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TUESDAY      September 15, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 180

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The world looks to the Church of Rome to enlighten them in the face of darkness and barbaric invasions.

     There's an old adage if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. This is what the barbaric hordes did as Christianity stood strong against the pagan customs and, thanks to the tireless efforts of the missionaries, saints and the faithful, the barbarians became civilized, marrying into families spurring new cultures which gave fertile new ground for the Church to grow. Add to this the growing respect and prestige of the Popes and the entire world looked to the Church for guidance as the fast growth threw Europe into a dark void from which it would take centuries to recover. For the seventeenth installment titled The Light of Faith lights the way as the world and the Church enter the Dark Ages , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

The Light of Faith lights the way as the world and the Church enter the Dark Ages

Installment Seventeen


     Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows while tomorrow we honor the feast of Pope Saint Cornelius and the bishop Saint Cyprian, Martyrs. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, September 15, 1998


Wednesday, September 16, 1998

Feast of Saint Cornelius, Pope, and Saint Cyprian, Bishop, - Martyrs


     The Nine Day Novena for Life begun on Labor Day and sponsored by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, finishes up today on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is appropriate that these liturgical feasts fall during the same time Congress will once again consider the important legislation impacting the lives of unborn children in trying to rescind Clinton's veto of the ban on partial-birth abortion. Below is the daily prayer for the Novena for Life and click on NOVENA FOR LIFE:

     God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (Glory Be).

Holy Mother of God, hear the prayers of the Church for all mothers, especially those wearied by life and overcome by the suffering they bear for their children. (Hail Mary).

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, intercede for them from your place in Heaven, that the mercy of your Divine Son might lighten their burden and give them strength. (Hail Mary, Glory Be).

Day Nine

A nine day Novena from the Vigil of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and endorsed by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Compiled by Father James Moroney Executive Director, NCCB Secretariat for the Liturgy

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September 15, 1998 volume 9, no. 180   DAILY CATHOLIC