Mass for Benefactors

Tonight Mass will be offered in the Extraordinary Form for all those who support me with their prayers and monetary support. (17:30 Rome time, 10:30 am CT)

I’ll be able to serve the Mass and will offer all of your intentions with my own.

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The Blessed Sacrament is the Testament of the Heart of Jesus Turgis

O Antiphons: O Adonai

O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammæ rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai, come to redeem us with an outstretched arm!

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Isaias 11:4-5
But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity the meek of the earth: and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins.

Isaias 33:22
For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king: he will save us.

Check out my publication which provides commentary on the O Antiphons, in addition to direction on how to pray the Mass during Advent. This publication is a perennial addition to your library. Go HERE for more information on Praying the Mass During Advent.

O Antiphons: O Sapienta

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodidisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae. 

O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly, Come, and teach us the way of prudence.

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Isaias 11:2-3
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord, He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.

Isaias 28:29
This also is come forth from the Lord God of hosts, to make his counsel wonderful, and magnify justice.

Check out my publication which provides commentary on the O Antiphons, in addition to direction on how to pray the Mass during Advent. This publication is a perennial addition to your library. Go HERE for more information on Praying the Mass During Advent.

A nativity scene

There has been a lot of talk about the nativity scene this year at Saint Peter’s. Here is my response from Facebook (responding to this article, HERE):

Maybe, as the article says, the man is a poster boy for a gym ad. But I am not sure that this is much of a problem. Most, if not all, of the bodies of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel are poster boys for gym ads (no irreverence intended by my words on the sacred art of the Sistine chapel).

That being said, a friend of mine sent me pictures sometime last weekend after the scene was uncovered. He was taken aback by a certain ‘crudeness’ of the new scene, or in his words, ‘it was terrifying.’ I shrugged and said, it’s relating the corporeal works of mercy to the Nativity.. which I found fitting, as we often forget about them AND, especially, at Christmas time when the world becomes even more secular, despite the great dignity to our human nature granted in the Nativity of Our Lord.

We discussed further, and I agree, that the crib is not pronounced, whereas it should be. But, to be fair, many Italian nativity scenes have the crib hidden among the cliffs of Amalfi or in a cavern of an Umbrian mountain range with the peasant life taking course as normal, pronouncing the Sacred Humanity of Christ (BUT!, there is always a pronounced reverence for the Holy Family).

BUT, one point that I won’t be able to understand is the confused facial expressions of those in the nativity scene. My friend highlighted that the Angel announcing the praise of Gloria in Excelsis, isn’t focused at all on the Child Jesus, but rather on the poster boy. In addition to this inattention to the Sacred Mystery of the Incarnation, the facial expressions tend towards a disgust.

I pray it’s just bad artistry and wasn’t intentional, bordering on a certain impiety. And that should be our assumption (having not heard the explanation by the artist). I find it often that the nativity scene at Saint Peter’s is not my favorite. The statues always seem contorted or disproportionate. So, I initially looked at the scene with this in mind…a certain cultural inability by most artists to ease every heart with the nostalgia of his childhood nativity scene by which he spent so much time adoring the little Infant Jesus – the whole intention of such a scene.

To show the great work of a friend of mine, here is the presepe at Santissima Trinita awaiting the coming of the Lord:

Is it not I, your Mother?

From a report by Don Antonio Valeriano, a Native American author of the sixteenth century:

The Voice of the Turtledove has been heard in our land

At daybreak one Saturday morning in 1531, on the very first days of the month of December, an Indian named Juan Diego was going from the village where he lived to Tlatelolco in order to take part in divine worship and listen to God’s commandments. When he came near the hill called Tepeyac, dawn had already come, and Juan Diego heard someone calling him from the very top of the hill: “Juanito, Juan Dieguito.”

He went up the hill and caught sight of a lady of unearthly grandeur whose clothing was as radiant as the sun. She said to him in words both gentle and courteous: “Juanito, the humblest of my children, know and understand that I am the ever virgin Mary, Mother of the true God through whom all things live. It is my ardent desire that a church be erected here so that in it I can show and bestow my love, compassion, help, and protection to all who inhabit this land and to those others who love me, that they might call upon and confide in me. Go to the Bishop of Mexico to make known to him what I greatly desire. Go and put all your efforts into this.”

When Juan Diego arrived in the presence of the Bishop, Fray Juan de Zumarraga, a Franciscan, the latter did not seem to believe Juan Diego and answered: “Come another time, and I will listen at leisure.”

Juan Diego returned to the hilltop where the Heavenly Lady was waiting, and he said to her: “My Lady, my maiden, I presented your message to the Bishop, but it seemed that he did not think it was the truth. For this reason I beg you to entrust your message to someone more illustrious who might convey it in order that they may believe it, for I am only an insignificant man.”

She answered him: “Humblest of my sons, I ask that tomorrow you again go to see the Bishop and tell him that I, the ever virgin holy Mary, Mother of God, am the one who personally sent you.”

But on the following day, Sunday, the Bishop again did not believe Juan Diego and told him that some sign was necessary so that he could believe that it was the Heavenly Lady herself who sent him. And then he dismissed Juan Diego.

On Monday Juan Diego did not return. His uncle, Juan Bernardino, became very ill, and at night asked Juan to go to Tlatelolco at daybreak to call a priest to hear his confession.

Juan Diego set out on Tuesday, but he went around the hill and passed on the other side, toward the east, so as to arrive quickly in Mexico City and to avoid being detained by the Heavenly Lady. But she came out to meet him on that side of the hill and said to him: “Listen and understand, my humblest son. There is nothing to frighten and distress you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and let nothing upset you. Is it not I, your Mother, who is here? Are you not under my protection? Are you not, fortunately, in my care? Do not let your uncle’s illness distress you. It is certain that he has already been cured. Go up to the hilltop, my son, where you will find flowers of various kinds. Cut them, and bring them into my presence.”

When Juan Diego reached the peak, he was astonished that so many Castilian roses had burst forth at a time when the frost was severe. He carried the roses in the folds of his tilma (mantle) to the Heavenly Lady. She said to him: “My son, this is the proof and the sign which you will bring to the Bishop so that he will see my will in it. You are my ambassador, very worthy of trust.”

Juan Diego set out on his way, now content and sure of succeeding. On arriving in the Bishop’s presence, he told him: “My lord, I did what you asked. The Heavenly Lady complied with your request and fulfilled it. She sent me to the hilltop to cut some Castilian roses and told me to bring them to you in person. And this I am doing, so that you can see in them the sign you seek in order to carry out her will. Here they are; receive them.”

He immediately opened up his white mantle, and as all the different Castilian roses scattered to the ground, there was drawn on the cloak and suddenly appeared the precious image of the ever virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the same manner as it is today and is kept in her shrine of Tepeyac.

The whole city was stirred and came to see and admire her venerable image and to offer prayers to her; and following the command which the same Heavenly Lady gave to Juan Bernardino when she restored him to health, they called her by the name that she herself had used: “the ever virgin holy Mary of Guadalupe.”

Day 9: Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Salve Regina sung by my former classmates at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary after their tonsure:

Ninth Day 

O God, You have been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing favors by having placed us under the special protection of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Grant us, your humble servants, who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven.

[Here mention your request]

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen. (15x) 

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