Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Novena to St Genesius Day 2

Called to be Prophets

Life is indeed a great drama, a comedy perhaps. In terms of our faith, one of the great dramas in the Church, if not the greatest, is the Sacred Liturgy, where the Church worships God, not in her own terms, but through Christ her Saviour. In the teaching of the Church, in the Liturgy the Church enters into the prayer of Jesus Christ, the God-Man, to his Eternal Father, and in doing so, she is led into the heart of the Holy Trinity and into the Divine Conversation.  The Liturgy can then be seen as a prophetic action, since it is otherworldly, transcendent. As a great drama, the Liturgy teaches in a prophetic way, drawing our attention away from ourselves to God, teaching us to make his concerns our own and preparing us for the heavenly Liturgy which is already present on earth in the Church's worship. In participating in this sacred action we are transformed, nourished and prepared to be sent out as apostles and evangelists. However, if the prophetic dimension of the Liturgy is to be respected, acknowledged and experienced, fidelity to the Church's liturgical life and traditions are paramount. The Liturgy is not what we make it, if it is then it comes the handicraft of human beings and loses its divine dimensions and so ceases to be the Liturgy. The truly prophetic disciple is the one who embrace the liturgy as it is and seeks to embrace the mystery. The Liturgy is Christ's action and work, we enter into it when we enter into him and abandon ourselves to him. As men and women called to be prophets in the modern world, we make the Sacred Liturgy the centre of our lives and live it with fidelity. 


Prayer to St Genesius

Holy St Genesius,
martyr for Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit
through your acting 
you came to discover
the truth of the Christian faith.
In your first profession of that faith
you were baptized through the shedding 
of your blood,
offering your life for the praise and glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Pray for those who dedicate their lives
to the theatrical and cinematic arts.
Like you may they find the presence
of the Lord in their work 
and generously open their hearts
to his teaching,
living it in the midst of the challenges 
and demands of their calling.
In this novena, I remember most especially…., commending him/her to your care.

Let us pray: 
Eternal Father, in your love you call all men and women to come to know you and to share in your divine life. Through the intercession of your martyr, Genesius, who responded so generously to the grace of conversion, grant that the same grace may be given to those who as yet do not know you, and may be renewed in those who do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for healing through the intercession of St Genesius

Lord Jesus,
you took pity on the blind Bartimaeus
and healed him;
you raised Lazarus from the dead
and freed Mary Magdalen from seven
devils to count her among your disciples.
You made the blind see, the deaf hear,
the dumb speak, the lame walk,
you cleansed lepers and cast out demons.
You preached the Good News to the poor 
and bless those who are faithful to you.
Through the intercession of your 
faithful martyr, Genesius, 
grant your healing and consolation to the sick. 
Give them the strength to carry their Cross 
in union with you.
(We remember in particular _________.)
Help us to remain faithful to you in health 
and in suffering, conformed to your Cross; 
open our hearts to your will 
so your grace may transform our lives. 

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