First Friday Adoration
Photography by Julius Acero
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
On June 13, 2018 we celebrated the third anniversary of the start of our devotion.
At this time, Fr. Patrick offers Psalm 91:
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shade of the Almighty,
Say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”
He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare,
from the destroying plague,
He will shelter you with his pinions,
and under his wings you may take refuge;
his faithfulness is a protecting shield.
You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness,
nor the plague that ravages at noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
near you it shall not come.
You need simply watch;
the punishment of the wicked you will see.
Because you have the Lord for your refuge
and have made the Most High your stronghold,
No evil shall befall you,
no affliction come near your tent.
For he commands his angels with regard to you,
to guard you wherever you go.
With their hands they shall support you,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You can tread upon the asp and the viper,
trample the lion and the dragon.
Because he clings to me I will deliver him;
because he knows my name I will set him on high.
He will call upon me and I will answer;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and give him honor.
With length of days I will satisfy him,
and fill him with my saving power.
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For centuries, this popular tradition of blessing homes is associated with today’s solemnity of the Epiphany. For this blessing ritual, you will need chalk and a small bottle of holy water. Begin by gathering family members and friends around the front door of your home.
Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Let us pray. May Christ bless this home. Amen.
With chalk, sign the main door: 20 + C + M + B + 20
The numbers represent the new year and the letters represent the initials of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. It may also be interpreted as the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" which means "Christ bless this house."
Leader: A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength. These commandments I give you are to be in your hearts. Place them on the door-frames of your home and on your entry gate. The Word of the Lord.
Then move inside to sprinkle each room with holy water.
Bless this household through all the days to come, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.
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