UPDATE, UPDATE: I post my homily below the propers for the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary which I will give at today's EF Mass at the Cathedral.I feel so bad for all those Ordinary Form Catholics who don’t have the option on a Sunday for an external Feast to supplant the normal Sunday Mass. I, though, live in both forms of the one world! Thus I am celebrating today not only the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time but also the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary! O, the joy!
October 7th is the anniversary of the glorious victory won in 1571 by the Christian forces over the Turkish fleet at Lepanto. This triumph of the Cross over the Crescent was universally attributed to the powerful intercession of the Mother of God, whom Pope St. Pius V fervently invoked with her Rosary in his hand, and to whom the prayers of all Christendom were addressed. Two years after this great favor had been obtained, Pope Gregory XIII instituted an annual feast of thanksgiving to be celebrated on the First Sunday of October in all churches where an altar in honor of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary had been erected. From being a local festival this celebration gradually spread and became general, until Pope Leo XIII raised it to the rank of a double of the second class for the whole Church.
Ps. 44: 2
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a feast in honor of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary: at whose solemnity the angels rejoice and join in praising the Son of God . (Ps. 44: 2) My heart hath uttered a good word; I speak my works to the King. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Let us all rejoice...
COLLECT - God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal life: grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating on the mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God. Forever and ever.
Ecclusiasticus 8: 22, 24, 32, 35
Lesson from the book of Wisdom. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made anything, from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived Now, therefore, ye children, hear me: blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates; and waiteth at the posts of my doors. He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Because of truth, and meekness, and justice: and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully. V. Hear, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear; for the King hath desired thy beauty.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. The solemnity of the glorious Virgin Mary, of the seed of Abraham, sprung from the tribe of Juda, of the noble line of David. Alleluia.
Luke 1: 26-38
At that time, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to virgin espoused to man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a Son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father: and He shall reign in the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel, How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren; because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word. Praise be to Christ
Ecclus. 24: 25, 39, 17
In me is all grace of the way and of the truth; in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Like a rose planted on the rivers I have borne fruit.
SECRET Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to be fittingly prepared for the offering of these gifts, and, through the mysteries of the most holy Rosary, so to meditate upon the life, passion, and glory of Thine only-begotten Son that we may become worthy of His promises. Who with Thee livest and reignest, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, Forever and ever. Amen
PREFACE (Preface of the Blessed Virgin Mary) - It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God and that we should praise and bless, and proclaim Thee, on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin: Who also conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the over-shadowing of the Holy Ghost, and the glory of her virginity still abiding, gave forth to the world the everlasting light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through whom the angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say with lowly praise:
Ecclus. 39: 19
Send forth flowers, as the lily, and yield a smell, and bring forth leaves in grace, and praise with canticles, and bless the Lord in His works.
POST COMMUNION -May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the prayers of Thy most holy Mother, whose Rosary we celebrate, that the virtue of the mysteries we adore may be shared and the effect of the sacraments we have received may be obtained. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, Forever and ever. R. Amen.
MY HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF VICTORY OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY:
Introduction: A priest decided to skip Mass one Sunday and head to the hills to do some bear hunting. As he rounded the corner on a perilous twist in the trail, he and a bear collided, sending him and his rifle tumbling down the mountainside. Before he knew it, his rifle went one way and he went the other, landing on a rock and breaking both legs. The ferocious bear was charging at him from a distance, and he couldn’t move. “Oh, Lord,” the priest prayed, I’m so sorry for skipping Mass today to come out here and hunt. Please forgive me and grant me just one wish…please make a Christian out of that bear that’s coming at me. Please, Lord! That very instant, the bear skidded to a halt, fell to its knees, clasped its paws together and began to pray aloud right at the priest’s feet: “Bless us o Lord in these thy gifts which we are about to receive through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Topic Statement: True conversion to Jesus Christ, Christianity and His Church always forms an authentic, never bogus, people of God who respect and love human life from conception until natural death.
1. When it comes to love and respect for human life want to avoid being bogus or counterfeit Christians at all costs.
A. In the last fifteen years or so, the treasury department issued new designs to our paper money. Its design is meant to make it more difficult to counterfeit. There are some counterfeit bills that come very close to the real thing, and yet they are still bogus, they are not real. They’re worth nothing. The treasury department will not stand behind them.
B. One of the things that have always distressed me as a Catholic, as a priest, as a human being, is the fact that there are many “pro-choice” Catholics and Christians. They see nothing wrong with a mother choosing to end her pregnancy even if they themselves would not do. They see nothing wrong with a doctor and various clinics making money off of ending the life of an unborn child, which by the way is the ultimate child abuse. I am absolutely astounded when I see self-professed Christian politicians, whether Catholic or Protestant, promote pro-choice politics which leads to abortion on demand, or Euthanasia or something else that diminishes or destroys life. Is this not bogus, is this not counterfeit Christianity, is this not like the bear and his fake conversion?
2. Our Blessed Mother’s gift of the Holy Rosary as a weapon against those who oppose the complete love of God and love of neighbor from that neighbor’s moment of conception will be a sure and certain defense against the world who hates God and the innocent.
A. Pope Leo XIII wrote that this simple weapon of the Holy Rosary given by the Mother of God and conceived by the eternal Wisdom of God is far-reaching in its effects. It leads wandering man to the Queen of Mercy, it destroys ignorance of the fundamentals of the Faith, ignorance which is the food of heresy, and it teaches him to find once more ‘the paths consecrated by the Blood of the Man-God, and by the tears of His Mother.’
B. I personally believe that Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and the request of the Holy Father that during the month of October, we pray the Holy Rosary daily and add at the end of it the Memorare and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, in some mysterious way only known to Our Lady, protected our brother Catholic, Brett Kavanaugh, who actually practices and believes his Catholic Faith from the wolves who wanted to devour his goodness, holiness and manhood, not to mention his family life, dignity and supreme court nomination. Is it a coincidence that Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed and sworn in as the Supreme Court Justice on the Vigil of Our Lady of Victory of the Most Holy Rosary and the vigil of Pro-life Sunday? I think not. It is in the plan of our Blessed Mother to protect life and to protect the Church during these scandalous and precarious times. We need her good weapon of peace and love and liberty and life and the legal protection of the unborn and vulnerable.
Conclusion: Someone has once written that the Rosary, piously meditated, prepares us for the Sacrifice of the altar, that august memorial of the mysteries which it imprints in the heart and mind of the Christian. Why not then, pray the holy rosary in the car as one drives to holy Mass. Pray it in thanksgiving on the way home.