On the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Prayers of gratitude winging their way to heaven for “the Pope of  Our Lady”, Pope Pius  XII of happy memory who has added 3 Feasts of the Blessed  Virgin Mary to the liturgical  calendar, to be kept with their  proper Office and Holy Mass each year.

 

 

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary was, introduced in 1942 amidst the horrors of World War II when the Holy Father consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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In 1950, the dogma of assumption was defined and the Feast of the Assumption was placed on the calendar.

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In 1954 the month of May, which already has been a month of Our Lady, was made more memorable by the introduction of the Feast of Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen in 1954.

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Please join me in saying  a Hail Mary for the beatification of Pope Pius  XII !

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For God’s greater glory on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean

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In  Hungary , a land consecrated to Our, Lady ( the first country in Europe)  by our king, Saint Stephen

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the procession carrying the incorrupt  almsgiving right hand of Saint Stephen on the Particular 1st Class Feast of Saint Stephen in Hungary, which even the Communists could not suppress and make it a workday!

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In Amity OR USA in the Monastery of Our Lady of Compassion, the only contemplative Brigittine monastery of men in the world which was successfully established in  1976 on US soil, after all efforts failed to re-establish a community for  male Brigittines of whom  after the ravages of the Protestant reformation  none were left

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the solemn blessing of the statue of our Lady of Compassion .

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Th Brigittini Servitores couldn’t be there for this, but we (Superior and Chaplain) were there in July, celebrating the Feast of Saint Birgitta and participating  for a few days in the community life of the Brigittine Brothers, our dear comrades in arms. May God bless them all!Amity2016-01

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On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

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As we chant today before sunrise verses of the hymn of ad Matutinum, with joyful praise tumbling forth from our lips :

Surge! Iam terris fera bruma cessit,
Ridet in pratis decus omne florum,
Alma quæ Vitæ Génitrix fuísti,
Surge, María!

Lílium fulgens velut in rubéto,
Mortis auctórem teris una, carpens
Sóntibus fructum pátribus negátum
Arbore vitæ.

(Arise! Now the harsh winter receded from our lands,
All the beauty of  flowers in the meadows smiles
O kind Mother, who became the bearer of Life,
Arise, O Mary!

Oh, thou lily shining in the thickets

The one grinding down the bringer of death

Thou gathering from the tree of life

The fruit denied to our fathers)

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Or in short and in prose –  Blessed Virgin Mary of unsurpassable beauty,  we love thee so!

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Please pray for our comrades in arms!

The Director of the Schola Cantus Angelorum informed us that they will be in Poland with the Schola from June 22 to July 4. They will be chanting for the Mass every day in the various churches and monasteries and shrines of Warsaw, Immaculate City, Jasna Gora and Krakow and Kawaria and Wadiwice

This will be a source for graces for Poland, for the Schola Cantus Angelorum (WEB address: http://cantusangelorum.org/)  dedicated to Gregorian chant, propagates and practices reverend liturgy AMDG.

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Please pray for the success of their mission in Poland, for their safety and safe return!

 

The canonisation of Saint Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad

Let us rejoice  about having  one more  Saint of the Brigittine family to help us along in our sanctification and with our prayers and sacrifices of the sanctification of the world!

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The achievements of Saint Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad are close to the miraculous- such as getting back the house where Saint Birgitta lived in Rome into Brigittine hands, to bring the Brigittines back to Sweden after an absence several hundred years and to establish several houses of the now flourishing Roman branch.

As for ecumenism, Saint Maria Elizabeth prayed and sacrificed for the conversion of Sweden and her contacts with Swedish people had this aim, not the modern type of all religions are equally nice approach.

As for saving Jewish lives, it was a noble act, but  not unique to her- many Catholic priests and religious risked  -or even gave – their lives for this.

NB. This article has also been placed on the  “Editorials” page, ,which also has  quotations by Saint  Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad and a prayer  asking for her intercession.

The prayer for her intercession  is also listed on the “Devotions” page.

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart…

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Vainly searching for beautiful enough words to express my love, let me just share something more better than I am capable of producing, namely from the treasure house of the Brigittine Office! Here is a verse of the Hymn for the Little Hours on Friday in Latin and in English..

Sic nostra corda  penetret   – O Jesu tua  Passio

Ut semper nos inhabitet  – Tua vera dilectio.

Oh, Jesus let Thy passion – So penetrate our hearts

That true love for Thee – Always dwell in us.

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May all of us be given the graces to accept Our Lord Jesus Christ and may His Divine Majesty graciously accept in return our puny little gifts – for even the gift of our total selves will not match His in size!

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On the Feast of Corpus Christi

These days, not everything is clear, not everything is reassuring. The one comforting certainty is  –  the Real  Presence among us. Let us then adore Him with a grateful heart!

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Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

 

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail;
Lo! o’er ancient forms departing,
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.

 Happy Feastday, everyone!

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In the Season of Sundays after Pentecost…

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 During Lent, we wept for our sins, in Passiontide, for the sufferings of Our Lord. At Easter, we rejoiced in His resurrection, at Ascension-tide in  His Ascent to  heaven, at Pentecost we welcomed the Holy Ghost into our hearts. Now it is time to tread on the path of liturgical sameness, punctuated only by Feasts. Shoulders to the wheel then , let us go forth to work on Our Lord’s vineyard and  fields , with the aid of graces gained in the various Seasons!

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Consult the Notes on the Breviary page for the liturgical characteristics of this Season!

On the arrival of Pentecost

May the Holy Ghost descend on us so that we  serve God faithfully and with joy!

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Consult the Notes on the Breviary page for the liturgical characteristics of this Season!

See the Devotions page for a hymn for  Pentecost of the traditional  Breviary!

On the Vigil of Pentecost, we have finished one novena, namely the novena to the Holy Ghost.

Seeing the dangers to the faith and so many in need around us, let us continue to pray  unceasingly, by starting another novena on Monday after  Pentecost Sunday!

Let us pray for the intercession and beatification of the seven Hungarian Franciscan martyrs!

Read their story at:

http://www.mindszentyalapitvany.hu/products/servants-of-god-bernat-karolyi-and-six-companions-franciscan-martyrs/

-or go to the page  “Editorials”, where you can read the story and see pictures!

The novena prayer

Almighty and everlasting God!

Thou hast wonderfully revealed the mystery of the Cross in the lives of Thy servants the seven Hungarian Franciscan martyrs when Thou hast made the light of the faith shine through their sacrifice even in the darkness of dictatorships.

We ask Thee that their life, which always bore witness to their faith, and their martyrdom may be a source of strength and encouragement for us when we strive to follow Christ. We ask Thee for their beatification so that that we may venerate their memory publicly and benefit by their intercession.

We ask that through their intercession we may receive help for the needs of the Brigittini Servitores Sanctissimi Salvatoris Institute (vocations for us and for the Brigittine Brothers following the traditional Latin liturgy associated with us and construction of  a monastery)  and for the needs of  our benefactors. .Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

Father Bernát Károlyi, pray for us!

Father Rafael Kriszten, pray for us!

Father Zénó Hajnal, pray for us!

Father Krizosztom,Körösztös, pray for us!

Father Szaléz Kiss, pray for us!

Father Kristóf Kovács, pray for us!

Father Pelbárt Lukács, pray for us!

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