On the Feast of Corpus Christi

… we are privileged to have  Propers which are both beautiful, especially the hymns which provide us mini-lessons of theology.  For example one of the verses of  the hymn at ad Matutinum  puts  the priestly office this way:

Sic sacrifícium istud instítuit,
Cuius offícium commítti vóluit
Solis presbýteris, quibus sic cóngruit,
Ut sumant, et dent céteris.

My translation

He so instituted this sacrifice
the performance of which he wished to  commit

To His priests alone to whom fitted the duty
To take (His  body), and give it to others

Thee  Propers of the Feast of Corpus Christi were  the work of Saint  Thomas  Aquinas.  I urge you to look a at the three hymns(ad Matutinum, ad Laudes, ad Vesperas) of the Divine Office of this Feast. The concluding verses of two of the hymns  will be familiar to you, since these are sung  at Benediction.

Go to Divinum Officium:

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

For Rubrics choose the Rubrics  1960 and for language  English (which will give you both  Latin and English side by side)

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These two photos show the Hungarian way of decorating  streets and squares with carpets  of  flowers where the Corpus  Christi procession is passing. Let us too decorate our hearts with prayers  honouring  Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament!

The Feast f the Holy Trinity is …

… the starting  gate for the  on of the two Seasons  throughout the  Year, consisting of 24 weeks, each starting with one of the   24 Sundays after  Pentecost.let us exult with the beautiful liturgical prayers  of this Feast, such as the first two verses this Brigittine Hymn!:

O veneranda Trinitas

O trium una Deitas

Lustra vero nos lumine

Pro  Virginis precamine.

O venerable Trinity

O,  one Divinity of three

Illuminate us with a true light

For the sake of the prayer of the Virgin.)

The Octave of Pentecost..

… Is the last of the liturgical  Seasons  before we arrive at the Season throughout the Year after this octave is over. Septuagesima, Lent , Passiontide, the Season of Easter and Ascension tide  all had their different  emphasis, stretching  different spiritual muscles.  They  were but stepping  stones of our spiritual ascent , culminating in the fiery light of   Pentecost.

May God in His mercy grant us the graces during  this Octave to  praise Him loudly with  the beautiful  Pentecostal liturgy and  grow in wisdom and  holiness as we reflect on the liturgical texts of the  Holy Masses of this  week!

On the feast of Ascension…

…we commemorate the entrance of Our Lord – body and soul  – to  Heaven. However, in spirit He is not  far away- if we do not want Him to be.  Let us pray that we always want Him  near to us !

Tu, dux ad astra, et sémita,
Sis meta nostris córdibus,
Sis lacrimárum gáudium,
Sis dulce vitæ prǽmium.
Amen.

Translation:

Our leader, to the stars, our way
Be thou the goal  for our hearts;
Be thou the joy amidst  our tears,
Be Thou the sweet reward of our life.
Amen.

Celebrating the Holy Seasons

The traditional way presupposes that Ascension Thursday is on a Thursday. , as it is still in some  of the American dioceses, (Philadelphia for instance) and in chapels, churches and religious  congregations following the   1962 traditional  Latin liturgy.  In other places, it is celebrated on the Sunday after Ascension Thursday. If you are located at such a site, you could still read the propers  for Ascension Thursday in your missal,  preparing thus your soul for a flood of graces on Pentecost Sunday.

Spiritual preparation for Pentecost.

After the 5th Sunday after Easter (May 26th))) 

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday we have the  3 Rogation days)

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On these days, say the Litany of All  Saints

If you do not have this litany in your Missal, go to:

https://www.praymorenovenas.com/litany-saintsThe text can  be found on  thee  “Devotions” page:

On the Friday after Ascension Thursday,

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begin the Holy Ghost novena, saying the prayers assigned for each day, finishing it on the Vigil of  Pentecost.

You will find the test on the Devotions page: #12 .Holy Ghost  Novena

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Addendum:

I have not shared much of the news  – there simply was no time to do so. Could you  please help me with your prayers so that  I find time to tell you the story of the last few months? May God bless you if you do so!

Thoughts on entering the Season of Lent

Officially, the  Season starts with Ash Wednesday. We receive the ashes and begin fasting and making sacrifices, but it is only on the first Sunday  of Lent, that  we experience the full  flavour of this holy Season, for it is only then that the Church is  using the  Lenten Propers, full of beauty and of useful exhortations.

Here is a sample -two verses of the Lenten Hymn for ad Matutinum.

Flectámus iram vindicem,
Plorémus ante Iudicem,
Clamémus ore supplici,
Dicámus omnes cernui:

Nostris malis offendimus
Tuam, Deus, cleméntiam:
Effúnde nobis désuper,
Remissor, indulgéntiam.

English  translation:

In prayer together let us fall,
And cry for mercy, one and all,
And weep before the Judge’s feet,
And his avenging wrath entreat.

Thy grace have we offended sore,
By sins, O God, which we deplore;
But pour upon us from on high,
O pardoning One, Thy clemency.

See the Breviary notes page for particulars of the  Lenten rubrics

On the Devotions page you will find  the text of the  3 hymns of  Lent in the Divine Office!

May God grant you a grace-filled Lent!

In the Season of Epiphany …

 …we are commemorating the visit of the three  Magi to the new-born King o fall ages, or  divine  Saviour, Our Lord  Jesus Christ , who redeeming us by His death on the cross,

May this  Season be our  Epiphany too, may God clearly shows us how to accomplish what He wishes for us to do  AMDG made the gates of  Heaven opened so that we may enter the heaven with all is  splendour.

In the meanwhile, here  on this earth, the Holy  Liturgy is celebrated with full splendour-Holy Masses and the Divine Office recited by priests and religious either solo, or in choir.

By the grace of God, this year the  Brigittini Servitores recited and chanted the Divine Office with previously unexperienced  splendour, with the 3 members of the community winging their songs of praise  Heavenward.

Here are  the  pictures  showing  the newest Sister receiving her veil on the Feast of the  Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Breviary notes page has been brought up to date.