December 8, 2017

Hour of Grace (December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception) 恩寵聖時(十二月八日: 聖母無染原罪始胎節)



Each year, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. The period from 12:00pm to 1:00pm is known as the “Hour of Grace”. The Blessed Virgin promised that whatever a person asked Her for during this “Hour of Grace” (even in impossible cases) would be granted to them, if it was in accordance with the will of the Eternal Father.

Introduction
During the period of November 24, 1946 to December 8, 1947, the Blessed Mother appeared to Sister Pierina in a little church in Montichiari, Italy, eleven times. On the first appearance, the Blessed Mother told Sister Pierina that She wanted to be known as the Mystical Rose, and that an hour of grace should be kept at noon, December 8th, in all the Catholic Churches of the world. The Blessed Mother wanted this to be known through all of Italy, and the entire world.

It was November 16, 1947 when Sister Pierina was finishing her Thanksgiving after Holy Communion, when she saw a great light. She then saw a vision of the Blessed Mother as the Mystical Rose.

Sister was so deeply moved by the stunning beauty of Our Lady that she began talking to Her. All of a sudden, a gentle force made her kneel down in front of Our Lady. The Blessed Mother spoke these words, “My Son is so greatly offended by the sins of the people, especially by the sins of impurity. He is already planning to send the deluge upon the people, for their destruction, but I have asked Him to show mercy, and not send the destruction. So that is why I have appeared, to ask for penance and atonement for the sins of impurity.”

Then the Blessed Mother asked for an act of humility by Sister Pierina. She asked her to make the sign of the cross with her tongue on each of the four stones in the sanctuary. “This shall be a reminder to the people that I have appeared here… .” The Blessed Mother then stepped on each of the stones so that Her gown touched all four stones.

On the 22nd of November, Sister Pierina felt the overwhelming urge to go to church at 4:00. The Mother Superior, four Sisters, and a group of friends accompanied her. They were all saying the Rosary when the Blessed Mother appeared as before.

She instructed Sister Pierina to make the sign of the cross on the stones and fence them off so that no one would step on them.

Again, Our Lady asked for penance. She said, “Penance is nothing more than accepting all our crosses daily willingly. No matter how small, accept them with love.” At this time, She told Sister Pierina to come again December 8th at noon, “This will be my Hour of Grace.” The Sister asked how she was to prepare for this Hour of Grace? To which the Blessed Mother said, “With prayers and penance. Pray the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms three times. During the Hour of Grace, many spiritual graces would be granted. The most hard-hearted sinners will be touched by the grace of God.” The Blessed Virgin promised that whatever a person asked Her for during this Hour of Grace (even in impossible cases) would be granted to them, if it was in accordance with the Will of the Eternal Father.

It was December 7th when Sister Pierina felt the urge to go to church. This time she was accompanied by the priest and the Mother Superior. The Blessed Mother appeared with a young boy and girl dressed in beautiful white clothing. Sister Pierina was sure these little ones were… .

The Blessed Mother said, “Tomorrow I will show you My Immaculate Heart, which is known by so few among the people.” She asked people to pray for Russia. “There are so many people being held prisoners, which their families know nothing of, because they have been gone for so many years. Pray for the conversion of Russia. The suffering of the soldiers and their sacrifices and martyrdom will bring peace to Italy.”

“The little children are Francisco and Jacinta. I am giving them to you as your companions, you will have much to suffer for my sake. I want simplicity and goodness from you, as of these little children.” The Blessed Mother then blessed Sister Pierina, the priest and all those who were gathered there.

On the morning of December 8th, people began arriving at the little church at 8:00 in the morning from neighboring towns. By noon, some 10,000 people had gathered to see the Blessed Mother, many of whom had to stand outside because the church did not have enough room for the large crowd.

Sister Pierina was accompanied to church by her mother and brothers, the Mother Superior, and the Chief of Police from Montichiari. Sister was reciting the Rosary with the crowd in the middle of church. Suddenly, a brilliant white light appeared from the ceiling. Stairs were coming from the light down to the floor of the church, about fifteen feet in length.

The staircase was beautifully decorated with red, white and yellow roses. The Blessed Virgin appeared so radiant, dressed in white, with Her Hands folded. She was standing on a splendid carpet at the top of the stairs, made of the red, white and yellow roses.

In the Most Gentle and Loving Voice, Our Lady smiled and began to speak, “I am the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of all graces, and the Mother of my Beloved Son, Jesus. I want to be known as the Mystical Rose. My wish is that every year on the 8th of December, at noon, an “Hour of Grace” will be installed. Many spiritual graces and physical blessings will be received by those who pray undisturbed during this… .”

Then slowly, She began to descend the staircase, gracefully scattering roses as She went along, until She reached midway of the staircase. There again the Blessed Mother spoke, “I am very happy to see this great demonstration of Faith.”

Sister Pierina asked for many of the sinners to be forgiven. The Blessed Mother replied, “My Divine Son will show His Greatest Mercy as much as the people will pray for them. I want this to be known and told to Pope Pius XII. Tell him I want him to install the “Hour of Grace” through the whole world, and even those who are not able to go to church during this hour, will receive the same graces, by praying during this time in their home at noon time.”

She also asked that a Statue be made and placed on the spot where She stood. This should be called the “Rosa Mystica”, and carried in a procession through the town, at which time many graces will be given and cures will take place. Then the statue is to be returned to the church.

Our Lady prayed for the sick, some were cured, others were not. Many men, women and children were cured at that very instant.

A 26-year-old woman who could not say a word for nine months, suddenly began shouting, “I see Her, I see the Blessed Virgin.” A 18-year-old girl with ulcers was instantly cured. A five year old boy who had been paralyzed was told by the Blessed Mother, “Come to Me, you will be walking now.” He was placed on the blessed stones and was able to walk.

There were three others who were very sick and were immediately cured. But of course, the greatest miracles taking place were those of the spiritual blessings being shed upon the people gathered in the church.

The Blessed Mother said, “This is the last time I will appear here. Pray, keep and do penance on these stones, and you will receive the care of My Motherly Heart.” She then left the little church, but because of the unending Love of Our Heavenly Mother, She has given us “The Hour of Grace” to be spread through the entire world. She had given all the opportunity to demonstrate our love and trust to Her, and to help make reparation for the grievous sins offending Her Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

REQUEST OF THE BLESSED MOTHER FOR THE HOUR OF GRACE
  1. Day and time of the Hour of Grace: December 8th: Feast of the Immaculate Conception… to be started at 12 Noon and continues until 1 p.m. (one full hour of prayer).
  2. During this hour, the person making the “Hour of Grace” either at home or in Church must put away all distractions (do not answer the telephone, or answer any doors, or do anything but totally concentrate on your union with God during this Special Hour of Grace).

  3. Begin the Hour of Grace by praying three times the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms.
  4. The rest of the Hour of Grace may be spent in silent communication with God, mediating upon the Passion of Jesus, saying the Holy Rosary, praising God in your own way or by using favorite prayers, singing hymns, mediating upon other Psalms, etc.

PSALM 51
The Miserere: Prayer of Repentance.

A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him after his sin with Bathsheba

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness: that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
Turn away Thy Face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence: and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation: and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways: and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.
Deliver me from blood guilt. O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy justice.
O Lord, open Thou my lips: and my mouth shall proclaim Thy praise.
For Thou desirest not sacrifice: else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offering.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit: a heart contrite and humbled, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
Be bountiful, O Lord, to Sion in Thy kindness by rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt Thou be pleased with sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offerings and holocausts: then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

Glory to be the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Pray for Us.

*Note: Remember to pray for your COUNTRY during this hour. The Blessed Virgin has requested that Her important message be sent throughout the entire world. Please help the Blessed Virgin Mary to fulfill Her Mission well…that all souls be drawn to God and that Jesus will be loved in every heart. This is the Perpetual Song of Her Heart. Let it also be ours.

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每年的十二月八日,是聖母無染原罪始胎節正午12時至下午1時這段時間,是「恩寵的聖時」。聖母許下,不論在這個恩寵的聖時內向她求什麼 (即使求一些不可能的事),只要跟永生之父的旨意相符,她必賞賜。

簡介
在意大利一個名叫蒙地基亞里 (Montichiari) 的地方,有一座小聖堂。從一九四六年十一月二十四日起直到一九四七年十二月八日為止,聖母曾在那裡向畢耶蓮娜修女 (Sister Pierina) 顯現了十一次。

聖母在首次顯現時告訴畢修女,她願世人稱她為「玄義玫瑰」。她還要世人在十二月八日那天正午,在全世界所有的天主教聖堂裡,守一個恩寵的聖時。聖母盼望全意大利,全世界的人,都知道這事。一九四七年十一月十六日,畢修女參與彌撒,差不多謝完聖體時,她見到一道強光,接著又在神視中看見「玄義玫瑰」聖母。

聖母的美麗實在令人驚嘆,畢修女看見了,深受感動,便向她說起話來。忽然,有一股輕柔的力量推動她,使她跪在聖母跟前。聖母對她說「世人的罪,尤其是不潔的罪,嚴重地冒犯著我的聖子。祂正打算降下大災難,來毀滅世人,但我求祂大發慈悲,不要降下毀滅的災禍。所以我來顯現,要求大家贖罪,為不潔的罪而做補贖。」

其後,聖母要畢修女屈尊就卑,用舌頭在聖所裡的四塊石上,各劃一個十字聖號。聖母說:「這樣人們就會記得我曾在這裡顯現過……」接著聖母逐一踏過那四塊石,讓每一塊石都給她的長袍碰過。

十一月二十二日,畢修女覺得有股無可抗拒的力量,要她在四時到聖堂去。那時,她的長上、四位修女和一班朋友陪伴著她。大家正在念著玫瑰經時,聖母一如以往,又向畢修女顯現。聖母吩咐畢修女在那些石塊上劃十字聖號,然後用圍欄把它們隔開。

聖母一再要求世人做補贖。她說「補贖不外乎如此,就是要天天甘心接受自己所有的十字架。不論它們怎樣微不足道,都要懷著愛去接受。」在這個時候,她吩咐畢修女在十二月八日正午時再來,她說「這將是我的恩寵聖時。」修女問:她自己該怎樣去準備這個恩寵的聖時呢? 聖母回答說「要祈禱,要做補贖。念聖詠第五十一首三次,要張開雙臂念。在這個恩寵的聖時裡,天主會賜下許多靈性上的恩寵。連那些心腸最硬的罪人,也會被天主的恩寵所觸動。」聖母許下,不論在這個恩寵的聖時內向她求什麼 (即使求一些不可能的事),只要跟永生之父的旨意相符,她必賞賜。

十二月七日,畢修女又感到有一股力量催迫她到聖堂裡去。這一次,神父和她的長上都陪伴著她。聖母和一個小男孩、一個小女孩一起顯現,兩個小孩都穿著美麗的白衣,畢修女肯定他們就是……聖母說:「明天我要把我的無玷聖心顯示給妳,世人對我心的認識實在太少了。她叫世人為蘇聯祈禱。「有許多人被囚禁,而他們的家人卻毫不知情,因為他們已經多年不在家了。為蘇聯的皈依而祈禱吧,士兵們的痛苦、犧牲和殉道,將會給意大利帶來和平。」

「這兩個小孩是方濟各和雅仙達 (譯者按:1917年,這兩個小孩在葡國花地瑪看見聖母顯現,教宗若望保祿二世在2000年把他們列入真福品。) 我把他們給你,做你的良伴,你將來為我的緣故要受很多苦。我想你做一個單純而善良的人,就像這兩個小孩一樣。」之後,聖母祝福了畢修女、神父以及所有在場的人。

十二月八日,從早上八時起,就有很多人從鄰近的市鎮蜂擁而至。到了中午,約有一萬人聚在小聖堂內外,想見聖母。由於人數眾多而聖堂的容量有限,很多人都要站在外面。畢修女、她的母親、兄弟、長上、以及蒙地基亞里的警察局長一起來了。 正當畢修女在聖堂中央和眾人一起誦念玫瑰經時,忽然有一道明亮的白光從聖堂頂部射出來,又有梯級從那道光向下伸展,直達聖堂的地面,長約十五呎。

那道樓梯,給紅色、白色和黃色的玫瑰裝飾得很美麗。聖母容光煥發,身穿白衣,雙手合攏,站在樓梯頂上一張由紅玫瑰、白玫瑰、黃玫瑰所形成的華麗地毯上。 聖母微笑著,以最溫柔、最充滿愛意的聲音說話:「我是始胎無染原罪的,我是一切恩寵的母親,也是我愛子耶穌的母親。我願你們稱我為玄義玫瑰。我盼望在每年十二月八日的正午,制定一個『恩寵聖時』。那些在這個小時內不受干擾地專心祈禱的人,會得到許多靈性上和肉身上的恩寵……」

之後,聖母開始緩緩地拾級而下。她一面走,一面優雅地撒著玫瑰。走到摟梯中段時,聖母又說話了:「我很高興看見大家表現出這麼大的信德。」

畢修女為許多罪人求寬恕。聖母答說:「別人為他們祈禱得越多,我的聖子所顯示的慈悲也會越多。我想眾人都知道這事,也想教宗庇護十二世獲悉此事。告訴他,我想他在全世界各地制定『恩寵聖時』,甚至那些在這個小時之內不能到聖堂去的人,只要在正午這段時間內在自己家中祈禱,也能得到同樣的恩寵。」

她也要求造一座聖像,放在她所站立的地方。要稱這聖像為「玄義玫塊」,並要抬著它,在鎮內出遊。出遊時,天主會賜下許多恩寵,病人也會得到痊愈。之後要把這像抬回聖堂裡去。

那時,聖母為病人祈禱,有些人痊愈了,但有些人卻沒有。許多男人、女人和小孩都在那一刻霍然而愈。有個二十六歲的女子,九個月以來一直都不能說話,突然開口大叫:「我看見她,我看見聖母。」又有一個十八歲,患有潰瘍的女孩立時康復。有一個五歲大,癱瘓了的男孩,聽見聖母對他說:「來到我這裡,你現在快能走路了。」於是別人把他放在那些被祝聖的石塊上,之後他就能走路了。此外,還有三個病重的人立刻痊愈。但當然,所發生的最大奇蹟,是聚集在聖堂裡面的人在靈性方面所得到的祝福。

聖母說「這是我在這裡最後的一次顯現。你們要祈禱,把這些石塊保存,並在它們上做補贖,你們將會獲得我慈母的心的照顧。」說完之後,我們天上慈母就離開了那座小聖堂。

雖然她不再顯現,但她對我們懷著無盡的愛,把「恩寵聖時」賜給了我們,好讓我們把它傳遍普世。她給了每人一個好機會,讓我們向她表達我們的愛與信賴,她協助我們為那些冒犯她的聖子,我們的主耶穌基督的人所犯的重罪做補贖。

聖母對恩寵聖時的要求:
  1. 恩寵聖時的日子與時間:十二月八日聖母無玷始胎節,由正午十二 時開始,直到下午一時為止,要祈禱足足一個小時。
  2. 在這個小時內,在家裡或在聖堂裡守這恩寵聖時的人,要避免分心 (在這個特別的恩寵聖時裡,不接聽電話,不應門,甚麼都不做,只專心與天主契合。)
  3. 在開始守恩寵聖時的時候,張開雙臂,念聖詠第51首三次
  4. 念了聖詠第51首三次之後,在其餘的時間裡,可以靜默地與天主溝通,默想耶穌的苦難,誦念玫瑰經,用自己喜愛的方式或禱文來讚美天主,唱聖歌,默想聖詠……

聖詠第五十一篇
認罪懺悔

達味詩歌,交與樂官。
作於納堂先知前來指責他與巴特舍巴犯姦之後。

天主,求按照的仁慈憐憫我,依豐厚的慈愛,消滅我的罪惡。
把我的過犯洗盡,求把我的罪惡除淨,
因為我認清了我的過犯,我的罪惡常在我的眼前。
我得罪了,惟獨得罪了,因為我作了視為惡的事;
因此,在的判決上,顯出的公義,在的斷案上,顯出的正直。
是的,我自出世便染上了罪惡,我的母親在罪惡中懷孕了我。
既然喜愛那出自內心的誠實,求在我心的深處教我認識智慧。
以牛膝草灑我,使我皎潔,求洗滌我,使我比雪還要白。
賜我聽見快慰和喜樂,使粉碎的骨骸重新歡躍。
掩面別看我的罪過,求除掉我的一切罪惡。
天主,求給我再造一顆純潔的心,求使我心重獲堅固的精神。
不要從的面前把我拋棄,不要從我身上將的聖神收回。
使我重獲救恩的喜樂,求以慷慨的精神來扶持我。
我要給惡人教導的道路,罪人們都要回頭,向奔赴。
天主,我的救主,求免我血債,我的舌頭必要歌頌的慈愛。
我主,求開啟我的口唇,我要親口宣揚的光榮。
因為既然不喜悅祭獻,我獻全燔祭,也不喜歡。
天主,我的祭獻就是這痛悔的精神,天主,不輕看痛悔和謙卑的赤心。
上主,求以慈愛恩待熙雍,求重修耶路撒冷城。
那時,必悅納合法之祭,犧牲和全燔祭獻;
那時,人們也必要把牛犢奉獻於的祭壇。

願光榮歸於父、及子、及聖神;起初如何,今日亦然,直到永遠。亞孟。

聖母無染原罪始胎之后,請為我們祈求。

*記住:要在這個小時內為你的國家祈禱。聖母要求,要把她這個重要的訊息傳遍普世。請協助聖母瑪利亞好好地完成她的使命,使一切靈魂都歸向天主,並使耶穌為眾心所愛慕。這就是聖母聖心所吟詠的永恆之歌。讓她的歌曲,也成為我們所吟詠的歌曲吧。