Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to Pray the Chaplet for St Patrick

St Patrick Chaplet at Laude Arts and Gifts

The purpose of this chaplet is to pray that through the intercession of St. Patrick, God will strengthen one's faith and the faith of others.

On the medal pray "The Apostle's Creed":  I believe in God the Father Almighty and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, was suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.   He descended into hell.   On the third day He rose and ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.   I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.  Amen

On each of the 12 green beads pray: All glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.   As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Finish by praying the "Breastplate of St Patrick":

Christ as a light,
Illumine and guide me!
Christ as a shield, o'er shadow and cover me!
Christ be under me!  Christ be over me!
Christ be beside me, 
On the left hand and on the right!
Christ be before me, behind me, about me!
Christ this day be within and without me!

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

St Christopher - Life and Legend

St Christopher Chaplet at Laude Arts and Gifts

Only one thing is known for sure about the life of St Christopher and that is he died a martyr’s death.   The rest comes to us thru legend.   However, I believe that legends, especially those that linger on, have more than a modicum of truth.   These stories often have much to teach us about ourselves and our lives.   For this reason, I want to share with you the most common legend about the life of St Christopher…the Christ Bearer.**

Christopher was a Canaanite who was at least 7 feet 5 inches tall.  When he was in service to the king of Canaan, he decided that he wanted to serve the greatest king of all, so he went in search to find this great king. 

His search brought him first to his own king.  However, when he saw the king make the sign of the cross at the mention of the devil’s name, Christopher decided that the devil must be stronger than the king of Canaan.   Next he went off in search of the devil.  His quest led him to a group of thieves one of whom proclaimed himself to be the devil.  Christopher served this man for awhile, but then noticed that his new king went out of his way to avoid a simple roadside cross.   This led Christopher to realize that even the devil was afraid of Christ.  

 He then set off to find Christ.   His search led him to a hermit who taught him about the Christian faith.   When he was finished with his instructions, Christopher asked how he could serve Christ.   The hermit replied he could serve Christ with fasting and prayer.   However, Christopher replied that he would not be able to fast.  Then the hermit replied that because of his immense size, he could serve Christ by helping people to cross a dangerous river.   Many people had died during the crossing and the hermit thought Christopher could save lives if he helped at the river.

With this in mind, Christopher went off to help people cross the river.   When he had been doing this for some time, a child asked Christopher to help him across.   Although he was only a child, he was the heaviest person Christopher had ever helped.   As he made the crossing, the river began to rise and the child became so heavy that Christopher could hardly carry him.   He worried that he might not make it to the opposite side of the river.   When they finally came to dry ground, Christopher put the child down and said to the child: "You have put me in the greatest danger. I do not think the whole world could have been as heavy on my shoulders as you were." The child replied: "You not only had the weight of the whole world on your shoulders but also Him who made it. I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work." The child then vanished.

If we are Christians, then we too are Christ bearers.  It is, by definition, who we are because we bear Christ to the rest of the world.  St Christopher was called to physically bear Christ across a raging river.   However, Jesus said: “As you do unto the least of these my brethren, so you do unto Me”   For this reason, even when he was bearing others across the river, Christopher was bearing Christ.
St Christopher Chaplet at Laude Arts and Gifts

In the same manner, we bear Christ when we bear one another's burdens.   Often the “river” that we bear them across is difficult, perhaps at flood level and we can get overwhelmed by the people we are helping.   Yet, if we persevere, when we get “to the other side” we, like Christopher, will discover that we were bearing Christ all along.

**In the Greek Language, the name Christopher means Christ Bearer

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

How to Pray the Chaplet for St Christopher

St Christopher Chaplet at Laude Arts and Gifts

Because the name Christopher means “Christ Bearer”, Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelers, motorists, hazards of traveling, automobiles, truck drivers, and bus drivers to name a few.   St Christopher is so popular that many people claim his patronage.

There are two different prayers for St. Christopher.  The first is the “Traveler’s Prayer”

Oh, St. Christopher, patron of travelers, protect me and all those who accompany me from mishap and accident. Guide me in my travels whether by land, sea, or air to my destination with safety. As you carried Jesus upon your shoulders may I also carry the burdens of life that I face with the same determination and inspiration. And may the beauty of this world that God has created with the joy of His Grace always be with me. Amen

The second prayer is the “Motorist’s Prayer”.

Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye that no one shall be hurt as I pass by.  You gave life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of Thine.  Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company, from the evils of fire and calamity.  Teach me, to use my car for others need.   Please keep me from the love of undo speed.  Do not let me miss the beauty of the world as I pass thru; that thus I may with joy and courtesy go on my way.  St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me and lead me safely to my destiny.   Amen.

When you have finished with one of the above prayers, pray three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and three Glory Be’s.

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