From the October 2018 edition…
Pope’s plea: Pray Rosary to overcome devil’s attacks
Pontiff’s dramatic plea to world’s Catholics
In a dramatic plea, the Holy Father Francis has urged Catholics all over the world to pray the Rosary every day during October to save the Church from the devil.
It is an initiative that signals how worried Pope Francis is about the scandals of clerical abuse, open division among bishops and cardinals, and challenges to the Pope’s authority and person. The Holy Father asks all Catholics to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire month of October, “asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael the Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.”
Pope Francis asks that Catholic conclude the recitation of the Rosary with the ancient invocation “Sub Tuum Praesidium”, and with the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel for protection in the struggle against evil.
Prayer – said the Pope – “is the weapon against the Great Accuser who ‘goes around the world seeking to accuse’. Only prayer can defeat him.
“The Russian mystics and the great saints of all the traditions advised, in moments of spiritual turbulence, to shelter beneath the mantle of the Holy Mother of God praying the ‘Sub Tuum Praesidium’, considered the Church’s oldest prayer to the Mother of God.”
The invocation “Sub Tuum Praesidium” is recited as follows:
“Sub tuum praesidium confugimus Sancta Dei Genitrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo Gloriosa et Benedicta”.
[We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin].
In a statement, the Holy See announced: “With this request for intercession the Holy Father asks the faithful of all the world to pray that the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle: to preserve her from the attacks by the devil, the great accuser, and at the same time to make her more aware of the faults, the errors and the abuses committed in the present and in the past, so that evil may not prevail.
“The Holy Father has also asked that the recitation of the Holy Rosary during the month of October conclude with the prayer written by Leo XIII:
“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”
Honoured at last
Glasgow memorial for St John Ogilvie
St John Ogilvie, Scotland’s only post-Reformation saint, is finally to be given a public memorial more than 400 years after he was hanged at Glasgow Cross.
A plaque telling his story will be unveiled on the martyred saint’s feast day of March 10th and will be the first in a series forming a new Glasgow City Council City Heritage Trail.
As campaigners warmly welcomed the move, Flourish can reveal that an anonymous benefactor is ready to make a very substantial donation to help pay for a statue of the saint to be placed nearby.
And council sources have indicated that any application to have a statue erected would be considered favourably.
Tony McCartney, a member of the Knights of St Columba, and chairman of the St John Ogilvie Campaign Committee, said: “This is wonderful news – and the latest step on a long road to have our saint recognised but at the same time we are realistic enough to know that it is, as they say, a marathon not a sprint.
“We definitely want to see a statue in place and a donor – obviously I can’t say who – is willing to make a very substantial contribution towards it.
“But we need to get it right so there’s a lot of work to be done yet.”
Councillor Franny Scally, who has been closely involved with campaigning groups, said: “We’ve been working with the group from the Archdiocese about some kind of commemoration to St John Ogilvie and I can now confirm we will be unveiling a memorial on his feast day, March 10th.
“The council will be erecting a plaque, which will form part of the City Heritage Trial we’re getting off the ground. So, St John Ogilvie’s plaque will be the first in a series of similar commemorations.
“The group has been really keen to promote the idea of a statue and we’ve been supportive of their efforts. An application to the planning department would be welcomed by the City Council. I understand the group has funding in place, which is great news.
“People might ask why we are commemorating someone who was executed on religious grounds 400 years ago. Well, the High Street, from the Cathedral to the Clyde, is the medieval heart of our city and its place in our history is something we want to recapture.
“The Reformation was one of the most significant events in Scots history and the execution of St John Ogilvie was a major event during it. For people of all faiths and none, St John Ogilvie is an important historic figure.
“As a boy at St Gregory’s Primary in Maryhill during the 1970s we prayed for the canonisation of John Ogilvie. So there’s a real personal satisfaction at something which was part of my own past, the city’s past, play a part in its present and future.”
One idea already pitched as a site for the statue is an existing empty niche of the Tontine building, a former bank, directly above the site at the Tolbooth where the saint met his death in 1615.
Permission for such a memorial to be installed can be a lengthy process – it took two years of planning and fund-raising before councillors agreed to allow the Homeless Jesus to be placed in its present city centre location behind St George’s Tron Church in Nelson Mandela Place.
John Ogilvie was hanged at Glasgow Cross on March 10, 1615 at the age of 36 after being tried for treason and tortured, unsuccessfully, to reveal the names of other Catholics during a period in history when the religion was outlawed.
In 1967 Glasgow dockworker John Fagan, a parishioner of Blessed John Ogilvie in Easterhouse, went into a coma after developing a large stomach tumour and the entre congregation prayed to the martyr for a miracle.
Doctors told his family to expect the worst but he recovered and after years of investigation by the Vatican the miracle was declared. John Ogilvie was canonised on 17 October 1976 by Pope Paul VI.
In his homily on March 10 last year, the Saint’s feast day, Archbishop Tartaglia said: “John Ogilvie was a Scot from Banffshire. He was a Jesuit priest. He died here in our city. He is an honorary Glaswegian. He belongs to Glasgow. And above all, his blood was shed for Christ here in Glasgow.
“We know he was executed at Glasgow Cross. We have the national shrine at St Aloysius, we have the renowned painting of our martyr which is displayed in this Cathedral.
“These tangible things help us to claim St John Ogilvie as our saint, to love him and to keep his memory alive.”