Sanctifying the Octave of Pentecost

– by reflecting  on the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost for which we prayed the novena before the Feast of  Pentecost

In the beautiful illustrated 1912 edition of this novena by the Holy Spirit Fathers there is a side bar, with quotations a  out each gift. Let us reflect on these gifts  during the Octave of Pentecost!


The fear of God prepares a prepares a place for love. But once love has begun to dwell in our hearts, the fear that prepared a place for it is driven out. . . . In sewing, the needle introduces the thread into the cloth. The needle goes in, but the thread cannot follow unless the needle comes out first.  In the same way, the fear of God first occupies our minds, but it does not remain there, because it enters only in order to introduce love. –St. Augustine

Monday in the Octave of Pentecost   – SECOND GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:  PIETY

The reason for loving God is God Himself; the measure of loving God is to love Him beyond measure. –St. Bernard of Clairvaux

What is the mark of a love for God?  To keep His commandments for the sake of His glory. –St. Basil the Great

Tuesday in the  Octave of Pentecost  – THIRD GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:  FORTITUDE

The woman who stayed behind at the tomb to seek Christ was the only one who saw Him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the Voice of truth tells us:  “Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).

–Pope St. Gregory the Great

We ought to make some progress, however little, every day, and show some increase of fervour. We ought to act as if we were at war–as, indeed, we are– and never relax until we have won the victory.—St. Teresa of Avila

Wednesday  in the  Octave of PentecostFOURTH GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:KNOWLEDGE

If you desire to know . . . ask grace, not instruction; desire, not understanding; the groaning of prayer, not diligent reading; the Spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness, not clarity; not light, but the fire that totally inflames and carries us into God by ecstatic unctions and burning affections. – St. Bonaventure

 Thursday in the  Octave of Pentecost – FIFTH GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:  UNDERSTANDING

 No one is so foolish as not to believe that the things of the physical world are subject to someone’s government, providence, and disposition, seeing that they are regulated according to a certain order and time.  Thus we see the sun, the moon, and the stars and other parts of the physical world all holding a certain course, which would not happen if they were the sport of chance.  For that reason, a man would be a fool not to believe in God. –St. Thomas Aquinas

Friday  in the  Octave of  Pentecost – SIXTH GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:  COUNSEL

What am I without You, Lord, but a guide to my own downfall? –St. Augustine

Let each one remember that he will make progress in all spiritual things only insofar as he rids himself of self-love, self-will, and self-interest. –ST. Ignatius Loyola

Saturday  in the  Octave of  Pentecost  – SEVENTH GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:  WISDOM

What a sacred ignorance it is that loses sight of the wisdom and prudence of this age in order to learn the science and wisdom of the saints in the school of the Holy Spirit! –St. Paul of the Cross

Among all human pursuits, the pursuit of wisdom is more perfect, more noble, more useful, and more full of joy. –St. Thomas Aquinas

For the rubrics of the Divine Office of this season, please see” Notes  on the Breviary” page!

On the Feast of Ascension…


This line from the hymn at ad Matutinum defines what this is Feast is about, addressing Jesus Christ, Our Lord:

Ascendis orbes siderum,  (Thou hast ascended the orbits of the stars)

May we be given the graces by the mercy of God to follow Him there after our pilgrimage on this Earth is over!

Let us therefore start the novena to the Holy Ghost tomorrow to help us on the way!

For the text of the novena, go to  the ”Devotions “ page and look for “12. Holy Ghost Novena”

For the seasonal notes on the Breviary, go to the “Notes on the Breviary” page!


One hundred years ago…

…Our Lady appeared to three children in Fatima.

 15 years ago, the first step leading towards the Brigittine path was taken when the forerunner of the Brigittini Servitores Sanctissimi Salvatoris Institute, the Servitores Reginae Apostolorum Institute was offered and gladly accepted priestly participation in its work   which in turn led us on the Brigittine path.

A simple coincidence of dates? Not really, for what are the Brigittines about? The Brigittines came into being at Our Lord’s request to Saint Birgitta to plant a new vineyard by establishing an order which His Mother would be honoured.


At this joyous Season of Easter…

… the Brigittine collect for the Easter Season expresses well the essence of the Paschal mystery,   urging us to contemplate thankfully and prayerfully the mysteries of this holy  Season.

 Brigittine collect

Prosit nobis semper omnipotens Pater et praecipue inter haec Paschalia Filii tui solemnia continuata Dei Genetricis et Virginis Mariae memoria quae et astitit vulnerata caritate in Cruce pendenti et astat nunc a dexteris Regina in coelo regnanti eidem Domino nostro Jesu Christo Filio tuo.  Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus.  Amen.


O Almighty  Father, it always benefits us, especially at the time of the Easter solemnities, commemorating the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ,,  the continuous remembrance of the Blessed Virgin  Mary, Mother of God, who, wounded by love, stood at the side of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, hanging on the  cross and now stands at the right hand side of the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Thy Son. Who lives and reigns with Thee in union with the Holy Ghost.

For the rubrics of the Divine Office this season, please see” Notes  on the Breviary” page!

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady …

…. used to be a Feast and now it is  only a commemoration-


Please join me in consoling Our Lady as a sword pierced her Immaculate  Heart on the occasion of

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke2:34–35)
  2. The escape andFlight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
  3. The Loss of theChild Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:43–45)
  4. The Meeting of Mary and Jesus on theVia Dolorosa.
  5. The Crucifixion of Jesuson Mount Calvary. (John 19:25)
  6. The Piercing of the Side of Jesus, and HisDescent from the Cross. (Matthew 27:57–59)
  7. TheBurial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea. (John 19:40–42)

The list is taken from:


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.

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.”



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.

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.


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.


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