15 August 2009

Ave Sanctissima, Ave Purissima...

O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may, through her intercession, share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

...and this is also our great anniversary day:

Twenty-six years ago today the parish of Our Lady of the Atonement was established.

Twenty-six years ago today I was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood.

Twenty-two years ago today the High Altar was consecrated and the building was blessed.

Fifteen years ago today the Academy was founded.

Six years ago today the land was blessed and the ground was broken for our expansion.

Three years ago today Archbishop Gomez blessed our expanded church building.


Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all men.
We bless thee for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we beseech thee,
give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful;
and that we show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to thy service,
and by walking before thee
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.