Thursday, 7 January 2016

Thoughts on St. Anthony

A recent post by Mac of Mulier Fortis concerning finding a lost ring has started a thread of comments about my old friend, St. Anthony of Padua.

This, coupled with having just heard on the News a trailer for a documentary about loneliness and depression put me in mind of St. Anthony's Brief, about which I have posted in the past, but is worth recalling.

The Brief originates from the Story of a 13th. Century Portugese woman who, through depression or demonic influences, was driven to the point of planning suicide by drowning herself in the River Tagus. As she approached the river, she passed a wayside shrine to St. Anthony and there experienced a vision or dream of the Saint, in which he gave her a parchment, saying, "'Arise woman, and take this paper, which will free you from the molestations of the Evil One". The parchment was a real, physical object and contained the words shown below:

The woman recovered, and her story spread to the extent that the King heard of it and asked for the Brief, which she gave to him, and which was added to the Crown Jewels of Portugal. Unfortunately, when she no longer had the brief about her person, the woman's mood again fell and old thoughts again troubled her. The King responded by having a copy of the Brief made for her, which was efficacious once she received it.

To this day, copies of the Brief are available, either printed on paper or linen, or in the form of medals, and are recommended for use by those who are troubled in mind.

In an era when mental illness, self-harm and suicide are prevalent, especially among the young, it would be good to invoke St. Anthony and encourage devotion to him and the use of his Brief.

Sancte Antoni, ora pro nobis.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

St. Stephen - Protomartyr

St. Stephen, the first deacon and the first martyr of the Christian Church, was stoned to death in Jerusalem on a false charge of blasphemy. Given the current plight of Christians in the Middle East, it is perhaps apt to invoke his prayers for their intentions.

St. Stephen is also one of my personal Patron Saints.

Sancte Stephane, ora pro nobis.

Happy Feast.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas 2015

Hodie Christus natus est.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo,
Et in Terra, pax hominibus bonae voluntatis

Friday, 18 December 2015

Clergy illness

Yesterday evening, I received the news that Fr. Tim Finigan of The Hermeneutic of Continuity was in hospital following a minor heart attack. He has subsequently posted on his blog that he is ok but will need to rest for a little while. I would like to wish him a speedy recovery, and assure him that he is in my prayers.

I f you feel able, I would ask you to remember Fr. Tim in your prayers, and also the Parish Priest of Woolwich, who is currently ill with, I understand, one of the seasonal 'bugs' that are about this time of year, and the Parish Priest of Chislehurst, who has long-term health issues.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for them.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Advent Begins

Today, the Church's Liturgical Year returns to the start, with the First Sunday of Advent, and we begin the season of preparation for the memorial of Our Lord's Nativity, and the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation.

Here is the Introit for Mass in the Extraordinary Form:

The Anthem Rorate, Caeli enters the Prayer of the Church:

And the Marian Anthem that concludes the Office changes to the Alma Redemptoris Mater:

Finally, a little plug for, and thanks to, The Curt Jester, who has again made available his Advent Wreath graphic, which you can add to your blog, should you wish. I have already incorporated into my sidebar for the season.

Dominus Vobiscum.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Remembrance Day

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We shall remember them.

Requiem aeternum dona eis, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat eis:
Requiescant in pace.

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