Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--10th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycle A and B.
Lord, forgive our sins, lest they should say among the Gentiles, "Where is their God?"
V. Help us, O God, our Saviour, and for the sake of your name deliver us, O Lord.
Ps. 78:9c, 10a; V. 9ab
The soul of the repentant sinner cries to God for forgiveness and mercy. Our loving Father can do no less for those who return to Him.
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
The healed soul gives thanks for being saved. God shows His love and mercy to those who love Him.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Tribute

This is what today is about.

Let us pray for the souls of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For love of country, "some gave all".
Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once. 
Julius Caesar (II, ii, 32-33)
by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Originally posted  5/26/2014.

Some Gave All

...We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.  
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. 
Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address
November 19, 1863

It is altogether fitting and proper to remember those who have died in the service of this country.

It is truly right and just to honor their ultimate sacrifice.

It is well we have this holiday.

Happy Memorial Day!


Originally posted 5/27/2013.
Original photo replaced with current photo.

PM: Introit Mondays--10th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two introits for this day; the first is for Cycles A and C.
The Lord is my light and and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? My enemies who trouble me have themselves grown weak and have fallen.
V. Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.
Ps. 26: 1, 2, 3
With God by our side, we shall prevail. There is nothing in this life that should trouble us.
O Lord, if you were to take into account our iniquities, who would withstand the test? But forgiveness abides with you, O God of Israel.
V. Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Ps. 129:3, 4; V. 1, 2
This introit, also for the 28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time, shows God as great Judge and merciful Creator. In our sorrow we turn to Him, pleading for forgiveness.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pange Lingua/Tantum Ergo

Pange, lingua, gloriosi
Corporis mysterium,
Sanguinisque pretiosi,
quem in mundi pretium
fructus ventris generosi
Rex effudit Gentium.

Nobis datus, nobis natus
ex intacta Virgine,
et in mundo conversatus,
sparso verbi semine,
sui moras incolatus
miro clausit ordine.

In supremae nocte cenae
recumbens cum fratribus
observata lege plene
cibis in legalibus,
cibum turbae duodenae
se dat suis manibus.

Verbum caro, panem verum
verbo carnem efficit:
fitque sanguis Christi merum,
et si sensus deficit,
ad firmandum cor sincerum
sola fides sufficit.

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
veneremur cernui:
et antiquum documentum
novo cedat ritui:
praestet fides supplementum
sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
laus et iubilatio,
salus, honor, virtus quoque
sit et benedictio:
procedenti ab utroque
compar sit laudatio.
Amen. Alleluia.

V. Panem de caelis praestitisti eis. (T.P. Alleluja)
R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem. (T.P. Alleluja)

Oremus: Deus, qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili, passionis tuae memoriam reliquisti: tribue, quaesumus, ita nos corporis et sanguinis tui sacramysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tuae fructum in nobis iugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.

R. Amen.


Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,
of His flesh the mystery sing;
of the Blood, all price exceeding,
shed by our immortal King,
destined, for the world's redemption,
from a noble womb to spring.

Of a pure and spotless Virgin
born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
then He closed in solemn order
wondrously His life of woe.

On the night of that Last Supper,
seated with His chosen band,
He the Pascal victim eating,
first fulfills the Law's command;
then as Food to His Apostles
gives Himself with His own hand.

Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
by His word to Flesh He turns;
wine into His Blood He changes;-
what though sense no change discerns?
Only be the heart in earnest,
faith her lesson quickly learns.

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail;
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,
newer rites of grace prevail;
faith for all defects supplying,
where the feeble sense fail.

To the everlasting Father,
and the Son who reigns on high,
with the Holy Ghost proceeding
forth from Each eternally,
be salvation, honor, blessing,
might and endless majesty.
Amen. Alleluia.

R. Thou hast given them bread from heaven.
V. Having within it all sweetness.

Let us pray: O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament left us a memorial of Thy Passion: grant, we implore Thee, that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, as always to be conscious of the fruit of Thy Redemption. Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever.

R. Amen.


Originally posted 6/18/2006.
Re-posted 6/10/2012.
Re-posted 6/2/2013.
Re-posted 6/22/2014.

Corpus Christi Sequence

Lauda Sion Salvatorem,
lauda ducem et pastorem,
in hymnis et canticis.
Quantum potes, tantum aude:
quia maior omni laude,
nec laudare sufficis.

Laudis thema specialis,
panis vivus et vitalis
hodie proponitur.
Quem in sacrae mensa cenae,
turbae fratrum duodenae
datum non ambigitur.

Sit laus plena, sit sonora,
sit iucunda, sit decora
mentis iubilatio.
Dies enim solemnis agitur,
in qua mensae prima recolitur
huius institutio.

In hac mensa novi Regis,
novum Pascha novae legis,
phase vetus terminat.
Vetustatem novitas,
umbram fugat veritas,
noctem lux eliminat.

Quod in coena Christus gessit,
faciendum hoc expressit
in sui memoriam.
Docti sacris institutis,
panem, vinum in salutis
consecramus hostiam.

Dogma datur christianis,
quod in carnem transit panis,
et vinum in sanguinem.
Quod non capis, quod non vides,
animosa firmat fides,
praeter rerum ordinem.

Sub diversis speciebus,
signis tantum, et non rebus,
latent res eximiae.
Caro cibus, sanguis potus:
manet tamen Christus totus
sub utraque specie.

A sumente non concisus,
non confractus, non divisus:
integer accipitur.
Sumit unus, sumunt mille:
quantum isti, tantum ille:
nec sumptus consumitur.

Sumunt boni, sumunt mali:
sorte tamen inaequali,
vitae vel interitus.
Mors est malis, vita bonis:
vide paris sumptionis
quam sit dispar exitus.

Fracto demum sacramento,
ne vacilles, sed memento
tantum esse sub fragmento,
quantum toto tegitur.
Nulla rei fit scissura:
signi tantum fit fractura,
qua nec status, nec statura
signati minuitur.

Ecce Panis Angelorum,
factus cibus viatorum:
vere panis filiorum,
non mittendus canibus.
In figuris praesignatur,
cum Isaac immolatur,
agnus Paschae deputatur,
datur manna patribus.

Bone pastor, panis vere,
Iesu, nostri miserere:
Tu nos pasce, nos tuere,
Tu nos bona fac videre
in terra viventium.
Tu qui cuncta scis et vales,
qui nos pascis hic mortales:
tuos ibi commensales,
coheredes et sodales
fac sanctorum civium.
Amen. Alleluia.


Zion, to Thy Savior sing,
to Thy Shepherd and Thy King!
Let the air with praises ring!
All thou canst, proclaim with mirth,
far higher is His worth
than the glory words may wing.

Lo! before our eyes and living
is the Sacred Bread life-giving,
theme of canticle and hymn.
We profess this Bread from heaven
to the Twelve by Christ was given,
for our faith rest firm in Him.

Let us form a joyful chorus,
may our lauds ascend sonorous,
bursting from each loving breast.
For we solemnly record
how the Table of the Lord
with the Lamb's own gift was blest.

On this altar of the King
this new Paschal Offering
brings an end to ancient rite.
Shadows flee that truth may stay,
oldness to the new gives way,
and the night's darkness to the light.

What at Supper Christ completed
He ordained to be repeated,
in His memory Divine.
Wherefore now, with adoration,
we, the Host of our salvation,
consecrate from bread and wine.

Words a nature's course derange,
that in Flesh the bread may change
and the wine in Christ's own Blood.
Does it pass thy comprehending?
Faith, the law of light transcending,
leaps to things not understood.

Here beneath these signs are hidden
priceless things, to sense forbidden;
signs, not things, are all we see.
Flesh from bread, and Blood from wine,
yet is Christ in either sign,
all entire confessed to be.

And whoe'er of Him partakes,
severs not, nor rends, nor breaks:
all entire, their Lord receive.
Whether one or thousand eat,
all receive the selfsame meat,
nor do less for others leave.

Both the wicked and the good
eat of this celestial Food:
but with ends how opposite!
With this most substantial Bread,
unto life or death they're fed,
in a difference infinite.

Nor a single doubt retain,
when they break the Host in twain,
but that in each part remain
what was in the whole before;
For the outward sign alone
may some change have undergone,
while the Signified stays one,
and the same forevermore.

Hail! Bread of the Angels, broken,
for us pilgrims food, and token
of the promise by Christ spoken,
children's meat, to dogs denied!
Shown in Isaac's dedication,
in the Manna's preparation,
in the Paschal immolation,
in old types pre-signified.

Jesus, Shepherd mild and meek,
shield the poor, support the weak;
help all who Thy pardon sue,
placing all their trust in You:
fill them with Your healing grace!
Source of all we have or know,
feed and lead us here below.
grant that with Your Saints above,
sitting at the feast of love
we may see You face to face.
Amen. Alleluia.


Originally posted 6/18/2006.
Re-posted 6/6/2010.
Re-posted 6/26/2011.
Re-posted 6/10/2012.
Re-posted 6/2/2013.
Re-posted 6/22/2014.

Friday, May 27, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--Corpus Christi

There are two options; the first being for Cycle A and B.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, abides in me, and I in him.
John 6:57
Perhaps the most important promise Christ makes to us. Consumed with love for us, He gives Himself for us to consume.
"This is my body which is given up for you; this is the cup of the new covenant in my blood," says the Lord. "Each time that you partake thereof, do it in memory of me."
1 Cor. 11: 24, 25
The Communion from Holy Thursday returns for our consideration. The words of consecration ring in our ears as we receive His Real Presence.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--Corpus Christi

There are two options for today's solemnity.
The Lord opened the doors of heaven and rained down manna upon them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven; man ate the bread of angels, alleluia.
Ps. 77: 23, 24, 25
As He fed the Israelites during their wandering in the desert, so does He feed us with, but with something more than manna. What the angels can only see, we can actually take within us.
Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord, and presented thereupon burnt offerings and sacrificial victims; he made an evening sacrifice as a fragrant offering to the Lord, in the presence of the Sons of Israel.
Cf. Exodus 24: 4, 5
This is one of the options for the Offertory during the 24th. Sunday in Ordinary Time. A prefiguring of the Last Supper and Calvary, this is but a shadow of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays

My flesh is the true food, my blood is the true drink; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
John 6:56, 57
Jesus anticipates the Last Supper; and, therefore, His Passion. By taking and eating and drinking do we have life in Him.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--Corpus Christi

The eyes of all look towards you in hope, O Lord; and you give them their food in due season.
V. You open your hand and fill every living thing with your blessings.
Ps. 144:15; V. 16
We turn to God for everything. He responds in and with love with what we need.

Monday, May 23, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--Corpus Christi

He fed them with the finest of wheat, alleluia; and with honey from the rock he satisfied them, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Rejoice in the honor of God our helper, shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
Ps. 80:17 and 2, 3, 11
As our earthly father would not hand us a stone when we ask for bread, so our Heavenly Father also feeds us with the best He has. He sates and slakes our soul.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Glory Be To...

From the Athanasian Creed:
...And the Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all One, the Glory Equal, the Majesty Co-Eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father Uncreate, the Son Uncreate, and the Holy Ghost Uncreate. The Father Incomprehensible, the Son Incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost Incomprehensible. The Father Eternal, the Son Eternal, and the Holy Ghost Eternal and yet they are not Three Eternals but One Eternal. As also there are not Three Uncreated, nor Three Incomprehensibles, but One Uncreated, and One Uncomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not Three Almighties but One Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not Three Gods, but One God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not Three Lords but One Lord. For, like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Religion to say, there be Three Gods or Three Lords. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

So there is One Father, not Three Fathers; one Son, not Three Sons; One Holy Ghost, not Three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is afore or after Other, None is greater or less than Another, but the whole Three Persons are Co-eternal together, and Co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshiped. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity....
This is He Who Was, Who Is, and Who Is To Come.

This is I AM.


Originally posted 6/19/2011.
Re-posted 5/26/2013.
Re-posted 6/15/2014.
Re-posted 5/31/2015.

Friday, May 20, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--Trinity Sunday

There are two choices; the second is for Cycle B.
Let us bless the God of heaven and utter his praises before all who live; for he has dealt with us according to his mercy.
Tob. 12:6
He has given us His love and mercy. Now we have been given His Body and Blood.
All power has been given to me in heaven and on earth, alleluia; go therefore and teach all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, alleluia, alleluia.
Matt. 28:18, 19
This is one of the options from the Solemnity of the Ascension. We can only enter the Trinitarian life through the waters of rebirth; we can only draw others to it by our life in it.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--Trinity Sunday

Blessed by God the Father, and the only begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit; for he has dealt with us according to his mercy.
Cf. Tob. 12:6
We hear again the words from the Introit. It is from this spirit of gratitude we give back to God a portion of what He has given us.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--Trinity Sunday

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers; and worthy to be praised forever.
Dan. 3:52
"Alleluia" is Hebrew for "Praise God". This we should do, so that it is done "on earth as it is in heaven".

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--Trinity Sunday

There are two options available; the second is a hymn using Daniel 3:52-56 as its lyrics. The focus will be on the actual gradual.
Blessed are you, O Lord, who gaze into the depths and who are enthroned upon the Cherubim.
V. Blessed are you, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven, and worthy of praise forever.
Dan. 3:55; V. 56
The passage is from the story of the three men in the fiery furnace and how God saved them from death. Shall we not also be this grateful for the same reason?

Monday, May 16, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--Trinity Sunday

There are two choices for this day; the first being for Cycles A and B.
Blessed be the Holy Trinity and its undivided unity; we shall ever give him thanks, for he has dealt with us according to his mercy.
V. O Lord our Governor, how admirable is your name in all the earth.
Tob. 12:6; V. Ps. 8
We give thanks to our Triune God for Who He Is and what He has done for us in his great love and mercy. Justice and kindness have met.
The love of God has been poured into our hearts, alleluia; by His spirit which dwells in us, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his name.
Rom. 5:5; 10:11; V. Ps. 102
The Trinity is bound by Love; the Trinity is Love. As much as we are in communion with God and allow His love to work in us is the measure by which we show we are His adopted children.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hymn For Pentecost

Veni, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.

Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius,
pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis surrexit,
ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula. Amen.


Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.


Originally posted 6/4/2006.
Part of post "Tongues Of Fire" posted 5/27/2007.
Re-posted 5/23/2010.
Re-posted 6/12/2011.
Re-posted 4/18/2013.
Re-posted 6/8/2014.
Re-posted 5/24/2015.

Pentecost Sequence

Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.

Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum
veni, lumen cordium.

Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.

In labore requies,
in aestu temperies
in fletu solatium.

O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.

Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.

Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.

Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.

Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium.

Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium.

Amen, Alleluia.


Come, Holy Spirit,
Send forth from on high
The radiance of thy light.

Come, thou, father of the poor,
Come, dispenser of all good gifts,
Come thou, light of our hears.

Supreme Comforter,
Beloved guest of our soul,
Its most desirable nourishment.

In the midst of labor, rest.
A cool breeze to temper the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed light,
Fill the innermost being.
The very hearts of they faithful.

Without thy divine strength
No good dwells in man,
Nothing but what turns to ill.

Wash away every stain,
Irrigate all dryness,
Heal every wound.

Make supple all that is rigid,
Give ardor to things grown cold,
Straighten every crooked path.

Grant to thy faithful
Who put their trust in thee,
The blessing of thy sevenfold gifts.

Grant us the reward of a virtuous life,
A death which leads to salvation,
To the gift of eternal joy.

Amen. Alleluia.


Originally posted 5/23/2010.
Re-posted 6/12/2011.
Re-posted 5/19/2013.
Re-posted 6/8/2014.
Re-posted 5/24/2015.

Prayer To The Holy Spirit

V. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful.
R. And kindle in them the fire of Your love.

V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray:

O God, Who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by this same Spirit, we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in Your consolation. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Originally posted 6/4/2006.
Part of post "Tongues Of Fire" posted 5/27/2007.
Re-posted 5/23/2010.
Re-posted 6/12/2011.
Re-posted 5/19/2013.
Re-posted 6/8/2014.
Re-posted 5?24/2015.

Friday, May 13, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--Pentecost Sunday

Suddenly, a sound came from heaven like the rush of an almighty wind, in the place where they were sitting, alleluia; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and announced the great things God has done, alleluia, alleluia.
Acts 2:2, 4
The dove, a rush of wind, tongues of flame. Our visible representation for the invisible Third Person of the Blessed Trinity are symbols of God's presence in our lives.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--Pentecost Sunday

Confirm, O God, that which you have accomplished in our midst; from your holy temple which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to you, alleluia.
Ps. 67:29-30
The Spirit comes to complete the sanctification started by the Father through the Son. He comes "with Thy grace and heavenly aid/To fill the hearts which Thou hast made."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

PM: 2nd Alleluia Wednesdays--Pentecost Sunday

Come, Holy Spirit; fill the hearts of your faithful people, and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

The Spirit Whom we invoke gives us His seven gifts so that His nine fruits may come forth. Perhaps this is a prayer which needs to become part of your life.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

PM: 1st. Alleluia Tuesdays--Pentecost Sunday

Send forth your Spirit and all things shall be created anew; and you shall renew the face of the earth.
Ps. 103:30
"Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love." Inviting the Paraclete into our lives is part of the remaking of ourselves as a new creation in God.

Monday, May 09, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--Pentecost Sunday

The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, alleluia; and that which contains all things, knows every language spoken by men, alleluia, alleluia.
V.  Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; and let those who hate him flee before his face.
Wisdom 1:7; V. Ps. 67
The Breath by which the Word of the Father came was also instrumental in creating the world. The Advocate's presence has been here since the beginning.

Friday, May 06, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--7th. Sunday Of Easter

Father, when I was amongst them, I kept those whom you had given me, alleluia; but now I am coming to you; I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from evil, alleluia, alleluia.
John 17: 12, 13, 15
Do you hear the echo of the Lord's Prayer? The final petition of the "Our Father" carries the weight of Christ's words, perhaps making them the most important request of the entire prayer.

PM: Communion Fridays--Solemnity Of The Ascension

There are three verses, each corresponding to the Cycle of Readings.
All power has been given to me in heaven and on earth, alleluia; go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, alleluia, alleluia.
Matt. 28:18, 19
His final instruction is now given. The power He has received from the Father He gives to His disciples, in accordance to the talents we have been given.
These signs will accompany those who believe:  they will cast out demons, and when they lay their hands upon the sick, these will recover, alleluia.
Mark 16:17, 18
As we have been set apart, marked by the sign of faith, we should be distinguishable from the rest of the world. The fruits of the Spirit should be prominent in our lives.
Sing to the Lord who has ascended the highest heaven, towards the East, alleluia.
Ps. 67:33, 34
We are to give glory to Him "on earth as it is in heaven" since He was on earth and is now in heaven. As we saw Him depart, so shall we see Him return.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--7th. Sunday Of Easter

There are two options presented; the other is the Offertory for the Solemnity of the Ascension.
God has gone up amidst shouts of joy; the Lord to the sound of the trumpet.
Ps. 46:6
We rejoice at Christ's departure, giving our King the send off He deserves. It is only by His ascending to Heaven can He begin to fulfill His promises.

PM: Offetory Thursdays--Solemnity Of The Ascension

There are two options presented; the other is the Offertory for the 7th. Sunday of Easter.
Men of Galilee, why do you gaze at the sky in astonishment? This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will come by the very way in which you saw him go into heaven, alleluia.
Acts 1:11
Angels, God's messengers, assure us of Christ's return. We, for our part , have to continue to prepare for His Second Coming.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

PM: 2nd. Alleluia Wednesdays--7th. Sunday Of Easter

Two choices are presented; the first is for Cycle A.
I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.
John 16:28
One of the 1st. Alleluias from the 6th. Sunday of Easter has returned. In order to fulfill His word, the Word has to return to Him Who uttered Him with the breath of the Spirit.
I will not leave you orphans; I am going, but I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy.
John 14:18
As his adopted children, God cannot abandon us. Only through sin are we cut off from His eternal inheritance.

PM: 2nd. Alleluia Wednesdays--Solemnity Of The Ascension

The Lord is in Sinai, in the holy place; ascending on high, he has led captivity captive.
Ps. 67:18, 19
God has taken His seat on the throne.Where He has gone, may we, those whom He has ransomed, soon follow.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

PM: 1st. Alleluia Tuesdays--7th. Sunday Of Easter

The Lord is King over all the nations; God sits on his holy throne.
Ps. 46:9
With earth as His footstool, God sits on the most important cathedra of them all. His eternal reign encompasses all.

PM: 1st. Alleluia Tuesdays--Solemnity Of The Ascension

God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet.
Ps. 46:6
Jesus said He was going to return to the Father. When you are God, you most certainly need a fanfare for your departure.

Monday, May 02, 2016

PM--A "Two For" Week

I had to think about what to do this week. With most of the United States celebrating the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord on the 7th. Sunday of Easter instead of  the traditional 40 days after the Resurrection, that is, on a Thursday (cf. Acts 1:1-3; remember, St. Luke strove for historical accuracy), my question was what was I going to do with both sets of Propers. Was I going to ignore the Propers for the 7th. Sunday of Easter? Was I going to do a Special Edition post of the Ascension Propers?

As you have seen, I decided to run them both concurrently. While the Communion for Ascension will fall after its traditional time, this was the best solution possible. Since I am following the liturgical calendar for the Ordinary Form, the dilemma of a celebration falling on two separate days is solved by acknowledging both the Holy Day of Obligation and the Sunday it displaces.

Double your pleasure; double your fun.

PM: Introit Mondays--7th. Sunday Of Easter

Hearken , O Lord, unto my voice which has called out to you, alleluia; my heart declared to you:  "Your countenance have I sought; I shall ever seek your countenance, O Lord; do not turn your face from me, alleluia, alleluia."
V. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
Ps. 26:7, 8, 9; V. 1
The "restless heart" quote of St. Augustine comes to mind. St. Paul's quote about God being for us also is recalled.

PM: Introit Mondays--Solemnity Of The Ascension

Men of Galilee, why are you gazing in astonishment at the sky? alleluia; just as you have seen him ascend into heaven, so, in like manner, shall he return, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
V. All nations, clap your hands; shout unto God with a voice of joy.
Acts 1:11. V. Ps. 46
His mission on earth now complete, the Son returns to the Father. We wait for His Second Coming, trusting the Lord will not "delay" in returning.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

May 2016 Morning Offering Prayer Intentions

Here are the intentions for this month when reciting the Morning Offering:
Universal Intention - Respect For Women. That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization Intention - Holy Rosary. That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.
Reflections for these intentions are found here.