Fatima Prayers (Lord Hear our Prayer!)

fatimachildrenWhenever we pray the Rosary, in Iowa, in Illinois, in Texas, Florida or way off in Germany, we pray, after the Glory Be,

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of they mercy.

I have been a Catholic for seven years. Though many Rosary books do not include it, this prayer seems universally accepted and practiced. This is fascinating!

Of course this is one of the “Fatima Prayers” taught to the children during the apparitions. I find it fascinating that, without some one saying it belongs to the Rosary it is now basically always incorporated. It says a great deal about Fatima.

My wife and I have begun praying the other Fatima prayers in front of the Tabernacle (the children called it the “hidden Jesus”). These were taught to the children by the angel that visited them before the apparitions began.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of you the conversion of poor sinners.”

O Most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the most Blessed Sacrament! (3 times)

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You!

Another way to incorporate the prayers: found at

http://www.fatima.org/essentials/requests/weapons2.asp

Monday

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You!

Tuesday

O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Wednesday

O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need.

Thursday

O Most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the most Blessed Sacrament!

Friday

Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world.

Saturday

By your pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain for me the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the entire world.

Sunday

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of you the conversion of poor sinners.”

One last Fatima prayer. Little Jacinta, who was only seven when the apparitions began always added three Hail Marys after the Rosary, always for “the Holy Father.” A nice practice!

My College Band in Europe


We just got back from a trip to Europe. Played concerts in in Innsbruck, Laupheim, Hamburg, Muenter, Essen, Dresden, Berlin and closed at, of all places, Martin Luther’s Church in Wittenberg. The students were totally cool with each other, with the challenges of the trip, and especially with the music. The Germans and Austrians were extremely hospitable, friendly and helpful. I am a lucky man to know such people.

Here we are in the magnificent Dresdner Kreuzkirche.

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We provided music for a mass in “The Most Beautiful Village Church in the World” in Steinhausen, Father Paul was enthusiatic about our singing the mass parts in Latin.  We also performed arrangelments for winds of the Randall Thompson Alleluia, the Lauridsen O Magnum Mysterium and the Schubert Ave Maria. I chanted the psalm in German and and intoned the chanted Alleluia.

The centerpiece of the Church is the pieta on the altar. The whole church is bulit around it.

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Why be a Marian Christian? (in other words, why be Catholic?)

A truly Catholic Christian is a Marian Christian; a believer in the Trinity of Father Son and Holy Spirit who stands in relationship to the great cloud of witnesses, the Body of Christ in heaven and on earth, and thus also in relationship to Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. In short, the Marian Christian is one who imitates Christ not only in prayerfully submitting his life to God, not only in denying himself and daily taking up his cross, not only in loving God with all of his heart, mind and strength and his neighbor as himself, but also in loving Mary as Christ does.

One mark of a Marian Christian is a deep understanding of the virtue of purity. In recent years the ideal of purity, especially sexual purity, has been more publicly defamed than ever before. Not only are young people bombarded by a culture that promises the reward of sexual fulfillment without the responsibility of child-bearing, but countless well-funded pro-gay lobbies have raised their voices to establish a climate in which any voice but theirs will be tagged as hateful, bigoted, and thus, immoral and finally illegal. With each victory in the press and in the courts they wax bolder and more aggressive.

As the sexual confusion of the western world threatens to spiral out of control, no one has made a more cogent case for the traditional Christian view of the sanctity of marriage than John Paul II in his Theology of the Body. He builds his case on a strong philosophical foundation as he approaches the biblical texts with both freshness and reverence. His is a remarkable point of view, like all things genuinely Catholic, forever young and new, yet always ancient and old.

A marked decay is observable in Protestant teaching in this area. At my college I am surrounded by colleagues who are convinced Christians must support gay rights. And I observe an increase in confusion and a sort of amorphous helplessness amongst my more conservative Protestant friends.

I would submit that one of the reasons that Marian Christians understand these issues best (along with the other issues related to human sexuality-abortion, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, artificial birth control, etc) is precisely because they are Marian. There is something about taking her out of the picture, as Protestants do, that leaves only two options: cave in or be angry.

The Marian Catholic has more spiritual resources and a deeper understanding of what purity means. Thus, the Marian Christian is better at being pro-life without being angry. I think there are good reasons for this and suggest that the non-Marian Christian should think about them.

Perhaps it’s time to think about coming home.

Mary, Mother of Our Lord

And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Luke 1:42-44

Except for salvation, there is no single Catholic teaching more troublesome to Protestants than the veneration of Mary. I did not feel any differently than most Protestants. I had been taught from the very beginning of my Christian walk that Catholics worship Mary; that all the time and effort they spend talking to her, praying endless Rosaries, and participating in pilgrimages to Marian shrines, was all time and effort that should have been spent worshipping Jesus.

Through my studies up to this point I had begun to see not only good sense, but also a compelling cohesiveness in the fabric of Catholic doctrine. At the same time, Catholic teachings on Mary represented an insurmountable obstacle to my ever fully embracing the Catholic faith. I had read, talked, and prayed my way most of the way into the Catholic Church, and all along the way I had been surprised at how wrong Protestants were about many things. I was willing to be docile, to listen to what the Church teaches through the Doctors, Fathers, Saints, Popes and Magisterium; but I was not going to become an idol worshiper! Catholics had been misled into a devious form of idol worship—my job as a Christian was certainly not to join them in that idol worship, but to lead them out of it.

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