Day 3 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth
Day 3 Novena Reflection
In its treatment of the ancient creed's profession of the "communion of Saints" the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:
"After confessing "the holy catholic Church," the Apostles' Creed adds "the communion of Saints." In a certain sense this article is a further explanation of "What is the Church if not the assembly of all the Saints?
The communion of Saints is the Church.
AND WE ARE MEMBERS OF THAT COMMUNION CALLED THE CHURCH
In the Second Century, St Cyprian wrote:
Whoever has God for His Father, has the Church for His Mother
And the great Bishop of Hippo, Augustine, always spoke of the WHOLE CHRIST, Head and Body, as joined and inseparable.
In other words, we are joined together, NOW, with all who have gone before us, as we pray in the Liturgy, marked with the sign of Faith.
And the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:
"Since all the faithful form one body, the good of each is communicated to the others... We must therefore believe that there exists a communion of goods in the Church. But the most important member is Christ, since he is the head...Therefore, the riches of Christ are communicated to all the members, through the sacraments."
"As this Church is governed by one and the same Spirit, all the goods she has received necessarily become a common fund."
The term "communion of saints" therefore has two closely linked meanings: Communion in holy things (sancta)" and "among holy persons (sancti)." (CCC # 946-948a)
All Saints of God, Pray for us
Novena Prayer to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth
Beloved Father, through the life, death and resurrection of your only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, we have become your adopted sons and daughters.
Through Baptism we are now members of His Body, the Church, which is Your family.
Our Savior Jesus taught us that whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother. We thank you that promise includes each one of us.
As members of the family of Jesus we are now reunited to you, in Him. Through Baptism we have become adopted sons and daughters in your Beloved Son.
We now turn to you in prayer, through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit as OUR FATHER, ABBA.
We pray that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, you would raise up in our midst holy men, women and children, in every Nation, culture and walk of life.
Men, women and children who are so conformed to your Son Jesus that they make Him known by their words, deeds and life of love and sacrificial service.
Men, women and children who are saints for this urgent hour.
Men, Women and children who manifest the power of heaven on earth. Who continue the ministry of Jesus, your Son and our Savior, through signs of the kingdom to come.
May these holy men and women multiply - providing leaders and servants for a New Missionary Age of the Church.
And, we pray for ourselves and our families, that we could grow closer and closer to you, every day, that we would be transformed by your grace and our free cooperation with your grace - Empowered by your Holy Spirit to become new creations in Jesus Christ.
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