Category Archives: Devotion

February prayer intention

For the month of February, the prayer intention of Pope Francis is:

That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

Let’s ask for the grace to be steadfast to the Gospel and teaching of the Church.

TLM this coming week

The Traditional Latin Mass will be offered:
 
~January 28, Septuagesima Sunday, Low Mass at 2:00pm
 
~Friday Friday Mass, February 2, Low Mass at 8:00 am
 
~Candlemas, Sunday, February 4, High Mass with the blessing of candles, procession and the Blessing of Throats following Mass at 2:00 pm
 
Bring your house candles to be blessed. A table will be provided in the sanctuary.

Angels give praise

Earlier this month the Church liturgical recalled the Guardian Angels and in late September we did the same for the Archangels. Thinking of the presence of the angels of late, here is a line from St. John Chrysostom who tells us of our angelic calling:
 
“On high the armies of the angels are giving praise. Here below in the Church the human choir takes up after them the same doxology. Above us, angels of fire make the thrice Holy hymn resound magnificently. Here below is raised the echo of their hymn. The festival of heaven’s citizens is united with the inhabitants of earth in a single thanksgiving, a single upsurge of happiness, a single chorus of joy.”
 
On Ozias, Homily 4,1(PG 56,120)
 
Olivier Clement, trans. Roots of Christian Mysticism: Texts from the Patristic Era with Commentary, second edition. (New York: New City Press, 2013), 118.

Palm Sunday

Christ the King!

“The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’ And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, ‘Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on an donkey’s colt!’ His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.” (Jn 12: 12-18)

Today, we do likewise by carrying branches to “re-presenting,” or “again making present” to ourselves and to our world, this historical event. Blessed day!