Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pray for the Souls of Priests

Please pray for the souls of deceased priests especially in the next week to come following All Souls Day. This is the Year for Priests, and what's a better time to pray for deceased priests than right now!?! :)

O God, Thou didst raise Thy servants to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving them the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward their faithfulness and to forgive their faults, admitting them speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of their labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

All Soul's Day

All Souls Day is celebrated on this upcoming Monday for those of us following the usus antiquior calender (November 3rd).

The day purposely follows All Saint's Day in order to shift the focus from those in heaven to those in purgatory. It is celebrated with masses and festivities in honor of the dead. While the Feast of All Saints is a day to remember the glories of Heaven and those there, the Feast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives and that there will be purification of the souls of those destined for Heaven.

Many people decorate their home altars for this Feast by putting up pictures of deceased relatives, lighting candles for them, burning incense, or setting up certain flowers, and decorative coloring (Black).

I'm going to decorate our home altar tomorrow, and try to get some pictures of it up.

"The theological basis for the feast is the doctrine that the souls which, on departing from the body, are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past transgressions, are debarred from the Beatific Vision, and that the faithful on earth can help them by prayers, alms deeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass" (Catholic Encyclopedia).

At All Soul's Day Mass the Priest (Sub-deacon and Deacon) will be wearing black vestments that are representative of fundamental Christian realities. While Christians are a people of hope, we are also a people aware of the reality of sin and God's judgement. It also is a reminder and symbol of our belief in purgatory where suffering souls require our prayers and especially Masses.

The sombre tone of the black vestments can be understood as a reminder of our sin (personal and original) and the reality of death. It emphasizes the reality of purgatory and the need for prayers which we should offer for the dead. Also, we, the living, are thus reminded of the need to care for the state of of our own souls.

Another symbolic tradition is the use of a catafalque or cenotaph representing a coffin for the deceased members of the world. It is covered with a black cloth or pall, on which there is a cross either of white or some other color. The catafalque is usually placed immediately outside the sanctuary, and is the center of the ceremonies of that part of the Mass known as the absolution, receiving the same attention as the corpse would if present. So, candles are burned all around the catafalque during the function, and it is blessed with holy water and then incensed.

Here is a beautiful video of a Solemn High Requiem Mass on All Soul's Day at St. John Cantius in Chicago. While the Mass is being prayed, Mozart's Requiem Mass is being preformed by choir and orchestra in the balconies.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Those Mysterious Priests!

As of the moment I am reading, "Those Mysterious Priests," by Fulton Sheen. I just finished reading, "A Priest is Not His Own," by Sheen as well. Both books are very similar, but each is just as wonderful as the other!


I have a tendency to imagine a priest giving a loud evil laugh, disappearing around a dark corner when I hear the title, "Those Mysterious Priests."


My point exactly! (Photo: AP)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Marching Band Festival Today

St. Cecilia Pray for us!!!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Instructional Video- St. Michael Chaplet

HERE is an instructional video on how to pray the Chaplet of Saint Michael for anyone interested.

-Does anyone know how to post a youtube player on my blog without having it stall and freeze when I play it on here??

Chaplet of St. Michael

O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father.... etc.

Then one 'Our Father' and three 'Hail Marys' are to be prayed after each of the following nine salutations.

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.

2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.

3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.

4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominions may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions. Amen.

5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.

6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.

7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven. Amen.

9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven. Amen.

Next one Our Father is to be said in honour of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.

Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

"The history of this Chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d'Astonac, who had a vision of St. Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life." (EWTN)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Music's Down

My computer Crashed the other day, and I lost all of my iTunes Music. So there won't be any music until I upload all of my music back onto my computer (over 3,000 songs) and then upload them back onto my blog.

So basically, there won't be music playing on here for a while. :-)

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Carthusian Monk's Feast Day

Today is the Feast of St. Bruno, the Carthusian Monk's Patron Saint.

The Carthusian Order, also called the Order of St. Bruno, is an order of cloistered monastics. The order was founded by Saint Bruno of Cologne in 1084 and includes both monks and nuns. The order has grown all around the world, and there is even one started in the United States!

In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning lived in the monks’ quarters for six months—filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions. His film about them and their daily lives is caused "Into Great Silence." I have a copy of it, and I love it. Make sure when you watch it there are no distractions around, and that you have time to devout to it, it's a little long, but worth it!!

I briefly wrote about the movie HERE.

More and more I am attracted to an intimate, and more secluded life of prayer. Probably not as a Carthusian (maybe not yet), but maybe something that shares a similar lifestyle or principles that the Carthusians have. But then the question is raised, if I'm trying to be not of the world, than how could I stand to be halfway in it, or a quarter in it? Living "in the world" is not what I'm called to do, but how much I am supposed to be out of it is something that I need to discern.

To see more pictures or read a little bit more about St. Bruno, and this order go HERE to a NLM post that will give you links to previous archives on the Carthusian Monks. Or I suggest reading "Halfway to Heaven: The Hidden Life of the Carthusians." I read it and it's amazing!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Today's Feast

Today was the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Did you get your pet blessed?! ;)