

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