Monday, June 24, 2019

SAVANNAH'S NOTORIOUS PERVERTED DEFROCKED PRIEST DIES IN PRISON: THE ONLY APPROPRIATE CHANT FOR HIM IS THE DIES IRAE, DAY OF WRATH! PRAY FOR HIS MANY VICTIMS AND THEIR ONGOING HEALING.



DIES irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla. 
THAT day of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,
as David and the Sybil say. 
Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus! 
What horror must invade the mind
when the approaching Judge shall find
and sift the deeds of all mankind! 
Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum. 
The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone
shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone
and summon all before the Throne. 
Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
iudicanti responsura. 
Now death and nature with surprise
behold the trembling sinners rise
to meet the Judge's searching eyes. 
Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur. 
Then shall with universal dread
the Book of Consciences be read
to judge the lives of all the dead. 
Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit. 
For now before the Judge severe
all hidden things must plain appear;
no crime can pass unpunished here. 
Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus. 
O what shall I, so guilty plead?
and who for me will intercede?
when even Saints shall comfort need? 
Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis. 
O King of dreadful majesty!
grace and mercy You grant free;
as Fount of Kindness, save me! 
Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die. 
Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake
you did our suffering nature take
then do not now my soul forsake! 
Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus. 
In weariness You sought for me,
and suffering upon the tree!
let not in vain such labor be. 
Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis. 
O Judge of justice, hear, I pray,
for pity take my sins away
before the dreadful reckoning day. 
Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce Deus. 
Your gracious face, O Lord, I seek;
deep shame and grief are on my cheek;
in sighs and tears my sorrows speak. 
Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti. 
You Who did Mary's guilt unbind,
and mercy for the robber find,
have filled with hope my anxious mind. 
Preces meae non sunt dignae:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne. 
How worthless are my prayers I know,
yet, Lord forbid that I should go
into the fires of endless woe. 
Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab haedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextera. 
Divorced from the accursed band,
o make me with Your sheep to stand,
as child of grace, at Your right Hand. 
Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis.
voca me cum benedictis. 
When the doomed can no more flee
from the fires of misery
with the chosen call me. 
Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis. 
Before You, humbled, Lord, I lie,
my heart like ashes, crushed and dry,
assist me when I die. 
Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla.
iudicandus homo reus:
huic ergo parce Deus. 
Full of tears and full of dread
is that day that wakes the dead,
calling all, with solemn blast
to be judged for all their past. 
Pie Iesu Domine,
dona eis requiem. Amen. 
Lord, have mercy, Jesus blest,
grant them all Your Light and Rest. Amen.

DID YOUR PARISH HAVE A CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION OF SOME KIND?

The adult server with the incense donated the beautiful canopy to the parish. It is imported from Poland.

We processed in the Church only to Pange Lingua. It took place after the Post Communion Prayer. We went down the center aisle and to the right, down the side aisle, across the front up the other side aisle and then back to the altar by the center aisle.

Once back to the altar, we celebrated Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament!

Several commented that it was AWESOME!
















PROPHET OR TROUBLEMAKER? WHY NOT JUST BE POSITIVE?

Why does Pope Francis keep him as the neutered Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Read the entire article by pressing title:


Cardinal Sarah: “We must rebuild the cathedral … We do not need to invent a new Church”

“As a bishop,” said Cardinal Robert Sarah at a May 25th conference in Paris, “it is my duty to warn the West: behold the flames of barbarism threaten you!”


Robert Cardinal Sarah speaking at Église Saint François-Xavier in Paris, May 25, 2019. (Image: François Xavier/Cardinal Sarah)

Editor’s note: The following Conference was given by H.E Robert Cardinal Sarah at Église Saint François-Xavier in Paris, May 25, 2019, just hours after he visited the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris. 
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Allow me first of all to thank Monseigneur Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris, and the curé of Saint François-Xavier parish, Fr. Lefèvre-Pontalis, for their fraternal welcome.
I have come to present my latest book: The Day is Far Spent. In this book, I analyze the profound crisis of the West, a crisis of faith, a crisis of the Church, of the priesthood, of identity, a crisis of the meaning of man and human life. I discuss this spiritual collapse and all its consequences.
This evening I would like to repeat these convictions I hold so deeply, by putting them into the perspective of a moving visit I made yesterday. Just hours ago I was at the cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris. As I entered the gutted church, and contemplated its ruined vaults, I could not help but see in it a symbol of the situation of Western civilization and of the Church in Europe.
It is a sad fact: today the Church seems to be engulfed in flames on all sides. We see her ravaged by a conflagration much more destructive than the one that razed the cathedral of Notre-Dame. What is this fire? We must have the courage to name it, because “to name things wrongly is to add to the misfortune of the world.”
This blaze, this conflagration raging in particular through the Church in Europe, is a case of intellectual, doctrinal, and moral confusion. It is our cowardly refusal to proclaim the truth about God and man and to defend and transmit the moral and ethical values of the Christian tradition. It is our loss of faith and the spirit of faith, a losing sight of the objectivity of faith and thus a loss of the knowledge of God. As John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae:

Saturday, June 22, 2019

PASTORAL VERSES DOCTRINAIRE


Don't get me wrong, I love clarity when it comes to the faith and moral teachings of the Church as well as the Church's canon law.

But I tend to agree with Pope Francis who told a theology seminary in my hometown of Naples that, “Mercy is not only a pastoral attitude, but it is the very substance of the Gospel of Jesus,” he said. “I encourage you to study how, in the various disciplines - dogmatic, morals, spirituality, law and so on - the centrality of mercy can be reflected..."

Bishops, priests and deacons as well as other pastoral workers must listen to their parishioners and not be so wrapped up in a particular moral teaching so as to miss the struggle that almost every human being has in his personal life.

Let's take the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Strictly speaking this Sacrament should be administered to people who are entering a serious illness or are dying from a particular disease or medical issue.

Some would say, though, that this Sacrament should only be offered to those who have a particular illness, not to those who might die from some procedure that has nothing to do with a particular illness.

For example, let's say a perfectly healthy person who has the need for a knee replacement due to wear and tear, seeks out a priest for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick prior to surgery. I would have no problem offering this person the Sacrament, because knee replacement is a difficult surgery and recovery can be lengthy. On top of that one is completely placed under anesthesia.

One can anticipate a number of things that could happen but might not, to include death itself during the surgery.

Why not anoint this person and encourage others to seek the  Sacrament for any serious surgery they will have?

I just had a colonoscopy and was put under with a mild anesthesia. But I could have died and there could have been serious complications if the GI doctor nicked or clipped something that caused the loss of blood to the point of death. I might not have awoken from the anesthesia. Should I have been anointed prior to this surgery????? I wasn't because some would say to have been anointed for this would have be an abuse of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

The more doctrinaire and legalistic would say the Sacrament is only for a serious illness and the anointing is to address that illness already present, not to foresee unexpected or unforeseen circumstances such as sudden death from anesthesia or a medical mishap.

Many years ago I had a parishioner undergo elective surgery to reduce the size of her stomach so she might lose weight. Her obesity was such that she could suffer a stroke or heart attack and die.

I anointed her prior to the surgery. And yes, something went wrong during the surgery, and she died on the operating table.

Was I wrong to anoint her?

Friday, June 21, 2019

A GOOD CATHOLIC READ FOR CONFLICTED ORTHODOX CATHOLICS

Copied from the Deacon’s Bench:

The Conservative Catholics Who 

Defend Pope Francis

One of them is my friend and blog neighbor Father Matthew Schneider, who is quoted here: 
By and large, opinions about Francis are as predictable as they are militant. Theological and political liberals take a positive view of the Holy Father; conservatives, not so much. Those on the Church’s right wing have strongly supported the 2016 dubia (a request for clarification of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia), and many defended the 2017 correctio filialis (filial correction) – though most stopped short of endorsing 2019’s “heresy letter”. This is the group dismissed by the LA Times as “cranky”, by Reuters as “extremists” and by Fr James Martin as the “Catholic alt-right”.
And yet not all theological conservatives and liturgical traditionalists oppose Pope Francis. A vanguard of well-known writers, academics and priests have stood against the tide of partisan opinion to defend the Supreme Pontiff.
For the Legionary priest and blogger Fr Matthew Schneider, defending Pope Francis is part and parcel of his priestly vocation. “To me, the call of the priest online is primarily part of the munus docendi – the power or duty of teaching – which is among the three munera [duties] we receive at ordination,” he tells me. “As such, we are called to defend, explain and promote the Catholic Church and her teaching primarily through words.”
Fr Schneider thinks the problem of anti-Francis conservatives is inherent in the word “conservative” itself – that is, applying partisan language to spiritual matters. “I am strongly orthodox and Catholic,” he says, “but I don’t identify with any political label.”
He’s also skeptical of drawing too sharp a line between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who remains a hero figure to orthodox Catholics. “Even though Pope Francis speaks in a different manner to the popes we remember, I don’t see major problems with what he says or his way of speaking,” he tells me. “We need to realise that Francis is more of a pastor, while Benedict … is more a theology professor, so the latter is more used to precise theological language.”


YIKES! THIS SOUNDS ERILY FAMILIAR, BUT IT TURNED OUT BETTER IN MACON THAN INDIANAPOLIS!


WOW! This Archbishop can expect crucifixion as should all the clergy if they are prophetic!

Indianapolis archbishop revokes Jesuit prep school's Catholic identity


.- The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced Thursday that a local Jesuit high school will no longer be recognized as a Catholic school, due to a disagreement about the employment of a teacher who attempted to contract a same-sex marriage.
“All those who minister in Catholic educational institutions carry out an important ministry in communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students both by word and action inside and outside the classroom,” the archdiocese said in a statement Thursday.
“In the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, every archdiocesan Catholic school 
and private Catholic school has been instructed to clearly state in its contracts and ministerial job descriptions that all ministers must convey and be supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church.”
Teachers, the archdiocese said, are classified as ‘ministers’ because “it is their duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. To effectively bear witness to Christ, whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching.”
“Regrettably, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School has freely chosen not to enter into such agreements that protect the important ministry of communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students. Therefore, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School will no longer be recognized as a Catholic institution by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WHAT MESSAGE DOES THIS “FLEXIBILITY” SEND? SCRUPULOSITY = RIGIDITY; NO SCRUPLES = FLEXIBILITY? IN THE MORAL LIFE IS IT BETTER TO HAVE SCRUPLES OR NO SCRUPLES?

My two seminarians for the summer, the marine and the convert both attend Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emittsburg, Maryland. It is separate from the liberal arts Catholic university but on the same campus. The seminary is orthodox and the university is too, although it appears under its current management secularism is becoming the meme.

It just so happens that the University alumni magazine was delivered to our rectory in Richmond Hill for one of our seminarians. And in it is this photo:


You can read the Lifesite article HERE.

As you can imagine many of the alumni are outraged and the seminary staff and seminarians are likewise.

Does accompanying public sinners mean acquiescing to that which is opposed to divine law even revealed to all in natural law? Why are Catholic institutions unwilling to be martyrs for the Catholic Faith and call this kind of thing out?

Or is there a desire to poke the Faith and Morals of the Church of God in the eye? Is it the ultimate form of the deadly sin of pride which Adam and Eve committed?

Perhaps it was a low level decision made by someone on the magazine’s staff and the higher ups simply did not proof it before it was printed and mailed?

And now this couple is victimized when all that needed to be done was not to list their engagement and only list engagements of those whose upcoming marriage is of God and under the canons of the Catholic Church.

What do you think??????

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

THERE HAS BEEN NO REACTION TO THE AMAZON SYNODS SUGGESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION ON ENCLUTURATION OF THE LITURGY


I haven't seen any real comment on this from orthodox or heterodox Catholics.

I must say that it sounds like 1970's thinking to me but I might be wrong.

How bad could this be???????

THE CELEBRATION OF THE FAITH: AN ENCULTURED LITURGY
“Evangelization with joy becomes beauty in the liturgy, 
as part of our daily concern to spread goodness” (EG, 24)

124.  Sacrosanctum Concilium(cf. 37-40, 65, 77, 81) proposes that the liturgy should be inculturated among the indigenous peoples. Cultural diversity assuredly does not threaten the unity of the Church but expresses itsgenuine catholicity and shows forth the “beauty of her varied face”(EG 116). That is why “we must be bold enough to discover new signs and new symbols, new flesh to embody and communicate the word, and different forms of beauty which are valued in different cultural settings…” (EG 167). Without this inculturation, the liturgy can be reduced to a “museum piece” or the “property of a select few” (EG 95).

125. The celebration of the faith must take place through inculturation so that it may be an expression of one’s own religious experience and of the bond of communion of the community that celebrates it. An inculturated liturgy will also be a sounding board for the struggles and aspirations of the communities and a transforming impulse towards a “land without evils.”

Suggestions:

126. The following should be kept in mind:

a)  A process of discernment is needed regarding the rites, symbols and styles of celebration of indigenous cultures in contact with nature, which need to be integrated into the liturgical and sacramental ritual. It is necessary to be attentive to grasp the true meaning of symbols that transcends the merely aesthetic and folkloric, especially in Christian initiation and marriage. It is suggested that the celebrations should be festive, with their own music and dances, using indigenous languages and clothing, in communion with nature and with the community. A liturgy that responds to their own culture so that it may be the source and summit of their Christian life (cf. SC 10) and linked to their struggles, sufferings and joys.

b) The sacraments must be a source of life and a remedy accessible to all (cf. EG 47), especially the poor (cf. EG 200). We are asked [it is necessary] to overcome the rigidity of a discipline that excludes and alienates, and practice pastoral sensitivity that accompanies and integrates (cf. AL 297, 312).

c) Communities find it difficult to celebrate the Eucharist frequently because of the lack of priests. “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist” and the Eucharist builds the Church. Therefore, instead of leaving the communities without the Eucharist, change is requested in the criteria for selecting and preparing ministers authorized to celebrate the Eucharist.

d) In accordance with a “sound ‘decentralization’” of the Church (cf. EG 16) the communities request that the Episcopal Conferences adapt the Eucharistic rite to their cultures.

e) The communities ask for a greater appreciation, accompaniment and promotion of the piety with which the poor and simple people express their faith through images, symbols, traditions, rites and other sacramentals. All this happens through community associations that organize various events such as prayers, pilgrimages, visits to shrines, processions and festivals celebrating the patron saint. This is evidence of a wisdom and spirituality that forms a real theological locus with great evangelizing potential (cf. EG 122-126).

Monday, June 17, 2019

I CALL HIM THE MARINE AND MY SEMINARIAN; AND WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET AND THAT IS VERY GOOD!

Seminarian Will Cook has finished two years of pre Theology and two years of theology at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmits burg. He is spending the summer with St. Anne. He is sponsored by our diocese and the Archdiocese for Military Services. This is an interview they did:




IF IT IS MONDAY AND MY DAY OFF IT MUST BE ALLIGATOR 🐊!



JUST HOW ENGAGED AND ENRAGED ARE THE MAJORITY OF RANK AND FILE CATHOLICS


My two seminarians and I had dinner at our parishioner's home Saturday. They are homeschoolers with several children and one on the way.

The discussion turned to the scandals. I mentioned that "we" meaning the parents and us were very aware of things because we are social media and blog/news nerds. I wondered aloud about Most rank and file Catholics though.

It is hard for me to know how enraged my laity are. They are busy with family and making ends meet and the army families worry about a lot more than Church politics and institutional  ineptness.

I can't really tell if my Mass attendance is down because in the last several years it always fluctuates and in the last three years our Offertory is up, not dramactically but up none the less.

No one has come to me enraged or told me they are done with the Church. No nasty letters either.

I have counseled some parishioners over the years abused by priests and that certainly gives me a perspective that every priest should have!

But I know too that so many laity have experienced sexual abuse from mild to unspeakable from family members and acquaintances.

Just how engaged and enraged are rank and file Catholics?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

AHHHHH ORIENTEM IN THE RUINS


Our Lady, Notre Dame in French, likes this way of Mass, although the hard hats are a bit much. WHAT SHOULD BE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN THE VIDEO IS THIS ODDITY THAT EXPLICITLY SHOWS HOW FACING THE CONGREGATION TURNS PRAYER, BE IT CHANTED OR SPOKEN, INTO A PERFORMANCE:

For some stupid ideological reason, the Archbishop faces the congregation for the Prayer over the Offerings, with his back to the offerings, completely absurd! Then he performs the Preface still facing the congregation! Really dumb.

But note how Liturgy actually becomes so, meaning Sacrifice/Worship/Prayer, when the Archbishop turns to the altar, lays aside his clericalism and humbly prays facing the same direction as those behind him.

And a nice touch to remove the hard hat for the consecration!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

YES I AM CONFLICTED BY THIS BUT ALSO INTRIGUED

I copy a portion of a post from Father Jerabek’s blog on hearing confessions during Mass. I must admit I am somewhat adverse to doing so but also intrigued by doing it.

I think part of my problem with it is that I am personally distracted by people in the pews getting up during any portion of the Mass where I can see them doing so, especially at the consecration! And usually it is to go to the restroom.

But then again, if they are getting up to go to confession and not to go to the potty, then maybe I should cut them some slack?

Of course Mass ad orientem would completely solve distractions I experience by people coming and going during Mass! But the poor laity still have to see it!

So what do you think?

https://fatherjerabek.com/

Confession during Mass?

May confessions be heard during Mass?
There is still rather a lot of confusion about this question — both among priests and laity. It is not unusual to hear of a priest who, with a great sense of certitude, declares that confessions may not be heard during Mass — we don’t do that anymore! (Such priests are wrong.)
And then among laypeople, there is the concern whether one could go to confession during Mass and have that Mass still “count” toward their obligation — for example, when confessions are offered during a Mass on a day of precept like Sunday or a Holy Day. (The answer is yes.)
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments helpfully clarified these matters back in 2001. You can read the complete text of their official response HERE. But I will summarize:
  1. Confessions may be heard during Mass, as long as it is not the main celebrant of the Mass who is hearing them (in other words, Mass and confession cannot be combined by the same priest — it needs to be a different priest hearing confessions).
  2. The faithful are encouraged to form the habit of going to confession at other times. This favors better participation in the Mass (i.e., by not interrupting hearing Mass to go to confession) and having a better sense of tranquility in going to confession.
  3. However, it is acknowledged that having confession offered during Mass often has a real advantage. Therefore, this decree does not discourage that possibility at all.
  4. It is suggested that one or more priests who might otherwise concelebrate that Mass hear confessions instead.
  5. The decree doesn’t specifically say it, but it is certainly implied that one can go to confession during Mass AND fulfill any obligation one has to attend that Mass simultaneously. This is the traditional understanding and I do not consider it in doubt.

SHOULD THE CHURCH CONDEMN THIS AS ANTI-LIFE?



DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA?????????????

Driverless big rigs could be hitting Florida highways next year


STARSKY ROBOTICS TNS
Starsky Robotics, a San Francisco-based technology startup, is seeking to hire 100 truck drivers so it will have enough qualified to drive trucks remotely when it begins removing humans from its trucks in 2020.
Driverless semi-trucks could be sharing Florida highways as early as next year, and there will be no requirement that surrounding motorists know it.
Nor will autonomous driving systems need to be tested, inspected, or certified before being deployed under a new state law that takes effect July

Thursday, June 13, 2019

IS LIBERAL CATHOLICISM THE CAUSE OF THE SCANDAL AMONG BISHOPS AND THEIR 1970’S LEADERSHIP?


Let’s face it, sexual abuse of minors and infidelity to one’s promises to chastity be we married or celibate have always been a part of the sinful condition of mankind. It happened in the pre-Vatican II Church and it happens in heterodox and orthodox Catholic parishes/priests/laity.

But something insidious, arrogant and mind boggling happened with progressive/heterodox Catholicism beginning in the 1960’s. Vatican II’s spirit set into motion this ideology that we could make heaven on earth by unbridled mercy detached from penance and/or severe sentences.

Thus by the 1970’s bishops all around the world viewed sexual abuse and sexual misconduct simply as a sin that could be forgiven. This mercy was seen as the in-breaking of God’s kingdom. If scandal arose, that had to be hidden as scandal isn’t a part of the kingdom.  So priests were moved about in the diocese from diocese to diocese and around the world.

The focus always seemed to be on the perpetrator not the victim or potential victims, much like prison ministry and opposition to life sentences and even the death penalty justly used. The perpetrator deserves no ultimate justice nor do the victims. The victims suffer!

Bishops thought psychiatry and spiritual counseling could save a priest and he needed to be given chance after chance to be saved, like an alcoholic in recovery who falls again and again.

Pope Francis exhibits this mentality in terms of his ideology of mercy. That is why he cuts such slack to bishops he has appointed who are miscreants He blames others for pointing out their faults uniting this defense can no longer hold water.

The same is true with ways being made to allow active adulterers to receive Holy Communion or any type of serial sin—mercy and accompaniment seem to rein not common sense and Christ-like teaching which calls for conversion and a firm purpose of amendment.

Earth and the world aren’t heaven. We are on a pilgrimage to heaven and the Second Coming. Until then may common sense and orthodox Catholicism find a new place in our broken-down Church!

YES, I MAKE GRAMMATICAL AND SPELLING MISTAKES ON MY BLOG, OF WHICH I AM LIBERATED, BUT I AM IN GOOD COMPANY WITH A LOCAL NEWSPAPER!

PLEASE NOTE THE HEADLINE:


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

HOLY SMOKES, BATMAN! SOCIAL JUSTICE RUN AMUCK OR SHOULD CATHOLICS SUPPORT SO-CALLED CIVIL RIGHTS IN SECULAR SOCIETY?????



Below is a post from The Deacon’s Bench. As I child of the 60’s who has always seen the injustices to African American citizens especially in the south, as particularly insidious, I feel strongly, because of my Catholic Faith and what I saw as a child, that we must not treat people in a prejudicial way because of race, creed or beliefs or social/psychological differences in secular society.

I guess I am a dualist and believe in separation of Church and State, but not the annihilation of the Church’s role in the public square.

There is no way within Catholicism to see any good in racism, abortion or prejudice that leads to harming people, socially, physically or otherwise.

But the question for me from the pastoral point of view is how do you call people, gay, straight or whatever to conversion to Christ where there is an ability to name sin for what it is and how destructive it is to our salvation.

What to do, what to do, Oh what are we to do????????

This news caught my eye this morning: More than six in ten (62%) Americans say they have become more supportive toward transgender rights compared to their views five years ago. By contrast, about one-quarter (25%) say their views are more opposed compared to five years ago. About three-quarters (76%) of Democrats report they have become more supportive of transgender rights in the last five years, compared to 64% of independents and only 47% of Republicans. Notably, increased support crosses ideological… Read more

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A BLAST FROM THE PAST, NOT ME THE RUNNERS

These photos were posed after Pentecost Sunday Mass. See those gold runners on the altar?  I purchased those for the cathedral in the late 1980's when I was the associate rector and master of ceremonies there. We've both held up well only getting better with age!



Sunday, June 9, 2019

PREACHING THE EF MASS IN AN AMBO THAT GIVES ME A NOSEBLEED!


THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS SCHOLA AT SAVANNAH'S CATHEDRAL

I just celebrated a magnificent EF Mass for Pentecost, beautifully chanted by this schola. Do you notice anything interesting about them?


I ALMOST FORGOT! I AM THE CELEBRANT FOR THE CATHEDRAL'S EF PENTECOSTAL GLORY MASS AT 1:00 PM TODAY! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE, LAFAYETTE SQUARE THAT IS!


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English: Derivative work. Original image was taken by bobsh_t Flickr user. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


PENTECOST SUNDAY


 

DOUBLE, FIRST CLASS WITH OCTAVE / RED

On Pentecost, Jesus crowned His life and teaching by sending the Holy Spirit into the hearts of Mary and the Apostles and three thousand converts. In them and through them, began a new generation of men, a new supernatural family, a new Mystical Christ embracing members of every race. Jesus gave His own Holy Spirit to be the soul of His new Mystical Body. That body, the Church, which rested with Him in germ beneath Mary's Heart and was born of His pierced side upon the Cross, came into its full, active maturity on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came in visible form to begin His invisible activity.

INTROIT Sap. 1:7

The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, alleluia! and that which contains all things has knowledge of His voice, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Ps. 67:2. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Him flee before Him.

V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT

O God, who this day instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that through the same Holy Spirit we may always be truly wise and rejoice in His consolation. Through our Lord . . .

LESSON Acts 2:1-11

When the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire: and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: "Behold, are not all these that speak Galilean? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God."

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 103:30.

Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Alleluia! (Here all kneel.)

V. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

SEQUENCE
Holy Spirit, come and shine
On our souls with beams divine
Issuing from your radiance bright.
Come, O Father of the poor,
Ever bounteous of your store,
Come, our heart's unfailing light.

Come, Consoler, kindest, best,
Come our bosom's dearest guest,
Sweet refreshment, sweet repose.
Rest in labor, coolness sweet,
Tempering the burning heat,
Truest comfort of our woes.

O divinest light, impart
Unto every faithful heart
Plenteous streams from love's bright flood.
But for your blest Deity,
Nothing pure in man could be;
Nothing harmless, nothing good.

Wash away each sinful stain;
Gently shed your gracious rain
On the dry and fruitless soul.
Heal each wound and bend each will,
Warm our hearts benumbed and chill,
All our wayward steps control.

Unto all your faithful just,
Who in you confide and trust,
Deign the sevenfold gift to send.
Grant us virtue's blest increase,
Grant a death of hope and peace,
Grant the joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia!

GOSPEL John 14:23-31
At that time, Jesus answered and said to him:
"If any one love me, he will keep my word. And my Father will love him and we will come to him and will make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my words. And the word which you have heard is not mine; but the Father's who sent me. "These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you. Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled: nor let it be afraid. You have heard that I said to you: 'I go away, and I come unto you.' If you loved me you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe. I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world: cometh: and in me he hath not any thing. But that the world may know that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given me commandments, so do I. Arise, let us go hence."

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 67:29-30
Make lasting what You have wrought in us, O God; in Your temple in Jerusalem let the kings offer presents to You, alleluia!

SECRET
Bless our offering, O Lord, and cleanse our hearts by the light of the Holy Spirit. Through our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Acts 2:2, 4
Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting, alleluia! And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began speaking of the wondrous deeds of God, alleluia, alleluia!

POSTCOMMUNION
May the coming of the Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts, and, as a heavenly dew, water them to bring forth good fruit. Through our Lord . . .