Carissimi: Journal entry

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Mass tomorrow of the Patron Saint of Wales, dear St David with a commemoration of the Lent Feria, the first Thursday in Lent. Sadly this means no Oratio super populum “Prayer over the People” which for those who watch our Daily Mass Online broadcasts will have noticed is the very last prayer…

Day 7 of the 40Days for Life Campaign, Brighton UK

Along with constant prayer and intercession we had some wonderful conversations today… … One particular man who was initially aggressive, rude and abusive towards prayer volunteers as he arrived at the clinic with his partner changed his stance completely towards our presence there and left after shaking our hands and encouraging us! Amazing to see…

Carissimi: Journal entry

A.M.D.G. This morning in Brighton was very foggy and misty, now [post Vespers] its bright and sunny and much more like last weekend – the first in Spring… well, liturgically anyway [Rubricarius]! Road works and fog made the journey to the Sanctuary quite tiresome today, traffic was all over the place and the bus routes…

Ember Wednesday Lent I: Statio ad St Maria Majorem

In mercy heed our prayers, we beg Thee, O Lord; and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty against all that is hostile to us: through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Mary Major. The spring Ember Week consecrated the new season to God and by prayer and fasting sought to obtain abundant graces for those who on…

Embertide: Lent

The fasts, known as “Jejunia quatuor temporum,” or “the fast of the four seasons,” are rooted in Old Testament practices of fasting four times a year: Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the…

Station Tuesday Lent I: Statio ad St Anastasiam

Look favourably, Lord, upon Thy household, and grant that our mind being chastened by mortification of the body, may glow in Thy sight with desire of Thee: through Our Lord… At Rome, the Station is in the church of St. Anastasia, where, formerly, the Mass of the Aurora on Christmas Day was celebrated. The first church was built in the…

Sunday Lent I: Statio Ad S Ioannem in Laterano

O God, who dost purify Thy Church by the yearly observance of Lent: grant to Thy household, that what we strive to obtain from Thee by abstinence, we may achieve by good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ… On the first Sunday of Lent, the stational cycle brings us to the Cathedral Archbasilica of the Holy Savior…

Station Saturday after Ash Wednesday: Statio ad St Tryphonem

Give heed to our entreaties, Lord, that we may keep with devout observance this solemn fast, wholesomely ordained for healing the body and soul: through Our Lord… Coming from the busy streets near Piazza Navona, we find ourselves a quiet square before the graceful façade of today’s station. Originally the liturgy of today was celebrated in the church of…

Friday after Ash Wednesday: Statio ad SS Ioannem et Paulum

Let Thy gracious kindness, Lord, accompany the fast we have begun. Strengthen us, we pray Thee, so that our bodily penance may also be a truly spiritual exercise: through Our Lord… Passing under the arches which stretch over the Clivio Scauri we come around the side of this ancient church, built over several Roman ruins….

THE HISTORY OF LENT

BY THE VERY REV. DOM PROSPER GUÉRANGER, ABBOT OF SOLESMES The Forty Days’ Fast, which we call Lent [In most languages the name given to this Fast expresses the number of the day, Forty. But our word Lent signifies the Spring-Fast; for Lenten-Tide, in the ancient English-Saxon language, was the season of Spring. Translator.], is…

Thursday after Ash Wednesday: Statio ad St Georgium

O God, who art offended by sin and appeased by penitence, look favourable upon the prayers of Thy suppliant people, and though for our sins we deserve it, turn away the scourge of Thy wrath: Through Our Lord… Surrounded by the ruins of the empire that put its patron to death, the humble church of…

Carissimi: Lent

We have spent the last two weeks since Septuagesima preparing ourselves for our Lenten observance. Today it begins. We commemorate today several things: The beginning of Christ’s sojourn for forty days and forty nights into the wilderness in preparation for and in denial of Satan for His great ministry of proclamation and teaching the “Good…