November 1: All Saints Day
The Catholic Church celebrates all those who have entered heaven, including saints who are recognized by the Church and those who are not. -Pope Urban IV
November 2: All Souls Day
On this day, we are called to remember those who have died,
And pray for their joyful reunion with you, their loving Creator. -From the All Souls Day Prayer.
November 10: Feast Day of St. Leo the Great
“Through the sacrament of baptism you have become a temple of the Holy Spirit. Do not drive away so great a guest by evil conduct and become again a slave to the devil, for your liberty was bought by the blood of Christ.” – St. Leo the Great
November 16: Feast Day of St. Gertrude
“O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary.
O my adorable and loving Savior, consume my heart with the burning fire with which Yours is aflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your love. Let my heart be united with Yours. Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things. May Your Will be the rule of all my desires and actions. Amen.”
– St. Gertrude
November 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The feast of the presentation of Mary dates back to the 6th century. It is based on an ancient tradition that says Mary was taken to the temple in Jerusalem and dedicated to God.
“Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” – Miraculous Medal
November 22: Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with his encyclical Quas Primas (“In the first”). His encyclical reminds the faithful that while governments and philosophies come and go, Christ reigns as king forever.
November 29: 1st Sunday of Advent
The first Sunday of Advent is also the first Sunday of a new liturgical year for the Church. Advent season is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. In this season, we recall two central elements of our faith: the final coming of the Lord in glory and the incarnation of the Lord in the birth of Jesus.
November 30: St. Andrew the Apostle
Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30, the following prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[mention your request]
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
Pope Francis Prayer Intention:
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.