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All Souls’ – Prayers for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

October 14, 2020
14 Oct 2020

All Souls’ Mass

Monday 2 November 2020 9:00 am 

The Church provides a great opportunity to help the departed by performing acts of devotion, repentance and charity. These acts provide remission from temporal punishment and are called indulgences. During the Octave of All Saints, (November 1-8) the Church gives us a special opportunity to gain indulgences for the departed.
A plenary or full indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,

1. On any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed; or
2. On All Souls’ Day, devoutly visit a church or oratory and recite an Our Father and Creed.

A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
1. Devoutly visit a cemetery and at least mentally pray for the dead; or
2. Devoutly recite lauds and vespers from the Office for the Dead or the prayer:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

It is also necessary to fulfill the following conditions for the plenary indulgence,
1. Make a sacramental confession; and
2. Receive Holy Communion; and
3. Pray for the intention of the Holy Father (no particular prayers are prescribed for the intention of the Holy Father, an Our Father and a Hail Mary are appropriate).

These conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the visit to the Church. A plenary indulgence can only be acquired once in the course of the day; it is, however, fitting that Holy Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day the work is performed.

Prayers for the dead, especially offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for their eternal repose, rests securely on this truth expressed so eloquently by St. Paul: “Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 14:9).

 

Changes for the Indulgence for the Faithful Departed in the time of COVID

 

The Apostolic Penitentiary dicastery announced modifications to the Plenary Indulgence for the deceased during the month of November. The decree containing these modifications was signed Oct. 22 “… by the special mandate of His Holiness Pope Francis.”
Plenary Indulgence during November
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to avoid large groups from forming where prohibited, the Plenary Indulgence applicable to the deceased by those who visit a cemetery has been extended beyond the normal dates of Nov. 1-8. This year, the indulgence can be obtained by anyone who visits a cemetery — even if only mentally — on any day in November and devoutly prays for the faithful departed.
For the Feast of All Souls’ Day
Regarding the Plenary Indulgence attached to All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2, this year it can be obtained not only on the preceding or succeeding Sunday, or on the actual Feast day, but on any other day of the month chosen by each member of the faithful. In this case, the indulgence is obtained by “devoutly visiting a church or an oratory,” along with the recitation of the Our Father and the Creed, and the other requirements associated with a Plenary Indulgence.
For the homebound
For anyone who cannot leave their home for various reasons, including COVID-19 restrictions, they too can obtain the Plenary Indulgence by “uniting themselves spiritually to other members of the faithful.” In this case, the condition of being “completely detached from sin” and the intention of completing the other requirements for obtaining a Plenary Indulgence remain. These conditions are Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion and a prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions.
The Decree suggests that such prayer take place before an “image of Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary.” Among the various prayers that are recommended are “prayers for the deceased, Morning or Evening Prayer from the Office of the Dead, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditating on various Gospel passages proposed for the liturgy of the Dead, or completing a work of mercy by offering to God the suffering and discomforts of one’s own life.”

Consecration of the United States to Mary Mother of the Church

April 30, 2020
30 Apr 2020

On May 1, the bishops of the United States and Canada will consecrate our nations to Mary.

The Diocese of Charleston will hold its consecration via livestream on Saturday, May 2, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, which will be broadcast on the diocesan Facebook page at facebook.com/DioceseChas and youtube.com/DioceseChas.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, made the announcement that the U.S. will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in consecrating the two countries to the care of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Mother of the Church.”

Archbishop Gomez will lead the prayer May 1 at 3 p.m. (EDT) and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation.

The livestream of Archbishop Gomez’s liturgy will be available on the USCCB’s website, usccb.org/consecration and on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website, lacatholics.org/consecration.

Please click the following link to view the Renewal of the Consecration of the United States of America to the Blessed Virgin Mary worship aid:

Worship aid in English

May is the Month of Mary

April 21, 2020
21 Apr 2020

 

To the Blessed Virgin Mary for May

O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! Glorious Queen of heaven and earth! Powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! Look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, O Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. O deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.

May my heart burn with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, O Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother’s blessing and a Mother’s care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.

 

It is customary to families to make a May Altar with a statue or image of Our Lady and to crown her in the home on 1 May or “May Day.” Flowers traditionally are kept by the statue or image throughout the month of May.

 

The Rite of Crowning

 

THANKSGIVING AND INVOCATION

 

R: Lord, we bless you, for you are full of mercy and justice:

you humble the proud and exalt the lowly.

 

All Respond: You gave us the highest example of your divine wisdom

in the mystery of the Word made flesh and of his virgin Mother.

 

R: Your Son, humbled by death, rose glorious at your right hand,

the King of all creation.

 

All Respond: The Virgin, who acknowledged herself to be a servant,

became the Mother of our Redeemer and of those reborn in her

Son. Now, raised above the angels, she prays for all: the

Queen of mercy and grace.

 

R: Bless us as we crown this image of the Mother of your Son (of

Christ and his Mother).

 

All Respond: We confess Christ to be the King of creation and call upon

Mary, our Queen. May we walk in their likeness, spending

ourselves for the sake of others. Content with our place in this

life, may we one day hear your voice inviting us to take our

place in heaven and receive the crown of victory.

 

CROWNING

 

Eldest child or another person places the crown on the image of

Mary. If the image is of both Mary and the infant Jesus, the image of

Christ is crowned before that of the Virgin Mary. As the image is

crowned, an appropriate song is sung.

 

LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 

After the crowning, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is sung or

recited. The leader recites the invocations, and all

respond.

 

Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy.

God our Father in heaven                             have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world                        “

God the Holy Spirit                                        “

Holy Trinity, one God                                    “

Holy Mary                                                      pray for us.

Holy Mother of God                                      “

Most honored of Virgins                                “

Chosen daughter of the Father                     “

Mother of Christ the King                             “

Glory of the Holy Spirit                                 “

Virgin daughter of Zion                                “

Virgin poor and humble                                “

Virgin gentle and obedient                            “

Handmaid of the Lord                                  “

Mother of the Lord                                        “

Helper of the Redeemer                                 “

Full of grace                                                    “

Fountain of beauty                                         “

Model of virtue                                              “

Finest fruit of the redemption                                   “

Perfect disciple of Christ                                “

Untarnished image of the Church                “

Woman transformed                                     “

Woman clothed with the sun                                    “

Woman crowned with stars                          “

Gentle Lady                                                    “

Gracious Lady                                                “

Our Lady                                                        “

Joy of Israel                                                     “

Splendor of the Church                                 “

Pride of the human race                                “

Advocate of peace                                         “

Minister of holiness                                        “

Champion of God’s people                            “

Queen of love                                                 “

Queen of mercy                                              “

Queen of peace                                              “

Queen of angels                                             “

Queen of patriarchs and prophets                “

Queen of apostles and martyrs                     “

Queen of all saints                                         “

Queen of confessors and virgins                   “

Queen conceived without original sin          “

Queen assumed into heaven                         “

Queen of all the earth                                                “

Queen of heaven                                            “

Queen of the universe                                   “

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

           

R: Pray for us, O glorious Mother of the Lord.

 

All respond: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

The Leader concludes the Litany with the following prayer:

 

God of mercy, listen to the prayers of your servants who have honored your

handmaid Mary as mother and queen.

Grant that by your grace, we may serve you and our neighbor on earth and

be welcomed into your eternal kingdom. We ask this through Christ our

Lord. All respond: Amen.

Live Streaming Mass from the Cathedral

March 28, 2020
28 Mar 2020

Live Stream of Sunday Masses 

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The 9:00 am Mass is Live Streamed on the Cathedral Facebook Page each week.

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Links to Build your Domestic Church

March 20, 2020
20 Mar 2020

Rosary Mother Angelica Joyful
https://youtu.be/LPpL3tER5zI

Rosary Mother Angelica Sorrowful
https://youtu.be/Aacst-JEVvE

Rosary Mother Angelica Glorious
https://youtu.be/51CiJ8_P1ZU

 

Divine Mercy Chaplet
https://youtu.be/5pdnzUjmkzA

 

 

 

Stations of the Cross Ligouri – led by Fr. Z
https://youtu.be/456Y0ZQWxB0

EWTN US Watch Live
https://www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live/united-states

Live perpetual adoration EWTN Poland
https://youtu.be/BKoweAT723g

Cathedral Parishioners have access for free to FORMED which has Catholic talks, e-books, movies and studies. If you have not made an account yet, you can do so by going to http://charlestoncathedral.formed.org.

The USCCB has a page of resources for this time of the Cronavirus http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/usccb-president-reflection-and-prayer-during-coronavirus.cfm

 

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