Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ten. Seven. Seven. Four. Three. Seven. Seven. Twelve. Seven. Three.



I am The Lord thy God, Who brought thee out of The Land of Egypt, out of The House of Bondage. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven thing, nor the likeness off anything that is in Heaven, above, or in the earth, beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them.

Thou shalt not take the name of The Lord thy God in vain.

Remember thou keep Holy The Sabbath Day.

Honour thy father and thy mother.

Thou shalt not kill.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Thou shalt not steal.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.


Admonish sinners.

Instruct the ignorant.

Counsel the doubtful.

Comfort the sorrowful.

Bear wrongs patiently.

Forgive injuries.

Pray for the living and the dead.


Feed the hungry.

Give drink to the thirsty.

Clothe the naked.

Shelter the homeless.

Visit the sick.

Visit those in prison.

Bury the dead.


Prudence.

Justice.

Fortitude
(or Courage).

Temperance
(or Moderation).


Faith.

Hope.

Charity.


Baptism.

Confirmation.

Holy Eucharist.

Penance.

Matrimony.

Holy Orders.

Extreme Unction.


Wisdom.

Understanding.

Counsel.

Fortitude.

Knowledge.

Piety.

Fear of The Lord.


Charity.

Joy.

Peace.

Patience.

Benignity.

Goodness.

Longanimity.

Mildness.

Faith.

Modesty.

Continency.

Chastity.


Pride.

Covetousness.

Lust.

Anger.

Gluttony.

Envy.

Sloth.


The Three Hail Marys are said in the morning, upon rising,
and in the evening, before going to bed. Kneeling or prostrate on the floor, say The Hail Mary three times and, after each Hail Mary,
say the following Prayer:

By Thy Pure and Immaculate Conception, O, Mary,
make my body pure and my Soul Holy.
My Mother, free me this day/night from Mortal Sin.

This Article is taken from "The Spiritual Almanac", contained in The 2017 Calendar from The Holy Island Of Papa Stronsay, available to order from
TRANSALPINE REDEMPTORISTS

Monday, 16 January 2017

Our Lady Of Good Success: The Revelation Of 21 January 1610.



Statue of Our Lady of Good Success,
Quito, Ecuador.
Illustration: ONE PETER FIVE


The following two paragraphs are from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

In 1577, five Conceptionist Sisters travelled from Spain to Quito, Ecuador, to start the first Convent.

Mariana de Jésus Torres, one of the Nuns, is said to have seen The Blessed Mother. On 2 February 1599, as Mariana was Praying, The Blessed Mother appeared to her and commanded a statue be made to her likeness.


Statue of Our Lady of Good Success,
Quito, Ecuador.
Photo: 11 November 20006.
Source: Original image is found in http://www.ourladyofgoodsuccess.com/
Used with permission to the web author.
Author: Mark j.
(Wikipedia)

The following Text is from ONE PETER FIVE,
unless otherwise stated.


"As for The Sacrament of Matrimony, which
symbolises the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of The Church.

"The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of Faith will gradually be extinguished until there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. Added to this, will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the death of Priestly and Religious Vocations.


"The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this Sacrament, The Church of God and even God, Himself, is scorned and despised since He is represented in His Priests.

"The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of The Lord in every possible way; he will labour with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their Vocation and will corrupt many of them.

"These depraved Priests, who will scandalise the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of The Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all Priests.


"This apparent triumph of Satan will
bring enormous suffering to the good Pastors
of The Church, the many good Priests, and
The Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on Earth, who, a prisoner in The Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of his God and Lord, beseeching light, Sanctity and perfection for all The Clergy of the World, of whom he is King and Father.

"Further, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury, which will ensnare the rest into sin, and conquer innumerable frivolous Souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women.

"In this supreme moment of need of The Church, the one who should speak will fall silent !


"You will see this from Heaven, my beloved daughter, where you can no longer suffer, but your daughters and successors will suffer, those beloved Souls already known to you who will placate The Divine Ire.

"They will have recourse to Me
under the invocation of Our Lady of Good Success, whose statue I ask and command 
that you have made for the consolation and preservation of My Convent and of The Faithful Souls of that time, an epoch when there will be a great Devotion to Me, for I am Queen of Heaven under many invocations.

"This Devotion will be the shield, 
between Divine Justice and the prevaricating World, 
to prevent the release of God’s formidable punishment that this guilty 
Earth deserves.


"During that epoch, The Church will find herself attacked by terrible hordes of the Masonic sect, and this poor Ecuadorian land will be agonising because of the corruption of customs, unbridled luxury, the impious press, and secular education.

"The Vices of Impurity, Blasphemy, and Sacrilege, will dominate in this time of depraved desolation, and that one who should speak out will be silent".


The story of Our Lady of Good Success can be read on WIKIPEDIA

The 525th Anniversary Of The Re-Conquest Of Granada, Spain, By Ferdinand And Isabella.



Illustration: MEDIEVAL HISTORIES

The full Article on The Re-Conquest of Granada, Spain, by Ferdinand and Isabella, can be read at MEDIEVAL HISTORIES


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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Saint Paul. The First Hermit. Feast Day, Today, 15 January.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Paul, The First Hermit.
Feast Day 15 January.

Double.

White Vestments.


Saint Paul, The First Hermit (Anba Boula) (Ava Pavly),
or Saint Paul the Anchorite, or Saint Paul of Thebes, (died circa 341 A.D.)
is regarded as the first Christian Hermit.
He is not to be confused with Paul The Simple,
who was a disciple of Anthony the Great.
The icon of Anba Bola in the desert. The two lions are
clearly shown, as they helped Saint Anthony
to bury Saint Paul.
Date: 14 December 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Bola George.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Paul, The Father of Hermits, had Saint Jerome for his historian. Having become an orphan at the age of fifteen, he gave up his possessions and retired into a desert, where a flourishing palm-tree, a symbol of his virtues (Introit) provided him with food and clothing.

He meditated in solitude on the science of sciences, which is to know Jesus Christ (Epistle) and The Father, Whom Christ reveals to The Humble (Gospel). He lived thus to the age of one hundred and twelve, enjoying, in the heroic exercise of Prayer and Penance, The Sweetness of The Lord's Yoke (ibid.).

The great Saint Anthony of The Desert visited him, a little before his death, and Saint Paul asked him, as a last favour, to allow him to sleep his last sleep in the cloak of Saint Athanasius, The Invincible Defender of The Divinity of Christ.

The Order of Saint Paul, The First Hermit.


Coat-of-Arms
of The Order of Saint Paul,
The First Hermit.
Abbreviation: O.S.P.P.E., Pauline Fathers.
Motto: Solus Cum Deo Solo.
Formation: 1250 A.D.
Headquarters: Jasna Gora, Poland.
Key people: Blessed Eusebius of Esztergom,
Bishop Bartholomew of Pécs.

He thereby affirmed that he died in the Communion of this Saint and that his own long life of Penance had encouraged those who fought against the Arian Heresy. He died towards 342 A.D.

During this Season after Epiphany, Consecrated to The Manifestation of The Divinity of Jesus, let us, with Saint Paul, The First Hermit, endeavour to convince ourselves that a Christian life consists in recognising Christ as The Son of God and in Sanctifying ourselves by making His Divine Holiness our own (Epistle).

Mass: Justus ut palma.
Commemoration of Saint Maurice: Abbot.


The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Saint Paul, The First Hermit (Anba Boula) (Ava Pavly) , commonly known as Saint Paul or Saint Paul The Anchorite or Saint Paul of Thebes (died circa 341 A.D.), is regarded as the first Christian Hermit. He is not to be confused with Paul the Simple, who was a disciple of Anthony the Great.

The Life of Saint Paul, The First Hermit, was composed in Latin by Saint Jerome, circa 375 A.D. The legend, according to Jerome's Vitae Patrum (Vita Pauli primi eremitae), is that, as a young man, Paul fled to The Theban desert during the persecution of Decius and Valerianus, around 250 A.D.

At that time, Paul and his married sister, both of whom lived in the Thebaid [Editor: Region of ancient Egypt], lost their parents. In order to obtain Paul's inheritance, his brother-in-law sought to betray him to the persecutors.

He lived in the mountains of this desert, in a cave near a clear spring and a palm tree, the leaves of which provided him with raiment, and the fruit of which provided him with his only source of food, until he was 43 years old, when a raven started bringing him half a loaf of bread, daily. He would remain in that cave for the rest of his life, almost a hundred years.


Paul of Thebes is known to posterity because Anthony, around the year 342 A.D., was told in a dream about the older hermit's existence, and went to find him.

Familiar stories, from the "Life", include: The meeting of Saint Paul and Saint Anthony; the raven which brought them bread; Saint Anthony being sent to fetch the cloak, given him by "Athanasius the Bishop", to bury Saint Paul in; Saint Paul's death, before he returned; and the grave dug by lions.

Jerome further related the meeting of Anthony the Great and Paul, when the latter was aged one hundred and thirteen. They conversed with each other for one day and one night. The Synaxarium shows each Saint inviting the other to Bless and break the bread, as a token of honour. Saint Paul held one side, putting the other side into the hands of Father Anthony, and soon the bread broke through the middle and each took his part. When Anthony next visited him, Paul was dead. Anthony clothed him in a tunic, which was a present from Athanasius of Alexandria, and buried him, with two lions helping to dig the grave.

Father Anthony returned to his Monastery, taking with him the robe woven with palm leaf. He honoured the robe so much that he only wore it twice a year: At Easter and at Pentecost.


Saint Paul, The First Hermit's Feast Day is Celebrated on 15 January, in The West, on 5 January or 15 January, in The Eastern Orthodox Churches, and on 2 Meshir (9 February) in The Oriental Orthodox Churches. Saint Anthony described him as "The First Monk".

Saint Paul's Monastery (Deir Mar Boulos) is Traditionally believed to be on the site of the cave where the Saint lived and where his remains are kept. The Monastery is located in the Eastern desert mountains of Egypt, near The Red Sea. The Cave Church of Saint Paul marks the spot where Saint Anthony, "The Father of Monasticism," and Saint Paul, "The First Hermit," are believed to have met.

He is also The Patron Saint of The Diocese of San Pablo (Philippines) and is The Titular of The Cathedral of the said Diocese in San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines.

The Order of Saint Paul, The First Hermit, was Founded in Hungary, in his honour, in the 13th-Century. He is usually represented with a palm tree, two lions and a raven.


The Order of Saint Paul, the First Hermit (Latin: Ordo Fratrum Sancti Pauli Primi Eremitae, Croatian: Red svetog Pavla prvog pustinjaka – pavlini, Czech: Řád paulínů, German: Pauliner, Hungarian: Szent Pál első remete szerzeteseinek rendje, Polish: Paulini – Zakon Świętego Pawła Pierwszego Pustelnika, Slovak: Rád Svätého Pavla Prvého Pustovníka) is a Monastic Order of The Roman Catholic Church, founded in Hungary during the 13th-Century.

The Title is derived from the Hermit, Saint Paul of Thebes (died circa 345 A.D.), He was Canonised in 491 A.D., by Pope Gelasius I. After his death, a Monastery, taking him as its model, was Founded on Mount Sinai and still exists today.

The Time After Epiphany. From 14 January To Septuagesima Sunday.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.


Places mentioned in The Liturgy of this Season, where Our Lord gave proofs of His Divinity,
with The Apostles who gave testimony of this Divinity, and whose Feasts occur in the same Season.


DOCTRINAL NOTE.

The Christmas Cycle is like a magnificent drama in three acts, whose purpose is to show forth, in three distinct ways, The Incarnation of The Word and the raising of human nature into union with God.

The first act of The Cycle develops throughout the four weeks of Advent, when, in types and Prophetic sayings, is shown forth to us the great Dogma of a God made man.

In the second act, which, throughout Christmastide, includes all the Mysteries of Our Lord's Childhood, we are made to see with our eyes and handle with our hands The Word of Life, Which was with The Father, and hath appeared to us, that we may have fellowship with The Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and that our joy may be full.

The third act, which is unfolded during the time after Epiphany, is an extension of Christmastide, in which Our Lord's Divinity continues to be affirmed. No longer, however, is there question of The Angels of the Gloria in Excelsis, nor The Star, nor even the Voice of The Father and the Vision of The Holy Ghost as at Our Lord's Baptism: But now, it is Christ Himself Who acts and speaks as God. As we shall see, in the Easter Cycle, He is going to demand the submission of our hearts and minds to His Doctrine and to the rule of conduct imposed by Him. As a preliminary, therefore, to this claim, there is need that His Divine Authority shall be revealed by His Words and Actions, alike.


The Gospels for The Second, Third and Fourth Sundays after Epiphany are extracts from the series of Miracles related by Saint Matthew, and those for The Fifth and Sixth Sundays from the Parables which the same Evangelist records to prove that Jesus is The Messias. He commands sickness, the sea, the winds; He changes water into wine; He cures at a distance or by a simple gesture. Surely, then, He is God. Moreover, He speaks as only a God can speak.

This time after Epiphany, therefore, together with the whole Christmas Cycle, is the Season specially Consecrated to The Epiphanies or to The Manifestations of Our Lord's Divinity.

Christ's words are the direct and palpable expression of God's thoughts. "The things that I speak, even as The Father said unto Me, so do I speak."


Like The Sacred Species, which, as containing The Divinity, are the object of our Adoration, so Our Lord's teaching requires from us Reverence and Faith as being a portion of Eternal Truth. "He who receives The Sacred Word negligently is no less guilty than he who lets The Body of The Son of God fall to the earth."

What Saint Paul said of The Eucharist: "He that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgement to himself," Our Lord said of His Holy Teaching: "He that receiveth not My Words . . . the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in The Last Day," for to reject it is to reject The Word, Who, under this form, reveals Himself to us.


In these passages, is summed up the whole of The Time After Epiphany in relation to Our Lord, and it is in the Epistles, which are extracts from those of Saint Paul to The Romans, a summary in relation to ourselves, we must seek the spirit of this same Season.

Not only does Almighty God, ever faithful to His Promises, summon the Jews to enter His Kingdom, but, in the fulness of His Mercy, He calls all the Gentiles to share in it; so that, having become, in our turn, Members of The Mystical Body of Christ, we must love one another, as brethren in Him, and submit ourselves in all humility to The Son of God, Who is our King.


The Time After Epiphany. From 14 January To Septuagesima Sunday.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Saint Felix. Priest And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 14 January.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Felix.
Priest and Martyr.
Feast Day 14 January.

Simple.

Red Vestments.


Saint Felix rescues Saint Massimo
(Saint Maximianus).
Church of San Felice
(Saint Felix),
Florence, Italy.
Photo: 5 January 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Sailko.
(Wikimedia Commons)

This Holy Priest was born in Nola, a little Town in the South of Italy, and died towards 312 A.D.

Violently persecuted for The Faith, he earned the Title of Martyr, although he survived the cruel torments which he underwent.

Innumerable Miracles made his tomb famous. According to Saint Paulinus, who owed to him his conversion, Nola became, after Rome, the second place for Pilgrimages, so numerous in the 4th-Century A.D. Thus, The Divine Power of The Master is proclaimed by this glorious servant.

Mass: Laetábitur.


Church of San Felice
(Saint Felix),
Florence, Italy.
Photo: 12 May 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Sailko.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from "The Liturgical Year",
by Abbot Guéranger, O.S.B.
Volume 3. Christmas.
Book II.

SAINT FELIX.
Priest and Martyr.

Encircled by the radiant splendours of The Epiphany, there comes before us, today, in company with Saint Hilary of Poitiers (Feast Day, today), a humble lover of the virtues of The Crib of Our Emmanuel.

Though withdrawn by God, Himself, from the fury of his persecutors, and thus from a Martyr's death which would have Crowned his cruel torments and imprisonment, Felix, nevertheless, has won the right to his Palm [Editor: of Martyrdom] by the invincible courage he showed amidst all his sufferings.

In Heaven, he was already accounted worthy of his reward, but he was yet for a long time to gladden and strengthen The Church on Earth by those examples of wonderful Poverty, Humility, and ardent Charity, which now claim for him a place in The Sacred Cycle [Editor: The Sanctoral Cycle] near to the lowly manger of The King of Peace.
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