'LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.
Chasuble, liturgical vestment, the outermost garment worn by Roman Catholic priests and bishops at mass and by some Anglicans and Lutherans when they celebrate the Eucharist.
An ALB is a white vestment reaching to the feet, worn by clergy and servers in some Christian Churches.
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Saint John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous.
The cross of Jesus Christ symbolizes the epitome of love and self sacrifice. Greater love has no man, than that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). Jesus' death on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice of love that reconciles us to God. Crosses and crucifixes are powerful visual reminders of God’s love and serve as a witness of hope to the world. With crosses and crucifixes we are reminded to also bear our own crosses daily, and to help others bear their crosses, out of love for God. Catholic tradition places these sacred reminders in places of honor usually over a doorframe, above a bedpost, or in another prominent place. Wearing a blessed cross or crucifix around the neck is another wonderful reminder of Christ’s love.