The Annunciation: The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

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In this year of the Lord, 2018, the feastday of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 25th March fell during Holy Week. Therefore the Church has transferred the feast to today, Monday 9th April.

“The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply”: Detail of Verkündigung an Maria (Annunciation to Mary), Fra Filippo Lippi, circa 1443

SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION (TRANSFERRED)
FROM A HOMILY IN PRAISE OF THE VIRGIN MOTHER BY SAINT BERNARD, ABBOT*

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit [cf Luke 1:31, 34-35]. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.

The price of our salvation is offered to you…

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Maundy Thursday

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The Sacred Triduum begins.  Today Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us Himself in the Holy Eucharist by instituting the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Catholic Priesthood to continue His saving work. This most glorious solemnity is very dear to my heart & has always been at the top on my compilation of favorite Feasts. For Our Lord, His Love was so great that it wasn’t enough that He died a most gruesome and agonizing death for our eternal salvation, He also left us His very Self under the appearances of bread and wine. To represent Him on earth, He left us the Priests to continue His everlasting Priesthood and to act in His Name. Let us give thanks to God for His great Love for us!

The following is a meditation on the Institution of the Eucharist by St. Peter Julian Eymard:


Cum dilexisset suos qui erant in mundo, in…

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HYMN “STABAT MATER”.

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STABAT MATER HYMN

 
At the cross her station keeping stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to Jesus to the last.
 
Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, all his bitter anguish bearing, now at length the sword had passed.
 
Oh, how sad and sore distressed was that Mother highly blessed of the sole begotten One!
 
Christ above in torment hangs, she beneath beholds the pangs of her dying, glorious Son.
 
Is there one who would not weep, ‘whelmed in miseries so deep, Christ’s dear Mother to behold?
 
Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother’s pain untold?
 
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, she beheld her tender Child, all with bloody scourges rent.
 
For the sins of his own nation saw him hang in desolation till his spirit forth he sent.
 
O sweet Mother! Font of love, touch my…

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“Thrones” of Holy Week in Spain

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Holy Week is celebrated with unabashed passion in Spain. People come from all over the world to watch these most amazing displays of fervour, devotion, lavishness and Faith in the whole world. Beautiful, elaborate processions of “penitentes” (repentant sinners), elegant girls and women in mantillas, boys and men in smart suits, and devotees dressed in outfits from the time of Our Lord, usually some town dignitaries too,  and accompanied by bands loudly sounding out stirring music from Holy Week, all follow behind enormous decorated candlelit  thrones depicting scenes from Our Lord’s Sacred Passion. They make their way around each city and town of Spain, most particularly in the southern region of the country, Andalucia, often for long torturous hours well into the dawn.

The masculine Legionnaires march in one of the most popular Holy Week processions, even visiting little towns like ours! Here we see them in an official celebration in…

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Good Friday

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Today is Good Friday, the day of our salvation, the day God died to redeem sinful man. Let us spend this day in prayer and penance in thanksgiving to Our Lord for paying such a great price for our sins.  Keep sacred the hours of 12 o’clock to 3 o’clock, the hours of Christ’s bitter Passion and Death. Satan was defeated and the Kingdom of God established. Let us rejoice in that. Behold the wood of the Christ upon which hung the God of the Universe, paying a price for our crimes that we couldn’t pay.

A Holy Good Friday to all!

Here is Fr. Prosper Gueranger on Good Friday:

Holy Church will soon be calling us once more to join with her in the holy Offices: meanwhile, let us, as it behoves us, keep our hearts and thoughts upou our Redeemer, for these are the very Hours when he…

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Palm Sunday

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The Solemn Feasts and Ceremonies of Holy Week and the Passion have begun. Let us follow Our Lord in His bitter Passion, rejoicing that we have been redeemed at such a great price, the Death of the Son of God! Today, the people hail Our Lord as the Son of David and fall down, worshipping him, but in just a few days they will call for His Crucifixion. Hosanna Filio David! A Blessed Palm Sunday to all!

“And when they drew nigh to Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto mount Olivet, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them: Go ye into the village that is over against you, and immediately you shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them and bring them to me. And if any man shall say anything to you, say ye, that the Lord hath need of them: and forthwith…

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WHY IS HOLY WEEK CALLED “HOLY”?

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HOLY WEEK: WHY IS IT CALLED “HOLY”?

Dear brethren in Christ, here you have an infographic which explains why the most important week in the liturgical year is called “holy”.

It is called as such as it commemorates the patent demonstration and summit of Our Lord’s Holiest and Immense Love for the entire humanity, a love willing to suffer unto “death, death on the Cross” in order to save us from our sins, and a love which knows no end, conquering death itself with His Resurrection.

Let us thank God not only with feelings and words, but also with works, taking advantage of the Holy Week to grow in our self-giving to Him, -and for Him-, to His Church and all souls.

N.B. The events described in each day are based on the Gospel of the Holy Mass for each day. The Gospel for the Holy Wednesday Mass recounts…

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POPE FRANCIS’ CATECHESES ON THE HOLY MASS (March 21, 2018): JESUS TRANSFORMS US INTO HIMSELF IN THE HOLY COMMUNION.

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POPE FRANCIS’ CATECHESES ON THE HOLY MASS (March 21, 2018): JESUS TRANSFORMS US INTO HIMSELF IN THE HOLY COMMUNION.

The Holy Father’s Catechesis

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

And today is the first day of spring: happy Spring! But, what happens in spring? Plants flower; trees flower. I’m going to ask you some questions. Does a tree or a plant flower well if it’s sick? No! Can a tree, a plant, which is not watered by rain or artificially, flower well? No. And can a tree and a plant whose roots are removed or that doesn’t have roots flower? No. But, can they flower without roots? No! And this is a message: Christian life must be a life that must flower in works of charity, in doing good. But, if you don’t have roots, you won’t be able to flower and, what is the root? Jesus! If you’re not…

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The Foster-Father of the Son of God

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A Blessed Feast of St. Joseph to all!

Ite Ad Joseph!

“Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph; for I know not how any man can think of the Queen of the angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the services he rendered them then.”  ~St. Teresa of Avila

“He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.’”   ~St. Bernardine of Siena

“The Lord has arrayed Joseph, like with a sun, in all which the saints possess together in regard to light and…

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