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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chair of St. Peter

Chair of St. Peter - Taken May 2011 after Vatican Bloggers Meeting

This structure is a brilliant creation by Bernini, designed to display the chair on which, according to ancient tradition, St. Peter sat and taught Roman Christians. Pope Alexander VII had the ivory-covered chair put into the gigantic bronze cathedra, with the statues of the Doctors of the Church, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine of the Roman Church and St. Athanasius and St. John Chrysostom of the Greek Church. The religious significance is extremely clear. The Doctors of the Church were always consistent with Peter's teachings as they expounded theological doctrine.

The gospel does not change because the Holy Spirit, portrayed as a dove flies along the span of the centuries, assisting and accompanying its church. The chair or cathedra of Peter symbolizes the perpetual continuity of the doctrine and its promise of infallibility. It triumphed over all heresies throughout the centuries.

The fine alabaster window, surrounded by golden clouds and angels flying between rays of light, casts a mystical warmth through the basilica, especially in the afternoon. It is divided into twelve sections, in homage to the twelve Apostles who carried the words of the Gospel throughout the world.  - From: 'Guide to Saint Peter's Basilica'

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

St. Louis de Montfort Prayer to Dispel Darkness

Part of a prayer by St. Louis de Montfort in honor of Our Lady it is in its entirety.
St. Louis De Montfort's Prayer to MaryHail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul! Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou still seest in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine. Destroy in me all that may be displeasing to God, root it up and bring it to nought; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.

 May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind; may thy profound humility take the place of my pride; may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination; may thy continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence; may the burning love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine; may thy virtues take the place of my sins; may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me. Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine to know Jesus and His divine will; that I may have no other soul but thine to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thine to love God with a love as pure and ardent as thine I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotion or spiritual pleasures. It is thy privilege to see God clearly; it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men and demons; it is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as thou willest. 
 Such is, O heavenly Mary, the "best part," which the Lord has given thee and which shall never be taken away from thee--and this thought fills my heart with joy. As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine: to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully without human consolation; to die continually to myself without respite; and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as the humblest of thy servants. The only grace I beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say: Amen, So be it--to all that thou didst do while on earth; Amen, so be it--to all that thou art now doing in Heaven; Amen, so be it--to all that thou art doing in my soul, so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.

T O T U S  T U U S !

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

St. Blase ~ Blessing of Throats ~ Photos & Prayer

The annual blessing of throats is a traditional sign of the struggle against illness in the life of the Christian. This blessing is ordinarily given during Mass or a celebration of the word of God on February 3, the memorial of Saint Blase.

 With the crossed candles touched to the throat of each person, the celebrant says immediately:

Through the intercession of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

Each person responds: Amen.

O glorious Saint Blase, who by thy martyrdom has left to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times. Thou who didst miraculously cure a little child when it was at the point of death by reason of an affliction of the throat, grant us thy powerful protection in like misfortunes; and, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification together with a faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which may keep us from offending Almighty God. Amen.  

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Byzantine Divine Liturgy - 16 Images & Video from St. Mary's, Weirton WV

These words, intoned several times by the Priest, struck me while attending our first Byzantine Divine Liturgy. attentive!

Also noted was that the Divine Liturgy has a lot more singing and litanies than the Traditional Latin Mass.

The rich, jewel-toned iconography and gates around the altar were both beautiful and served to keep our focus on the altar.

Priest: Let us all say with our whole soul and our whole mind, let us say.

People: Lord, have mercy.

"Make the pure light of Your Divine knowledge shine in our hearts, O loving Master. Open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your gospel. Instill in us the fear of Your blessed commandments that we may subdue all carnal desires and follow a spiritual way of life, thinking and doing all that pleases You. For You, O Christ our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, and we give glory to You, together with Your eternal Father and Your most holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen."

I found this imagery to be the most dramatic, the outstretched arms of the Priest.

Ahhhh, the incensing...that made me feel at home!

"Lord, our God, accept this fervent supplication from Your servants. Take pity on us in the greatness of Your compassion. Let Your loving kindness descend upon us and upon all Your people who await Your abundant mercy."

"In the Byzantine Catholic rite, the Holy Gifts are given under both forms of bread and wine by means of a golden spoon. When approaching to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, fold your hands right over left on the breast in the form of Saint Andrew's cross...As each communicant receives the sacred species the priest says: "servant of God receives the precious and all holy and most pure Body and Blood of our Lord and God, Jesus Christ for the remission of his sins and for life everlasting."

Tilt your head fully back and open your mouth (without extending the tongue). The priest then places the precious Body and Blood of Jesus into your mouth. Do not touch the spoon with your mouth or tongue, but close the mouth only after the spoon has been withdrawn. There is no response to the words of the priest as is the practice in the Roman Catholic Church." SOURCE LINK to learn more

"We thank You, O Lord, God of hosts, that You have deemed us worthy to stand now at Your holy altar, falling before Your mer­cies for our sins and for the sins of ignorance of the people. Accept our prayers, O God, and make us worthy to offer You petitions, supplications and unbloody sacrifices for all Your people. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, enable us whom You appointed for Your ministry to call upon You always and everywhere, without condemnation and without stumbling, in the pure testimony of our con­science, so that, hearing us, You may be propitious to us in the abundance of Your goodness."

"Further, we offer You this rational worship for the whole world, for the holy, catholic and apostolic Church, for those who live chaste and holy lives, for our nation under God, for our government, and for all in the military.
Grant them, O Lord, a peaceful governance so that in their tranquility we may be able to lead calm and quiet lives in all piety and dignity!"

It was good to be reminded to BE ATTENTIVE and the see the Beauty of Christ's Sacrifice in the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, praying along side of friends.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Year Remembered in Favorite Photos - 2016

My favorite photos from 2016 to remember the year and its blessings.

2016 photos favs set to music from AllisonGirone on Vimeo.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now
So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior…

Songwriters: Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Lighthelm

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Advice for Young People - Flee the Evil Desires of Youth

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  2 Timothy 2:22
“Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the LIGHT OF CHRIST, and spread that light wherever you are.”
~ St. John Paul II

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Archbishop Chaput Speaks at Franciscan University, Post Election - Quotes & Photos

"When our hearts rest in God then the times will change because God will use us to change them."

Abp. Chaput’s talk at Franciscan University of Steubenville on Friday, November 11th was entitled, “The Mission of the Church in the New America” is largely adapted from his new book, “Strangers in a Strange Land.

Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput and Steubenville, Ohio Bishop Montfortan at Franciscan University 
"We are here to make this world a better place, but this world is not our home....and our elites will believe anything so long as it doesn’t involve God."
 "We’ve just lived through 8 years of an administration that came to power on the promise of change, mutual respect, and hope …and then violated all of those noble goals. Despite the election, the next four years may not be any better."

"Christians have the task of living their faith well in a broken world.  The Church’s mission in the new America is the same as it has always been: to lead souls to heaven."

"God remains king, even as presidents come and go. 

Truth without love is a weapon; love without truth is not love at all."

(Thanking FUS twitter feed for quotes)

Monday, November 7, 2016

How to Prepare for Election 2016 - Voting Humor

#ElectionElixir #Grapesofwrath #Vinumcrucis

One of these things is not like the other....

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Turning From Politics to The Beauty That Soothes

Looking for beauty in these contentious, pre-election days....

And in taking comfort in quiet reading of meditations and Scripture, I found this quote in the book Tea Time With God.

A prominent British scientist said he would give more to the enjoyment of things that are beautiful: "If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the part of my brain now atrophied would have been kept active through use.  The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature."

Grateful for the sharing of beauty from friends. Blooms of colorful beauty and the poetry of God's Word soothe....

Flowers...Fall...and most importantly, FAITH I choose to elect these to my eyes and mind.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. - Phillipians 4:8