Liturgical Colour : Purple/Violet
Esther 4 : 17n, p-r, aa-bb, gg-hh (Latin Vulgate version – Esther 14 : 1, 3-5, 12-14)
Seized with anguish in her fear of death, Queen Esther likewise had recourse to the Lord. Then she prayed to the Lord God of Israel : “My Lord, You Who stand alone, came to my help; I am alone and have no help but You. Through my own choice I am endangering my life.”
“As a child I was wont to hear from the people of the land of my forebears that You, o Lord, chose Israel from among all peoples, and our fathers from among their ancestors to be Your lasting heritage; that You did for them, all that You have promised.”
“Remember us, Lord; reveal Yourself in the time of our calamity. Give me courage, King of gods and Master of all power. Make my words persuasive when I face the lion; turn his heart against our enemy, that the latter and his like may be brought to their end.”
“Save us by Your hand; help me who am alone and have none but You, o Lord.”
Dear brothers and sisters, just as November last year brought the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) to the Philippines, which devastated many regions in Central Philippines and causing numerous death, displacement and sufferings, this month of December, we witness yet another Super Typhoon, Hagupit, on the same path as Haiyan and it has the potential to wreck even more damage and suffering to those who are still suffering from the effects of the last year Super Typhoon.
The above prayer is a prayer for deliverance from the calamities, especially from the typhoon as given by His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Manila. Let us all pray together as one people and one Church of God, that the Lord may show His mercy and love on His beloved people, those suffering, in the Philippines and also in the other parts of the world.
Pray, brethren, pray and devote our wishes to the Lord!
Sancte Michael Archangele,
St. Michael the Archangel,
defende nos in praelio;
defend us in battle
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Safeguard us against the wickedness and the snares of the devil.
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur:
May God therefore restrain him, we humbly pray:
tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis,
and you, the Prince of the heavenly hosts
satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute in infernum detrude.
by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan, and with him the other wicked spirits
who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.
(By Pope Leo XIII, in 1886, recited every time after the Holy Mass as an invocation for the intercession of the mighty Archangel in the rebuke of Satan)
Liturgical Colour : Green
Psalm 62 : 2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
O God, You are my God, it is You I seek; for You my body longs and my soul thirsts, as a dry and weary land without water.
Thus have I gazed upon You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.
I will bless You as long as I live, lift up my hands and call on Your Name. As with the richest food my soul will feast; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.
For You have been my help; I sing in the shadow of Your wings. My soul clings to You, Your right hand upholds me.