I have a warm request and two new items.
This is from VIS, and it has two points of great interest. My emphases and comments.
PAPAL MASSES FOR EPIPHANY AND FEAST OF THE LORD’S BAPTISM
VATICAN CITY, 5 JAN 2012 (VIS) – At 9.30 a.m. tomorrow, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Benedict XVI will preside at Mass in the Vatican Basilica. During the ceremony he will confer episcopal ordination [I still say “consecration”] upon archbishops-elect Msgr. Charles John Brown, apostolic nuncio to Ireland, [See my request below.] and Msgr. Marek Solczynski, apostolic nuncio to Georgia and Armenia. Following Mass the Pope will pray the Angelus from the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace.
On Sunday 8 January, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass in the Sistine Chapel and administer the Sacrament of Baptism to a number of children. At midday he will pray the Angelus with faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. [Usually celebrated ad orientem. Tune in. It is always beautiful.]
Please, dear readers, will you pray for my friend Msgr. Brown?
Perhaps you could stop what you are doing and say a Memorare for him and a Prayer to St. Michael? Perhaps you could ask Our Lady of Knock to strengthen him? Maybe you could offer a Communion and your daily Rosary? You priests and bishops reading this could remember him during Mass at the Memento of the Living. I will say Mass for his intention.
It is a heavy enough burden being consecrated bishop in this difficult age, but to be nuncio in Ireland… think about it.
Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection,
implored Thy help or sought Thine intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;
to Thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in Thy mercy, hear and answer me.
(I say that prayer after every Mass for a short list of bishops I know.)
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.