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  truly the Mother of Christ, who in one person unites the human and divine nature.


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


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  Lepanto by Christian Princes led by Don in  October, of 1571


and the victory over countless hordes of Turks at Pétervárad in Hungary in the battle lead by Prince Eugene of Savoy. 1716.


For a fuller description, see the article  “On the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy  Rosary

on the page of “Editorials”

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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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!


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 .



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


On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary




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)




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.


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!



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.