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Friday, December 8, 2017

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - December 8

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The Immaculate Conception is one of four Marian Dogma’s of the Catholic Church.  A dogma is a principle that is considered by the Church to be an infallible divine revelation, a truth of the Church.  The other three Marian dogma’s are:  Mary’s divine motherhood, Mary’s perpetual virginity, and Mary’s assumption into heaven. 
Some people think that the term the Immaculate Conception refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without a human father. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary was conceived without original sin or its stain – “immaculate” means without stain.  Original sin is the deprivation of sanctifying grace.  Mary was preserved from original sin by God’s grace from the first instant of her existence, at the moment of her conception. 
The Catholic Church bases this dogma on the statement made by the Angel Gabriel when he greeted Mary by saying, “Hail full of grace!  The Lord is with you.”  (Luke 1:28) The phrase “full of grace” is a translation of the Greek word kecharitomene.  The following video taken from "Mary, A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother" by Dr. Edward Sri explains Mary's Immaculate Conception and shows how this teaching is supported by Scripture.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Litany - Index



The Catholic Church has six litanies:

The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus 


The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

The Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus


Litany of the Blessed Virgin  (Also known as the Litany of Loreto)

The Litany of St. Joseph

Litany of the Saints 


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The Litany of the Saints - All Saints Day

The Litany of the Saints is said to have originated around 595 when it was used by St. Gregory the Great. 

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Litany of Saints

Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord have mercy on us.)
Christ, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.)
Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord, have mercy on us.)

Christ, hear us. (Christ, hear us.)
Christ, graciously hear us. (Christ, graciously hear us.)
God the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Mary, (pray for us.)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
St. Michael,
St. Gabriel,
St. Raphael,
All holy Angels and Archangels,
All holy orders of blessed Spirits,
St. John the Baptist,
St. Joseph,
All holy Patriarchs and Prophets,
St. Peter,
St. Paul,
St. Andrew,
St. James,
St. John,
St. Thomas,
St. James,
St. Philip,
St. Bartholomew,
St. Matthew,
St. Simon,
St. Thaddeus,
St. Matthias,
St. Barnabas,
St. Luke,
St. Mark,
All holy Apostles and Evangelists,
All holy Disciples of the Lord,
All holy Innocents,
St. Stephen,
St. Lawrence,
St. Vincent,
Sts. Fabian and Sebastian,
Sts. John and Paul,
Sts. Cosmas and Damian,
Sts. Gervase and Protase,
All Holy Martyrs,
St. Sylvester,
St. Gregory,
St. Ambrose,
St. Augustine,
St. Jerome,
St. Martin,
St. Nicholas,
All holy Bishops and Confessors,
All holy Doctors,
St. Anthony,
St. Benedict,
St. Bernard,
St. Dominic,
St. Francis,
All holy Priests and Levites,
All holy Monks and Hermits,
St. Mary Magdalen,
St. Agatha,
St. Lucy,
St. Agnes,
St. Cecilia,
St. Catherine,
St. Anastasia,
All holy Virgins and Widows.
All holy Saints of God, (Make intercession for us.)
Be merciful, (Spare us, O Lord.)
Be merciful, (Graciously hear us, O Lord.)
From all evil, O Lord (deliver us.)
From all sin, (deliver us.)
From your wrath, (deliver us.)
From sudden and unlooked for death,
From the snares of the devil,
From anger, and hatred, and every evil will,
From the spirit of fornication,
From lightning and tempest,
From the scourge of earthquakes,
From plague, famine and war,
From everlasting death,
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, (delivery us.)
Through Thy coming,
Through Thy Birth,
Through Thy Baptism and holy Fasting,
Through Thy Cross and Passion,
Through Thy Death and Burial,
Through Thy holy Resurrection,
Through Thine admirable Ascension,
Through the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete.
In the day of judgment.
We sinners, (We beseech thee, hear us.)
That Thou woudst spare us, (We beseech thee, hear us.)
That Thou wouldst pardon us,
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to humble the enemies of the holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,
That Thou wouldst Vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to the whole Christian world,
That Thou wouldst call back to the unity of the Church all who have strayed from her fold, and to guide all unbelievers into the light of the Gospel
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service,
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires,
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relations, and benefactors, from eternal damnation,
That thou wouldst vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
That Though wouldst vouchsafe graciously to hear us,
Son of God,


Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)
Christ, (hear us.)
Christ, (graciously hear us.)
Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy.) 
Christ, have mercy, (Christ have mercy.)
Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy.)
And lead us not into temptation (but delivery us from evil.) Amen 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Hallows Even - Index of Post on Halloween



"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2

"It is true that the ancient Celts of Ireland and Britain celebrated a minor festival on October 31 - as they did on the last day of most other months of the year.  However, Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Feast of All Saints or "All Hallows" falls on November 1.  The feast in honor of all the saints in heaven used to be celebrated on May 13, but Pope Gregory III moved it to November 1, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St Peter's at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere.  And so the holy day spread to Ireland. The day before was the feast's evening vigil, "All Hallows Even" or "Hallowe'en."  (True Origins of Halloween, The Crossroads Initiative)  


This post is a collection of blogs I have written on All Hallows Even and other writings and videos I have found on the internet on the origins of All Hallows Even.  








All Hallows Even - Halloween 2009

All Hallows Even - Halloween 2010


All Hallows Even - Halloween 2011

Do Ghosts Really Exist 
A Holiday from Hell?



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Saint Vincent de Paul by Jean-Léon Gérôme (Art)


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“Monumentally poised between photographic precision and painterly inspiration, Jean-Léon Gérôme’s pointing of Saint Vincent de Paul heralded a new era in religious art.  The meticulous detail of the lace of the surplice, the crisp linen of the veil, and the portrait-like depiction of the saint reflect the reality offered by the newly invented at of photography, while the powerful composition, with its low vantage point, was drawn from the tradition of Christian apses and altarpieces.

In 1847, twenty-three year old  Gérôme  had just returned from studying in Rome with his teacher Hippolyte Delaroche, where he had produced both this work and his more famous The Cock Fight.  While in the latter work, preparing for his debut in the Paris Salon, Gérôme  had evoked the idealized era of ancient Greece, his depiction of Saint Vincent, painted for the Sisters of Charity in Gérôme’s hometown of Vesoul, is strikingly Roman in its form and composition.

Centered in the painting and elevated from the ground by a plinth, the figure of Saint Vincent is reminiscent of the depictions of Christ or the saints common in Roman altarpieces.   Gérôme was deeply influenced by Raphael during his journey, in particular his Santa Cecilia, which inspired the composition of this work.
Here, Saint Vincent stands erect in the center, holding up a small child-an iconographic theme typical to this saint.  The Solomonic columns (similar to those in Saint Peter’s Basilica) decorated with Cosmatesque inlay, the triumphal arch opening into a niche, and the two male figures, one holding a crosier, who emerge from the Caravaggesque background, summon to mind the grandeur of Christian art in the Eternal City.
In Contrast to the tenebrous deacons, two women join Saint Vincent in the illuminated foreground.  One is a Sister of Charity, a member of the order co-founded by the saint, and the other is a young noblewoman whose face is unseen as she turns toward Saint Vincent.  Two forms of charity-donating material goods to help the poor and donating one’s life to the service of the needy-suggest the virtues so often painted and sculpted in Roman funerary monuments….

Vincent de Paul devoted much of his life to the service of the poor and of children in need, and it was the concrete circumstances of those he met face to face that inspired him to his life of charity…

The true witness of Saint Vincent and the reason he bears the title “apostle of charity,” lies in his ability to recognize the needs of the poor before min and to be moved with the love of Christ to act on their behalf…

The Composition itself demonstrates the Christian call to respond to the sight of Christ in the poor.  As the young noblewoman offers a chest overflowing with jewels and pearls, the poor infant dispassionately draws forth from it a golden chain.  This gentle communication and motion between the young woman and the child says everything.  She has seen Christ doubly: in the priestly alter Christus of Saint Vincent but also in the face of the small child.  It is to this little one that the young woman offers her wealth and livelihood, as Saint Vincent did through his dedication to serving the poor and the orphaned, and to the reform of the Church."

    (Excerpt by Father Garrett Ahlers from Magnificat September 2017, Vol 19, No 7)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Art - Saint John Chrysostom and the Empress Eudoxia

"Seldom in the history of painting is one's field of vision restricted to the back of the protagonist. But here the artist wants us to engage with the primary subject of the painting, Saint John Chrysostom, in the act of doing what he did best, preaching.

Chysostom means "golden tongued."  The saint was considered to be the greatest preacher of the early Church...However, as the patriarch of Constantinople he was also drawn into the politics of the imperial court of Byzantium, and this forced him to preach on the loose morals of the powerful aristocrats whom he felt neglected their duties to the poor...One of the greatest objects of his disdain was the ambitious Empress Eudoxia...

Here in this painting by Jean-Paul Laurens, the empress stands regally and haughtily in the tribune of the Hagia Sophia while the patriarch levels a blistering sermon against her...

In a visually stunning and yet simple composition, the artist shows the power of the church clashing with that of the State.  And even though the office of patriarch was revered and influential, it could not always withstand the undertow of intrigue that perpetually plagued the Byzantine court.  John was exiled, not just once but twice.  It was on the second banishment that his frail body, weakened as it was by his harsh ascetic practices, finally collapsed.  He died uttering his last phrase:  "Glory be to God in all things."" (Excerpt by Father Michael Morris, O.P., from Magnificat Magazine October 2010)

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Saint John Chrysostom and the Empress Eudoxia by Jean-Paul Laurens (Magnificat Magazine, October 2010)

Thursday, August 31, 2017