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This page provides direction on good  Bible resources for Catholics!

The document below explains the Church’s position on Bible interpretation, the sources it pulls from in disseminating meaning to the Faithful of the Church and Church doctrine.

http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM

This document gives recommendations for the type of Church approved Bible to use for study of scripture.

http://www.catholic.com/library/Bible_Translations_Guide.asp

The Bible online – The New Jerusalem Bible – most recommended by scholars for those interested in understanding and learning more about scripture

From www.catholic.org – the New Jerusalem Bible – can read all verses in the Bible, accessed by Book, chapter and verse with click on notations (underlined highlights) from Bible scholars and Church teachings

http://www.catholic.org/bible/

New Jerusalem Bible

The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.

Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated “directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic.” The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only “where the text admits to more than one interpretation.” Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.

Source: The Very Reverend Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB, MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome), a monk of Ampleforth Abbey and a biblical scholar. He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. “New Jerusalem Bible, Regular Edition”, pg. v.

Watching translations of the Bible (this taken from the New Jerusalem Bible) –  words can mean different things – here the word “left” is used instead of “give up” – entirely different meaning.

Matthew 19:29

29 And everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or land for the sake of my name willreceive a hundred times as much, and also inherit eternal life.

This reference is a Catholic resource of over 2,000 scripture passages that explain and defend the Catholic Faith  – scriptural references for the Catholic Faith (ie. sources of our Traditions and traditions)

http://www.scripturecatholic.com/

DEVOTIONS

The First Saturday Devotionto the  

Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

        The observance of the first Saturday in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is intended to make reparation to it for the sins of mankind. This devotion was revealed by the Blessed Virgin to three children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia to whom she appeared at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. On June 13, 1917, Our Lady specifically stated in speaking to Lucia: “Jesus wants to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.
Our Lady repeated this in the July 13th apparition when, after the vision of Hell that was granted to the three children, she said: “You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” Our Lady asks for reparation. “There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against me, that I have come to ask reparation.”
 “O my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (Sacrifice Prayer)The following First Saturday devotions are efficacious in honoring the Immaculate Heart of Mary:  

1. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 
3. Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
4. Act of Reparation
5. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6. The Sacrament of Reconciliation

“I promise to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed for salvation, whoever on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall: 

1. Confess and Receive Holy Communion.
2. Recite five decades of the Holy Rosary.
3. Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

Consider a 1st Saturday Devotional Visit to the
The Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament Hanceville AL

The First Friday Devotionto the Sacred Heart of Jesus

     “The First Friday of each month was designated by our Savior Himself as a day to be
consecrated to honoring His Sacred Heart…. As the object of this devotion is to make our Savior Jesus Christ ardently and perfectly loved, and to make reparation for the outrages offered to Him in the past, as well as for those which he daily receives in the Blessed Eucharist…Jesus Christ merits our love at all times, but alas! He is despised and outraged in the Sacrament of His love at all times, and so people should at all times make reparation to Him.
We should then adore Jesus Christ in this august Sacrament, make a fervent act of love to Jesus in the tabernacle, thank Him for having instituted this Mystery of love, express our sorrow at seeing Him so abandoned, and resolve to visit Him as soon as possible and love Him unceasingly.
Attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is assuredly the best means of honoring and loving the adorable Heart of Jesus. The following First Friday devotions are efficacious in honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus:  

 1. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
3. Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
4. Act of Reparation 
5. The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
6. The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

1. “I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.”
2. “I will establish peace in their homes.”
3. “I will comfort them in their afflictions.”
4. “I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death.”
5. “I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.”
6. “Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.”
7. “Tepid souls shall grow fervent.”
8. “Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.”
9. “I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.”
10. “I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.”
11. “Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.”
12. “I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.”

 

Act of Consecration to the Sacred heart of Jesus

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I consecrate myself to Your Most Sacred Heart. Take possession of my whole being; transform me into Yourself. Make my hands Your hands, my feet Your feet, my heart Your heart. Let me see with Your eyes, listen with Your ears, speak with Your lips, love with Your heart, understand with Your mind, serve with Your will, and be dedicated with my whole being. Make me Your other self. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, send me Your Holy Spirit to teach me to love You and to live through You, with You, in You and for You.
    Come, Holy Spirit, make my body Your temple. Come, and abide with me forever. Give me the deepest love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus in order to serve Him with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Take possession of all my faculties of body and soul. Regulate all my passions: feelings and emotions. Take possession of my intellect, understanding and will; my memory and imagination. O Holy Spirit of Love, give me an abundance of Your efficacious graces. Give me the fullness of all the virtues; enrich my faith, strengthen my hope, increase my trust, and inflame my love. Give me the fullness of Your sevenfold gifts, fruits and beatitudes. Most Holy Trinity, make my soul Your sanctuary.

 

Act of Reparation

Sacred Heart of Jesus, animated with a desire to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to Thee, we prostrate before Thy throne of mercy, and in the name of all mankind, pledge our love and fidelity to Thee!
The more Thy mysteries are blasphemed, the more firmly we shall believe them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus!
The more impiety endeavors to extinguish our hopes of immortality, the more we shall trust in Thy Heart, sole hope of mankind!
The more hearts resist Thy Divine attractions, the more we shall love Thee, O infinitely amiable heart of Jesus!
The more unbelief attacks Thy Divinity, the more humbly and profoundly we shall adore It, O Divine Heart of Jesus!
The more Thy holy laws are transgressed and ignored, the more we shall delight to observe them, O most holy Heart of Jesus!
The more Thy Sacraments are despised and abandoned, the more frequently we shall receive them with love and reverence, O most liberal Heart of Jesus!
The more the imitation of Thy virtues is neglected and forgotten, the more we shall endeavor to practice them, O Heart, model of every virtue!
The more the devil labors to destroy souls, the more we shall be inflamed with desire to save them, O Heart of Jesus, zealous Lover of souls!
The more sin and impurity destroy the image of God in man, the more we shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, O Heart of Jesus!
The more Thy Holy Church is despised, the more we shall endeavor to be her faithful children, O Sweet Heart of Jesus!
The more Thy Vicar on earth is persecuted, the more we will honor him as the infallible head of Thy Holy Church, show our fidelity and pray for him, O kingly Heart of Jesus!
O Sacred Heart, through Thy powerful grace, may we become Thy apostles in the midst of a corrupted world, and be Thy crown in the kingdom of heaven.

Amen.

Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

V/ Lord, have mercy.
R/ Lord, have mercy.

V/ Christ, have mercy.
R/ Christ, have mercy.

V/ Lord, have mercy.
R/ Lord, have mercy.

V/ Jesus, hear us.
R/ Jesus, graciously hear us.

R/ for ff: have mercy on us

God, the Father of Heaven,
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke you,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in you,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in you,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world.
R/ spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
R/ Make our hearts like to yours.

Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of your most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which he offers you in the name of sinners; and to those who implore your mercy, in your great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.

R/ Amen.

The Litany of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

For Private Devotion.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs,
pray for us.

St. Joseph, helper in all needs,
pray for us.

Fourteen Holy Helpers,
pray for us.

St. George, valiant Martyr of Christ,
pray for us.

St. Blaise, zealous bishop and benefactor of the poor,
pray for us.

St. Erasmus, mighty protector of the oppressed,
pray for us.

St. Pantaleon, miraculous exemplar of charity,
pray for us.

St. Vitus, special protector of chastity,
pray for us.

St. Christophorus, mighty intercessor in dangers,
pray for us.

St. Dionysius, shining mirror of faith and confidence,
pray for us.

St. Cyriacus, terror of Hell,
pray for us.

St. Achatius, helpful advocate in death,
pray for us.

St. Eustachius, exemplar of patience in adversity,
pray for us.

St. Giles, despiser of the world,
pray for us.

St. Margaret, valiant champion of the Faith,
pray for us.

St. Catherine, victorious defender of the Faith and of purity,
pray for us.

St. Barbara, mighty patroness of the dying,
pray for us.

All ye Holy Helpers,
pray for us.

All ye Saints of God,
pray for us.

In temptations against faith,
pray for us.

In adversity and trials,
pray for us.

In anxiety and want,
pray for us.

In every combat,
pray for us.

In every temptation,
pray for us.

In sickness,
pray for us.

In all needs,
pray for us.

In fear and terror ,
pray for us.

In dangers of salvation,
pray for us.

In dangers of honor,
pray for us.

In dangers of reputation,
pray for us.

In dangers of property,
pray for us.

In dangers by fire and water,
pray for us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord!

From all sin,
deliver us, O Lord.

From Thy wrath,
deliver us, O Lord.

From the scourge of earthquake,
deliver us, O Lord.

From plague, famine, and war,
deliver us, O Lord.

From lightning and storms,
deliver us, O Lord.

From a sudden and unprovided death,
deliver us, O Lord.

From eternal damnation,
deliver us, O Lord.

Through the mystery of Thy holy incarnation,
deliver us, O Lord.

Through Thy birth and Thy life,
deliver us, O Lord.

Through Thy Cross and Passion,
deliver us, O Lord.

Through Thy death and burial,
deliver us, O Lord.

Through the merits of Thy blessed Mother Mary,
deliver us, O Lord.

Through the merits of the Fourteen Holy Helpers,
deliver us, O Lord.

On the Day of Judgment,
deliver us, O Lord!

We sinners, beseech Thee hear us.
That Thou spare us,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wilt pardon us,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wilt convert us to true penance,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wilt give
and preserve the fruits of the earth,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wilt protect
and propagate Thy holy Church,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wilt preserve peace
and concord among the nations,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wilt give eternal rest
to the souls of the departed,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wilt come to our aid
through the intercession of the Holy Helpers,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. George
Thou wilt preserve us in the Faith,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Blaise
Thou wilt confirm us in hope,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Erasmus
Thou wilt enkindle in us Thy holy love,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Pantaleon
Thou wilt give us charity for our neighbor,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Vitus
Thou wilt teach us the value of our soul,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Christophorus
Thou wilt preserve us from sin,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Dionysius
Thou wilt give us tranquillity of conscience,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Cyriacus
Thou wilt grant us resignation to Thy holy will,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Eustachius
Thou wilt give us patience in adversity,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Achatius
Thou wilt grant us a happy death,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Giles
Thou wilt grant us a merciful judgment,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Margaret
Thou wilt preserve us from Hell,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Catherine
Thou wilt shorten our Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of St. Barbara
Thou wilt receive us in Heaven,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That through the intercession of all
the Holy Helpers Thou wilt grant our prayers,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, ye Fourteen Holy Helpers.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.

Let us Pray.

Almighty and eternal God,
Who hast bestowed extraordinary graces
and gifts on Thy Saints George,
Blase, Erasmus, Pantaleon, Vitus,
Christophorus, Dionysius, Cyriacus,
Eustachius, Achatius, Giles, Margaret,
Catherine, and Barbara,
and hast illustrated them by miracles;
we beseech Thee to graciously hear the petitions
of all who invoke their intercession.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

O God, who didst miraculously
fortify the Fourteen Holy Helpers
in the confession of the Faith;
grant us, we beseech Thee,
to imitate their fortitude
in overcoming all temptations against it,
and protect us through their intercession
in all dangers of soul and body,
so that we may serve Thee in purity of heart
and chastity of body.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

INVOCATION OF THE HOLY HELPERS

FOURTEEN Holy Helpers,
who served God in humility
and confidence on earth
and are now in the enjoyment
of His beatific vision in Heaven;
because thou persevered till death
thou gained the crown of eternal life.
Remember the dangers that surround us
in this vale of tears,
and intercede for us in all our needs and adversities.

Amen.

Fourteen Holy Helpers,
select friends of God,
I honor thee as mighty intercessors,
and come with filial confidence to thee in my needs,
for the relief of which
I have undertaken to make this novena.
Help me by thy intercession to placate God’s wrath,
which I have provoked by my sins,
and aid me in amending my life and doing penance.
Obtain for me the grace
to serve God with a willing heart,
to be resigned to His holy will,
to be patient in adversity
and to persevere unto the end,
so that, having finished my earthly course,
I may join thee in Heaven,
there to praise for ever God,
Who is wonderful in His Saints.

Amen.

 

AMONG THE SAINTS/MARTYRS who in Catholic devotion are invoked with special confidence, because they have proved themselves efficacious helpers in adversity and difficulties, there is a group venerated under the collective name of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, although many of them have a devoted following as individual Saints:

St. George, Martyr, by custom placed first and not in order of Feast Day; [April 23]
St. Blaise [Blase], Bishop and Martyr; [February 3]
St. Pantaleon, Martyr; [July 27]
St. Vitus, Martyr; [June 15]
St. Erasmus [Elmo],Bishop and Martyr; [June 2]
St. Christophorus [Christopher], Martyr; [July 25]
St. Giles, Abbot; [September 1]
St. Cyriacus [Cyriac], Martyr; [August 8]
St. Achatius, Martyr; [May 8]
St. Dionysius [Denis], Bishop and Martyr; [October 9]
St. Eustachius [Eustace], Martyr; [September 20]
St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr; [November 25]
St. Margaret, Virgin and Martyr; [July 20]
and St. Barbara, Virgin and Martyr. [December 4]

These Saints are invoked as a group, apart from individual patronage, because of the epidemic called the “Black Plague,” which devastated Europe between 1346-1349. Among its symptoms were a turning black of the tongue, parching of the throat, violent headache, fever and boils on the abdomen. The malady attacked its victims without warning, robbed them of reason and killed them within a few hours, and many died without the last Sacraments.

Fear caused many attacks and disrupted social and family ties. To all appearances the disease was incurable. During this affliction, the pious turned toward Heaven, having recourse to the Saints, praying to be spared or cured. Among the Saints invoked were these 14 who already had patronage over certain illnesses or tragedies:

St. Christopher and St. Giles, plagues, St. Denis, headaches, St. Blaise, ills of the throat [although St. Ignatius of Antioch is also a patron of those with sore throats], St. Elmo, patron of abdominal maladies [and one of the several Saints having patronage over childbirth, which is not an illness, of course, as well as patron of sailors], St. Barbara, against fever, St. Vitus, [with St. Dymphna, against epilepsy], St… Pantaleon, patron of physicians, St. Cyriacus, recourse in time of temptations, especially at the hour of death; Sts. Christopher, Barbara, and Catherine were appealed to for protection against a sudden, unprovided death; the aid of St. Giles was implored for making a good confession; St. Eustace, patron of all kinds of difficulties, especially family troubles.

Domestic animals were also attacked by the plague: Sts. George, Erasmus, Pantaleon and Vitus were invoked for their protection. St. Margaret of Antioch is the patron of safe childbirth deliveries [along with St.Gerard Majella and Raymond Nonnantus].

As devotion spread, Pope Nicholas V in the 16th century attached indulgences to devotion of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, which are no longer attached under the modern norms and grants, although their cultus is still efficacious and to be promoted.

 

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