iHOPE Rosary Vigil Friday 12th November
12:00 Westminster Bridge;
12:30 Holy Mass; St George's Cathedral, Southwark;
15:45 Finish Rosary Procession, at St George's, after return from IPPF
Dearly beloved in Christ and Our Blessed Mother,
Whosoever drinketh of this water, shall thirst again; but he that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall not thirst for ever: But the water that I will give him, shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up into life everlasting. [Jn 4:13-14]
As we remember the souls of the dead, this November, let us be attentive in praying, also, for the repose of the souls of all the unborn children who have been lost, to the hideous act and grievous sin of abortion.
Sadly, so many souls are dead before they are divested of their bodies, for they know not Life Himself: Jesus Christ.
Our Lord said: In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I got to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself: that where I am, you also may be. And whither I go you know: and the way you know. Thomas saith to Him: Lord, we know not whither Thou goest. And how can we know the way? Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man come thru to the Father, but by me. [Jn 14:2-6]
By the gift and virtue of faith, in God’s grace, we believe that when we die corporally, we are still very much alive in our eternal souls, if we die in Christ. And what’s more, if we merit, by faith fruitful in good works, to share in the joy of His Resurrection, on The Last Day, then we will once again be united body and soul, and we will be radiant in the eternally glorious and living Spotless Bride of Christ: The Church Triumphant.
Until such time as we become living members of the heavenly Spotless Bride - pure and full of grace - we remain thirsting for the heavenly fountain of life. Our thirst for eternal life equates to our longing for the Beatific Vision, when we are in full nuptial union with Christ, The Bridegroom. The longing for these also equates to our hunger for the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and Holy Communion; particularly at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where our souls are disposed to the graces of The Holy Sacrifice of Calvary itself, when eternal life was purchased for us all.
Thus, it is no surprise that most, if not all, canonised saints, had an insatiable hunger and thirst for the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Communion. Their souls longed only for Eternal Union with Christ, and Holy Communion was as close as they could get (and indeed, as close as we can get in this valley of tears), whilst longing to see and adore, forever, the Holy Face of Our Lord, in Heaven.
Not only does our thirst for life equate to our spiritual hunger for the Blessed Sacrament, but also to our devotion to Our Most Blessed Mother and The Rosary. The Rosary is, indeed (as many saints since our Blessed Father St Dominic have said until now), the staircase by which we may climb, completely dependent on the gracious assistance of Our Mother and Queen, to the Throne of the Eternal God.
Far beyond our human frailty, and lack of comprehension, it is, for us to fathom the infinite difference between Heaven and Earth. So much so, that for one to believe themselves capable of bridging such a void without the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Mother and the Mediatrix of all Grace, is more inconceivable than swimming singlehandedly through the seven oceans for seven years, without ceasing to swim. Especially, amidst the titanic waves, raging storms and insurmountable currents. We cannot swim against the world, the flesh and the devil, and conceive the possibility of making it to port alive, without the humility to seek refuge in the Ark of the Covenant, and the wisdom to follow the Maris Stella: the Star of the Sea.
The Morning Star, is the only hope for poor sinners, to make it through the ever increasing darkness of the world and the culture of death, to the Dawn of the Eternal Day, when Christ our King, shall finally shine a new and unceasing light unto the earth, and take back that which Satan has had power over since The Fall, and reclaim entirely the world which belongs to Him, by nature and by conquest.
This month, we pray that the souls of all the unborn killed in abortion; all newly-born who are killed by infanticide; and all those who are lost by miscarriage, may be granted eternal rest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
We pray also that the souls of all those who continue to work in and support the culture of death, at IPPF, MSI and all abortionists, may be granted the graces of repentance and faith.
We pray that these graces, bestowed always through the Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Our Mother, may save their dying souls and engulf their poor hearts with the fire of Divine Charity, so that their souls too may be fed on the life giving fountain of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
For the souls of all departed unborn and newly-born children:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Our Lady, Comfort of the afflicted, pray for us.
St Joseph, Patron of the dying, pray for us.
All Saints and Angels of Heaven, pray for us.
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us and redeem all the Holy Souls.
“One day through the Rosary and the Scapular, I will save the world.”
– the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Dominic
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This month of November, is the Month of theHoly Souls.. Let us console the Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Our Mother, and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lord, by praying fervently and constantly, for the relief of The Church Suffering, in purgatory.
In all faith and confidence, we should never lose hope for the end of abortion and the entire culture of death, nor the salvation of souls, for we can ever trust in the aid of Our Most Holy Mother, the Help of Christians and the Refuge of Sinners: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph".
- Our Lady of Fatima, 13th July 1917
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Join us either in person, from 12 noon with The Angelus, on Friday 12th November (joining details at the head of the email), or at Mass at your local parish church, in front of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, or praying The Rosary, from wherever you may be.
We are all children of Our God and Our Blessed Mother; so, let us console the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary; make reparation for the sin of abortion and all other sins, and seek to obtain the graces needed in our time, on our knees, praying the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and The Most Holy Rosary.
Strengthen and persevere in your general efforts for prayer and penance, in this period following the descent of the Holy Ghost, at Pentecost. The victory is ours, by the Grace of Our Merciful God, but we have to fight in this war, to the end, to assist in accomplishing what Our Blessed Mother prophesied: the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart.
Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, save us. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Germain and Miriam Burton, with Amelia-Rose and Michaelangelo