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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ordinations to the Subdiaconate

Saturday 28th January saw the ordination of seven young men to the Subdiaconate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary.

The future Subdeacons processing into the chapel holding a candle in their right hand, and, hanging over their left arm, the tunicle and maniple in which they will later be vested.

The candidates prostrate themselves before the altar.

Br. Martin Mary, F.SS.R. was given the great privilege of cantoring the Litany of the Saints with one of the other seminarians, which can be seen in the video below.

The camera used to film the Litany would not go beyond ten minutes per clip, so there is a small jump in the middle where a new one was started.

the tradition of the instruments to the Subdeacons, who touch the cruets...

...and the chalice.

The amice is pulled over the head.

The maniple is given them to reverence,

and finally they lay their right hand upon the Epistolarium, from which they will now chant the Epistle at a Solemn High Mass.

May God make them all good and holy priests!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Deep Silence, Mutual Listening, Continual Prayer

Deep Silence.
Silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist. In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves.

Mutual Listening.
By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without them being adequately tested. In this way, space is created for mutual listening, and deeper human relationships become possible.

Thus the Pope speaks to us about the internet, blogging and social communications. We are involved in Internet communications. We hope that our sites also breathe religious silence.


The latest edition of our newspaper Catholic is in the post.
It opens the subject of continual prayer.
I invite you to subscribe to this newspaper and read quietly
- away from Internet, in deep listening silence -
about the continual prayer.

Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R.

Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which can help people today to find time for reflection and authentic questioning, as well as making space for silence and occasions for prayer, meditation or sharing of the word of God.
Pope Benedict XVI.
24 January 2012.

He who prays is certain to be saved.
He who does not pray is certain to be damned.
All the elect are in heaven because they prayer.
All the damned are in hell because they did not pray.
St. Alphonsus

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DOMINUS EST - It is the Lord!

Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C.,
consecrated bishop on 2 June, 2006, is
Auxiliary Bishop of Maria Santissima in Astana,

Relying on accurate history and good theology,
the author of DOMINUS EST makes a plea for a return to distributing
Holy Communion to kneeling communicants on the tongue —
the practice now restored at papal liturgies by Pope Benedict XVI.

The book written by Bishop Schneider
is available in English.

Dominus Est – It Is the Lord!
Preface by Cardinal Ranjith.

Originally published in Italian by the Vatican Press,
this book offers readers insights into the sacrality
which ought to surround the distribution
and reception of Holy Communion

The book comes with the endorsement of the then two highest officials
in the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship
and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

to buy the book via Internet in the USA
to buy the book in the UK.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Padre Pio is on the mend.

Padre Pio in bad shape to the south.

This is the sight that greeted us after
the Immaculate Conception Hurricane
8 December 2011.
The wind speed had been registered at 138 mph
on Mainland Orkney.

"Padre Pio" our boat and implement shed had been well secured
but the pressure of the wind, laden with humidity,
blew its doors in and out.

The north eastern door was blown over the top of the shed
and stayed there.

While the north western door blew inwards
and onto the bonnet of a vehicle.

Quite a worry.
A howling wind tunnel.

Thanks be to God and Fr. Anthony
it's back in place again,
straightened out and patched up.
And ready for another storm!

Deo gratias!
Thank you, Father!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Ukrainian Christmas with Carol and Horn.

News from Sister Onufria in Lviv, Ukraine.

Sister leads carol singing with local children
dressed in festive costume.
This is called "Vetep",
a Ukrainian tradition.

The following clip is a Christmas carol from

Sister Onufria's region
in the Carpathian Mountains.
These people are called Huzuly.
They are dressed in their regional costume
which includes a trusty mountain axe
and a sonorious horn.

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