Introduction

This blog contains regular postings relating to the Traditional Latin Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes regular commentary on the saints days and the liturgical cycle, with brief background and extracts from the liturgy both in Latin and English. Much of the material has been extracted from the 'St Andrew's Daily Missal', Dom Gueranger's 'Liturgical Year', or similar sources.

Related website: http://www.liturgialatina.org/





Monday, 1 December 2014

Ordo for 2014 - highly recommended


The St Lawrence Press has announced the publication of its 'Ordo Recitandi' for 2015 - the complete guide to the masses and offices to be celebrated throughout the year, according to the unreformed Roman rite (i.e. 5th typical edition of 1939).

The Ordo contains the necessary directions for those who wish to sing the Office and Mass of any day in the Liturgical Year according to the classical Roman Rite. The Ordo details those changes which arise due to the interaction of the Temporal and Sanctoral cycles. In addition the Ordo contains detailed information concerning the celebration of the various classes of Votive Masses e.g. Masses of External Solemnities, rubrics for the Forty Hours.

It is the 42nd anniversary of this Ordo being produced. When it was first produced, it was typed up by Miss Penelope Renold (RIP), a friend of the current writer. It's all in Latin, so isn't light reading for the casual enquirer, but is a guide for those who want to know what should be celebrated on which day.

The Ordo costs £10 plus postage, and may be ordered from: http://www.ordorecitandi.org.uk

Why not buy one for yourself, and another for your favourite traditionalist priest or seminarian?

Thursday, 27 November 2014

27th November, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
(pro aliquibus locis)


The devotion commonly known as that of the Miraculous Medal owes its origin to St Catherine Labore, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, to whom the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared three separate times in the year 1830, at the mother-house of the community at Paris. On the second occasion, Sister Catherine records that the Blessed Virgin appeared as if standing on a globe, and bearing a globe in her hands. As if from rings set with precious stones dazzling rays of light were emitted from her fingers. These, she said, were symbols of the graces which would be bestowed on all who asked for them. Sister Catherine adds that around the figure appeared an oval frame bearing in golden letters the words "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee"; on the back appeared the letter M, surmounted by a cross, with a crossbar beneath it, and under all the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the former surrounded by a crown of thorns, and the latter pierced by a sword. (Catholic Encyclopaedia)

Erit quasi signum in manu tua, et quasi monuméntum ante óculos tuos, et ut lex Dómini semper sit in ore tuo. * Confitémini Dómino et invocáte nomen ejus: annuntiáte inter gentes ópera ejus.
It shall be a sign in thy hand, and as a memorial before thine eyes, and that the law of the Lord be always in thy mouth. * O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon His name: tell forth His deeds among the nations.
(Exodus 13:9 and Psalm 104:1 from the Introit of Mass)

Dómine Jesu Christe, qui beatíssimam Vírginem Maríam, Matrem tuam, ab orígine immaculátam innúmeris miráculis claréscere voluísti: concéde; ut, ejúsdem patrocínium semper implorántes, gáudia consequámur aetérna.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast willed that the most blessed Virgin Mary, Thy mother, sinless from the first moment of her conception, should be glorified by countless miracles: grant that we, who never cease from imploring her patronage, may attain in the end to eternal happiness.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia on the Miraculous Medal: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10115a.htm

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

25th November, St Catharine, Virgin and Martyr

St Catharine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

Catharine was born at Alexandria. From youth she combined the study of the liberal arts with the ardour of faith. At the age of 18, she rebuked the Emperor Maximinus for tormenting the Christians. He assembled the most learned men, to bring her over to idolatry, but she succeeded in converting several of them.

Maximinus then ordered her to be scourged with rods and with whips weighted with lead. Then he had her tied to wheels armed with sharp swords. But the machine broke down and the tyrant caused her to be beheaded. She died about 310. After her death her body was carried by angels to mount Sinai. She is one of the 14 auxiliary saints. Christian philosophers honour her as their patroness.

Loquebar de testimoniis tuis in conspectu regum, et non confundebar: et meditabar in mandatis tuis, quae dilexi nimis. * Beati immaculati in via, qui ambulant in lege Domini.
I spoke of Thy testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed: I meditated also on Thy commandments, which I loved. * Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:46-47,1 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui dedísti legem Móysi in summitáte montis Sínai, et in eódem loco per sanctos Angelos tuos corpus beátae Catharínae Vírginis et Mártyris tuae mirabíliter collocásti: praesta, quaesumus; ut, ejus méritis et intercessióne, ad montem, qui Christus est, perveníre valeámus.
O God, who on the top of mount Sinai didst give the law to Moses, and in wondrous wise, by means of Thy holy angels didst place there the body of blessed Catharine, Thy virgin and martyr: grant that, through her merits and prayers, we may come to the true mountain which is Christ.
(Collect)

Monday, 24 November 2014

24th November, St Chrysogonus, Martyr

St Chrysogonus, Martyr

St Chrysogonus, martyr, after having been long in chains was taken to Aquileia, by order of Diocletian, and there beheaded and thrown into the sea. He is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass (first list of saints). In his church at Rome is held the Station on Monday in Passion Week.

In virtute tua, Domine, laetabitur justus: et super salutare tuum exsulatabit vehementer: desiderium animae ejust tribuisti ei. * Quoniam praevenisti eum in benedictionibus dulcedinis: posuisti in capite ejus coronam de lapide pretioso.
In thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall rejoice: and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart's desire. * For Thou hast gone before him with blessings of sweetness: Thou hast set upon his head a crown of precious stones.
(Psalm 20:2-3,4 from the Introit of Mass)

Adésto, Dómine, supplicatiónibus nostris: ut, qui ex iniquitáte nostra reos nos esse cognóscimus, beáti Chrysógoni Mártyris tui intercessióne liberémur.
Give heed, O Lord, to our supplications: may we, who acknowledge our sinfulness, by the intercession of blessed Chrysogonus, Thy martyr, obtain our deliverance.
(Collect)

Catholic Encyclopedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03742b.htm

24th November, St John of the Cross, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

St John of the Cross, Confessor and Doctor of the Church



Born in Old Castile in 1542, he took the name of John of the Cross, on entering the Order of Mount Carmel. He always had a great devotion to the Passion of our Lord and his predominant virtue was abnegation. He obtained from God not to pass a day without suffering and to die where he would be unknown to all.


He helped St Teresa in reforming the Order, and introduced the primitive observance among the friars. He was also equal to St Teresa in explaining divine mysteries.


Struck down at Ubeda, by a cruel disease, he died embracing the crucifix and exclaiming: "Glory To God" in 1591. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI in 1926.



In medio Ecclesiae aperuit os ejus: et implevit eum Dominus spiritu sapientiae et intellectus: stolam gloriae induit eum. * Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime.
In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and He filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. * It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O most High.
(Ecclesiasticus 15:5 and Psalm 91:2 from the Introit of Mass)



Deus, qui sanctum Joánnem Confessórem tuum atque Doctorem perféctae sui abnegatiónis
et Crucis amatórem exímium effecísti: concéde; ut, ejus imitatióni júgiter inhaeréntes, glóriam assequámur aetérnam.

O God, who didst endow holy John,Thy confessor and doctor, with a wonderful love of self-denial and with a surpassing love of the cross; grant that by following ever in his footsteps, we may obtain everlasting glory.
(Collect)



The Dark Night
a poem by St John of the Cross



On a darkened night,
Anxious, by love inflamed,
-- O happy chance! --
Unnoticed, I took flight,
My house at last at peace and quiet.

Safe, disguised by the night,
By the secret ladder I took flight,
-- O happy chance! --
Cloaked by darkness, I scaled the height,
My house at last at peace and quiet.

On that blessed night,
In secret, and seen by none,
None in sight,
I saw with no other guide or light,
But the one burning in my heart bright.

This guide, this light,
Brighter than the midday sun,
Led me to the waiting One
I knew so well -- my delight!
To a place with none in sight.

O night! O guide!
O night more loving than the dawn!
O night that joined
The lover with the Beloved;
Transformed, the lover into the Beloved drawn!

Upon my flowered breast,
For him alone kept fair,
There he slept
There I caressed,
There the cedars gave us air.

I drank the turret's cool air
Spreading playfully his hair.
And his hand, so serene,
Cut my throat. Drained
Of senses, I dropped unaware.

Lost to myself and yet remaining,
Inclined so only the Beloved I spy.
All has ceased, all rests,
Even my cares, even I;
Lost among the lilies, there I die.



From the Catholic Encyclopedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08480a.htm

Sunday, 23 November 2014

23rd November, St Clement I, Pope and Martyr

St Clement I, Pope and Martyr


Pope St Clement is named third in the Canon of the mass after the apostles. He was the third successor of St Peter (after Linus and Cletus). The letter of St Clement to the Corinthians is one of the most precious documents of the earliest Christian centuries.

The Epistle of the mass identifies this saint with a Clement who was an auxiliary of St Paul. Most scholars think that this was a different Clement.
According to tradition, he was relegated to Chersonese during Trajan's persecution, and cast into the sea with an anchor attached to his neck (about 100). His body was carried to Rome, under the pontificate of Nicholas I and solemnly laid to reast in the church which had been built in his honour.

This church, where the Station is held on the Monday of the second week in Lent is one of the most interesting in Rome, because it kept much of the plan and furniture of an ancient Roman basilica; the atrium, the ambos with their chancels, the altar turned towards the congregation, with separate parts of the building for catechumens, faithful and clergy.

Dicit Dominus: Sermones mei, quos dedi in os tuum, non deficient de ore tuo: et munera tua accepta erunt super altare meum. * Beatus vir qui timet Dominum: in mandatis ejus cupit nimis.
The Lord saith, My words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of they mouth: and they gifts shall be accepted upon My altar. * Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; he delighteth exceedingly in His commandments.
(Isaias 59:21 and Psalm 111:1 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui nos ánnua beáti Clementis Martyris tui atque Pontíficis sollemnitáte laetíficas: concéde propítius; ut, cujus natalítia cólimus, virtútem quoque passiónis imitémur.O God, who dost give us joy by the yearly festival of Thy blessed martyr and bishop Clement: grant that we who keep his birthday may also imitate his fortitude in suffering.
(Collect)

Catholic encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04012c.htm

Last Sunday after Pentecost

Last Sunday after Pentecost



It's the last week of the liturgical year - next Sunday will be Advent Sunday, the start of a new cycle. As the liturgical year come to a close, the texts of the mass meditate on the end of the world.


The preparation for both Advents of Christ engrossed the Church's care during the Season of Advent: His first advent of mercy, and his second advent of justice. The Gospel of this Sunday was, in ancient times, an Advent Gospel, when that season had more than four Sundays. The collect bears the same character. The shortening of Advent made of them a prophetic reading and an appropriate prayer for the last Sunday of the year. The Apostle exhorts us to behave in a manner worthy of the Saviour and to bring forth all kinds of good works, in order that we may bear all trials with patience and joy.


The Gospel today, our Lord's sermon predicting both the fall of Jerusalem and the End of the World, is called the 'Eschatological Discourse.'


In England, this Sunday is often called popularly "Stir Up" Sunday, from the first words of the Collect, Excita. There is a popular tradition of making Christmas puddings at this stage - stirring them up. Some of the other Advent collects also start with the word, Excita. So this is a season for stirring - both ourselves, and puddings.



Dicit Dóminus: Ego cógito cogitatiónes pacis, et non afflictiónis: invocábitis me, et ego exáudiam vos: et redúcam captivitátem vestram de cunctis locis. * Benedixísti, Dómine, terram tuam: avertísti captivitátem Jacob.
The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: you shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places. * Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
(Jeremias 29:11-12,14 and Psalm 84:2 from the Introit of Mass)



Excita, quaesumus, Dómine, tuórum fidélium voluntátes: ut, divíni óperis fructum propénsius exsequéntes; pietátis tuae remédia majóra percípiant.
Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful people, that they more earnestly seeking the fruit of divine service, may receive more abundantly healing gifts from Thy tender mercy.
(Collect)

23rd November, St Felicitas, Martyr

St Felicitas, Martyr



St Felicitas, the mother of seven martyred sons, was beheaded after them for the faith of Christ, in Rome, by order of the Emperor Marcus Antoninus, AD 150.

Her seven sons have their feast day on 10th July.


Me exspectaverunt peccatores, ut perderent me: testimonia mea, Domine, intellexi: omnis consummationis vidi finem: latum mandatum tuum nimis. * Beati immaculati in via, qui ambulant in lege Domini.The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have understood Thy testimonies, O Lord: I have seen an end of all perfection: Thy commandment is exceeding broad. * Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the Law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:95-96,1 from the Introit of Mass)


Praesta, quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, beátae Felicitátis Martyris tuae sollémnia recenséntes, méritis ipsíus protegámur et précibus.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we may be protected by the merits and prayers of blessed Felicitas, Thy Martyr, whose feast we keep.
(Collect)



From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06028a.htm

Saturday, 22 November 2014

22nd November, St Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

St Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr



Born at Rome, of the illustrious family of the Coecilii, Cecilia as a child consecrated her virginity to God. Forced to marry Valerian, a young pagan, she said to him: "Valerian, I am placed under the guardianship of an angel who protects my virginity." Valerian declared that he would believe in Jesus Christ if he saw the angel. Cecilia sent him first to Pope Urban, in the Catacombs, to be baptized. Valerian saw the angel, and got his brother Tiburtius to be baptized; he also saw the angel. A short time after, both brothers were martyred under the prefect Almachius (feast day 14th April). Finally the latter arrested Cecilia and ordered her to be put to death in her house. This was about AD 230.


Her body was discovered in 1599 by Cardinal Sfondrati, just as it was at the moment of her death, in her house transformed into a church, in the Trastavere. Here is held the station on the Wednesday in the second week of Lent. The name of St Cecilia is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass, in the second list of saints.


"At the sound of musical instruments," says the first antiphon at Vespers, "the virgin Cecilia sang to God in her heart." On this account she has been chosen as the patroness of musicians.



Loquebar de testimoniis tuis in conspectu regum, et non confundebar: et meditabar in mandatis tuis, quae dilexi nimis. * Beati immaculati in via, qui ambulant in lege Domini.
I spoke of Thy testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed: I meditated also on Thy commandments, which I loved. * Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:46-47,1 from the Introit of Mass)



Deus, qui nos ánnua beátae Caecíliae Vírginis et Mártyris tuae solemnitáte laetíficas : da, ut, quam venerámur offício, étiam piae conversatiónis sequámur exémplo.
O God who dost gladden us by the annual festival of blessed Cecilia, Thy virgin and martyr: grant that we who revere her with our service, may also follow the example of her pious life.
(Collect)



Vírginis Proles Opiféxque Matris,
Virgo quem gessit, peperítque Virgo:
Vírginis partos cánimus decóra
Morte triúmphos.

Son of a Virgin, Maker of thy Mother,
Thou, Rod and Blossom from a Stem unstained,
Thou, King of Virgins, hearken as we honour
Virginal glories.
(Hymn from Matins)



Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03471b.htm

Friday, 21 November 2014

21st November, Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



This feast is founded on a tradition, recorded by two apocryphal gospels, but which is probably authentic, relating that the Blessed Virgin was presented in the temple of Jerusalem when three years old, and that she lived there with other girls and the holy women who had them in their care. Already in the 6th century the event is commemorated in the East. Gregory XI in 1372 heard of that feast, kept in Greece on 21st November, and introduced it at Avignon. Sixtus V in 1585 extended it to the whole Church. Clement VII raised it to the rank of a greater double.

Salve, sancta parens, enixa puerpera Regem: qui caelum, terramque regit in saecula saeculorum. * Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Hail, holy Mother, thou who didst bring forth the King who rules heaven and earth for ever and ever. * My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.
(Ps. 44: 2 )


Deus, qui beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, Spíritus Sancti habitáculum, hodiérna die in templo praesentári voluísti: praesta, quaesumus; ut, ejus intercessióne, in templo glóriae tuae praesentári mereámur.
O God, Who wast pleased that on this day the Blessed Virgin, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, should be presented in the Temple, grant, we beseech Thee, that, by her intercession, we may deserve to be presented in the temple of Thy glory.
(Collect)



Catholic Encyclopedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12400a.htm

Thursday, 20 November 2014

20th November, St Felix of Valois, Confessor

St Felix of Valois, Confessor



St Felix, of the royal family of Valois, retired to a desert, near Meaux, where he was joined by St John of Matha. In consequence of a vision, they went to Rome. Innocent III approved the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, founded by them for the ransoming of captives. They were ready to suffer hunger and thirst and all sorts of ill-treatmnet to deliver their brethren. On their return to France, favoured by King Philip-Augustus and by the Lord of Chatilon, they founded the monastery of Cerfroi. St Felix died in 1212.

The Feast of St John of Matha is on 8th February.


Justus ut palma florebit: sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur: plantatus in domo Domini: in atriis domus Dei nostri. * Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime.
The just shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
(Psalm 91:13-14,2 from the Introit of Mass)


Deus, qui beátum Felicem Confessórem tuum ex eremo ad munus rediméndi captívos coelitus vocáre dignátus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per grátiam tuam ex peccatórum nostrórum captivitáte, ejus intercessióne, liberáti, ad coeléstem pátriam perducámur.
O God, who didst vouchsafe by a voice from heaven to call blessed Felix to the work of the ransoming of captives: grant, we beseech Thee, that his holy prayers may free us from the bondage of sin, and may safely lead us to the heavenly fatherland.
(Collect)



From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06033c.htm


The Order of Trinitarians: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15045d.htm

20th November, Our Lady, Mother of Divine Providence

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Divine Providence
Saturday before the Third Sunday of November - pro aliquibus locis.



Honouring Our Lady under the title of Mother of Divine Providence originated in Italy in the 13th century. The devotion later passed to Spain, where a shrine was built in Tarragona, Catalonia. It later passed to Puerto Rico, where it became popular; she is regarded as principal patroness of Puerto Rico, under this title.


The imate of Our Lady of Divine Providence, venerated by the Servants of Mary, and other Italian religious orders and saints, shows the Virgin with the Divine Child sleeping peacefully in her arms. Its title has been attributed to St Philip Benizi, fifth superior of the Servants of Mary.

Múlier, ecce fílius tuus, dixit Jesus Matri: deinde dixit discípulo, quem diligébat: Ecce Mater tua. * Confitémini Dómino, quóniam bonus: quóniam in saeculum misericórdia ejus.
Woman, behold thy son, Jesus said to his mother: then He said to the disciple whom He loved: "Behold, thy mother." * Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
(St John 19:26-27 and Psalm 105:1 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, cujus providéntia in sui dispositióne non fállitur, te súpplices exorámus: ut, intercedénte beáta Vírgine ac Genetríce Fílii tui María; noxia cuncta submóveas, et ómnia nobis profutúra concedas.

O God, whose providence faileth not in its designs, we humbly entreat Thee, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Thy son, that Thou wouldst put away from us all hurtful things, and give us all things which are profitable for us.
(Collect)



[Our Lady of Divine Providence]Sources: http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bvmtext3.htm
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/engsix.html#pue



St Philip Benizi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Benizi_de_Damiani



Catholic Encyclopaedia on the Servites: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09750a.htm

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

19th November, St Pontianus, Pope and Martyr

St Pontianus, Pope and Martyr




Deported to Sardinia with the priest Hippolytus by order of the Emperor Alexander, St Pontianus was scourged to death in 235.
 
Statuit ei Dominus testamentum pacis, et principem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdotii dignitas in aeternum. * Memento, Domine, David, et omnis mansuetudinis ejus.
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince: that the dignity of the priesthood should be to him for ever. * O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness.
(Ecclesiasticus 45:30 and Psalm 131:1 from the Introit of Mass)


Be mindful of our weakness, O almighty God, and since the burden of our deeds is grievous to us, grant that the glorious intercession of blessed Pontianus Thy martyr and bishop may protect us.
(Collect)



From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12229b.htm

19th November, St Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow

St Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow



Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew, King of Hungary, was given in marriage to Louis IV, the saintly Landgrave of Thuringia. She was called the mother of the poor, and cared for the sick and the lepers with maternal tenderness, kissing their wounds with respect. At her husband's death, her brother-in-law expelled her from the castle at Wartburg and she could not find a shelter. She took the habit of the Third Order of Penance of St Francis, and died at the age of 24, AD 1231.

Cognovi, Domine, quia aequitas judicia tua, et in veritate tua humiliasti me: confige timore tuo carnes meas, a mandatis tuis timui. Beati immaculati in via, qui ambulant in lege Domini.
I know, O Lord, that Thy judgements are equity, and in Thy truth Thou hast humbled me: pierce Thou my flesh with Thy fear, I am afraid of Thy judgements. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:75,120,1 from the Introit of Mass).



O God of tender mercies, pour forth Thy light over the hearts of Thy faithful people: and graciously listening to the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth, make us to think little of worldly prosperity and to be ever gladdened by heavenly consolation.
(Collect)




From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05389a.htm

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

18th November, Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul

The Dedication of the Basilicas of the Holy Apostles SS Peter and Paul



The basilica of St Peter on the Vatican and that of St Paul outside the Walls, both erected by Constantine on the site of their martyrdom and built over their tomb, are hardly inferior, owing to their origin and importance, to the basilica of St John Lateran. They were also consecrated by St Sylvester, on 18th November.


At St Peter's is held the Station of the Saturday in Ember week, when Holy Orders are conferred; of the third Sunday in Advent, Epiphany, Passion Sunday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Pentecost, the Litanies of St Mark, and Rogation Wednesday. This church was completely rebuilt in the 16th century when it was falling into decay. Popes Julius II and Leo X had recourse to the greatest artists of the age, Bramante and Michaelangelo. Urban VIII consecrated this church, the vastest and richest in the world, on 18th November 1626.


The basilica of St Paul, on the Ostian Way, was, on account of distance, only used for the Station four times a year - Holy Innocents, Sexagesima, Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent or day of the great scrutiny, and Easter Tuesday. Having been completely destroyed by fire in 1823, the church was rebuilt with unheard of magnificence by Gregory XVI and Pius IX, and consecrated by the latter on 10th December 1854, two days after the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

Terríbilis est locus iste: hic domus Dei est et porta coeli: et vocabitur aula Dei. * Quam dilecta tabernacula tua, Domine virtutum! concupiscit, et deficit anima mea in atria Domini.
Terrible is this place: it is the house of God, and the gate of heaven; and it shall be called the court of God. * How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord.
(Genesis 28:17 and Psalm 83:2-3 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui nobis per síngulos annos hujus sancti templi tui consecrationis reparas diem, et sacris semper mysteriis representas incolumes: exaudi preces populi tui, et praesta; ut, quisquis hoc templum benefícia petiturus ingreditur, cuncta se impetrasse laetetur.

O God, who every year dost renew the day of the consecration of this Thy holy temple, and continuest to bring us in safety to Thy sacred mysteries, graciously hear the prayers of Thy people, and grant that all who enter this temple to implore Thy blessings, may rejoice in obtaining whatsoever they ask.
(Collect)



The Lord hath made this tabernacle * his holy place, for this is the house of the Lord, wherein we stand before his presence and cry unto him, and whereof it is written: My Name shall be there, saith the Lord.
(Magnificat Antiphon from 1st Vespers)



Blessed City, heavenly Salem,

Vision dear of peace and love,
Who, of living stones upbuilded,
Art the joy of heaven above,
And, with Angel cohorts circled,
As a bride to earth dost move!

(From the hymn, Caelestis Urbs Jerusalem)



From the Catholic Encyclopaedia on the Basilica of St Peter: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13369b.htm


From the Catholic Encyclopaedia on the Basilica of St Paul: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13369a.htm

Monday, 17 November 2014

17th November, St Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop and Confessor

St Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop and Confessor



St Gregory was born at Neo-Cesarea in Pontus about 200, and became bishop of his native city. God multiplied miracles in such a manner throughout his life, that he was surnamed Thaumaturgus, the Wonderworker. At his command, a mountain moved, so as to leave sufficient room for the building of a church. He died in 270.


Statuit ei Dominus testamentum pacis, et principem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdotii dignitas in aeternum. * Memento Domine David et omnis mansuetudinis ejus.
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince; that the dignity of the priesthood should be to him for ever. * O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness.
(Ecclus. 45:30 and Psalm 131:1. From the Introit at Mass).


Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the venerable solemnity of blessed Gregory, Thy Confessor and Bishop, may both increase our devotion and promote our salvation.
(Collect)


From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07015a.htm

Sunday, 16 November 2014

16th November, St Gertrude, Virgin

St Gertrude, Virgin



St Gertrude, called the Great, was a Cistercian. She entered the cloister as an oblate in 1261, at the age of five. On 27th January 1281, Gertrude being then just over 25, the Spouse of her soul  revealed Himself to her and favoured her with remarkable visions during the eight following years. At God's command, she related them in the wonderful book of her Revelations. We also have of her, the Book of Special Grace, the Exercises of St Gertrude, and the Prayers of St Gertrude. Gertrude died in 1334, consumed rather by the ardour of her love than by disease.

She was proclaimed patroness of the West Indies, and in New Mexico a town was built in her honour and still bears her name.


Dilexisti justitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: properea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo laetitiae prae consortibus tuis. * Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. * My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.
(Psalm 44:8,2 from the Introit of Mass)



O God, who in the heart of the holy virgin Gertrude didst provide for Thyself a pleasing abode; through her merits and prayers, do Thou cleanse from our hearts every stain of sin, and grant that we may enjoy fellowship with her for evermore.
(Collect)



Jesu, coróna Vírginum,
Quem Mater illa cóncipit
Quae sola Virgo párturit,
Haec vota clemens áccipe.

Jesu, the Virgins' Crown, do thou
Accept us, as in prayer we bow;
Born of that Virgin, whom alone
The Mother and the Maid we own.
(Hymn from Vespers, from the Common Office of Virgins)



From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06534a.htm

Saturday, 15 November 2014

15th November, St Albert the Great, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church

St Albert the Great, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church




Born in Swabia, Albert entered the Order of St Dominic, at the earnest entreaty and through the ardent prayers of blessed Jourdan of Saxony. He taught philosophy and theology at the Universities of Paris and Cologne. St Thomas Aquinas was one of his students. Made bishop of Ratisbon, he defended the church against the errors of Guillaume de Saint-Amour, and died at Cologne in 1280. He was canonized and proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1931.


In medio Ecclesiae aperuit os ejus: et implevit eum Dominus spiritu sapientiae et intellectus: stolam gloriae induit eum. * Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime.
In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and He filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. * It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O most high.
(Ecclus. 15:5 and Psalm 91:2 from the Introit of Mass)



O God, who didst make blessed Albert, Thy bishop and doctor, great in subordinating human wisdom to divine faith: grant us, we beseech Thee, to follow the footsteps of his doctrine that in heaven we may enjoy perfect light.
(Collect)



From the Catholic encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01264a.htm

Friday, 14 November 2014

14th November, All Souls of the Benedictine Order

All Souls of the Benedictine Order



Yesterday the Benedictine Order celebrated its saints - those who are now part of the Church Triumphant in heaven. Today it remembers its members who are part of the Church suffering, completing their purification in purgatory.



Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. * Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem: exaudi orationem meam, ad te omnis caro veniet.
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. * A hymn, O God, becometh Thee in Sion; and a vow shall be paid to Thee in Jerusalem: hear my prayer; all flesh shall come to Thee.
(Psalm 64. 2-3, from the Introit of Mass)



O God, Who grantest forgiveness and desirest the salvation of mankind, we beseech Thee in Thy mercy to grant that the brethren of our congregation, who have passed out of this life, may partake of everlasting bliss by the intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin and of all Thy saints.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

12th November, St Martin I, Pope and Martyr

St Martin I, Pope and Martyr



Not to be confused with St Martin of Tours, whose feast was yesterday, St Martin I became Pope in 649. He condemned the Monothelites, who only admitted a Divine will in Christ. He was treacherously seized by order of the heretical emperor Constant, and carried away to Constantinople. After enduring much suffering and humiliation, he was exiled to Chersonesus, where he died of fatigue on 16th September 665. His body was translated to Rome on 12th November, and was laid in the church of St Sylvester and Martin the Apostle of Gaul.


Sacerdotes Dei, benedicite Dominum: sancti et humiles corde, laudate Deum. * Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino: laudate et superexaltate eum in saecula.
O ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, praise God. * All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
(Daniel 3:84,87,57 from the Introit of Mass)


O God, who givest us joy by the annual solemnity of blessed Martin, Thy martyr and bishop, mercifully grant that we may rejoice in his protection, whose birthday we celebrate.
(Collect)



From the Catholic encyclopaedia on Pope St Martin I: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09723c.htm

On the Monothelite heresy: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10502a.htm

Monday, 18 August 2014

Pro Pace - For Peace

Commemoration for Peace.

The following commemoration was traditionally used at Vespers, at the end of the other commemorations, and is for Peace. That Peace "which the world cannot give."

It was used in the pre-1911 Breviary, on days which were semi-doubles or of lower rank. It found its way into Evensong in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. No doubt the revisers of 1911 thought that praying each day for peace was no longer necessary ...

In view of the current international situation, and a world which is far from peaceful, those who say the Office, and even those who don't, might like to add this to their daily prayers.

Pro Pace.

Antiphon. Da pacem Domine in diebus nostris, quia non est alius, qui pugnet pro nobis, nisi tu Deus noster.

V. Fiat pax in virtute tua.
R. Et abundantia in turribus tuis.


Oremus.
Deus, a quo sancta desideria, recta consília, et justa sunt opera: da servis tuis illam, quam mundus dare non potest, pacem; ut et corda nostra mandátis tuis dedita, et hostium sublata formidine, tempora sint tua protectione tranquilla.


For Peace.

Antiphon. Give peace in our time, O Lord, because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only Thou, O Lord.

V. May peace be within thy walls.
R. And plenteousness within thy palaces.

Let us Pray.
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed. Give unto Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give: that both, our hearts may be set to obey Thy commandments, and that also by Thee, we being freed from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in peace and quietness.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

29th July, St Martha, Virgin

St. Martha, Virgin

After having celebrated on the 22nd of this month the feast of St. Mary Magdalen, we honour to-day Martha, her sister.

The daughter of noble and rich parents, she lived at Bethany, two miles from Jerusalem. "Jesus," says St. John, "loved Martha and her sister Mary and Lazarus," wherefore He preferred to dwell at their house when He was in Judea. There He spent the days which preceded His death. Martha, who was the elder, therefore often had the honour of being the hostess of Jesus (Gospel, Communion), the divine Spouse to whom she had consecrated her virginity (Epistle). While busy with serving Jesus, she requested Him to bid Mary help her. And Jesus, without blaming her for ministering to His wants, made her understand that certain souls, called by God, choose a still better part, since they commence on earth what all shall do in heaven. Active life, with all its labours and fatigues endured for the sake of Christ whom we serve in our neighbour, is very meritorious; "happy however is the home where Mary causes the complaint of Martha" and refuses to take away from prayer a life which ordinary occupations might appear to claim.

God is indeed the author of all grace and wishes to be recognized as such; and contemplative life, which puts souls in direct contact with Him, assures their personal sanctification more fully and obtains more efficaciously the graces by which a Christian apostleship becomes fruitful. Let us esteem at its just value the position that Jesus reserves to Mary, and if He calls us to share in Martha's solicitude, let us endeavour, like the saints, to make up by the spirit of prayer for what is wanting in active life.

Dilexisti justitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: properea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo laetitiae prae consortibus tuis. * Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. * My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.
(Psalm 44:8,2 from the Introit of Mass)

Hear us, O God our Saviour; that as we rejoice in the festivity of blessed Martha, Thy Virgin, so we may be instructed in the affection of pious devotion.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09721b.htm

Monday, 28 July 2014

28th July, SS. Nazarius and Celsus Martyrs; Victor I, Pope and Martyr; Innocent I, Pope and Confessor

SS. Nazarius and Celsus Martyrs; Victor I, Pope and Martyr; Innocent I, Pope and Confessor 

The Church honours to-day several Saints who lived at different times and in different countries.

Nazarius, baptized by Pope St. Linus at Rome, in his turn baptized young Celsus who was born at Cimiez near Nice. They betook themselves to Milan, where they were arrested by the pagans and beheaded about the year 68. In 395 their bodies were discovered and in the tomb of St. Nazarius was found a phial of his blood as red as if it had been shed that very day.

Victor I, born in Africa, succeeded St. Eleutherius, on the pontifical throne. He fixed the date of Easter for the whole Church according to the rules observed still now. He decided that any one might baptize in cases of necessity with unblessed water. He was martyred under Septimus Severus, A.D. 202.

Innocent I was born at Albano and was a contemporary of St. Augustine and of St. Jerome. The latter wrote of him: "Keep the faith of St. Innocent who fills the Apostolic Chair and who is the successor and spiritual son of Anastasius, of happy memory; receive no other doctrine, however wise and attractive it may appear." He died A.D. 417.

Intret in conspectu tuo, Domine, gemitus compeditorum: redde vicinis nostris septuplum in sinu eorum: vindica sanguinem sanctorum tuorum, qui effusus est. * Deus, venerunt gentes in haereditatem tuam: polluerunt templum sanctum tuum: posuerunt Jerusalem in pomorum custodiam.
Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before Thee, O Lord; render to our neighbours sevenfold in their bosom; revenge the blood of Thy saints, which hath been shed. * O God, the heathens are come into Thy inheritance: they have defiled Thy holy temple: they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit.
(Psalm 78:11-12,1 from the Introit of Mass)

Sanctorum tuorum nos, Domine, Nazarii, Celsi, Victoris et Innocentii confessio beata communiat: et fragilitati nostrae subsidium dignanter exoret.
May we draw strength, O Lord, from the blessed confession of Thy saints, Nazarius, Celsus, Victor and Innocent and do Thou vouchsafe that it be ever a help to us in our weakness.
(Collect)

St Nazarius and Celsus: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10728a.htm
Pope St Victor I: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15408a.htm
Pope St Innocent I: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08011a.htm

Sunday, 27 July 2014

27th July, St Pantaleon, Martyr

St Pantaleon, Martyr

At Nicomedia, says the Roman Martyrology, was martyred St. Pantaleon, a doctor, who having been arrested on account of his faith by order of the Emperor Maximian, was tortured on the rack and burned with flaming torches; he was consoled in his torments by an apparition of our Lord; the sword put an end to his glorious combat. This was under Dioclctlim about A.D. 303. St. Pantaleon is numbered by the Greeks among the great martyrs. Medical men honour him, after St. Luke, as their principal patron. He is one of the "fourteen auxiliary saints".


Laetábitur justus in Dómino, et sperábit in eo: et laudabúntur omnes recti corde. * Exáudi, Deus, oratiónem meam, cum déprecor: a timóre inimíci éripe ánimam meam.
The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright of heart shall be praised. * Hear, O God, my prayer when I make supplications to Thee: deliver my sould from the fear of the enemy.
(Psalm 63:11,2 from the Introit of Mass)

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by the intercession of blessed Pantaleon, Thy martyr, we may both be delivered from all adversities in body, and be purified from all evil thoughts in mind.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11447a.htm

Saturday, 26 July 2014

26th July, St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church honours with the angels in holy joy (Introit), the mother of the blessed Virgin Mary.

As her name signifies, grace was poured on her and she was blessed by God for ever (Communion). "By His grace He made her deserve to be the mother of the Mother of God" (Collect).

Filled with the virtues which the Holy Ghost grants to good women, the spouse of St. Joachim surpassed all women by her privileges and graces (Epistle). Her holiness made her leave everything for God, and she thereby acquired this pearl and this treasure (Gospel).

The devotion to St. Anne is founded on the bond which unites her to Mary and to the Incarnate Word. Its ancient liturgy dates from the sixth century for the East and the eighth century for the West. It was authorized by Urban IV in 1378. In 1584 Gregory XIII fixed July 26 as date of the feast and Leo XIII in 1879 extended it to the whole Church.



Gaudeamus omnes in Domino, diem festum celebrantes sub honore beatae Annae: de cujus solemnitate gaudent Angeli, et collaudant Filium Dei. * Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival-day in honour of blessed Anne; on whose solemnity the angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God.* My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.
(Psalm 44:2 from the introit of Mass)

Deus, qui beatae Annae gratiam conferre dignatus est ut Genitricis unigeniti Filii tui mater effici mereretur: concede propitius: ut, cujus solemnia celebramus, ejus apus te patrociniis adjuvemur.
O God, who didst vouchsafe to blessed Anne the grace to be mother of her who was to bring forth Thine only-begotten Son; grant, in Thy mercy, that we who keep her festival may be aided by her intercession.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01538a.htm

Friday, 25 July 2014

25th July, St Christopher, Martyr

St. Christopher

St. Christopher was a native of Chanaan. His name (who bears Christ) expresses his love of Jesus. A generous soul, he walked like a giant in the way of virtue. The piety of our fathers inspired by this grand allegory caused them to place a colossal statue of St. Christopher at the entrance to cathedrals. He was martyred towards A.D. 250. He is one of the " fourteen Auxiliary Saints".

In virtute tua, Domine laetabitur justus: et super salutare tuum exsultabit vehementer: desiderium animae ejus tribuisti ei. * Quoniam praevenisti eum in bendictionibus dulcedinis: posuisti in capite ejus coronam de lapide pretioso.
In Thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall joy and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart's desire. For Thou hast prevented him with blessing of sweetness: Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
(Psalm 20:2-3,4 from the Introit of Mass)

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who celebrate the festival of blessed Christopher, Thy martyr, may by his intercession be strengthened in the love of Thy name.
(Collect)


From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03728a.htm

25th July, St. James, Apostle

 St. James, Apostle

St. James, brother of St. John, and son of Zebedee, was a native of Bethsaida in Galilee. He is surnamed the Greater, i.e. the elder.

One day his mother, approaching the Saviour, asked of Him "the favour for her two sons to be seated, one at His right hand and the other at His left, in His kingdom" (Gospel). Christ then foretold their martyrdom. St. James "shall sit on a throne to judge the twelve tribes of Israel" (Communion), but he will first have to mix his blood with that of Jesus (Gospel) and undergo, like all the apostles, a life of suffering and persecution, such as the Epistle describes. After the Ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven, says the office of to-day, James preached His divinity in Judea and Samaria. He soon betook himself to Spain. When he returned to Jerusalem, Herod Agrippa, desiring to please the Jews, condemned him to death and he was beheaded towards the year 42, a short time before the feast of Easter.

It would seem, that for fear of the Arabs who were masters of Jerusalem, the body of the Saint was later carried to Compostella, in Spain, where he is greatly honoured. July 25 recalls the date of this translation. His name is inscribed in the Canon of the Mass with that of St. John, his brother (first list).

Mihi autem nimis honorati sunt amici tui, Deus: nimis confortatus est principatus eorum. * Domine, probasti me, et cognovisti me: tu cognovisti sessionem meam, et resurrectionem meam.
To me, Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. * Lord, Thou hast proved me, and known me; Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up.
(Psalm 138:17,1-2 from the introit of Mass)

Esto, Domine, plebi tuae sanctificator et custos: ut, Apostoli tui Jacobi munita praesidiis, et conversatione tibi placeat, et secura mente deserviat.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, keep and sanctify Thy people; that strengthened by the help of Thine apostle James, they may please Thee by their conduct and serve Thee with a quiet mind.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08279b.htm

Thursday, 24 July 2014

24th July, St. Christina, Virgin and Martyr

St. Christina, Virgin and Martyr

St. Christina, born in Tuscany, at the age of ten took away the silver idols in her father's house and broke them up. On this account she was delivered to the persecutors, tied to a post and pierced with arrows. She thus added to the merit of her virginity that of Christian fortitude (Collect).

This was under Diocletian towards A.D. 300.

Me exspectaverunt peccatores, ut perderent me: testimonia tua, Domine, intellexi: omnis consummationis vidi finem: latum mandatum tuum nimis. * Beati immaculati in via: qui ambulant in lege Domini.
The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have understood Thy testimonies, O Lord: I have seen an end of all perfection: The commandment is exceeding broad. * Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:95-96,1 from the Introit of Mass)

May blessed Christina Thy virgin and martyr, we beseech Thee, O Lord, implore for us Thy forgiveness; for she was ever pleasing unto Thee, both by the merit of her chastity, and by her confession of Thy power.
(Collect)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

23rd July, St. Liborius, Bishop and Confessor

St. Liborius, Bishop and Confessor

St. Liborius was born in the fourth century of a Gaulish family and left everything to consecrate himself to the service of the altar. He became bishop of Le Mans and after a life devoted to preaching, prayer and austerities he died in AD 397.

Statuit ei Dominus testamentum pacis, et principem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdotii dignitas in aeternum. * Memento, Domine, David, et omnis mansuetudinis ejus.
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince: that the dignity of the priesthood should be to him for ever. * O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness.
(Ecclesiasticus 45:30 and Psalm 131:1 from the Introit of Mass)

Be mindful of our weakness, O almighty God, and since the burden of our deeds is grievous to us, grant that the glorious intercession of blessed Liborius Thy martyr and bishop may protect us.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09143b.htm

23rd July, St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr

St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr

Apollinaris is said to have come from Antioch to Rome with St. Peter who anointed him bishop (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia) and sent him to Ravenna to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore the Epistle chosen is that in which St. Peter describes the duties of those who are to guide the Church, not domineering, but as models of the flock. The Gospel also says "that the one who is greatest shall be like the least, and the one who governs like the one who serves."

Arrested by the pagan priests, he was cruelly beaten and cast into prison, then exiled to the banks of the Danube and to Thrace. Having returned to Ravenna he was again persecuted, and died in 79 from the effects of torture and fatigue. Thus did he put to profit the talents entrusted to him by God (Communion).

In the midst of our trials, let us remain united to Jesus and He will prepare for us, as for this saint, a place in His kingdom (Gospel).

Sacerdotes Dei, benedicite Dominum: sancti, et humiles corde, laudate Deum. * Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino: laudate et superexaltate eum in saecula.
Ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, praise God. * All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
(Daniel 3:84,87,57 from the introit of Mass)

Deus, fidelium remunerator animarum, qui hunc diem beati Apollinaris Sacerdotis tui martyrio consecrasti: tribue nobis, quaesumus, famulis tuis: ut, cujus venerandam celebramus festivitatem, precibus ejus indulgentiam consequamur. 
O God, the rewarder of faithful souls, who hast consecrated this day by the martyrdom of blessed Apollinaris, Thy priest: we, Thy servants, beseech Thee to grant that the prayer of him whose feastday we keep, may obtain for us forgiveness.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01616a.htm

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

August 1, Day of Prayer for Christians persecuted in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East


"The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. 

August 1 is the First Friday of the month and the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, which is celebrated as a Third Class Feast in FSSP houses and apostolates.  It is the feast in which we read of the great power of the persevering prayer of members of the Church: “Peter therefore was kept in Prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)

This feast of our Patron should be an invitation to the faithful to join us in Holy Hours and other fitting prayers  to beg the Most Holy Trinity that these members of the Mystical Body may persevere in the faith, and that, like St. Peter, they may be delivered from this terrible persecution.  May such a day serve as a reminder to us of the stark contrast that stands between our days of vacation and ease, and their daily struggle for survival as they are killed or exiled from their homes."




22nd July, St Mary Magdalen, Penitent

St Mary Magdalen, Penitent

When He gave the Holy Ghost to the apostles, Jesus had told them to remit sins, as He had done, and to-day the liturgy recalls the ever memorable example of the Saviour's mercy towards repentant sinners.

Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, was of Magdala in Galilee, whence her name of Magdalen. She was a sinner.

Touched by grace, she threw herself at the feet of the Saviour. Simon the Pharisee, scandalized, would have repelled her like the haughty men mentioned by the prophet Isaias who says:  Away from me, approach me not for I am pure." Jesus, on the contrary "defends her against the calumnies of the proud" (Communion). Admiring the work of divine grace in this soul "henceforth attentive to His commandments, whilst sinful men would still have her fall into sin" (Introit), He mercifully "accepts the offer of her service" (Secret), and secures to her for ever a place of honour in His royal court (Offertory). Repentance has transformed her love. "Because she had loved much, many sins are forgiven her" (Gospel). Indeed, it was at her prayer that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Collect). And when after the crucifixion of Jesus, at which she was present in greatest sorrow and weariness, she seeks, like the spouse in the Canticle (Epistle) where they have laid her divine Lord ; Christ calls her by her name and commands her to announce His resurrection to the disciples. Wherefore the Creed is recited on this day as in the Masses of the apostles.

Following the example of Magdalen, which according to the Fathers represents the service of the Church towards Jesus, let us in a spirit of love and repentance pour out the treasure of our praises to Jesus present in the holy Eucharist (Secret); let us surround Him on the altar, in a spirit of faith which does not fear the pharisaic scandal, with all the splendour which becomes the house of God.

Me exspectaverunt peccatores, ut perderent me: testimonia tua, Domine, intellexi: omnis consummationis vidi finem: latum mandatum tuum nimis.* Beati immaculati in via: qui ambulant in lege Domini.
The wicked have waited for me to destroy me; I have understood Thy testimonies, O Lord: I have seen an end of all perfection: Thy commandment is exceedingly broad. * Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law ot the Lord.
(Psalm 118:95-96,1 from the introit of Mass)

Beatae Mariae Magdalenae, quaesumus, Domine, suffragiis adjuvemur: cujus precibus exoratus, quatriduanum fratrem Lazarum vivum ab Inferis resuscitasti.
May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalen help us, O Lord: for it was in answer to them that Thou didst call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life.
(Collect)

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
At that time : one of the pharisees desired Jesus to eat with him ; and He went into the house of the pharisee, and sat down to meat. And behold, a woman that was in the city, a sinner, when she knew that He sat at meat in the pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment; and standing behind at His feet, she began to wash His feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment. And the pharisee who had invited Him, seeing it, spoke within himself, saying: This man, if He were a prophet would know surely who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him, that she is a sinner. And Jesus answering, said to him: Simon, I have somewhat to say to thee: but he said: Master, say it. A certain creditor had two debtors, the one owed five hundred pence and the other fifty. And whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which therefore of the two loveth him most? Simon answering said : I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And He said to him: Thou hast judged rightly. And turning to the woman, He said unto Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house; thou gavest Me no water for My feet; but she with tears hath washed My feet, and with her hairs hath wiped them. Thou gavest Me no kiss ; but she, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss My feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint; but she with ointment hath anointed My feet. Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much : but to whom less is forgiven he loveth less. And He said to her : Thy sins are forgiven thee. And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves : Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And He said to the woman: Thy faith hath made thee safe; go in peace.
(St Luke 7:36-50)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09761a.htm

Monday, 21 July 2014

21st July, St Praxedes, Virgin

St. Praxedes, Virgin

The feast of St. Pius I, on July 11, recalled to our mind St. Pudentiana and her sister St. Praxedes, who placed their house at the disposal of this holy pontiff. The first appears in the Cycle on May 19, under the reign of the risen Lord, and the second on this day, under the reign of the Holy Ghost. On the Tuesday of the third week in Lent, the Station is held at Rome in the titular church of St. Pudentiana and on the Monday in Holy Week at the titular church of St. Praxedes.

This saint, a daughter of the Roman Senator Pudens, consecrated her virginity to God (Epistle), and renounced her great wealth in favour of the poor and of the Church. She thereby acquired the treasure and precious pearl of the heavenly kingdom (Gospel, Communion).

The religious ceremonies, which took place in her mansion, attracted the attention of the pagans. Many Christians were arrested there and led away to death.

She died under Antoninus in the second century, after having besought God to deliver her from the sight of such woeful scenes. Her body was laid by that of her father and sister in the cemetery of her grand-mother Priscilla.

Let us celebrate joyfully the feast of the blessed virgin Praxedes, in order to obtain thereby feelings of loving devotion (Collect).

Loquebar de testimoniis tuis in conspectu regum, et non confundebar: et meditabar in mandatis tuis, quae dilexi nimis. *Beati immaculati in via: qui ambulant in lege Domini.
I spoke of Thy testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed: I meditated also on Thy commandments, which I loved exceedingly. * Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:46-47,1 from the introit of Mass)

Exaudi nos, Deus salutaris noster: ut, sicut de beatae Praxedis Virginis tuae festivitate gaudemus; ita piae devotionis erudiamur affectu.
Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation, and grant that we who keep with joy the festival of blessed Praxedes, Thy virgin, may, by our feeling of loving devotion, advance in our know ledge of Thee.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12344b.htm

Sunday, 20 July 2014

20th July, St. Margaret, Virgin and Martyr

St. Margaret of Antioch, Virgin and Martyr

Margaret, who had been taught the Christian religion by her nurse, perished by the sword in the cruel general persecution, at Antioch in Pisidia towards 255-275. From the East her worship was carried to the West, during the Crusades. She is especially invoked by those about to become mothers. Her name is in the list of the fourteen auxiliary saints.

Me exspectaverunt peccatores, ut perderent me: testimonia tua, Domine, intellexi: omnis consummationis vidi finem: latum mandatum tuum nimis. * Beati immaculati in via: qui ambulant in lege Domini.
The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have understood Thy testimonies, O Lord: I have seen an end of all perfection: The commandment is exceeding broad. * Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:95-96,1 from the Introit of Mass)

May blessed Margaret Thy virgin and martyr, we beseech Thee, O Lord, implore for us Thy forgiveness; for she was ever pleasing unto Thee, both by the merit of her chastity, and by her confession of Thy power.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09652b.htm

20th July, St Jerome Emilian, Confessor

St. Jerome Emilian, Confessor

Born at Venice, of the patrician family of Emiliani, Jerome unreservedly gave himself up to the influence of divine grace "which on the ruins of the corrupt man, raised him as a new man made in the image of God" (Secret). Filled with the Spirit of adoption, which makes us children of the Father, he was chosen by heaven to be the Father of orphans and of the poor (Collect). As Jesus had asked the young man in the Gospel to do, he left everything and, like his Master, made little children come unto him (Gospel). He founded at Somascha, between Milan and Bergamo, a Congregation whose object was to educate youth in orphanages and colleges. Wherefore the Introit, applying to him the words of Jeremias, shows him full of compassion for children who, thanks to him, learned to praise the Lord. Dividing his bread with those who were hungry, and covering the naked, he opened asylums for the poor and gave them abundant alms with the help of the nobility of Pavia and Milan (Epistle, Gradual, Alleluia).

He died of the plague in 1537, having borne on his shoulders the plague-stricken to their burial place (Offertory).

Let us have recourse to the Father of mercies so that we may be filled like St. Jerome, with holy charity for the poor and for children.

Effusum est in terra jecur meum super contritione filiae populi mei, cum deficeret parvulus et lactens in plateis oppidi. * Laudate, pueri, Dominum: laudate nomen Domini.
My liver is poured out upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people, when the child and the suckling fainted away in the streets of the city. * Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord.
(Lamentations 2:11 and Psalm 112:1 from the introit of Mass)

Deus, misericordiarum pater: per merita et intercessionem beati Hieronymi, quern orphanis adjutorem et patrem esse voluisti: concede; ut spiritum adoptionis, quo filii tui nominamur et sumus, fideliter custodiamus
O God, the Father of mercies, grant, by the merits and prayers of blessed Jerome, whom Thou didst raise up to be the father and helper of orphans, that we may faithfully keep the spirit of adoption, whereby we are both in name and in deed Thy children.
(Collect)

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08343a.htm