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 on: Yesterday at 08:43:02 PM 
Started by Benedict - Last post by Benedict
I often find myself uncertain as to whom I should address a particular prayer.  I am very curious what the origin of this litany is, and whether all of the addressees above Lamb of God also refer to our Lord Jesus.  St Benedict is addressed above, but I wonder if/where the list returns to our Lord Jesus.
I am certain that you know CCC 2634 says Jesus is the one intercessor for all men, then adds that the Holy Spirit also intercedes.  CCC 2156 says intercession of Patron Saints is assured.  And CCC 769 begins discussion of our Holy Mother as Mediatrix, perhaps with special emphasis or focus on Salvation or Redemption or Justification.
The Lamb of God portion, modified from the Liturgical form for the litany is always referring to the One Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Lamb of God and Great High Priest.
The litany, like most litanies end with a threefold petition to the Lamb of God who is the True Mediator between God and Man, being God and Man, He is the ultimate Door to the Father, all our prayers are heard through Christ.
The litany, like most litanies, makes use of vague devotional language relating to biblical terms of importance in salvation history. The idea is that Christ the Archetype of Perfection acts through His Saints. So many of the titles could apply to Christ but apply to the Saint who Christ worked through because God glorifies those who serve Him and love Him.
Holy Father, Saint Benedict, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict being referred to for all of the subsequent "pray for us"
Father most reverend, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict is pious
Father most renowned, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict is virtuous
Father most compassionate, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict is merciful
Man of great fortitude, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict had mighty constitution
Man of venerable life, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict lived a life that is venerable in itself
Man of the most holy conversation, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict left life in the city and began to live as a hermit, praying and fasting and mortifying his passions
True servant of God, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict was protected by God's providence and the sign of the Cross
Light of devotion, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict revealed Christ's Light to the world, letting Christ shine through Him
Light of prayer, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict was renowned for his dedication to deep and pure prayer, even to the point of clairvoyance and levitation
Light of contemplation, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict was given a vision of the world through the eyes of God, seeing all things as God saw them
Star of the world, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict was a light bringing people to Jesus like the Star which lead the Magi to Jesus
Best master of an austere life, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict required lenten style penance year round and strict rules of mortification which lead to some of his disciples rebelling and trying to poison him, unsuccessfully by the grace of God and the sign of the Cross
Leader of the holy warfare, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict was a strong spiritual warrior, fighting against demons alone like the great ascetics who went before him and creating a spiritual army of monks like a holy rank of blessed spiritual soldiers of Christ
Leader and chief of monks, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict as Proto-Abbot lead a Christ like life and is a perfect icon of monasticism
Master of those who die to the world, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict wore black and had his monks wear black because they had to die to the world
Protector of those who cry to thee, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict is a great intercessor against spiritual forces of evil
Wonderful worker of miracles, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict worked many miracles
Revealer of the secrets of the human heart, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict was given the power to know the hearts of men through the Holy Spirit's gift of insight
Master of spiritual discipline, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict was a great ascetic and master of prayer
Companion of the patriarchs, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict established numerous monasteries, which operated like fully functioning churches and established numerous schools for the education of children
Equal of the prophets, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict was capable of visions, foreknowledge and miracles, making him equal to the prophets in the Spirit of God
Follower of the Apostles, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict continued the Apostolic Way by establishing monastic practice in the west
Teacher of Martyrs, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict's faith has inspired many subsequent benedictine martyrs
Father of many pontiffs, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict has been the spiritual Father of many popes
Gem of abbots, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict is the prized treasure of all abbots
Glory of Confessors, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict is someone who was persecuted for his strict practice of the faith is a glorious example for Confessors
Imitator of anchorites, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict living in single areas at a time, imitated the anchoritic practice of only inhabiting a small area such as a cell or peace of land
Associate of virgins, Pray for us.
^Saint Benedict promoted chastity and lead many people to accept holy virginity through his monastic order
Colleague of all the Saints, Pray for us."
^Saint Benedict is a coworker with even the greatest Saints

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 on: Yesterday at 06:31:01 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'This is the thought He wishes me to dwell upon:
"The cross do I glory to bear,
And love to it leadeth me e'er;
Love divine my entire being doth own,
And for me, love sufficeth alone."'

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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 on: Yesterday at 10:06:11 AM 
Started by Benedict - Last post by eschator83
I often find myself uncertain as to whom I should address a particular prayer.  I am very curious what the origin of this litany is, and whether all of the addressees above Lamb of God also refer to our Lord Jesus.  St Benedict is addressed above, but I wonder if/where the list returns to our Lord Jesus.
I am certain that you know CCC 2634 says Jesus is the one intercessor for all men, then adds that the Holy Spirit also intercedes.  CCC 2156 says intercession of Patron Saints is assured.  And CCC 769 begins discussion of our Holy Mother as Mediatrix, perhaps with special emphasis or focus on Salvation or Redemption or Justification.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:25:37 AM 
Started by odhiambo - Last post by eschator83
St Bademus (d 376) founded a monastery in Persia and served as abbot.  He and seven of his monks were imprisoned and tortured, then murdered.  Delaney says today is his feast but curiously doesn't list it in the Byzantine Calendar.

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 on: April 09, 2021, 05:44:32 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
Thank you so much for the prayers.

I hope I will find a cure soon. I see another doctor on the 21st.

I am glad the spiritual readings have benefited you.

I hope in the future I am able to recover enough to gather more saints' quotes, I want to gather more quotes on love and mercy and sickness.

Kyrie eleison. Christ eleison.

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 on: April 09, 2021, 05:20:04 PM 
Started by odhiambo - Last post by CyrilSebastian
No subsequent pope has taken the name Celestine.

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 on: April 09, 2021, 12:01:38 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'One or two loving words may cause the soul to become enraptured, languishing, fainting of love and sorrow.'

St. Paul of the Cross

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 on: April 09, 2021, 08:47:26 AM 
Started by odhiambo - Last post by eschator83
Pope St Celestine V (c1210-96) seems to me one of the saddest stories, as told in John Delaney's Dictionary of Saints.  Celestine chose life as a hermit at age 20, but attracted crowds of disciples, was selected as abbot, and later Pope, at age 84.  Soon after election he abdicated, hoping to return to his monastery but instead was imprisoned where he died in just 10 months.  I wrote this thinking this was his feast day, but Delaney says May 19.

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 on: April 09, 2021, 08:27:30 AM 
Started by eschator83 - Last post by eschator83
Many thanks for your prayer.  Please forgive my curiosity about the name you've chosen; I hope you'll tell us more.

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 on: April 09, 2021, 02:41:32 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by CannotDecide
Hey Shin.

I haven't posted before, but I have been reading the forums for some time. Thank you for all the work you've done, especially with the website and the resources that are available. I want to thank you in particular for the spiritual readings. Thank you for all of the saint quotes. I pray Our Lord rewards you abundantly for it. 

I know you've been declining in health as have you said. I hope that you get better. I will keep you in my prayers and I will offer a little to Our Lady. Also, next time I receive Holy Communion, I will pray to Our Lord for you. I'll ask others to pray for you too. Please keep us updated on how you're doing if you can.

God bless you for everything and Mary keep you. May the saints intercede for you too.

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