30 March 2012

The Archbishop's visit...

Pictured here is the "ex voto" which will hang on the wall of the Lady Chapel, marking Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller's first visit to the parish. It will join those of other Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops who have prayed in the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of the Atonement, each of whom have an "ex voto" permanently in the Chapel.

The Archbishop offered the Three-fold Salutation to Our Lady, and the Collect commemorating her under our title:

We salute thee, Holy Mary, Daughter of God the Father, and entreat thee to obtain for us a devotion like thine own to the most sweet Will of God.

We salute thee, Virgin Mother of God the Son, and entreat thee to obtain for us such union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that our own hearts may burn with love for God and an ardent zeal for the salvation of souls.

We salute thee, Immaculate Spouse of God the Holy Ghost, and entreat thee to obtain for us such yielding of ourselves to the Blessed Spirit, that He may, in all things, direct and rule our hearts, and that we may never grieve Him in thought, word, or deed.

O God, who didst deign that we, thy children, shouldst invoke our Mother Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Atonement; grant that through her powerful intercession we may obtain the fullness of thy blessings; through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

He arrived at the parish in time for Stations of the Cross with the students, and then spoke to them briefly afterwards, sharing some of his experiences on his recent ad limina visit, and also his visit to Mexico when the Holy Father was there.

He wanted the "grand tour" of the place, and he got it. There's no doubt he was pleased, and he said several time how "impressed" he was. Of course, the children were delighted, and he was so patient, spending time talking with teachers and students individually.

The Upper School choir sang Stainer's "God So Loved the World" at the end of Stations, and they were magnificent. Some of our Upper School boys chanted the Stabat Mater as we were leaving Stations...incredible.