Monastery Moments

Prayer on The Presentation

Almighty ever-living God,
we humbly implore your majesty
that, just as your Only Begotten Son
was presented on this day in the Temple
in the substance of our flesh,
so, by your grace,
we may be presented to you with minds made pure.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Presentation of Our Lord:

Prayer to Father Theodore Foley, CP

Canonization of Father Theodore Foley, C.P.

Passionist Superior General - Servant of God, Father Theodore Foley, CP

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross (Eastern United States) is in the process of Canonization for one of our former Superior Generals who was from this Province.

The first stage of the process is over and Father Theodore has been declared, by the Vatican, as a "Servant of God."  The next stage is that God must confirm Theodore's presence in heaven with a miracle.  If you have a serious illness please pray for Father Theodore Foley to intercede for you at the throne of God so that your request can be granted.  Should you receive a miracle, due to the intercession of Father Foley, please contact us so that we can further our brother's journey to sainthood.

At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her journal, discovered in 1887, gives an unprecedented glimpse of liturgical life there. Among the celebrations she describes is the Epiphany, the observance of Christ’s birth, and the gala procession in honor of his Presentation in the Temple 40 days later. Under the Mosaic Law, a woman was ritually “unclean” for 40 days after childbirth, when she was to present herself to the priests and offer sacrifice—her “purification.” Contact with anyone who had brushed against mystery—birth or death—excluded a person from Jewish worship. This feast emphasizes Jesus’ first appearance in the Temple more than Mary’s purification.

The observance spread throughout the Western Church in the fifth and sixth centuries. Because the Church in the West celebrated Jesus’ birth on December 25, the Presentation was moved to February 2, 40 days after Christmas.

At the beginning of the eighth century, Pope Sergius inaugurated a candlelight procession; at the end of the same century the blessing and distribution of candles which continues to this day became part of the celebration, giving the feast its popular name: Candlemas.

Reflection

In Luke’s account, Jesus was welcomed in the temple by two elderly people, Simeon and the widow Anna. They embody Israel in their patient expectation; they acknowledge the infant Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Early references to the Roman feast dub it the feast of Saint Simeon, the old man who burst into a song of joy which the Church still sings at day’s end.

Passionist Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary's heights.  Through your Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to our Father's will and the fulfillment of your Commandment of loving God and neighbor.  Let the loving inspiration of your Servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue.  We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will.  Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (here mention your request).

This I ask through Christ Our Lord.  AMEN