Monthly Archives: December 2018

A Daily Act of Consecration to the Holy Family

+JMJ+ Holy Family of Nazareth, hear the prayers of a prodigal son. I have sinned before heaven and against you. Take me as one of your hired servants. Chaste Heart of Joseph, I consecrate myself to thee! Like thee may … Continue reading

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The Three Christmas Gospels

+JMJ+ There are three masses on Christmas. In fact this has been the case in the West since at least the 7th Century when Pope Gregory mentions it (see below). Each Mass has its own readings and its own prayers. … Continue reading

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A Child’s Christmas in Wurtsboro

IT BEGINS when, prompted by the Wurtsboro Village council and “borrowing” a truck from his employer, the electric company, my grandfather puts up the village lights. Driving slowly through town in a cherry picker, Grandpa puts up the aged white … Continue reading

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The Christmas Proclamation

+JMJ+ This text gets read at Prime this morning in the Extraordinary Form of the Office. There is no Prime in the Little Office of Paul VI (let the Reader Understand), so it doesn’t get read mostly, although it gets … Continue reading

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O Virgin

+JMJ+ O Virgo virginum, quomodo fiet istud? Quia nec primam similem visa es nec habere sequentem. Filiae Ierusalem, quid me admiramini? Divinum est mysterium hoc quod cernitis. O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? For neither before was any … Continue reading

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O Emmanuel

+JMJ+ O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster. O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the one awaited by the gentiles, and their Savior: come to save us, Lord our … Continue reading

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O King

+JMJ+O Rex Gentium,et desideratus earum,lapisque angularis,qui facis utraque unum:veni, et salva hominem,quem de limo formasti. O King of the Nations,and the one they desired,keystone,who makes both peoples one,come and save mankind,whom you shaped from the mud. There is this curious … Continue reading

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The Shortest Day

by Susan Cooper So the shortest day came, and the year died,And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white worldCame people singing, dancing,To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees;They hung their homes with evergreen;They burned … Continue reading

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O Oriens

+JMJ+ O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.O Dawn, splendor of eternal light, and sun of justice, come, and shine on those seated in darkness, and in the shadow of … Continue reading

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O Clavis

+JMJ+ O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel, qui aperis, et nemo claudit, claudis, et nemo aperuit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O Key of David, and sceptre of the house of … Continue reading

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