Canonization of Father Theodore Foley, C.P.
Prayer on Christmas
The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a Bishop named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. He rode in a sleigh, pulled by reindeer. He wore a red cope. The sea-faring Dutch brought St. Nicholas to their colony of New Amsterdam (New York). The Dutch word for St. Nicholas was “Sinter Clause.”
Stockings were hung by the chimney with care:
This comes from a legend about St. Nicholas. He was told that there were three sisters who had no money for a dowry. Hence, in the Middle Ages they could not be married. In earlier days, the poor would wash out their one pair of stockings and hang them over the warm embers of the fireplace to dry by the morning. Nicholas got into his sleigh and went to the sister’s house. He went up the snow bank onto the roof and dropped a small bag of gold coins down the chimney. The bag broke open and the coins fell into the drying stockings. Finding the coins, the next morning, sisters could get married.
The Christmas Tree:
Our modern Christmas tree did not come from the pagan German Tannenbaum. In medieval times, when few could read or write, the Gospels and Church teachings were acted out in the city square. The Morality Play for Christmas was the Story of Adam and Eve. A tree was cut down and attached to the stage. Apples were hung on this tree for use in the play. Funny, but most of our Christmas tree ornaments today are red.
The name for mistletoe derives the fact that mistletoe tends to spring from bird droppings that have fallen on trees, with the seeds having passed through the digestive tract of the birds. Thus, the plant was given the name “misteltan” in Old English from “mistel”, meaning “dung”, and “tan”, the plural of “ta”, meaning “twig”. Hence, “mistletoe” is another way to essentially say “dung twig”. In Scandinavia, before the white flag of truce came into use, the mistletoe was used to indicate a truce. It was hung on a rope over a clearing in the forest. The two warring chieftains would meet in the clearing, under the mistletoe to discuss peace. If they were successful, they would embrace and seal the treaty with a kiss.
Prayer to Father Theodore Foley, CP
Origins for our Christmas Traditions:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold.
In that hour listen to me, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [State your intention(s) here...]
through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His blessed Mother. AMEN
Passionist Superior General - Servant of God, Father Theodore Foley, CP
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
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.