The Propers of mass menu (right column, website only) has been fixed. Feel free to download and use these propers I created for the Latin Mass Community of St. Anthony. They represent an entire year of work. Larry Bethel also put in a good amount of time in proof reading the propers as well as covering the cost (of the printed material). I used to insert these propers into the red missalettes before mass each week. Do you think there is still a need?
"Hear me and understand well, my son the least, that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
— Our Lady to Juan Diego
In the winter of 1531, a poor, 57-year-old Aztec Indian living five miles outside of Mexico City encountered a miraculous happening on his way to morning Mass. First he heard strange music coming from Tepeyac Hill, and then he heard a woman's voice calling his name. Juan Diego climbed the hill and encountered a young woman, appearing to be of his own people in physical appearance and dress. The woman identified herself as the Virgin Mary, and told Juan Diego to ask the bishop of Mexico City to build a church on the hill to assist in the conversion of the nation and be a source of consolation to the people.
Juan Diego obeyed the request, but the bishop was skeptical regarding the message, even though he perceived that Juan was a humble, and well meaning Catholic. Juan reported the bishop's doubt to Our Lady at Tepeyac Hill, and she asked him to return to the bishop once again, bearing the same message. The bishop once again heard the story, and told Juan Diego to ask Our Lady for a sign that it was indeed herself that wished for the church to be built.
When he returned to the hill, Mary gave Juan Diego such a sign. Miraculously, roses appeared on the hill in the middle of winter, and Juan gathered them in his tilma, or cloak. Our Lady arranged the roses in his tilma with her own hands, and Juan returned to the bishop's presence. When Juan released the tilma, allowing the flowers to fall to the floor, it was revealed that a miraculous image of Our Lady had imprinted itself on his tilma (see above).
The bishop immediately fell to his knees, and came to believe in Juan Diego's message. A church was built on the spot of the apparition, as Mary had requested, and 8 million people converted to Catholicism in a short period of time upon hearing of or viewing the miraculous image of Our Lady.
The tilma of Juan Diego has been the subject of much modern research. The tilma, woven out of coarse cactus fiber, should have disintegrated after 20 years, but although over 500 years have passed the tilma is still in perfect condition. The pupils of Mary in the picture reflect the Indians and clergy present at the time of the first revelation of the image. No paint was used, and chemical analysis has not been able to identify the color imprint. Additionally, studies have revealed that the stars on Mary's mantle match exactly what a Mexican would have seen in the sky in December of 1531.
CHAP. 1. What a Christian is: And of the Blessed Trinity.
Q. 1. Quest. CHILD, what religion are you of?
Ans. Sir, by the benefit and grace of God, I am Christian.
Q. 2. Whom understand you by a Christian?
A. Him that inwardly believes and outwardly professes the law of Christ.
Q. 3. When are we obliged to make an external profession of it?
A. As often as God's honour, our own, or neighbour's good requires it.
Q. 4. How prove you that we are bound outwardly to profess our faith?
A. Out of St. Matt. x. 32, where Christ saith, Every one, therefore, that shall confess me
before men, I will confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny
me before men, I also will deny him before my Father who is in heaven.
Q. 5. Are we bound also to venture the ruin of our estates, the loss of our friends,
and to lay down our very lives for the profession and defence of our faith?
A. Doubtless we are: seeing the reward we expect in heaven, infinitely exceeds all the
pleasures and punishments of this life. And because Christ the Son of the living God, has
suffered far greater things for us, even to a disgraceful death on the cross? and therefore,
it were base ingratitude in us, not to be ready to give our lives for him as often as his
honour shall require it. Luke, xiv. 26, 33.
Q. 6. In what doth the faith and law of Christ chiefly consist?
A. In two principle mysteries, namely, the unity and trinity of God, and the incarnation
and death of our Saviour.
Q. 7. What means the unity and trinity of God?
A. It means, that in God there is but one only divine nature or essence, and that in the
same one and divine nature there are three persons, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy
Q. 8. How show you that?
A. Out of John, v. 7. There are three that give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word,
and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.
Q. 9. Why are there but three Persons only?
A. Because the Father had no beginning, nor proceeds from any other person; the Son
proceeds from the Father, and Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son.
Q. 10. What means the incarnation and death of our Saviour?
A. It means that the second person of the blessed Trinity was made man, and died on the
cross to save us.