Monthly Archives: September 2015

St Jerome, Doctor of the Church

When I ask God for an Orthodox Western Rite parish to be founded in San Francisco, I do so under the intercession of the Four Latin Doctors of the Church, the Great Teachers of the West: Sts Gregory the Great, … Continue reading

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The Rosary: The Garden of Gathsemene

The Passion in the Garden is Jesus’ last “alone time” before the climax of his ministry.  He often went aside to pray, but, as it were, those might be considered “training prayers” for this one.  He experienced stress, certainly (as … Continue reading

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Dolorous Mysteries – Introduction

The Dolorous or Sorrowful mysteries are the events at the End of Christ’s ministry: The Passion in the Garden The Scourging at the Pillar The Crowning with Thorns The Carrying of the Cross The Crucifixion, Death, and Burial of Our … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Joyful Mysteries

I know, I just finished all the posts on the Joyful Mysteries. But I didn’t do an intro. And I realized that each set of mysteries probably needs an intro.  So back track a bit: here’s this one. The Joyful … Continue reading

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Rosary VI – the Finding in the Temple

The Fifth Joyous Mystery contemplates the time when, as a child, Christ lingered in Jerusalem after his parents had departed for home. The Gospel text relates that they were traveling with a party so large they assumed he was some … Continue reading

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Custodia Oculorum

The Latin Phrase which was employed as the title of this article is translated as “Custody of the Eyes”.  It’s a quaint, perhaps Victorian-sounding, phrase to which I was introduced by a Priest in NYC who had once been an … Continue reading

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Rosary V – The Presentation in the Temple

Candlemas is one of my favourite feasts. The following from the Catholic Encyclopedia shares a little bit of the history of the feast: According to the Roman Missal the celebrant after Terce, in stole and cope of purple colour, standing … Continue reading

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The Rosary for the Orthodox – IV

By way of introduction to the Third Joyous Mystery of the Rosary, please remember the scripture: Jesus was born in to a family that owned its own business. Jesus was born in a manger not because no inn would house … Continue reading

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The Rosary for the Orthodox III

The second of the five Joyous Mysteries is known as the Visitation and commemorates the visit of our Blessed Lady to St Elizabeth, the mother of the Forerunner, John Baptist.  The Visitation is a later-comer to the Calendar and devotional … Continue reading

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The Rosary for the Orthodox – II

The First decade of the Holy Rosary is in honour of the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel came to Blessed Mary, the Ever-Virgin, and, greeting her, offered her the chance to become the mother of her Creator. Her acceptance of … Continue reading

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