Friday, 28 August 2015

St Augustine of Hippo

Happy Feast!

(Also my birthday - soon comes round again).

Sancte Augustine, ora pro nobis.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

St Zephyrinus, Pope and Martyr


Happy Feast, and especially, a happy pseudonymical Feast to my good friend, the author of the Zephyrinus blog.

For anyone not familiar with Zephy's blog, I strongly recommend you to have a look - always lots of interesting and informative posts.

Sancte Zephyrine, ora pro nobis

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

St. Dominic - Confessor

St. Dominic, shown with one of the watchdog of the Lord, a nickname for his Order, the Dominicans or Friars Preachers, being a play on words from the Latin: 'Domini Canes'.

Ora pro nobis.

Happy Feast!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

St. Alphonsus Liguori

Ora pro nobis

As I posted yesterday, in the Usus Antiquior, this is the commemoration of the Feast of St. Alphonsus. Happy Feast to everyone, especially the Sons of the Holy Redeemer on Papa Stronsay, on the feast of their founder and patron.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Multiple Feasts and Commemorations

Having posted on today as the Feast of the Seven Holy Machabees, I notice that Zephyrinus has today as the Feast of St. Peter ad vincula. A quick look at the LMS Ordo shows today as Our Lady's Saturday, with a commemoration of the Holy Machabees, and the Novus Ordo calendar has today as the Feast of St. Alphosus Liguori (which is kept tomorrow in the Usus Antiquior). This is a classic example of the effect of revisions to the Liturgical Calendar resulting in different Feasts being celebrated depending on which year's Missal and Breviary you are using. It would seem that Zephy has gone for the traditional, pre-1962 calendar, and I have gone for the '62, as this was the version of the Missal that I have had to had while blogging for the last few weeks (hence, Zephy has also included some Vigils and Octaves which I had missed).

To take advantage of the prayers and assistance of as many Saints as possible, therefore:

May Our Blessed Lady, St. Peter, the Seven Holy Machabees, St. Alphonsus and all the Saints pray for us.

Happy Feast, whichever one you are keeping.

Feast of the Seven Holy Machabees - Martyrs

Icon depicting the Seven Holy Machabees in the company of Our Blessed Lord and of Our Lady

The Seven Holy Machabees occupy an interesting position in the Church Triumphant, having suffered martyrdom some 150 years before the birth of Our Lord, and therefore join various Old Testament prophets and patriarchs as effectively pre-Christian Saints, presumably among the first to enter Heaven when Jesus completed His work of redemption. They were righteous Jews who were put to death under Antiochus Epiphanos for refusing to worship the pagan gods whose cult had been imposed on Jerusalem, even to the point of erecting a statue of Zeus in the Jewish Temple.

It would be apt to ask their prayers for peace in the Holy Land, and the wider Middle East at this time, and, recalling how they in a sense represent part of the continuity from Old Testament Judaism to Christianity, ask their care and protection for our Jewish brethren at a time when anti-Semitism is apparently again on the rise in the UK.

Orate pro nobis

Happy Feast!

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