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Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Sign for the Isle

Papa Stronsay now proudly displays its own sign!  Under the Papa Stronsay Arms can be read the three ancient names of Papa Stronsay:
Papey Minni.
Papey Minor.
Papey in Litla.

A Great sight as you approach the Papa Stronsay Pier!
Very Rev Fr. Michael Mary and the brothers erect the new sign on the pier wall.

Fr. Magdala Maria handles the drill and is assisted by Br Alfonso Maria and Very Rev Fr Michael Mary.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

KNIGHTS OF THE EUCHARISTIC HEART OF JESUS

On the Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer, the third Sunday in July, 19th July 2015, at the Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking, DD, inaugurated the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of JesusThe Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is an organization which has been formed by the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. Its object is to provide a solid formation for boys and men who wish to serve Our Blessed Lord at His altar. It has been created in response to the need to train boys and men worthy of the duty of serving at the Traditional Rite of Holy Mass. A society called Knights of the Altar was begun under St John Bosco in 1858, and this name was used in the United States of America by a Fr Benz in 1939, who formed an Altar serving society. Our Society is largely based on the Knights of the Altar.

Why Knights?

Medieval Knighthood, in the service of manor lords, calls forth such ideals as honour, loyalty, justice, chivalry, and respect for all. In the use of the term knight, the Altar Server is reminded of his duty to serve the Lord of lords with fidelity and honour, to treat others with respect and justice, and to live an upright personal life, defending always the rights of God and His Holy Church. In the names page and squire, the server is reminded again of the years of practice and study that went into the training of a knight and should consider with what devotion and perseverance he should attend to his own training in the service of the Altar. The chevalier was a travelling knight, which should remind the server that he should be ever travelling toward his heavenly goal.

Purpose of the Society

(1) To form a worthy guard of honour to our Divine Eucharistic King in whose service we willingly assume the dignity and honour of becoming Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus;
(2) To render faithful, reverent and edifying service to God by assisting His visible representatives, the Bishops and Priests, in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in all other liturgical and devotional functions;
(3) To enkindle in the hearts of the faithful whom we represent at the altar, greater piety and devotion by reverently performing the duties of our holy office and by giving good example in our daily lives;
(4) Finally, to ensure the continued and efficient function of the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus as a society by attending meetings and giving of our service to the Church.

Below are photos taken at this memorable ceremony.

Some of the younger altar servers processing to Holy Mass.


Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking, DD.

Prayers at the foot of the Altar.

Incensation at the beginning of Mass.

The Sanctissimum is removed for a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool.

Seated for the singing of the Gloria.

Future Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

Bishop Meeking sings the collects; of the Mass
and of his anniversary of ordination to the Priesthood, 62 years today.

The Servers stand attentively at the Service of Jesus Christ the King.

Fr Anthony Mary, F.SS.R. is dubbed the Knight Director.

Seven boys became Apprentices. This is the first step
to becoming a Knight. The apprentice needs to learn all the
Latin responses by heart for Low Mass.

Two of the five Pages who have learnt their Latin response by heart
 and know how to serve Acolyte 2

The Pages receive from the Bishop
the Cassock, Surplice, Medal of the Eucharistic Heart, as well as the Handbook.
The Bishops addresses the pages: "Wear this cassock, in which you are vested, with the greatest respect, for it is part of the armour you shall wear as a Knight of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the service of your Lord and Master Jesus Christ.
May Our Lord clothe you with the grace you need for your new dignity as his servant, just as you will now be clothed in this surplice. May you show yourselves worthy by the proof of your life, and may its whiteness be ever a true symbol of the gleaming purity of your soul."

Jose and Jerome O'Sullivan became Squires.
They receive the single red tassel for this rank.

Justin Evans and Josef Fairbrother having been received as Pages.

Mervin de Lancea is dubbed a Knight by the Bishop.

A Scottish Broad Sword used for the dubbing.

The elevation of the Precious Blood.

The excellent choir that sang various parts of the Mass in polyphony. 

The new Apprentices, Pages, Squires and Knights.
"We, the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, pledge allegiance to our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, to His representatives on earth, and to Mary, our Queen Immaculate, whom we will serve faithfully until we attain eternal triumph in heaven. We pledge ourselves to form a worthy guard of honour to our Divine Eucharistic King in whose service we willingly assume the dignity and honour of becoming Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus; to render faithful, reverent and edifying service to God by assisting His visible representatives, the Bishops and Priests, in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in all other liturgical and devotional functions; to enkindle in the hearts of the faithful, whom we represent at the altar, greater piety and devotion by reverently performing the duties of our holy office and by giving good example in our daily lives."

"Tu es sacerdos in aeternum!"
After the Mass congratulating the Bishop
 for his fidelity and service of 62 years a priest.

Seven new Apprentices
Arlen Dempsey, John Fairborther, Joseph le Grelle, Malachi Tamepo
Aiden Evans, Joseph Donoghue, Thomas Fairbrother.

Five new Pages,
Josef Fairbrother, Justin Evans, James Green, Isaac Skilling and Julian Conlon.

Jose and Jerome O'Sullivan, Squires.

Dr Mervin de Lancea and Fr Anthony Mary, F.SS.R.
Knight and Knight Director.

Deo gratias et Mariae!! 


After a moving ceremony we thank God for all His blessings and ask you to keep these young men in your prayers for their perseverance in striving to serve Our Lord and King with fidelity and joy.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stronsay Pier View

Today marks the longest day in the year.  Here as I write, it is wet and foggy, but if the skies were clear one could watch the sun make its slow descent through the evening, and finally hide itself below the horizon at about 10:26pm.

Midsummer's night sunset 2012 on Papa Stronsay (more photos here)

By the time midnight came around, one could still read a book outside without too much difficulty.

Midsummer's night midnight 2012 on Papa Stronsay (more photos here)

The winter brings with it the excitement of storms and rough seas!  If you missed it we took some great footage of a winter storm back in 2013:


But wouldn't it be interesting and exciting to be able to view these events yourselves, live as they happen, wherever you are in the world?

Today we have begun to stream Stronsay Pier View over the internet.  It works much like the many other live stream cameras which can be found online, allowing you to view the Stronsay pier in almost-real-time.

This idea was first conceived as a tool for the inhabitants of Stronsay.  It allows us to easily see what the weather and sea condition is at the harbour or whether-or-not the ferry is on time.

I have just started the stream, which can be viewed on this post, on the sidebar of our blog, and eventually on our website too.  We are currently using Ustream.tv to stream the video, so you can also view it directly on our Ustream channel here.

The Stronsay Pier View stream.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Clothing

Last Sunday saw triple rejoicing on Papa Stronsay.

The 31st May 2015 is, of course, the feast of the Most Blessed Trinity.

It is also the feast of the Queenship of Mary, and is thus the 16th anniversary of our coming to Papa Stronsay.

And we received two new novices into our Congregation.  Deo Gratias!

 The two postulants kneel before the altar and are addressed by Very Rev. Fr Michael Mary, F.SS.R.


They prostrate themselves during the chanting of the Veni Creator Spiritus, and are covered with the funeral pall, representing the slaying of the "old man" and their death to the world.

The new novice receives the habit of our Congregation.

"Son, put on Our Lord Jesus Christ, always surrounding thy body with His mortification."


 He is presented with the crucifix which he will wear around his neck.

"Receive, my Son, the image of the crucifix, image of thy Master and Redeemer, who suffered for thee and offered Himself for thee. Place it as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm."

 He kisses the crucifix.

"I will die O Lord for the love of Thy love, who has deigned to die for the love of my love."

Receiving the Rosary.

"Receive, Son, the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may She always be a wall to protect thee, a mother to nourish thee, a star to guide thee and the door to thy salvation. Do Thou, however, learnest diligently to love and imitate Mary, and to propagate Her most salutary devotion everywhere. In dangers, in anguishes, in doubtful things, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May Her sweet name not disappear from thy lips, nor disappear from thy heart."


  Receiving the Scapular.

"'Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.  Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.'

Receive this blessed Scapular and beseech the Blessed Virgin that through Her merits, you may wear it without stain. May it defend you against all adversity and accompany you to eternal life."



 The new novices receive their names:
Brother Celestine.

 Brother Damian.


Thanks be to God for these new members of our Congregation!
We wish them many blessings and especially that of perseverance.

Maryfest 2015

On Sunday May 31st, the annual Maryfest procession was held in Christchurch, New Zealand. We organise it each year and this year we were blessed with lovely weather The faithful attended in great numbers - around 500 in all. The order of the photos is somewhat random. If you would like to follow Our Lady of Christchurch on Facebook, you can do so HERE.




































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