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Before Communion

JMJ Other than the Domine Non Sum Dignus, the Roman Rite (OF/EF) has few pre-communion devotions in the liturgy itself – although the EF also has the Confiteor recited before Communion. If you haven’t any others, the following, taken from … Continue reading

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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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Pray the Day Away

✙ JMJ The Readings for Wednesday in Easter Week (B2) Acts 3:1-10  Luke 24:13-35 Argentum et aurum non est mihi : quod autem habeo, hoc tibi do .Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee.In … Continue reading

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Mortimer and Me.

✙ JMJ The Readings for Tuesday, 1st Week of Ordinary Time (B2): 1 Samuel 1:9-20 Mark 1:21-28 Porro Anna loquebatur in corde suo, tantumque labia illius movebantur, et vox penitus non audiebatur. Now Anna spoke in her heart, and only … Continue reading

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The Empirical Bogey (O Oriens)

Originally published in 2015, this essay is part of a series I used to do annually on the Great O Antiphons of Advent. This Verse will be sung tonight at Vespers and, since this night is the Longest Night, and … Continue reading

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The Rosary: The Transfiguration

In the Mystery of the Transfiguration, God is revealed as he really is: a human man, fully divine, enfleshed, and loving us so dearly. In the Transfiguration the Son of God is revealed as God the Son. There are some … Continue reading

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The Rosary: the Preaching of the Kingdom

The Proclamation of the Kingdom is a special mystery because it involves not only Christ and it is not limited in time or space. Anywhere the preaching of Christ is embodied in the world the Kingdom is taking place.  Of … Continue reading

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O Lord: 2nd Advent Meditation

Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.Lord and Ruler the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the … Continue reading

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The Rosary: The Wedding At Cana

My most sincere apologies for the lateness of this post – it should have happened on Sunday! This mystery is about the Wedding at Cana: given all the hoopla currently around marriage, I think is a mystery for us all … Continue reading

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O Wisdom: 1st Advent Meditation

By way of introduction I have been posting meditations on the “Great O” Antiphons since I was Chrismated in 2002. There are seven in the Tridentine liturgy plus one more from the Sarum Rite. These 8 antiphons space out rather … Continue reading

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