St. Cunegundes

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St. Cunegundes, Empress

A.D. 1040.

ST. CUNEGUNDES was the daughter of Sigefride, the first count of Luxemburgh, and Hadeswige his pious wife. They instilled into her from her cradle the most tender sentiments of piety, and married her to St. Henry, duke of Bavaria, who, upon the death of the emperor Otho III. was chosen king of the Romans and crowned at Mentz on the 6th of June, 1002. She was crowned at Paderborn on St. Laurence’s day, on which occasion she made great presents to the churches of that city. In the year 1014 she went with her husband to Rome, and received the imperial crown with him from the hands of Pope Benedict VIII. She had, by St. Henry’s consent before her marriage, made a vow of virginity. Calumniators afterwards accused her to him of freedoms with other men. The holy empress, to remove the scandal of such a slander, trusting in God the protector of innocence, in proof of hers, walked over red hot plough-shares without being hurt. The emperor condemned his too scrupulous fears and credulity, and made her ample amends. They lived from that time in the strictest union of hearts, conspiring to promote in everything God’s honour, and the advancement of piety.  Continue reading

SAINT JOSEPH HOLY CLOAK DEVOTION

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SAINT JOSEPH HOLY CLOAK DEVOTION
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MARCH IS THE MONTH OF SAINT JOSEPH
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“The extraordinary graces obtained by the prayer are innumerable. In fact, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus said, ” If you really want to believe in it, prove it to yourself by reciting the Novena and you will be finally convinced.”
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This novena in honor of Saint Joseph’s is called the Holy Cloak of St. Joseph, a particular and special way to merit the patronage of this great Saint while also rendering honor to him. It is to be recited on thirty consecutive days in Honor of the thirty years St. Joseph spent in the company of Jesus Christ, Son of God.
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It is natural and worthy that as the Blessed Joseph ministered to all the needs of the family at Nazareth and girt it about with his protection, he should now cover with the cloak of his heavenly patronage, and defend, the Church of Jesus Christ. – Pope Leo XIII, Quamquam Pluries
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In the name of the + Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
I give Thee my heart and my soul.
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(Recite the “Glory Be” 3 times in thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity For having exalted St. Joseph to a position of such exceptional dignity.)
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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning it is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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OFFERING
O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, I humbly prostrate myself before Thee. I beg the Lord Jesus, thine Immaculate Spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the Angels and Saints in the Heavenly Court, to join me in this devotion. I offer thee this precious cloak, while pledging my sincerest faith and devotion. I promise to do all in my power to honor thee throughout my lifetime to prove my love for thee.
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Help me, St. Joseph. Assist me now and throughout my lifetime, but especially at the moment of my death, as thou wert assisted by Jesus and Mary, that I may join thee one day in Heaven and there honor thee for all eternity. Amen. Continue reading