Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Little-known Shrine

Two years ago, through Domenico Bettinelli's blog, I discovered the shrine for Father Patrick Power, a young priest who died in 1869. The grave/shrine is in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden Massachusetts.

I had a chance to visit the grave again last week and took a couple of pictures on my phone camera...

The prayer on the photo above is

O Jesus, who filled your servant, Father Patrick Power, with profound veneration for Your boundless mercy and compassion for all, deign, if it be Your holy will, to grant me, through his intercession, the grace for which I fervently pray.........

Be mindful of Father Patrick's spirit of sacrifice and self-denial, and reward his virtue by granting the petition which, with childlike confidence, I present to You through his intercession.

It was composed by Father Bernard Shea, a retired (do any of them really retire?!) 91-year-old priest at St Mary's in Melrose. Please say a prayer for Father Shea, who fainted while celebrating the 4 pm Mass at St Mary's last Saturday. Thankfully, he is fine and resting comfortably.

1 comment:

Jackie Parkes said...

Interesting post..thankyou.