Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Is The Month Of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is Crowned in  Heaven by her Beloved Son.

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

The month of May Devotions to The Blessed Virgin Mary refer to special Marian Devotions held in The Catholic Church, during the month of May, honouring The Virgin Mary as "The Queen of May". These Services may take place inside or outside of a Church. A "May Crowning" is a Traditional Roman Catholic ritual that occurs in the month of May.

A number of Traditions link the month of May to The Blessed Virggin Mary. King Alfonso X of Castile, in the 13th-Century, wrote in his Cantigas de Santa Maria about the special honouring of The Blessed Virgin Mary during specific dates in May. Eventually, the entire month was filled with Special Observances and Devotions to The Blessed Virgin Mary.

"Queen Of The Angels, Queen Of The May".
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The origin of the conventional May Devotion is still relatively unknown. Herbert Thurston identifies the 17th-Century as the earliest instance of the adoption of the custom of Consecrating the month of May to The Blessed Virgin by Special Observances. It is certain that this form of Marian Devotion began in Italy. Around 1739, witnesses speak of a particular form of Marian Devotion in May in Grezzano, near Verona. In 1747, the Archbishop of Genoa recommended the May Devotion as a Devotion for the home. Specific Prayers for them were promulgated in Rome in 1838.

According to Frederick Holweck, the May Devotion, in its present form, originated at Rome, where Father Latomia of The Roman College of The Society of Jesus, to counteract infidelity and immorality among the students, made a Vow at the end of the 18th-Century to devote the month of May to Our Blessed Virgin Mary.

From Rome, the practice spread to the other Jesuit Colleges and thence to nearly every Catholic Church of The Latin Rite. In Rome, by 1813, May Devotions were held in as many as twenty Churches. From Italy, May Devotions soon spread to France. In Belgium, the May Devotions, at least as a Private Devotion, were already known by 1803. The Tradition of honouring The Blessed Virgin Mary, in a month-long May Devotion, spread eventually around The Roman Catholic World in the 19th-Century, together with a month-long Devotion to Jesus in June and The Rosary in October.

"As I Kneel Before You".
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English: The Crowning of The Virgin Mary in Heaven
by The Holy Trinity.
Español: Coronación de la Virgen.
Deutsch: Die Krönung Marias.
Artist: Diego Velázquez (1599–1660).
Date: Circa 1645.
Current location: Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Litany of Loreto.
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The following Text is from PRECES-LATINAE.ORG

Litaniae Lauretanae.
Litany of Loreto.

The Litany of Loreto is used to honour Mary, The Mother of God. The Litany recalls Mary's unique role in our salvation history as The Mother of Our Saviour and invokes various Titles for her as a way of honouring her and reminding us of the role she has played.

The Litany owes many of its Praises to The Greek Akathist Hymn, which was first translated into Latin in Venice around 800 A.D. The other Titles and Praises addressed to Mary are found extensively in the writings of The Early-Church Fathers of the first six Centuries A.D.

Over time, a number of Titles for Our Lady were removed and added to The Litany. Originally, The Litany had fifteen additional Titles, such as Our Lady of Humility, Mother of Mercy, Temple of The Spirit, Gate of Redemption, and Queen of Disciples. Recent history has seen the addition of five Titles. The last four Titles of The Litany, which refer to The Immaculate Conception, The Assumption, The Rosary, and Mary as The Queen of Peace, are of recent origin. The latest addition, Mother of The Church, was added by Pope Saint John Paul II.

Most likely, The Litany was composed in or around Paris between the years 1150 and 1200. It gets its name from the Italian shrine (Loreto) where it was adopted in 1558. Pope Sixtus V approved its use in public Worship in 1587. The Litany is used especially during May Services, the month Traditionally Dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary. It is also used at Benediction, and some Congregations use it in The Divine Office. The Litany is approved for public use and carries a Partial Indulgence.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Saint Catherine Of Siena (1347 - 1380). Virgin. Doctor Of The Church. Feast Day 30 April.

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

Saint Catherine of Siena.
Doctor of The Church.
Feast Day 30 April.


White Vestments.

Saint Catherine of Siena.
From the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario in Prati,
Rome, Italy.
Date: 19th-Century.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"The Holy Order of Preachers", which yesterday offered a Red Rose to Jesus Risen Again
[Editor: The Feast Day of Saint Peter of Verona, Martyr], offers Him, today, a Lily of Dazzling Whiteness". [The Liturgical Year, by Dom Guéranger: The Paschal Season. Vol. II. 30 April.]

Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) was the last but one of twenty-four children. In her childhood, she chose Jesus for her Spouse (Epistle). Subjecting her delicate body to frightful mortifications, her only support during her prolonged Fasts was Holy Communion (Postcommunion).

She received, from The Crucified Lord, The Stigmata and Inspired Knowledge concerning the most profound Mysteries of Religion. It was by her persuasion that Pope Gregory XI left Avignon, France, to return to Rome, Italy.

When, like Christ, she had reached her thirty-third year, she entered Heaven with her Divine Spouse to take part in The Nuptial Banquet (Gospel) in The Holy Joys of The Eternal Passover (Introit, Alleluia).

"Let us offer to God, on this day, The Sacred Host embalmed with the Virginal Perfume of Blessed Catherine" (Secret), so that He may grant us, in return, Life Eternal (Postcommunion).

Mass: Dilexisti.

The following Text is taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Saint Catherine of Siena, Third Order of Saint Dominic, T.O.S.D. (25 March 1347 in Siena – 29 April 1380 in Rome), was a Tertiary of The Dominican Order and Scholastic Philosopher and Theologian. She also worked to bring the Papacy of Pope Gregory XI back to Rome from its displacement in France (Avignon) and to establish peace among the Italian City-States.

Since 18 June 1866, she is one of the two Patron Saints of Italy, together with Saint Francis of Assisi. On 3 October 1970, she was proclaimed a Doctor of The Church, by Pope Paul VI, and, on 1 October 1999, Pope Saint John Paul II named her as one of the six Patron Saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia, Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bridget of Sweden and Edith Stein.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Saint Peter Of Verona. Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 29 April.

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

Saint Peter of Verona.
Feast Day 29 April.


Red Vestments.

English: Saint Peter the Martyr.
Artist: Pedro Berruguete (1450–1504).
Date: Circa 1493.
Current location: Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain.
Source/Photographer: Galería online
(Wikimedia Commons)

Born at Verona, Italy, towards 1205, from Manichean parents, Saint Peter, as a child, opposed the heretics. He entered The Order of Saint Dominic. He preserved such purity of body and Soul that he never committed a Mortal Sin.

We read in The Bull of his Canonisation: "A chosen cluster from the Vine of The Church has filled with its generous juice The Royal Chalice: The Branch, from which it has been cut by the sword, was of those which most strongly adhered to The Divine Stem" (Gospel).

The ardour of his Faith so enflamed him that he wished to die for it and his Prayer was heard. "As he lived piously in Christ, it was necessary that he should be persecuted" (Epistle) and an impious assassin, sent by the Manichees, murdered him on the road from Como to Milan in 1252.

Let us ask God to grant us, through the merits of Saint Peter, a Faith so strong (Collect) that it may obtain for us, after all the adversities of this life (Postcommunion), the joys of The Resurrection (Epistle, Communion).

Mass: Protexisti.

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Saint Peter of Verona O.P. (1206 – 6 April 1252), also known as Saint Peter Martyr, was a 13th-Century Italian Catholic Priest. He was a Dominican Friar and a celebrated Preacher. He served as Inquisitor in Lombardy, was killed by an assassin, and was Canonised as a Catholic Saint eleven months after his death, making this the fastest Canonisation in history.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Saint Vitalis. Martyr. Feast Day 28 April.

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

Saint Vitalis.
Feast Day 28 April.


Red Vestments.

The Martyrdom of Saint Vitalis.
Artist: Federico Barocci (1535–1612).
Date: 16th-Century.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Vitalis, father of Saint Gervase and Saint Protase, was put to death at Ravenna, Italy, under Emperor Nero about 62 A.D. Having been tortured on The Rack, he was thrown into a deep hole and stoned to death. A Church was Consecrated to him in Rome: The Station is held there on the Friday in The Second Week in Lent.

Mass: Protexisti.

Saint Paul Of The Cross. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 28 April.

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

Saint Paul of The Cross.
Feast Day 28 April.


White Vestments.

Portrait of Saint Paul of The Cross.
Date: May 2005.
Source: Own work.
Author: Plet Philippe.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Paul of The Cross was born at Ovada, in the State of Genoa, in 1694. As his name indicates, he had during all his life a burning love for Jesus Crucified. "Nailed to The Cross with Christ" (Gospel), he devoted himself to Preaching everywhere with singular Charity, The Mystery of The Cross (Collect, Epistle).

To carry out this great work in The Church (Gospel), he instituted The Passionists, who make a Vow to propagate The Blessed Memory of The Saviour's Passion.

Consumed by the love which he drew from The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, "which is The Perpetual Memorial [Editor: It IS NOT a "Shared Meal".] of the boundless Charity of Christ" (Postcommunion), he offered himself to God with Jesus "as an oblation of agreeable odour" (Offertory) and died in 1775.

Let us, like Saint Paul of The Cross, suffer with The Crucified Saviour, so that we may rejoice with Jesus Risen Again (Alleluia, Communion).

Mass: Christo confixus.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Saint Peter Canisius. Doctor Of The Church. Confessor. Feast Day 27 April.

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

Saint Peter Canisius.
Doctor of The Church and Confessor.
Feast Day 27 April.


White Vestments.

Saint Peter Canisius.
Date: 1699.
Author: Anonymous.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Peter Canisius was born in Nimegen, Holland, on 8 May 1521; he died at Fribourg, Switzerland, on 21 December 1597. He was Beatified by Pope Pius IX and Canonised and proclaimed Doctor of The Church by Pope Pius XI.

His Feast Day was extended to the Universal Church on 24 November 1926. It is fitting that this Dutch Saint should be called The Apostle of Germany, The Hammer of Heretics, The Jerome  and Augustine of his Century, The Defender of The Church against The Gates of Hell.

By his eloquent Preaching, controversy, and Books of Piety, by the Foundation of several Colleges, by the Missions entrusted to him by four Sovereign Pontiffs, he stopped the progress of Protestantism and caused Catholic Life to flourish.

Saint Peter Canisius.
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He assisted as a Theologian at The Council of Trent, and maintained the interests of The Church at The Diet of Augsburg and at The Conference of Worms.

Profoundly humble, he refused the Bishoprics of Vienna and Cologne. We owe to him the first Catechism of Christian Doctrine, which suffices to entitle him to the gratitude of Catholics. He ended his days at The College of Saint Michael, Fribourg, Switzerland, where Pilgrims visit his room and Pray at this tomb.

Mass: In médio (from The Common of Doctors).

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Saint Cletus And Saint Marcellinus. Popes And Martyrs. Feast Day 26 April.

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

Saints Cletus and Marcellinus.
Popes and Martyrs.
Feast Day 26 April.


Red Vestments.

Pope Saint Cletus.
Two Popes of The Early Church sit on opposite corners of the Portico Ceiling of
Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Today, we Celebrate their Feast Day. The two men served
as Popes two 
Centuries apart. What they share is that their Pontificates occurred during
times of great torture 
and persecution for professing Christians under Roman rule. Reflecting
on the lives of Pope Saint Cletus (above) and Pope Saint Marcellinus I (below) puts
into perspective the trials that The Faithful now are facing.
Illustrations (above and below) and Captions: THE BRIGHTON ORATORY

Pope, St Marcellinus I, Martyr

Pope Saint Marcellinus I.

Saint Cletus was the third Pope. Born at Rome, he was converted by Saint Peter and succeeded Saint Linus on the Pontifical Throne. He received the Crown of Martyrdom in 91 A.D., under the Emperor Domitian and was buried near The Prince of The Apostles.

Saint Marcellinus was also a Roman. He governed The Church from 293 A.D. to 304 A.D., during the terrible persecution of Diocletian, who caused him to be beheaded. The name of Saint Cletus is in The Canon of The Mass (First List).

Their Mass is that of Martyrs in Paschaltide. It shows how Faith in the Virtue of The Resurrection of Christ sustains Souls in the midst of the sufferings they have to undergo on Earth after Christ (Epistle) before sharing in His Triumph in Heaven (Introit, Epistle, Gospel, Offertory, Communion).

Let us glorify Jesus, whose members we are, by producing many fruits of patience, as did these Holy Martyrs (Gospel).

Mass: Sancti tui.

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