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:

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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!

On the margin of an obituary about a life well lived.

Whilst our heart is filled with sorrow because Brother Martin OSsS, so kind, so cheerful,  is not among us , we should thank God that we have known him, inspired and edified by the example and cheered in encounters with this   consecrated soul ,living his  holy  vocation to the full.

In a way, it was a unique vocation. The Brigittine Brothers, a contemplative order, to which Brother Martin belonged for close to a quarter century, is a truly trailblazing enterprise.    In the chaotic situation of the recent decades, when even previously established orders simply dwindled away a group of dedicated Americans achieved under the inspired leadership of Brother Benedict Kirby (RIP) of happy memory what others have been unsuccessfully trying for more than 100 years in Europe –  to re-establish a male branch of Brigittines after the Brigittine Brothers were simply swept away in the wake of the Protestant reformation.

Several of those who have tried the life, did not persevere.  Those who did and do to this day, made and are making it work by turning their hands to any of the tasks presented without decreasing the time for prayer- daily Holy Mass, the full Divine Office (also known as the Liturgy of the Hours) recited in common, adoration and rosary each day.

                                      

May God grant the graces to the confreres of dear Brother Martin to carry on with their work of sanctifying themselves and others AMDG and may Our Lady dry their tears of grief!

                                              

Making use of the Season of Septuagesima

Let us reflect on the graces received during the joyous times of Christmas and make plans to solidify the virtues inspired by these graces during Lent, i.e., what bad habits do you plan to eradicate which hamper the practice of these virtues? Let us prepare for making use of the rich spiritual fare of Lent when there will be for each day a different Holy Gospel reading on which we can meditate as a preparatory practice during the Season of Septaguesima, we can start using a combination of the Sunday Holy Gospel and the daily Magnificat antiphon.

Let us prepare !

 

The present part of the liturgical year, the Sundays after Epiphany, could also be called the “Let us get ready” season.  After the splendour of the Christmas cycle and before the sombre Season f Septuagesima, preparing us for the penitential practices of Lent begins, we are in a bit of no man’s land. Let us therefore pray that we see the road-map for our journey to heaven when seasonal prayers to aid us start again.

This time, when we are not so busy celebrating, more often not with others, may be a good time to review our New Year resolutions.

The Breviary notes were bought up to date. all dates for the various Seasons are now also current for the year of 2018

In the Season of Epiphany

In the traditional Latin liturgy, the light of Christmas simply explodes into splendour. Then we had shepherds   from nearby. We now have the Magi coming from far afar, bearing the splendid gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

 

This is how the Little Chapter at ad Primam puts it:

Omnes de Saba vénient, aurum et thus deferéntes, et laudem Dómino annuntiántes. (All they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the Lord.

The above is said once. The Little Chapter below is repeated three times, namely at ad Laudes, ad Tertiam and at ad Vesperas:

Surge, illumináre Ierúsalem, quia venit lumen tuum, et glória Dómini super te orta est. (Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.)

May be given the graces also to see better as to what God wishes for us to do!

The” Breviary notes” page has been updated.