Saturday, August 27, 2011

Feast of St. Clare

Thursday, August 11, 2011 at
Feast of St. Clare
Blessed Feast of St. Clare to one and all!  Retired Bishop of Richmond, Bishop Sullivan presided at the morning Mass for the Sisters and outdid himself with uncharacteristic solemnity.  Those who know him will be amazed that he actually used incense, intoned the Credo and sang the Eucharistic Preface!  Many friends joined the Sisters in the celebration of their patronal feast, including a group of young people from Virginia Beach.  Mother Abbess was able to speak to them for a few minutes about vocation and answering the call of the Lord in their own lives.  Here are Mother Abbess’ petitions at the Prayer of the Faithful during Holy Mass:

  1. That the many young people being led by the Lord to Madrid for World Youth Day, may hear Him speaking to their hearts, calling them to a deeper relationship of love with Him.
  2. That those who exercise authority may be careful to set their hearts on eternal values that their efforts on behalf of their people may bear fruit that will last.
  3. That our Mother St. Clare may bring the light of Christ’s peace to all those places in the world that are dark with despair and violence.
  4. That like St. Clare, we may ever abide in Jesus, finding in Him our supreme joy which transforms every affliction into an occasion of sacrificial love and the preparation for eternal glory.
  5. That our Mother St. Clare may obtain every grace and blessing for all our friends who have sought her intercession during her novena.

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