Monday, 29 August 2016

The Prayer. Andre Bocelli. Celine Dion.

"The Prayer".
Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.
Available on YouTube at

I pray you'll be our eyes,
and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise,
in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer,
when we lose our way
Lead us to a place,
guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe.

La luce che tu hai
I pray we'll find your light
Nel cuore resterà
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
L'eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c'è
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe

Sogniamo un mondo senza più violenza
Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace, di fraternità

La forza che ci dà
We ask that life be kind
È il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amor
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a sé
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Needs to find a place,
guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe
È la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salverà.

Written by Diamonds Mighty, Winston Foster • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

"The Praying Hands".
Artist: Albrecht Durer.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Celine Dion. "Encore Un Soir". "Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore".

"Encore Un Soir".
Celine Dion.
Available on YouTube at

"Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore".
Celine Dion.
Available on YouTube at

J'ai compris tous les mots, j'ai bien compris, merci
Raisonnable et nouveau, c'est ainsi par ici
Que les choses ont change, que les fleurs ont fane
Que le temps d'avant, c'était le temps d'avant
Que si tout zappe et lasse, les amours aussi passent
Il faut que tu saches

J'irai chercher ton cœur si tu l'emportes ailleurs
Même si dans tes danses d'autres dansent tes heures
J'irai chercher ton âme dans les froids dans les flammes
Je te jetterai des sorts pour que tu m'aimes encore

Fallait pas commencer m'attirer me toucher
Fallait pas tant donner moi je sais pas jouer
On me dit qu'aujourd'hui, on me dit que les autres font ainsi
Je ne suis pas les autres
Avant que l'on s'attache, avant que l'on se gâche
Je veux que tu saches

J'irai chercher ton cœur si tu l'emportes ailleurs
Même si dans tes danses d'autres dansent tes heures
J'irai chercher ton âme dans les froids dans les flammes
Je te jetterai des sorts pour que tu m'aimes encore

Je trouverai des langages pour chanter tes louanges
Je ferai nos bagages pour d'infinies vendanges
Les formules magiques des marabouts d'Afrique
Je les dirai sans remords pour que tu m'aimes encore

Je m'inventerai reine pour que tu me retiennes
Je me ferai nouvelle pour que le feu reprenne
Je deviendrai ces autres qui te donnent do plaisir
Vos jeux seront les nôtres si tel est ton désir
Plus brillante plus belle pour une autre étincelle
Je me changerai en or pour que tu m'aimes encore

pour que tu m'aimes encore
pour que tu m'aimes encore
pour que tu m'aimes encore

Illustration: CROSSCARDS

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Saint Joseph Calasanctius. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 27 August.

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

Saint Joseph Calasanctius.
Feast Day 27 August.


White Vestments.

English: Church of Saint Thomas, Zaragoza, Spain.
The Altarpiece is of San José de Calasanz (Saint Joseph Calasanctius.
A painting by José Luzan. Dated 1767.
Español: Zaragoza - Iglesia de Santo Tomás o de los Escolapios -
Retablo de San José de Calasanz - Pintura de José Luzán de 1767.
Photo: 26 December 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Ecelan.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Church, having just Celebrated The Feast of The Assumption, Venerates on this day a Saint who had a special Devotion to Our Lady.

Saint Joseph Calasanctius was born in Aragon, Spain, of a noble family, and, from his youth, showed his Charity towards children. While studying Theology at Valencia, he had to defend himself against the enticements of a powerful and noble lady, and made a Vow to enter into Holy Orders.

Having become a Priest, he was apprised by Divine Revelation that he was destined to teach and to train children, especially those of The Poor (Offertory).

He Founded, in consequence, The Order of The Poor Clerks Regular of The Pious Schools of The Mother of God (Collect) [Editor: Latin: Ordo Clericorum Regularium pauperum Matris Dei Scholarum Piarum, Sch. P. or S. P., or, in short, Piarists].

English: The Logo of The Order of The Poor Clerks Regular
of The Pious Schools of The Mother of God. Or, The Piarists.
Español: Escudo de los Escolapios.
Photo: 28 November 2010.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Like Jesus, he let little children come to him (Communion) and taught them to fear God (Introit). Wherefore, the Gospel repeats the consoling words of The Master: "Whosoever shall receive one of these little ones in My name, receiveth Me."

"What is there greater," writes Saint John Chrysostom, "than to discipline minds, than to form tender youths to good habits ? God has shown us that their Souls are worthy of such zeal and of such solicitude that, for them, He did not spare His Son." [Lessons of The Third Nocturn at Matins.]

Saint Joseph Calasanctius died in 148 at the age of ninety-two.

Mass: Veníte, fílii.

English: Saint David depicted in a Stained-Glass Window
in the Chapel of Saint Joseph Calasanctius, Kyjov, Czech Republic.
Čeština: Svatý David. Vitráž v kapli sv. Josefa Kalasanského v Kyjově.
Zhotovila firma Veselý a Verner, malba oken chrámových, Praha - Karlín.
Photo: 1 June 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Radek Linner.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Friday, 26 August 2016

Saint Zephyrinus (199 A.D. - 217 A.D.). Pope And Martyr. Feast Day 26 August.

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

Saint Zephyrinus.
Pope and Martyr.

Feast Day 26 August.


Red Vestments.

Pope Saint Zephyrinus
(199 A.D. - 217 A. D.).
Date: 24 March 2006 (original upload date).
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia;
Original uploader was Amberrock at en.wikipedia;
transferred to Commons by User:Sreejithk2000
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Happy Zephyrinus to all Readers of this Blog.

Today is the Feast of Saint Zephyrinus, Pope and Martyr.

Pope Saint Zephyrinus succeeded Pope Saint Victor on The Pontifical Throne and, like him, was Martyred (Gospel). He abolished the use of Wooden Chalices, in The Celebration of The Holy Sacrifice, and ordered them to be replaced by Glass Chalices. He prescribed that all The Faithful should receive Holy Communion on Easter Day.

He had to defend the Dogma of The Unity of God and The Trinity of Persons against the Sabellians. Besides this strife, he had to suffer persecution. God always supported him in his trials, in order to enable him to support The Flock of Christ (Epistle).

He died in 217 A.D., after a Pontificate of seventeen years.

Mass: Sacerdótes Dei.

English: The Church of Saint Zephyrinus of Stadacona
(Saint-Zéphirin-de-Stadacona) (built in 1890), Quebec City, Canada.
Français: Église Saint-Zéphirin-de-Stadacona à Québec en 1986. Construite en 1890 sur les plans de l'architecte Joseph-Ferdinand Peachy, rénovée en 1918 par l'architecte Adalbert Trudel.
Date: Photographed in 1986 and Uploaded on 24 January 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Claude Brochu.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia.

Pope Zephyrinus (+ 20 December 217 A.D.), was Bishop of Rome, or Pope, from 199 A.D., to his death in 217 A.D. He was born in Rome. His predecessor was Pope Victor I. Pope Zephyrinus was succeeded by his principal Advisor, who became Pope Callixtus I.

During the seventeen-year Pontificate of Zephyrinus, the young Church endured severe Persecution under Emperor Severus, until his death in the year 211 A.D. To quote Alban Butler, "this holy Pastor was the support and comfort of the distressed flock". According to Saint Optatus, Zephyrinus also combated new Heresies and Apostases, chief of which were MarcionPraxeasValentine and the Montanists.

Eusebius insists that Zephyrinus fought vigorously against the blasphemies of the two Theodotuses, who, in response, treated him with contempt, but later called him the greatest defender of The Divinity of Christ. Although he was not physically Martyred for The Faith, his suffering – both mental and Spiritual – during his Pontificate has earned him the Title of Martyr.

During the reign of Emperor Severus (193 A.D. – 211 A.D.), relations with the young Christian Church deteriorated, and, in 202 A.D., or 203 A.D., the edict of persecution appeared, which forbade Conversion to Christianity under the severest penalties.

Zephyrinus's predecessor, Pope Victor I, had Excommunicated Theodotus the Tanner, for reviving a Heresy that Christ, while a Prophet, was only a mere man. Theodotus' followers formed a separate Heretical community at Rome, ruled by another Theodotus, the Money Changer, and Asclepiodotus. Natalis, who was tortured for his Faith during the Persecution, was persuaded by Asclepiodotus to become a Bishop in their sect, in exchange for a monthly stipend of 150 denarii.

Natalis then reportedly experienced several visions warning him to abandon these Heretics. According to an anonymous work, entitled "The Little Labyrinth", and quoted by Eusebius, Natalis was whipped a whole night by an Angel; the next day, he donned sackcloth and ashes and, weeping bitterly, threw himself at the feet of Zephyrinus.



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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Saint Louis. King And Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 25 August.

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

Saint Louis.
King And Confessor.
Feast Day 25 August.


White Vestments.

English: King Saint Louis IX mediates between the
King of The English 
and his Barons (23 January 1264).
Français: Saint Louis médiateur entre le roi d'Angleterre et ses barons (23 janvier 1264) ou 'Saint-Louis se prononçant comme arbitre à Amiens entre Henri III roi d'Angleterre et les barons anglais.
Artist: Georges Rouget (1783–1869).
Date: 1820.
Current location: Palace of Versailles, France.
Source/Photographer: Joconde database
(Wikimedia Commons)

Arms of the Kingdom of France (Ancien).
Date: 31 March 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Sodacan.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Louis.
King of France.
Available on YouTube at

Louis IX, born in 1215, became King of France at the age of twelve. He was very piously brought up by his mother, Queen Blanche, who taught him to wish rather to die than to commit a Mortal Sin. He liked to be called Louis of Poissy, the place where he had been Baptised, to show that his Title of Christian was his most glorious Title of Nobility.

"Despising the pleasures of the World, he only strove to please Jesus Christ, the true King" (Collect), "and was," says Bossuet, "the holiest and most just King who has ever worn the Crown."

Assiduous in attending The Offices of The Church, he ordered them to be Solemnly Celebrated in his Palace, where, every day, he heard two Masses. At Midnight, he rose for Matins and began his Royal Day with The Office of Prime. He introduced into his Chapel the custom of genuflecting at the words in the Creed: Et homo factus est, and of bowing down humbly at the passage in The Passion when Jesus expires.

Statue of King Saint Louis IX,
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre,
Paris, France.
Photo: 10 July 2009.
Author: Larry Johnson.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Both these pious practices were adopted by The Church. "They impute to me as a crime my assiduity at Prayer," he would say, "but not a word would be said if I gave to play or to the hunt the hours I give to Prayer." But never did his piety hinder him from devoting to the affairs of the Kingdom the greater part of his time.

Having recovered from a serious illness, he made a Vow to undertake a Crusade to reconquer Jerusalem. At first victorious, he fell at last into the hands of the Saracens. Restored to freedom, he remained five years in The East helping the Christians. On his return to France, he made many pious Foundations and built The Sainte Chapelle, as a precious Reliquary for The Holy Crown of Thorns and the important particle of The True Cross, which Baldwin II, Emperor of Constantinople, had presented to him.

King Saint Louis IX meeting Pope Innocent IV at Cluny Abbey, France.
Date: 14th-Century.
Author: Grandes Chroniques de France, Paris

Most austere, himself, he was most charitable to others, and used to say: "It is more meet for a King to ruin himself in Alms, for God's sake, than in pomp and vain glory." "Often," says Joinville, "I have seen the good King, after Mass, go to the wood at Vincennes, sit down at the foot of an Oak Tree and there listen to all who who had to speak to him."

A Servant of Christ, he continually wore The Cross to show that his Vow remained unaccomplished. He undertook, in 1270, another Crusade, but an epidemic decimated his army, near Tunis, and struck him down.

With his arms crossed, and lying on a bed of ashes, he gave up his Soul to God in 1270, at the same hour that Christ died on The Cross. He was heard to repeat the day before his death: "We shall go to Jerusalem." It was, in reality, to Heavenly Jerusalem, conquered by his patience in the midst of his adversities, where he was to reign with The King of Kings (Collect).

Mass: Os justi.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016


The Lord moves in mysterious ways,
His Wonders to perform !!!

Accrington Stanley Football Club Wall-Plaque.
Motto: "Industry and Prudence Conquer".
Photo: 4 July 2015.
Source: Own work.
Author: Martinevans123.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Burnley F.C. team in 1890.
Photo: 1890.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

In tonight's Football Match between Accrington Stanley and
Burnley, Zephyrinus noticed that the goal-keeper's surname
for Accrington Stanley was PARISH.

The goal-keeper's surname for Burnley was POPE.

One wonders who has the safer pair of hands.

Saint Bartholomew. Apostle. Feast Day, Today, 24 August.

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

Saint Bartholomew.
Feast Day 24 August.

Double of The Second-Class.

Red Vestments.

Saint Bartholomew.
Artist: Rene de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

English: Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.
By Pierre Le Gros the Younger.
The Nave of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Italy.
Français: Saint Barthélemy par Pierre Le Gros le Jeune.
Nef de la basilique Saint-Jean-de-Latran (Rome).
Photo: 7 September 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Jastrow.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Bartholomew, or, the son of Tholomy, is, according to common opinion, the Disciple whom Saint Philip brought to Our Lord , under the name of Nathanael, and whom The Master praised on account of his innocence and the simplicity of his heart.

["Philip met Nathanael and said to him: The one of whom Moses has written in The Law, and whom The Prophets have announced, we have found: It is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said to him: Can anything good come from Nazareth ? Philip said to him: Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him and said of him: That is a true Israelite, in whom there is no guile. Nathanael said to Him: Whence knowest thou me ? Jesus answered: Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the Fig Tree, I saw thee. Nathanael replied: Rabbi. Thou art The Son of God. Thou art The King of Israel." John i, 45-49.]

Armenia, at the site of the Apostle's Martyrdom.
Date: Pre-1913.
Source: Bachmann, Walter (1913) "Kirchen und moscheen in
und Kurdistan", Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs, pp. 119-123.
Author: Bachmann, Walter.
(Wikimedia Commons)

For the Gospel of Saint John, never mentioning Saint Bartholomew among The Apostles, says that Philip and Nathanael came together to Jesus, and that he was among the Disciples to whom The Saviour appeared after The Resurrection on the shore of The Sea of Galilee. The other Gospels never use the name of Nathanael, but, after Philip, they always mention Bartholomew.

Born at Cana, in Galilee, he was placed by Jesus among The Twelve (Gospel) and he was a witness of the principal actions of Jesus upon the Earth. "The first gift vouchsafed to The Church by The Holy Ghost," says Saint Paul, "is the Grace of The Apostleship" (Epistle).

English: Church of Saint Bartholomew,
Gyöngyös, Hungary.
Français: Eglise baroque Szent Bertalan de Gyöngyös.
Magyar: Szent Bertalan nagytemplom.
Română: Biserica barocă Szent Bertalan / Sfântul Bartolomeu din Gyöngyös.
Photo: February 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Venusz.
(Wikimedia Commons)

He Preached The Faith in Arabia Felix: According to certain Traditions, he was flayed alive. He is thus represented in the beautiful White Marble statue, by Cibo, in Milan Cathedral, Italy.

His Relics are Venerated at Rome, in the Church of Saint Bartholomew, on an island formed by The River Tiber. His name is mentioned in The Canon of The Mass among The Apostles.

Let us joyfully Celebrate The Feast of Saint Bartholomew, who, in Heaven, Praises God, among the Glorious Choir of The Apostles (Alleluia), and let us ask God to grant to His Church to love what He believed and to Preach what he himself taught (Collect).

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

First Vespers (23 August): Of The Common of Apostles.
Commemoration: Of Saint Philip: Antiphon: Hic vir. Versicle. Justum.
Mass: Mihi autem.
Preface: Of The Apostles.
Second Vespers: Of The Common of Apostles.
Commemoration: Of Saint Louis: Similábo. Versicle. Amávit.

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