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Friday, February 12, 2016

A Mighty Kauri has Fallen.

The Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer
mourns the death of 
the Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand
who died today.

Most Reverend Barry Jones, D.D., R.I.P.
Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.

Bishop Jones issued the canonical invitation 
inviting our Congregation
to establish a house within his diocese.
He will be ever remembered as our benefactor
and, indeed for us,
in the expression of New Zealanders,
he was 
"A Mighty Kauri."

O God who in the apostolic priesthood 
didst cause Thy servant Barry, 
to be honoured with the pontifical dignity, 
grant, we beseech Thee,  
that he may be joined forevermore 
to the fellowship of Thine apostles. 
Through  our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

And all things go to one place: of earth they were made, and into earth they return together. (Eccl. 3:20)

On Ash Wednesday, we mark the commencement of the great fast of Lent, in preparation for Easter.  Each of us receives the Sign of our salvation marked upon his forehead with Ashes.

Placing ashes upon ones head has long been a sign of mourning and penitence:

But Josue rent his garments, and fell flat on the ground before the ark of the Lord until the evening, both he and all the ancients of Israel: and they put dust upon their heads. Jos. 7:6

And she put ashes on her head, and rent her long robe and laid her hands upon her head, and went on crying. 2 Sa. 13:19
Br Damian receives his ashes.

Let us try to turn ourselves more towards spiritual things during this Lent.  With material occupations it is possible to occupy every moment of our waking hours if we wish.  There will always be too much to do.  It is so necessary to make time for our spiritual occupations, for it is by them that we will become saints and save our souls.

As St Alphonsus tells us:
He who prays is certain to be saved
He who does not pray is certain to be lost.
Let us make sure that we are not neglecting our prayers or our spiritual life.

Lenten breakfast in the Monastery is taken kneeling.

Friday, February 05, 2016

First Profession of Br Edmund Maria, F.SS.R.

 On the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and the Purification of Our Lady, one of our Novices, Br Edmund, presented himself as a sacrifice to God by making his first vows of Poverty Chastity and Obedience.  His family had come all the way from the USA to witness his profession.  Since the weather was too bad to bring them to Papa Stronsay during the day, the ceremony was held in the evening when the wind had dropped.

 Br Edmund kneels before the Altar.  He is both the Sacrifice to be offered, and the one offering it.  Thus at one and the same time he is both priest and victim.

 Br Edmund (left) prepares to bind himself by vow to God.

He prostrates himself before the Altar and the funeral pall is spread over him, representing his death to the world and to the 'old man'.

 The community chant the Veni Creator Spiritus.

 Br Edmund pronounces the three vows while kneeling before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament:

"...prostrate on my knees,
I promise and vow for three years: 

 Brother receives the Pallium of a professed monk, and at the same time receives his full religious name: Br Edmund Maria of the Empress of the Americas.

 Brother signs the certificate of his profession.

The community on Papa Stronsay.

Br Edmund Maria with his parents and siblings.

Congratulations to Br Edmund Maria for the wonderful gift he has made to God!

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