Sunday, November 23, 2014

King of Kings, Lord of Lords

Solemnity of
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King celebrates the all-embracing authority of Christ as King and Lord of the cosmos.  It is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before Advent. "O Lord our God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power" (Rev 4:11).
 
“The Lord will sit on His royal throne for ever;
the Lord will bless His people in peace.” - Psalm 10b,11b 
 
Sacristy ~ Basilica of St Mary's ~ Minneapolis, Minnesota ~ USA
 
 “O king of Glory, though You hide Your beauty,
yet the eye of my soul rends the veil.” - St. Faustina
 
 
 
“There He is:
King of Kings and Lord of Lords,
hidden in the bread.
To this extreme
has He humbled Himself
for love of you.”
 
St. Josemaria Escriva

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Excerpt: Quas Primas, Encyclical of Pope Pius XI 
Promulgated on December 11, 1925, Quas Primas introduced the Feast of Christ the King. The encyclical summarizes both the Old Testament and the New Testament teaching on the kingship of Christ. Invoking an earlier encyclical Annum Sacrum of Pope Leo XIII, Pius XI connotes that the kingdom of Christ embraces the whole mankind. He connected the denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism. At the time of Quas Primas, secularism was on the rise, and many Christians, even Catholics, were doubting Christ’s authority, as well as the Church’s, and even doubting Christ’s very existence.  Click here: QUAS PRIMAS  (EXCELLENT !)
Hail King Jesus, our King of Peace!

20. If the kingdom of Christ, then, receives, as it should, all nations under its way, there seems no reason why we should despair of seeing that peace which the King of Peace came to bring on earth -- he who came to reconcile all things, who came not to be ministered unto but to minister, who, though Lord of all, gave himself to us as a model of humility, and with his principal law united the precept of charity; who said also: "My yoke is sweet and my burden light." Oh, what happiness would be Ours if all men, individuals, families, and nations, would but let themselves be governed by Christ! "Then at length," to use the words addressed by our predecessor, Pope Leo XIII, twenty-five years ago to the bishops of the Universal Church, "then at length will many evils be cured; then will the law regain its former authority; peace with all its blessings be restored. Men will sheathe their swords and lay down their arms when all freely acknowledge and obey the authority of Christ, and every tongue confesses that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father."

21. That these blessings may be abundant and lasting in Christian society, it is necessary that the kingship of our Savior should be as widely as possible recognized and understood, and to the end nothing would serve better than the institution of a special feast in honor of the Kingship of Christ. For people are instructed in the truths of faith, and brought to appreciate the inner joys of religion far more effectually by the annual celebration of our sacred mysteries than by any official pronouncement of the teaching of the Church. Such pronouncements usually reach only a few and the more learned among the faithful; feasts reach them all; the former speak but once, the latter speak every year -- in fact, forever. The church's teaching affects the mind primarily; her feasts affect both mind and heart, and have a salutary effect upon the whole of man's nature.
Man is composed of body and soul, and he needs these external festivities so that the sacred rites, in all their beauty and variety, may stimulate him to drink more deeply of the fountain of God's teaching, that he may make it a part of himself, and use it with profit for his spiritual life.

To Jesus Christ, our Sov'reign King,
Who is the world's salvation,
All praise and homage do we bring,
And thanks and adoration.
 Refrain:
Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler!
Christ Jesus, Lord and Redeemer!

The way to 'enter' into God's Kingdom does not permit shortcuts; rather, every person must freely welcome the truth of the love of God. He is Love and Truth and both love and truth never impose themselves: they knock at the door of the heart and mind and, wherever they may enter, they bring peace and joy. This is God's way of reigning; this is His project of salvation, a 'mystery' in the biblical sense of the word, which is a plan that is revealed little by little throughout history."- Benedict XVI

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Voices: singing out, ringing out!

Therefore, we, too, extol you with all the Angels,
as in joyful celebration we acclaim:  Holy, holy, holy....
 
 
Choir of Angels ~ Hans Memling (c. 1433-1494, Netherlands)
 
 
“Liturgical action is given a more noble form when sacred rites are solemnized in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people.... Choirs must be diligently promoted, but bishops and other pastors must ensure that, whenever the sacred action is to be celebrated with song, the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightfully theirs.... Gregorian chant, other things being equal, should be given pride of place in liturgical services. But other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded.... Religious singing by the people is to be skillfully fostered, so that in devotions and sacred exercises, as also during liturgical services, the voices of the faithful may ring out” (Constitution on the Liturgy, 112-118).

St Cecilia
Martyr ~ Rome
Approx  90-117 AD
Patron of Musicians, Sacred Music
Incorruptible
Feast Day – Nov 22

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"Words cannot express the things that are sung by the heart ... And if so happy that words can no longer express what they feel, 
people discard the restricting syllables. 
They burst out into a simple sound of joy, of jubilation.'"
Well said, St. Augustine!


  Sing praises to the LORD, O you His saints,
and give thanks to His holy Name.  ~ Psalm 30:4


St Cecilia, pray for us! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

"Behold the heavenly tabernacle!"

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Feast Day -November 21*
*The Feast celebrates Mary as a temple,
where God dwelt in a special way through her role as Mother of Jesus.

"Go then, go, O Queen of the world, O Mother of God, go joyfully to
the house of God and there await the coming of the divine Spirit
who will make you the Mother of the divine Word." - St Germanus (+ 730)

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From the Byzantine liturgy:

 "The most pure temple of the Savior, His most precious bridal chamber, the Virgin, sacred treasury of God's glory, enters today into the house of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the divine Spirit.  Wherefore the angels of God are singing: "Behold the heavenly tabernacle!" ... Wherefore let us cry out to her with all our strength: "Joy to you, fulfillment of the Creator's plan!" At the moment when the young girl Mary was presented in the glorious Temple, "everything that humans build was already diminished by the praise in her heart." (Rilke)

 

"God Himself, with the whole heavenly court, was greatly pleased and glorified the day when He beheld His spouse being led to the Temple.  Never had He seen a holier creature, nor one whom He loved so tenderly, come to offer herself to Him."
- Bernardine de Bustis (+1515)



"Hail, Holy throne of God, divine sanctuary, house of glory, jewel most fair, chosen treasure house, and mercy seat for the whole world, heaven showing forth the glory of God.  Purest Virgin, worthy of all praise, sanctuary dedicated to God and raised above all human condition, virgin soil, unplowed field, flourishing vine, fountain pouring out waters, virgin bearing a child, mother without knowing man, hidden treasure of innocence, ornament of sanctity, by your most acceptable prayers, strong with the authority of mother hood, to our Lord and God, Creator of all, your Son who was born of you without a father, steer the ship of the Church and bring it to a quiet harbor." - St Germanus, homily on the Presentation of Mary 


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"Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb Him
whom she would obey as her master." - St Augustine

various works of art depicting Presentation of Mary + Hail Mary sung

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Spiritual waters that gush forth...

 "Awesome is the altar on which the divine victim is immolated! 
From paradise there went forth a spring whose visible waters
spread out on every side.  From this Table, it is a spring
of spiritual waters that gushes forth." - St John Chrysostom
 
...so everything will live where the river flows. - Ezekiel 47:9


"Everything
flows from the altar -
everything!" 

 Bishop Paul V Dudley
11-29-1926 ~ 11-20-2006




"The Body of Christ (Eucharist) will unite the
Body of Christ (Believers)."~ Bishop Paul V Dudley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Enchantment of all heaven!

 Serve the Lord with gladness!  Come into His presence with singing! 
Know that the Lord is God!  It is He that made us , and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. - Psalm 100:2-3

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"O blessed Host, enchantment of all heaven, 
though Your beauty be veiled 
and captured in a crumb of bread, 
strong faith tears away that veil."

St Faustina Kowalska