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Thursday, February 14, 2019

A solemn and moving ceremony for the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer


On February 9th, 2019, 
Brothers Martin Mary, F.SS.R. and Peter Mary F.SS.R.
were ordained to the Subdiaconate 
in the Saint Peter and Paul Chapel 
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, in Denton, Nebraska. 

The ordaining prelate was 
the Most Reverend Bishop Robert W. Finn, D.D. 

There were seven ordained for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. 

The Rector Major, Father Michael Mary, was present 
for the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Brother Martin Mary, F.SS.R. and Brother Peter Mary, F.SS.R.
during the procession into the chapel.

Accedant omnes qui ordinandi sunt ad Subdiaconatum.
Let all who are to be ordained to the Subdiaconate come forward.

The Bishop's Address:
"Filii dilectissimi, ad sacrum Subdiaconatus Ordinem promovendi...
Beloved sons, you are about to be promoted to the Sacred Order of Subdiaconate, you must consider carefully what is the office that you seek today. So far, you are free and if you wish you can go back to a secular manner of living; should you receive this order, you will not be free to change your mind; you will have to be unceasingly at the service of God. Yet to serve Him is to reign. With His help, you will have to keep chastity and to be always faithful in the service of the Church. 

So as there is time, think about it and 
if you wish to persevere in your resolution 
(si in sancto proposito perseverare placet)
in the name of God, come forward."

Those to be ordained Subdeacons take a step forward
signifying their willingness and desire to receive the order.
They step forward.

All to be ordained prostrate themselves
while the bishop kneels
and the solemn Litany of the Saints is chanted.

 Kyrie eleison.   Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.   Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.   Kyrie eleison.
Christe, audi nos.   Christe, audi nos.
Christe, exaudi nos.   Christe, exaudi nos.

Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis.
Sancta Dei Genetrix, ora pro nobis.
Sancta Virgo virginum, ora pro nobis.

 Tradition of the Instruments.
The Bishop passes into their hands an empty chalice and a paten saying;
VIDETE CUIUS MINISTERIUM VOBIS TRADITUR;
IDEO VOS ADMONEO, UT ITA VOS EXHIBEATIS,
UT DEO PLACERE POSSITIS...
 SEE WHAT MINISTRY IS PUT INTO YOUR HANDS;
I WARN YOU TO LEAD A LIFE BY WHICH
YOU MIGHT PLEASE GOD.


Brother Martin Mary, F.SS.R. knelt before the bishop:
Reception of the Amice.
Accipe amictum... Receive the amice, 
by which the watch over one's voice is signified. 
In the name of the + Father and of the + Son and of the Holy + Ghost.
Amen.
Reception of the Maniple.
 Accipe manipulum... Receive the maniple,
by which the fruits of good works are signified.
In the name of the + Father and of the + Son and of the Holy + Ghost.
Amen.

 Clothing in the Tunicle.
Tunica... May the Lord clothe thee with the tunic of joy
and with the vestments of joy.
In the name of the + Father and of the + Son and of the Holy + Ghost.
Amen.
 And so then did Brother Peter Mary, F.SS.R.
Reception of the Amice.
Accipe amictum... Receive the amice, 
by which the watch over one's voice is signified. 
In the name of the + Father and of the + Son and of the Holy + Ghost.
Amen.
 Reception of the Maniple.
 Accipe manipulum... Receive the maniple,
by which the fruits of good works are signified.
In the name of the + Father and of the + Son and of the Holy + Ghost.
Amen.

Clothing in the Tunicle.
Tunica... May the Lord clothe thee with the tunic of joy
and with the vestments of joy.
In the name of the + Father and of the + Son and of the Holy + Ghost.
Amen.
 Then the Bishop presented them with the Book of Epistles saying:
ACCIPE LIBRUM EPISTOLARUM, ET HABETE POTESTATEM LEGENDI EAS
IN ECCLESIA SANCTA DEI, TAM PRO VIVIS, QUAM PRO DEFUNCTIS.
IN NOMINE PA+TRIS ET FI+LII, ET SPIRITUS + SANCTI. AMEN.

RECEIVE THE BOOK OF EPISTLES AND HAVE THE POWER OF READING THEM
IN THE CHURCH OF GOD, BOTH FOR THE LIVING AND FOR THE DEAD.
IN THE NAME OF THE + FATHER AND OF THE + SON AND OF THE HOLY + GHOST. AMEN.
The Dismissal.
Recedant qui ordinati sunt Subdiaconi...
Let those who have been ordained Subdeacons
return to their places...
(With what sweet order 
the Church governs her ceremonies!) 
The Holy Mass continues.
We are at the time for the Epistle.
One of the newly ordained Subdeacons chants the Epistle.

Offering of Candles.
Wearing the mitre, the bishop takes his seat and receives the offerings
of the newly ordained subdeacons.
After the Agnus Dei
the bishop gives the kiss of peace to the ministers.
For the first time the newly ordained Subdeacons 
approach to kiss the altar and receive the Pax from the bishop.  

The recessional procession.
Father Ferguson & Father Michael Mary

Our Subdeacons.
Orkney sent them a friendly gust of wind that catches their tunicles.
The nine newly ordained Subdeacons with Bishop Finn.

At the end of a solemn and moving ceremony.
Our Hearty Congratulations to our Subdeacons
who will be ordained Deacons 
on 30 March, 2019.
Thanks be to God and to Mary ever Virgin!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

2019 Monastic Retreat

The second annual "Monastic Retreat" for young people interested in knowing more about monastic life was held from Sunday 13 January 11:00 a.m. until Sunday 20 January at 15:00.
Our two Familiars Isaac and Benedict, with Aidan, a Boy Solitary, all from NZ, made the retreat with Shine, another young person from North Dakota. 

MONASTIC RETREAT HORARIUM
04.55 Rise
05.30 Mental Prayer
06.00 Office of Matins and Lauds
07.00 Holy Mass, Thanksgiving
08.00 Breakfast, Remission. Emptying of night-buckets.
09.00 Office of Terce, Liturgical Studies or Monastic Conference
10.00 Manual Work
12.30 Angelus and closure of Manual Work, wash up.
13.00 Office of Sext, Particular Examen, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
13.15 Dinner in silence, reading at table
14.00 Recreation
15.00 Office of None, Opening of the Three Hours of the Little Silence -  in Honour of Our Lord’s agony on the Cross
16.00 Spiritual Reading
16.30 Mental Prayer in the cell
17.00 Remission in silence, time to visit the Blessed Sacrament, read, go for a walk alone
17.30 Office of Vespers
17.45 Holy Rosary
18.15 Supper in silence, reading at table
19.00 Recreation
19.30 Night Prayer and Office of Compline
20.10 Remission in the Great Silence (free time to pray, relax, prepare for sleep and the next day)
21.30 Lights Out

MONASTIC RETREAT ACCOMMODATION
The Three Monastic Camps

Camp One: Valsainte
Valsainte was a deserted and despoiled Carthusian monastery in Switzerland: described as empty cells, bare walls and a roof. In 1818 it was given to the homeless community of the Transalpine Redemptorists under the leadership of Venerable Father Joseph Passerat. We commemorated 200 years of that event last year when we hosted the first Monastic Retreat. Our Valsainte is still not much more than a bare shed with a roof, which our retreatants made their monastic paradise.

The four retreatants camped the week in Valsainte -the old wool shed. Camping conditions were improved this year.
Looking around Valsainte's four cells for four retreatants.
Each retreatant must have his own cell.
Already we need more cells for next year.
The cell - looking out.
The cell - looking in
Valsainte - Father Anthony Mary checking the entrance.


 Camp Two:  The Hermitage of Mt St Joseph's Kakahu.

The hermitage comprises of two cells, bathroom, and kitchen/refectory.
Shine's mother Corrie, and Samantha Maria were present to help the retreat, to pray and they also provided the meals. They lodged in the two cells of the hermitage.

Corrie and Samantha Maria preparing the midday meal...

At prayers...
paying a visit, and watching how it is done.
Samantha Maria is a Daughter of the Most Holy Redeemer 
living the contemplative and active life.



Camp three: The Laura of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour

During the retreat the five monks' accommodation was set up as
 the Laura of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour 
in the lower field (or paddock as we say in New Zealand). 

The Church on earth is called the Church Militant.
Monks are Milites Christi - Soldiers of Christ...
A monastery is a soldiers' camp.
Each monk had a tent.
From a tent to the hermitage.

MONASTIC RETREAT MASS and PRAYERS


The morning Mass in Mt St Joseph's Oratory.

The Holy Mass
The Liturgy of  audible prayers, of whispered prayers and silence.
The small oratory Mass necessarily includes the sounds of the dawn chorus of waking nature.
Benedicite, montes et colles, Domino...
Benedicite, omnes volucres caeli, Domino. 
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord...
All you birds of heaven, bless the Lord.
[Sunday, Lauds Canticle Dan. 3]

Prayers.
Prayers before Our Blessed Lord in the Tabernacle of the Altar.
Internal, spiritual, invisible.
Heart speaks to heart.
Ora. Ora. Ora.

MONASTIC RETREAT WORK

Ora et labora.
Prayer and Work.

Work one: Firewood

Brother Seelos Maria cutting wood.

Gathering the rounds of wood.

Working together.

 Using the splitter.

Aidan and Father Anthony.

Isaac and Benedict packing the wood away.


 The Boy Solitary 
Living the Hidden Life in union with the Boy Jesus.

Work two: Valsainte


Concrete arriving for the floor of Valsainte.

Waiting for the concrete.

Father Anthony Mary moving the concrete.

 The Supervisors ready to throw medals into the concrete.

Screeding the concrete.

Observing the finishing touches.
Job done.



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