Every Thursday Evening
Gethsemane Vigil Prayer
11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
different parish locations
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First Thursday of the Month
Evening Holy Mass
Notre Dame Church
Saint Mark Catholic Church
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
A BELATED EASTER AND PEACE TO EVERYONE.
All coordinators and leaders, and prayer groups are to be informed to contact our headquarters in Houston to inform us of about their ministry with any updates on new information on this special devotion. This supports us having a fervent sense of belonging, to strengthen everyone in the ministry, slowly learn to love one another, and thus, be recognized as REAL Friends of JESUS (as we claim always to be). The outpouring of the Holy Spirit within us to continue to be true apostles and be HOLY like our Lord Jesus Christ shall be His CONDITIONED REWARD, with curses NO LONGER LINGERING in our person. Once more, the other form of opportunity in having this sense of belonging, is Meeting Attendance, whereby a revival of LOVE virtue is put to challenge as any anxieties, jealousy, intrigue, anger, disappointments as part of the “seven deadly sins” are being released. Let us not forego any of this kind of chances, again being friends of JESUS, our Lord being sent out in order to be FRUITFUL (merciful/just to one another and neighbors, and always keeping WATCHFUL or constantly on ALERT- to maintain that Godly Attitude). As a reminder, to call SISTER or BROTHER as sign of respect to one another.
May the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ be that constant reminder- that
HE DIED FOR OUR SINS. Along this much LOVE/GRACE given, our Blessed Mother kept appearing to different visionaries all over the world ( in Medjugore, Korea, Nigeria, Philippines, Japan, Canada and even here in United States, like Ohio, California, Missouri, etc…). The message is nothing less than the following: REPENTANCE, FORGIVENESS, LOVE, OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY, FAITHFULLNESS….
It has been observed among us on the required 5-month program compliance, thereafter once been consecrated, for any reason, NO LONGER VISIBLE. But a few that appeared to persevere, likewise disappear after completion of the 3-year program for the ‘rose of perfect purity’ obtained. Be it understood, that the “SEAL” received is operative upon fulfillment of ‘promises’ we made, appearing in the Chaplet (book). NO WONDER, “CURSES COME ON WAY”, simply said by the prophets in the Old Testament, BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD, NON-FULFILMENT OF OUR PROMISES. This is the reason for such encouragement (BE BACK TO OUR SENSES); truly realize the importance of the daily prayers, including the Gethsemane Thursday vigil prayer. The Good News basis: “unceasingly praying”(without stopping adoration, offering to God every act we do, for His glory, for our glorification.)
Regarding the ‘community prayer’, many requested for possible changes of weekly Thursday time vigil like morning or afternoon or early evening (8 to 11:00 p.m.). There are exemptions to the general rule to help the elderly, the sick and disabled people, wanting to participate in the ministry’s mission. There are some desiring for “shortcut’ prayers. Much as we want, there is no harm in doing sacrifices, considering the Great Reward of Heaven (our Goal), not distant from the usual saying :“no pain, no gain”.
The message given to visionary Barnabas in Nigeria was to pray the Thursday vigil hours from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. – reminding us of the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ during those hours. HE is aware that HE will suffer so much that no human being is able to bear. According to His Father’s Will, JESUS did it all for us. And such “passion”(suffering) is without comparison to the short hours asked of us for our OWN GOOD (to keep watch with HIM before the Blessed Sacrament, one easy ACCESS). Hence, an obedient response reaps Heavenly gifts, here and now, and forever. Praise God.
Rest assured that our Lord Jesus Christ, through His Precious Blood, continues to be with us, being sent out (mission) to be fruitful (giving spiritual impact to others, giving them inspiration to be AT-ONE- with the Lord, again and again). And this ministry had been organized for HIS glory and for the GLORIFICATION AND TRIUMPH OF THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. The good seed planted, had grown and multiplied as witnessed/experienced (within everyone’s knowledge).
Remember one New Testament text, what Gamaliel said to the Pharisees and Sadducees about not putting Jesus to death?…if ever it’s done, the BLOOD shall serve as seed that will grow quickly (Christianity spreads like fireball). It is evident now that the Precious Blood book is in different translations (English,
Spanish, French, Vietnamese and now Filipino, also having editions in other Philippine dialect, like visayan). In addition, we are helping other devotee foreigners to have print outs in their respective languages, to wit Russian, Italian, Korean, etc. All credit to the Great God for such progressive spread of this great devotion, despite challenges of division attempts (existing or still soon to come in progress). Again, the good always prevails.
Let it be known once more, that we are ONLY transients of this world. Our true citizenship is in Heaven. The message on Book of Revelations sums up: Be just to your neighbors (present age); Be watchful, vigilant (future age). Leaders and elders shall pass away, but His word shall never pass away; that goes with the spread of this great devotion in great progress.
As I always mentioned to everyone like St. John’s words – I MUST DECREASE, HE MUST INCREASE. PRAISE THE LORD.
I LOVE YOU ALL GOD bless everyone. .
Sincerely in Jesus through Mary,
The following letters - letters from Bishop Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, Bishop in Ilorin, Nigeria and from the main headquarters - Apostolate of the Precious Blood in Nigeria recomfirming my continued directorship here in America and congratulation letter - congratulating us for our 7th year anniversary this March 19, 2011 on the feast day of St. Joseph.
This will give peace of mind to all devotees to relieve any confusion or doubt on the authorized Precious Blood Apostolate, USA, ministry located in Houston, Texas. Also to recognized the Queenship Publishing Co., who prints the Precious Blood book and other books auhored by visionary Barnabas Nwoye. For further inforation, please contact our headquarters at 1-866-933-1573.
TO ALL PRECIOUS BLOOD DEVOTEES- COORDINATORS AND MEMBERS:
Greetings to everyone. I gladly would like to share to you recent beautiful happenings here in Houston, Texas. Many thanks and appreciation to those Precious Blood devotees- Coordinators, members and visitors who attended the Retreat and Day of Reflection last February 12th, focused on Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Specil thanks to our speaker and spiritual director, Fr. Jesus Lizalde, who brought one of his parishioners, who played guitar and rendered beautiful meditation songs, together with Fr. Lizalde that highlighted the retreat and the healing prayer. Fr. Lizalde gave an inspiring talk to all of us, including the healing service. Mostly everyone shed tears for the beautiful healing prayers prepared by Fr. Lizalde. Most of us felt the power of Holy Spirit's presence, touching our hearts, creating forgiving heart, a heart of patience and understanding and most especially the feeling of LOVE, and shared to others.
The 2nd part of the Retreat, we had a visitor from St. Michael's group from Canada, who also gave a talk about their ministry. Followed by a speaker, Fausta Oparaje, belonging to our group and likewise our Treasurer, gave talk about the forthcoming pilgrimage trip to Nigeria. She described how big it is and everywhere is a holy place with different statues built around the land. She encouraged each one to try utmost effort to join and take away any fear or confusion to visit Nigeria for there is nothing to be afraid of really, considering that the places to visit were all recommended by Barnabas, the visionary. We shall be meeting Barnabas and all the staff and members of the Precious Blood ministries in Nigeria. Then to Ilorin to meet Bishop Ayo- Maria Atoyebi, the bishop from Ilorin, Nigeria, who gave the approval and blessings, the imprimatur to the publication of the Precious Blood Devotion book which at present is in circulation all over the world. We will also go to Lagos before going to the "Holy Land." We encourage everyone to join us on the pilgrimage scheduled from September 8 to 19, 2011. Please see the Pilgrimage trip under 'recent news'. Deacon Hector Ibarra gave a special talk about the importance of the Precious Blood in our life and even shared his own testimony, and through power of Holy Spirit, he encouraged everyone to go to Nigeria. He invoked our Lord Jesus Christ to make this trip possible to all who have desire to come. The Holy Spirit is so outpoouring that everyone agreed to have a "GARAGE SALE" in aid to raising funds for other coordinators and members having a great desire to go to Nigeria. We were so touched that the "Family" that we started from our group was energized in calling each other "BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST." Everyone agreed to participate in having the garage sale in their respective homes.
This year we are blessed to reach the 7th year anniversary promoting the Precous Blood devotion not only here in America but in different countries as well. We started this ministry at the Feast day of St. Joseph, Mach 19, 2005, a great intercessor besides Blessed Virgin Mary. Since then, many were touched with this great devotion of this time, many get healed, received answered prayers, have great conversion, received graces, especially made a commitmen and been closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Also, I am pleased to received letters from Bishop Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, Bishop from Ilorin, Nigeria (who granted the imprimatur to most of the books of the visionary Barnabas Nwoye) and letter from Apostolate of Precious Blood in Nigeria, recomfirming my continued directorship here in America. I prayed to our Lord Almighty that these letters will ease any confusion or doubts of my continued director of the Precious Blood devotion here in America. Also, we prayed in the name of Jesus Christ through His Precious Blood will destroy the evil desire and stop the lies been spread by the previous director in Florida against us and the visionary Barnabas Nwoye in Nigeria. God Bless to everyone.
Sincerely In Jesus through Mary,
Top: Barnabas Teaching The Precious Blood Devotion;
Bottom: Barnabas meets Precious Blood USA Coordinators
Aurora Protomartir, Luz Castrowith, Fr. Aniebo from Nigeria
There are three things, my brethren, which cause faith to stand firm, devtion to remain constant, and virtue to endure. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at th e door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one, and they give life to each other.
Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them, they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them, or nott all togehter, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; it ou fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petitiion of others. If you do not close your ear to others, you open God's ear to yourself.
When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you want God to know that you are hungry, know that another is hungry. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give. If you ask for yourself what you deny to others, your asking is a mockery.
Let this be the pattern for all men when they practice mercy: show mercy to others in the same way, with the same generosity, with the same promptness, as you want others to show mercy to you.
Therefore, let prayer, mercy and fasting be one single plea to God on our behalf, one speech in our defense, a threefold united prayer in our favor.
Let us use fasting to make up for wha we have lost by despising others. Let us offer our souls in sacrifice by means of fasting. There is nothing more pleasing that we can offer to God, as the psalmist said in prophecy: 'a sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; God does not despise a bruised and humbled heart.'
Offer your soul to God, make him an oblation of your fasting, so that your soul may be a pure offering , a holy sacrifice, a living victim, remaining your own and at the same time made over to God. Whoever fails to give this to God will not be excused, for if you are to give him yourself you are never without the means of giving.
To make these acceptable, mercy must be added. Fasting bears no fruit unless it is watered by mercy. Fasting dries up wehn mercy dries up. Mercy is to fasting as rain is to the earth. However much you may cultivate your heart, clear the soil of your nature, root out vices, sow virtues, if you do not release the springs of mercy, your fasting will bear no fruit.
When you fast, if your mercy is thin your harvest will be thin; when you fast, what you pour out in mercy overflows into your barn. Therefore, do not lose b y saving, but gather in by scattering. Give to the poor, and you give to yourself. You will not be allowed to keep what you have refused to give to others. (Taken from The Liturgy of the Hour pg. 1 - Sermon by Paul Chrysologos,)
THE POPE'S CORNER, MEETING WITH BARNABAS AND UPDATED REPORTS
"Whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and the Blood of the Lord... For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11: 27-28)
Pope Benedict XVI does not want the faithful receiving Communion on their hand nor does he want them standing to receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. According to Vatican liturgist, Monsignor Guido Marini, the pope is trying to set the stage for the whole church as to the proper norm for receiving Communion for which reason communicants at his papal Masses are now asked to kneel and receive on the tongue. The Holy Father's reasoning is simple: "We Christians kneel before the Blessed Sacrament because, therein, we know and believe to be the presence of the One True God." (May 22, 2008)
According to the pope the entire Church should kneel in adoration before God in the Eucharist. "Kneeling in adoration before the Eucharist is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and today" (May 22, 2008
The pope's action is in accord with the Church's 2000 year tradition and is being done in order to foster a renewed love and respect for the Eucharist which presently is being mocked and treated with contempt. The various trends and innovations of our time (guitar liturgy, altar girls, lay ministers, Communion in the hand) have worked together to destroy our regard for the Eucharist, thus advancing the spiritual death of the church. After all, the Eucharist is the very life and heartbeat of the Mystical Body around which the entire Church must revolve.
Kneeling also coincides with the Church's centuries old ordinance that only the consecrated hands of a priest touch the Body of Christ in Holy Communion. "To priests alone has been given power to consecrate and administer to the faithful, the Holy Eucharist." (Council of Trent) This teaching is beautifully expressed by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica: "Because out of reverence towards this sacrament, nothing touches it, but what is consecrated: hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest's hands, for touching this sacrament."
Today Communion in the hand is carried on illegally and has become a major tool of the enemy to destroy the Faith throughout the world. For this practice serves no other purpose than to warp our conception of Jesus Christ and nourish a contempt for the sacred mysteries. It is no wonder St. Basil referred to Communion in the hand as "a grave fault." That is to say, Communion in the hand is not tied with Catholic tradition. This practice was first introduced to the Church by the heretical Arians of the 4th century as a means of expressing their belief that Christ was not divine. Unfortunately, it has served to express the same in our time and has been at the very heart of the present heresy and desecration that is rampant throughout the universal Church. If we have 'abuse' problems today it is because we're abusing the Sacrament - it's backfiring on us!
Thanks to Communion in the hand, members of satanic cults are now given easy access to come into he Church and take the Host so that they bring it back to their covens where it is abused and brutalized in the ritualistic Black Mass to Satan. They crush the Host under their shoes as a mockery to the living God, and we assist it with our casual practice? Amongst themselves the satanists declare that Communion in the hand is the greatest thing that ever happened to them, and we do nothing to stop it?
Hence, the Holy Father is doing his part to try to purge the Church of abuse and we as members of Christ are called upon to assist him. For your encouragement we include the following quotation from Cardinal Llovera, the new perfect for the Vatican's Congregation for Diving Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments speaking to Life Site News on July 22, 2009: "It is the mission of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments to work to promote Pope Benedict's emphasis on the traditional practices of liturgy, such as reception of Communion on the tongue while kneeling."
Also worth considering is the recent decree from Cardinal Caffarra, the Archbishop of Bologna Italy, forbidding the practice of Communion in the hand: "Many cases of profanation of the Eucharist have occurred, profiting by the possibility to receive the consecrated Bread on ones palm of the hand...Considering the frequency in which cases of irreverent behavior in the act of receiving the Eucharist have been reported, we dispose that starting from today in the Metropolitan Church of St. Peter, in the Basilica of St. Petronius and in the Shrine of the Holy Virgin of St. Luke in Bologna the faithful are to receive the consecrated bread only from the hands of the Minister directly on the tongue." (from his decree on the reception of the Eucharist, issued April 27, 2009)
Technically all bishops and clergy are bound to follow the Holy Father's directive on this issue, but in the meantime the faithful are not obliged to wait for the approval of their bishop in order to kneel for God. The directives of the Holy Father are not subject to the veto or scrutiny of the bishops and therefore all pastors and laity have a right and duty to put these directives into practice for the edification of their communities. Our Lady's Workers of Southern California". David Martin (Jmj4today@att.net).
PROPER DISPOSITION AFTER COMMUNION:
Preparing for Holy Communion by making a good confession. Eucharistic fast and abstinence, that is, keeping your bowel free from food and drinks a few hours before Mass (at least an hour but preferably longer) and maintaining holy silence (not talking much before Mass but meditating on the imminent great event of receiving the Lord of all creation into your unworthy heart) are all very important. But equally important is our attitude after Communion. We mujst commune properly with the Lord, that is, telling Him how much we love Him and how sorry we are for our sins, imperfections and neglects as well as our regrets for the offences of the militant Church and the world. Then we can proceed to tell Him all the intimate details of our own agonizing souls, plead for His mercy and Divine assistance and, above all, listen. Listening is very imperative, Do not fritter away precious time in idle talk (and gossip) which may neutralize your Communion. This exercise is a spiritual one of which receiving is only one stage. It is not the right time to sing either. Let the choir carry on while you are conversing with the Lord and King of your soul for as long as youi can but not less than fifteen to thirty minutes.
Dear Sister Aurora,
May the Lord's blessings of this Great Month be with you and all our devotees scattered throughout the United States and the Americas. We hope you are all happy and zealous as are our members here. We are all one family joined together by the Most Precious Blood.
So far, this year, we have marked a number of events beginning with our national feast of Pentecost in May which took place in the Awka Diocese with a large turnout of our members and with an enthusiastic welcome by the diocesan Church authorities. Then, between 26th and 28th June, all recipients of the Rose of Perfect Purity gathered at the Holy Land of Adoration for a retreat with Barnabas, attended by priests and religious as well. We reviewed some of the basic teachings of this devotion such the Fifteen Levels of Perfection, the Golden Mind of Peace (how to pray) and the Dark Night of the Soul (dealing with some of the more deadly sins of our time, anger, lust, envy and so on). It is our hope that Barnabas will be able to share these teachings with you all someday soon.
We seize this opportunity to address some of the difficulties you are experiencing. In particular we are distressed over the problems posed by rebellious elements being instigated and organized by Patricia Fason in Florida, who was dismissed by Bishop Ayo Maria from being director four years ag. She has ceased to be a member of this apostolate even by her own admission in a letter she wrote accepting her dismissal. Her group bears a different name and has illegally issued a prayer book containing largely her own prayers. It was Patricia's disobedience and failure to comply with truthfulness that earned her a sack. Yet she persists in misleading people, claiming she did in recent times that she is in touch with Barnabas, Bishop Ayo Maria and some of our preists and that they all support her. These lies are obviously mortal sins as well as her acts of disobedience and rebellion.
We have a few disgruntled elements here as well who bare a different name but who print an illegal version of our prayer book and disobey Church authorities including Bishop Ayo Maria. Their activities have militated against this devotion, especially in the Enugu Diocese, but we are happy to announce that many Bishops now know the truth and have distinguished the difference between our genuine members an the imposters like Patricia there in America and her unfortunate members. The Lord permits this atack by the devil for reasons of purifying us and keeping us on our toes. He said in a message to Barnabas that He would even permit dishonest and greedy persons to print this prayer book for the good of souls, but in the end, they will still pay for their falsehood and disobedience. So, the lesson from all this is that you keep calm and maintain peace. Even through the court case which Patricia instituted against Queenship publishers was judged in favor of Queenship and the apostolate, we prefer to obey the judge then disgrace Patricia openly. In this apostolate, we place premium on holy obedience, to God, the Church and every constituted authority.
If you and our members there remain obedient, peaceful, loving and forgiving of all who offend you (even Patricia and her cohorts) the Lord will transform the crosses you are carrying now into multiple blessings.
We also want to seize this opportunity to express our joy and gratitude over the enormous work the American apostolate under your able leadership has done in reaching out to the Spanish-speaking Americans. It is as a result of your Spanish edition of the prayer book that we are now present in parts of Panama, but more so in Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. We are sure this accounts partly for Our Lord telling Barnabas during the last Holy Week that this devotion "is spreading now like wild fire across the world."
It is our hope that, apart from the Spanish edition and related dialects, the French edition will soon take Canada like a storm. We have noted particularly the personal efforts of Mrs. Mary Agnes Kumar there with you in Houston and Maria Isable in Venezuela. We pray regularly for you and we are sure the Lord regards you all and protects you with considerable jealousy as His cherished lovers and children.
It is our hope that Barnabas will link up with you in the Philippines and that much fruit will be borne in that meeting. Already, we have many Filipinos in the devotion, including Mr. Edwin Salazaar, an industrialist here in Nigeria, who is consecrated with his wife to the Precious Blood. He has promoted this devotion in the Philippines and Indonesia and is a patron of the apostolate.
May God bless you personally, bless, too, Mary Agnes, Maria Isabel and all your able lieutenants and all of Christ's lovers and consolers in the Americas.
Thank you all so much and we look forward to when you can visit us here in Nigeria.
Josehat Ilo - President
*Fidel Odum - Secretary General
*About Fidel Odum - we are sorry to inform you that Fidel passed away. Please include him into your prayer: "May the light shine on Fidel and may he rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ in his kingdom. Amen"