May God rest the soul of our Director, Sister Aurora Protomartir.
Aurora was called by the Lord on February 25, 2016. She battled a long and hard fight against Cancer, and many times prevailed. Through out her illness, she continued to serve the Lord with all of her heart and her strength, up until the day she passed away. He called her at 3:00a.m., the Lord's hour, on Thursday morning.- the culmination of the Hour of Gethsemene. This was truly a testament to her love and service to the Lord.
The Precious Blood Apostolate would not be where it is today. spread throughout not only the United States, but throughout the world without her untiring devotion and hard work. We can not put into words the gratitude we have for her guidance and help in making this powerful devotion what it is now.
We thank the devotees who have extended their condolences, love, and prayers. Please, continue to pray earnestly for Aurora; this is the highest blessing anyone can give.
The Cardinal of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese will be giving his directions this coming month for the continuation of this devotion, and he will reveal our new leadership for this beloved devotion in Texas.
In the meantime, Aurora, before passing, had granted unto Alejandrina Perez of Houston the authority and directorship to carry on the devotion.
Please pray for the Lord's guidance as we follow in Aurora's footsteps of promoting this devotion. We ask for your patience during this time of transition.
Every Thursday Evening
Gethsemane Vigil Prayer
11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
different parish locations
call your coordinator or our
Headquarters at 832-605-3730 for more information.
All are Welcomed to Join Us Every First Thursday of the Month for Holy Mass preceding the Gethsemane Pray at St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church, 4025 Grapevine St. Houston TX 77045 Web site: stbenedictchurchhouston.org
Todos son bienvenidos a acompanarnostodos los Primeros Jueves de comienzo de mes a la Misa despues de la oracion de Getsemani St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church, 4025 Grapevine St. Houston TX 77045
Y todos los Jueves hay Vigilia
en la Hora de Getseman de 11:00p.m. a 3:00 a.m.
En diferentes parroquias.
llame a su coordinador o nuestra
Sede en 832-605-3730 para más información.
Cordinadora, Carmen Cervantez Jasso Tel. 832-410-6814
Web site: stbenedictchurchhouston.org
We are excited to announce our newest additional Spiritual Director, Fr. Eugene Caguco, an Archdiocesan Priest from Houston, TX! Send him your warmest prayers and blessing welcoming him to this wonderful ministry.
Our thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother for the beautiful day and for bringing His people to attend the recent 3 years Retreat Program to receive the Rose of Perfect Purity that was held at the Carmelite Retreat Center here in Houston, Texas. We want to extend our thanks to those who came from other states, such as Oklahoma, New Orleans, Mississippi and New York. Also for those who respond our invitation to our devotees here in Houston, Texas. Also our thanksgiving to all the Carmelite nuns who were very supportive of our needs, the delicious food they served and the participation of their choir to our final Mass last Sunday. Overall thanksgiving to Lord Jesus Christ to accomplish all our works under His plan to served His people with his words with prayers and meditations that everyone feels the presence of the Holy Spirit this past weekend.
If anyone is interested in attending the forthcoming monthly meeting in Houston, TX scheduled on October 03, 2015, Saturday from 2:00 p,m, feel free to let us know!
The updated Precious Blood book has been released by the same publisher of the originial book, based in Nigeria, Queenship Pub. Co. The majority of the prayers remain the same, in addition to the letter from Bishop Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, Rose of Purity prayer and song, (the updated Spanish book will be released soon and includes the Renewal Prayer for 3 years program). Our prayer is that all devotees will continue their commitment to pray this great devotion and to continue to commit themselves to attend the weekly Gethsemane prayer on Thursdays in front of the Blessed Sacrament. We are excited to anounce that the updated book will also be translated in different languages.
Please note the important date on September 14, 2015 as feast of Exaltation of the Cross. In order to accommodate the time and date for everyone, we will celebrate on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. after the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass, to be held at Notre Dame Church at the Chapel with prayer and candlelight celebration until 10:00 p.m. Please try your best to come and pray with us with special intention for peace and unity in the world, especially in Nigeria, the Middle East, and to maintain the harmony and unity within all of the Precious Blood groups.- especially here in America.
A reminder to everyone that Pope Francis will visit United States to start from September 22nd, from Washington DC, to speak in Congress, and ends up to Sept. 27 to Philadelphia. They expect that more than 1 million people will attend to see the Pope. Please let us know if some of you would like to go to see our Pope Francis and include the Pope in our prayer for his good health, protection and safety and to accomplish what the Holy Spirit leads him to speak for continued unity and peace throughout the whole world. In addition, we are happy to inform you that we prepared a letter of request to have a special audience with Pope Francis to meet him in Rome. We have faith and trust to our Lord Jesus Christ to grant our request to meet with Pope Francis personally.
On October 10, 2015, Saturday, we will celebrate the Feast month of our Lady of Fatima. There will be 9 days novena to our Lady to start from October 5th and ends up to October 13th. Enclosed is the flyers for more details about Our Lady of Fatima feast celebration. Also enclosed is her latest message of our Lady in Medugorje. We need volunteers to help us for invitation, coordinators for Rosary prayer, Mass celebration, Procession and clean up. Please join us for this special celebration.
On October 31, 2015 – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, to be held at Notre Dame Church, at Parish Hall, located at 7720 Boone Rd., Houston, Texas 77072. This is a 1day RETREAT for all the COORDINATORS AND LEADERS. We encourage all the coordinators and assistant coordinators representing different churches especially that promotes the weekly vigil – GETHSEMANE HOURS from respective churches. The purpose is to continue the unity and closer relationship to one another as sisters and brothers in CHRIST. This will help everyone to continue your commitment and be a true leader of your group with compassion and humility to one another. And to have the TRUE LOVE IN OUR HEARTS WITH THE LOVE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BY OUR ACTIONS IN WORDS AND DEEDS. This is our 11th year of being with one another and we expect more brotherly and sisterly LOVE relationship to one another. This will help us be strong with Holy Spirit and to avoid any ‘devilish’ temptations to divide our ministry with any malicious attacks on our ministry. In addition, this will help everyone an opportunity to help us to evangelize and promote the prayers to everyone, especially in different States. Let us pray together with all leaders and coordinators to help us have closer relationship with all the leaders now that we growing and more devotees got interest to embrace and welcome this special devotion. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and enlighten everyone to attend this special Retreat of our times.
In conclusion, through prayers and invocation of the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Mother and all Holy Saints, and through continued spiritual guidance of our Spiritual Chaplains, we feel strong with all the ‘tools’ we need – the Rosary of the Blessed Mother, the Precious Blood devotion book, the Bible as the real TRUTH ON THE WORDS OF GOD – we need to “move on” with complete TRUST AND FAITH TO OUR HOLY GOD – and be obedient with HIM – LET GOD BE IN CONTROL AND ALLOW HIM TO RUN OUR LIFE IN HOLINESS.
See and read Proverbs 2:1-10 –The Treasure of Wisdom -…”then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God… For the Lord gives Wisdom…..then you will understand righteousness and justice…” God Bless to everyone
Sisterly in Christ through the Blessed 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.
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).
Guidelines for the Reception of Communion cited from the 2015 St. Joseph Sunday Missal
"As Catholics, we fully participate int he celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious offrave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reasonw here there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligationto make an act of perfect contriction, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (Code of Canon Law, canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all."
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"