Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Make a Holy Hour of Reparation for Our Country

After finding one of these at one of the perpetual adoration chapels I frequent (there are actually three in my area), I decided I had to have one of my own.  This booklet was first published during World War II and is still in print.  The Holy Hour of Reparation is meant to be made and recited aloud by a group, but there is no reason it cannot be made silently by a single person.  The booklet costs about $3.00, so even a bunch of them is easily affordable.

The prayers that make up this Holy Hour are refreshing in their straightforwardness, their lack of political correctness and effete pop psychological vocabulary, and their unabashed Catholicity.  Some of them refer to the world war, but they are no less pertinent today, and in the United States.  This one, recited after the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, is among my favorites:

To the Queen of the Holy Rosary

O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in these times of brazen impiety, show again thy power, with the signs which accompanied thy victories of old, and from the throne where thou art seated, dispensing pardon and grace, in pity watch over the Church of thy Son, His Vicar, and every order of the clergy and laity, suffering in grievous warfare.  Hasten, O most powerful destroyer of heresy, hasten the hour of mercy, seeing that the hour of judgment is daily challenged by innumerable offenses.  Obtain for me, the lowest of men, kneeling suppliant in thy presence, the grace which may enable me to live a just life on earth, and reign with the just in heaven, whilst with the faithful throughout the world, O Queen of the most holy Rosary, I salute thee and cry out: Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us!

Make a point of making a regular Holy Hour of Reparation for our country, especially during this critical election year, and encourage others to do the same.     

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