Thoughts on entering the Season of Lent

Officially, the  Season starts with Ash Wednesday. We receive the ashes and begin fasting and making sacrifices, but it is only on the first Sunday  of Lent, that  we experience the full  flavour of this holy Season, for it is only then that the Church is  using the  Lenten Propers, full of beauty and of useful exhortations.

Here is a sample -two verses of the Lenten Hymn for ad Matutinum.

Flectámus iram vindicem,
Plorémus ante Iudicem,
Clamémus ore supplici,
Dicámus omnes cernui:

Nostris malis offendimus
Tuam, Deus, cleméntiam:
Effúnde nobis désuper,
Remissor, indulgéntiam.

English  translation:

In prayer together let us fall,
And cry for mercy, one and all,
And weep before the Judge’s feet,
And his avenging wrath entreat.

Thy grace have we offended sore,
By sins, O God, which we deplore;
But pour upon us from on high,
O pardoning One, Thy clemency.

See the Breviary notes page for particulars of the  Lenten rubrics

On the Devotions page you will find  the text of the  3 hymns of  Lent in the Divine Office!

May God grant you a grace-filled Lent!

In the Season of Epiphany …

 …we are commemorating the visit of the three  Magi to the new-born King o fall ages, or  divine  Saviour, Our Lord  Jesus Christ , who redeeming us by His death on the cross,

May this  Season be our  Epiphany too, may God clearly shows us how to accomplish what He wishes for us to do  AMDG made the gates of  Heaven opened so that we may enter the heaven with all is  splendour.

In the meanwhile, here  on this earth, the Holy  Liturgy is celebrated with full splendour-Holy Masses and the Divine Office recited by priests and religious either solo, or in choir.

By the grace of God, this year the  Brigittini Servitores recited and chanted the Divine Office with previously unexperienced  splendour, with the 3 members of the community winging their songs of praise  Heavenward.

Here are  the  pictures  showing  the newest Sister receiving her veil on the Feast of the  Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Breviary notes page has been brought up to date.

A triple message

On the Feastday of the  Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin  Mary

let us ask for  the  graces to  approach with confidence our  queen with the crown of twelve stars in confidence in all our need, both spiritual and temporal

During the  Season of Advent may we have the graces to allow excessive concern secular preoccupations shrouded in the shadowy mist of Advent , so as to keep our focus on preparing for the arrival of the Christ  child on Christmas!

Rejoice with us,  thanking  God that there are ow three person, instead of one. in the community of the Brigittine Servitores! There will be more news about this  later.

On the glorious Feastday of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,…

the Brigittines chant with special gusto the hymn “Ave Maris   Stella (Hail, Star of the Sea) sung daily before ad Vesperas, with the: modification of repeating the phrase marked in bold: in the verse reproduced below

Yes, Our  Lady, Show thyself a mother ,succouring us, those who are dear for us and those most need of thy aid.

Monstra te esse matrem,
Sumat per te preces,
Qui pro nobis natus,
Tulit esse tuus.

(Show thyself a mother
Let Him  accept our prayers through  thee ;
He who was born to us,

has accepted to be thy child)

Happy Feastday, everyone!

For the Season of “Throughout the year”

Between the 1st Sunday of  Advent and Trinity Sunday,  Trinity Sunday there were 9  different liturgical season, each of which had its own theme, graces with a seasonal flavour own propers for seasonal feasts and  ferial days , with different texts, different melodies for the chant.

Enriched by all this, we are looking at 26 weeks, where although the  lessons and Hoy gospels and prayers vary, there is a certain uniformity of ferial propers. This, too, can provide certain challenges, inviting us to look for different meanings and messages within identical texts. The main thing is to go on praying.

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On the Feast of Pentecost

… and during its Octave let us  see in the  light of graces received not oly what we should ask for ourselves and for others , but what we should give thanks for !

Turn to the “Brigittine prayers” page to see how during the Octave we  embrace it all in song – the Holy Ghost, and Our  Lady, leaving all this a side on Friday when we ae at the foot of the cross.

 

Let us prepare

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for receiving the graces of Pentecost by making use of traditional practices, i.e.

Praying the Litany of all Saints daily   during the three days before Ascension Thursday.

This can be found in the traditional missals

Praying the Novena to the Holy Ghost (Starting date: Friday after Ascension Thursday, concluding date: Vigil of Pentecost

This novena is displayed int he Devotions page of this WEB  site.

For an illustrated version see:

HolyGhostnov –

For  Hungarian -English version see (a magyar -angol  verziót itt nézze meg):

HolyGhostnov-EN-HU

 

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With Holy Week approaching …

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Let us pray with the Church and for the Church AMDG!

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As we are approaching Easter, the pace quickens.

Starting with the sombre Season of Septuagesima, we progress to the Season of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and penitence, thus prepared to be reflect on the Passion of Our Lord through the liturgy of Passion-tide. All this culminates in the Triduum, the 3 days before Easter, with its once magnificent ceremonies everywhere. Traditionally, during these three days, the Tenebrae are chanted.

If you would like to know more, see the article about it on the  Editorials  page!