Saturday, April 14, 2012

Our Blessed Lady's Saturday In the Octave Of Easter

Regina Caeli

V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday In the Octave Of Easter: At the Entrance To the Empty Tomb

O ineffable beauty of God most high and purest radiance of light eternal, Thou art life that gives life to all life, light that illuminates all light, and preserves in perpetual splendor the numerous lights shining from the very dawn of time before Thy throne of divinity!

O eternal and inaccessible font, o clear and sweetest spring flowing forth hidden from all mortal eyes, whose breadth and depth are unfathomable, Thy purity cannot be tainted.

From Thou procedeth the river that gladdens the city of God so that with a voice of exultation we proclaim Thy greatness and sing to Thee hymns of praise. For our experience shows that with Thee is the source of life and in Thy light we see light itself.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Let Us Pray

It is time to come in from the cold. The family needs you.

That is essentially what the Holy Father has said to the Pius X Society. It is time for the Society to be re-integrated into the Church. In France, there are more Catholics each Sunday in the pews of Society chapels than in diocesan churches.

To simplify, the area of disagreement is over the nature of ecumenism. But the Holy See has already agreed to overlook the more stringent views of the Slaves Of the Immaculate Heart (the Feeneyites) and has opened the door so that they can say they are in Communion with Rome. And if the Feeneyites, why not the Pius X Society?

Socialists have over the years maintained a "There are no enemies on the Left," approach, cooperating with other leftist causes. I saw in person the same marching band parading through the streets of Boston on May Day with the commies and in the fall with the Occupy Boston vagrants. They still have no enemies on the Left. That is why every leftist cause draws a huge crowd.

I suggest that conservative Catholics, and moderate (Indult and Motu Proprio following) traditionalists adopt the same attitude. There are no enemies on the Right of the Church. We need allies. We are stronger with the Pius X Society fully integrated into the life of the Church than we have been without them. Our enemy is to the Left, dissenting Catholics and the forces of secularization.

And if their Masses become licit, that provides us with more opportunities to hear the Traditional Mass. What could be wrong with that?

With the Society a licit part of the life of the Church, the gravitational pull of events would swing further in the direction of Tradition. While the effect would be small here in the States, it would be huge in Europe.

I have long hoped that the Oratory of St. Phillip Neri would buy Holy Trinity Church in Boston and restore to it the Traditional Mass. Maybe a newly-integrated Pius X Society will do that. Keep the options open.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Saint Gemma Galgani

Saint Gemma, please pray for us!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Sixty-Sixth Wedding Anniversary

Sixty-six years ago today, April 10, 1946, George T. and Kathryn A. were married, during Lent, in the sacristy of Sacred Heart Church in Malden, MA, shortly after my father's discharge from the Army. Dad died on December 31st, 1989, at the age of 69, and Mum at 75 on September 23rd, 1998.

O God, Who hast commanded us to honour our father and our mother, in Thy mercy have pity on the souls of my father George and my mother Kathryn, and forgive them their trespasses, and make me to see them again in the joy of everlasting light. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and in the world of worlds.

V. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
R. Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
V. Requiescant in pace.
R. Amen.

Please, in your charity on this Easter Tuesday, remember my parents in your prayers.


Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Best Hockey School In the World

Congratulations to my Boston College Hockey Eagles, the national champions again!


Easter Sunday, 2012

Happy Easter!

He is truly risen! Alleluia!

All the pain and sacrifice of Lent is over. Good Friday is behind us, as is the wait of Holy Saturday.

May Easter joy be with you and your families!

Haec dies, quam fecit Dominus:
Exsultemus, et laetemur in ea.
Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus:
Quoniam in saeculum misericordia ejus.

Image found at Holy Cards For Your Inspiration, I think. But who really knows, since my database has around ten thousand images from all over the internet collected over many years.

Exsultet iam angelica turba caelorum: exsultet divina mysteria: et pro tanti Regis victoria, tuba insonet salutaris.

Gaudeat et tellus tantis irradiata fulgoribus: et aeterni Regis splendore illustrata, totius orbis se sentiat amisisse caliginem.

Laetetur et mater Ecclisia tanti luminis adornata fulgoribus: et magnis populorum vocibus haec aula resultet.

V. Dominus vobiscum.

R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

V. Sursum corda.

R. Habemus ad Dominum.

V. Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.

R. Dignum et iustum est.

Vere dignum et iustum est, invisibilem Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Filiumque eius unigenitum, dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, toto cordis ac mentis affectu, et vocis ministerio personare.

Qui pro nobis aeterno Patri Adae debitum solvit: et veteris piaculi cautionem pio cruore detersit. Haec sunt enim festa paschalia, in quibus verus ille agnus occiditur, cuius sanguine postes fidelium consecrantur.

Haec nox est, in qua primum patres nostros, filius Israel eductos de Aegypto, Mare Rubrum sicco vestigio transire fecisti. Haec igitur nox est, quae peccatorum tenebras columnae illuminatione purgavit.

Haec nox est, quae hodie per universum mundum in Christo credentes, a vitiis saeculi et caligine peccatorum segregatos reddit gratiae, sociat sanctitati.

Haec nox est, in qua, destructis vinculis mortis, Christus ab inferis victor ascendit.

O mira circa nos tuae pietatis dignatio!

O inaestimabilis dilecti o caritatis: ut servum redimeres , Filium tradidisti!

O certe necessarium Adae peccatum, quod Christi morte deletum est!

O felix culpa, quae talem ac tantum meruit habere Redemptorem!

In huius igitur noctis gratia, suscipe, sancte Pater, laudis huius sacrificium vespertinum: quod tibi in hac cerei oblatione sollemni, per ministrorum manus de operibus apum, sacrosancta reddit Ecclesia.

Oramus ergo te, Domine, ut cererus iste in honorem tui nominis consecratus, ad noctis huius caliginem destruendam, in deficiens perseveret.

Et in odorem suavitatis acceptus, supernis luminaribus misceatur.

Flammas eius lucifer matutinus inveniat. Ille, inquam, lucifer, qui nescit occasum: Christus Filius tuus, qui, regressus ab inferis, humano generi serenus illuxit, et tecum vivit et regnat in saecula saeculorum.

R. Amen

Remember, we begin using a new Marian Antiphon at the end of the day's Office, and the same Antiphon replaces the Angelus:

Regina, caeli, laetare, Alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, Alleluia,
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, Alleluia,
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia.

Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut, per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.

Victimae Paschali
laudes immolent Christiani.

Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri

Mors et vita duello
conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus,
regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria,
Quid vidisti in via?

Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:

Angelicos testes,
sudarium et vestes.

Surrexit Christus spes mea:
praecedet suos in Galilaeam.

Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
Tu nobis, victor Rex miserere.
Amen. Alleluia.

Alleluia, Alleluia!
Pascha nostrum immolatis est Christus.


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