31 March 2009

And the winners are...

For those of you who have heard our various Academy choirs, you know what an outstanding program has been developed by Edmund and Chalon Murray. The choral program is foundational to our total academic and spiritual foundation, and it affords our students the opportunity to take part in a remarkable experience. Not only do they provide marvelous music for the parish, but our students are able to excel in various state-level competitions.

The Upper School Honors Choir performed this weekend in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Private School Music Educators Association sponsored a "Concert & Sight-Reading" contest, and each choir is graded on a scale of I-V with I or "Superior" being the highest rating. The Honors Choir scored a I in both portions of the contest, earning a "Sweepstakes" rating of double-Superior.

Additionally, two students and one ensemble performed at the State level of Solo & Ensemble this weekend. James Galindo and Gabby Garcia both earned Superior ratings for their solos. James Galindo, Gabby Garcia, Maria King and Christopher Spalding earned a Superior rating for their ensemble.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

The Latin Schola

Here's a picture of the members of our Latin Schola, with Deacon Orr and myself). We'd just finished celebrating a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Joseph Baca, stepfather of James Griffin (first on the left). The director is Mr. Edmund Murray (second from the right). The schola regularly sings at the Sunday evening Latin Mass (Ordinary Form).

The Mass was offered in the Chapel of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, using the Anglican Use liturgy, with the schola chanting the minor propers in Latin, including the very beautiful Dies irae.

30 March 2009

A Lenten Prayer...

Lord Jesus Christ, who didst stretch out thine arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of thy saving embrace: So clothe us in thy Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know thee to the knowledge and love of thee; for the honor of thy Name. Amen.

28 March 2009

Oh, puh-leeze!

I'm no lawyer, but isn't our Secretary of State supposedly one? I thought it was a generally accepted principle in the courtroom that you should never ask a question unless you already know the answer. Too bad Hillary didn't remember that advice.

This story is from the Catholic News Agency:

Hillary Clinton leaves flowers
for Our Lady of Guadalupe,
asks ‘Who painted it?’

Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 27, 2009 / 04:59 pm (CNA).- During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.

Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy.

Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

Clinton then told Msgr. Monroy that she had previously visited the old Basilica in 1979, when the new one was still under construction.

After placing a bouquet of white flowers by the image, Mrs. Clinton went to the quemador –the open air area at the Basilica where the faithful light candles- and lit a green candle.

Leaving the basilica half an hour later, Mrs. Clinton told some of the Mexicans gathered outside to greet her, “you have a marvelous virgin!”

This evening Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to receive the highest award given by Planned Parenthood Federation of America -- the Margaret Sanger Award, named for the organization's founder, a noted eugenicist. The award will be presented at a gala event in Houston, Texas.

27 March 2009

Collect for this Sunday...

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule...

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday), April 5th

Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m.,
11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. (Latin)

There will be the Blessing and Distribution of the Palms at all Masses
Sacred Music Series Program at 4:00 p.m.


Monday – Wednesday, March 6th – 8th

Mass each day at 7:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.


THE SACRED TRIDUUM

Spy Wednesday, April 8th

The Office of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m.
Confessions begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.


Maundy Thursday, April 9th

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 9:15 a.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.
followed by the Office of Tenebrae

and the All-Night Vigil in the Sacred Heart Chapel
(10:00 p.m. Holy Thursday until 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday)

On Maundy Thursday there will be child care available in the school building from 6:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.


Good Friday, April 10th

Solemn Liturgy at 3:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross and the Office of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m.

On Good Friday there will be child care available in the school building from 2:40 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.


Holy Saturday, April 11th

The Great Vigil of the Resurrection at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday of the Resurrection -- Easter Day

Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

(Please note: No 6:00 p.m. Mass)
On Easter Day there will be child care available in the school building from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

21 March 2009

Lenten devotions...

Each Friday evening in Lent we have Solemn Evensong, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. These pictures are from last evening.




19 March 2009

Hymn to St. Joseph

Holy Joseph, Intercessor
Unto thee God’s children sing;
Be our Patron and Protector,
To God’s throne our praises bring.

Faithful Spouse of faithful Virgin,
Lover of God’s purity;
From thy worthy place in heaven,
Pray that we may faithful be.

Guardian of the Word Incarnate,
Silent guide of God’s own Son;
Guard our hearts and lead us onward
To the life that Christ has won.

Humble man in lofty station,
God has shed His grace on thee;
Pray such grace to us be given,
That we live eternally.

Text: Fr. Christopher G. Phillips, 1991
Music: "Stuttgart" adapted by C. F. Witt, 1715

Man of Justice; Man of Kindness...

In all of Jerusalem there is no basilica, no cathedral, no church built to honor Saint Joseph, as far as I know. In that Holy City, so abundantly overflowing with monuments and memories of our Catholic faith, and where the Church received its first breath of life from our Blessed Savior, there is no majestic shrine as a place of devotion to the Universal Patron of that Church. The only remembrance of the foster-father of Jesus in all of Jerusalem is a small altar built into the side of the stairway which descends to the site of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is most unimposing, hidden in a dark chapel with room for no more than a few people, and it would be missed by most pilgrims if it were not pointed out to them. "How strange," one might think. "How strange that in the city which saw so much of the saving work of the Incarnate Word, there is nothing more than this to remember the Protector of that Word." It is strange, and yet it seems somehow suitable. It is as though this would be what Saint Joseph would want. The Guardian of our Lord had lived obediently and he had died quietly. Never once during his lifetime did he overshadow the Divine Child who was called his son, or the pure maiden who had been his wife, and there certainly would be no desire to do so after his death.

Very little is known concerning Joseph, and yet enough is known to reveal what his character was. All that we know of him, we know from the Gospels, and it is there that we see him to be a man who was determined to do what is right in the sight of God, and to do it in a kindly way. He was betrothed to Mary, and according to Jewish practice, betrothal was as sacred as marriage. Because of that, any infidelity before the actual marriage were treated in the same way as infidelity after marriage: death by stoning was the punishment for such sins. By all human appearance, Joseph's beloved betrothed was in just such circumstances, and he had to act in the way that seemed best. Certainly, he was a just man, but he was a kind man, too, and surely what Mary told him made a great demand on his faith. But that is the point: Joseph was, above all, a man of faith and completely obedient to the divine will of Almighty God. When it was revealed to him that Mary was to bear the Incarnate Son of God he took her to be his wife. There was no hesitation, no consideration of what others might think or how they might judge. It mattered little to him that it was assumed he was the human father of this Child -- not that he would have encouraged others to believe such a thing, for he knew the truth -- but it was better than having people think that Mary had shamefully conceived with someone else, and so Joseph took the responsibility, knowing that one day the truth would be known, and that Truth "would make men free." It is in this very situation, brought about by God Himself, that Saint Joseph's justness and kindness are both revealed.

His justness is shown in that he was a devout servant of God, and he ordered his life according to the standard of that law which had been revealed to the Jewish nation. He sought to please God in all things, even when it meant that he would be misunderstood or even harshly judged by the world. And because justness does not exclude kindness, his response to the revelation that Mary had conceived by the Holy Spirit was one of deep gladness and joy, and so he took his place in God's plan without fear or hesitation. This place was not one of glory; rather, it was one of quiet reserve. Whether on the way to Bethlehem, or in the stable, or at the Child's circumcision on the eighth day, or in the Temple when He was presented, or in everyday life in Nazareth, Joseph simply was there. Loved and respected both by the Incarnate Son of God and by the Mother of God, he was a man of deep piety and gracious character.

Within Saint Paul's Cathedral in London is the tomb of its architect, and on that tomb are the words, "If ye seek his monument, look around you." How much more impressive are those words when they are used of Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. There could be no greater remembrance of Joseph's holy life, than that glorious Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ, the foster-son of the quiet, just, kind man of God.


17 March 2009

Collect for St. Patrick's Day

Almighty God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of thee: Grant us so to walk in that light that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

-from The Book of Divine Worship

Fàeth Fiada

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

"Lorica of St. Patrick"
version by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1889

15 March 2009

Collect for the Day

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

-Third Sunday in Lent, from The Book of Divine Worship

14 March 2009

Up, up and away...!

This appears on the Academy website:

Alfonso Enriquez, a senior at The Atonement Academy, was recently admitted to Tufts University in Medford, MA. Pictured here with academy administrator and college counselor Ralph Johnston and pastor Father Christopher Phillips, Alfonso was elated to receive the news. “The acceptance to Tufts is rewarding, but I also appreciate the journey getting there: my high school teachers and the college counseling from Mr. Johnston made a huge difference. I intend to major in economics and international relations, so my acceptance to Tufts, with its global reputation for academic excellence, means a great deal to my future.” Alfonso, a native of Ciudad Valles in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, came to The Atonement Academy in middle school. A member of the varsity basketball team and soccer team, “Fonzie” also enjoys playing guitar, working out, and listening to music. We applaud Alfonso for his latest accomplishment and for the many contributions he has made to our campus life over the years.

We're very proud of Fonzie -- another "Atonement Success Story!"

13 March 2009

Color me confused...

I know that during the campaign our new president made the point that he was perfectly capable of handling more than one thing at the same time, but this time he seems to be expecting that it’s possible to do two diametrically opposed things at the same time.

At the beginning of the week the president took the tragic step of overturning the executive order which banned federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. But then, just two days later, as part of the omnibus appropriations bill, he signed into law an explicit ban of federal funding for any “creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes, or research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.” This is the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which has been included in the annual appropriations bill for HHS every year since 1996. So, as it stands, the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is still banned, thanks be to God.

I’ll bet the president wishes he had taken time to read what he signed.

Benedict the Healer...

Our Holy Father has written a beautiful letter to the bishops of the whole world, which is both clear and humble, concerning the confusion which surrounded the lifting of the excommunications of the bishops who lead the "traditionalist" movement begun in 1988 by Archbishop Lefebvre. Here is the text of his letter.

George Weigel wrote an excellent article which comments on the letter, and it's well worth reading. You can find that article here.

11 March 2009

The new ambry...


Pictured here is the newly-built ambry which contains the holy oils blessed by the archbishop at the Chrism Mass, and which are then used in the parish for baptism, confirmation, and the anointing of the sick.

I've been looking for a suitable ambry for quite a while, and I'm grateful to one of our parishioners, Shayne Bernier, for building this one. It really is a beautiful thing. Mounted in the door is a silver icon of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and beneath the door is engraved "Olea Sancta."

The ambry is fixed to the wall in the Baptistry.

10 March 2009

Interesting articles...

In no particular order, here are some things that might interest you...

The Charity Revolt (Wall Street Journal)

Among those shocked by President Obama's 2010 budget, the most surprising are the true-blue liberals who run most of America's nonprofits, universities and charities. How dare he limit tax deductions for charitable giving! They're afraid they'll get fewer donations, but they should be more concerned that Mr. Obama's policies will shove them aside in favor of the New Charity State. (Read it all)


Power, Politics, and Freedom of Religion (The American Spectator)

The history of the Catholic Church in the state of Connecticut has never been pretty. Until 1818, the Congregational Church was the official religion, and the few Catholics who lived in the state were obliged to pay taxes toward its support. They were also forbidden to own land and under the auspices of Know-Nothing Party Governor William T. Minor, the Church suffered greatly. Yet faithful Catholics and other freedom-loving citizens of Connecticut saw to it that those wrongs were eventually righted. (Read it all)


Failing the Stem-Cell Test (National Review)

For a decade now, the question of federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research has made for a heated political debate. Scientists believe the research may hold the promise of advancing medical research, but it also involves the destruction of living human embryos, and therefore raises the explosive question of the protection and regard we owe to human beings in their earliest stages. (Read it all)

08 March 2009

Lent II

Behold our Lord transfigured,
In Sacrament Divine;
His glory deeply hidden,
'Neath forms of Bread and Wine.
Our eyes of faith behold Him,
Salvation is outpoured;
The Saviour dwells among us,
by ev'ry heart adored.

No longer on the mountain
With Peter, James and John,
Our precious Saviour bids us
To walk where saints have gone.
He has no lasting dwelling,
Save in the hearts of men;
He feeds us with His Body,
To make us whole again.

With Moses and Elijah,
We worship Christ our King;
Lord, make our souls transfigured,
Let us with angels sing.
Lead us in paths of glory,
Give tongues to sing thy praise;
Lord Jesus, keep us faithful,
Now and for all our days.

Text: Fr. Christopher G. Phillips, 1990
Music: "Ewing" by Alexander C. Ewing, 1853

07 March 2009

Via Dolorosa

Preparation - Jesus is betrayed

In the Name + of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen

THE READING: (St. Mark 14:26, 32, 45; St. Luke 22:41-42; St. John 18:12-13)

They went out into the Mount of Olives. And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane. And Jesus was withdrawn from the disciples about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done... As soon as Judas was come, he goeth straightway to Jesus, and saith, Master, Master: and kissed him. Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, and led him away.

Let us pray. Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts, whereby thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom come, thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven:
R. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus:
R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

V. Have mercy upon us, O Lord.
R. Have mercy upon us.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

Sing my tongue the glorious battle
Sing the winning of the fray:
Now above the cross, the trophy,
Sound the high triumphal lay:
Tell how Christ, the world's Redeemer,
As a Victim won the day.


The First Station - Jesus is Condemned to Death

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. Mark 14:61-64)

The high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am... And then all condemned him to be guilty of death.

V. Oh my people, what have I done unto thee, or wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray: Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified; Mercifully grant that we, walking the Way of the Cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Faithful Cross! above all other,
One and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom
None in fruit thy peer may be:
Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron!
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.

The Second Station - Jesus Receives the Cross

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. John 19:14-17)

Pilate saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priest answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth...

V. Because I brought thee forth from the land of Egypt, thou hast prepared a cross for thy Savior.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. O God, who by the passion of thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Sing my tongue the glorious battle
Sing the winning of the fray:
Now above the cross, the trophy,
Sound the high triumphal lay:
Tell how Christ, the world's Redeemer,
As a Victim won the day.

The Third Station - Jesus Falls the First Time

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. John 15:18-20)

Jesus said to his disciples: If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hated you. Remember the word that I said unto you: The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.

V. Because I led thee through the desert forty years, and fed thee with manna, and brought thee into a land exceeding good: thou hast prepared a cross for thy Savior.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. Almighty God, who hast given thy Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

God in pity saw man fallen,
Shamed and sunk in misery,
When he fell on death by tasting
Fruit of the forbidden tree:
That another Tree was chosen
Which the world from death would free.

The Fourth Station - Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. John 19:25-27)

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

V. What more could I have done unto thee that I have not done? I indeed did plant thee, O my vineyard, with exceeding fair fruit: and thou art become very bitter unto me.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. O God, the King of Saints, we praise and magnify thy holy Name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear; for the Blessed Virgin Mary; for the holy patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs; and for all thy other righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we beseech thee that, encouraged by their examples, aided by their prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Faithful Cross! above all other,
One and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom
None in fruit thy peer may be:
Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron!
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.
The Fifth Station - The Cross is Laid Upon Simon of Cyrene

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. Mark 15:16, 20-22)

The soldiers...led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon, a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him unto a place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of the skull.

V. I did scourge Egypt with her first-born for thy sake, and thou hast scourged me and delivered me up.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption; Give us courage, we beseech thee, to take up our cross and follow him, even Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Thus the scheme of our salvation
Was of old in order laid,
That the manifold deceiver's
Art by Art might be outweighed;
And the lure the foe put forward
Into means of healing made

The Sixth Station - Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. Matthew 24:8, 9, 30, 40-41)

Jesus said unto his disciples, All these are the beginning of sorrows, Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for my Name's sake. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven... and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

V. I led thee forth out of Egypt, drowning Pharoah in the Read Sea, and thou hast delivered me up to the chief priests.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered; Make us, we beseech thee, deeply sensible of the shortness and uncertainty of human life; and let thy Holy Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days: that, when we shall have served thee in our generation, we may be gathered unto our fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience; in the communion of the Catholic Church; in the confidence of a certain faith; in the comfort of a reasonable, religious and holy hope; in favor with thee our God, and in perfect charity with the world; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Therefore when th' appointed fullness
Of the holy time was come,
He was sent, who maketh all things,
Forth from God's eternal home;
Thus he came to earth, incarnate,
Offspring of the Virgin's womb.

The Seventh Station - Jesus Falls the Second Time

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (Isaiah 53:3, 5-6)

He is despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

V. I did open the sea before thee: and thou hast opened my side with a spear.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, who by thy death didst take away the sting of death: Grant unto us thy servants so to follow in faith where thou hast led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in thee, and awake up after thy likeness; for thy tender mercies' sake (who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Faithful Cross! above all other,
One and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom
None in fruit thy peer may be:
Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron!
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.

The Eighth Station - Jesus Greets the Holy Women

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. Luke 23:27-28, 31)

There followed him a great company of people, and of women which bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus, turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

V. I did go before thee in the pillar of cloud, and thou hast led me unto the judgment hall of Pilate.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Thirty years he dwelt among us,
His appointed time fulfilled;
Born for this he met his passion,
This the Savior freely willed:
On the cross the Lamb was lifted,
Where his Precious Blood was spilled.

The Ninth Station - Jesus Falls a Third Time

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (Hebrews 10:10, 19-23)

We are sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by a new and living way... that is to say, his Flesh; and having an high priest over the House of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.

V. I did feed thee with manna in the desert, and thou hast stricken me with blows and scourges.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast left unto us a memorial of thy precious death and passion; Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruits of thy redemption (who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

He endured the nails, the spitting,
Vinegar, and spear, and reed;
From that holy Body broken
Blood and water forth proceed:
Earth and stars and sky and ocean
By that flood from stain are freed.

The Tenth Station - Jesus is Stripped of His Raiment

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (Hebrews 10:10, 19-23)

They gave Jesus vinegar to drink mingled with gall; and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

V. I did give thee to drink the water of life from the rock: and thou hast given me to drink but gall and vinegar.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. O Lord God, whose blessed Son our Saviour gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame; Grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.


Faithful Cross! above all other,
One and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom
None in fruit thy peer may be:
Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron!
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.

The Eleventh Station - Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. Luke 23:33-34; St. John 19:19)

When they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do... And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

V. I did smite the kings of the Canaanites for thy sake, and thou hast smitten my head with a reed.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the Cross, that he might draw the whole world unto himself; Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Bend thy boughs, O tree of glory!
Thy relaxing sinews bend;
For a while the ancient rigor
That thy birth bestowed, suspend;
And the King of heavenly beauty
On thy bosom gently tend!

The Twelfth Station - Jesus Dies on the Cross

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. Matthew 27:45-46; St. John 19:28, 30)

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (kneel)

V. I did give thee a royal scepter, and thou hast given unto my head a crown of thorns.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross (who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord. (rise)

Thou alone wast counted worthy
This world's Ransom to uphold,
For a shipwrecked race preparing
Harbor, like the Ark of old,
With the Sacred Blood anointed
From the smitten Lamb that rolled.


The Thirteenth Station - Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. John 19:33-34, 38)

When the soldiers came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. After this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

V. I did raise thee on high with great powers, and thou hast hanged me on the gibbet of the cross.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, who of they tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Faithful Cross! above all other,
One and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom
None in fruit thy peer may be:
Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron!
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.

The Fourteenth Station - Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

THE READING: (St. John 19:40-42)

Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre wherein never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus.

V. O my people, what have I done unto thee, or wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me.
R. Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us.

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray thee to set thy passion, cross , and death between thy judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living, pardon and rest to the dead, to thy holy Church peace and concord, and to us sinners everlasting life and glory (who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. O Savior of the world, who by thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us:
R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

To the Trinity be glory
Everlasting, as is meet:
Equal to the Father, equal
To the Son, and Paraclete:
God the Three in One, whose praises
All created things repeat. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Let us pray. O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the Cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy; Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end). Amen.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

05 March 2009

Great job, ladies!

Two of our Academy middle scholars won prizes at the annual Archdiocesan Science Fair. They are pictured with their teachers, Dr. Michael Vallor (L) and Mr. Colin Chude (R). Shelby Hilliard, a sixth grader, is on the right. She won first place among students from her grade level across the Archdiocese. Seventh grader, Brittany Vale (L), captured second place among the seventh graders.

03 March 2009

"This is an emergency!"

And you thought our biggest problem is the economy? Check out this woman's emergency:

MARCH 3--Angered that her local McDonald's was out of Chicken McNuggets, a Florida woman called 911 three times to report the fast food "emergency." Latreasa Goodman, 27, last Saturday called police to complain that a cashier--citing a McDonald's 'all sales are final policy'--would not give her a refund. When cops responded to the restaurant, Goodman told them, "This is an emergency. If I would have known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don't want one." Goodman noted, "I called 911 because I couldn't get a refund, and I wanted my McNuggets." (Read the whole story here.)

Remember: she can vote.

02 March 2009

Very pleasant news indeed...

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The 2009 Pontifical Yearbook recorded that the number of Catholics worldwide increased by 1.4% from 2006-2007, just over the world population growth, which in the same period increased by 1.1%.

Priestly vocations also grew, though less (0.4%), but with notable differences between the continents: While Europe is witnessing a recession, Africa and Asia are experiencing an increase in vocations.

Read the whole article.

01 March 2009

Happy St. David's Day!

It wouldn't be a proper St. David's Day without my annual recipe for another tasty Welsh treat. Past recipes are here and here. Now, for this year, try some wonderful Bara Brith (Welsh fruitcake):

1lb (450g) mixed dried fruit, such as raisins and currants
1 pint (300ml) tea
2 tbsp marmalade
1 egg, beaten
6 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
1lb (450g) self raising flour
honey to glaze

1. Soak the fruit overnight in the tea.

2. Next day, mix in the marmalade, egg, sugar, spice and flour. Spoon mixture into a greased 2lb (900g) loaf tin and bake in a warm oven 325°F, 170°C for 1 hour or until the center is cooked through. Check from time to time to see that the top does not brown too much, and cover with a sheet of foil or move down a shelf in the oven if necessary.

3. Once cooked, leave the Bara Brith to stand for 5 minutes then turn out of the tin on to a cooling tray. Using a pastry brush, glaze the top with honey.

4. Served sliced with salted butter and some tasty farmhouse cheddar.