Friday, October 30, 2009

Mary's Prayers

It is important to note that news of the forthcoming Apostolic Constitution to provide for corporate reunion of such Anglicans as may accept it, was published on the 20th of October, which is the day after the modern Calendar's feast of St Paul of the Cross, who ever prayed for the conversion of England and passed this devotion on to his sons the Passionists, especially Bl Dominic Barberi, whose joy it was to receive Newman into the Church.

The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small" - it is the prayers of the saints in the Church Militant, Penitent and Triumphant that has won from God the gift of this day, and in the first place we must attribute this grant of prodigal mercy to Holy Mary, whose Dowry merrie England was, and is, and shall be. "Faith of our Fathers, Mary's prayers / Shall win our country back to thee" sang Fr Faber, over a century ago; and he was right.

That it may please thee to bring to a happy fruition the provisions now being made for corporate reunion of Anglicans with the Holy See,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.
Our Lady of Ransom, pray for us.

St George, Patron of England, pray for us.
St Alban, Protomartyr of Britain, pray for us.

St Thomas à Becket, pray for us.
St John Fisher, pray for us.
St Thomas More, pray for us.
Holy Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, pray for us.

St Augustine of Canterbury, Apostle of the English, pray for us.
All Saints of England and Wales, pray for us.

St Paul of the Cross, pray for us.
St Thérèse, pray for us.
Bl Dominic Barberi, pray for us.
John Henry Newman, pray for us.

No comments: