Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior. The introit from todays 'Rorate Mass' - an early morning candlelight votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin.
Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing. - St John of the Cross December 14 is the feast of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church St. John of the Cross - pray for us!
A Chicago Christmas tradition—our Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols is this Saturday December 15 at 7 pm! Start your Christmas celebration right with beautiful Advent & Christmas Music from St. John Cantius, as the stunning voices of our three choirs sing to the Infant Lord of Bethlehem. Enjoy singing classic Christmas carols with accompanied by the grand tones of our Casavant Pipe Organ. Hear the Christmas story read from the famous “nine lessons” taken from the Bible. Let your heart be warmed by youthful voices of our Magnificat Choir. Find more details and purchase tickets at the parish website - Cantius.org
“Listen and let it penetrate your heart…do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?” — Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatostzin on December 12th, 1531 An image from today's Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas with a beautiful vestment from @altarworthy Our Lady of Guadalupe - pray for us!
Let my prayer come like incense before Your sight, O Lord. The lifting up of my hands, like an evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2
We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success… but on Jesus alone. - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open the doors of hope. - Pope Benedict XVI
Accept this saving host, O Lord, which we offer you on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We firmly believe that she was shielded from all stain of sin by Your prevenient grace; may we be freed from all our faults through her holy intercession. Secret prayer in the 1962 Missal for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, patroness of our country - pray for us!