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Friday, 20 July 2018

Saint Jerome Emilian. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 20 July.

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

Saint Jerome Emilian. 
   Feast Day 20 July.


White Vestments.

Saint Jerome Emilian.
Founder of The Somascan Fathers.
Over Five Hundred Years Service to Orphans and The Needy Youth of this World.

Born at Venice, Italy,  of the patrician family of Emiliani, Jerome unreservedly gave himself up to the influence of Divine Grace, "which, on the ruins of the corrupt man, raised him as a new man made in The Image of God" (Secret).

Filled with The Spirit of Adoption, which makes us Children of The Father, he was chosen by Heaven to be The Father of Orphans and of The Poor. (Collect).

As Jesus had asked the young man in the Gospel to do, he left everything and, like his Master, made little Children come unto him (Gospel).

He Founded, at Somascha, between Milan and Bergamo, Italy, a Congregation whose object was to educate youth in Orphanages and Colleges. Wherefore, the Introit, applying to him the words of Jeremias, shows him full of compassion for children, who, thanks to him, learned to praise The Lord.

Dividing his bread with those who were hungry, and covering the naked, he opened asylums for The Poor and gave them abundant alms with the help of The Nobility of Pavia and Milan (Epistle, Gradual, Alleluia).

He died of the plague in 1537, having borne on his shoulders the plague-stricken to their burial place (Offertory).

Let us have recourse to The Father of Mercies, so that we may be filled, like Saint Jerome, with Holy Charity for The Poor and for Children.

Mass: Effusum est.
Commemoration: Of Saint Margaret.

The Dogma Of The Immaculate Conception Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Promulgated By Blessed Pope Pius IX, In The Papal Bull "Ineffabilis Deus", On 8 December 1854.

The following Text is taken from, and can be read in full at, the Article in UMBLEPIE
on The Dogma of The Immaculate Conception, and the promulgation of "Ineffabilis Deus".
Zephyrinus heartily commends the Article to all Readers.

The Immaculate Conception.
Artist: Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640).
Date: 1628.
English: Work belonging to the Madrid Prado Museum photographed during the exhibition
« Rubens et son Temps » (Rubens and His Times) at the Museum of Louvre-Lens.
Français: Œuvre appartenant au musée du Prado de Madrid photographiée lors de l’exposition temporaire « Rubens et son Temps » au musée du Louvre-Lens.
Deutsch: Arbeiten gehören in der " Rubens et son Temps " (Ausstellung Rubens und seine Zeit)
im Museum von Louvre-Lens fotografiert.
Español: Trabaja perteneciente a fotografiado durante la exposición de
" Rubens et son Temps " (Rubens y su época) en el Museo de Louvre-Lens.
Current location: Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain.
Source/Photographer: User:Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (2013).
(Wikimedia Commons)

Whilst the re-establishment of the hierarchies 
of England and Holland was being considered, 
requests that the Traditional belief in
"The Immaculate Conception of The Virgin Mary"
be defined as a Dogma of Faith, were being received
at Rome in increasing numbers.

The vision of The Blessed Virgin, seen by the 
Novice Nun, Catherine Labouré, in the Rue du Bac, Paris, in 1830, which included the inscription:
O Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous” (“O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee”),
gave significant impetus to the movement.

Pio Nono [Blessed Pope Pius IX] was known to have a special Devotion to The Mother of God, and,
on 1 June 1848,  he appointed a Commission of twenty Theologians, under the Jesuit, Fr. Passaglia, to study the merits and implications of such a proclamation.

For Pio Nono, the proclamation of the Dogma, 
in Saint Peter’s, was certainly one of the supreme moments of his life, and more than once he was overcome with emotion while reading it out.

To commemorate the event, he caused a very tall and graceful column to be erected in the Piazza di Spagna, at Rome, surmounted by a statue of The Virgin as she had appeared to the Novice Nun, Catherine Labouré, at Paris. It is one of the more striking of the many monuments which he left in the City.

Blessed Pope Pius IX.
Source: Originally from hu.wikipedia; description page is/was here.
Author: Original uploader was User:Czinitz at hu.wikipedia
(Wikimedia Commons)

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Saint Vincent De Paul. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 19 July.

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

Saint Vincent De Paul.
   Feast Day 19 July.


White Vestments.

Saint Vincent de Paul.
Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

Providence, ever watching over men with maternal solicitude, in the 17th-Century raised up Saint Vincent de Paul. He was filled with The Holy Spirit, Which had strengthened The Apostles, and he contributed abundantly to the evangelisation of The Poor and to the development of the Priestly virtues which are the glory of The Clergy (Collect).

He was born near Dax, France. When still a young Priest, he fell into the hands of Turkish pirates, who carried him to Africa. Having returned to France, he became, successively, a Parish Priest, and Grand Almoner of The Galley Slaves. Saint Francis de Sales entrusted to him later the Spiritual Direction of The Nuns of The Visitation.

Preaching especially to country people, he bound the Members of The Congregation he had Founded, under the Title of Priests of The Mission, or Lazarists, to undertake this Apostolic Work by a special Vow.

Teaching them to leave everything to follow Christ (Communion), he sent them to work in The Vineyard of God (Gospel) and to establish everywhere Seminaries in order to give good Priests to The People.

In order to help Poor People, Foundlings, Young Girls, whose virtue was exposed to danger, and others insane, invalided or sick, he Founded, in conjunction with Saint Louise de Marillac, The Congregation of The Sisters of Charity, which is now the most numerous and the most diffused throughout the World.

After a life which recalls the Apostolate of Saint Paul (Epistle), and which caused Pope Leo XIII to proclaim him The Special Patron of all Charitable Associations, Saint Vincent died in 1660, in Paris, France, at Saint Lazarus's, which was The Mother-House of his Congregation.

Let us beseech God that, following the example of Saint Vincent, whose pious merits we Venerate on this day (Collect), our hearts, like his, may be filled with Divine Charity.

Mass: Justus.

A Mass Of Thanksgiving Will Be Said For All Benefactors Of This Blog. "Introibo Ad Altáre Dei". "I Will Go In Unto The Altar Of God".

A Mass Of Thanksgiving will be said for all Benefactors of this Blog.
"Introibo Ad Altáre Dei". "I Will Go In Unto To The Altar Of God".
The opening words of The Traditional Latin Mass.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Saint Symphorosa And Her Seven Sons. Martyrs. Feast Day 18 July.

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

Saint Symphorosa And Her Seven Sons. 
   Feast Day 18 July.


Red Vestments.

English: The Church of Saint Symphorosa, Tivoli, Italy.
Français: L'église San Sinforosa de Tivoli Terme sur la via Tiburtina, Tivoli, Italie.
Photo: 16 May 2010.
Source: Own work.
Permission: LPLT / Wikimedia Commons.
Author: LPLT.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Symphorosa of Tivoli, wife of the Martyr, Saint Getulus, was the mother of seven sons to whom she taught The Faith. Arrested at Tivoli, by order of The Emperor Adrian, she was hung up by the hair and then thrown into The River Teverone, with a stone tied to her neck.

All her children, stretched on stakes by means of pulleys, imitated her constancy and were Martyred about 125 A.D.

Mass: Clamavérunt justi.



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Oh,What A Wonderful Thing The French Revolution Was.

Sacred Heart patch of The Vendean Royalist insurgents.
Insignia of The Royalist insurgents during The War in The Vendée (1793).
The French motto 'Dieu, le Roi' means 'God, the King'.
Illustration: FR. Z's BLOG

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The War in The Vendée (1793; French: Guerre de Vendée) was an uprising in The Vendée region of France during The French Revolution. The Vendée is a coastal region, located immediately South of The Loire River in Western France.

Initially, the War was similar to the 14th-Century Jacquerie Peasant Uprising, but quickly acquired themes considered by the government in Paris to be Counter-Revolutionary, and Royalist. The Uprising, headed by the self-styled Catholic and Royal Army was comparable to The Chouannerie, which took place in the area North of The Loire.

The Départments included in the Uprising, called The Vendée Militaire, included the area between The Loire and The Layon Rivers: Vendée (Marais, Bocage Vendéen, Collines Vendéennes), part of Maine-et-Loire, West of The Layon, and the portion of Deux-Sèvres, West of The River Thouet.

The deficiencies of The Vendean army became apparent. Lacking a unified strategy (or army) and fighting a defensive campaign, from April onwards the army lost cohesion and its special advantages. Successes continued for some time: Thouars was taken in early May and Saumur in June; there were victories at Châtillon and Vihiers. After this string of victories, The Vendeans turned to a protracted siege of Nantes, for which they were unprepared and which stalled their momentum, giving the government in Paris sufficient time to send more troops and experienced generals.

Tens of thousands of civilians, Republican prisoners, and sympathisers with The Revolution, were massacred by both armies. Historians such as Reynald Secher have described these events as "genocide", but most scholars reject the use of the word as inaccurate. Ultimately, the Uprising was suppressed using draconian measures. 

The historian François Furet concludes that the repression in The Vendée "not only revealed massacre and destruction on an unprecedented scale, but also a zeal so violent that it has bestowed as its legacy much of the region's identity. The War aptly epitomises the depth of the conflict between Religious Tradition and The Revolutionary foundation of democracy."

"Dialogues des Carmélites".
"Salve Regina".
Available on YouTube at

English: The Carmelite Nuns of Compiègne face The Guillotine.
Français: Les carmélites de Compiègne face à la guillotine. Illustration extraite
de Louis David (o.s.b.), Les Seize Carmélites de Compiègne, leur martyre
et leur béatification, 17 juillet 1794 - 27 mai 1906, Paris, H. Oudin, [1906].
Date: 6 July 2013.
Source: Louis David osb, Les Seize Carmélites de Compiègne [...], Paris - Poitiers, Oudin, 1906.
Author: "Une" Carmélite.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Yesterday was the Anniversary of The Martyrdom of The Carmelites of Compiègne.

The Martyrs of Compiègne were the sixteen Members of The Carmel of Compiègne, France: Eleven Discalced Carmelite Nuns, three Lay Sisters, and two Externs (Tertiaries of The Order, who would handle the Community's needs outside the Monastery).

During The French Revolution, they refused to obey the Civil Constitution of The Clergy of The Revolutionary government, which mandated the suppression of their Monastery. They were guillotined on 17 July 1794, during The Reign of Terror and buried in a mass grave at Picpus Cemetery.

Saint Camillus De Lellis. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 18 July.

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

Saint Camillus De Lellis.
   Feast Day 18 July.


White Vestments.

Our Lady of La Paz Parish Church, Bolivia.
(Saint Camillus de Lellis, Archimedes-Flordeliz Streets, Makati City).
Photo: 24 July 2016.
Source: Own work.
Author: Judgefloro.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Holy Ghost, Who has manifested Himself in all manner of ways in the Souls of The Saints, whose names have appeared in The Cycle since The Feast of Pentecost, proposes to our admiration on this day Saint Camillus, whose Charity towards his neighbour had specially Jesus in view (Communion).

Born in 1550, in The Kingdom of Naples, of the noble Family of Lellis, Saint Camillus entered The Capuchin Order, but twice he had to leave it on account of a sore on his leg. For God intended him to be The Founder of a Congregation of Regular Clerks, Consecrating themselves to the service of the sick.

He obtained from The Apostolic See approbation for his Order. Inspired by the example of Jesus, Who died for us (Epistle) and Who has declared that there is no greater proof of love than to give one's life for others (Introit, Gospel), these Religious promise to tend the sick, even those stricken with the Plague.

Saint Camillus, as well as his Institute, received from God a special Grace to help Souls to emerge victoriously from the death-struggle (Collect, Secret), wherefore the name of this Saint has been included in the Litany for The Agonising,

Saint Camillus died at Rome on 14 July 1614. Pope Leo XIII proclaimed him the Patron Saint hospitals and patients, and Pope Pius XI added "of all those who nurse them".

Mass: Majorem hac.
Commemoration: Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons. Martyrs.
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