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God our Father,
in a wonderful way you guide the work of angels and men.
May those who serve you constantly in heaven
keep our lives safe from all harm on earth.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Michael the archangel, whose name in Hebrew means “Who is like God?”, is revered as the leader of the angelic army who will conquer Satan and his armies of demons, and is considered the defender of the Church. Michael is more often represented in art thank any other angelic being. He is often shown wearing armor, in the act of slaying the great Dragon of the Apocalypse [Satan] in Revelation 12:7-9.
PRAYER TO ARCHANGEL MICHAEL for Protetction from Evil
Great Archangel Michael Archangel, defend us in battle,
be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the
May God rebuke our enemies, we humbly pray; and
do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of
God, thrust into Hell the Adversary and all other evil
spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of
For Protection Against Evil and Danger
Dear St. Michael, the Archangel, protect us, both body and soul from the Evil One, his followers and anyone who would approach us with malicious intent.
Protect us, our bodies, and our cars, as we travel about in our daily activities.
Protect us, our bodies, our home, our property and possessions during times of storm, from all dangers of lightning, high winds, hail and flood waters.
Heralded by the song of angels,
while sleeping under a starry night,
Shepherds awoke confused and frightened,
as angels calmed their fears on sight,
Witnesses they soon became,
to the blessed event of Jesus’ birth,
lying in a manger they came upon him.
glowing with an innocent smile
that charmed their hearts,
captured their minds,
and drew them to the path of love.
Animals surrounded the manger contentedly,
peaceful in the serene presence
and divine light of baby Jesus,
sweet selfless savior of immortal souls.
Thousands Line Up for Blessing From ‘Hugging Saint’
LINK – ABC NEWS
Dec. 20, 2006 — Thousands wait in line, often for hours at a time, to receive what they say is unconditional love — a hug from a woman dressed in a simple, white sari.
They call her Amma, which means “divine mother.”
Amma is affectionately known as “the hugging saint.” She is a 52-year-old Indian woman who dispenses hugs and in the process has gained international acclaim. She says she wants to comfort wounded hearts.
Her group has also committed $23 million for victims of the 2004 South Asian tsunami. She raises money selling books, tapes, and even her personal effects.
A Northern California shop contains thousands of items that Amma’s followers say came from her home in India. Devotees can buy anything from a hairbrush Amma once owned to a towel, which goes for $30.
Supporters say her charity rakes in $5 million a year in the United States alone.
Amma’s work has been internationally recognized. She addressed world leaders at the United Nations in 2000.
Amma has come a long way from her roots as the daughter of a poor Indian fisherman. She defied her traditional Hindu upbringing by embracing strangers, which was unheard of for a young woman.
She hopes to alleviate human suffering — one hug at a time.
When asked what she thought Americans needed, Amma responded simply.
“Peace and love,” she said through her translator. “That is universal.”
Amma began her hugging sessions in India. Today, she travels the world to spread her message of peace, coming to the United States twice a year. ABC News met her at her bucolic ranch in Northern California.
Rani and her son Vishnu flew from Atlanta to get a hug from Amma. They have been Amma devotees for four years, and Vishnu even has an Amma doll.
“I’m going to get it blessed by Amma at the Darshan,” he said.
Supporters say Amma has given 26 million hugs around the world, sometimes as many as 40,000 a day. No one is turned away.
“I like myself,” Amma told ABC News. ” I love myself, so I love everyone.”
The guru’s followers seem mesmerized in her presence. Some come for guidance, while others come for spiritual healing.
One rabbi said Amma had helped her deepen her faith in Judaism.
“I think she reminds us of where we came from,” she said.
Guru Raises Money for Charities
Amma says her true mission is to care for the poor around the world. Her followers say her charitable organization has helped millions of people, primarily in her home country of India.
VICTIMS SAY YESHIVA HID KID ‘ABUSE’
By HEIDI SINGER, ALEX GINSBERG, MURRAY WEISS and JOHN MAZOR
December 9, 2006 — A Brooklyn yeshiva covered up a rabbi’s long history of child molestation and threatened parents and children who tried to end the abuse, it was charged yesterday.
Officials of Yeshiva Mesivta Torah Temimah knew of Rabbi Joel Kolko’s attacks on young boys but ignored them because he was cleared by a rabbinical court, said lawyer Jeffrey Herman, who represents some of the alleged victims.
Details of Kolko’s lurid past rocked the close-knit Jewish community yesterday as the rabbi was arraigned on new sex abuse charges yesterday.
They involved a 6-year-old boy – and a 31-year-old man, who says he was abused as a boy and again when he went back to visit the school last year.
The yeshiva denied a coverup. Continue reading at Link – New York Post
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Vatican’s envoy in the Holy Land and bishops from three other churches have launched a rare joint attack on the Christian Zionist movement, accusing it of promoting “racial exclusivity and perpetual war.”
Christian Zionists form a growing part of the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, the Jewish state’s main ally. They believe the return of Jews to the Holy Land and establishment of Israel are proof of God’s promises to biblical patriarchs.
Churches in the Middle East often appear closer to the Palestinians, whose Christian minority makes up a substantial portion of their clergy in the region.
The “Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism” was signed by Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, a Palestinian, and by bishops of the Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran and Syrian Orthodox Churches in Jerusalem.
Many Christian Zionists are evangelical Protestants, and the declaration is a sign of a growing struggle between the groups.
“The Christian Zionist programme provides a world view where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism,” said the declaration, accusing Christian Zionists of hurting hopes for Middle East peace.
“We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual war,” the declaration added.
The three main Christian Zionist groups in Jerusalem said in a statement that they were concerned at the declaration’s “inflammatory language” and that it was far from the truth.
Christian Zionists stress Christianity’s Jewish roots. Some back the movement to settle the occupied West Bank, the cradle of Jewish civilization, which Palestinians want as part of an independent state. Continue reading at Link