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Novena to the Immaculate Conception for the USA

30 November 2016

Novena to the Immaculate Conception

Say once a day for nine days, starting on November 30 and ending on December 8

Fresco of the Immaculate Conception at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Wash. DC

Fresco of the Immaculate Conception at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Wash. DC


Immaculate Virgin! Mary, conceived without sin! Remember, thou wert miraculously preserved from even the shadow of sin, because thou wert destined to become not only the Mother of God, but also the mother, the refuge, and the advocate of man; penetrated therefore, with the most lively confidence in thy never-failing intercession, we most humbly implore thee to look with favor upon the intentions of this novena, and to obtain for us the graces and the favors we request. Thou knowest, O Mary, how often our hearts are the sanctuaries of God, Who abhors iniquity. Obtain for us, then, than angelic purity which was thy favorite virtue, that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone, and that purity of intention which will consecrate every thought, word, and action to His greater glory. Obtain also for us a constant spirit of prayer and self-denial, that we many recover by penance that innocence which we have lost by sin, and at length attain safety to that blessed abode of the saints, where nothing defiled can enter.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

V. Thou are all fair, O Mary.
R. Thou art all fair, O Mary.
V. And the original stain is not in thee.
R. And the original stain is not in thee.
V. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem.
R. Thou art the joy of Israel
V. Thou art the honor of our people.
R. Thou art the advocate of sinners.
V. O Mary.
R. O Mary.
V. Virgin, most prudent.
R. Mother, most tender.
V. Pray for us.
R. Intercede for us with Jesus our Lord.
V. In thy conception, Holy Virgin, thou wast immaculate.
R. Pray for us to the Father Whose Son thou didst bring forth.
V. O Lady! aid my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.

Let us pray

Holy Mary, Queen of Heaven, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and mistress of the world, who forsakest no one, and despisest no one, look upon me, O Lady! with an eye of pity, and entreat for me of thy beloved Son the forgiveness of all my sins; that, as I now celebrate, with devout affection, thy holy and immaculate conception, so, hereafter I may receive the prize of eternal blessedness, by the grace of Him whom thou, in virginity, didst bring forth, Jesus Christ Our Lord: Who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.


It’s The “Best of” Rave! “BUY #CATHOLIC FOR #CHRISTMAS ONLINE”

30 November 2016

Posted by Sofia

The greatest thing about battling chronic illness these past years is that it taught me that shopping is really much better online. The first Christmas I was bedridden I fretted about not being able to get those I loved, Christmas gifts.

3 kings with giftsOf course everyone knew I was worried and tried to console me by saying it didn’t matter. Really? I guess if the Magi got sick and couldn’t make it to the Epiphany that would be okay and it didn’t matter? I don’t believe it.

It isn’t about what you spend but it is about emulating Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar in giving a meaningful gift that symbolized the importance of what they experienced. This is why we give gifts at Christmas. After all it’s a BIRTHDAY, isn’t it?

That first year, long before it became cool to shop online, QVC rescued me along with a few other retailers. The Catholic shopping experience online hadn’t gelled yet or I would have definitely done that. The amazing thing is that I was able to get meaningful gifts and even the wrapping paper etc right down to disposable tape dispensers online. I got great deals and free shipping like crazy.

I thought how out of such a sad experience of having loved ones watching you in your illness was that I could surprise them with a gift wrapped under the tree! The joy that they received that year was not the actual gifts they received but that I could do that (with a creche_under_christmas_tree_religious_christmas_card__14674.1405357332.380.380little help from my nurse) and not make myself worse in the process. For a day they forgot that I was so sick and we shared our Christmas like other families.

I must admit I love going out to a store just once to experience the atmosphere but I only go out to get some cards and a new ornament for the tree and do my shopping to this day all online. I put on a fire, turn on the Christmas music, sit up in bed with the computer and do what I still can’t do because of bad heart days.

In my experience of becoming a pro shopper online (If you haven’t signed up for Ebates yet for cash back, email me at alwayscatholicblog@gmail.com and I will be glad to explain it and send you a link to sign up) I have found I have discovered gems on the Internet I might have missed otherwise.
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christine harkThe first of these gems is the new Christmas CD “Hark” from lyric soprano Christine Westhoff. Westhoff, as I have posted before, gave up a very promising career in opera to sing Sacred music for the glory of God. Christine Westhoff offers us a version of “O Holy Night” which I dare anyone to tell me it is not THE BEST. Similarly, the rest of the songs are exactly the balm our soul needs for this Holy Season in this crazy secular world. Now go buy “Hark” and listen to the REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON! Also, try “Ora Pro Nobis” as perhaps a gift for yourself, your priest or for anyone who loves beautiful music.

Here is the link to purchase “Hark” in CD format through Paypal or to contact Christine for other forms of payment:

Christine Westhoff.com

Both are available along with the digital versions here at CD Baby

Christine Westhoff is a new soprano for a new era in music. Hark AND Ora Pro Nobis available in digital format only on:

Amazon and Itunes

Now go do some shopping as I’m going to listen to O Holy Night for the 23rd time!
You won’t be sorry. In fact if the CD sells out you will be sorry you didn’t get more as gifts.

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The Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ have a Gift Shop online. It’s called Seignadou Soaps & More Monastery Gift Shoppe of the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey. Believe me, the soaps and lotions are some of the best I ever used and the “MORE” is so much more and as wonderful as the soaps. I am sharing the email they sent me today so that perhaps you will discover that The Cloister Shop is a terrific place to find the perfect gift.,. the best part? You are helping to support the nuns at this beautiful monastery. Two gifts for the price of one.

So here is the info so you can go over there right now and shop! I ask you to click on their ad on the right side of the page as your purchase there helps to defray our costs of paying the domain fee here at Always Catholic. While you go to the right side to click on their ad, please also go to Battle Beads Rosary and Jewelry site for the best in handcrafted Rosaries, Religious and secular jewelry.Lastly, a direct link for Christine Westhoff’s “Hark” CD is on the sidebar and you can go straight to their sites from clicking on the ad.

 

Seignadou Soaps & More

Monastery Gift Shoppe of the

Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ

Cloister Shoppe Christmas!

Don’t forget! The Cloister Shoppe closes on December 17th
so that we can more deeply prepare
our hearts and home for the coming of Christ!

In the monastery the sights and sounds of Christmas begin just a day or two before Christmas but it’s not until after we sing Matins and Midnight Mass and place the Infant Jesus in the crib that the lights are turned on and we listen to Christmas music!

We celebrate Christmas for the full 12 days!

But we know that you need to do your Christmas shopping and we hope you will find many special gifts from the Cloister Shoppe!

We know YOU KNOW about our soap…

But did you know about our Candles?….our Pens?…our Catholic books, DVD’s and music CD’s.

and much much more…

This is just a SAMPLE of the beautiful gifts which can be purchased from the nuns. The quality of their handmade items could be sold in the most exclusive shops in NY or LA. the packaging and presentation are as stunning as the items. Truly a pearl online! Now go now and save yourself time, gas, money and know that your gifts will be so appreciated and that the nuns will also be very grateful for your support.

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Love, love, love QVC but it is always this time of year to give truly unique Catholic gifts. As we approach tougher times to come, the best gift you can give someone is a unique Rosary, a bracelet that also is a Rosary and many other unique items that are jewelry and items of Faith.

The best I have found (and the Official Rosaries of Always Catholic) is at BattleBeads.com. Mary is someone who has been given the gift of making Rosaries that aren’t just beautiful, they are works of art. In addition, the Rosaries are made strong so they are practical as well.

The jewelry, both Religious and secular is some of the best quality I have seen and believe me SHOPPING is my middle name! Now, for the prices…RIDICULOUS and I mean ridiculously inexpensive. Mary is not looking to make money here. She wants people to pray and to get value for their money. Believe me, VALUE is what you get. The precious stones, the Swarovski crystals at prices NO ONE ELSE CAN BEAT!

Mary isn’t looking to get rich, this is a ministry, not a business. I must tell you that I have purchased jewelry and other interesting items that I have given as Christmas presents. The people I gave BattleBeads items to said it was their FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PRESENT. Hands down! Mary also has secular jewelry items that are stunning! Something for everyone…

So go to Battlebeads.com and do your shopping there, I guarantee you will be satisfied.
Most of all, Santa will be happy you are helping out!!

Happy Shopping!

Here’s a sample of Mary’s work:

Peach Rosary Brass Champagne Pearls Onyx Sacred Heart Rosary
Ruby Crystal Brass Rosary Aqua Swarovski Crystal Rosary Papal Pater Twirls Rosary
Cobalt Brigittine Rosary Onyx Rosary USA Chaplet
Life of Jesus BraceletOnyx Rosary Bracelet Millefiore Rosary BraceletCrystal Rosary Tree (NOT a 'cry tree') ;-) 5 Wounds ChapletMetal Angel Bookmark

Above is a selection of Rosaries, a Rosary Bracelet, a unique bookmark that I have given to many people and they love them! A really unique item and that is the Rosary Tree that stands on a nightstand or office desk.

Below, gorgeous Christmas earrings to wear while you shop online!
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I could do pages on Mary’s items but it’s easier to take my word for it and get to BattleBeads.com and shop!!! Items available for Christmas delivery, Mary will advise on shipping costs. (Also very very reasonable.)
Now, go!! Tweet me (@alwayscatholic) and let me know how happy you are with your purchase and I will offer a special Rosary for your intentions on a BattleBeads Rosary.

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Buy Catholic for Christmas!

Here are some additional links for monasteries and religious communities who sell outstanding products to support themselves.

Father Z’s Blog – Click on the Amazon Link to do your Amazon gift-shopping to help support FatherZ’s ministry.
Cistercian Nuns in Wisconsin – MONASTERY CRAFTSHOP – Hand & Prayer-Made Rosaries,Chotkis,Cards and Gifts
Sisters of Carmel – religious goods including custom rosaries using the “build a custom rosary” page
Mystic Monk Coffee – coffee, tea, drinkware, and more
Subiaco Abbey – Monk Sauce (Hot Sauce) and other food items, religious products, calligraphy, wood carvings, and more
Brigittine Monks’ Gourmet Confections – fudge and truffles
Gethsemani Farms – fruitcake, fudge, and cheese plus an Abbey Gift Shop with religious items, art, and more
Holy Spirit Monastery Gifts – food items, religious items, and more
Monastery Candy – caramel candies, chocolate-coated caramels, mint candies, chocolate hazelnut candies, truffles, and caramel sauce
Monastery Fruitcake – fruitcake, truffles, and creamed honey
Monastery Greetings – food and drink items, books, CDs, cards, pet items, and more from a variety of abbeys, convents, monasteries, and hermitages; some popular items not found elsewhere:Trappist Preserves, Praylines & Chimay Trappist Ale.
Monks’ Bread – bread, spreads, soups, coffee, sauces, dressings, baked goods, mugs, and more
Texas Nuns (Sisters from Mother Angelica’s Poor Clares) – Nonnavita soap
RedNuns Roberie and Scriptorium – original knitted garments,needlework and graphic arts
Trappists at Assumption Abbey in Missouri – Fruitcakes

Have a Blessed Advent and a Holy Christmas!

Sofia



31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas : Day Four

30 November 2016

Season of Advent Liturgical Year 01

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

4th Day: FURTHER CLAIMS OF OUR KING

Jesus Christ is our King and Lord, and we are His subjects; nay, we belong to Him as His property and possession, because He has purchased us for a great price. The price He has paid is not gold or earthly treasure. It is nothing less than His own precious blood, of which He shed the last drop upon the Cross as the price of our redemption. Each drop of that blood had a greater value than all things that are in Heaven and on earth: yet our King gave it all, and at the cost of pain and anguish unspeakable, that we poor miserable wretches might be His loyal servants, instead of the slaves of the devil. Hence we belong entirely to Him, absolute, complete submission is our duty and our privilege.

Our King also has dominion over us as members of His mystical Body, the Church which He has founded, and which He has joined to Himself as His mystical Spouse. Inasmuch, then, as we belong to the Church, we claim Him as our Sovereign, and we also share in all the gifts and all the privileges that He has communicated to His holy Spouse. As the Church obeys Him, so ought we to do; as she can never be unfaithful to Him in the very smallest detail, so ought our devotion to enter into every action.

Our King also rules over us by our free choice. We chose Him at our Baptism by the voice of our Sponsors; we chose Him at our Confirmation by our own free will; we choose Him by each prayer we offer, each hymn we utter in His honor, each aspiration we make to Him to guide and help us, each time we cry out to Him, My Lord and My God! Once again, 0 Christ my Lord, I freely choose Thee as the King to rule my heart, my
will, my intellect, my whole self.


Mystery of Advent: The Liturgical Year
by Dom Prosper Gueranger, 1870

We find that this mystery of the Coming, or Advent, of Jesus is at once simple and threefold. It is simple, for it is the one same Son of God that is coming; it is threefold, because he comes at three different times and in three different ways. “In the first Coming,” says St. Bernard, “He comes in the flesh and in weakness; in the second, He comes in spirit and in power; in the third, He comes in glory and in majesty; and the second Coming is the means whereby we pass from the first to the third (Fifth Sermon for Advent).”

This, then, is the mystery of Advent. Let us now listen to the explanation of this threefold visit of Christ, given to us by Peter of Blois, in his third Sermon de Adventu: “There are three Comings of our Lord; the first in the flesh, the second in the soul, the third at the judgment. The first was at midnight, according to those words of the Gospel: At midnight there was a cry made, Lo the Bridegroom cometh! But this first Coming is long since past, for Christ has been seen on the earth and has conversed among men. We are now in the second Coming, provided only we are such as that He may thus come to us; for He has said that if we love Him, He will come unto us and will take up His abode with us. So that this second Coming is full of uncertainty to us; for who, save the Spirit of God, knows them that are of God? They that are raised out of themselves by the desire of heavenly things, know indeed when He comes; but whence He cometh, or whither He goeth, they know not. As for the third Coming, it is most certain that it will be, most uncertain when it will be; for nothing is more sure than death, and nothing less sure than the hour of death. When they shall say, peace and security, says the Apostle, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape. So that the first Coming was humble and hidden, the second is mysterious and full of love, the third will be majestic and terrible. In His first Coming, Christ was judged by men unjustly; in His second, He renders us just by His grace; in His third, He will judge all things with justice. In His first, a Lamb; in his last, a Lion; in the one between the two, the tenderest of Friends (De Adventu, Sermo III).”

The holy Church, therefore, during Advent, awaits in tears and with ardour the arrival of her Jesus in His first Coming. For this, she borrows the fervid expressions of the Prophets, to which she joins her own supplications. These longings for the Messias expressed by the Church, are not a mere commemoration of the desires of the ancient Jewish people; they have a reality and efficacy of their own,–an influence in the great act of God’s munificence, whereby he gave us His own Son. From all eternity, the prayers of the ancient Jewish people and the prayers of the Christian Church ascended together to the prescient hearing of God; and it was after receiving and granting them, that He sent, in the appointed time, that blessed dew upon the earth, which made it bud forth the Savior.

The Church aspires also to the second Coming, the consequence of the first, which consists, as we have just seen, in the visit of the Bridegroom to the Spouse. This Coming takes place, each year, at the feast of Christmas, when the new birth of the Son of God delivers the faithful from that yoke of bondage, under which the enemy would oppress them (Collect for Christmas Day). The Church, therefore, during Advent, prays that she may be visited by Him who is her Head and her Spouse; visited in her hierarchy; visited in her members, of whom some are living, and some are dead, but may come to life again; visited, lastly, in those who are not in communion with her, and even in the very infidels, that so they may be converted to the true light, which shines even for them. The expressions of the Liturgy which the Church makes use of to ask for this loving and invisible Coming, are those which she employs when begging for the coming of Jesus in the flesh; for the two visits are for the same object. In vain would the Son of God have come, eighteen hundred years ago, to visit and save mankind, unless he came again for each one of us and at every moment of our lives, bringing to us and cherishing within us that supernatural life, of which He and his Holy Spirit are the sole principle.

But this annual visit of the Spouse does not content the Church; she aspires after a third Coming, which will complete all things by opening the gates of eternity. She has caught up the last words of her Spouse, Surely, I am coming quickly (Apoc. xxii. 20); and she cries out to him, Ah! Lord Jesus! come (Ibid)! She is impatient to be loosed from her present temporal state; she longs for the number of the elect to be filled up, and to see appear, in the clouds of heaven, the sign of her Deliverer and her Spouse. Her desires, expressed by her Advent Liturgy, go even as far as this: and here we have the explanation of those words of the beloved Disciple in his prophecy: The nuptials of the Lamb are come, and his Spouse hath prepared herself!

But the day of this His last Coming to her, will be a day of terror. The Church frequently trembles at the very thought of that awful judgment, in which all mankind is to be tried. She calls it “a day of wrath,” on which, as David and the Sibyl have foretold, the “world will be reduced to ashes; a day of weeping and fear.” Not that she fears for herself, since she knows that this day will for ever secure to her the crown, as being the Spouse of Jesus; but her maternal heart is troubled at the thought that, on the same day, so many of her children will be on the left hand of the Judge, and, having no share with the elect, will be bound hand and foot, and cast into the darkness,where there shall be everlasting weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is the reason why the Church, in the Liturgy of Advent, so frequently speaks of the Coming of Christ as a terrible Coming, and selects from the Scriptures those passages, which are most calculated to awaken a salutary fear in the mind of such of her children as may be sleeping the sleep of sin.

This, then, is the threefold mystery of Advent. The liturgical forms in which it is embodied, are of two kinds: the one consists of prayers, passages from the Bible, and similar formulae, in all of which, words themselves are employed to convey the sentiments which we have been explaining; the other consists of external rites peculiar to this holy time, which, by speaking to the outward senses, complete the expressiveness of the chants and words.

Source: CatholicHarborofFaithandMorals.com


Saint Andrew and the beloved Christmas Novena

30 November 2016

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(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

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† Michael Augustine,
Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897

St. Andrew Title

Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876

The holy Apostle, St. Andrew, born at Bethsaida, in Galilee, was a brother of St. Peter, and at first a disciple of St. John the Baptist. He was the first of the Apostles who had the happiness of knowing Christ, the true Messiah; for, one day, when Andrew and another disciple were standing with their master on the banks of the Jordan, St. John, pointing to Jesus, who was approaching, said: “Behold the Lamb of God!” No sooner had Andrew heard these words, than he and the other disciple followed Christ, and remained with Him that day.

On the following day, meeting his brother, Simon, afterward called Peter, he said to him: “We have found the Messiah,” and brought him to Christ. Not long after this, when Andrew and Peter were casting their nets into the Sea of Galilee, Christ called them, and said: “Come after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men!” Immediately leaving their nets, they followed Him. From that moment, Andrew left the Lord no more, except at the time when He was seized in the Garden of Gethsemane, by the Jews, when he fled like the other disciples.

He was present when Christ, after His resurrection, appeared to His disciples; when He ascended into heaven in their presence, and when He sent the Holy Ghost from heaven upon them. When the Apostles separated, and went into the different countries of the world, to preach the Gospel of Christ to all nations, Andrew travelled into Scythia, Thrace, Galatia and other Pagan countries, where he converted many thousands by his sermons, and by the miracles he performed. At last he came to Patrae, the capital of Achaia, in Greece, and there, too, preached, with apostolic freedom, the Word of the Lord, and approved it by many miracles, which induced a great number of the inhabitants to embrace Christianity. Egeas, the governor, resisted him with all his might, and endeavored to defend idolatry. The holy Apostle, however, reproved him fearlessly, and said: “You desire that this people should recognize you as their judge; why, then, do you refuse to recognize Christ, the true God, as the Judge of all mankind; and why do you refuse to turn your heart from idolatry?”

“Be silent!” replied Egeas, “and speak not to me of your Christ. Was he not nailed by the Jews to a cross? How then can he be a true God? How can I worship him as God?” Andrew endeavored to explain the great mystery of the Redemption of the human race, and to show how Christ had, voluntarily, and for love of man, died the ignominious death of the cross; but, Egeas would not listen, and, interrupting him, commanded him immediately to sacrifice to the gods, or to prepare himself for a most cruel martyrdom. Andrew replied: “I offer daily, on the Altar, to the Almighty, who is the only true God, not the flesh of oxen, nor the blood of goats, but an unspotted Lamb, which, when the entire multitude of the faithful have partaken of its flesh, remains entire and living.” The governor, full of wrath, ordered Andrew to be cast into a dungeon; but the people, who loved the Saint as a father, rose against the governor, and ran in crowds to the dungeon, determined to set the prisoner free. But the Apostle besought them to be quiet, and not seek to prevent him from receiving the crown of martyrdom, which he had so long desired.

The following day, St. Andrew was brought before the governor, who offered him the greatest honors, if he would consent to sacrifice to the gods; but threatened him with the most cruel torments, if he persisted in refusing. The Saint said fearlessly: “The honors you offer me have no value in my eyes, because they are temporal and pass away; the tortures you threaten me with, I despise, for the same reason; but you, O Egeas! have to fear torments which last for ever, if you do not abandon your idols, and recognize Jesus Christ for the true and only God, and worship Him as such.”

After these words, the Saint continued to preach to the governor, and to all present, of the crucified Lord, and of the happiness of all those who suffer for Him. Egeas, enraged at the Apostle’s fearlessness, ordered him to be most cruelly scourged, and then to be crucified, in order to make him resemble his God. This was meant by the governor in derision; but no manner of death could have been more welcome to St. Andrew. The cruel and unjust sentence was received with murmurs by the people, of whom some were heard saying aloud: “This man is just, and a friend of God: why must he be crucified?

“Andrew, addressing the people again, begged them not to deprive him of what he looked upon as an inestimable happiness. When he was led to the place of execution, and saw the cross on which he was to die, he cried out joyfully: “O precious cross, which I have so long desired, so truly loved, so ceaselessly sought; at last I find thee prepared to receive me. Take me away from the world, and unite me again with my Lord, that He who has redeemed me on thee, may again receive me by thee.” Thus cried the Saint from afar; but when he reached the cross, he embraced and kissed it, and gave himself willingly to the executioners, who bound him to it. No sooner had the cross been raised, than it served as a pulpit to the holy Apostle, and he exhorted the Christians to remain firm in their holy faith, and the heathens to convert themselves to the only true God. He explained the nothingness of the idols, and the truth of the Christian religion. For two days he lived and preached, hanging on the cross. The people began again to murmur against the governor, and desired to have the Saint taken down from the cross; but the holy martyr desired to be permitted to die upon it, as he esteemed death a priceless grace.

On the third day, when the people seemed determined to rescue him by force, he called to his Savior : ” Do not permit, O Lord, that Thy servant, who, according to his own wish, hangs on the cross, be taken down from it; but do Thou take me from it to Thee, O my beloved Master, Jesus Christ, whom I have confessed and always loved, and whom, still confessing, I long to see. Take, O Lord Jesus, my spirit to Thee. I ardently desire to be united with Thee.” During this prayer, a bright light streamed from heaven, and rested upon the Saint, whilst he breathed his last. The martyrdom of St. Andrew happened in the year of Our Lord 62, or, according to others, in 70. His holy body was transported to Constantinople in the time of Constantine the Great; but was afterwards brought to Rome, where it has its resting-place in the Church of St. Peter.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS.

I. Impress two memorable sayings of the holy Apostle deep into your heart. The first is: ” I sacrifice daily to Almighty God, &c.” This is a glorious proof to you that the Apostles performed the holy Sacrifice of Mass; for to this alone can the words of St. Andrew have reference. Conclude, therefore, from this, that it is false for the heretics to say that the first Christians knew nothing of Mass. Did not St. Andrew live during the first years of Christianity? Be not confused by the lies of the heretics; but believe that Christ instituted the holy Sacrifice of the Mass at His Last Supper.

The second memorable saying of the Apostle is: “The honors you offer me have no value in my eyes, because they are temporal and pass away; your tortures I despise for the same reason.” Consider it well. All temporal honors, all joys, pass away quickly. How foolish is it, therefore, to love them immoderately, and to forfeit for them the eternal honors, riches and joys! No pain or trial on this earth lasts for ever; but those which await the sinner in the other world, are endless. Should we not, therefore, do and suffer here so as to escape torments hereafter?

II. St. Andrew manifested great joy on beholding the cross that had been prepared for him; he greeted it warmly, and embraced it lovingly. He wished not to be released from it, but prayed to be allowed to die on it. You are not bound to a cross of wood like St. Andrew, but the All-Wise sometimes lays a cross of suffering upon you, because He wishes to prepare you for heaven. How do you regard your cross? How do you carry it? I fear to ask you how you greeted, embraced and kissed it. Perhaps you have carried it, as Simon of Cyrene carried the Cross of the Lord, because you were forced, and could not help yourself. You have suffered only because you were obliged. You suffer murmuring and complainingly, and perhaps even endeavor to free yourself from your cross by improper means. Oh! how differently did St. Andrew act. He esteemed himself happy, because he could die on the cross like his Savior, and because he had heard, from the lips of Christ, that the way of the Cross is the surest road to eternal life. You know all this; but you do not think seriously enough of it.

In future, keep these truths before your eyes: first, the way of the Cross is the way to heaven; secondly, Christ died on the Cross for love of me. Whoever rightly considers these two points, will in his sufferings, not give way to resentment, murmurs or complaints, but will bear them if not cheerfully, at least patiently. Hence St. Paul admonishes us, saying: “For, think diligently upon him that endured such opposition from sinners against himself, that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds (Heb. xii.).”

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Prayer from the Liturgical Year, 1901

God grants us to meet thee, O Blessed Andrew, at the threshold of the mystic Season of Advent, on which we are so soon to enter. When Jesus, our Messias, began his public life, thou hadst already become the obedient disciple of the Precursor, who preached His coming: thou wast among the first of them who received the Son of Mary as the Messias foretold in the law and the prophets. But thou couldst not keep the heavenly secret from him who was so dear to thee; to Peter, then, thou didst bear the good tidings, and didst lead him to Jesus.

O blessed Apostle! we also are longing for the Messias, the Saviour of our souls; since thou hast found him, lead us also unto him. We place under thy protection the holy period of expectation and preparation, which is to bring us to the day of our Saviour’s Nativity, that divine mystery in which He will manifest Himself to the world. Assist us to render ourselves worthy of seeing Him on that great night. The baptism of penance prepared thee for receiving the grace of knowing the Word of life; pray for us that we may become truly penitent and may purify our hearts, during that holy time, and thus be able to behold Him, who has said: Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.

Thou hast a special power of leading souls to Jesus, O glorious Saint! for even he, who was to be made the pastor of the whole flock, was presented to the Messias by thee. By calling thee to Himself on this day, our Lord has given thee as the patron of Christians who, each year, seeking again that God in whom thou art now living, pray to thee to show them the way which leads to Jesus.

Thou teachest us this way; it is that of fidelity, of fidelity even to the Cross. In that way thou didst courageously walk: and because the Cross leads to Jesus Christ, thou didst passionately love the Cross. Pray for us, O holy Apostle! that we may begin to understand this love of the Cross; and that having understood it, we may put it in practice. Thy brother says to us in his Epistle: Christ having suffered in the flesh, be you also armed with the same thought. Thy feast, O blessed Andrew! shows us thee as the living commentary of this doctrine. Because thy Master was crucified, thou wouldst also be crucified. From the high throne to which thou hast been raised by the Cross, pray for us, that the Cross may be unto us the expiation of the sins which are upon us, the quenching of the passions which burn within us, and the means of uniting us by love to Him, who, through love alone for us, was nailed to the Cross.

Christmas Novena Image from Dominican Nuns of summit NJ


Source for st Andrew: CatholicHarborofFaithandMorals.com

31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas : Day Three

29 November 2016

three kings with star

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

3rd Day: FURTHER CLAIMS OF OUR KING

Jesus Christ has also received the sovereignty of the world, not merely by way of inheritance, but as having had it entrusted to Him by His Eternal Father, and placed in His hands with full authority to wield it. “The Father loveth the Son, and has given all things into His hand,” are the words of our Lord Himself. “Thou hast set Him over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast subjected all things under His feet,” are the words of the Psalmist referring to our Lord. I therefore am in the hands of Jesus Christ; how happy should I be to have so good a Master.

Our King is also King by conquest. He has fought and vanquished the foe who had gained possession of the King’s territory, the Prince of this world, whom our King utterly routed by His Passion and by Death. He has trampled him under His feet, and the regions he had usurped have become the kingdoms of our Lord. Henceforth we have no reason to fear the usurper and all his supporters. We have only to meet them boldly in the Name of our King, and they will fly in terror.

Our King also holds His Kingdom by this very excellence as one whose nature gives Him a right to rule. His place among the sons of men is naturally that of their King; He is of necessity supreme over them, “inasmuch as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.” He rises above all mankind not merely as a giant among pigmies, but as a mountain among the grains of sand which make up the dust of the plains. Admire the natural dignity and majesty of Christ our King.

31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas: Day Two

28 November 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

2nd Day: OUR KING’S CLAIM TO SOVEREIGNTY

infant kingJesus Christ, as God, has an absolute right to our unfailing and universal obedience. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and every created being in Heaven and on earth is bound to carry out His Divine will in all things. We owe Him homage and adoration as the continual and unceasing tribute to which He has a right by virtue of His supreme Majesty. He is the Lord our God, and we are His servants. His handmaidens, the sheep of His pasture. Rejoice in being subject to such a King, adore His Majesty, and fall down at His feet and promise Him obedience in every detail of your life.

Jesus Christ has also an unlimited claim on us as our Creator. “By Him all things were made.” Now creation gives the most perfect title to ownership that exists; nothing is so completely ours as that which we in some sense create. Hence we belong entirely to our King. We are His absolute property and possession. We have no rights of our own in opposition to His. His rights over us, over all that we call ours, over our body and our soul, are all-embracing. We shall therefore, if we are wise, put ourselves and all our faculties, especially our will, to Him to do with us as He pleases.

Jesus Christ is also our King as being the heir of the Eternal Father. God has appointed Him, says St. Paul (Heb. i. 2), heir of all things. He has the right of inheritance, Man though he is, to all the glory and all the dominion of the Eternal Father. He entered on His inheritance when He trampled on sin and on death. No wonder, then, that St. Paul says: “All things are ours; and we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.” We inherit God’s good things as subjects of Christ our King.


31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas : Day One

27 November 2016
"Morning Of Advent" by Tancau Emanuel

“Morning Of Advent” by
Tancau Emanuel

31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

1st Day: WHO IS OUR KING?

Our King is Jesus Christ, God and Man. The name Jesus indicates His Divine nature. For Jesus means Saviour (“Thou shalt call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins”– Matt. i. 21). Now from our sins none can save us but One who is Himself God; none else can pay the debt due for man’s sin. Hence He who is our King is also our Saviour; and He who is our Saviour must be God, the God of infinite majesty, infinite power, and infinite knowledge. This is why before the name of Jesus every knee must bow; because the name of Jesus is the name of God. If men glory in having a noble King, how much more ought we to rejoice in having as our King the Omnipotent God and Lord of Heaven and earth.

The second name of our King, Christ indicates his human nature. For Christ means anointed, and it was not possible for God as God to receive that sacred anointing of the Holy Spirit which our King claims for Himself in the synagogue of Nazareth (Luke iv. 18). He could be anointed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit only as man. As man, our King shares our human nature; He is bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh; He does not disdain to call us His brethren. He puts Himself on a level with us; knows by His own experience all our difficulties and troubles; and loves us with a true human brotherly love. How happy are we to have a King who will never misjudge or misunderstand us, but has a perfect sympathy and compassion for all our miseries!

Our King is Jesus Christ, and therefore at the same time God and Man. This union of the Infinite and the Finite surpasses our comprehension. We can only adore.

First Sunday in Advent St. John the Baptist Preaching Wiki Commons

The Preaching of St. John the Baptist
by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449 – 1494)

Stir up Thy might, O Lord, we beseech Thee, and come: that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and be saved by Thy deliverance: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen

The First Warning of Advent:

Christ is nigh!
Let us give up Sin, and practise Virtue

Rom. xiii. 12: The night is passed, and the day is at hand:
“Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light.”

Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!”

So when next He comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May He then, as our Defender,
On the clouds of heaven appear.

“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!”

Lo, the Lamb so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven.

“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!”

Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the Everlasting Spirit,
While Eternal ages run.

“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!”

First Sundy of Advent: Solicitude for Eternal Salvation
by Bishop Ehrler, 1891

“But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption is at hand” (Luke 21 : 28).

 

Our Lord, in the Gospel of this day, directs our attention to the end of the world and the Last Judgment. He speaks of the terrible signs which shall then appear in the heavens, when the light of the sun shall grow dim, the moon shall no longer give her light, the stars shall fall from the firmament, and the world shall be covered with more than Egyptian darkness; and of those other signs which shall then appear upon the earth–of the violent disturbance of the sea, of the distress of nations, and the withering away of men through fear. All these things warn us to enter upon the new Ecclesiastical Year with serious thoughts, and to profit by this season of grace for the advancement of our eternal interests. “When these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.” “Brethren, now is the hour for us to rise from sleep: for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light (Rom. 13: 11-12)”.

In the natural year, spring, summer, autumn, and winter follow each other in visible and endless succession; so, also, the ecclesiastical year revolves in a mysterious orbit, elevating and consecrating the various seasons by its graces and blessings. We are thus doubly warned and invited to sanctify ourselves and to travel onward to our heavenly goal. Yet, for vast numbers, these merciful dispensations of Providence are profitless. Time passes, the years, months, and days rush swiftly by, and there is no growth in virtue, no progress in holiness, to be discerned in their souls. How many years have you, my brethren, already spent without gaining any thing for eternal life! Far from increasing in merit, your sins and vices, perhaps, have rendered you utterly bankrupt in divine grace. Most justly, then, does the Apostle exhort us, today, “to cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light;” and, to the end that you profit by his warnings, and those of the present Gospel, I will explain to you that the care for your salvation is:

I. The most necessary;
II. The most sublime; and
III. The sweetest duty of our life.

I. The care of our soul is the most necessary duty of our life.

1. All the other cares which engross our attention, have reference to the perishable things of this earthly life. But can you name to me a care or a duty as pressing and important as that of our eternal salvation? All other cares are but transient, superficial, trivial; the care of our souls involves our deepest and holiest interests, the decision of our lot for all eternity. Before many years, this body of ours, the object of so much solicitude, which we feed and clothe so carefully, will return to dust. The goods and joys of life are as glittering dust, which will be swept away by the storm preceding the General Judgment, and which is of no value in the eyes of God and his Saints. The friends and relatives whose well-being is very near our heart, are little more than transient acquaintances whom we meet and part from at a wayside inn, bidding them farewell after a short greeting. “I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” (Eccles. i: 14.) Our souls will not die nor decay. Their eternal happiness or misery depends on the care or carelessness we manifest in their regard. Is there then a greater necessity than to care for our immortal soul?

2. This affair cannot be neglected without incurring the greatest damage. Many evils may attend the neglect or careless conduct of our earthly affairs, but temporal calamities are rarely irremediable or utterly barren of good. There is scarcely any earthly calamity which can not either be repaired or soon forgotten. You may win back lost possessions, or gain still larger ones. Other and better friends may take the place of those whose loss you mourn; and the most delicate health may be restored. All temporal things may be given back to man, or he can console himself for their loss with the hope of higher possessions in the future. But if, through indifference, your soul is once lost, all is lost–And Lost Forever! Nothing can compensate you for this loss or misery. Not a single moment of the time wasted in any other occupation than in the care of our souls, will be given back to us a second time. He who has not saved his soul for everlasting life in the short span allotted to him, is cast out into exterior darkness. He is a branch cut off from the vine to be thrust into the fire. Like the foolish virgins, he stands without a nuptial chamber whose door shall never open to him. As in the case of the unprofitable servant, the talent buried by him, is delivered into the hand of another. Is there any other care on which such momentous interests depend?

3. This care admits of no delay and of no substitute. Time flies with lightning speed, and we should not waste a single hour of it. That which is put off, is already lost. What is neglected today, cannot be recovered tomorrow. There is no tomorrow, or the next day; there is only today and now. Neither can you employ a substitute in this matter. I, myself–you, yourselves–must care for the immortal soul God has given each one of us. Though you possessed along retinue of servants, though you claimed command over thousands, not one or all of that great army of subordinates could relieve you of this important duty. No friend, on earth or in heaven, can take your place in this momentous concern.

4. What does the Sacred Scripture say of this necessary care? “Martha, Martha! thou art careful, and art troubled about many things. But one thing is necessary (Luke 10: 41-42).” Martha is fulfilling the holy duties of hospitality to Christ himself, yet he says to her: “But one thing is necessary.” “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul (Matt. 8 : 33)?” Alas! where are those who daily put the question to themselves: “What shall I do, that I may have life everlasting (Matt. 19 : 16)?”

II. The care of our soul is not only the most necessary, but also the most sublime business and duty of our life.

1. What is the value of the soul in the eyes of the world? In the judgment of the world, a soul is of little or no worth. Countless myriads of men go through life in poverty and want, covered with miserable rags. The world passes them contemptuously by. In great armies, they are led to battle, and a cannon-ball mows down whole ranks of them, as a scythe mows down the grass of the field. Millions, again, are bound in the chains of slavery, and are only prized, like animals, for their physical beauty or strength. Hundreds and thousands are employed in the unwholesome air of mills and factories, which slowly, but surely, poisons their lives, that others may live in ease and luxury, or that the capital of employers may be increased. My God! of what worth is a man in the eyes of the world? A valueless creature–he is made still more wretched by the ruin which sin brings on his soul. For a transitory pleasure, for the gratification of a sensual lust, some men are as ready to sell their souls to the devil, as Judas was to sell his Lord and Master for thirty pieces of silver.

2. But what is a human soul in the eyes of God? A jewel of such value that human reason cannot comprehend it.

(a.) From all eternity, the soul of man was the object of God’s thoughts. He made her according to His own image and likeness; for which reason, she surpasses in beauty and dignity all visible things. He built the universe for her, to lead her, as a queen, into her own palace. All visible things are assigned to her service.

(b.) The Son of God left the glory of his Father, became man, and embraced a life of poverty and suffering for the sake of our soul. He shed his precious blood to cleanse her from sin. For her, he established His Church, and dwells day and night in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, as an unceasing renewal of his love for her.

(c.) The Holy Ghost has consecrated the human soul as His temple, in order to make his abode in her with the Father and the Son. He has adorned her with the richest gifts of His grace; He descends into her in a sevenfold stream, enlightening her with the beams of His wisdom. He is her counsellor and her strength. He supports and protects the Church from error, so that she may continue her efficacy for the salvation of mankind to the end of time.

(d.) As if this were not enough, God, so to say, moves the heavens, that He may save our soul, His beloved bride, for whose protection he sends down the blessed spirits. He gives her the name of a saint, whom He appoints to watch over her as her patron; and, finally, He commits her to the care of a guardian angel. Could God do more in order to show us the value of our soul?

3. And what value does the devil set upon a human soul? He is willing to pay a big price for it; he is willing to give for her all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them.

4. And what do men think of the soul so highly prized by God and the evil one? Alas! how foolishly the great mass of men act! They live as if they had no souls. They exchange that priceless treasure for the perishable things of this world, for a handful of barley and a piece of bread, for a sinful enjoyment. They barter away the bride of heaven, entrusted to their care, for the gratification of a base passion.

III. The care of our soul, through the mercy of God, is, at the same time, both light and sweet. Convinced as we are of the value of our soul, no sacrifice should be too great, no labor too hard, if it is for her salvation. But the Lord has made the care, for our soul, easy and sweet. “Come to me, all you that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.” “My yoke is sweet, and my burden is light (Matt. 11 : 28, 30).” He calls His service and the care for the salvation of our soul, a burden and a yoke, but He declares, as well, that joy and delight will be the portion of him who loves this burden, and carries this yoke cheerfully, unto the end.

1. What does the Lord require from us that we may save our soul?

(a.) A firm and living faith in His holy word, announced by His own divine lips, or by the mouth of His infallible Church. Is this a sacrifice too great and oppressive? Is not faith the light of life, and our strength in every difficulty and trial? Is it not our hope and consolation in the dark and bitter hour of death? Faith beautifies our life, and pours heavenly peace into our hearts. How miserable and wretched we should be if deprived of this light and balm! Mustwe not exclaim with St. Peter: “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life (John 6 : 69).”

(b.) God commands us to love Him with our whole heart, with our whole soul, and with all our strength. Is this difficult or impossible? Is He not the supreme Being, and the best of Fathers? Is He not the most amiable Being, worthy of all our affections? And are we not happy in His love ?

(c.) He commands us to keep the commandments. “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments (Matt. 19 : 17).” They are the foundation of our happiness, here and hereafter. And if some commandments involve a sacrifice, is not every sacrifice made for the love of God, the source of new joys?

2. Christ Himself has done the greater part of the work of our salvation. “I will come and heal him,” said He to the Centurion who implored Him to speak only a word from a distance for the cure of his servant. “I myself will come and heal her,” said the Son of God, when He was about to deliver our soul from sin and perdition. And He has healed her by fulfilling for us the entire law so that nothing more is left for us than to partake of His merits. “He that spared not even His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how hath He not also, with Him, given us all things (Rom. 8: 32)”? What there is yet left to be done, the Lord will help us to accomplish by giving us His grace; and fortified by that grace, we may exclaim with St. Paul: “I can do all things in him who strengtheneth me (Phil. 4: 13).”

3. Furthermore, our Lord has solemnly promised that He will give an eternal reward for every effort made through love of Him. “He that shall persevere to the end, He shall be saved (Matt 10: 22.).” “To him that overcometh, I will, give the hidden manna (Apoc. 2 : 17).” No labor done, no sacrifice made for God and the salvation of our soul, is vain or fruitless. “Our present tribulation which is momentary and light, worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory (2 Cor. 4: 17,18.).” What will men not do in hope of a reward? And how seldom is the promised reward worthy of the toil that purchases it! The sea hides in its bosom a mighty ruin of shipwrecked treasures; but the ocean of human life conceals in its depths still vaster wrecks of disappointed hopes and fruitless labors. Men never weary of launching their frail bark on the same treacherous sea; but no matter what loss or ruin may come to temporal things, God never deceives the hopes of man in the matter of his soul’s salvation.

When Jacob had served Laban, his father-in-law, for a long time, he approached him and said: “Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how great thy possession hath been in my hands. It is reasonable, therefore, that I should now provide also for my own house (Gen. 30 : 29, 30).” Let this be the sentiment wherewith you enter into the New Year: “Many, many years have I served the world and sin. It is reasonable, that I should now provide also for my own house.” Yes, it is time for us all to love God and care for our immortal soul. Amen.

 

Source: Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals


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First Sunday of Advent: † Dominica Prima Adventus † Link for Mass

27 November 2016

The Season of Advent

1st Sunday of Advent – The First Sunday of Advent is the first day of the Liturgical Year. Masses of this season are celebrated in violet vestments except for the Third Sunday which is rose pink for Gaudete (Joyful) Sunday.. While Advent is a penitential season and the Gloria in Excelsis is omitted, the joyous Alleluia is retained after the Gradual.

Since First Day of the new liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church is the First Sunday of Advent. Soooo:

Felix Annus Novus

Happy New Year!

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The First Sunday of Advent

(Dominica Prima Adventus)
1st Class – Violet Vestments

The First Sunday of Advent, the fourth Sunday before Christmas, is the first day of the Liturgical Year. Masses of this season are celebrated in violet vestments. While Advent is a penitential season and the Gloria in Excelsis is omitted, the joyous Alleluia is retained after the Gradual.
Introit (Psalm 24, 1-3)

AD TE LEVÁVI ánimam meam: Deus meus, in te confído, non rubéscam: neque irrídeant me inimíci mei: tenim univérsi qui te exspéctant, non confundéntur. Ps. 24, 4. Vias tuas, Dómine, demónstra mihi: et sémitas tuas édoce me. V. Gloria Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula sæculórum. Amen. Ant: Ad te levavi, etc.

TO THEE, O Lord have I lifted up my soul: In Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed. Neither let my enemies laugh at me; for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded. Ps. 24, 4. Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me, and teach me Thy paths.V. 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. Ant: To Thee, O Lord, etc.

Collect for the First Sunday of Advent

EXCITA QUÆSUMUS Dómine poténtiam tuam, et veni: ut ab imminéntibus peccatóum nostrórum perículis, te mereamur protegénte éripi, te liberánte salvári. Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitate Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sæcula sæculórum. Amen.

BESTIR, O Lord, Thy might, we pray Thee and come; That, defended by Thee, we may deserve rescue from approaching dangers brought on by our sins, and being set free by Thee, obtain our salvation. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Epistle (Romans 13, 11-14)

Léctio Epistolæ beáti Pauli Apóstoli ad Romános.

Lesson from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans.

FRATRES: Sciéntes, quia hora est jam nos de somno súrgere. Nunc enim própior est nostra salus, quam cum credídimus. Nox praecéssit, dies autem appropinquávit. Abjiciámus ergo ópera tenebrárum, et induámur arma lucis. Sicut in die honéste ambulémus: non in comessatiónibus, et ebrietátibus, non in cubílibus, et impudicítiis, non in contentióne, et æmulatióne: sed induímini Dóminum Jesum Christum.

BRETHREN, knowing the time, that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is past, and the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Gradual (Psalm 24, 3-4)

UNIVÉRSI, qui te exspéctant, non confundéntur Dómine. V. Vias tuas Dómine notas fac mihi: et sémitas tuas édoce me.

NONE OF them that wait on Thee shall be confounded. V. Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me, and teach me Thy paths.
Lesser Alleluia

ALLELÚJA, allelúja. V. Ps. 84, 8. Osténde nobis Dómine misericórdiam tuam: et salutáre tuum da nobis. Allelúja.

ALLELUIA, alleluia. V. Ps. 84, 8. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy: and grant us Thy salvation. Alleluia.
Gospel (Luke 21, 25-33)

+ Sequéntia sancti Evangélii secúndum Lucam.

+ Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.

IN ILLO témpore: Dixit Jesus discípulis suis: Erunt signa in sole, et luna, et stellis, et in terris pressúra géntium præ confusióne sónitus maris, et flúctuum: arescéntibus homínibus præ; timóre, et exspectatióne, quæ supervénient univérso orbi: nam virtútes cœlórum movebúntur: et tunc vidébunt Fílium hóminis veniéntem in nube cum potestáte magna, et majestáte. His autem fíeri incipiéntibus, respícite, et leváte cápita vestra: quóniam appropínquat redémptio vestra. Et dixit illis similitúdinem: Vidéte ficúlneam, et omnes árbores: cum prodúcunt jam ex se fructum, scitis quóniam prope est æstas. Ita et vos cum vidéritis hæc fíeri, scitóte quóniam prope est regnum Dei. Amen dico vobis, quia non præteríbit generatio hæc, donec ómnia fiant. Cœlum, et terra transíbunt: verba autem mea non transibunt.

AT THAT time, Jesus said to His disciples: There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars: and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves, men withering away for fear and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved; and then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty. But when these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. And He spoke to them a similitude: See the fig-tree, and all the trees: when they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is nigh; so you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand. Amen I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.
Offertory (Psalm 24, 1-3)

AD TE LEVÁVI ánimam meam: Deus meus in te confído, non erubéscam: neque irrídeant me inimíci mei: étenim univérsi, qui te exspéctant, non confundéntur.

TO THEE have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.
Secret

HÆC SACRA nos Dómine potenti virtúte mundátos, ad suum fáciant purióres veníre princípium. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sæcula sæculórum. Amen.

CLEASING us by their mighty power, may these Holy Mysteries, O Lord, make us come more pure before Thee who art their author. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
Amen.
Preface of the Most Holy Trinity

On Trinity Sunday, at Votive Masses of the Blessed Trinity and on all Sundays throughout the year, except in Paschaltide and on feasts which have their own proper Preface.

VERE DIGNUM et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: Qui cum unigenito Filio tuo, et Spiritu Sancto, unus es Deus, unus es Dominus: non in unius singularitate personae, sed in unius Trinitate substantiae. Quod enim de tua gloria, revelante te, credimus, hoc de Filio tuo, hoc de Spiritu Sancto, sine differentia discretionis sentimus. Ut in confessione verae sempiternaeque Deitatis, et in personis proprietas, et in essentia unitas, et in majestate adoretur aequalitas. Quam laudant Angeli atque Archangeli, Cherubim quoque ac Seraphim: qui non cessant clamare quotidie, una voce dicentes: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus…

IT IS TRULY meet and just, right and available to salvation, that we should always, and in all places, give thanks to Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God. Who with Thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Ghost art one God, one Lord: not in the unity of a single person, but in the trinity of a single nature. For that which we believe of Thy Son, that same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or discrimination. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, we shall adore distinction in persons, oneness in being, and equality in majesty. This the angels and archangels, the cherubim, too, and the seraphim do praise; day by day they cease not to cry out, saying as with one voice: Holy, Holy, Holy…
Preface for Advent

The following Preface was promulgated in the 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum and may be said ad libitum by the celebrant of the Mass.

VERE DIGNUM et justum est, æquum et salutáre, nos tibi semper et ubíque grátias ágere: Dómine sancte, Pater omnípotens, ætérne Deus: per Christum Dóminum nostrum. Quem pérdito hóminum géneri Salvatórem miséricors et fidélis promisísti: cujus véritas instrúeret ínscios, sánctitas justificáret ímpios, virtus adjuváret infírmos. Dum ergo prope est ut véniat quem missúrus es, et dies affúlget liberatiónis nostræ, in hac promissiónum tuárum fide, piis gáudiis exsultámus. Et ídeo cum Angelis et Archángelis, cum Thronis et Dominatiónibus, cumque omni milítia cæléstis exércitus, hymnum glóriæ tuæ cánimus, sine fine dicéntes: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus…

IT IS TRULY meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God, through Christ our Lord. Whom Thou, clement and faithful, promised as a Saviour to the lost race of men; Whose truth instructed the ignorant, Whose sanctity justified the impious, Whose virtue strengthened the weak. Therefore while the advent approaches of Him Whom we exult in pious joys in this confidence of Thy promises. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army we sing a hymn to Thy glory, ever saying: Holy, Holy, Holy…
Communion (Psalm 84,13)

DÓMINUS dabit benignitátem: et terra nostra dabit fructum suum.

THE LORD will give goodness: and our earth shall yield her fruit.
Postcommunion

SUSCIPIÁMUS Dómine misericórdiam tuam in médio templi tui: ut reparatiónis nostræ ventúra solémnia cóngruis honóribus præcedámus. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sæcula sæculórum. Amen.

MAY WE RECEIVE Thy mercy, O Lord, in the midst of Thy temple, that with due reverence we may prepare for the coming festival of our redemption. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

ípio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula sæculórum. Amen. Ant: Ad te levavi, etc.

TO THEE, O Lord have I lifted up my soul: In Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed. Neither let my enemies laugh at me; for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded. Ps. 24, 4. Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me, and teach me Thy paths. V. 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. Ant: To Thee, O Lord, etc.
Collect for the First Sunday of Advent

EXCITA QUÆSUMUS Dómine poténtiam tuam, et veni: ut ab imminéntibus peccatóum nostrórum perículis, te mereamur protegénte éripi, te liberánte salvári. Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitate Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sæcula sæculórum. Amen.

O Lord, Thy might, we pray Thee and come; That, defended by Thee, we may deserve rescue from approaching dangers brought on by our sins, and being set free by Thee, obtain our salvation. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Epistle (Romans 13, 11-14)

Léctio Epistolæ beáti Pauli Apóstoli ad Romános.

Lesson from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans.

FRATRES: Sciéntes, quia hora est jam nos de somno súrgere. Nunc enim própior est nostra salus, quam cum credídimus. Nox praecéssit, dies autem appropinquávit. Abjiciámus ergo ópera tenebrárum, et induámur arma lucis. Sicut in die honéste ambulémus: non in comessatiónibus, et ebrietátibus, non in cubílibus, et impudicítiis, non in contentióne, et æmulatióne: sed induímini Dóminum Jesum Christum.

BRETHREN, knowing the time, that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is past, and the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Gradual (Psalm 24, 3-4)

UNIVÉRSI, qui te exspéctant, non confundéntur Dómine. V. Vias tuas Dómine notas fac mihi: et sémitas tuas édoce me.

NONE OF them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.
V. Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me, and teach me Thy paths.
Lesser Alleluia

ALLELÚJA, allelúja. V. Ps. 84, 8. Osténde nobis Dómine misericórdiam tuam: et salutáre tuum da nobis. Allelúja.

ALLELUIA, alleluia. V. Ps. 84, 8. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy: and grant us Thy salvation.
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Gospel (Luke 21, 25-33)

+ Sequéntia sancti Evangélii secúndum Lucam.

+ Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.

IN ILLO témpore: Dixit Jesus discípulis suis: Erunt signa in sole, et luna, et stellis, et in terris pressúra géntium præ confusióne sónitus maris, et flúctuum: arescéntibus homínibus præ; timóre, et exspectatióne, quæ supervénient univérso orbi: nam virtútes cœlórum movebúntur: et tunc vidébunt Fílium hóminis veniéntem in nube cum potestáte magna, et majestáte. His autem fíeri incipiéntibus, respícite, et leváte cápita vestra: quóniam appropínquat redémptio vestra. Et dixit illis similitúdinem: Vidéte ficúlneam, et omnes árbores: cum prodúcunt jam ex se fructum, scitis quóniam prope est æstas. Ita et vos cum vidéritis hæc fíeri, scitóte quóniam prope est regnum Dei. Amen dico vobis, quia non præteríbit generatio hæc, donec ómnia fiant. Cœlum, et terra transíbunt: verba autem mea non transibunt.

AT THAT time, Jesus said to His disciples: There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars: and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves, men withering away for fear and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved; and then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty. But when these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. And He spoke to them a similitude: See the fig-tree, and all the trees: when they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is nigh; so you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand. Amen I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.
Offertory (Psalm 24, 1-3)

AD TE LEVÁVI ánimam meam: Deus meus in te confído, non erubéscam: neque irrídeant me inimíci mei: étenim univérsi, qui te exspéctant, non confundéntur.

TO THEE have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.
Secret

HÆC SACRA nos Dómine potenti virtúte mundátos, ad suum fáciant purióres veníre princípium. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sæcula sæculórum. . Amen.

CLEANSING us by their mighty power, may these Holy Mysteries, O Lord, make us come more pure before Thee who art their author. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Preface of the Most Holy Trinity

On Trinity Sunday, at Votive Masses of the Blessed Trinity and on all Sundays throughout the year, except in Paschaltide and on feasts which have their own proper Preface.

VERE DIGNUM et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: Qui cum unigenito Filio tuo, et Spiritu Sancto, unus es Deus, unus es Dominus: non in unius singularitate personae, sed in unius Trinitate substantiae. Quod enim de tua gloria, revelante te, credimus, hoc de Filio tuo, hoc de Spiritu Sancto, sine differentia discretionis sentimus. Ut in confessione verae sempiternaeque Deitatis, et in personis proprietas, et in essentia unitas, et in majestate adoretur aequalitas. Quam laudant Angeli atque Archangeli, Cherubim quoque ac Seraphim: qui non cessant clamare quotidie, una voce dicentes: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus…

IT IS TRULY meet and just, right and available to salvation, that we should always, and in all places, give thanks to Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God. Who with Thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Ghost art one God, one Lord: not in the unity of a single person, but in the trinity of a single nature. For that which we believe of Thy Son, that same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or discrimination.
So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, we shall adore distinction in persons, oneness in being, and equality in majesty. This the angels and archangels, the cherubim, too, and the seraphim do praise; day by day they cease not to cry out, saying as with one voice: Holy, Holy, Holy…

Preface for Advent

The following Preface was promulgated in the 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum and may be said ad libitum by the celebrant of the Mass.

VERE DIGNUM et justum est, æquum et salutáre, nos tibi semper et ubíque grátias ágere: Dómine sancte, Pater omnípotens, ætérne Deus: per Christum Dóminum nostrum. Quem pérdito hóminum géneri Salvatórem miséricors et fidélis promisísti: cujus véritas instrúeret ínscios, sánctitas justificáret ímpios, virtus adjuváret infírmos. Dum ergo prope est ut véniat quem missúrus es, et dies affúlget liberatiónis nostræ, in hac promissiónum tuárum fide, piis gáudiis exsultámus. Et ídeo cum Angelis et Archángelis, cum Thronis et Dominatiónibus, cumque omni milítia cæléstis exércitus, hymnum glóriæ tuæ cánimus, sine fine dicéntes: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus…

IT IS TRULY meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God, through Christ our Lord. Whom Thou, clement and faithful, promised as a Saviour to the lost race of men; Whose truth instructed the ignorant, Whose sanctity justified the impious, Whose virtue strengthened the weak.

Therefore while the advent approaches of Him Whom we exult in pious joys in this confidence of Thy promises. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army we sing a hymn to Thy glory, ever saying: Holy, Holy, Holy…
Communion (Psalm 84,13)

DÓMINUS dabit benignitátem: et terra nostra dabit fructum suum.

THE LORD will give goodness: and our earth shall yield her fruit.
Postcommunion

SUSCIPIÁMUS Dómine misericórdiam tuam in médio templi tui: ut reparatiónis nostræ ventúra solémnia cóngruis honóribus præcedámus. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sæcula sæculórum.

MAY WE RECEIVE Thy mercy, O Lord, in the midst of Thy temple, that with due reverence we may prepare for the coming festival of our redemption. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.


† A Blessed and Holy Thanksgiving to all †

24 November 2016

 

Sofia and all of our contributors at Always Catholic Blog wish our families, friends, readers and colleagues a blessed and holy Thanksgiving.

Act of Thanksgiving for Blessings of the past year

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O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Who art always the same, and Whose years fail not, we now, at the close of another year, kneel in adoration before Thee, and offer Thee our deepest thanks for the fatherly care with which Thou has watched over us during the past, for the many times Thou hast protected us from evils of soul and body, and for the numberless blessings, both temporal and spiritual, which Thou hast showered upon us. May it please Thee to accept the homage of our grateful hearts which we offer Thee in union with the infinite thanksgiving of Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.

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Thanksgiving Day Prayer


Oh, Heavenly Father,

We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.

We thank thee for health and remember the sick.

We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.

We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.

May these remembrances stir us to service,

That thy gifts to us may be used for others.

Amen

May the spirit of Thanksgiving be shared by one and all!

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving,
and may God Bless you and yours.

P.S.Why not invite a friend who lives alone to share a Thanksgiving meal–
or better yet, call and say, I’m coming to get you
and I’ll see that you get home safely.
Try it this Thanksgiving Day, and
God will surely Bless you…


Christine Westhoff’s “HARK”: Sacred #CHRISTMAS Music MUST HAVE for THIS Season!

12 November 2016

Hello Readers,

Once in a great while I come across something I feel very strongly about. I usually come to you for prayer intentions and I also love to share beautiful people and things with you. Right this moment in Little Rock, Arkansas; Christine Westhoff is stocking her second CD and first Christmas CD, aptly named “Hark!”.

I am a musician and have a particular love of sacred music and, of course, Christmas music. I am letting you, my readers know about this fabulously talented young woman. Her voice, truly a gift from God, has been given back to Him as a humble gift from Westhoff. She could have embraced a secular career of opera and, in my humble opinion, would go far for sure. Instead, Christine gives her voice to the sacred.

In this time in history, there are few people who understand this kind of selflessness. What you are about to find out is what type of person she is, from this following article and then you will hear the best version EVER of “O Holy Night”. Best. Version. Ever.

A Blessed Christmas Season to all: ALL FORTY Days,

Sofia

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Lyric Soprano Christine Westhoff and her Christmas CD, “Hark”

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For information on Christine Westhoff, her concert schedule, to purchase her music or schedule a master class with Christine, please visit www.christinewesthoff.com , cdbaby.com or at iTunes search “Christine Westhoff” album: Hark.

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CLASSICALLY TRAINED SOPRANO FOCUSES ON GOD RATHER THAN WAGNER

Classically trained as a lyric operatic soprano, Christine Westhoff is becoming one of the leading American artists in the area of oratorio and sacred music, attracting the attention of a widening public including the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and the United States.

The 32-year-old singer is unique in that, although trained as an operatic singer, she has devoted her career to sacred music that was written some 500-700 years before her birth, “I assumed I was going to be an opera singer. I’d trained as one. I sounded like one. I just couldn’t figure out why the idea of having to sing opera for the rest of my career left me with a hollow feeling.” Westhoff says an accidental discovery changed her path, “One afternoon I stumbled onto an old oratorio book of music. Just as a priest is called to the collar, I instantly knew that God was showing me where he wanted me.”

As a Catholic, Westhoff’s 2013 concert tour kicked off in the city where faith is foremost–Rome, Italy, where she performed in the ancient and beautiful San Silvestro Chapel, with an audience that included various princes, priests, and prelates of the Church.

Christine Westhoff at Belleville Cathedral asking Saint Cecilia for her blessing

Christine Westhoff at Belleville Cathedral asking Saint Cecilia for her blessing

In addition to the sacred and oratorio pieces Westhoff performed, her 2013 tour included pieces by contemporary U.K. composer, Ash Madni. Qatar-born Madni, known for compositions that fuse Western and Eastern classical music, has high praise for Westhoff; “Christine’s singing is beautiful, pitch perfect, powerful and radiates passion, rare to find these days.” Westhoff sang his “An Aria for Fatimah,” which sets Percy Shelley’s poetry to music.After her premier in Italy, Westhoff continued with a concert schedule in the U.S.

When asked about how she views her job as a singer, Westhoff mused, “I feel blessed that I was chosen for this job. Humbled that this is my small part of His work. Grateful that I can call some of the great cathedrals of the world my office.”


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