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Our Lord and His Holy Apostles at the Last Supper

A blog dedicated to Christ Jesus our Lord and His True Presence in the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist

But Christ having come a high priest of the good things to come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption.

Hebrews 9:11-12

Monday, December 26, 2011

Unfriend to traditional Catholics?

According this article from the Remnant, one morning early last month, Bishop Taylor, ordinary of the Diocese of Little Rock, went through his long list of friends on Facebook and “defriended” all Catholics known to attend the Latin Mass. That was just the start of what looks like a pointedly unpastoral approach to traditionalists.

(I heard about this story from the TradiCactus, who posted as QuisUtDeus72 on the Catholic Answers Forums site until today, when his outrage at this story got him banned. Unfortunately, criticizing members of the Church hierarchy by name is not allowed on CAF.)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Happy and Blessed Christmas to You

John 1:1-14 (Douay Rheims)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.

4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him.

8 He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.

9 That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.

13 Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, Rex et legisfer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior, come Thou to save us O Lord our God.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

O Rex Gentium

O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unem: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.

O King of the nations, and their desire, and Corner-stone, who makest two to be one: come Thou and save man whom Thou formedst from the dust.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

O Oriens

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentis in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Rising Brightness, Splendor of Light Eternal and Sun of Justice: come, and illumine those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

O Clavis David

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the House of Israel, Who openest and none shutteth, Who shuttest and none openeth: come Thou and bring forth the captive from the prison house who sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

O Radix Jesse

O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur; veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardere.

O Root of Jesse, who standest as the ensign of the people; before whom kings shall not open their lips; to whom the nations shall pray: come and deliver us; tarry now no more.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fullness of Time

Galatians 4:4-6 (Douay Rheims)

4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law:

5 That he might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6 And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father.

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Catholic Answers had a interesting post today speculating on why our Savior came to the world when He did:

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Why was the fullness of time, a little over 2000 years ago, the fullness of time? Do we know specifically why the incarnation happened at this point in time, say versus 500 hundred years later?
Yes, the Roman empire's far reach facilitated the spread of the gospel and eventually the solidification of the Church. Humankind had reached a point where Greek philosophy had reasoned its way to a deity of order independent of religion which confirmed and correlated well with the Christian God, and the influence of Hellenization was very widespread in the Roman Empire. The Jews had centuries of struggling to fulfill the law, to finally arrive at a point where, according to Christianity, at least, we could realize that the Law couldn't justify anyone; it had done it's job serving as a teacher. Mankind was ready for a New Covenant-just barely.

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O Adonai

O Adonai, et dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O LORD, and Ruler of the House of Israel, who appearedst unto Moses in the flame of a burning bush and gavest to him the law in Sinai: come to redeem us with an outstretched arm.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

O Sapientia

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom, that proceedest from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end, mightily and sweetly disposing all things: come and teach us the way of prudence.

[c.f. Wisdom 8:1]

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Ember Saturday

Lectio Isaiae Prophetae:

Thus saith the Lord: Get thee up upon a high mountain, thou that bringest good tidings to Sion: lift up thy voice with strength, thou that bringest good tidings to Jerusalem: lift it up, fear not. Say to the cities of Juda: Behold your God: behold the Lord God shall come with strength, and His arm shall rule: behold His reward is with Him, and His work is before Him. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather together the lambs with His arm, and shall take them up in His bosom, the Lord our God.


O Lord God of hosts, convert us: and show Thy face, and we shall be saved.
V.: Stir up Thy might, O Lord, and come to save us


S. Let us pray.
V. Let us kneel.
R. Arise.

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the coming solemnity of Thy Son, may both bestow upon us healing in this present life and grant to us rewards in the life to come. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, through all the ages of ages.

"Cold and warmth, bless the Lord; Ice and snow, bless the Lord; Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever."

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Ember Friday

At that time Mary rising up went into the hill country with haste into a city of Judah: and she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb: and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord. And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Luke 1:37-47

Today's gospel is my favorite mystery of the rosary: the eye sees only two women of modest means meeting in the back country of a weak nation, but four human souls are present, the least of them a saint of God, the greatest of them beyond comprehension, and the Holy Ghost is at work among them.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ember Wednesday

From today's Mass, a collect:

Hasten, we beseech Thee, O Lord, tarry not: and grant us the help of Thy heavenly power, that they who trust in Thy loving kindness may be relieved by the consolations of Thy coming. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, through all the ages of ages.

A gradual:

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.
V.: My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless His holy Name.

and the offertory:

Take courage, and now fear not: for behold our God will bring judgment: He Himself will come and will save us.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

May This be a Day of Healing

O Lord, King of heaven, God the Father almighty:
O only-begotten Son of the Father, Lord Jesus Christ our Savior:
O Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son, and Comforter:
        hear us in our distress.

Through Thy mercy may R be speedily healed and strengthened. Do not let her soul be disturbed, but in loving-kindness let her abide in Thee, and draw strength and hope from Thee, and by her trials be perfected. By Thy grace, holy God, may she thank Thee always, in this world and the next.

In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.

Our Lady, help of Christians, pray for her.
Saint Peregrine, pray for her.
Saint Michael, pray for her.
Good angels, guardians of our souls, pray for her.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Creator Alme Siderum

A hymn for vespers during Advent.

Creator alme siderum,Loving Creator of the stars,
Aeterna lux credentium,Eternal Light of believers,
Jesu, Redemptor omnium,O Jesus, Redeemer of all,
Intende votis supplicum.attend to the prayers of suppliants.

Qui daemonis ne fraudibusWho, so that no fraud of a demon
Periret orbis, impetuwould destroy the world, impelled
Amoris actus, languidiby an act of love, for a feeble
Mundi medela factus became the remedy.

Commune qui mundi nefasWho, for the common sinfulness of the world
Ut expiares, ad crucem,to be expiated, went to the cross,
E Virginis sacrariofrom the sanctuary of the Virgin
Intacta prodis victima.untouched, went as a sacrificial victim.

Cujus potestas gloriaeOf Whose glorious power,
Nomenque quum primum sonat,as soon as the Name sounds,
Et coelites et inferiboth celestial and infernal beings
Tremente curvantur genu.bend a trembling knee.

Te deprecamur, ultimeHumbly we beseech thee, Last
Magnum diei judicem,Day's great Judge,
Armis supernae gratiaeby force of arms of heavenly grace,
Defende nos ab hostibus.defend us from the enemy.
Virtus, honor, laus, gloria,Virtue, honor, praise, and glory,
Deo Patri cum Filio,to God the Father with the Son,
Sancto simul Paraclito,at the same time, the holy Paraclete,
In saeculorum saecula.for ever and ever.
Amen. Amen.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Silent Monks sing the Hallelujah Chorus

Really, students from South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington. I was amused, although this may not be for everybody.

Remain in the Peace of God

If, in spite of thy endeavors, men be unwilling to be converted, do not lose thy peace of heart.

Imitate the holy Guardian Angels, who, after having done whatever they should and could have done--if the men committed to their charge do not repent nor improve--remain equally peaceful, equally blissful.

from The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Book II, chapter xvii, 5.