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Tenebræ

30 March 2015
Tenebræ

This Wednesday evening at 8:00pm, our parish of Holy Rosary will celebrate a Tenebræ service. You are most welcome to join us. What is Tenebræ? The word itself is Latin for “shadows”. It is a Holy Week service tied to the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours, being a concatenation of Matins and Lauds, anticipated the night before. In addition to the psalms, traditionally chanted, we hear readings from the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah, from Saint Augustine,...

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Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David!

28 March 2015
Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David!

This weekend, Holy Week begins with the Sunday of Lord’s triumphal entry into Jersusalem – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Although Good Friday is coming – the Passion and Death are coming – for the moment, this moment, joy resounds as our King arrives in His city. In most parishes throughout the world, the principal Mass is celebrated by a procession of the people into the church, waving palm branches. When Jesus and his disciples drew near to...

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Friday of Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin

27 March 2015
Friday of Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin

On this Friday, a week before Good Friday, the Church has traditionally remembered the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin. While the commemoration was removed from the calendar in 1970, it survives in the Extraordinary Form, as well as in many local calendars including that most Catholic country of Malta and many Hispanic countries. The commemoration is so widespread, that the Third Edition of Missale Romanum contains an alternative collect for today: O God, who in this season give...

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One Year to Go

27 March 2015
One Year to Go

One year from today, Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016, Francine and I intend to board an airplane and set out on our second Camino. Because next year is a leap-year, that’s 366 days from today. Yesterday, I celebrated the tenth anniversary of my Baptism. A year from today, Easter will fall on exactly the same day that it did back in 2005, the last time it will fall on that date for at least the next hundred years. So...

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Ten Years Catholic

26 March 2015
Beginning my Pilgrimage

Ten years ago today, on the night of the 26th of March 2005, I was baptized into the Church at the great Vigil of Easter. I used to think that it was a rare thing that one could point to a specific day, a specific moment, and say with certainty, “that’s it; that’s when everything changed”. As it turns out, that’s not really true. Our whole life is filled with those moments. Ten years ago this morning, my thoughts...

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Yes!

25 March 2015
The Annunciation (detail) by Fra Angelico

The mercy of God is a scandal – Christ offers His infinite mercy to every worst kind of sinner, excluding no one. This eternal upwelling of mercy overflows, cascading upon the whole of the human race. It extends to murderers. It extends to rapists. It extends to thieves, and liars, and stalkers, and vandals. It extends to tax collectors and prostitutes. It extends to me, and it extends to you. Only one thing is required. Like this:Like Loading...

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Passiontide

23 March 2015
Passiontide

A week ago we celebrated Lætare Sunday, a burst of joy in the midst of Lent. This was, coincidentally, the third anniversary of our first Mass at our parish of Holy Rosary. This week, the week before Holy Week, we double-down on Lent. Traditionally, this past Fifth Sunday of Lent marks the beginning of Passiontide, when we walk with Christ on the way to Jerusalem. In the Ordinary Form this is no longer celebrated as a sort of sub-season...

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Coffee with Sister Vassa

23 March 2015

Of Benedict and His Order

21 March 2015
Birra Nursia

Although it no longer appears on the Universal (Roman) calendar, today is one of two feasts of Saint Benedict celebrated by Benedictines throughout the world. This is the day in the year 547 when Saint Benedict of Norcia died. Saint Benedict is generally considered the founder of western monasticism, and his Rule spread throughout the west as the Roman Empire was collapsing. Pope Pius XII lauded him, for in the perilous times that followed Rome’s fall, it was Benedictine monks...

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A Cup of Joe

19 March 2015
A Cup of Joe

Here’s an insight into how my mind works. As I was walking in to work one morning a couple of years ago, commuter coffee mug firmly in hand, it suddenly struck me: the reason we call coffee “joe” is because it gets us through our morning, much as Saint Joseph got his foster-son Jesus through the “morning” of his life. I know. Apologies all around. Imagine if you had to live with this brain in your head! Today on...

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Pope Francis



Servus Servorum Dei

I Peter 5:8

Fratres : Sóbrii estóte, et vigiláte : quia adversárius vester diábolus tamquam leo rúgiens circuit, quærens quem dévoret : cui resístite fortes in fide.

Brethren, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

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Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.

Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

(G.K. Chesterton)

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