"I should not believe the Gospel except on the authority of the Catholic Church."--
"Gregorian Chant has always been regarded as the supreme model for sacred music, so that it is fully legitimate to lay down the following rule: the more closely a composition for church approaches in its movement, inspiration and savor the Gregorian form, the more sacred and liturgical it becomes; and the more out of harmony it is with that supreme model, the less worthy it is of the temple. The ancient traditional Gregorian Chant must, therefore, in a large measure be restored to the functions of public worship, and the fact must be accepted by all that an ecclesiastical function loses none of its solemnity when accompanied by this music alone." Pope Pius X, Tra le Sollecitudini, 1903
"Kindness is for fools! They want them to be treated with oil, soap, and caresses but they ought to be beaten with fists! In a duel you don't count or measure the blows, you strike as you can! War is not made with charity, it is a struggle a duel. If Our Lord were not terrible he would not have given an example in this too. See how he treated the Philistines, the sowers of error, the wolves in sheep's clothing, the traitors in the temple. He scourged them with whips!" Saint Pius X in response to someone who begged to "go soft" on the Modernists.
"The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the Altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that happens at the Altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens on the Altar. When acting in this way, you have prayed Holy Mass." Pope St. Pius X
The Catechism of The Catholic Church
The Final Purification or Purgatory
1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire. As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, beforethe Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.
1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: “Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.” From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead: Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them someconsolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.
Pray for their Souls
O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, deliver the soulsof all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the deep pit; Deliver them from the lion’s mouth, that hell engulf them not, nor they fall into darkness, but let Michael, the holy standard bearer, bring them into the Holy Light which Thou once promised to Abraham and his descendants we offer Thee, O Lord, sacrifices and prayers of praise; Do Thou accept them for those souls whom we this day commemorate; Grant them, O Lord, to pass from death to the life which Thou once didst promise to Abraham and his descendants. — Anonymous
My Jesus, by the sorrows You suffered in Your agony in the Garden, In Your scourging and crowning with thorns, in Your journey to Calvary, and in Your crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in Purgatory, a d especially on those that are most forsaken; deliver them from the torments they endure; call them and admit them to Your most sweet embrace in Paradise, where You live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
O Mary, my Immaculate Mother, I offer you all the Holy Souls in Purgatory enfold them in your Immaculate Heart and immerse their souls in the Most Precious Blood of the Immaculate Lamb of God, Jesus your Son and our Savior that cleansed from all stain of sin they soon may enter into heaven, all for the glory and joy of the Most Adorable Trinity. Amen.
Prayer of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
3 o’clock p.m. - Prayer for the Holy Souls
Most merciful Jesus, You yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of your Most compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too,t he power of Your Mercy may be celebrated.Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His Most Sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your Mercy to the Souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limitto Your goodness and compassion.Amen.
Prayer of Saint Gertrude The Great
It was reveled to St. Gertrude the Great by Our Lord, and he promised to release 1000 souls from purgatory when it is recited with love and devotion.
Eternal Father, I offer You the Most Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses being said throughout the world today for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, those in the Universal Church, in my home and within my family. Amen.Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And may Thy perpetual light shine upon them. Amen. May they and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Motu Proprio Ecclesiae Unitatem
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
FROM VATICAN INFORMATION SERVICE VIN TODAY JULY 08 2009 MOTU PROPRIO ECCLESIAE UNITATEM VATICAN CITY, 8 JUL 2009 (VIS) -
Given below is an English-language translation from the Italian of the Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio data" of Pope Benedict XVI, "Ecclesiae unitatem". The document concerns the structure of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" which deals with questions involving the Society of Saint Pius X and which as of now becomes dependent upon the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The original text of the Motu Proprio is written in Latin:
1. The duty to safeguard the unity of the Church, with the solicitude to offer everyone help in responding appropriately to this vocation and divine grace, is the particular responsibility of the Successor of the Apostle Peter, who is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of the unity of both bishops and faithful. The supreme and fundamental priority of the Church in all times - to lead mankind to the meeting with God - must be supported by the commitment to achieve a shared witness of faith among all Christians.
2. Faithful to this mandate, following the act of 30 June 1988 by which Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre illicitly conferred episcopal ordination upon four priests, on 2 July 1988 Pope John Paul II of venerable memory established the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" whose task it is "to collaborate with the bishops, with the departments of the Roman Curia and with the circles concerned, for the purpose of facilitating full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, religious communities or individuals until now linked in various ways to the Society founded by Msgr. Lefebvre, who may wish to remain united to the Successor Peter in the Catholic Church, while preserving their spiritual and liturgical traditions, in the light of the Protocol signed on 5 May last by Cardinal Ratzinger and Msgr. Lefebvre".
3. In keeping with this, faithfully adhering to that duty to serve the universal communion of the Church, also in her visible manifestation, and making every effort to ensure that those who truly desire unity have the possibility to remain in it or to rediscover it, I decided, with the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum", to expand and update through more precise and detailed norms the general indications already contained in the Motu Proprio "Ecclesia Dei" concerning the possibility of using the 1962"Missale Romanum".
4. In the same spirit, and with the same commitment to favouring the repair of all fractures and divisions within the Church, and to healing a wound that is ever more painfully felt within the ecclesiastical structure, I decided to remit the excommunication of the four bishops illicitly ordained by Msgr. Lefebvre. In making that decision my intention was to remove an impediment that could hinder the opening of a door to dialogue and thus invite the four bishops and the Society of Saint Pius X to rediscover the path to full communion with the Church. As I explained in my Letter to Catholic bishops of 10 March this year, the remission of the excommunication was a measure taken in the field of ecclesiastical discipline, to free individuals from the burden of conscience constituted by the most serious of ecclesiastical penalties. However it is clear that the doctrinal questions remain, and until they are clarified the Society has no canonical status in the Church, and its ministers cannot legitimately exercise any ministry in the Church.
5. Precisely because the problems that now have to be examined with the Society are essentially doctrinal in nature, I have decided - twenty-one years after the Motu Proprio "Ecclesia Dei" and in keeping with what I had intended to do - to reconsider the structure of the Commission "Ecclesia Dei", joining it closely to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
6. The Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" will, then, have the following configuration: (a) The president of the Commission is the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. (b) The Commission has its own staff, composed of the secretary and officials. (c) It will be the task of the president, with the assistance of the secretary, to submit the principal cases and questions of a doctrinal nature for study and discernment according to the ordinary requirements of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and to submit the results thereof to the superior dispositions of the Supreme Pontiff.
7. With this decision I wish in particular to show paternal solicitude towards the Society of Saint Pius X, with the aim of rediscovering the full communion of the Church. To everyone I address a pressing invitation to pray ceaselessly to the Lord, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, "ut unum sint". From Rome, at St. Peter's, 2 July 2009, fifth year of Our Pontificate.MP/ECCLESIAE UNITATEM/... VIS 090708
(800) OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS VATICAN CITY, 8 JUL 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father: -
Appointed Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the additional office of president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei". He succeeds Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, whom the Holy Father thanked at the end of his service as president of the same commission. -
Appointed Msgr. Guido Pozzo, adjunct secretary of the International Theological Commission and official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as secretary of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei".
Being Poor is....
Pray for those With Less
I am not well off. It's not because of crushing poverty, ignorance or being born into a social class that abandoned me to a life of repressive circumstances. I live a humble life because I am a student and work part time as a janitor and that is ok. I am truly blessed.
But I know people who are poor beyond our collective comprehension or, who have been poor. I know people who are shackled in life by cruel circumstance. Yes, these people really exist. Yes, some will escape...no, not all do and no, not all have the means to rise above, not all hold the knowledge of transcendence and self awareness.
I just passed through a wealthy part of Wichita and my companion said that she could not imagine that people actually lived in such a luxurious manner. most of us cannot fathom what it feels like to be really poor.
For those of us lucky enough to have food, shelter, security and above this love, relationships and social worth we may have never thought of the following. Tonight while your thanking God for you meal and family please think of those without.....
Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.
Being poor is off-brand toys.
Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.
Being poor is Goodwill underwear.
Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.
Being poor is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.
Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.
Being poor is finding the letter your mom wrote to your dad, begging him for the child support.
Being poor is stopping the car to take a lamp from a stranger’s trash.
Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap.
Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.
Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.
Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually stupid.
Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually lazy.
Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.
Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasn’t bought first.
Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because that’s two extra packages for every dollar.
Being poor is eating the 5 ounces of meat the nice lady you waited on left on her plate.
Being poor is having to live with choices you didn’t know you made when you were 14 years old.
Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.
Being poor is sphagetti without sauce.
Being poor is knowing you’re being judged.
Being poor is a box of crayons and a $1 coloring book from a community center Santa.
Being poor is checking the coin return slot of every soda machine you go by.
Being poor is deciding that it’s all right to base a relationship on shelter.
Being poor is a $200 paycheck advance from a company that takes $250 when the paycheck comes in.
Being poor is four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree.
Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.
Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.
Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.
Being poor is seeing how few options you have.
Being poor is running in place.
Being poor is people wondering why you didn’t leave.
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For Pocketing a Communion Wafer
Leonine Prayers After Low Mass
Repost from Post #47
By Guest Blogger Jim Spencer
Blogger's note: Mr. Jim Spencer was the original writer for Venite Missa Est! In fact the name of this blog was his idea since Jim speaks fluent Latin. Since Jim is an actual writer his wealth of knowledge is endless and his love of The Lord, Blessed Mother and Holy Catholic Church is boundless. This post was originally an email and Jim has been gracious to let us post it here.
In case you are curious about the slight variation Fr. Lies has introduced into the Leonine Prayers said after low Masses, here's what the 1962 edition of The Celebration of Mass by Fr. J. B. O'Connell has to say on the subject (Chapter 16, page 299): ". . . These are to be said . . . by the celebrant and the congregation, either alternatively, as is the practice in some places, or all together. They may be recited in Latin or in the vernacular . . . ." In other words, Fr. Lies exercises a legitimate option when he sings the third Ave in Latin and follows it by the Salve Regina in Latin. And the congregation may join him in both. Frankly, I rather like this variation he has introduced, and I'll like it a whole bunch more when I finally learn the music for the Ave some better. I wish he would say or sing the prayer immediately after the Salve Regina in Latin rather than English (Pray for us, Holy Mother of God), which in Latin is: "Ora pro nobis Sancta Dei Genetrix." We would answer "Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi." Our rosary group does this every Monday evening. But all of this is entirely his option. Incidentally, if you've forgotten (as I had) the history of the Leonine Prayers, here's a brief version thereof taken from the same O'Connell book but on page 121:
"In 1884 & 1886 Leo XIII ordered special prayers -- the Ave thrice, the Salve Regina, and two other prayers -- to be recited after a private Mass in all churches for the needs of the Church. This prescription was renewed by St. Pius X (1903) and by Benedict XV (1915). Pius XI, in a Consistoral Allocution of June 30, 1930, ordered these prayers to be said for Russia . . . ." "To these Leonine Prayers, St. Pius X, in 1904, allowed the addition of the ejaculation "Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,' said three times . . . ."
Recently while visiting a cemetery I found, in my mother's old 1950's Marian Missal, a beautiful Litany for the Faithful Departed which I prayed for my parents, my relatives and all lying in repose. Note that the missal stated that this litany was for private use only (and is not one of the official litanies). Ever since blog contributor Larry Bethel urged us to pray the Litany of Saints for Rogation Days (see Post #78) I have been fascinated with the different Litanies. I find them to be beautiful, meditative and edifying. Venite Missa Est! will feature the various litanies over the coming weeks. Enjoy (and pray!)
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, hear us. Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,St. Joseph, Pray for us.
Renowned offspring of David, Pray for us.
Light of Patriarchs,Spouse of the Mother of God, Pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, Pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, Pray for us.
Diligent protector of Christ, Pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, Pray for us.
Joseph most just, Pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, Pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, Pray for us.
Joseph most strong, Pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, Pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, Pray for us.
Mirror of patience, Pray for us.
Lover of poverty, Pray for us.
Model of artisans, Pray for us.
Glory of home life, Pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, Pray for us.
Pillar of families, Pray for us.
Solace of the wretched, Pray for us.
Hope of the sick, Pray for us.
Patron of the dying, Pray for us.
Terror of demons, Pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, Pray for us.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.
He made him the lord of his household. And prince over all his possessions.
Let us pray, --- O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.