Reflections During Ascensiontide

All three parts of  Eastertide (Season  of Easter, Ascensiontide and Pentecost  with its  Octave) share some common  characteristics. Liturgically, there  is much joy, shown by the many Alleluia-s and other features.

Another characteristic is  that  we are  celebrating a definite event at the very beginning of the Season This helps us to focus our attention on the event celebrated, right at the start of the Season.

Ascensiontide can be a time  of preparation, if we make use of the Novena of the Holy Ghost. Let us use this time wisely so that after gaining insights  and strength during the time  of   Pentecost  we are ready to put  our shoulders to  the wheel during the long stretch of  the Season throughout the  year!



We were visiting several communities  at the beginning of  the  year. Please share our joy about the wonderful things which  we saw, by going to the  “Editorials” tab and see the  topmost article , titled:

Traditional contemplative   orders  in the USA  are here to stay, Deo  gratias! (3-8-2020)

The Season of Lent is ..

… a penitential  season, greeted with a  firm determination to engage in penitential practices,. which  we believe is something which is good for our soul and which makes us more able to  immerse ourselves more fully in the joys of Easter.

The  beautiful  Lenten Propers help us  to keep joyfully purposeful as we are  in the task  mortifying ourselves for the sake of  self-purification, for atonement for our personal sins and for those of the world

Her is a hymn from the Lenten  liturgy-  chanted at ad Matutinum

Onward, Christian soldiers!




In the   Season  of Epiphany  …  

… we are reflecting on the journey of the three Magi of the East, as led by the light of the star they journeyed  toward seeing the light -giving  King of the world, to lay their gifts at His feet.

Let us then ask for the graces   of this   holy  Season to see that  light   which God wants us to follow and by which we would perceive how to give the  gift most pleasing  to Our   Saviour – ourselves.

See the notes  on Epiphany in the tab of “Breviary notes” and  look at  the two hymns for the Season under the  tab of  “Devotions”!