Saturday, November 22, 2014

Voices: singing out, ringing out!

Therefore, we, too, extol you with all the Angels,
as in joyful celebration we acclaim:  Holy, holy, holy....
 
 
Choir of Angels ~ Hans Memling (c. 1433-1494, Netherlands)
 
 
“Liturgical action is given a more noble form when sacred rites are solemnized in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people.... Choirs must be diligently promoted, but bishops and other pastors must ensure that, whenever the sacred action is to be celebrated with song, the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightfully theirs.... Gregorian chant, other things being equal, should be given pride of place in liturgical services. But other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded.... Religious singing by the people is to be skillfully fostered, so that in devotions and sacred exercises, as also during liturgical services, the voices of the faithful may ring out” (Constitution on the Liturgy, 112-118).

St Cecilia
Martyr ~ Rome
Approx  90-117 AD
Patron of Musicians, Sacred Music
Incorruptible
Feast Day – Nov 22

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"Words cannot express the things that are sung by the heart ... And if so happy that words can no longer express what they feel, 
people discard the restricting syllables. 
They burst out into a simple sound of joy, of jubilation.'"
Well said, St. Augustine!


  Sing praises to the LORD, O you His saints,
and give thanks to His holy Name.  ~ Psalm 30:4


St Cecilia, pray for us! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

"Behold the heavenly tabernacle!"

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Feast Day -November 21*
*The Feast celebrates Mary as a temple,
where God dwelt in a special way through her role as Mother of Jesus.

"Go then, go, O Queen of the world, O Mother of God, go joyfully to
the house of God and there await the coming of the divine Spirit
who will make you the Mother of the divine Word." - St Germanus (+ 730)

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From the Byzantine liturgy:

 "The most pure temple of the Savior, His most precious bridal chamber, the Virgin, sacred treasury of God's glory, enters today into the house of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the divine Spirit.  Wherefore the angels of God are singing: "Behold the heavenly tabernacle!" ... Wherefore let us cry out to her with all our strength: "Joy to you, fulfillment of the Creator's plan!" At the moment when the young girl Mary was presented in the glorious Temple, "everything that humans build was already diminished by the praise in her heart." (Rilke)

 

"God Himself, with the whole heavenly court, was greatly pleased and glorified the day when He beheld His spouse being led to the Temple.  Never had He seen a holier creature, nor one whom He loved so tenderly, come to offer herself to Him."
- Bernardine de Bustis (+1515)



"Hail, Holy throne of God, divine sanctuary, house of glory, jewel most fair, chosen treasure house, and mercy seat for the whole world, heaven showing forth the glory of God.  Purest Virgin, worthy of all praise, sanctuary dedicated to God and raised above all human condition, virgin soil, unplowed field, flourishing vine, fountain pouring out waters, virgin bearing a child, mother without knowing man, hidden treasure of innocence, ornament of sanctity, by your most acceptable prayers, strong with the authority of mother hood, to our Lord and God, Creator of all, your Son who was born of you without a father, steer the ship of the Church and bring it to a quiet harbor." - St Germanus, homily on the Presentation of Mary 


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"Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb Him
whom she would obey as her master." - St Augustine

various works of art depicting Presentation of Mary + Hail Mary sung

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Spiritual waters that gush forth...

 "Awesome is the altar on which the divine victim is immolated! 
From paradise there went forth a spring whose visible waters
spread out on every side.  From this Table, it is a spring
of spiritual waters that gushes forth." - St John Chrysostom
 
...so everything will live where the river flows. - Ezekiel 47:9


"Everything
flows from the altar -
everything!" 

 Bishop Paul V Dudley
11-29-1926 ~ 11-20-2006




"The Body of Christ (Eucharist) will unite the
Body of Christ (Believers)."~ Bishop Paul V Dudley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Enchantment of all heaven!

 Serve the Lord with gladness!  Come into His presence with singing! 
Know that the Lord is God!  It is He that made us , and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. - Psalm 100:2-3

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"O blessed Host, enchantment of all heaven, 
though Your beauty be veiled 
and captured in a crumb of bread, 
strong faith tears away that veil."

St Faustina Kowalska

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hold nothing back!

Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully
and with wholehearted devotion
and have done what is good in your eyes. - Isaiah 38:3
 
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“We cultivate a very small field for Christ,
but we love it, knowing that God
does not require great achievements,
but a heart that holds back nothing for self. ...
He who has Jesus has everything."
 
 
St Rose Philippine Duchesne
nee France ~ 1769-1852
"Missionary of the American Frontier"
Foundress: American Society of the Sacred Heart
Incorrrupt
FEAST DAY – November 18

 
St Rose spent hours in adoration of our Eucharistic Lord.  Sometimes her prayer would go long into the nighttime, spending 6 to 8 hours before the Blessed Sacrament.   Her long hours of contemplation impelled the Potawatomi Indians whom she served to name her, Quah-kah-ka-num-ad, "Woman-Who-Prays-Always".  It is said  that the Native American children sneaked behind her as she knelt and sprinkled little pebbles (or acorns or leaves) on her long habit robe, and came back hours later (or even the following morning) to find them undisturbed.

She wrote:  "Once baptized, they never revert to drunkenness or stealing. Whatever is found is placed at the door of the church to be claimed by the owner. Not a single house has locks on the doors, yet nothing is ever missing. The Indians gather in groups (men and women separate) for morning prayers, Mass, and catechism. In the evening they assemble again for prayers." 

"You may dazzle the mind with a thousand brilliant discoveries of natural science; you may open new worlds of knowledge which were never dreamed of before; yet, if you have not developed in the soul of the pupil strong habits of virtue which will sustain her in the struggle of life, you have not educated her, but only put in her hand a powerful instrument of self-destruction." ~ Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

 
St Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us!