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Thursday, May 31, 2012

An unexpected "Thank you!"

Shamiel, our friend in Lahore, Pakistan,
received his May Catholic, today.
What a kind "Thank You!"
We remember in our prayers
all the brave Catholics in Pakistan.

We offer our full solidarity and communion with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

"This is precisely the moment in which to demonstrate esteem and appreciation for the Holy Father and the service he carries out; to show full solidarity with him and thus, to demonstrate communion, unity, and coherence with how this situation is dealt with".
Fr. Lombardi, S.J.
Press Officer of the Holy See.
referring to the Vatican Leaks.
Oremus. ~ Let us pray.

For God's Holy Church
Ecclesiae tuae, quaesumus, Domine,
preces placatus admitte:
ut, destructis adversitatibus et erroribus universis,
secura tibi serviat libertate. 
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Graciously hear, O Lord, the prayers
of Thy Church that,
having overcome all adversity and every error,
she may serve Thee in security and freedom. 
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Oremus. ~ Let us pray.

Pro Papa. ~ For the Pope.
Deus omnium fidelium pastor et rector,
famulum tuum Benedictum quem pastorem
Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti
propitius respice; da ei quaesumus verbo et exemplo,
quibus praeest, proficere;
ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito,
perveniat sempiternim.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
O God the shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,
look with favour upon Thy servant Benedict
whom Thou hast been pleased to appoint pastor over Thy Church:
grant him, we beseech Thee,
that by word and example he may be of profit
to those over whom he has been placed,
and together with the flock committed to his care,
attain unto life everlasting.
Through Christ our Lord.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Across the fields and throughout the centuries they keep coming.

Father Anthony Mary with some of the pilgrim priests
before they leave
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Pilgrim priests
throngs of pilgrims.
Pilgrims of all ages
and especially
the young here kneeling.
Mass and Holy Communion
before they leave.
Pilgrims kneeling
before setting off.
The Standard of the Cross 
and Our Lady 
leading the thousands ever onwards.
Yes, we know these as they set out.

Procession to Mass in the fields.
A long procession.
Franciscans of the Immaculate beside our Brothers.
Tom Esteban, Br. Seelos, Br Clemens...
Holy Mass.
and Communion
O Esca Viatorum ~ O Food of men wayfaring...
Through the fields
they pilgrimage onwards
an image of the Church pressing on through the ages
these fields saw pilgrims last century
and two hundred years ago pilgrims passed here...
...five hundred years ago it was the same Church, doing the same thing...
doing what their ancestors in the faith did 100 years before them
in 1400 A.D.... and 1300 A.D.
  ... in 1200 AD it was the same story of pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres;
the days of prayer and 75 miles on foot as penance for sins;
prayer and penance in action, 
a proclamation of the Kingship of Christ.
The Cathedral is packed with pilgrims.
Many are still quite young.

See how the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres is overflowing with them...
...and after this our exile
show uto us the blessed fruit of Thy Womb,
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Update of Chartres Pilgrimage.

Fr. Anthony Mary, F.SS.R. hearing Confessions 
during the Great Pilgrimage to Chartres.
(Thanks to Thomas Em via Facebook).

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Glorious Dawn follows a long night of Vigil.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

The Deaconing Ordination
Vigil of Pentecost
26 May, 2012.

Te Deum laudamus...We praise thee, O God :
    we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee :
    the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud :
    the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Jesus and Mary go with ye!

Afore ye go.
Fr. Anthony Mary and the Brothers
before they depart for the 80 mile pilgrimage
between Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
and Notre Dame Cathedral in Chartres, France.
The pilgrimage begins tomorrow 
and closes on Monday 28, May. 

With banners flying. 
Br. Seelos bearing the banner of
the Most Holy Redeemer on Golgotha.
The sturdy wooden banner hafts were made 
by our friend Surik. Thank you!

  "Make Her known!"
Blessed Pius IX gave Redemptorists the command
to "Make Her known".
Mr. Esteben with the banner of 
the Mother of Perpetual Succour.

"Few but good!"
The little band takes to the sea to join 
the throng of 15,000 pilgrims.

In this storm battered boat 
they are an image of a missionary monastery:
a religious family afloat on the sea of the world 
holding aloft the banners of Jesus Crucified 
and Most Holy Mary;
They are making for the Port of Salvation themselves,
and they want to take others with them, as they go.
Afore ye go, and when ye go, and as ye go:
Jesus and Mary go with ye!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Perseverance in prayer.

Let us continue to persevere in prayer
for our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI,
for Bishop Fellay and
the Society of St. Pius X.
We must trust in God working through the Holy Father.

Deus, in adjutorium meum intende;
Domine, as adjuvandum me festina.
Incline unto my aid O God;
O LORD, make haste to help me!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bishop Fellay.

An edifying presentation by Bishop Fellay.

Bishop Fellay speaks.
Our hearts and prayers support him.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

O Columba spes Scotorum

12 May 562 - 12 May 2012

Saturday, 12 May 2012,
the 1450th Anniversary
of  St. Columba's
arrival in 

Columba chose as his place of settlement the island of Hy or Iona, 
generally  known as Hy-Columbkille
~ the island, that is, of Columba ~
a part of the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. 
The landing was effected on Whitsunday, the 12th of May 562.

 The island formed at that time the boundary 
between the Dalriadan Picts on one side, 
and the northern Picts on the other, 
and must in consequence have had a peculiar attraction for St Columba, 
as a central point for his missionary labours. 
On the eastern side of the island soon arose the cells of the monks, 
constructed of wood and earth.

Such was the obscure and insignificant beginnings of 
St Columba and his monks in Scotland.
They were destined in the course of time to bestow upon millions of men 
the benefits of  religion, culture, and civilisation. 

 St. Columba at the fort of Bruide, 
king of the Northern Picts.

In honour of St Columba 
Os mutorum, lux cecorum, pes clausorum,
Mouth of the dumb, light of the blind, foot of the lame,
porrige lapsis manum.
to the fallen stretch out your hand.
Firma vanum et insanum corrige.
Strengthen the senseless, restore the mad.

O Columba spes Scotorum
O Columba, hope of Scots,
nos tuorum meritorum
by your merits' mediation,
interventu beatorum 
make us companions
fac consortes angelorum.
of the blessed angels.

(From the Inchcolm Antiphoner-
written in Scotland  about 1340).


Sunday, May 06, 2012

Regina Cæli Lætare, Alleluia!

We sang a beautiful version of the Regina Cæli today at Mass, which I would like to share with you.  It was composed by Gregor Aichincer (1564 - 1628) and is for four voices.

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:

This was sung at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska.  One of the FSSR seminarians was a part of the choir.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Seminary Lightning Storm

 On Wednesday night, we had a quite spectacular storm here in Denton, Nebraska, where Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary is located.  I was woken up by a loud thunder clap, and was unable to get back to sleep due to all the flashing and thunder.  So I went to my window to have a better look, and decided to get our camera out to take some photos and video.  There were rather a lot of photos, and you can see them all on our Facebook page, but I will put a few here as well.  This first photo was taken while there was no lightning - it was pitch-black.  All the pictures after that were taken during the same night, so the sun is not shining in any of them:

 The darkness of the night.  All the following photos were taken during the same dark night.

 For a fraction of a second everything is as bright as a summer day!

A faint shadow of God's almighty power can be seen in the nature He created!

Some video footage of the storm.  There were a lot of smaller flashes which the camera didn't pick up, but you can get the idea.

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