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* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of October: Dedicated to the Holy Rosary

* Reflection: "In this world the angels attend to almost everything..."

* Fatima Prayers in Honor of the 100th Year Anniversary

* Liturgical Feasts in October

* 'Catholic Trivia'

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Reject the Concept of Lengthy or Repetitive Prayers?

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Dear Friend,

"And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful." (Col. 3:15)

Greetings! We hope Fall has gotten off to a good start for you and that it will continue to be a happy & holy season.

This month of October marks the 100th anniversary of the 'Miracle of the Sun' at Fatima. It also marks the 9th anniversary of our 'official unveiling'. October, which is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, begins with the feast of the Guardian Angels (10/2) and the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (10/7) and concludes with the traditional feast of Christ the King (10/29) and All Hallows Eve/Vigil of All Saints (10/31). Unfortunately, the end of the month will also mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Rebellion (see note below).

We hope you will consider celebrating the first two anniversaries above by joining us for Rosary Week. We invite you to join us even if you can say just one rosary during that week. Please also invite your friends & fellow parishioners to join. We believe prayer is very needed - and very powerful. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen said regarding the holy rosary, "The power of the rosary is beyond description." And since we have requested that a Traditional Latin Mass be said for all Rosary Week participants, you'll also get to share in the benefits of the Holy Mass in addition to the rewards already to be had for praying the holy rosary. If you have already signed up, thanks for your participation! If not, please sign up today at . Please join us!

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May the glory of the Lord always shine upon you and may His light always guide your steps,

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"He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever." (Lk. 1:32)

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MCS News & Notes

* Last chance to sign up for our Ninth Annual Rosary Week (10/23/17 - 10/29/17): Don't miss out! Please sign up today for this FREE event at . Don't pray the rosary? Why not start now in this 100th Fatima anniversary year? Already pray the rosary? Why not join us for a few extra rosaries? We're confident that you'll be glad you participated in this powerful, yet easy & 'hassle-free' Catholic event. Why not also invite your friends to join? The rosary is very powerful, the intentions are worthy, the participants are wonderful... In fact, the only thing we know of that could possibly make Rosary Week even better would be for you to join us! [Note: If you'd like help praying the rosary, please visit .] Sign up today at . For more information & for fliers you can distribute, please visit

* Look for our ad in Latin Mass Magazine! We are happy to announce that an ad for one of our recently released books (TLM v. NO) is scheduled to appear in Fall edition of 'The Latin Mass: The Journal of Catholic Culture and Tradition' (commonly called 'Latin Mass Magazine'). They approved our half-page ad for inclusion in the next issue of the magazine and at the end of the approval process, one of the kind folks who previewed our book on the Amazon site stated that it was "Very well done!", wished us a "great many sales", and said that "This is important work." We thank them for their kind remarks. If you love the TLM, please pray for the success of this effort. Note: For more on our currently available titles, please visit

* October 28, 2017 marks the ninth anniversary of the 'official unveiling' of (as it took thousands of hours of work to complete, the site was in development for seven years - since 2001 - before its 'official unveiling' in 2008, with just a 'mini' site up prior to 2008). We send our thanks to all visitors for their support over these past nine+ years. We hope, by God's grace, to be able to continue to remain online for years to come. Prayer of Thanksgiving: "With all our heart and voice, we acknowledge, we praise, and we bless Thee, God the Father unbegotten, Thee, the only-begotten Son, Thee, the Holy Ghost the Paraclete, O holy and undivided Trinity." (Raccolta)

* Five Millionth Visitor Update: If traffic patterns persist, we expect to receive our 5-millionth visitor+ soon (possibly before this newsletter is sent out). Please visit often and help us reach this goal - and future goals - sooner! [+ Note: Number of visits is based on raw, unfiltered access logs from 2009 forward. Excludes traffic prior to our 'official unveiling']

* Upcoming New Release: We are presently working on the first book in our 'Catholic Educational Series'. Although we can't provide more details at this time, we are excited about this title and are hopeful that the publication may be released before the end of October 2017 (if all goes well). We will plan to include more details in a subsequent newsletter. In the meantime, please try here for details on new releases:

* More Links to In addition to previous links we received to our site (from Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools, webs, blogs, etc.), we hare happy to report that we have recently received more new links from various websites (including a Catholic school, blog, websites, and social media). Thanks for the links! And please keep them coming as they are so very helpful!

* Reminder: There will be an interruption in many of our services in early October due to vacations. Services affected may include: live chat, post & ad processing, subscription processing, blog updates, lending library, and various e-mail responses. Applicable news updates will also be affected. Although you may notice delays in the above services, access to the website itself should NOT be affected. For details, please visit

* iOS 11/Apps Update: We are happy to report that in our (fairly quick) testing of our apps on iOS 11, we did not find any issues in any app. We tested all our apps except 'Speedy Dial!', which is presently not available in Apple's App Store (however, the Android version is available on Google Play & Amazon). Should you encounter any issues with our apps, please let us know. For more details concerning our apps, please visit

* App Descriptions/Apple's App Store: Apple recently notified developers of a change in policy regarding their App Store. The change means that developers can no longer update an app's description without submitting a new version of the app. This is regrettable since the previous ability to update an app's description at any time allowed developers to quickly make notes about sales pricing, warn about new iOS issues, notify of future updates, clarify wording, answer common questions, add help text, etc. In our opinion, this change may negatively affect both developers and customers. If you agree, please contact Apple and request that they rescind this new policy. Although it is probably unlikely that things will change, we have seen Apple respond favorably to user complaints in the past (e.g. restoring the Camera Roll). At the time the new policy became effective, some of our apps were on sale and indicated a "Limited Offer". Therefore, we are now unable to change this information so we will plan to leave the app pricing in place and extend the "Limited Offer" at least until a (or if a) new update is released. We apologize for any confusion this may cause for our customers.

* Typos: We are presently running an ad in a major search engine to try to encourage more Rosary Week participation. Unfortunately, we were 'forced' to include a minor typo in one of the ad's callouts as this was the only way we found to make all the text fit in the very limited space provided. As the typo is 'hardly noticeable', we thought this was the best solution in light of the space limitations (although we do regret that it was deemed necessary). We apologize for any inconvenience and ask readers for their understanding. Speaking of typos, we recently made a couple spelling corrections to our site after we were notified of the errors by a kind visitor. We apologize for the errors and thank the visitor for reporting them to us. We ask you to please report to us any errors you find on our site (or newsletter). With your report, please be sure to include clear location information for the error (including the URL & placement on page) so that we can find it. If we don't know about errors, we can't fix them. Thank you for your help & understanding.

* Feast of St. Francis (10/4): Why not celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi by reviewing biographical information on this great saint, reading some of his inspiring writings, or praying some of his beautiful prayers? You can find this and more at the St. Francis Section at . And while you're there, why not add your pet's name to the list of special pets? This is a must-see section for animal lovers.

* Reminder: October 29, 2017 is the traditional feast of Christ the King. As you may know, the motto of our site, "Christ the King", took root from the encyclical of Pope Pius XI entitled "Quas Primas". This encyclical makes great reading for the month of October. To view Quas Primas, please visit . [Note: For information on the timing of this feast (October vs. November), please see Guest Article: 'Should the Feast of Christ the King Be Celebrated in October or November?' at ]

* Day of Prayer & Fasting: October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther posted his theses on the door, sparking the Protestant Rebellion against Christ's one and only true Church. Far from something to celebrate, faithful Catholics everywhere that are physically able should consider marking this 500th anniversary by prayer & fasting. Note: For information concerning (the Heresiarch) Martin Luther, try the 'Those Outside the Church' Topic Page at (note that this page has links to online versions of our 9/16 & 10/16 newsletters which contain the two-part article 'Setting the Record Straight About Luther' - scroll towards bottom of links).

* Medical Update: October 2017 marks the 2-year anniversary since the very serious (& life-saving) surgery we first mentioned in October 2015, therefore it seems opportune to provide an update at this time. First, we thank all who have prayed for us and sent their good wishes. Secondly, we'd like to share that while we are doing well overall, we are not fully back to normal [e.g. daily pain (although reduced), some discomfort/weakness & other issues]. We have been told that you're 'never the same' after surgery, and this does seem to be the case. The good news is that we are presently alive and still able to continue the site & newsletter. The bad news is that to try to improve/maintain good health requires we work at a slower/less intense pace than previously. Therefore, please continue to expect some sporadic delays in all correspondence & services (including processing of posts) for the indefinite future. We apologize if this causes any inconvenience. Note that since this appears to be our 'new normal', we will now plan to remove the 'service delays' reminder from our newsletter. Please know that we are grateful for all the good wishes and prayers over the past years. We likewise wish you and yours good health and abundant blessings. Finally, for those who would like a refresher on suffering (and death), please visit . For related prayers & other information, please try here:

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The Month of October: Dedicated to the Holy Rosary

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"Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"We desire very earnestly, Venerable Brethren, that the Holy Rosary should be recited in a special manner in the month of October and with increased devotion both in the churches and in homes." (Pope Pius XI, "Ingravescentibus Malis", 1937 A.D.)

"Of all the prayers, the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy." (Pope St. Pius X)

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"Always pray the rosary." [St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)]

"If you want peace in your heart, in your home, in your country, assemble together every night and say the Rosary." (Pope St. Pius X)

"Next to the holy sacrifice of the Mass, there is, indeed, nothing more terrifying to [the devil], nor does he bear a more implacable hatred to anything than to the devotion of the Rosary." (Muller)

"[E]xperience shows that no sooner do the people commence to practice this devotion that they open their hearts to the largest channel of grace, so as to be flooded with heavenly gifts." (Muller)

"There is a certain curious instrument which marks with great accuracy the different degrees of temperature. It contains a fluid which rises when the weather is warm, and falls again as the weather grows cold. You have seen, no doubt, the instrument of which I speak: it is called a thermometer. Now, there is another kind of thermometer, not indeed of the natural, but of the supernatural life - a thermometer which indicates very correctly the warmth of faith in a Catholic, in a family, in a community; and this instrument is the Rosary. It is a well-known fact that wherever the Devotion of the Rosary is practiced, there faith is warm and active." (Muller)

"Were a good friend to present us several times with a thousand dollars, we would not object to such a sum, but rather wish the amount to be increased. The good Christian, in like manner, never finds the repetition of the prayers of the Rosary tedious, but rather truly delightful. He knows that one single prayer of the Rosary, which is recited with devotion is of more value than all the money, than all the riches, in the universe. What will money, what will all the riches of this world, avail us after death? But the prayers of the Rosary will then be of more help to us than all the honors and wealth in the world." (Muller)

"For as the disastrous condition of the Church and of Society proved to Us the extreme necessity for signal aid from God, it was manifest to Us that aid should be sought through the intercession of His Mother, and by the express means of the Rosary, which Christians have ever found to be of marvelous avail. This indeed has been well proved since the very institution of the devotion, both in the vindication of Holy Faith against the furious attacks of heresy, and in restoring to honor the virtues, which by reason of the Age's corruption, required to be rekindled and sustained. And this same proof was continued in all succeeding ages, by a never failing series of private and public benefits, whereof the illustrious remembrance is everywhere perpetuated and immortalized by monuments and existing institutions. Likewise in Our age, afflicted with that tempest of various evils, it is a joy to Our soul to relate the beneficent influence of the Rosary." (Pope Leo XIII, "Iucunda Semper Expectatione", 1894 A.D.)

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Reminder: The My Catholic Ninth Annual Rosary Week will be held this year from 10/23 - 10/29. Please join us! Sign up today at

It's easy & free to participate!

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Reflection: "In this world the angels attend to almost everything..."

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"For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways." (Psalm 90/91:11)

"St. Francis of Sales had a particular devotion to his guardian angel; he celebrated the feast with special care and piety; in spirit he received his blessing in the most important actions of his life; and not only was he devout to his good angel, but also to the angels of his friends. He had even a devotion to those of the heretics, his enemies; for he said that in disputing with the Huguenots he exorcised the demons who possessed and obsessed them, and afterward invoked their angels. When he was absent from his diocese, he recommended it in an especial manner to the care of his holy angel. He never failed to salute the angels of the kingdoms, provinces, or parishes which he entered. In the confessional he frequently invoked the guardian angel of his penitent, and we may read in his letters how much he recommended to his pious friends devotion to their guardian angel. He said that in this world the angels attend to almost everything, as they are the messengers of God, and invisible..." (From Fr. Lasance prayer book)

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Fatima Prayers in Honor of the 100th Year Anniversary

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In honor of the 100th year anniversary of the 'Miracle of the Sun' at Fatima, we present the following Fatima prayers...

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Adoration Prayer (Blessed Sacrament) (Fatima)

O most holy Trinity, I adore you. My God, my God, I love you in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

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O My Jesus (Rosary Prayer of Fatima) [Said after each decade of the Rosary]

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy. (Latin: Mi Jesu, indulge peccata nostra, conserva nos ab igne inferni, duc omnes ad cœli gloriam, præcipue tua misericordia egentes.) [Source (Latin): Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter]

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Prayer of Reparation (Fatima)

O most holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly. I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. Through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. (Repeat 3 times)

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Prayer of the Angel of Fatima

O my God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love you. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love you. (Repeat 3 times)

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Prayer While Making a Sacrifice (Fatima)

O my Jesus, this [sacrificial act] is for the love of you, for conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (Recited upon making a sacrifice - e.g. suffering something unpleasant, giving up something desired, etc.)

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Liturgical Feasts in October

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for October as they appear at

Note: (T) = Traditional, (N) = New (Novus Ordo)

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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October 1 - St. Remigius (T)

October 1 - St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (N)

October 2 - The Holy Guardian Angels (T)

October 2 - The Guardian Angels (N)

October 3 - St. Teresa of the Child Jesus (T)

October 4 - St. Francis of Assisi (T)

October 4 - St. Francis of Assisi (N)

October 5 - St. Placid & companions (T)

October 6 - St. Bruno (T)

October 6 - St. Bruno (N)

October 7 - Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

October 7 - St. Mark, pope (T)

October 7 - Sts. Marcellus & Apuleius (T)

October 7 - Sts. Sergius & Bacchus (T)

October 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary (N)

October 8 - St. Bridget of Sweden (T)

October 9 - St. John Leonardi (T)

October 9 - Sts. Denis, Rusticus & Eleutherius (T)

October 9 - St. Denis & companions (N)

October 9 - St. John Leonardi (N)

October 10 - St. Francis Borgia (T)

October 11 - The Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

October 13 - St. Edward, king of England (T)

October 14 - St. Callistus I, pope (T)

October 14 - St. Callistus I, pope (N)

October 15 - St. Teresa of Avila (T)

October 15 - St. Teresa of Avila (N)

October 16 - St. Hedwig (T)

October 16 - St. Hedwig (N)

October 16 - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (N)

October 17 - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (T)

October 17 - St. Ignatius of Antioch (N)

October 18 - St. Luke the Evangelist (T)

October 18 - St. Luke the Evangelist (N)

October 19 - St. Peter of Alcantara (T)

October 19 - St. Paul of the Cross (N)

October 19 - Sts. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf & companions (N)

October 20 - St. John Cantius (T)

October 21 - St. Hilarion (T)

October 21 - St. Ursula & companions (T)

October 23 - St. John of Capistrano (N)

October 24 - St. Raphael the Archangel (T)

October 24 - St. Anthony Claret (N)

October 25 - Sts. Chrysanthus & Daria (T)

October 26 - St. Evaristus, pope (T)

October 28 - Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (T)

October 28 - Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (N)

October 31 - Vigil of All Saints (T)

Please Note: Above may exclude moveable feasts. For moveable feasts, see below and try here: . For other feasts, try the MCS Daily Digest each day at


10/29/17 - Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ (T) [Refresher re: traditional timing of this feast: "It is not necessary, Venerable Brethren, that We should explain to you at any length why We have decreed that this feast of the Kingship of Christ should be observed in addition to those other feasts in which his kingly dignity is already signified and celebrated. It will suffice to remark that although in all the feasts of our Lord the material object of worship is Christ, nevertheless their formal object is something quite distinct from his royal title and dignity. We have commanded its observance on a Sunday in order that not only the clergy may perform their duty by saying Mass and reciting the Office, but that the laity too, free from their daily tasks, may in a spirit of holy joy give ample testimony of their obedience and subjection to Christ. The last Sunday of October seemed the most convenient of all for this purpose, because it is at the end of the liturgical year, and thus the feast of the Kingship of Christ sets the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ already commemorated during the year, and, before celebrating the triumph of all the Saints, we proclaim and extol the glory of him who triumphs in all the Saints and in all the Elect." (Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas", 1925 A.D.)]

Note: The Feast of Christ the King is celebrated "after the triumph of all the Saints" in the Novus Ordo calendar, on the Sunday before Advent. [For more on the timing of this feast (October vs. November), please see Guest Article: 'Should the Feast of Christ the King Be Celebrated in October or November?' at . For more on Christ the King (incl. Act of Consecration), please try the Topic Page at ]


=> Looking for more recently added feasts?

The Vatican announced that the following feast days have been added to the general Roman calendar...

Pope John XXIII - October 11

Pope John Paul II - October 22

While the feast days have been added to the (Novus Ordo) calendar, they are "optional and not obligatory memorials."

[Ref.: Newsflash (9/12/14) - ]

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'Catholic Trivia'

1. What choirs of angels are "agents of strength"?

2. What are the requirements for the First Five Saturdays Devotion?

3. What do our guardian angels do for us?

4. What does "bede" refer to?

5. If angels have no bodies, how could they appear?

6. Does Sr. Lucy of Fatima say that all should wear the Scapular?

7. When is the Feast of the Rosary? What event is this feast associated with?

8. Were angels ever sent to punish men?

9. In the traditional calendar, what day's Collect is recited after praying the Rosary?

10. Is it acceptable to pray the Rosary silently during Mass?



1. Principalities and powers are "agents of strength".

2. To participate in the Five First Saturdays devotion, the following should be done on the first Saturday of any five consecutive months with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Make a good Sacramental Confession, receive Holy Communion (worthily), recite the Rosary (5 decades), and spend 15 minutes with Our Lady mediating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary.

3. "Our guardian Angels pray for us, protect and guide us, and offer our prayers, good works and desires to God." (Baltimore Catechism)

4. "Bede" is an old word for prayer. Note that "beads" are still associated with prayers due to the Rosary.

5. "Angels could appear by taking bodies to render themselves visible for a time; just as the Holy Ghost took the form of a dove and the devil took the form of a serpent." (Baltimore Catechism)

6. Yes. She says, "Our Lady wants all to wear the Scapular. The Scapular and the Rosary are inseparable." (Sr. Lucy of Fatima)

7. The feast of the Rosary occurs in the traditional calendar on October 7. This is associated with the miraculous victory at Lepanto on October 7, 1571 (which was attributed to the intercession of the Queen of the Rosary). The original feast was entitled Our Lady of Victory, but the name has been changed to the feast of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (or Our Lady of the Rosary in the Novus Ordo calendar).

8. "Angels were sometimes sent to punish men. An angel killed 185,000 men in the army of a wicked king who had blasphemed God; and an Angel also slew the first-born in the families of the Egyptians who had persecuted God's people." (Baltimore Catechism)

9. In the traditional calendar, the Collect for the feast of the Holy Rosary (10/7) is recited after praying the Rosary ("O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, His death and His resurrection hath purchased for us the reward of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating on these mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Lord.")

10. Yes, it is acceptable to pray the Rosary during Mass (however, one should be quiet with one's beads and prayers so as not to distract others). As Pope Pius XII has said, "So varied and diverse are men's talents and characters that it is impossible for all to be moved and attracted to the same extent by community prayers, hymns and liturgical services. Moreover, the needs and inclinations of all are not the same, nor are they always constant in the same individual. Who, then, would say, on account of such a prejudice, that all these Christians cannot participate in the Mass nor share its fruits? On the contrary, they can adopt some other method which proves easier for certain people; for instance, they can lovingly meditate on the mysteries of Jesus Christ or perform other exercises of piety or recite prayers which, though they differ from the sacred rites, are still essentially in harmony with them." (Pope Pius XII, "Mediator Dei", 1947 A.D.)


For more information concerning the topics above, try our General A-Z Index at

Like trivia? You might enjoy our crossword puzzles located at

You might also be interested in the Q & A and historical information which may be found each day on the MCS Daily Digest at

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Reject the Concept of Lengthy or Repetitive Prayers?

It is good for Catholics to be able to defend their faith against attacks (or even simple questions) from those outside the Church. We therefore hope you may find the following "apologetics brief" helpful.

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The following may be used as discussion points when discoursing with those outside the Church (or even among Catholics).

Topic: Do You Reject the Concept of Lengthy or Repetitive Prayers? (Note: Topic is directed at certain Protestants)


* If Christ opposed the repeating of prayer, why did He Himself repeat his prayer (e.g. see Mt. 26:44, Mk. 14:39)?

* If prayer should not be repeated, why does Scripture show the heavenly creatures repeating prayer?

Rv. 4:8: The four living creatures, each of them with six wings, were covered with eyes inside and out. Day and night they do not stop exclaiming: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come."

* If prayer should not be repeated, why does Scripture praise those who are persistent in prayer (e.g. see Lk. 18:1-8)?

* How can Scripture instruct us to "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thes. 5:17), if we are not to repeat our prayers?

* How can Christ be opposed to lengthy prayer considering that He "spent the night in prayer to God" (see Lk. 6:12)? 

* Do you base your rejection of lengthy prayer on the following Scripture passages?

Mk. 12:38-40: In the course of his teaching he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation."

Lk. 20:45-47: Then, within the hearing of all the people, he said to (his) disciples, "Be on guard against the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and love greetings in marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation."

Can you not see that Jesus is condemning lengthy prayers said 'as a pretext'? Jesus words certainly cannot be said to apply to sincere, heartfelt prayers! 

* Do you base your rejection of repetitive prayer on Mt. 6:7-8 ("In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.")? In light of Christ's spending whole nights in prayer and the Apostle telling us to pray without ceasing, can you not see that lengthy prayers are not prohibited per se? Rather, "we are not to act as though God needs to hear many words in order to know our wants". Clearly we are not prohibited from spending much time in prayer - but are rather instructed to do so. 

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"This practice of praying in spirit is peculiar to Christians, and is not at all used by infidels. Of these Christ the Lord has said: When you pray, speak not much, as the heathens; for they think that in their much speaking they may be heard. Be not ye, therefore, like to them, for your Father knoweth what is needful for you before you ask him. But though (our Lord) prohibits loquacity, He is so far from forbidding continuance of prayer which proceeds from the eager and prolonged devotion of the soul that by His own example He exhorts us to such prayer. Not only did He spend whole nights in prayer, but also prayed the third time, saying the self-same words. The inference, therefore, to be drawn from the prohibition is that prayers consisting of mere empty sounds are not to be addressed to God." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)

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In Closing...

"Therefore let all men, the learned and the ignorant, the just and the sinner, the great and the small praise and honor Jesus and Mary night and day by saying the Most Holy Rosary." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony." (Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas", 1925 A.D.)

"How great is the power and mercy of the Blessed Virgin for those who are faithful in the practice of the Rosary! If you wish then, to save your soul, practice the devotion of the Rosary with fervor and perseverance. If you wish to save the souls of those who are near and dear to you, try to introduce this devotion without delay into your family." (Muller)

"I beheld, therefore, in the vision of the night, and lo, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the ancient of days: and they presented him before him. And he gave him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve him: his power is an everlasting power that shall not be taken away: and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7:13-14)

"In every place show respect to thy angel. Let gratitude for his benefits incite thee to honor his greatness. Love this thy future coheir, the guardian appointed for thee by the Father during thy childhood. For though we are souls of God, we are as yet but children, and long and dangerous is our journey. But God hath given His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone...Yes; where the road is smooth enough for a child they will content themselves with guiding thee, and sustaining thy footsteps, as one does for children. But if trials threaten to surpass thy strength, they will bear thee up in their hands. Oh those hands of angels! Thanks to them, what fearful straits we have passed through, as it were without thinking, and with no other impression left upon us, than that of a nightmare suddenly dispelled!" (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church)

"We decreed by an Encyclical Letter that, to win the help of Heaven for the Church in her trials, the great Mother of God should be honored by the means of the most holy Rosary during the whole of the month of October. In this We followed both Our own impulse and the example of Our predecessors, who in times of difficulty were wont to have recourse with increased fervor to the Blessed Virgin, and to seek her aid with special prayers." (Pope Leo XIII, "Superiore Anno", 1884 A.D.)

"[M]ay the beads of the Rosary be in the hands of all" (Pope Pius XII, "Ad Caeli Reginam", 1954 A.D.)

"And he hath on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. " (Apoc. 19:16)

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat! (Latin for "Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands!")

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