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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Profession of Fr Celestine Maria, F.SS.R.

On the Feast of St Alphonsus, 2nd August,  Fr Celestine Maria of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary, F.SS.R. made his temporary profession of the Vows of Religion: Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.

  The Novice is questioned by the Superior regarding his desire to give his life entirely to God in Holy Religion, and his firm resolve to persevere therein.

 Prostrate on the ground and covered with the funeral pall while the Veni Creator Spiritus is chanted by the community, the Novice prepares to die to the world.

 Fr Celestine Maria, F.SS.R. pronounces his vows, kneeling before his God and ours; Him Who will judge us on the last day.

 Father receives the Pallium of the professed monk.

 All kneel while the newly-professed recites a prayer of thanksgiving.

Deo gratias et Mariæ! 
We wish Father Celestine all the best, and pray that he, and we persevere in this most excellent vocation of Religious Life.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Longest Day

Some photos of the second longest day of the year.

Sunset on Papa Stronsay:10:28 p.m.

Sunrise on Papa Stronsay: 3:58 a.m.

Although the sun does drop below the horizon for almost five and a half hours, we do not experience full darkness at this time of year.  You can see on the graph here that we do not have night, properly so called (true darkness), from the 24th April to the 18th August.  However, these dates would only apply when the sky was not overcast.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Replenishing the Stores

During the Summer months on Papa Stronsay we have the opportunity to take our little boat out to sea to catch fish to put in the freezer for the following months.  Some years are better than others.  This year, on the 4th July we took advantage of the fine weather and set out.

On the way out, we prayed the Rosary and asked Our Lady to lead us to the fish.

Having invoked Our Lady and had two Orca sightings, we were confident of a catch.

 We were not disappointed! We caught plenty of Mackerel...

 ...and cod.

 Br Edmund Maria brings Mackerel aboard.

 A puffin.

Sheep venturing close to the edge.


On the return journey we cleaned the 102 fish we had caught, providing a meal for the seagulls too!


Thanks be to God for His provident care, providing us with such food on our doorstep.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Corpus Christi

This post was intended for the feast of Corpus Christi, but Divine Providence had other designs!

Our Lord gave us wonderful weather for His feast, even though it had not been forecast to be so, so we took full advantage of it to take Him in procession to view the Monastery.





 In 2014 some of the brethren visited the Abbey of Thoronet, in France.  It is an old Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1176.  The Abbey was closed during the French Revolution and is now a museum.  The chapel has the most amazing acoustic — an echo of 9 seconds!

This is the Alleluia from the Mass of Corpus Christi.

This is the Victimae Paschali Laudes, the sequence sung during Easter.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Pentecost Sunday

Come Holy Ghost, Fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy Love.
Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth!

 Solemn High Mass celebrated on Papa Stronsay on Pentecost Sunday.
 

Thank you, most Holy Spirit, for calling us and all those who wish, to consecrate ourselves to Thee in the peace and tranquillity of Papa Stronsay!

Monday, April 10, 2017

He seeks Veronicas! - Let us find them a house in which to live.



Faciem meam non averti ab increpantibus, et conspuentibus in me.
I have not turned my face away from them that rebuked me and spit upon me.
(Lesson from the Mass of Holy Monday - Isaias 50:6)

May the Most Holy, Most Sacred, Most Adorable,
Most Incomprehensible and Unutterable Name of God
be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified,
in Heaven on earth and in the hells,
by all the creatures of God
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ 
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
(The Golden Arrow prayer 
given in 1843 by Our Lord to Ven. Sr. Mary of St Peter)


Our Lord revealed to Venerable Sister Mary of St Peter, that the sin of blasphemy greatly offends him. Blasphemy and abusing His Holy Name is as spitting into His Holy Face. He said:  
"I seek Veronicas to wipe and venerate My Divine Face, which has but few adorers!" 
And then he assured me that all persons who would apply themselves to this Work of Reparation would perform the same service in His behalf as she did. 
(October 27, 1845)

For many months several women in Christchurch have been preparing to consecrate their lives entirely to God. Two have made perpetual vows of Chastity. Four more are ready to do so. 

I invite you to offer alms of reparation so that a house in or around Christchurch, may be purchased and given to the Holy Face of Jesus for women consecrated to Him. 

Alms-giving is a reparation for sins.  The Lenten season of alms-giving is coming to an end. 
Invest your alms in a house consecrated to make reparation for blasphemy.

Alms and donations may be sent via the PayPal with the note 'Reparation'. Or by contacting me through the contact button on this page.


A three bedroom house in Christchurch costs about $400,000 NZ Dollars.
 ($277,000 USD; £224,000 GBP). The purchase itself is a worthy act of reparation.

Please spread the word and help me to find this house for consecrated Veronicas.


My best and prayerful wishes to you for a fruitful Holy Week.

Devotedly,
Father Michael Mary, F.SS.R.
Rector Major

Sunday, March 12, 2017

THE GOOD FIGHT

The Sacrament of Confirmation

was conferred on six young adults last year.
In this video the confirmands share their thoughts.

It is encouraging to see how seriously these young Catholics take their Faith. Please pray for them that they persevere in their good resolutions. Many thanks to Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking who conferred the Sacrament in the Traditional Rite at Our Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, Christchurch, New Zealand. We are truly blessed to have such a thriving young chaplaincy here in the South Island.

Many thanks to the devoted mother and daughter who produced this amazing testimony to the power of Faith.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ordinations to the Minor Orders

November 19th 2016 saw the conferral of the Minor Orders upon two of our students: Br Martin Mary, F.SS.R. and Br Peter Mary, F.SS.R.

The ordinations were performed by his Lordship Bishop Robert Finn, emeritus bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

 Br Peter Mary received the first two of the four Minor Orders: Porter and Lector.
 After being ordained Porter, Br Peter Mary rings the Church bell, this being one of the offices of the Porter.
 The Tradition of the Instruments: Br Peter Mary places his hand upon the Evangelium, as the bishop ordains him a Lector.

 Br Martin Mary presents himself before the bishop with the other candidates to be ordained to the Minor Orders of Exorcist and Acolyte.

 Brother is ordained an Exorcist...
 
 ...and then an Acolyte.

Congratulations to all those who received the Minor Orders!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Pontifical Vespers for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

 Brother Seelos Maria, Book-bearer.

Bishop James D. Conley
Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska
 Brother Seelos Maria and Brother Peter Mary
Book-bearer and Candle-bearer
with seminarians and clergy at
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
Denton

The Vespers Magnificat Antiphon:
Hodie egressa est*
This day a rod came forth out of the root of Jesse;
This day Mary was conceived without any stain of sin;
This day the head of the old serpent was crushed by Her,
Alleluia! 

V. Immaculata Conceptio est hodie sanctae Mariae Virginis.
This day is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
R. Quae serpentis caput virgineo pede contrivit.
With Her virginal foot She crushed the head of the serpent. 

Thy Immaculate Conception O Virgin Mother of God.
Has heralded joy to all the world. 

Trahe nos Virgo immaculata, post te curremus
in odorem unguentorum tuorum.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Now Available: Papa Stronsay Calendar 2017


Our Papa Stronsay Calendar for 2017 is now available for order here.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Receiving Clerical Tonsure

On Saturday 22nd October 2016, two of our Brothers, Br Seelos Maria, F.SS.R. and Br Peter Mary, F.SS.R. received the Clerical Tonsure at the Seminary of the Fraternity of St Peter in Nebraska, USA.  Tonsure was received at the hands of Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, bishop emeritus of the diocese of Lincoln, in which the seminary is.

 Our Brothers with the other seminarians who are to receive tonsure, approach the altar.

 The seminarians of the Fraternity of St Peter who are being tonsured also received their cassock in the same ceremony.  Here they kneel around the altar in preparation for Tonsure, while the bishop addresses them.

 During Tonsure, the bishop cuts the hair of each candidate in the points of the Cross.

 Br Seelos Maria, F.SS.R. receives Tonsure.

 Br Peter Mary, F.SS.R. receives Tonsure.

 Then the bishop clothes them in the Surplice of the cleric.

Br Peter Mary receives the Surplice from the bishop.

The same ceremony saw the ordination of a new priest: Fr Insco, F.SS.P.
Our Br Martin Mary, F.SS.R. kneels with another seminarian to cantor the Litany of the Saints, while the candidate for priesthood prostrates himself before the altar.

The newly Tonsured with the bishop and servers in front of the Seminary building.

Congratulations to our two Brothers on their reception of Tonsure!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

If possible, choose to remain in unmarried chastity.

Brother Seelos Maria  vows unmarried chastity for life.
August 15, 2016.

His disciples say unto him: 
If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.
Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given... 
He that can take, let him take it.
(Mt. 19)
Here, according to the authorities, 
Our Lord does not simply offer celibacy as an option 
but rather
He exhorts all who can, 
to follow Him by living in unmarried chastity.

This is the teaching of St John Chrysostom, Origen, Theophylact, Euthymius, St Jerome, St Augustine, St Ambrose, Tertullian and others:

Jesus Christ and St Paul advise every believer to live in unmarried chastity.
"Christ in this place, as well as St. Paul (1 Cor. 7:7), 
gives the counsel of continence to every believer.
For nothing is counselled except what is in man's power
 and good pleasure with God's grace, 
which truly he offers and provides for all who ask it." 
(Cornelius A Lapide on St Matthew XIX, Vol. 2., pg 330.)

If you are married, 
be faithful to your duties. 
Pray daily to persevere in your married life until death.
There is no doubt that marriage is good.
And there is no doubt that it is the more difficult road to heaven. 
The best advice is that it should be taken only if it is the only road that is open to you.

If you are still unmarried, 
pray earnestly for chastity, 
decide on celibacy. 
Serve God as a monk or nun. 
Decide to be wholly occupied with serving God 
in prayer and in a life serving your neighbour for the love of Him. 

The chaste life is, according to Our Lord and St Paul,
the happier of the two life options.

 Leave the world and give yourself wholly to Jesus Christ!
Seek a holy life. 
Pray that by this means 
you will save your immortal soul and the souls of others.

Brother Peter Mary signs the register after making perpetual vows
15 August, 2016.

If you would like to do something about your vocation
begin by writing to:
fr.michael at the-sons dot org  

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