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A must for the faithful who want to understand the current crisis in the Catholic Church. We have been warned by theologians, saints, popes and Our Lady herself about the loss of faith throughout the world, particularly coming to fruition by the mid-twentieth century, and how the devil would attack the Catholic Church. Our Lady of Good Success is an approved apparition of the Catholic Church and it directly connects and warns us of the errors of our time.

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In our days, we must understand how the Catholic Church has fallen into such depravity. The systematic nature of its decline and eclipse is demonstrated perfectly in this classic book. To defend our Catholic Faith, one must know Its enemy and its course.

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Protestants claim that salvation comes solely through teachings found in the Bible, while ignoring the Catholic Church, the Fathers of the Faith, Apostles and Christ Himself. Read why this is absolutely false and why we must look to Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture as Pillars of the Faith.

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A much ignored and covered up warning from Our Lady of La Salette for these times.


Apparition of the Blessed Virgin on the
Mountain of La Salette

on the 19th of September, 1846

Published by the Shepherdess of La Salette with Imprimatur by Mgr. Bishop of Lecce.


"Fight, children of light, you little number who see clearly,  for behold the time of times, the end of ends"


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Saint Joseph



Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Confessor, Doctor March 7th

Feast of St. John of God, Confessor

March 8th
Feast of the Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste, Martyrs March 10th
Feast of St. Gregory I, Pope, Confessor, Doctor March 12th
Feast of St. Patrick, Confessor, Bishop March 17th
Feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor March 18th

Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

March 19th
Feast of St. Benedict, Abbot March 21st

Feast of St. Gabriel, Archangel

March 24th
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Due to Holy Week and Easter Week,
the Feast of the Annunciation has been transferred from March 25th to April 9th)
April 9th

Liturgical Season of Lent




The MONTH of NOVEMBER is dedicated in honor OF THE

HOLY SOuls' in Purgatory

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All Saints' Day (Holy Day of Obligation) Part II, Part III, Part IV
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November 1st
All Souls' Day, Part II, Part III, Part IV
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November 2nd

Feast of Bl. Martin of Porres, Confessor       (November 5th- Dominican Rite)

November 3rd
Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop, Confessor November 4th
Feast of St. Martin of Tours, Bishop, Confessor November 11th
Feast of St. Albert the Great, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor November 15th
Feast of St. Gertrude the Great, Virgin, Part II November 16th
Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow November 19th
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st

Feast of St. Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr

November 22nd
Feast of St. John of the Cross, Confessor, Doctor November 24th
Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin, Martyr November 25th
Feast of St. Leonard of Port Maurice, Confessor, Part II November 26th
Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal November 27th
Feast of St. Catherine Laboure, Virgin November 28th
Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle November 30th



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 Most HOly  Rosary
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Rosary Sunday (first Sunday in October) October

Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels

October 2nd

Feast of St. Thérèse  of Lisieux, Virgin

October 3rd

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Confessor

October 4th

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Part II

October 7th
Feast of St. Bridget of Sweden, Virgin October 8th
Feast of St. Louis Bertrand, Confessor October 10th
Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Part II, Part III October 11th
Anniversary of the miraculous & final Apparition of here October 13th

Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Virgin

October 15th
Feast of St. Gerard Majella, Confessor October 16th
Feast of St. Margaret Alacoque, Virgin October 17th
Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist October 18th
Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel October 24th
Feast of Christ the King (last Sunday in October), Part II October
Feast of Sts. Simon & Jude October 28th



The Apparitions of Fatima

Three Apparitions of the Angel 1916
First Apparition - Sunday 13 May 1917
Second Apparition - Wednesday 13 June 1917
Third Apparition - Friday 13 July 1917
Fourth Apparition - Monday 13 August 1917
Fifth Apparition - Thursday 13 September 1917
Sixth Apparition - Saturday 13 October 1917

What happened after the Visions?

Our Lady confirms the Prophecy of St. Dominic

(original picture of the "Last Vision of Fatima": note the altar was not the Novus Ordo table that is now depicted in the "updated" picture featured below.)



Most Blessed Sacrament


Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer, Confessor April 5th
St. Mary of Egypt, Penitent April 9th
Feast of Pope St. Leo the Great, Doctor & St. Gemma Galgani, Virgin April 11th
Feast of St. Justin, Martyr April 14th
Feast of St. Agnes of Montepulciano, Virgin April 20th
Feast of St. Anselm, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor April 21st
Feast of St. George, Martyr April 23rd
Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist April 25th
Feast of St. Paul of the Cross, Confessor & St. Lewis de Montfort, Confessor April 28th
Feast of St. Peter of Verona, Martyr April 29th
Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin April 30th
Major Rogation: April 25th- Pray the Greater Litanies (Litany of Saint with Prayers)


My Lord Jesus Christ, Who, for the love which Thou bearest to men, remainest night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit Thee: I believe that Thou art present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore Thee from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank Thee for all the graces which Thou hast bestowed upon me, and in particular for having given me Thyself in this Sacrament, for having given me Thy most holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit Thee in this church. I now salute Thy most loving Heart: and this for three ends:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) In Thanksgiving for this great gift;

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) To make amends to Thee for all the outrages which Thou receivest in this Sacrament from all Thine enemies;

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) I intend by this visit to adore Thee in all the places on earth in which Thou art the least revered and the most abandoned.

My Jesus I love Thee with my whole heart. I grieve for having hitherto so many times offended Thy infinite goodness. I purpose by Thy grace never more to offend Thee for the time to come; and now, miserable and unworthy though I be, I consecrate myself to Thee without reserve; I give Thee and renounce my entire will, my affections, my desires, and all that I possess. From henceforward do Thou dispose of me and of all that I have as Thou pleasest. All that I ask of Thee and desire is Thy holy love, final perseverance, and the perfect accomplishment of Thy will.

I recommend to Thee the souls in purgatory; but especially those who had the greatest devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament and to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to Thee all poor sinners.

Finally, my dear Savior, I unite all my affections with the affections of Thy most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to Thy Eternal Father, and beseech Him in Thy name to vouchsafe, for Thy love, to accept and grant them. Amen (prayer authored by St. Alphonsus Liguori)


St. Dominic was once saying Mass in London, England, in the presence of the King and Queen and three hundred other persons. As he was making the Memento for the Living he suddenly became enraptured, remaining motionless in the space of a whole hour. All present were greatly astonished, and did not know what to think or to make of it. The King ordered the server to pull the priest's  robe, that he might go on with his Mass. But on attempting to do so, the server became so full of wonder that he was unable to comply with the King's order.

After an hour's time, St. Dominic was able to continue the Mass, when , behold! At the Elevation f the Sacred Host, the King and all who were present saw, instead of the Host in the hands of the priest, the Holy Infant Jesus, at the sight of which all experienced great interior joy. At the same time they beheld the Mother of God in great brilliancy and splendor and surrounded by twelve bright stars. She took the hand of her Divine Infant to bless with it all those who were present at the Mass. At this blessing many experienced an ineffable joy and shed tears of tenderness. At the Elevation of the chalice, everyone saw a cross uprising from it, with Jesus Christ hanging upon it in almost pitiable condition and shedding all His Blood. The Blessed Virgin was also seen sprinkling , as it were, the Sacred Blood over the people, upon which everyone received a clear knowledge of his or her sins with a deep sorrow for the same, so much so that everyone who saw them could not help weeping with them.

Mass being ended, St. Dominic ascended the pulpit and addressed the people as follows: "' Sing ye to the Lord a new Canticles, because he hath done wonderful things.' (Psalm 97). You have seen with your own eyes and experienced in your own hearts the wonderful things which Jesus Christ has done in the Most Blessed Sacrament. You have seen with your eyes, and it has been given to you to understand how Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and the Son of Mary, has been pleased to be born anew and to be again crucified for you. In this divine and tremendous mystery of Holy Mass you have witnessed only things most holy, most sublime, most consoling and most touching. It is not only one or a few of you who have seen these wonderful things, but the entire three hundred here assembled have witnessed them. Now if there be but one little spark of divine love in your hearts, sentiments of gratitude and hymns of praise in honor of the Divine goodness and Majesty ought to flow incessantly from your lips."
(Ex. lib. inter. B. Alanus rediv., Par. 3, Chap. 22).




Saint Joseph



Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Confessor, Doctor March 7th

Feast of St. John of God, Confessor

March 8th
Feast of the Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste, Martyrs March 10th
Feast of St. Gregory I, Pope, Confessor, Doctor March 12th
Feast of St. Patrick, Confessor, Bishop March 17th
Feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor March 18th

Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

March 19th
Feast of St. Benedict, Abbot March 21st

Feast of St. Gabriel, Archangel

March 24th
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary March 25th
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The MONTH of FEBRUARY is dedicated in honor OF THE




Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Our Lady of Good Success February 2nd

Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop, Martyr

February 3rd
Feast of St. Agatha, Virgin, Martyr February 5th

Feast of St. Scholastica, Virgin

February 10th
Our Lady of Lourdes February 11th
Feast of the Seven Holy Founders, Confessors February 12th
Feast of St. Catherine de Ricci, Virgin February 13th
Feast of St. Valentine, Confessor, Martyr February 14th

Feast of St. Bernadette Soubirous, Virgin

February 18th

Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Antioch

February 22nd
Feast of St. Peter Damian, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor February 23rd

Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle

February 24th
Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Confessor February 27th
Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus (Moveable Feast) February 28th (2017)
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The MONTH of JANUARY is dedicated in honor OF THE

Most Holy name of jesus

Prominent Feasts of January

Circumcision of Our Lord (Holy Day of Obligation) January 1st
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus- The feast is kept the first Sunday of the year; but if this Sunday falls on January 1st, 6th or 7th, the feast is kept on January 2nd. First Sunday
of January
Feast of St. Genevieve, Virgin January 3rd
Epiphany of Our Lord January 6th
Holy Family Sunday Sunday after Epiphany
Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ January 13th
Feast of St. Paul, First Hermit, Abbot January 15th
Feast of St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot, Founder of All Religious Orders January 17th
Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Rome January 18th
Feast of St. Margaret of Hungary, Virgin January 19th
Feast of St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr January 21st
Feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort, Confessor January 23rd
Feast of St. Timothy, Martyr January 24th
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul January 25th
Feast of St. John Chrysostom, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor January 27th
Feast of St. Peter Nolasco, Confessor January 28th
Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor January 29th
Feast of John Bosco, Confessor January 31st
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The Chair of Unity Octave

January 18th to January 25th


The Chair of Unity Octave, which extends from the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Rome (January 18) until the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25), which prayers are prescribed for each separate day of the Octave

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History of The Chair of Unity Octave

On October 3, 1899, the eve of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Rev. Lewis Thomas Wattson, an Episcopal clergyman later known as the Very Rev. Paul James Francis, S.A., arrived at Graymoor, N.Y. to establish a community of Episcopal Franciscans called the Friars of the Atonement. A year previously, Miss Lurana White, a devout young woman, had founded in the same place a community of Episcopal nuns known as the Sisters of the Atonement.

For ten years the two communities were jointly known as the Society of the Atonement and lived the monastic life as members of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Looking about him on a largely irreligious world, Father Paul grieved most because Christians seemed divided into warring sects and factions. He began to preach corporate reunion of the Episcopal Church with the Roman Catholic Church. Because of this he was banned from the pulpits of the Episcopal Church.

In his brown robe and sandals, Father Paul took his message to the streets and parks of New York. He caused quite a sensation. Father Paul James Francis was determined to carry on a vigorous apostolate for the return of all separated Christians to communion with the Holy See. To further this aim, he inaugurated in 1908 the Chair of Unity Octave (Jan. 18-25).

One year later, the members of the Society themselves received the grace of conversion, and on October 30, 1909, they entered the Catholic Church in a body. It astonished no one when he took his own advice and brought his community with him into the Catholic Church. With the blessing of Pope St. Pius X, they were permitted to continue as a religious society in the Catholic Church and were commissioned to carry on the apostolate of Christian unity as their community aim.

The Chair of Unity Octave was also approved as a Catholic devotion by Pope Benedict XV in an Apostolic Brief in 1916. In 1921, at their annual meeting in Washington, the Catholic hierarchy of the United States unanimously adopted the Octave for all the dioceses in the country.

Under the patronage of St. Peter, the first Vicar of Christ, Bishop of Rome, and St. Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, the Chair of Unity Octave has flourished and grown. It is now observed in many parts of the world.

"Devotions for the Chair of Unity Octave" published by the Atonement Friars of Graymoor, New York, 1960, pp. 5-6.

Prayer in Honor of the

Most Holy and Adorable Name of Jesus


JESUS! O Name of Jesus! Sweet Name! Delightful Name! Consoling Name!
For what else is Jesus than Savior! Therefore, O Jesus, for Thy sweet Name's sake, be to me a Jesus, and save me. Suffer me not to be eternally lost. O good Jesus! Let not my iniquities destroy me, whom Thy bounty made. O sweet Jesus! Recognize in me what is Thine, and efface all that is not Thine.
O sweet Jesus! Show mercy now in the time of mercy, and condemn me
not in the day of justice. What profit to Thy Precious Blood, or what honor will my destruction give Thy Holy Name, O Jesus!

"The dead shall not praise Thee, O Lord Jesus! Nor all they that go down to Hell." Most amiable Jesus! Most meek, most loving Jesus! O Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Admit me to the number of Thy elect. O Jesus, salvation of those who believe in Thee! Comfort of those who fly to Thee! O Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary! Give me grace, wisdom, charity, purity, and humility, that I may love Thee perfectly, praise Thee, enjoy Thee, serve Thee, and be glorified in Thee, with all those who call upon Thy Name, Thy Holy Name, Thy Sweet name, Jesus. Amen.



The MONTH of DECEMBER is dedicated in honor OF THE

Divine Infant



Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Confessor, Part II, Part III December 3rd

Feast of St. Nicholas, Confessor, Bishop

December 6th
Feast of St. Ambrose, Doctor, Bishop, Confessor, Part II December 7th

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)
Fast and Abstain on December 7th in preparation for the feast

December 8th
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Historical Account of the Apparition
The Miraculous Image Explanation
Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe prior to the 16th Century
December 12th
Feast of St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr December 13th
Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle December 21st
Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin December 22nd

Christmas Eve

Fast and Abstain on December 24th in preparation of Christmas

December 24th
CHRISTMAS (Holy Day of Obligation)
The History of Christmas

Octave of Christmas
The Christmas Crib or Creche
Christmas Prayers
The Practice of Christmas
Christmas Carols
Christmas Sermons
Instruction for Christmas Day with Gospel & Epistle
December 25th

Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr of the Catholic Church

December 26th
Feast of St. John, Apostle, Evangelist December 27th
Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs, Part II December 28th
Feast of Thomas Becket, Confessor, Martyr & King David, Prophet December 29th
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"Because the virgin Mary was raised to such a lofty dignity as to be the mother of the King of kings, it is deservedly and by every right that the Church has honored her with the title of 'Queen'."
-St. Alphonsus Ligouri

The MONTH of MAY is dedicated in honor OF THE

  BLESSED Virgin Mary



Feast of St. Joseph the Worker May 1st
Feast of the Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor May 2nd
Finding of the Holy Cross May 3rd
Feast of St. Monica, Widow May 4th
Feast of St. Pius V, Pope, Confessor May 5th
Feast of St. Stanislaus, Bishop, Doctor May 7th

Feast of St. Antoninus, Bishop, Confessor

May 10th
Feast of Sts. Phillip & James, Apostles May 11th

Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor

Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Anniversary of the first Apparition of Fatima (May 13, 1917)

Blessed Imelda Lambertini, Virgin

May 13th
Feast of St. Servatius, Bishop, Confessor May 22nd
Feast of St. Phillip Neri, Confessor, Part II May 26th
Feast of St. Joan of Arc, Virgin May 30th
Queenship of Mary May 31st
Rogation Days:

"To desire grace without recourse to the Virgin Mother is to desire to fly without wings."

- Pope Pius XII


"No one will ever be the servant of the Son without serving the Mother."

- St. Ildephonsus


"Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary."

-St. Bonaventure


"Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary."

-St. Bonaventure









Bl. Peter Julian Eymard, of France, had a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist and Our Lady and began his priestly life in the Society of Mary.  “But his heart burned with the desire to establish perpetual adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament exposed upon a royal throne and surrounded by a large court of adorers.”  On February 2, 1851, at the shrine of Fourvière,  the most Blessed Virgin had made him understand its necessity.  ‘All the mysteries of my Son have a religious order of men to honor them.  The Eucharist alone has none ...’  After several years of prudent reflection and interior combat, encouraged by Pope Pius IX, he founded the Congregation of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Paris on May 13, 1856. The title of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament was first given to Mary by Bl. Peter Julian Eymard in May 1868, while speaking to his novices. A few years later he described what her statue should look like: "The Blessed Virgin holds the Infant in her arms; and He holds a chalice in one hand and a Host in the other." He exhorted them to invoke Mary: "Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us who have recourse to thee!"Later, Pope Pius IX enriched the invocation with indulgences. Twice, Pope St. Pius X did the same.  On December 30, 1905, he granted a 300 days indulgence to the faithful who pray: “Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.” “This title, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, is perhaps the most meaningful of all," said Pope St. Pius X. In 1921 the Sacred Congregation of Rites authorized the Blessed Sacrament Congregations to celebrate each year, on May 13th, a "solemn commemoration of the Blessed Virgin," with the intention of honoring Mary under the title of "Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament."  Bl. Peter Julian Eymard was beatified on July 12, 1925 by Pope Pius XII.

Fatima Prayers

"To save poor sinners, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart."


The Decade Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
Note: This prayer is often added to the Rosary, due to Our Lady's request, right after each "Glory Be" prayer. This practice springs from the instructions of Mary given to the young children at Fatima.


The Sacrifice Prayer

O Jesus, it is for the love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary that I pray.


The Pardon Prayer

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.


The Eucharistic Prayer

Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament

Note: Say three times in imitation of the Fatima children


The Conversion Prayer

By your pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain the conversion of the whole world!


The Salvation Prayer

Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation


The Angel's Prayer

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners and the alleviation and deliverance of the holy souls in Purgatory.


The MONTH of JUNE is dedicated in honor OF THE

  Sacred Heart of Jesus


Feast of St. Boniface, Bishop & Martyr

June 5th

Feast of St. Norbert, Bishop, Founder & Confessor


Feast of St. Margaret of Scotland, Queen & Widow

June 10th

Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle

June 11th
Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Confessor & Doctor June 13th
Feast of St. Basil the Great, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor June 14th
Corpus Christi June

Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Confessor,
- Additional here

June 21st
Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Part II June 24th

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- The Manual of the Sacred here

Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles, Part II June 29th
Commemoration of St. Paul, Apostle June 30th







The MONTH of JUly is dedicated in honor OF THE

 Most Precious Blood of Jesus


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Feast Day: July 16th

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The MONTH of AUGUST is dedicated in honor OF THE

 Immaculate Heart of Mary


Feast of St. Peter's Chains

August 1st

Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Confessor, Bishop & Doctor

August 2nd

Feast of St. Dominic, Confessor, Founder of the Order of Preachers, Part II

August 4th

Transfiguration of Our Lord

August 6th
Feast of the Fourteen Holy Helpers August 8th
Feast of St. John Vianney, Confessor August 9th
Feast of St. Lawrence, Martyr, Part II                                           August 10th

Feast of St. Philomena, Virgin, Martyr

August 11th
Feast of St. Clare, Virgin August 12th
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation) August 15th
Feast of St. Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary August 16th
Feast of St. Hyacinth, Confessor, Part II August 17th
Feast of St. Bernard, Abbot, Confessor, Doctor August 20th
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary August 22nd
Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle August 24th
Feast of St. Louis, King, Confessor August 25th
Feast of St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor, Part II August 28th
Beheading of St. John the Baptist August 29th
Feast of St. Rose of Lima, Virgin August 30th

Little Jacinta before dying said to Lucy: “When the moment will have come, say clearly that the good Lord grants His graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that we must not hesitate to ask these of her; tell the people that the Heart of Jesus desired to be honored together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that men ought to request the peace from the Immaculate Heart, because God has confided it to her."

- Jacinta Marto, Visionary of the Fatima Apparitions

Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

In 1942, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Fatima, Pope Pius XII consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That same year, he assigned the feast day to August 22, the octave of the Assumption. On May 4, 1944, he extended the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to the Universal Church.

Composed by Pope Pius XII in 1942 for his Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to be recited annually on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, August 22nd.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Help of Christians, Refuge of the human race, conqueror in all God’s battles, we humbly prostrate ourselves before thy throne. We are confident of obtaining mercy, grace, and help in the present calamities, not for our own merits to which we make no claim but only because of the great goodness of thy Maternal Heart.

In this tragic hour of human history we confide, entrust, and consecrate to thy Immaculate Heart the Holy Church, Mystical Body of thy son, Jesus, which bleeds now from so many wounds and is so sorely tried. We consecrate likewise to thy Immaculate Heart the whole world
[in particular Russia*] torn as it is by deadly strife, afire with hatred and paying the penalty of its own wickedness.

Be moved to pity by the sight of so much destruction and ruin of souls, by the grief and agony of fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, and innocent children. Look with compassion on the lives cut off in the flower of youth, on the bodies mangled in horrible slaughter, on the many torn with anguish, and on all those in danger of being lost forever.

Mother of Mercy, obtain for us peace from God and the grace that is able in an instant to change the heart of man, the grace that brings and fosters peace, and makes it lasting. Queen of Peace, pray for us and give to the warring world that peace for which the nations long, a peace in the truth, in the righteousness, and in the love of Jesus Christ.

Turn their weapons aside and let peace possess their souls so that God’s kingdom may be set up in quiet order. Stretch out a helping hand to the unbeliever and to all who live in the shadow of death. Give them peace and grant that enlightened by the truth they may repeat with us before the one Savior of the world, ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will.’

Give peace also to the peoples separated from us by error or strife and in particular to those who have professed a special devotion to thee and in whose homes thine icon was always an object of veneration. It is hidden away now maybe to await the dawn of better days. Bring them back to the one fold of Christ under the one true shepherd. Grant perfect peace and freedom to the holy Church of God. Stem the flood of modern paganism. Let the love of purity increase among the children of God. Make us live as true followers of Christ, as zealous apostles, so that God’s servants may grow in merit and increase in number. And as the whole human race was consecrated to the heart of thy Jesus that through hope in Him He might become for all the sign and pledge of victory and salvation, so we in like manner consecrate ourselves forever to thee and to thy Immaculate Heart, O Mother and Queen of the world. This we do so that thy love and protection may hasten the triumph of God’s kingdom. Thus may all nations at peace with one another and with God proclaim thee blessed, and sing with thee from pole to pole the unending Magnificat of glory, love, and thanksgiving to the Heart of Jesus in which alone they can find truth, life, and peace. Amen.

* In adherence to the wishes of God and Immaculate Mother, we should privately insert Russia in particular to the consecration.

The MONTH of SEPTEMBER is dedicated in honor OF THE



Feast of St. Pius X, Pope, Confessor, Part II

September 3rd

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8th

Feast of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor

September 10th
Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary September 12th
Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 14th
Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary September 15th

Stigmata of St. Francis

September 17th
Feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino, Confessor September 18th
Feast of Our Lady of La Salette
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September 19th
Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist September 21st
Feast of Our Lady of Ransom (Mercy) September 24th
Feast of the North American Martyrs September 26th
Feast of Sts. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs September 27th
Feast of St. Michael the Archangel September 29th
Feast of St. Jerome, Confessor, Doctor, Part II September 30th

Apparition of the Blessed Virgin on the
Mountain of La Salette

on the 19th of September, 1846

Published by the Shepherdess of La Salette with Imprimatur by Mgr. Bishop of Lecce.


"Fight, children of light, you little number who see clearly,

for behold the time of times, the end of ends"

"Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist."

A warning from Our Lady of La Salette


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1.      The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2: 34, 35)

2.      The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13,14)

3.      The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45)

4.      The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.

5.      The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.

6.      The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.

7.      The burial of Jesus.

(Say one Hail Mary while meditating on each Sorrow)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen


1.     I will grant peace to their families.

2.  They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.

3.  I will console them in their pains and I will accompany
them in their work.

4.  I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.

5.  I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.

6.  I will visibly help them at the moment of their death; they will see the face of their Mother.

7.   I have obtained (this grace) from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.



Petition to the Sorrowful Heart of Mary
V. Incline unto my aid, O God!
R. O Lord, make haste to help me!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

1. I compassionate you, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of that grief suffered by your tender heart at the prophecy of the aged Holy Simeon. O dearest Mother, through this your afflicted heart implore for me the virtue of humility and the Gift of the Fear of God.

One Hail Mary.

2. I compassionate you, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of those distressing fears which your affectionate heart endured on the flight to Egypt and during your sojourn there. O dearest Mother, through this your anxious heart implore for me the virtue of generosity, particularly for the poor, and the Gift of Piety.

One Hail Mary.

3. I compassionate you, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of that anxiety which your worried heart endured in the loss of your beloved Child Jesus. O dearest Mother, through this your exceedingly troubled heart implore for me the virtue of chastity and the Gift of Knowledge.

One Hail Mary.

4. I compassionate you, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of that horror with which your mother-heart was stricken when meeting Jesus, bearing the Cross. O dearest Mother, through this your exceedingly oppressed heart implore for me the virtue of patience and the Gift of Fortitude.

One Hail Mary.

5. I compassionate you, O sorrowful Mothel Mary, on account of that martyrdom which tortured your magnanimous heart at the death-agony of Jesus. O dearest Mother, through this your martyred heart implore for me the virtue of temperance and the Gift of Counsel.

One Hail Mary.


6. I compassionate you, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of the anguish inflicted upon your tender heart by the thrust of the lance that opened the side of Jesus and pierced His most adorable Heart. O dearest Mother, through this vicarious transfixion of your own heart implore for me the virtue of brotherly love and the Gift of Understanding.

One Hail Mary.

7. I compassionate you, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of that agony of soul which racked your most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. O dearest Mother, through this extreme torment that filled your burdened heart implore for me the virtue of zeal and the Gift of Wisdom.

One Hail Mary.

V. Pray for us, O Virgin Most Sorrowful!
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray: O Lord Jesus Christ, we beseech You, that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, whose soul was pierced by the Sword of Sorrow in the hour of Your Passion, may be our advocate at the throne of Your Mercy, now, and at the hour of our death. Through You, Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world, Who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

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"Fight, children of light, you little number who see clearly,

for behold the time of times, the end of ends"


"Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist."


A warning from Our Lady of La Salette which was fulfilled by the

Apostasy of the Vatican II Church and its fruits

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Liturgical Season of Lent


A Guide for Lent: Part I...Click Here

A Guide for Lent: Part II

Holy Face History and Devotions
Ember Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Ash Wednesday: Part I
Ash Wednesday: Part II
Ash Wednesday
: Part III

Passion Sunday: Part I
Passion Sunday: Part II

Palm Sunday: Part I
Palm Sunday: Part II,

Palm Sunday: Part III
Palm Sunday: Part IV

Monday in Holy Week: Part I

Tuesday in Holy Week: Part I

Spy Wednesday: Part I
Spy Wednesday: Part II

Maundy (Holy) Thursday: Part I
Maundy (Holy) Thursday: Part II

Good Friday: Part I
Good Friday: Part II

Holy Saturday: Part I
Holy Saturday: Part II



Easter Sunday: Part I

Easter Sunday Sermons: Part II
Easter Sunday Prayers: Part III


Passion-tide and Holy Week
(by Fr. Prosper Gueranger 1870)

The holy liturgy is rich in mystery during these days of the Church's celebrating the anniversaries of so many wonderful events; but as the principal part of these mysteries is embodied in the rites and ceremonies of the respective days, we shall give our explanations according as the occasion presents itself. Our object in the present chapter, is to say a few words respecting the general character of the mysteries of these two weeks.

We have nothing to add to the explanation, already given in our Lent, on the mystery of forty. The holy season of expiation continues its course until the fast of sinful man has imitated, in its duration, that observed by the Man-God in the desert. The army of Christ's faithful children is still fighting against the invisible enemies of man's salvation; they are still vested in their spiritual armor, and, aided by the angels of light, they are struggling hand to hand with the spirits of darkness, by compunction of heart and by mortification of the flesh.

As we have already observed, there are three objects which principally engage the thoughts of the Church during Lent. The Passion of our Redeemer, which we have felt to be coming nearer to us each week; the preparation of the catechumens for Baptism, which is to be administered to them on Easter eve; the reconciliation of the public penitents, who are to be readmitted into the Church on the Thursday, the day of the Last Supper. Each of these three objects engages more and more the attention of the Church, the nearer she approaches the time of their celebration.

The miracle performed by our Savior almost at the very gates of Jerusalem, by which He restored Lazarus to life, has roused the fury of His enemies to the highest pitch of frenzy. The people's enthusiasm has been excited by seeing Him, Who had been four days in the grave, walking in the streets of their city. They ask each other if the Messias, when He comes, can work greater wonders than these done by Jesus, and whether they ought not at once to receive this Jesus as the Messias, and sing their Hosanna to Him, for He is the Son of David. They cannot contain their feelings: Jesus enters Jerusalem, and they welcome Him as their King. The high priests and princes of the people are alarmed at this demonstration of feeling; they have no time to lose; they are resolved to destroy Jesus. We are going to assist at their impious conspiracy: the Blood of the just Man is to be sold, and the price put on it is thirty silver pieces. The divine Victim, betrayed by one of His disciples, is to be judged, condemned, and crucified. Every circumstance of this awful tragedy is to be put before us by the liturgy, not merely in words, but with all the expressiveness of a sublime ceremonial.

The catechumens have but a few more days to wait for the fount that is to give them life. Each day their instruction becomes fuller; the figures of the old Law are being explained to them; and very little now remains for them to learn with regard to the mysteries of salvation. The Symbol of faith is soon to be delivered to them. Initiated into the glories and the humiliations of the Redeemer, they will await with the faithful the moment of His glorious Resurrection; and we shall accompany them with our prayers and hymns at that solemn hour, when, leaving the defilements of sin in the life-giving waters of the font, they shall come forth pure and radiant with innocence, be enriched with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and be fed with the divine flesh of the Lamb that liveth forever.

The reconciliation of the penitents, too, is close at hand. Clothed in sackcloth and ashes, they are continuing their work of expiation. The Church has still several passages from the sacred Scriptures to read to them, which, like those we have already heard during the last few weeks, will breathe consolation and refreshment to their souls. The near approach of the day when the Lamb is to be slain increases their hope, for they know that the Blood of this Lamb is of infinite worth, and can take away the sins of the whole world. Before the day of Jesus' Resurrection, they will have recovered their lost innocence; their pardon will come in time to enable them, like the penitent prodigal, to join in the great Banquet of that Thursday, when Jesus will say to His guests: 'With desire have I desired to eat this Pasch with you before I suffer.' [St. Luke xxii. 15.]

Such are the sublime subjects which are about to be brought before us: but, at the same time, we shall see our holy mother the Church mourning, like a disconsolate widow, and sad beyond all human grief. Hitherto she has been weeping over the sins of her children; now she bewails the death of her divine Spouse. The joyous Alleluia has long since been hushed in her canticles; she is now going to suppress another expression, which seems too glad for a time like the present. Partially, at first unless it be the feast of a saint, as frequently happens during the first of these two weeks. The same exception is to be made in what follows, but entirely during the last three days, she is about to deny herself the use of that formula, which is so dear to her: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. There is an accent of jubilation in these words, which would still suit her grief and the mournfulness of the rest of her chants.

Her lessons, for the night Office, are taken from Jeremias, the prophet of lamentation above all others. The color of her vestments is the one she had on when she assembled us at the commencement of Lent to sprinkle us with ashes; but when the dreaded day of Good Friday comes, purple would not sufficiently express the depth of her grief; she will clothe herself in black, as men do when mourning the death of a fellow-mortal; for Jesus, her Spouse, is to be put to death on that day: the sins of mankind and the rigors of the divine justice are then to weigh Him down, and in all the realities of a last agony, He is to yield up His Soul to His Father.

The presentiment of that awful hour leads the afflicted mother to veil the image of her Jesus: the cross is hidden from the eyes of the faithful. The statues of the saints, too, are covered; for it is but just that, if the glory of the Master be eclipsed, the servant should not appear. The interpreters of the liturgy tell us that this ceremony of veiling the crucifix during Passiontide, expresses the humiliation to which our Savior subjected Himself, of hiding Himself when the Jews threatened to stone Him, as is related in the Gospel of Passion Sunday. The Church begins this solemn rite with the Vespers of the Saturday before Passion Sunday. Thus it is that, in those years when the feast of our Lady's Annunciation falls in Passion-week, the statue of Mary, the Mother of God, remains veiled, even on that very day when the Archangel greets her as being full of grace, and ble
ssed among women.

Lord, I thank Thee for having died on the Cross for my sins.

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Advent Meditation:
The Abasement of Jesus

by St. Alphonsus De Liguori

"Taking the form of a servant."--1 Phil. ii. 7.

The eternal Word descends on earth to save man; and whence does he descend? His going out is from the end of heaven (Ps. xviii. 7). He descends from the bosom of His divine Father, where from eternity He was begotten in the brightness of the saints. And where does He descend? He descends into the womb of a Virgin, a child of Adam, which in comparison with the bosom of God is an object of horror; wherefore the Church sings, "Thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb." Yes, because the Word being in the bosom of the Father is God like the Father,-- is immense, omnipotent, most blessed and supreme Lord, and equal in everything to the Father. But in the womb of Mary He is a creature, small, weak, afflicted, a servant inferior to the Father, taking the form of a servant."

It is related as a great prodigy of humility in St. Alexis that, although he was the son of a Roman gentleman, he chose to live as a servant in his father's house. But how is the humility of this saint to be compared with the humility of Jesus Christ? Between the son and the servant of the father of St. Alexis there was, it is true, some difference; but between God and the servant of God there is an infinite difference. Besides, this Son of God having become the servant of His Father, in obedience to Him, made Himself also the servant of His creatures, that is to say, of Mary and Joseph: And He was subject to them. Moreover, He made Himself even a servant of Pilate, who condemned Him to death, and He was obedient to Him and accepted it; He became a servant to the executioners, who scourged Him, crowned Him with thorns, and crucified Him; and He humbly obeyed them all, and yielded Himself into their hands.

O God! and shall we, after this, refuse to submit ourselves to the service of so loving a Saviour, who, to save us, has subjected Himself to such painful and degrading slavery? And rather than be the servants of this great and so loving a Lord, shall we be content to be slaves of the devil, who does not love his servants, but hates them and treats them like a tyrant, making them miserable and wretched in this world and in the next? But if we have been guilty of this great folly, why do we not quickly give up this unhappy servitude? Courage, then, since we have been delivered by Jesus Christ from the slavery of hell; let us now embrace and bind around us with love those sweet chains, which will render us servants and lovers of Jesus Christ, and hereafter obtain for us the crown of the eternal kingdom amongst the blessed in Paradise.


Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.


My beloved Jesus, Thou art the Sovereign of heaven and earth; but for the love of me Thou hast made Thyself a servant even of the executioners who tore Thy flesh, pierced Thy head, and finally left Thee nailed on the cross to die of sorrow. I adore Thee as my God and Lord, and I am ashamed to appear before Thee, when I remember how often, for the sake of some miserable pleasure, I have broken Thy holy bonds, and have told Thee to Thy face that I would not serve Thee. Ah, Thou mayst justly reproach me: Thou hast burst my bands, and thou saidst: I will not serve (Jer. ii. 20). But still, O my Saviour, Thy merits and Thy goodness, which cannot despise a heart that repents and humbles itself, give me courage to hope for pardon: A contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise (Isa. 1. 19). I confess, my Jesus, that I have offended Thee greatly; I confess that I deserve a thousand hells for the sins I have committed against Thee; chasten me as Thou seest fit, but do not deprive me of Thy grace and love. I repent above every other evil of having despised Thee. I love Thee with my whole heart. I propose from this day forth to desire to serve Thee and love Thee alone. I pray Thee bind me by Thy merits with the chains of Thy holy love, and never suffer that I see myself released from them again.

I love Thee above everything, O my deliverer; and I would prefer being Thy servant to being master of the whole world. And of what avail would all the world be to him who lives deprived of Thy grace? "My sweetest Jesus, permit me not to separate myself from Thee, permit me not to separate myself from Thee." This grace I ask of Thee, and I intend always to ask it; and I beg of Thee to grant me this day the grace to repeat continually to the end of my life this prayer: My Jesus, grant that I may never again separate myself from Thy love. I ask this favor of Thee also, O Mary, my Mother: help me by thy intercession, that I may never separate myself again from my God. Amen.

"The Mystery of Advent"
from Dom Gueranger's "Liturgical Year"

If, having described the characteristic features of Advent which distinguish it from the rest of the year, we would penetrate into the profound Mystery which occupies the mind of the Church during this season, we find that the Mystery of this Coming, or Advent, of Jesus is at once simple and threefold. It is simple for it is the one same Son of God that is coming; it is threefold because He comes at three different times and in three different ways.

'In the first coming,' says St. Bernard, 'He comes in the flesh and in weakness; in the second, He comes in spirit and power; in the third, He comes in glory and majesty; and the second coming is the means whereby we pass from the first to the third.'

This, then, is the mystery of Advent. Let us now listen to an explanation of this threefold visit of Christ, given to us by Peter of Blois, in his third sermon de Adventu: 'There are three comings of Our Lord; the first in the flesh; the second in the soul; the third at judgment. The first was at midnight according to the words of the Gospel: At Midnight there was a cry made, Lo, the Bridegroom cometh! But this first coming is long since past for Christ has been seen on the earth and has conversed among men. We are now in the second coming, provided only we are such as that He may thus come to us; for He has said that if we love Him, He will come to us and take up His abode with us. So that this second coming is full of uncertainty for us; for who, save the spirit of God, knows them that are of God? They that are raised out of themselves by the desire of heavenly things, know indeed when He comes, but whence He cometh or whither He goeth they know not. As for the third coming, it is most certain that it will be, most uncertain when it will be; for nothing is more sure than death, and nothing less sure than the hour of death. When they shall say, peace and security, says the apostle, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape. So that the first coming was humble and hidden, the second is mysterious and full of love, the third will be majestic and terrible. In His first coming, Christ was judged by men unjustly; in His second, He renders us just by His grace; in His first, a lamb; in His last, a lion; in the one between the two, the tenderest of friends.'

The holy Church, therefore, during Advent, awaits in tears and with ardor the arrival of her Jesus in His first coming. For this, she borrows the fervid expressions of the prophets, to which she joins her own supplications. These longings for the Messias expressed by the Church, are not a mere commemoration of the desires of the ancient Jewish people; they have a reality and efficacy of their own, an influence in the great act of God's munificence, whereby He gave us His own Son. From all eternity, the prayers of the ancient Jewish people and the prayers of the Christian Church ascended together to the prescient hearing of God; and it was after the receiving and granting them, that He sent, in the appointed time, that blessed Dew upon the earth, which made it bud forth the Savior.

The Church aspires also to the second coming, the consequence of the first, which consists, as we have just seen, in the visit of the Bridegroom to the bride. This coming takes place, each year, at the feast of Christmas, when the new birth of the Son of God delivers the faithful from that yoke of bondage, under which the enemy would oppress them. The Church, therefore, during Advent, prays that she may be visited by Him who is her Head and her Spouse; visited in her hierarchy; visited in her members, of whom some are living, and some are dead, but may come to life again; visited, lastly, in those who are not in communion with her, and even in the very infidels, that so they may be converted to the true light, which shines even for them. The expressions of the liturgy which the Church makes use of to ask for this loving and invisible coming, are those which she employs when begging for the coming of Jesus in the flesh; for the two visits are for the same object. In vain would the Son of God have come, nineteen hundred years ago, to visit and save mankind, unless He came again for each one of us and at every moment of our lives, bringing to us and cherishing within us that supernatural life, of which He and His holy Spirit are the sole principle.

But this annual visit of the Spouse does not content the Church; she aspires after a third coming which will complete all things by opening the gates of eternity. She has caught up the last words of her Spouse, 'Surely I am coming quickly,' and she cries out to Him, 'Ah! Lord Jesus Come!' She is impatient to be loosed from her present temporal state; she longs for the number of the elect to be filled up, and to see appear, in the clouds of heaven, the sign of her Deliverer and her Spouse. Her desires, expressed by her Advent liturgy, go even as far as this: and here we have the explanation of these words of the beloved disciple in his prophecy: 'The nuptials of the Lamb are come, and His wife hath prepared herself.'

But the day of His last coming to her will be a day of terror. The Church frequently trembles at the very thought of that awful judgment, in which all mankind is to be tried. She calls it 'a day of wrath, on which, as David and the Sibyl have foretold, the world will be reduced to ashes; a day of weeping and of fear.' Not that she fears for herself, since she knows that this day will for ever secure for her the crown, as being the bride of Jesus; but her maternal heart is troubled at the thought that, on the same day, so many of her children will be on the left hand of that Judge, and having no share with the elect, will be bound hand and foot, and cast into the darkness, where there shall be everlasting weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is the reason why the Church, in the liturgy of Advent, so frequently speaks of the coming of Christ as a terrible coming, and selects from the Scriptures those passages which are most calculated to awaken a salutary fear in the mind of such of her children as may be sleeping the sleep of sin.

This, then, is the threefold mystery of Advent. The liturgical forms in which it is embodied, are of two kinds: the one consists of prayers, passages from the Bible, and similar formulae, in all of which, words themselves are employed to convey the sentiments which we have been explaining; the other consists of external rites peculiar to this holy time, which by speaking to the outward senses, complete the expressiveness of the chants and words.

First of all, there is the number of the days of Advent. Forty was the number originally adopted by the Church, and it is still maintained in the Ambrosian liturgy, and in the eastern Church. If, at a later period, the Church of Rome, and those which follow her liturgy, have changed the number of days, the same idea is still expressed in the four weeks which have been substituted for the forty days. The new birth of our Redeemer takes place after four weeks, as the first nativity happened after four thousand years, according to the Hebrew and Vulgate chronology.

As in Lent, so likewise during Advent, marriage is not solemnized, lest worldly joy should distract Christians from those serious thoughts wherewith the expected coming of the sovereign Judge ought to inspire them or from that dearly cherished hope which the friends of the Bridegroom have of being soon called to the eternal nuptial-feast.

The people are forcibly reminded of the sadness which fills the heart of the Church, by the somber color of the vestments. Excepting on the feasts of the saints, purple is the color she uses; the deacon does not wear the dalmatic, nor the sub-deacon the tunic. Formerly it was the custom, in some places, to wear black vestments. This mourning of the Church shows how fully she unites herself with those true Israelites of old who, clothed in sack-cloth and ashes, waited for the Messias, and bewailed Sion that she had not her beauty, and Juda, that the scepter had been taken from him, till He should come who was to be sent, the expectation of nations. It also signifies the works of penance, whereby she prepares for the second coming, full as it is of sweetness and mystery, which is realized in the souls of men, in proportion as they appreciate the tender love of that divine Guest, who has said: 'My delights are to be with the children of men.' It expresses, thirdly, the desolation of this bride who yearns after her Beloved, who is long a-coming. Like the turtle dove, she moans her loneliness, longing for the voice which will say to her: 'Come from Libanus, my bride! come and thou shalt be crowned. Thou has responded to my heart.'

The Church also, during Advent, excepting on the feasts of saints, suppresses the angelic canticle, Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis; for this glorious song was sung at Bethlehem over the crib of the divine Babe; the tongues of the angels are not loosened yet; the Virgin has not yet brought forth her divine Treasure; it is not yet time to sin, it is not even true to say, 'Glory be to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will.'

Again, at the end of Mass, the deacon does not dismiss the assembly of the faithful by the words: Ite missa est. He substitutes the ordinary greeting: Benedicamus Domino! as though the Church feared to interrupt the prayers of the people, which could scarce be too long during these days of expectation.

In the night Office, the holy Church also suspends, on those same days, the hymn of jubilation, Te Deum laudamus. It is in deep humility that she awaits the supreme blessing which is to come to her; and, in the interval, she presumes only to ask, and entreat, and hope. But let the glorious hour come, when in the midst of darkest night the Sun of justice will suddenly rise upon the world: then indeed she will resume her hymn of thanksgiving, and all over the face of the earth the silence of midnight will be broken by this shout of enthusiasm: 'We praise Thee, O God! we acknowledge Thee to be our Lord! Thou, O Christ, art the King of glory, the everlasting Son of the Father! Thou being to deliver man didst not disdain the Virgin's womb!'

On the ferial days, the rubrics of Advent prescribe that certain prayers should be said kneeling, at the end of each canonical Hour, and that the choir should also kneel during a considerable portion of the Mass. In this respect, the usages of Advent are precisely the same as those of Lent.

But there is one feature which distinguishes Advent most markedly from Lent: the word of gladness, the joyful Alleluia, is not interrupted during Advent, except once or twice during the ferial Office. It is sung in the Masses of the four Sundays, and vividly contrasts with the somber color of the vestments. On one of these Sundays, the third, the prohibition of using the organ is removed, and we are gladdened by the grand notes, and rose-colored vestments may be used instead of the purple. These vestiges of joy, thus blended with the holy mournfulness of the Church, tell us, in a most expressive way, that though she unites with the ancient people of God (thus paying the debt which the entire human race owes to the justice and mercy of God), she does not forget that the Emmanuel is already come to her, that He is in her, and that even before she has opened her lips to ask Him to save her, she has already been redeemed and pre-destined to an eternal union with Him. This is the reason why the Alleluia accompanies even her sighs, and why she seems to be at once joyous and sad, waiting for the coming of that holy night which will be brighter to her than the most sunny of days, and on which her joy will expel all her sorrow.



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