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.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

St. Edward the Confessor

Happy Feast of the only canonised English Monarch.
St. Edward, pray for us; pray for England.
Mary, to whom England was once a dowry, Our Blessed Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii ora pro nobis,

Regina pacis ora pro nobis.


Happy Feast!

Monday, 28 September 2015

St. Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, Martyr

Today is the Feast of  Good "King" Wenceslaus, in fact a Duke, and now Patron Saint of Bohemia, the City of Prague, and, by extension, the whole Czech Republic. The following biography is taken from Catholic Online:

Patron saint of Bohemia, parts of Czech Republic, and duke of Bohemia frorn 924-929. Also called Wenceslas, he was born near Prague and raised by his grandmother, St. Ludmilla, until her murder by his mother, the pagan Drahomira. Wenceslaus's mother assumed the regency over Bohemia about 920 after her husband's death, but her rule was so arbitrary and cruel in Wenceslaus' name that he was compelled on behalf of his subjects to overthrow her and assume power for himself in 924 or 925. A devout Christian, he proved a gifted ruler and a genuine friend of the Church. German missionaries were encouraged, churches were built, and Wenceslaus perhaps took a personal vow of poverty Unfortunately, domestic events proved fatal, for in 929 the German king Heinrich I the Fowler         (r. 919-936) invaded Bohemia and forced Wenceslaus to make an act of submission. This defeat, combined with his pro-Christian policies, led a group of non-Christian nobles to conspire against him. On September 28, 919, a group of knights under the leadership of Wenceslaus' brother Boreslav assassinated the saint on the doorstep of a church. Virtually from the moment of his death, Wenceslaus was considered a martyr and venerated as a saint. Miracles were reported at his tomb, and his remains were translated to the church of St. Vitus in Prague which became a major pilgrimage site. The feast has been celebrated at least since 985 in Bohemia, and he is best known from the Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslaus."

.. So an excuse for an unseasonal carol (and a rather interesting version):


Ora pro nobis

A happy Feast, especially to any Czech readers that I may have.

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