Monday, 23 January 2017

The Espousals Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Desponsatio Beatæ Mariæ Virginis. Feast Day, Today, 23 January.

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

The Espousals of The Blessed Virgin Mary, or, Marriage of The Virgin Mary, is a Feast that is Celebrated in certain parts of The Roman Catholic Church. It was removed from many Local Calendars by The Sacred Congregation of Rites. It was formerly generally observed on 23 January.

The following Text is taken from CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA

A Feast of The Latin Church, it is certain that a real Matrimony was contracted by Joseph and Mary. Mary is called "Espoused" to Joseph ("His Mother, Mary, was Espoused to Joseph", Matthew 1:18) because the Matrimony was never consummated.

The term "Spouse" is applied to married people until their marriage is consummated (Colvenerius, Cal. Marian., 23 Jan.). Peter d'Ailly, Chancellor of The University of Paris. (+ 1420), and his famous disciple, Jean Charlier, called Gerson, were the first energetic propagators of The Devotion in Honour of Saint Joseph.

English: Marriage of The Virgin,
Church of Saint-Quiriace de Provins,
Département Seine-et-Marne (Île-de-France), France.
Deutsch: Bleiglasfenster in der Stiftskirche Saint-Quiriace in Provins, einer
Gemeinde im Département Seine-et-Marne (Île-de-France), Darstellung:
Geschichte des Joseph, untere Szene rechts: Heirat Josephs und Marias.
Photo: 4 June 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: GFreihalter.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Gerson worked many years to effect the institution of a special Votive Feast (Thursday of Ember Week in Advent), the object of which should be The Virginal Espousal of Mary and Joseph. Gerson's friend, Henry Chicoti, Canon of The Cathedral Chapter of Chartres, had bequeathed a certain sum for the Celebration in the Cathedral of this Votive Feast, for which Gerson had composed a Proper Office. It seems that Gerson carried out the will of his friend, but Tradition does not tell us on what day the Feast was Celebrated.

The first definite knowledge of a Feast, in Honour of The Espousals of Mary, dates from 29 August 1517, when, with nine other Masses in Honour of Mary, it was granted by Pope Leo X to the Nuns of The Annunciation, Founded by Sainte Jeanne de Valois. This Feast was Celebrated on 22 October as a Double of The Second-Class. Its Mass, however, Honoured The Blessed Virgin exclusively; it hardly mentioned Saint Joseph and, therefore, did not correspond to the idea of Gerson.

Also, purely as a Feast of Mary, it appears in The Missal of The Franciscans, to whom it was granted 21 August 1537, for The Feast Day of 7 March (Double Major). About the same time, The Servites obtained The Feast for 8 March. The Office of The Nativity of Mary was recited, changing the word Nativilas to Desponsatio.

After The Religious Orders, among the Dioceses which adopted The Feast of The Espousals of Mary, Arras, France, takes the lead. It has been kept there since 23 January 1556. The first Proper Office was composed by Pierre Doré, O. P. (+ 1569), Confessor of Duke Claude of Lorraine. This Office followed the outlines given by Gerson and Commemorated both Joseph and Mary.

Pierre Doré, in 1546, unsuccessfully petitioned Pope Paul III to extend The Feast of The Desponsatio Beatæ Mariæ Virginis to The Universal Church. But, even without the recommendation of The Apostolic See, The Feast was adopted by many Churches. In Moravia, it was, in the 16th-Century, kept on 18. July. In subsequent times, Rome did not favour any further extension of The Feast, but, after it had been refused (1655) to The King of Spain, it was granted to The German Emperor for Austria on 27 January 1678 (Feast Day 23. January); in 1680, it was conceded to Spain, but Transferred on 13 July, 1682 to 26 November, because, in Spain, The Feast of Saint Ildephonsus, or, Saint Raymond, is kept on 23 January.

In 1680, it was extended to the entire German Empire, in 1689 to The Holy Land (Double of The Second-Class). In 1702, to The Cistercians (Feast Day 20 February), in 1720, to Tuscany, and, in 1725, to The Pontifical States.

In our days (Editor: This Text was written circa 1907, prior to The Liturgical Reforms propagated by Pope Saint Pius X in 1911), it is kept in nearly the entire Latin Church on 23 January, in Spanish-speaking Countries on 26 November, but it has never been extended to The Universal Church.

Since Pope Saint Pius V abolished The Office of Pierre Doré and introduced the modern Office, it is, again, a Feast of Mary. The Commemoration of Saint Joseph, in Mass, Vespers, Lauds (Decree,
5 May 1736) can only be made by a special privilege.

The following Text is taken from THE MUNIMENT ROOM
and shows The Liturgy for The Third Sunday After Epiphany, and the next day, in 1865.

22 SUNDAY Third After Epiphany, Semi-Double, Second Prayers of The BVM, Third Prayers for The Church or The Pope. Green. First Vespers of The Espousals of The BVM, Commemoration of The Sunday and of Saint Emerentiana, Virgin, Martyr. White.

23 Monday The Espousals of The BVM, Greater-Double. Second Prayers of Saint Emerentiana, Virgin, Martyr, Creed, Preface of The BVM. White. Plenary Indulgence.

Our Lady Of Good Success: The Revelation Of 21 January 1610.

Statue of Our Lady of Good Success,
Quito, Ecuador.
Illustration: ONE PETER FIVE

The following two paragraphs are from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

In 1577, five Conceptionist Sisters travelled from Spain to Quito, Ecuador, to start the first Convent.

Mariana de Jésus Torres, one of the Nuns, is said to have seen The Blessed Mother. On 2 February 1599, as Mariana was Praying, The Blessed Mother appeared to her and commanded a statue be made to her likeness.

Statue of Our Lady of Good Success,
Quito, Ecuador.
Photo: 11 November 20006.
Source: Original image is found in
Used with permission to the web author.
Author: Mark j.

The following Text is from ONE PETER FIVE,
unless otherwise stated.

"As for The Sacrament of Matrimony, which
symbolises the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of The Church.

"The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of Faith will gradually be extinguished until there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. Added to this, will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the death of Priestly and Religious Vocations.

"The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this Sacrament, The Church of God and even God, Himself, is scorned and despised since He is represented in His Priests.

"The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of The Lord in every possible way; he will labour with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their Vocation and will corrupt many of them.

"These depraved Priests, who will scandalise the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of The Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all Priests.

"This apparent triumph of Satan will
bring enormous suffering to the good Pastors
of The Church, the many good Priests, and
The Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on Earth, who, a prisoner in The Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of his God and Lord, beseeching light, Sanctity and perfection for all The Clergy of the World, of whom he is King and Father.

"Further, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury, which will ensnare the rest into sin, and conquer innumerable frivolous Souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women.

"In this supreme moment of need of The Church, the one who should speak will fall silent !

"You will see this from Heaven, my beloved daughter, where you can no longer suffer, but your daughters and successors will suffer, those beloved Souls already known to you who will placate The Divine Ire.

"They will have recourse to Me
under the invocation of Our Lady of Good Success, whose statue I ask and command 
that you have made for the consolation and preservation of My Convent and of The Faithful Souls of that time, an epoch when there will be a great Devotion to Me, for I am Queen of Heaven under many invocations.

"This Devotion will be the shield,
between Divine Justice and the prevaricating World, 
to prevent the release of God’s formidable punishment that this guilty 
Earth deserves.

"During that epoch, The Church will find herself attacked by terrible hordes of the Masonic sect, and this poor Ecuadorian land will be agonising because of the corruption of customs, unbridled luxury, the impious press, and secular education.

"The Vices of Impurity, Blasphemy, and Sacrilege, will dominate in this time of depraved desolation, and that one who should speak out will be silent".

The story of Our Lady of Good Success can be read on WIKIPEDIA

Friday, 20 January 2017

Pope Saint Fabian And Saint Sebastian. Feast Day 20 January. Martyrs.

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

Saint Fabian, Pope,
   and Saint Sebastian.
Feast Day 20 January.


Red Vestments.

Pope Saint Fabian (236 A.D. - 250 A.D.)
wears an anachronistic Papal Tiara.
Artist: Giovanni di Paolo (1403–1482).
Date: Mid-15th-Century.
Current location: National Gallery, London.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei.
DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian.
Saint Sebastian of Avla.
Captain of The Praetorian Guard.
Roman Soldier, Healer and Martyr.
Artist: Il Sodoma (1477–1549).
Date: 1525.
Current location: Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei.
DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The two great Roman Martyrs, Fabian and Sebastian, made manifest, the first in 250 A.D. in the Persecution of Decius, the second in 284 A.D. in that of Diocletian, The Divine Power of Christ "Who operated wonders in them" (Gradual). The ancient Martyrologies unite their names.

The appearance of The Holy Ghost, in the form of a Dove, had attested The Divinity of Jesus on the day of His Baptism. It was also a Dove, hovering above Fabian, that pointed him out to The Church as Vicar of Jesus Christ.

Saint Sebastian, an Officer of The Imperial Household and Commander of a Cohort, encouraged his brothers-in-arms, subjected to torments on account of their Faith. Diocletian ordered him to be pierced with arrows. Sebastian, having escaped death, reappeared before the Emperor and reproached him with his crimes. He was condemned to be flogged to death.

Like the Martyrs mentioned in the Epistle, these two Saints "were found perfect in the testimony they bore of their Faith in Jesus Christ," for "it is for the cause of The Son of Man that they suffered persecution" (Gospel), Numerous cures were wrought by Saint Sebastian or, rather, by the virtue of Christ which was in him (Gospel and Communion).

Let us in our weakness have recourse (Collect) to the powerful protection of these glorious Martyrs.

Mass: Intret in conspéctu.



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