Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday of the Octave of Easter - Remembering Catherine of Siena - Prayer for a Royal Couple

The Resurrection, Main Altar Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ottawa

Prayer for Friday of the Octave of Easter

Almighty ever-living God, who gave us the paschal mystery in the covenant you established for reconciling the human race, so dispose of our minds, we pray, that what we celebrate by professing the faith we may express in deeds.

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Giovanni di Paolo, St. Catherine of Siena Dictating Her Dialogues (c. 1447-1449)

St. Catherine of Siena's feast is not observed this year because of the Solemnity of Easter Week.  Here is the prayer for her feast:

Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

O God, who set Saint Catherine of Siena on fire with divine love in her contemplation of the Lord’s Passion and her service of your Church, grant, though her intercession, that your people, participating in the mystery of Christ, may exult for ever in the revelation of his glory. Who lives and reigns with you.

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Heavenly Father,
we ask your blessing
upon his Royal Highness, Prince William and Catherine
as they pledge their love for each other in marriage.
May your love unite them through their lives.
Grant them the strength to serve you, our country and the Commonwealth
with integrity and faithfulness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

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