Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Nativity Of Saint John The Baptist. Feast Day, Today, 24 June.

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

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.
   Feast Day 24 June.

Double of The First Class
   with an Octave.

White Vestments.

English: The "Voice in the Desert".
Français: La voix dans le désert.
Artist: James Tissot (1836-1902).
Date: Between 1886 and 1894.
Current location: Brooklyn Museum, New York City.
Credit line: Purchased by public subscription.
Source/Photographer: Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum;
Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007, 00.159.44_PS1.jpg.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: Saint John the Baptist Church, 
Königsberg is the historical name for the present-day City of Kaliningrad, Russia. Originally a Sambian, or Old Prussian City, it later belonged to the Monastic State of The Teutonic Knights, The Duchy of Prussia, The Kingdom of Prussia, The Russian Empire, and Germany, until 1946. After being largely destroyed in World War II by Soviet forces and annexed by The Soviet Union, thereafter, the City was re-named Kaliningrad. Few traces of the former Königsberg remain today.
Deutsch: Im Innern der Probsteikirche in Königsberg.
Date: 1904.
Author: Herausgeber: Landsmannschaft Ostpreußen e.V. Parkallee 84/86 20144
Hamburg HRA VR4551 Ust-ID-Nr.: DE118718969Bundesgeschäftsführer: 
Dr. Sebastian Husen.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"A Prophet of The Most High" (Alleluia), Saint John is pre-figured by Isaias and Jeremias (Introit, Epistle, Gospel); moreover, he was Consecrated before birth to announce Jesus (Secret) and to prepare Souls for His coming.

The Gospel narrates the prodigies which accompanied his birth. Zachary gives his child the name which Saint Gabriel has brought him from Heaven, which signifies: "The Lord has pardoned". He immediately recovers his speech and, filled with The Holy Ghost, he foretells the greatness of his son: "He shall walk before The Face of The Lord, to give unto the people the knowledge of Salvation."

The Virgin and Child, with The Infant Saint John,
appearing to Saint Jerome and Saint Anthony.
Artist: Andrea Celesti (1637-1712).
Date: Circa 1700.
Current location: Santa Maria dei Derelitti, 
Venice, Italy.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Angel Gabriel had announced to Zachary that "many would rejoice in the birth of Saint John the Baptist". Indeed, not only "the neighbours and relations of Elizabeth" Solemnised the event, but every year, on its Anniversary, the whole Church invites her children to share in this Holy Joy. She knows that The Nativity "of this Prophet of The Most High", at this "Summer Christmas", is intimately connected with The Advent of The Messias.

After The Feast of The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, the days become shorter, while, on the contrary, after The Nativity of The Saviour, of which this Feast is the prelude, the days become longer. The Precursor must efface himself before Jesus, Who is The True Light of Faith. "He must increase," says Saint John, "and I must decrease."

The Solstices were the occasion of pagan feasts, when fires were lighted to honour the orb which gives us light. The Church Christianised the Rites, seeing in them a symbol of Saint John, who was "a burning and brilliant lamp".

Artist: Caravaggio (1573-1610).
Date: 1608.
Current location: Saint John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei.
DVD-ROM, 2002. 
ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Indeed, "she encouraged this kind of manifestation, which corresponds so well with the character of the Feast. The Saint John bonfires happily completed The Liturgical Solemnity: They showed The Church and the Earthly City united in one thought." [The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.]

The name of The Precursor is inscribed in The Canon of The Mass at the head of The Second List.

Formerly, on his Feast Day, three Masses were Celebrated in his honour, and numerous Churches were Dedicated to him. Parents loved to give his name to their children.

Gregorian Chant.
The Life of Saint John the Baptist.
Available on YouTube at

Paul the Deacon, a Monk of Monte Cassino, Italy, and a friend of Charlemagne, had composed, in honour of Saint John the Baptist, the Hymn: "Ut queant laxis." In the 13th-Century, the Benedictine Monk, Guy of Arezzo, noticed that the notes, sung on the first syllables, formed the sequence of the first six degrees of The Scale. He named each degree by the corresponding syllable: "Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si" and thereby greatly facilitated the study of musical intervals.

Ut queant laxis resonare fibris [Do - Re]
Mira gestorum famuli tuorum [Mi - Fa]
Solve polluti labii reatum [Sol - La]
Sancte Johannes [Si] (S J makes Si)

"Unloose, great Baptist, our sin-fettered lips;
That with enfranchis'd voice we may proclaim,
The Miracles of thy transcendent life,
Thy deeds of matchless fame."
"That thy servants may sing with full voice
the marvels of thy works, purify their sullied lips, O Saint John."

Immediately Zachary made signs that he wished to call his son "John", he recovered his speech; and Lo !, a Hymn composed in honour of The Prophet, whose voice resounds in the desert, becomes the occasion of a new progress in music.

Every Parish Priest Celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

Mass: De ventre.

English: The Chapel of Saint John and Saint Paul in Szekszárd, Hungary.
Magyar: A barokk stílusú Szent János és Pál kápolna Szekszárdon.
Esperanto: Kapelo Sanktaj Johano kaj Paŭlo en Szekszárd, Hungario.
Photo: 4 October 2010.
Source: Hungarian Wikipedia, file hu:file:SzentJanos esPal.jpg.
Author: Pásztörperc.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"Stopped Into A Church, I Passed Along The Way. Well, I Got Down On My Knees, And I Began To Pray . . ."

The Mamas and The Papas.
Available on YouTube at

The Mamas and The Papas were an American folk rock vocal group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971. The group was composed of John Phillips (1935–2001), Denny Doherty (1940–2007), Cass Elliot (1941–1974), and Michelle Phillips, née Gilliam (b. 1944).

Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John Phillips, the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group who adapted folk to the new beat style of the Early-60s.

They released a total of five studio albums and seventeen singles over a four-year period, six of which made The Billboard Top Ten, and sold close to 40 million records worldwide. The band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for their contributions to the music industry.

The Mamas and The Papas performing on The Ed Sullivan Show.
From Left: Michelle Phillips, Cass Elliot, Denny Doherty, and John Phillips.
Date: 1968.
Author: CBS Television
(Wikimedia Commons)

Friday, 23 June 2017

Feast Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus. The Friday After The Octave Of Corpus Christi.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
or, where indicated,
Abbot Guéranger's "The Liturgical Year".

Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
   Friday after The Octave of Corpus Christi.

Double of The First Class
   with Privileged Octave of The Third Order.

White Vestments.

"Sweet Sacrament Divine".
Available on YouTube at

The Sacred Heart of Jesus
with Saint Ignatius of Loyola and 
Saint Louis Gonzaga (circa 1770).
Artist: José de Páez, Mexico, 1727-1790.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Annum Sacrum.

Annum Sacrum (meaning Holy Year) is an Encyclical by Pope Leo XIII on The Consecration of The Entire World to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was delivered in Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome on the 25th day of May, 1899, the twenty-second year of his Pontificate.

The Consecration in The Encyclical entered new Theological territory by Consecrating non-Christians. The Encyclical, and The Consecration, were influenced by two Letters written to the Pope by Sister Mary of The Divine Heart, who stated that, in Visions of Jesus Christ, she had been told to request The Consecration.

The Encyclical includes The Prayer of Consecration to The Sacred Heart, composed by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII.

English: Coat-of-Arms of Pope Leo XIII.
Français: Armoiries du pape Léon XIII : D'azur au cyprès de sinople planté
sur une plaine 
de même accompagné au francs quartier d'une comête d'or et en
pointe de deux flaurs de lys d'argent, à la fasce d'argent brochant sur le tout.
Date: 11 August 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Odejea.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Protestantism, in the 16th-Century, and Jansenism, in the 17th-Century, had attempted to spoil one of the essential Dogmas of Christianity, namely, The Love of God for all men.

It became necessary that The Spirit of Love, which directs The Church, should, by some new means, counteract the spreading Heresy, in order that The Spouse of Christ, far from seeing her love for Jesus diminish, should feel it always increasing.

This was made manifest in Catholic Worship, which is The Sure Rule of Our Faith, by the institution of The Feast of The Sacred Heart.

Yet, in The Early-Middle-Ages, the Doctors and Saints used to see, in The Wound of Jesus' Side, The Source of All Graces. Saint Bonaventure invites us "to enter this Wound and to dwell in the quiet of this Heart" (Third Nocturn).

English: Saint John Eudes, 1673.
Nederlands: Portret Jean Eudes ca. 1673 - 
publiek domein, ouderdom.
Source: Transferred from nl.wikipedia
Author: Original uploader was Besednjak at nl.wikipedia
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Jean Eudes (14 November 1601 - 19 August 1680) was a French Missionary, Founder of The Congregation of Jesus and Mary, and of The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of The Refuge, and author of The Propers for Mass and The Divine Office of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The two Benedictine Virgins, Saint Gertrude and Saint Mechtilde, in the 13th-Century, had a clear vision of the grandeur of The Devotion to The Sacred Heart. Saint John the Evangelist, appearing to Saint Gertrude, announced to her that "the meaning of The Blessed Beating of The Heart of Jesus, which he had heard whilst his head rested on His Breast, was reserved for The Latter Times, when the World, grown old and cold in Divine Love, would require to have its fervour renewed by means of this Mystery of Burning Love".

English: Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque 
contemplating The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Italiano: Santa Margherita Maria Alacoque 
Contempla il Sacro Cuore di Gesù.
Polski: Św. Małgorzata Maria Alacoque 
adoruje Najświętsze Serce Jezusa.
Artist: Giaquito Corrado.
Date: 1765.
(Wikimedia Commons)

This Heart, say these two Saints, is an Altar on which Christ offers Himself to The Father as a perfect and most acceptable victim. It is a Golden Censer from which rise, towards The Father, as many Clouds of Incense as there are kinds of men for whom Christ suffered.

In this Heart, the Praise and Thanks we give to God, and all our good works, are ennobled and become acceptable to The Father.

But, in order to make this worship public and recognised, Providence first raised up Saint John Eudes, who, in 1670, composed an Office and a Mass of The Sacred Heart for the so-called Congregation of The Eudists.

Providence then chose one of The Spiritual Daughters of Saint Francis of Sales, Saint Margaret-Mary Alacoque, to whom Jesus showed His Heart at Paray-le-Monial, on 16 June 1675, the Sunday after Corpus Christi, and asked her to institute a Feast of The Sacred Heart on The Friday following The Octave of Corpus Christi.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, 
(Sacro cuore di Jesu),
painting on the Altar in the Northern Side Chapel 
of Il Gesu,
in Rome, circa 1767, 
by Pompeo Batoni.
Author: Pompeo Batoni (1708–1787).
(Wikimedia Commons)

Lastly, God employed, for the propagation of this Devotion, Blessed Claude de la Colombiere. He belonged to The Company of Jesus, "the whole of which inherited his zeal in the propagation of The Devotion to The Sacred Heart" [the quoted portion is from Dom Guéranger's "The Liturgical Year, Volume 10, Book 1: The Feast of The Sacred Heart"].

[Dom Guéranger writes, in the above tome, on The Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus: "A new ray of light shines today in the heaven of Holy Church, and its light brings warmth. The Divine Master given to us by Our Redeemer, that is, The Paraclete Spirit, Who has come down into this World, continues His teachings to us in The Sacred Liturgy. The earliest of these, His Divine Teachings, was The Mystery of The Trinity; and we have worshipped The Blessed Three: We have been taught Whom God is, we know Him in His Own Nature, we have been admitted, by Faith, into the Sanctuary of The Infinite Essence.

Image of Prosper Guéranger,
by Claude-Ferdinand Gaillard (1874).
Date: 2007-05-07 (original upload date).
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia
Author: Original uploader was Ikanreed at en.wikipedia
(Wikimedia Commons)

"Then, this Spirit, The Mighty Wind of Pentecost, opened to our Souls new aspects of The Truth, which it is His Mission to make the World remember; and His Revelation left us prostrate before The Sacred Host, The Memorial which God Himself has left us of all His Wonderful Works.

"Today, it is The Sacred Heart of The Word Made Flesh that this Holy Spirit puts before us,
that we may know and love and adore It."]

In 1765, Pope Clement XIII, gave his approbation to The Feast and The Office of The Sacred Heart, and, in 1856, Blessed Pope Pius IX, extended it to The Universal Church. In 1929, Pope Pius XI composed a new Mass and Office for this Feast and gave it a Privileged Octave of The Third Order.

The Solemnity of The Sacred Heart sums up all the phases of The Life of Jesus, recalled in The Liturgy from Advent to The Feast of Corpus Christi.

It constitutes an admirable Triptych, giving us, in abridgment, all The Mysteries (Joyous, Sorrowful, and Glorious) of The Saviour's Life devoted to The Love of God and men. This Feast is, indeed, placed on a height from which may be contemplated The Redeeming Labours of The Saviour on Earth and The Glorious Victories He will, by The Working of The Holy Ghost, achieve in Souls until the end of the World.

Pope Leo XIII 
in 1880.
Source: 1880 book on Pope Leo XIII.
Author: Karl Benzinger.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Pope Leo XIII wrote the Encyclical, "Annum Sacrum", on The Consecration of The Entire World to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was delivered in Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome on 25 May 1899.

Coming after The Feasts of Christ (Ascension and Corpus Christi), this Feast completes them, concentrating them in one object, which is, materially, Jesus' Heart of Flesh, and, formally, the Unbounded Charity symbolised by this Heart. This Solemnity, therefore, does not relate to a particular Mystery of The Saviour's Life, but embraces them all; indeed, The Devotion to The Sacred Heart Celebrates all the Favours we have received from Divine Charity during the year (Collect), and all the marvellous things that Jesus has done for us (Introit, Tract, Alleluia).

It is The Feast of The Love of God for men, a Love which has made Jesus come down on Earth for all, by His Incarnation (Epistle), which has raised Him on The Cross for The Redemption of all and which brings Him down every day on our Altars by Transubstantiation, in order to make us benefit by The Merits of His Death on Calvary.

English: Blessed Sister Mary of The Divine Heart.
and Mother Superior of The Good Shepherd Convent, 
Deutsch: Schwester Maria Droste zu Vischering.
Español: Beata María del Divino Corazón.
Date: Circa 1890.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Blessed Mary of The Divine Heart (1863 - 1899).
Born Maria Droste zu Vischering, she was a German Roman Catholic Nun,
who was best known for influencing Pope Leo XIII's Consecration
of The World to The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Pope Leo XIII called this Consecration "the greatest act of my Pontificate".

These three Mysteries, which manifest to us The Divine Charity in a more special way, sum up the spirit of The Feast of The Sacred Heart. It is "His Love which forced Him to put on a mortal body" (Hymn at Matins). It is His Love which willed that The Sacred Heart should be pierced on The Cross (Gospel and Communion), in order that from the Wound should flow a Spring (Preface) we might draw from, joyfully (Versicle at Second Vespers), whose Water cleanses us from our sins in Baptism and whose Blood nourishes our Souls in The Eucharist.

And, as The Eucharist is the continuation of The Incarnation and The Sacrifice of Calvary, Jesus asked that The Feast should be placed immediately after The Octave of Corpus Christi.

As these manifestations of Christ's Love only show the more the ingratitude of men, who only answer by coldness and indifference (Offertory), this Solemnity has a character of Reparation (Collect) demanded of us by The Wounded Heart of Jesus and by His Immolation in The Crib, on The Cross and on The Altar.

Let us learn from The Heart of Jesus, Whose Gentle and Humble Love turns no-one away, and in it we shall find rest for our Souls (Alleluia).

Mass: Cogitationes Cordis.
Preface: Of The Sacred Heart.

The First Solemn High Mass In Fifty Years At The Cathedral Of Saint Andrew, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Deo Gratias.

Text and Illustration: NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT


The Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, will have a Solemn High Mass this Saturday, 24 June 2017, for The Feast of The Birth of Saint John the Baptist, starting at 11 a.m., the first such Mass held there since The Liturgical Reform. The Church is located at 740 View Street.

"Oh, Scarlett". "Oh, Rhett" !!! "Gone With The Wind". "Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give A Damn".

"Tara's Theme".
"Gone With The Wind".
Available on YouTube at

Film Poster for
"Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Employee(s) of MGM.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Clark Gable (playing Rhett Butler)
from the trailer for the film "Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Trailer screenshot.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Vivien Leigh (playing Scarlett O'Hara)
from the trailer for the film "Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Trailer screenshotLicencing information :
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

"Gone With The Wind" is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming.

Set in the American South against the backdrop of The American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

Production was difficult from the start. Filming was delayed for two years due to Selznick's determination to secure Gable for the role of Rhett Butler, and the "search for Scarlett" led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part.

The original screenplay was written by Sidney Howard, but underwent many revisions by several writers in an attempt to get it down to a suitable length. The original director, George Cukor, was fired shortly after filming had begun and was replaced by Fleming, who in turn was briefly replaced by Sam Wood, while Fleming took some time off due to exhaustion.

After romantic relationships with Howard Hughes, James Stewart, and John Huston, Olivia de Havilland (sister of Joan Fontaine) married author Marcus Goodrich, with whom she had a son, Benjamin. Following her divorce from Goodrich in 1953, she moved to Paris and married Pierre Galante, an executive editor for the French journal Paris Match, with whom she had a daughter, Gisèle.

In 1962, she published Every Frenchman Has One, an account of her life in France. De Havilland and Joan Fontaine are the only siblings to have won Academy Awards in a lead acting category. A lifelong rivalry between the two actresses resulted in an estrangement that lasted over three decades. She has lived in Paris since 1956, and celebrated her 100th birthday on 1 July 2016.

In June 2017, two weeks before her 101st birthday, de Havilland was appointed Dame Commander of The Order of The British Empire in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for services to drama. It makes her the oldest woman ever to receive the honour. In a statement, she called it "the most gratifying of birthday presents".

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Saint Paulinus. Bishop And Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 22 June.

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

Saint Paulinus.
   Bishop and Confessor.
   Feast Day 22 June.


White Vestments.

English: Gothic-Revival Stained-Glass Window
Saint Paulinus of Nola.
Linz Cathedral, Austria.
Deutsch: Linzer Dom (Oberösterreich).
Neogotisches Buntglasfenster
mit Darstellung des heiligen Paulinus von Nola.
Photo: 14 March 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Wolfgang Sauber.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Paulinus, born in 353 A.D. of a noble Roman family at Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France, distinguished himself in his studies and became Senator at the age of twenty-five. Elected Consul, he established his residence at Nola, in Campania, Italy, near the tomb of Saint Felix, the Martyred Priest, whose Feast The Church Celebrates on 14 January. Whilst at Campania, Saint Paulinus was suddenly touched by Grace and, soon after, was Baptised.

Following the example of Christ, "Who, being rich, made Himself poor" (Epistle), and Who counselled the practice of The Virtue of Poverty (Gospel), he abandoned his great riches and, at this price, bought The Kingdom of Heaven.

Having separated from his wife, who also gave herself to God, he became a Priest. Later, he was Bishop of Nola (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion).

His former friends blamed him. "He is content with the approval of Jesus" [Poem X. Ad Ausonium]. Soon afterwards, the Goths ravaged Campania and utterly despoiled the rich of Rome, who gained no merit thereby, whereas Saint Paulinus, who had abandoned his riches voluntarily for Christ's sake, is rewarded a hundredfold hereafter in Eternal Life.

He died in 431 A.D. at the age of seventy-eight, and was buried near Saint Felix, at Nola, Italy.

Mass: Sacerdotes tui.


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