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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Passing of Father Anthony Mary's mother

Father's Mom
-19 September, 2009 -
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We send our deepest sympathy
to Father Anthony Mary,
to Mr. Pat Seeber,
and to Father Anthony Mary's brothers and sister,
on the passing of
Monica Jeanne Marthe Seeber, R.I.P.,
who died today, 12 December 2009,
in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pat and Monica
- 54 years of marriage -

The blessed parents
of
a daughter and eight sons.

Monica Jeanne Marthe Seeber

Born in Gent, Belgium, 25 April 1928
Daughter of John and Yvonne Taylor
Married Patrick Leo Seeber,
in Salisbury, S. Rhodesia, 14 May, 1955.

This morning, Saturday, 12 December, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Father Anthony Mary offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass near his dying mother and administerd to her the holy Viaticum. Mrs. Seeber’s beloved husband Pat and daughter Elise were also present. Immediately after Mass they prayed together the chaplet of Divine Mercy and then began the Holy Rosary during which Mrs. Seeber, peaceful and conscious to the very end, passed into her eternity at 11.00 A.M.

Requiem aeternum dona ea, Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat ea. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Father Anthony with his Mother, Bishop Fellay and his Father
after his Ordination to the Subdiaconate.
- 31 March, 1990 -

Mrs. Seeber receiving the First Blessing from her priestly son
on his day of Ordination.
Econe, 27 June, 1991,
Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour.

A priest, one evening, made his weary way
Into a graveyard where his mother lay;
And scarcely had he reached the humble mound
Than tears stole out to bless the hallowed ground.
Beside the humble grave the priest then knelt
To tell the sorrow that his heart then felt.
Full many a messenger of sorrow went
To make excuse that yet no monument
Stood guard o’er his mother’s sacred head,
To honour her who lay among the dead.

And then a voice came swiftly from the tomb:
“My monument was builded in my womb;
My greatest laurels, greatest praise were won
The hour that thou became my priestly son.
Behold the mothers that beside me lie,
Whose monuments point proudly to the sky
Of all these honoured mothers, everyone
Would change her tombstone for a priestly son.
Go, then, my son, and never more lament
That o’er my grave there stands no monument;
Return thou to the desert sands of sin,
And win the lost sheep to the fold again;
For all the souls in heav’n whom thou hast sent
Fore’er proclaim thee as my monument.”

11 comments:

thetimman said...

My deepest sympathies and assurances of my prayers.

Brendan said...

Reverend and dear Father, please be assured of my prayers for the repose of your mother's soul. What consolation that she was provided with everything the Church had to offer, even more so from the hands of her own son, and on a feast of Our Lady.

St. Jude Pray For Me said...

Dear Reverend Father Michael Mary, F.SS.R.

I have been deeply saddened to hear about the death of Father Anthony Mary's Mother.
On this day of mourning, I assure you of my prayers for Mrs. Seeber's soul as well as for Father Anthony Mary and his Family.

" In memória ætérna erit justus : ab auditióne mala non timébit ".

A.B.

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to Father Anthony Mary and all the Seeber family at the loss of their wife and mother but what a wonderful way to leave this world.
My sincere sympathies also to Father Michael Mary and all the Community as everyone's family are theirs too.
God Bless you all and my prayers are with you.
Lenore

wheat4paradise said...

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers.

May I ask who wrote that lovely poem?

Dan Hunter said...

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord.

Anonymous said...

That was a good death.

We should all be so fortunate.

God Bless

Holly Hall said...

My Deepest Sympathies to Fr. Anthony Mary and his family for this passing. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her! May she rest in peace. May her loved ones be soon reunited with her in Thee for all eternity!

Anonymous said...

Yes, indeed, we should all be so blessed and fortunate! What a beautiful leave-taking!

Reverend and dear Father, you and your family are all in my prayers.

Alsotelo said...

On December 12th, the Mother of one Priest covered the mother of another priest under the turquoise and star filled mantle of her protection and led her safely to her repose. Heartfelt condolences to Fr. Anthony Mary. I will remember his dear mother at the altar. Fr. Angel Sotelo

Orthodox said...

Reverend and Dear Fathers, Brothers and Commuinty of Papa Stronsay.

My Sincere and heartfelt sympathies on the passing of Father Anthony's Mom. I am privalaged to say that I had the oppertunity to aquaint myself with the Seebers here at our Lady of Sorrows in Johannesburg. My late grandfather was born to eternal life only a few weeks before, on the 19th of November and to the best of my knowlege are both interred in the same cemetery. In this time of sorrow for both my family and for the Seeber family, loosing a loved one tears are never far away. Yet the greatest consolation is that both were afforded the grace of a good and holy death, for this we can only pray for the same.

My prayers are with all the Seeber family at this time, of your charity I beg of the same for my late Granddad.

In Christ and our Good Mother

Calvin James Montgomery
Johannesburg South Africa

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