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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Update on painting our Christchurch Oratory

Photos of the
Mother of Perpetual Succour Oratory, 
Christchurch, New Zealand.

 
 St Joseph's holy picture has been enhanced by its polychrome
surrounding and canopy.
The peculiar Star and Cross above the holy image are copies 
of the Holy Cross and Star
that to this day, in Bethlehem,
 commemorate 
the apparition of the angel to St Joseph in Bethlehem:
"And after they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him."
Mt. 2:13

 The updated image of the work done behind the altar
and surrounding our Mother of Perpetual Succour.

The dedicated work continues...
Thank you Brother!


  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Easter Vigil


 The High Altar before the Vigil Ceremonies began on Papa Stronsay


Preparations in the Sacristy


The Easter Fire prepared by Br Valentine seen on left


Br Yousef Marie sings the Exsultet for the first time as a Deacon


Br Jean-Marie, our sub-deacon chanting the first lesson 


Father Anthony Mary for the first time as a priest blesses the Pascal Water


Holy Mass begins with the images still covered in purple


Chanting of the Easter Vigil Gospel, with images now unveiled


 Br Yousef as deacon assists Fr Anthony as he celebrates Holy Mass


The Regina Caeli rings out as our hearts are filled with joy
 as the Lenten Fast is now at an end!


Easter Sunday morning is calm, bright and sunny


The Holy Island of Papa Stronsay as see from our boat.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"gaudia Paschalia" winging it way!

For Rev. Fr John and Mrs. Hunwicke.
Photos of our Christchurch chapel.

Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour,
141 Rutland Street,
St Alban's, Christchurch,
as it had been.

Brother Nicodemus Mary,F.SS.R.
moved into action last week.
 
Brother enjoys decorating the sanctuary.
The chapel had been a hall belonging to the Closed Brethren.
Over the years many generous friends
have worked to make it suitable for the Holy Sacrifice.

Soon after we arrived, friends made this opening in the hall's ceiling
and found a suitable window to give added emphasis and light
to the altar which is directly below.

The image of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour
was carefully protected during operations.

 The work is not finished.
 But last Saturday night the altar was replaced for the
Mass of Low Sunday.
 
 More coats of paint are needed and
further developments will be reported.

Our tabernacle was brought to Christchurch
as part of our luggage last month.
It is French and quite old.

 Its doors are beautifully carved.

 This is how things stood for Low Sunday.
May God bless the devoted monk and his holy work.




Easter Morning, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Easter Sunday Mass 
Christchurch, New Zealand

Easter Morning.
After the Vigil the night before, there is a special atmosphere 
when returning to the same sacred space on Easter morning.



 Holy Mass of Easter Sunday, Resurrexi...
I arose, and am still with Thee, alleluia...

Announcing the Resurrection.
Rev. Brother Magdala Maria, F.SS.R.

Et resurrecxit tertia die secundum Scripturas...
Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. 

 Devout faithful.

 The altar and decorations were beautiful.


Easter Vigil, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Easter Vigil

The Blessing of the Baptismal Font

Behold the Lamb of God.

Good Friday, Christchurch, New Zealand

Moments during the Solemn Afternoon Liturgy.
 
 The Prostration

 Chanting the Passion of Our Lord

 The Solemn Intercessions

 Adoration of the Cross
Behold the wood of the Cross, 
on which hung the Saviour of the world.

Veneration of the Cross

Friday, April 05, 2013

Graces Almost Beyond Belief


As many of you surely know, this Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday.  The promises made to St Faustina concerning this devotion are truly amazing.

The Graces available on this day are simply stupendous; it’s like a plenary indulgence, without the requirement of complete detachment from all sin.  This opportunity given to us by Christ Himself should not be missed.

Listen to this in order to prepare yourself and to take full advantage of what our Good Lord offers to you:



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