The Feast of the Epiphany…

…. is enveloped in liturgical splendour. Events in the life of Our Lord are recorded in golden letters.

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The same hymn, talking about the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Our Lord and the miracle at the wedding of Cana  is chanted at ad Matutinum, traditionally before dawn appears on the horizon and at ad Vesperas, when dusk of the evening is approaching; whilst the hymn of ad Laudes bursts forth  at sunrise, giving a golden hue to the whole day as it focuses on a single theme of the Magi, led by the star, bringing their gifts..

Let us also bring our gifts – our smiles as we are doing whatever God wishes us to do.

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For seasonal notes, look under the tab of  Notes on  the Breviary.

For the text of the hymns for Epiphany, look under the tab of Devotions

On Christmas day…

…there was no time for anything else, such as a message on this WEB page.. From Midnight Holy Mass onwards, the day was mainly occupied by praising God in in the Holy Liturgy. I addition, there was also a need to reach out in charity to others in distress …Please be assured, dear readers that you, too were in my prayers

Today, almost the same as far as long messages go. However, let us continue rejoicing in the birth of our Redeemer during the Octave!

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For the liturgical information about the Season, visit the “Notes on the breviary” page.

Honouring Our Lady …

With three Feasts during   Advent.

On the Universal Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady (December 8th)  – by the  whole world

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On the Particular Feast of the transfer of  the holy house of Loreto (December 10th)  – by the Brigittines

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On the Particular Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th) – by the  American Continent

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As Saint Bernard said: De Maria numquam satis (About Mary it is never enough)

As a new Season begins…

This year, we who are using the 1962 Traditional Calendar, are off to a flying start, for the first three days the Propers of Holy Mass and the Divine Office are of those of Advent  , enabling our immersion in the spirit and mysteries of the Season.

I have already placed my Christmas wish into the crib-may the Brigittini Servitores grow in size and holiness, always and everywhere acting in a manner most pleasing to God!

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May your Advent be truly grace-filled!

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See the Breviary  “Notes on the Breviary page for more about the Season of Advent!

… is the last of the triplex  of Feasts, calling to our mind the fellowship of the Catholic faithful with those on earth, in Heaven and in purgatory as we pray on three successive Feasts.

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On the Feast of Christ the King  we (the Ecclesia militans- the fighting  Church)   pray together with those who like ourselves, are on this Earth, for graces that we may reach Heaven. (In the traditional calendar of 1962, The Feast of Christ the King is celebrated on the last Sunday of October, i. e. the Sunday  before the Feast of  All Saints.)

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 On the Feast of all Saints we pray to the Saints in Heaven (Ecclesia triumphans- the triumphant  Church)   for their aid so that we may reach Heaven.

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On the Feast of All Souls we pray for those in the Purgatory (Ecclesia sufferens – the suffering   Church) for their  speedy release from there so that they may  reach Heaven.

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On the Feast of all Saints

We yearn to be in heaven

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and therefore pray, singing at ad Laudes:

Quicúmque in alta siderum
Regnatis aula príncipes,
Favete votis súpplicum,
Qui dona cæli flágitant.

(All ye who high above the stars
In heavenly glory reign!
May we through your prevailing prayers
Unto your joys attain.)

Asking the help The Blessed Virgin Mary, as those are doing in the rosary procession in Lourdes,

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beseeching her help, as in in the hymn  for ad Matutinum and ad Vesperas:

 

Placare, Christe, servulis,
Quibus Pátris clementiam
Tuæ ad tribunal grátiæ
Patrona Virgo póstulat.
(O Christ, thy guilty people spare!
Lo, kneeling at thy gracious throne,
thy Virgin-Mother pours her prayer,
Imploring pardon for us all.).

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On October 11th…

…we celebrate the Maternity of Our Lady, a Feast already existing in many places and celebrated on diverse days, but extended in 1931 to the entire Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI of happy memory to commemorate the declaration of the Council of Ephesus in 431 that the Blessed Virgin Mary is truly the Mother of Christ, who in one person unites the human and divine nature.

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Mother of God, Mother of us, look after us. This is what we ask in the Brigittine Divine Office as we chant in the hymn for the little Hours (ad Primam, ad Tertiam, ad Sextam, ad Nonam) on  Mondays:

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Tu nos errantes corrige, tu nos cadentnes erige

Manum benignam porrige, nociva semper abige!

(Correct us, when we are erring, raise us when we are falling

Stretch forth Thy kindly hand, always drive away the harmful things!)

On the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

We turn to Our Lady with increased confidence as we remember the victory over the Sultan at the naval battle of Lepanto by Christian princes led by Don John of Austria in October of 1571.

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And the victory over countless hordes of Turks at Pétervárad in Hungary in the battle led by Prince Eugene of Savoy, 1716.

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For a fuller description, see the article  “On the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy  Rosary,” on the page “Editorials.”

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, help us with our prayers!

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