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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 

There will be a Live Stream of Sunday Mass

Click here to go to the Cathedral You Tube Page.

The stream will begin shortly before Mass.

 

Click here to download the 5:30 pm & 9 am Worship Aid for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Click here to download the 11:15 am Worship Aid for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

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

 

Need to go to Confession? Check out this great information on how to make an Act of Perfect Contrition.

40 Days for Life

February 25, 2020
25 Feb 2020

The Charleston 40 Days for Life Campaign began February 26th and run through April 5th. Please join us in a peaceful and prayerful protest against the injustice of abortion.

Through prayer and fasting, constant vigils, and community outreach, 40 Days for Life wants to spread hope while also bringing to the forefront the true consequences of abortion–both for the unborn child and the woman and her family. With God all things are possible. As we stand witness, we pray. And through our prayers, we allow ourselves to be God’s instruments for change. Thousands of babies have been saved worldwide thanks to the 40 Days for Life campaigns. Until abortion is no more, we will continue to be a presence of love and mercy to the women and their unborn children.

Sign ups have begun, so please join us as a prayerful witness to those most in need at Planned Parenthood at 1312 Ashley River Road in West Ashley. Click the link here sign up or go to the Charleston 40 Days for Life Facebook page to learn more. Cathedral’s Vigil Day is Saturday 28 March.

abortion

For some, the reality of abortion and being present at an abortion clinic is too much. 40 Days for Life offers a daily prayer and meditation for the entirety of the campaign. I encourage everyone, even those who can’t sign up for a vigil outside the clinic, to consider praying the daily reflections and fasting for a change of heart in this country and for the women who feel they have no other option but abortion. 

 

Upcoming Events

12 March- Lowcountry Pregnancy Center Annual Banquet with Abby Johnson as speaker. Seats are limited. For more information or to donate please visit www.lpcfriends.com

 

 

14 March – 40 Days for Life “Mid-Rally”, Fr. Frank Pavone with Priests for Life will speak at 9 am in front of Planned Parenthood.

 

 

 

25 March – Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord 25th Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae.

This MARCH in 2020 the Solemnity of the Annunciation coincides with the Church celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae, Pope St. John Paul II’s  famous Encyclical, The Gospel of Life.  (Released appropriately on March 25, 1995), the Encyclical highlights the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Annunciation of the Lord in the Church’s efforts to promote and defend human life. In it the Pope coined the term “the culture of death” in order to help “rebuild a culture of life and love.” The USCCB has provided and asks us to join together in praying a special novena March 16-24, “A Heart Open to God’s Will”,  in preparation for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord on Wednesday, March 25. The Annunciation commemorates the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to inform her that she was to be the mother of our Savior. After giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of God. Let us follow the example of Mary and call upon her intercession to help us open our hearts to say “yes” to God!
For more information visit respectlife.org/gospel-of-life

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.

The 25th anniversary year of Evangelium vitae gives us a wonderful opportunity to assess, expand, and communicate resources to pregnant moms and families in need.  Join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.”

O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties. Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion. Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.