Friday, June 24, 2016

Hark! The Herald's Song

Most Catholics know St. Cecilia is considered the primary patron saint of music.  However, there are two other members of the Canon of Saints to whom musicians also make intercession.  The first is St. Gregory the Great, to whom Tradition holds his prominence in the creation of Gregorian Chant.  The other person has a more subtle connection.

Today is the feast of the Birthday of St. John the Baptist.  This is only one of three such celebrations in the liturgical year, the other two being Christmas (properly called the Feast of the Nativity--the birthday of Christ) and the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8, nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception).  But how does the herald of the Son of God have any connection to the aural arts?

It's all in the song.


Originally posted June 24, 2013.

Even More Intercession

Once again, I seek stable, suitable employment.

Back to this prayer again (this will be the fourth time I've used it in a post).


Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua: 
Good Saint Anthony, in God's providence you have secured for His people many marvelous favors. You have been especially celebrated, good Saint Anthony, for your goodness to the poor and the hungry, for finding employment for those seeking it, for your special care of those who travel, and for keeping safe from harm all who must be away from home. You are widely known also, good Saint Anthony, for securing peace in the family, for your delicate mercy in finding lost things, for safe delivery of messages, and for your concern for women in childbirth. In honoring you, Saint Anthony, for the many graces our Lord grants through your favor, we trustfully and confidently ask your aid in our present need. Pray for us, good Saint Anthony, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 
May it be a source of joy, O God, to your Church that we honor the memory of your Confessor and Doctor, Saint Anthony. May his spiritual help always make us strong, and by his assistance may we enjoy an eternal reward. This we ask through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen. 
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PM: Communion Fridays--13th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options for this day; the second is for Cycles B and C.
Christ, rising from the dead, dies now no more, alleluia; death shall no longer have any dominion over him, alleluia, alleluia.
Romans 6:9
Repeating the Alleluia in this Cycle, we are reminded again how Christ has overcome death. Only abiding in Him can we do the same.
Lend your ear and make haste to rescue us.
Ps. 30:3ab
Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer. Lord, come and save us.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--13th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

As a holocaust of rams and bullocks, and of thousands of fatted lambs, so let our sacrifice be in your sight on this day, that it may be pleasing unto you. For there is no shame for those who put their trust in you, O Lord.
Daniel 3:40
We hear an echo of this when the priest says, "Pray, bretheren...." The congregation's response is the act of trust God asks of us.

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--13th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options for this day; the second is for Cycles B and C.
Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
Romans 6:9
The Alleluia from the 5th. Sunday of Easter is revisited. If we live in Christ, death will also have no dominion over us.
All nations, clap your hands; shout unto God with a voice of joy.
Ps. 46:2
God is to be joyfully praised and adored throughout the world. We must recognize Him as Creator, Father, and King.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gregorian Chant At The Gateway To The West

While there were activities last night, Colloquium XXVI, sponsored by the Church Music Association of America, is now well under way.

Having participated in two previous ones and assisting in the liturgies as part of the congregation at a third, I know first hand how truly educational and edifying they are; they are, as the unofficial tagline puts it, "six days of musical heaven". While it seems you can't take it all in, somehow you do.

Once again, a church mouse has more money than I, thus preventing me from attending.

I pray all in attendance have a wonderful, spiritually uplifting time.

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--13th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two choices; the first is for Cycles A and C.
Come, children, hearken unto me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
V. Go forth unto him and receive enlightenment, and your face shall be not put to shame.
Ps. 33:12; V. 6
Two of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are mentioned:  fear of the Lord and wisdom. These, as well as the rest, are ours if we take instruction from God.
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not allowed my enemies to rejoice over me.
V. O Lord, my God, I have called out unto you and you have healed me; O Lord you have brought back my soul from hell; you have delivered me from among those who go down into the pit.
Ps. 29:2; V. 3, 4
We revisit a Gradual from the 10th. Sunday of Ordinary Time. God is our only strength and salvation; there is no where else to turn but to Him.

Monday, June 20, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--13th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

All nations, clap your hands; shout unto God with a voice of joy.
V. For the Lord is high and awesome; a great king over all the earth.
Ps. 46:2; V. 3
All the ends of the earth are to give God the praise and adoration rightly due Him. There is no other god like Him for there are no other gods.

Friday, June 17, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--12th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are three options, one for each of the Cycles.
"That which I tell you in the dark, utter in the light," says the Lord; "and that which you hear whispered into your ear, proclaim upon the housetops."
Matt. 10:27
We must be bold in proclaiming our Faith. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to fortify us.
I shall walk round about his sanctuary, offering a sacrifice of jubilation; I will sing and recite a psalm to the Lord.
Ps. 26:6
Strange to think of the Passion as a sacrifice of jubilation. But we only find our joy in "preaching Christ and Him crucified."
If a man wished to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Matt. 16:24
To follow Christ will never be easy. Only because He showed us how and gives us the grace to do it can we.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

PM: Offerory Thursdays--12th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Render secure my footsteps in your paths so that my feet do not slip; incline your ear and hear my words; display your wonderful mercies, O Lord, Savior of those who place their hope in you.
Ps. 16:5, 6, 7
We need God to guide us in His way and grace us. In faith and trust we turn to Him.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--12th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

In you, Lord, do I trust, let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; lend me your ear and make haste to save me.
Ps. 30:2, 3
We implore God to save us. Only in Him do we trust to do this.