Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Solemn Pontifical Mass. Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul. Philadelphia. The Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Holy Cross. Thanksgiving For Summorum Pontificum.

This Article, by Gregory Dipippo, 
is taken from, and can be read in full at,

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, United States of America.

Solemn Pontifical Mass at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia,
for The Feast of The Exaltation of The Holy Cross.
The Celebrant was His Excellency Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary of Chicago.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Head Church of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It was built from 1846-1864 and was designed by Napoleon LeBrun – from original plans by Reverends Mariano Muller and John B. Tornatore – with the Dome and Palladian facade designed by John Notman and Rev. John T. Mahoney added after 1850. The Interior was largely decorated by Constantino Brumidi. The Cathedral is the largest Catholic Church in
Pennsylvania, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
(Source: Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City (2nd ed.)
Photo: 3 May 2013.
Source:  Own work.
Author: Beyond My Ken.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Januarius And His Companions. Martyrs. Feast Day 19 September.

English: The Martyrdom of Saint Januarius in the Amphitheatre at Pozzuoli.
Artist: Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1653).
Date: Circa 1636.
Current location: Cathedral in PozzuoliNaplesItaly.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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

Saint Januarius (San Gennaro) and his Companions.
   Feast Day 19 September.


Red Vestments.

"At Pozzuoli, in Campania, Italy," says The Roman Martyrology, "The Feast of The Holy Martyrs, Januarius (San Gennaro), Bishop of Beneventum, Festus (his Deacon), Desiderius (his Lector), Socius (a Deacon of The Church at Misenum, Proculus (a Deacon of Pozzuoli, Eutychius, and Acutius, who, after having been bound with chains, were cast into prison and beheaded, under Emperor Diocletian (305 A.D.).

The body of Saint Januarius was taken to Naples and honourably buried in the Church where his blood is still preserved in a glass phial. When the phial is placed near the head of The Holy Martyr, the blood liquefies and bubbles as if it had just been shed."

This Miracle, known as The Miracle of Saint Januarius, still takes place. The blood, contained in two glass phials where it is coagulated into a dark-red mass, increases in volume and weight; on liquefying, it becomes bright-red, while the surface is covered with bubbles, wherefore it is said to boil.

The Miracle takes place three times a year: During the Feast of May, lasting nine days, from the First Sunday in the Month; in September, during eight days, from 19 September to 26 September; and on 16 December.

Mass: Salus autem.
Gospel: Sedénte Jesu.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Bishops Consecrate Scotland To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus And To The Immaculate Heart Of Mary.

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The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia.
Illustration: FSSPX NEWS

Several thousand Faithful gathered in Carfin, Scotland, as the Bishops Consecrated their Country to The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

"We Consecrate Scotland to You; all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To You, we give our minds and hearts, our bodies and Souls".

Such were the terms of the Solemn Act, read by The Scottish Bishops on 3 September 2017, after a Forty Days of Preparation Campaign.

Bishop John Keenan, of Paisley, explained to The Catholic Herald Newspaper that The Laity had begun the initiative for the Consecration. They had sent “continual Letters” asking that Scotland be Consecrated, in the spirit of The Consecration of Russia that Our Lady requested in Fatima, Portugal, one hundred years ago.

Saint Joseph Of Cupertino. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 18 September.

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

Saint Joseph of Cupertino.
   Feast Day 18 September.


White Vestments.

English: Saint Joseph of Cupertino is lifted in flight at the sight of The Basilica of Loreto,
Italiano: S. Giuseppe da Copertino si eleva in volo alla vista della Basilica di Loreto.
Artist: Ludovico Mazzanti (1686-1775).
Date: 18th-Century.
Current location: Church of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Osimo, Italy.
(Wikimedia Commons)

A humble son of Saint Francis, whose Stigmata we Commemorated yesterday, Saint Joseph also glorifies The Cross of Jesus, which The Liturgy exalted, recently, on 14 September (The Exaltation of The Holy Cross).

Like the Seraphic Patriarch, he strove to remain attached to The Cross by absolute Poverty, heroic Obedience, and Virginal Purity.

Such was his spirit of sacrifice and Prayer, that he accepted with Holy Patience and great serenity to be misunderstood and calumniated (Offertory). Wherefore, God, Who exalts the humble, caused him to pass from the rank of Brother to that of Clerk and to be made a Priest.

He wrought such Miracles that he implored Heaven to withdraw from him the remarkable powers with which he was endowed. He died a Holy Death at Osimo, Italy, in 1663.

Mass: Diléctio Dei.
Gospel: Loquebátur Jesus.

This Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Joseph of Cupertino, O.F.M. Conv. (Italian: Giuseppe da Copertino) (17 June 1603 – 18 September 1663) was an Italian Conventual Franciscan Friar who is honoured as a Christian Mystic and Saint. He was said to be prone to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions that left him gaping.

English: The Nave of the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari,
Venice, Italy. Altarpiece:The Miracle of Saint Joseph of Cupertino.
Français: La partie droite de la nef de la Basilique Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.
Tableau du retable : Le miracle de Joseph de Cupertinopar Giuseppe Nogari.
Italiano: Il lato destro della navata della Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.
Pala d'altare : Il miracolo di Giuseppe da Copertino daGiuseppe Nogari.
Artist: Giuseppe Nogari.
Giuseppe Nogari (1699–1766).
Photo: 30 May 2016.
Source: Own work.Author: Didier Descouens.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hildegarde von Bingen (1098 - 1179). Voice Of The Living Light. Feast Day 17 September.

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Saint Hildegarde von Bingen (1098 - 1179).
   Feast Day 17 September.

English: Eibingen Abbey, Germany, where Saint Hildegard von Bingen is buried.
Deutsch: Benediktinerinnenkloster Eibingen.
Photo: 8 October 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Moguntiner.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Attribution of Floral Background:

"Canticles of Ecstacy".
By Hildegard von Bingen.
Sung by Sequentia.
Available on YouTube at

Hildegard of Bingen, Order of Saint Bernard (O.S.B.). (German: Hildegard von Bingen; Latin: Hildegardis Bingensis; 1098 – 17 September 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of The Rhine, was a German Benedictine Abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.

Hildegard was elected magistra by her fellow Nuns in 1136; she Founded the Monasteries of Rupertsberg, in 1150, and Eibingen, in 1165. One of her Works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of Liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play.

She wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as Letters, Liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising miniature Illuminations in The Rupertsberg Manuscript of her first Work, "Scivias". She is also noted for the invention of a constructed language known as "Lingua Ignota".

Although the history of her formal consideration is complicated, she has been recognised as a Saint by Branches of The Roman Catholic Church for Centuries. On 7 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of The Church.

Alphabet invented by Hildegard von Bingen, "Litterae ignotae", which she used for her language "Lingua Ignota".
Collage of a scan of a12th-Century Manuscript.
Source: en.wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Litterae_ignotae.pngThis File: 29 December 2005.
User: Jorunn.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Attribution of Floral Background:

The following Text is from "The Liturgical Year", by Abbot Guéranger, O.S.B..
Translated from the French by Dom Laurence Shepherd, O.S.B.

At Bingen, in the Diocese of Mayence, Saint Hildegarde, Virgin. Let us salute the "great Prophetess of The New Testament." What Saint Bernard of Clairvaux's influence over his contemporaries was in the first half of the 12th-Century, that in the second half of the 12th-Century was Saint Hildegard von Bingen's, when the humble Virgin became the oracle of Popes and Emperors, of Princes and Prelates.

Multitudes from far and wide, and near, flocked to Mount Saint Rupert, where the doubts of ordinary life were solved, and the questions of doctors answered. At length, by God's command, Hildegarde went forth from her Monastery to administer to all alike, Monks, Clerics, and Laymen, The Word of Correction and Salvation.

The Spirit, indeed, breatheth where He will. To the massy (Editor: Massive] Pillars that support His Royal Palace, God preferred the poor little feather floating in the air, and blown about, at His pleasure, hither and thither in the light.

In spite of labours, sicknesses, and trials, The Holy Abbess lived to the advanced age of eighty-two, "in the shadow of The Living Light." Her precious Relics are now at Eibingen Abbey. The writings handed down to us from the pen of this illiterate Virgin, are a series of sublime visions, embracing the whole range of contemporary science, physical and Theological, from The Creation of The World to its final consummation.

May Hildegarde deign to send us an interpreter of her Works and an historian of her life, such as they merit !

Attribution of Floral Background:


Deus, qui beatam Hildegardem virginem tuam, 
donis cœlestibus decorasti:
tribue, quæsumus: ut ejus vestigiis et documentis insistentes,
a præsentis hujus sæculi caligine ad lucem tuam delectabilem transire mereamur.
Per Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum,
Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.

R. Amen.

O, God, Who didst adorn Thy Blessed Virgin Hildegarde with Heavenly Gifts;
grant, we beseech Thee, that, walking in her footsteps and according to her teachings,
we may deserve to pass from the darkness of this World into Thy lovely light.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
Who lives and reigns in the unity of The Holy Ghost,
God, forever and ever,


By Hildegard von Bingen.
Sung by Sequentia.
Available on YouTube at

The Impression Of The Stigmata of Saint Francis. Confessor. Feast Day 17 September.

English: Saint Francis of Assisi.
Polski: Św. Franciszek z Asyżu.
Artist: Cigoli (1559–1613).
Date: 1597-1599.
Current location: Hermitage Museum,
Saint Petersburg, Russia.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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

The Impression of The Stigmata of Saint Francis.
   Feast Day 17 September.


White Vestments.

Two years before his death, Saint Francis retired to Mount Alverno, Italy, where he began a Fast of Forty Days in honour of Saint Michael The Archangel. And lo ! In the midst of his Meditations, he saw a figure, like a Seraphim, with six wings dazzling and burning, whose feet and hands were nailed to a Cross.

Aware that suffering is incompatible with the immortality of a Seraphic Spirit, he understood this to mean that he would become more like Jesus and bear his Cross after Him (Gospel), not by physical Martyrdom, but by a Mystical kindling of Divine Love.

English: Basilica of Saint Francis, 
Assisi, Italy.
Photo: 7 March 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Berthold Werner.
(Wikimedia Commons)

And, in order that this Crucified Love might become an example to us all, five wounds, resembling those of Jesus on The Cross, appeared on his feet, hands, and side. From his side, blood flowed abundantly.

The facts were so fully authenticated, later, that Pope Benedict XI ordered them to be Commemorated every year, and Pope Paul V, to kindle in The Faithful The Love of Jesus Crucified, extended The Feast to the whole Church.

Mass: As on The Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi on 4 October, except Proper Collects and Gospel.
Gospel: Si quis vult.

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