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Diwali 2015 Ekadashi special: Know the shlokas and mantras to chant & seek  blessings of Lord Vishnu this Rama Ekadashi | India.com

Krishna Ekadashi. From 30 November, fasting day devoted to Goddess Ekadashi, who pleased Vishnu and was named by Him. Observed on every 11 Tithi (तिथि, day in the lunar fortnight) in the Hindu calendar. There are therefore two Ekadashi fasting days in a month, one during the Krishna Paksha waning fortnight and another during the Shukla Paksha waxing lunar fortnight. Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe Ekadashi fasting to seek His blessings and the fasting spans three days. They take a single meal on the afternoon of the day before the fasting day to ensure no residual food in the stomach the next day. They then keep a strict fast on Ekadashi day and break the fast on the next day only after sunrise. The eating of all types of grains and cereals is prohibited and devotees can choose to observe fasting without water, with only water, with only fruits or with a single food, according to their willpower. However, this should be decided before starting the fast. At times, Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days for staunch devotees who seek the love and affection of Lord Vishnu. Image: india.com.

English - Scottish - Welsh - Irish Martyrs: Saint ALEXANDER BRIANT, Jesuit,  1581

St Alexander Briant (1556-81). Feast Day commemorating the death of the Somerset Jesuit priest and martyr executed at Tyburn, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Ordained priest at 22, he was assigned to the English mission and laboured with zeal in Somerset. During the 1581 persecution, he was arrested and taken to the Tower of London to be tortured but was allowed to join the Society of Jesuit Fathers in England. He was arraigned with six other priests before the Queen’s Bench, Westminster on the charge of high treason, condemned to death and, on 1 December 1581, hanged, drawn and quartered with Edmund Campion and Ralph Sherwin. Through either malice or the carelessness of the executioner, he was put to needless suffering. Image: englishmartyrs.blogspot.com.

Prayer O God, in whom there is no change or shadow of alteration, You gave courage to the Holy Martyrs. Grant unto us, we beseech You, through their intercession, the grace to always value the Holy Mass. May we be strengthened to serve You in imitation of the courage of these Holy Martyrs. St Alexander Briant, Pray for us. Amen

Unsere Liebe Frau zur Alten Kapelle in Regensburg | Wish

Unserer Liebe Frau zur Alten Kapelle (Madonna di Ratisbona, Baviera, Our Lady of Ratisbon). One of the most famous examples of Our Lady’s bounty in granting favours to the wearers of the Miraculous Medal occurred less than ten years after the medal was struck. Alphonse Ratisbonne was a French Jew with no religion, filled with aversion towards his Catholic priest brother. Alphonse was a typical intellectual of the Nineteenth Century, a worshipper of humanity who sneered in his pride and ignorance at anything spiritual. In Rome unexpectedly in 1841, he was urgently asked to wear the Miraculous Medal and to recite daily the prayer of St Bernard, The Memorare, which he did in the spirit of acceptance but without faith. The following year, he visited a basilica that seemed to be plunged into darkness with all the light concentrated on one chapel, with our Blessed Mother bathed in glorious light. She asked him to kneel and he was seized by a great longing to be taken into the Church of Christ. The next day, he was baptised and the Pope ordered an official inquiry into the authenticity of the miracle, which was quickly recognised. The image of Our Lady of the Miracle is now over the altar of the side chapel in the Seventeenth-Century Basilica of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte in Rome, where she appeared to Alphonse Ratisbonne who devoted the remainder of his life to winning over his fellow Jews to Christ. Image: pinterest.com.