Sunday, 24 May 2015

Whit Sunday. Pentecost. The Holy Ghost. The Source Of All Graces. La Source Des Grâces.

English: Pentecost.
Français: Pentecôte.
Artist: Jean II Restout (1692–1768).
Date: 1732.
Author: Jean II Restout (1692–1768).
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Pentecost. Whit Sunday.

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

Station at Saint Peter's Basilica.
Indulgence of 30 Years and 30 Quarantines.

Double of The First-Class
   with Privileged Octave.

Red Vestments.


Illustration taken from Saint Andrew's Daily Missal, 1952 Edition,
with the kind permission of Saint Bonaventure Press.

Veni Sancte Spiritus.
The Sequence for Pentecost.
Available on YouTube at

Interior of Saint Peter's, Rome.
[Editor: The Station for Pentecost is Saint Peter's.]
Artist: Giovanni Paolo Panini (1692–1765).
Date: 1731.
Current location: Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, United States of America.
Source/Photographer: Saint Louis Art Museum Official Site.
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"The Gift of Wisdom is an illumination of the Holy Ghost, thanks to which our intellect is able to look at Revealed Truths in their more sublime light, to the greater joy of our Souls." [Reverend M. Meschler, S.J.: "The Gift of Pentecost: Meditations on the Holy Ghost," translated by Lady Amabel Kerr.]

Our Lord laid the foundations of His Church during His Public Life, and after His Resurrection He gave it the powers necessary for its mission. It was by the Holy Ghost that the Apostles were to be trained and endued with strength from on High (Gospel).

"At Pentecost, we celebrate the first manifestation of the Holy Ghost among Our Lord's Disciples and the foundation of the Church, itself." Hence, the choice of the Basilica, dedicated to Saint Peter, for today's Station.

We read, in the Gospel, that Our Lord foretold the coming of the Paraclete to His Disciples, and the Epistle shows us the realisation of that promise.

It was at the third hour of the day (Terce, nine o'clock A.M.) that the Spirit of God descended upon the Cenacle, and a mighty wind which blew suddenly upon the house, together with the appearance of tongues of fire within, were the wonderful tokens of His coming.

Taught by the "light of Thy Holy Spirit" (Collect), and filled by the gifts of the same Spirit poured out upon them (Sequence), the Apostles become new men, to go forth and renew the whole world (Introit).

Gregorian Chant
from Fontgombault Abbey, France,
for The Divine Office at Pentecost.
Available on YouTube at

It is at High Mass, at the third hour, that we also receive the Holy Spirit, whom Our Lord "going up above all the heavens, on this day sent down . . . on the children of adoption" (Preface); for each of the Mysteries of the Liturgical Cycle brings forth its Fruits of Grace in our Souls on the day which the Church keeps as its anniversary.

During Advent, we raised to the Incarnate Word the cry: "Come, Lord, and purge the sins of Thy people"; at this Season, let us, with the Church, say to the Holy Ghost: "Come, O Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of Thy Faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love" (Alleluia).

Of all ejaculatory Prayers, this is the most beautiful and necessary, for, from the Holy Ghost, that "sweet Guest of our Soul", flows all our supernatural life.

Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

O Sacrum Convivium. O Sacred Banquet ! Thomas Tallis (1505 - 1585).

Text and Illustration from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

Photo: 2004-10-18 (original upload date).
Source: Own work (zelf gemaakt).
Originally from nl.wikipedia; description page is/was here.
Author: Original uploader was Broederhugo at nl.wikipedia.
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O Sacrum Convivium is a Latin prose Text honouring The Blessed Sacrament. It was written by Saint Thomas Aquinas. It was included in The Latin Catholic Liturgy as an Antiphon on The Feast of Corpus Christi.

Its sentiments express the profound Mystery of The Eucharistic Miracle: "O Sacred Banquet, at which Christ is consumed, the memory of His Passion is recalled, our Souls are filled with Grace, and the pledge of future glory is given to us."

"O Sacrum Convivium",
by Thomas Tallis (1505 -1585).
Available on YouTube at

Original Latin (punctuation from The Liber Usualis).

O Sacrum Convivium !
in quo Christus sumitur:
recolitur memoria passionis eius:
mens impletur gratia:
et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.


Translation of original Latin.

O Sacred Banquet !
In which Christ is received,
The memory of His Passion is renewed,
The mind is filled with Grace,
And a pledge of future glory to us is given.


Vigil Of Pentecost.

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

Vigil of Pentecost.
Station at Saint John Lateran.
Indulgence of 10 Years and 10 Quarantines.

Privileged Vigil of the First-Class.

Violet and Red Vestments.


Illustration taken from Saint Andrew's Daily Missal, 1952 Edition,
with the kind permission of Saint Bonaventure Press

The First Mass for Pentecost, formerly Celebrated during the night, has, like that of Easter, ever since been an Anticipated Mass.

This Great and Solemn Festival, therefore, begins with The Vigil. In early days, the Catechumens, whom it had not been possible to Baptise at Easter, received this Sacrament at Pentecost, which explains the similarities between The Mass for The Vigil of Pentecost and The Mass for Holy Saturday.

The Mass is preceded by the Reading of Six Prophecies and The Blessing of The Water in The Baptismal Font.

It is also celebrated at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.


The Celebrant and Assistant Ministers are robed in Violet Vestments, and the Candles on the Altar are not lighted until the beginning of Mass, as on Holy Saturday.

At the end of the Prophecies, the Collect is read, but Flectamus genua is omitted.


At the end of the Prophecies, the Celebrant puts on a Violet Cope, and, while the Procession moves towards the Font, the Tract, "Sicut cervus", is sung.

Mindful of the fact that, in The Beginning, The Spirit of God moved over the Waters and made them fruitful, The Liturgy asks God to Bless the Water in the Baptismal Font, out of which will arise a purely Heavenly Race.

The officiating Priest then plunges the Paschal Candle into the Water three times, for it is by Christ, Whom the Candle typifies, that the Power of The Holy Ghost, by which our Souls are enlightened, is infused into them.


The Liturgy, as affecting The Litany of The Saints, is the same as on Holy Saturday. Where there is no Font, the Litany begins after the Prophecies and Collects. At "Peccatores, Te rogamus audi nos", the Priest and his Assistants go to the Sacristy and put on Red Vestments, and the Candles are lit on the Altar.

At the end of the Litany, the Kyrie Eleison is Solemnly Sung, without Introit, like on Holy Saturday. At the Gloria, the Bells are also rung and the Organ begins being played.


After having been Baptised "in Water and in The Holy Ghost", the Neophytes were Confirmed. All through The Mass, there are references to these two Sacraments, showing how The Holy Ghost enters into our Souls the effect He produces in them.

The Creed is not said.

Friday, 22 May 2015

"Sweet Sacrament Divine" And "O Sacred Heart". Composed By Fr. Francis Stanfield (1835-1914).

Illustration: S&W ANTIQUITÉS

Sweet Sacrament Divine.
Available on YouTube at

Why not ask your Parish Priest
for these beautiful Hymns
to be sung during Communion
at your Masses ?

Sweet Sacrament divine,
hid in Thine Earthly home;
lo! round Thy lowly shrine,
with suppliant hearts we come;
Jesus, to Thee our voice we raise
In songs of love and heartfelt praise
Sweet Sacrament divine.

Sweet Sacrament of peace,
dear home of every heart,
where restless yearnings cease,
and sorrows all depart.
there in Thine ear, all trustfully,
we tell our tale of misery,
Sweet Sacrament of peace.

Sweet Sacrament of rest,
Ark from the ocean's roar,
within Thy shelter blest
soon may we reach the shore;
save us, for still the tempest raves,
save, lest we sink beneath the waves:
Sweet Sacrament of rest.

Sweet Sacrament divine,
Earth's light and jubilee,
in Thy far depths doth shine
Thy Godhead's majesty;
Sweet light, so shine on us, we pray
that Earthly joys may fade away:
Sweet Sacrament divine.

"O Sacred Heart".
Composed by Fr. Francis Stanfield (1835-1914).
Available on YouTube at

The Catholic Church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, London.

The High Altar,
Corpus Christi Church,
Maiden Lane,

The Parish of Maiden Lane is situated in the Westminster Deanery, London. It was founded in 1873 and Consecrated on 18 October 1956. Often referred to as the “hidden gem” of The West End, the, then, Archbishop Cardinal Henry Manning said, during his Homily at The Opening Mass, that “a Sanctuary has been opened to be specifically Devoted to The Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament”.

This was the first Church Dedicated to The Blessed Sacrament after The Reformation. The famous Catholic Hymns "Sweet Sacrament Divine" and "O Sacred Heart" were written by The Parish Priest, Fr. Francis Stanfield (1835-1914). The Church is also known as “the Actors’ Church” and is the home of The Catholic Association of the Performing Arts (formerly, the Catholic Stage Guild).

A very famous Priest visitor to the Parish, over many years, was Monsignor Ronald Knox. He first preached his Forty Hours Sermon in 1926, at the invitation of Father Kearney. This became a regular feature in Mgr Knox’s diary from 1926 until 1956. These Sermons were published by Burns and Oates in 1956, under the Title “The Window in the Wall”, and the charming and touching Dedication of this book is: “To the Memory of Father Kearney and to his successors.”

For decades, The Latin Mass Society has also Celebrated Mass here. A young adults’ Prayer Group meets here, weekly, and this is a vibrant place of worship and an oasis of Prayer and calm – open all day long for visitors, tourists, those who work and live nearby, and shoppers, to pause and pray.

Unless otherwise stated, Illustrations and Text relating to Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, London, are from the CHURCH'S WEB-SITE

Adore Te Devote. Benediction Hymn Composed By Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274).

Text and Illustrations from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

Photo: 2004-10-18 (original upload date).
Source: Own work (zelf gemaakt).
Originally from nl.wikipedia; description page is/was here.
Author: Original uploader was Broederhugo at nl.wikipedia.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Adore Te Devote.
Another great Hymn from Saint Thomas Aquinas.
The Illustrations are: "The temptation of Saint Thomas Aquinas" by Diego Velazquez;
"Triumph of Saint Thomas Aquinas over the heretics" by Filippino Lippi;
"The Apotheosis of Thomas Aquinas" by Francisco de Zurbaran.
Available on YouTube at

Adoro te devote, 
latens Deitas,
Quæ sub his figuris 
vere latitas;
Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit,
Quia te contemplans totum deficit.

Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,
Sed auditu solo tuto creditur.
Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius;
Nil hoc verbo veritátis verius.

In cruce latebat sola Deitas,
At hic latet simul et Humanitas,
Ambo tamen credens atque confitens,
Peto quod petivit latro pœnitens.

Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intueor:
Deum tamen meum te confiteor.
Fac me tibi semper magis credere,
In te spem habere, te diligere.

O memoriale mortis Domini !
Panis vivus, vitam præstans homini !
Præsta meæ menti de te vívere,
Et te illi semper dulce sapere.

Pie Pelicane, Jesu Domine,
Me immundum munda tuo sanguine:
Cujus una stilla salvum facere
Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.

Jesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio,
Oro, fiat illud quod tam sitio:
Ut te revelata cernens facie,
Visu sim beátus tuæ gloriæ. 


I devoutly adore you, O hidden Deity,
Truly hidden beneath these appearances.
My whole heart submits to you,
And in contemplating you,
It surrenders itself completely.

Sight, touch, taste are all deceived
In their judgment of you,
But hearing suffices firmly to believe.
I believe all that the Son of God has spoken;
There is nothing truer than this word of truth.

On the cross only the divinity was hidden,
But here the humanity is also hidden.
I believe and confess both,
And ask for what the repentant thief asked.

I do not see the wounds as Thomas did,
But I confess that you are my God.
Make me believe more and more in you,
Hope in you, and love you.

O memorial of our Lord's death !
Living bread that gives life to man,
Grant my soul to live on you,
And always to savor your sweetness.

Lord Jesus, Good Pelican,
wash me clean with your blood,
One drop of which can free
the entire world of all its sins.

Jesus, whom now I see hidden,
I ask you to fulfill what I so desire:
That the sight of your face being unveiled
I may have the happiness of seeing your glory.


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