With Holy Week approaching …

Let us pray with the Church and for the Church AMDG!
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 Passiontide. All this culminates in the Triduum, the 3 days before Easter, with its once magnificent ceremonies everywhere.

In our days, the Holy Masses of the Triduum are still done both in the churches using Novus Ordo Missae   and where the  Latin Traditional liturgy is celebrated, but Alas! – chanting of  the Tenebrae on the  three days of the Triduum is pushed back to the islands of traditional  Latin liturgical  observances, where the Tenebrae are invariably performed in full by the religious orders and even some parish churches and chapels usinng the traditional  Latin liturgy , especially when these chapels and churches are affiliated to schools and colleges.

What is the Tenebrae?

The following tables below show its component parts.

The following article from Wikipedia   describes and what the traditional Tenebrae is and how and why it disappeared.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenebrae

The table given in the Wikipedia article is different from the tables given above.

The Wikipedia editor simply used the scheme for ad Laudes. However, even the Benedictine communities are using the scheme above, and not the one givene in the Wikipedia.

Why go?

The Church is in crisis and prayers, especially liturgical prayer, are powerful weapons.  I could not put this better than the Reverend Father Prior of the Silverstream Priory did:

“So long as there are monks in their choir stalls, manfully singing the praises of God by day and by night, and monks in adoration before the altar where the living Christ is truly present in
the sacrament of his love, the Church will be forever young, forever alive and equipped to continue her mission into generations to come.”

Source:  http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/meet-the-american-monks-who-might-re-evangelize-ireland

 

I urge you to go, if you possibly can. Search the directories of churches and chapels f using the traditional Latin liturgy, or addresses of traditional priestly societies, find out their schedule for the Holy Week and then go, making the sacrifice of time and cost of the trip.

However, if this is not feasible, then pray it on your own. The Officium Divinum has the full text with Latin and English in parallel columns.

http://divinumofficium.com/cgi-bin/horas/officium.pl#

First type in the date desired on the top of the page.

Click on the drop down boxes for Rubrics 1960 and  English (which will give you the Latin and  English). Then go to the line above and click on Matutinum first, then on Laudes. Print it and seclect a time and place to say it on the appropriate days.

 

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

The Feast of the Epiphany…

…. is enveloped in liturgical splendour. Events in the life of Our Lord are recorded in golden letters.

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The same hymn, talking about the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Our Lord and the miracle at the wedding of Cana  is chanted at ad Matutinum, traditionally before dawn appears on the horizon and at ad Vesperas, when dusk of the evening is approaching; whilst the hymn of ad Laudes bursts forth  at sunrise, giving a golden hue to the whole day as it focuses on a single theme of the Magi, led by the star, bringing their gifts..

Let us also bring our gifts – our smiles as we are doing whatever God wishes us to do.

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For seasonal notes, look under the tab of  Notes on  the Breviary.

For the text of the hymns for Epiphany, look under the tab of Devotions

On Christmas day…

…there was no time for anything else, such as a message on this WEB page.. From Midnight Holy Mass onwards, the day was mainly occupied by praising God in in the Holy Liturgy. I addition, there was also a need to reach out in charity to others in distress …Please be assured, dear readers that you, too were in my prayers

Today, almost the same as far as long messages go. However, let us continue rejoicing in the birth of our Redeemer during the Octave!

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For the liturgical information about the Season, visit the “Notes on the breviary” page.

Honouring Our Lady …

With three Feasts during   Advent.

On the Universal Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady (December 8th)  – by the  whole world

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On the Particular Feast of the transfer of  the holy house of Loreto (December 10th)  – by the Brigittines

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On the Particular Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th) – by the  American Continent

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As Saint Bernard said: De Maria numquam satis (About Mary it is never enough)

As a new Season begins…

This year, we who are using the 1962 Traditional Calendar, are off to a flying start, for the first three days the Propers of Holy Mass and the Divine Office are of those of Advent  , enabling our immersion in the spirit and mysteries of the Season.

I have already placed my Christmas wish into the crib-may the Brigittini Servitores grow in size and holiness, always and everywhere acting in a manner most pleasing to God!

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May your Advent be truly grace-filled!

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See the Breviary  “Notes on the Breviary page for more about the Season of Advent!

… is the last of the triplex  of Feasts, calling to our mind the fellowship of the Catholic faithful with those on earth, in Heaven and in purgatory as we pray on three successive Feasts.

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On the Feast of Christ the King  we (the Ecclesia militans- the fighting  Church)   pray together with those who like ourselves, are on this Earth, for graces that we may reach Heaven. (In the traditional calendar of 1962, The Feast of Christ the King is celebrated on the last Sunday of October, i. e. the Sunday  before the Feast of  All Saints.)

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 On the Feast of all Saints we pray to the Saints in Heaven (Ecclesia triumphans- the triumphant  Church)   for their aid so that we may reach Heaven.

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On the Feast of All Souls we pray for those in the Purgatory (Ecclesia sufferens – the suffering   Church) for their  speedy release from there so that they may  reach Heaven.

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On the Feast of all Saints

We yearn to be in heaven

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and therefore pray, singing at ad Laudes:

Quicúmque in alta siderum
Regnatis aula príncipes,
Favete votis súpplicum,
Qui dona cæli flágitant.

(All ye who high above the stars
In heavenly glory reign!
May we through your prevailing prayers
Unto your joys attain.)

Asking the help The Blessed Virgin Mary, as those are doing in the rosary procession in Lourdes,

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beseeching her help, as in in the hymn  for ad Matutinum and ad Vesperas:

 

Placare, Christe, servulis,
Quibus Pátris clementiam
Tuæ ad tribunal grátiæ
Patrona Virgo póstulat.
(O Christ, thy guilty people spare!
Lo, kneeling at thy gracious throne,
thy Virgin-Mother pours her prayer,
Imploring pardon for us all.).

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

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

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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!)