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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  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Young Catholic Adult Weekend at Douai Abbey

We have been sent the following information regarding the upcoming Young Catholic Adult Weekend at Douai Abbey, which some of you may be interested in:
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Young Catholic Adult Weekend at Douai Abbey 28st -30th Oct 2016

Are you 18-40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic  faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire) led by Fr. Thomas Crean O.P. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialize and have fun. Book soon as places are limited!

This weekend has been going for over 10 years, it is a unique experience, which brings the Catholic faith to a new generation!


 For updates goto:- http://youngcatholicadults-latestnews.blogspot.co.uk/. For more details go to:- http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm. Prices start from £12.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

25 Years of Priesthood

The Film Team have been at it again in Christchurch, New Zealand, where we run the Latin Mass Chaplaincy for the Diocese from our Monastery.

This time they have produced a beautiful interview with Fr Anthony Mary, F.SS.R., the chaplain, to commemorate his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the sacred priesthood.  The video is titled "Anointed".


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Perpetual Profession of Vows

 On 15th August, the feast of Our Lady's Assumption in heaven, Br Seelos Maria, F.SS.R. and Br Peter Mary, F.SS.R. made their perpetual profession of the vows of religion: Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, and joined to it a fourth vow and oath of Perseverance in the Congregation until death, as has been done since the time of St Alphonsus.

Thanks be to God, Br Seelos's parents were able to be with their son on this day, all the way from Kansas, USA.
 The Veni Creator Spiritus.

 Br Seelos Maria confirms his desire to consecrate himself entirely to God for the rest of his life.
Br Peter Mary does the same.
 Kneeling before the Most Blessed Sacrament, the two Brothers pronounce their vows, and with their hand on the Holy Gospel, they call God to be their witness.

 By these vows, made before God Himself, Brs Seelos and Peter give themselves entirely to Him.  

 The Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer is now stronger than ever, with two more perpetually professed members.  Deo Gratias et Mariae!
Br Seelos Maria with his mother and father.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rejoice with us!

Dear Friends,

For the love of Jesus and Mary
rejoice with us!

We rejoice because of the Beatification today of 
not now the Venerable, but the  
Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa.



Rejoice with us!
Today is the 8th anniversary of our 
reconciliation with the Holy See in 2008
thanks to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.


Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo.
The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever. (Ps. 88:2)

On this anniversary of that great grace, 
from which we have never looked back, 
I publicly announce the joyful news
that we have received yet another grace 
for which we are most deeply grateful to God.

On 18th May 2016, 
His Lordship, the Bishop of Aberdeen, 
Dom Hugh Gilbert, O.S.B. 
signed the Decree of Approval 
for the Constitution of our Congregation.

May God reward him exceedingly!

Deo gratias et Mariae! - 
Thanks be to God and to Mary!

Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R.
Rector Major

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

On the Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
Thursday following the Feast of the Sacred Heart,
nine young men advanced
in the ranks of the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

One of them advanced to the highest rank of Knight
and received the gold medal and sword of the society.

We had the privilege of the ceremony being presided by
His Lordship Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking, of Christchurch.

We have the joy of sharing on video the Holy Mass with some touching scenes of the joy and celebration which followed. The contrast has often been made of how dignified and solemn the ceremonies and the children can be in the Chapel, but this does not prevent them being delightful happy young souls full of joy and friendship afterwards.






























Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Corpus Christi Procession Christchurch

We had a beautiful Corpus Christi  Mass and Procession
at the Christchurch Monastery.














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