02 November 2019

Dies irae • All Souls Day

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Dies irae, dies illa


Day of wrath and doom impending,
David’s word with Sibyl’s blending!
Heaven and earth in ashes ending!

O what fear man’s bosom rendeth
When from heaven the Judge descendeth,
On whose sentence all dependeth!

Wondrous sound the trumpet flingeth,
Through earth’s sepulchers it ringeth,
All before the throne it bringeth.

Death is struck, and nature quaking,
All creation is awaking,
To its judge an answer making.

Lo! the book exactly worded,
Wherein all hath been recorded;
Thence shall judgment be awarded.

When the Judge His seat attaineth,
And each hidden deed arraigneth,
Nothing unavenged remaineth.

What shall I, frail man, be pleading?
Who for me be interceding,
When the just are mercy needing?

King of majesty tremendous,
Who dost free salvation send us,
Fount of pity, then befriend us!

Think, kind Jesu, my salvation
Caused Thy wondrous Incarnation;
Leave me not to reprobation.

Faint and weary Thou hast sought me,
On the Cross of suffering bought me;
Shall such grace be vainly brought me?

Righteous Judge! for sin’s pollution
Grant Thy gift of absolution,
Ere that day of retribution.

Guilty, now I pour my moaning,
All my shame with anguish owning;
Spare, O God, Thy suppliant groaning!

Through the sinful woman shriven,
Through the dying thief forgiven,
Thou to me a hope hast given.

Worthless are my prayers and sighing,
Yet, good Lord, in grace complying,
Rescue me from fires undying.

With Thy favored sheep O place me,
Nor among the goats abase me,
But to Thy right hand upraise me.

While the wicked are confounded,
Doomed to flames of woe unbounded,
Call me with Thy Saints surrounded.

Low I kneel, with heart submission,
Crushed to ashes in contrition;
Help me in my last condition!

Ah! that day of tears and morning!
From the dust of earth returning,
Man for judgment must prepare him;

Spare, O God, in mercy spare him!
Lord all-pitying, Jesu Blest,
Grant them Thine eternal rest. Amen.

Words:   Thomas of Celano, 13th c.,
tr. William Josiah Irons, 1848.



John Eliot Gardiner conducts 
The English Baroque Soloists and The Monteverdi Choir. 
This performance was filmed at the 
Palau de la Musica Catalana
Barcelona in December of 1991.

26 October 2019

About Blessed Miguel Pro, Priest and Martyr

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The Feast of Blessed Miguel Pro is on the 23rd of November.  ¡Viva Cristo Rey!



Too often this feast gets overlooked in the USA because of the secular national observance of Thanksgiving Day.   It is a blessing that this year the feast day of Blessed Miguel Pro falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day.  

Christ the King, 
through the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro, 
I beg you to answer my prayers. 
Give me the grace and the strength necessary 
to follow his heroic example, 
and to live my Catholic faith.  Amen.

On the Church's liturgical calendar the 21st of November is the Commemoration of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The 22nd of November is the Feast of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr. And then on Saturday we have the feast day  of Blessed Miguel Pro, Priest and Martyr.



“We ought to speak,
to shout out against injustices
With confidence and without fear.
We proclaim the principles of the Church, 
the reign of love,
without forgetting that it is also 
a reign of justice.”

Blessed Miguel Pro

A Prayer of Blessed Miguel Pro

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¡Viva Cristo Rey!

A Prayer of Blessed Miguel Pro

I believe, O Lord, 
but strengthen my faith…

Heart of Jesus, 
I love Thee;
but increase my love.

Heart of Jesus, 
I trust in Thee;
but give greater vigour to my confidence.


Heart of Jesus, 
I give my heart to Thee;
but so enclose it in Thee
that it may never be separated from Thee.

Heart of Jesus, 
I am all Thine;
but take care of my promise
so that I may be able to put it in practice
even unto the complete sacrifice of my life.
Amen.


Blessed Miguel Pro, pray for us.

05 October 2019

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

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Todays the feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos of New Orleans.  Please visit the website for the Seelos Shrine in New Orleans: http://seelos.org

The Joyful Ascetic


O God,
who made your Priest Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos 
outstanding in love, 
that he might proclaim the mysteries of redemption 
and comfort those in affliction, 
grant, by his intercession,
that we may work zealously for your glory
and for the salvation of mankind.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.


28 September 2019

A quotation from Mother Angelica

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"You see, God expects His people 
to do the ridiculous 
so He can do the miraculous." 

Mother Angelica

21 August 2019

Eric Milner-White: Prayer of Confession

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O God our Father,
help us to nail to the cross of thy dear Son
the whole body of our death,
the wrong desires of the heart,
the sinful devisings of the mind,
the corrupt apprehensions of the eyes,
the cruel words of the tongue,
the ill employment of hands and feet;
that the old man being crucified and done away,
the new man may live and grow into the glorious likeness
of the same thy son Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
one God, world without end.

Amen.

The Very Revd Eric Milner-White, OGS

17 August 2019

An Anglican Office of Our Lady


Sometimes it is said by Roman Catholics that Anglicans have no Marian devotion. Although that may be true to say of some Anglicans, it is too broad a brush for the painting of the real picture.  

A great many Anglicans love the Blessed Virgin Mary, but the devotional life of Anglicans and Roman Catholics has developed very differently since the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.

As the Scottish Presbyterian theologian Elizabeth Templeton noted, Anglicanism is something of an ecclesiastical duck-billed platypus.  It contains many elements and approaches that seem to belong to different groups and religious beliefs.  

Among Anglicans in the period before the 1970's one could find many Anglicans who held a Marian devotion not unlike that of Roman Catholics.  Others held a devotion that in some ways was more like that of the Eastern Orthodox, and others held a very limited view of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  

There was no official Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Anglican national churches, but that did not mean that there were not Offices of Our Lady prayed at seminaries, certain university colleges, and in Anglican monastic communities.  

One such is example is "The Office of Our Lady" from Cambridge Offices and Orisons, 1921 arranged by Eric Milner-White and BTD Smith:


THE OFFICE OF OUR LADY

V.  O God, make speed to save us ;
R.  O Lord, make haste to help us.
V.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost ;
R.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Alelluia.

HYMN.

O GLORIOUS Maid, exalted far
Beyond the light of burning star,
From him who made thee thou hast won
Grace to be Mother of his Son.

That which was lost in hapless Eve
Thy holy Scion did retrieve :
The tear-worn sons of Adam's race
Through thee have seen the heavenly place.

Thou wast the gate of heaven's high Lord,
The door through which the Light hath poured.
Christians rejoice, for through a Maid
To all mankind is life conveyed !
Amen. 
[English Hymnal 215.]


Antiphon. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee : and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee.

MAGNIFICAT.

  MY soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
  For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessèd.
  For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
  And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
  He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
  He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
  He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
  He remembering his mercy hath hoplen his servant Israle : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.
  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost : As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiphon. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee : and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee.


CHAPTER. (REV. xii. 1.)

THERE appeard a great wonder in heaven ; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
R.  Thanks be to God.

V.  He brought me into the banqueting house : and his banner over me was love ;
R.  He brought me into the banqueting house : and his banner over me was love.
V.  He set the royal crown upon her head ;
R.  And his banner over me was love.
V.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost ;
R.  He brought me into the banqueting house : and his banner over me was love.
V.  Behold the handmaid of the Lord ;
R.  Be it unto me according to thy Word.
V.  The Lord be with you.
R.  And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin-Mother Mary to be a dwelling-place for thy Son ; Grant that we who rejoice in her commemoration may at her tender intercession be kept unspottèd, and made a pure temple for his dwelling ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

V.  The Lord be with you ;
R.  And with thy spirit.
V.  Let us bless the Lord ;
R.  Thanks be to God.

14 July 2019

An excerpt from 'On Love of the Poor' by St Gregory of Nazianzus

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Saint Gregory the Theologian writes:

“Human beings accumulate in their coffers gold and silver, clothes more sumptuous than useful, diamonds and other objects that are evidence of war and tyranny; then a foolish arrogance hardens their hearts; for their brothers in distress, no pity.

"What utter blindness! . . . Attend not to the law of the strong but to the law of the Creator. Help nature to the best of your ability, honour the freedom of creation, protect your species from dishonour, come to its aid in sickness, rescue it from poverty …. Seek to distinguish yourself from others only in your generosity. Be like gods to the poor, imitating God’s mercy.

"Humanity has nothing so much in common with God as the ability to do good.”


St. Gregory Nazianzen
 'On Love of the Poor'



17 June 2019

An Ascension Day Sermon by Bishop Hugh Gilbert

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This homily preached by Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB, of the Diocese of Aberdeen, Scotland on the Solemnity of the Ascension is worth hearing even though the Solemnity is now long past.  

Taking time to contemplate the meaning of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ is something few of us do, and so I encourage you to take the time to hear this gift of a homily from Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB.




14 June 2019

The Office of the Holy Spirit (Anglican Patrimony)

Tuesday at the Third Hour: The Spirit of Fellowship
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O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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

Alleluia.


HYMN

O HOLY Spirit, Lord of grace,
Eternal source of love,
Inflame, we pray, our inmost hearts
With fire from heaven above.

As thou dost join with holiest bonds
The Father and the Son,
So fill thy saints with mutual love
And link their hearts in one.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Holy Ghost.
Eternal Glory be from man,
And from the Angel-host. Amen. [English Hymnal 453.]


Antiphon.
The multitude of them that believed: were of one heart and of one soul.


PSALM CXXII.
Laetatus sum.

    I WAS glad when they said unto me : We will go into the house of the Lord.
2  Our feet shall stand in thy gates : O Jerusalem.
3  Jerusalem is built as a city : that is at unity in itself.
4  For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord : to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.
5  For there is the seat of judgement : even the seat of the house of David.
6  O pray for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that love thee.
7  Peace be within thy walls : and plenteousness within thy palaces.
8  For my brethren and companions' sakes : I will wish thee properity.
9  Yea, because fo the house of the Lord our God I will seek to do thee good.

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

Antiphon.
The multitude fo them that believed : were of one heart and of one soul.



CHAPTER. (EPHESIANS iv. 1-6)

WALK worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Thanks be to God.

If there be any fellwoship of the Spirit : be ye likeminded, having the same love;
If there be any fellowship of the Spirit: be ye likeminded, haveing the same love.

If any tender mercies and compassions ;

Be ye likeminded having the same love.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

If there be any fellowship of the Spirit : be ye likeminded, having the same love.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts;

To the which also ye were called in one body.

The Lord be with you;

And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

VOUCHSAFE, we beseech thee, Almighty God, to grant to the whole Christian people unity, peace, and true concord, both visible and invisible : through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Lord be with you;
And with thy spirit.

Let us bless the Lord;
Thanks be to God.
Cambridge Offices and Orisons
E. Milner-White, B.T.D. Smith
1921

09 June 2019

Collects for Pentecost / Whitsuntide

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GOD, which as upon this day hast taught the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit ; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort ; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer 1549

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, USA

Almighty ever-living God, who willed the Paschal Mystery to be encompassed as a sign in fifty days, grant that from out of the scattered nations the confusion of many tongues may be gathered by heavenly grace into one great confession of your name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Roman Missal, 3rd ed. of Pope St. John Paul II

GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer 1662

Heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life, we may never forget your presence but may remember that we are always walking in your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 The Church of Ireland, Anglican

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, USA

08 June 2019

“Grant me the light of Thy Holy Spirit”

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LORD JESUS CHRIST, who didst die for me and give Thyself for me, grant me the light of Thy Holy Spirit that I may know what Thou wouldst have me to do. I offer myself entirely to Thee to do what seemeth good in Thy sight : not my will but Thine be done. Correct whatsoever Thou seest amiss in me, strengthen my weak resolutions, restrain my wayward desires, remove all hindrances to the fulfilment of Thy will, and give me grace so to follow the leadings of Thy Providence, that my life may be spent to Thy honour and glory, in whatsoever way it pleaseth Thee, who livest and reignest, GOD for ever and ever. Amen. 

A Manual of Devotion 
The Rt. Rev. Thos. F. Gailor 
Episcopalian Bishop of Tennessee, USA 
1926

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