Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Saint Anne. Mother Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Feast Day 26 July.


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Saint Anne.
   Mother of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
   Feast Day 26 July.

Double of The Second-Class.

White Vestments.




English: Parish Church of Saint Ulrich, Ulrichsberg, Austria.
Statue of Saint Anne teaching The Virgin Mary (1722).
Deutsch: Pfarrkirche Sant Ulrich in Ulrichsberg.
Statue der Heiligen Anna, wie sie der
Jungfrau Maria das Lesen bei bringt (1722).
Photo: 20 June 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Wolfgang Sauber.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Saint Joachim and Saint Anne,
parents of The Virgin Mary.
This File: 2 October 2006.
User: Gipsy.
(Wikimedia Commons)


English: Joachim and the Angel.
Français: Joachim et l'Ange.
Artist: Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528).
Date: 1504.
Current location: Petit Palais, Paris, France.
Source/Photographer: Albrecht Dürer : œuvre gravé,
catalogue de l'exposition à Paris, au Musée du Petit Palais,
4 avril-21 juillet 1996. ISBN 9782879002705.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Anne (also known as Ann or Anna, from the Hebrew "Hannah" חַנָּה, meaning "Favour" or "Grace") of David's House and Line, was The Mother of The Virgin Mary, and Grandmother of Jesus Christ.

Joachim ("he whom YHWH has set up", Hebrew: יְהוֹיָקִים Yəhôyāqîm, Greek Ἰωακείμ Iōākeím) was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, The Mother of Jesus,. His Feast Day is 16 August.



Akathist Hymn to The Mother of God.
"Réjouis Toi Marie", 1/6.
Opéra d'images de Jean-Michel Mahenc.
Créé pour les Nocturnes de Notre-Dame de Paris - L'hymne acathiste : un magnifique poème byzantin du VIe siècle sur la Vierge Marie. Sommet de la spiritualité orthodoxe -
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The Akathist Hymn (Ἀκάθιστος Ὕμνος, Unseated Hymn) is a Hymn of Eastern Orthodox Tradition Dedicated to a Saint, Holy Event, or one of The Persons of The Holy Trinity. The name derives from the fact that during the Chanting of the Hymn, or sometimes the whole Service, the Congregation is expected to remain standing in reverence, without sitting down (Ancient Greek ἀ- (a), [without, not] + κάθισις (káthisis), [sitting]), except for the aged or infirm.

Mary's mother is not named in The Canonical Gospels, nor in the Qur'an. Anne's name and that of her husband, Joachim, come only from New Testament Apocrypha, of which The Protoevangelium of James (written perhaps around 150 A.D.) seems to be the earliest that mentions them.


Akathist Hymn to The Mother of God.
"Réjouis toi Marie", 2/6.
Opéra d'images de Jean-Michel Mahenc.
Créé pour les Nocturnes de Notre-Dame de Paris - L'hymne acathiste : un magnifique poème byzantin du VIe siècle sur la Vierge Marie. Sommet de la spiritualité orthodoxe -
Commande du DVD : Tel 0160664564 - magali.barbizon@me.com
Available on YouTube at


Akathist Hymn to The Mother of God.
"Réjouis toi Marie", 3/6.
Opéra d'images de Jean-Michel Mahenc.
Créé pour les Nocturnes de Notre-Dame de Paris - L'hymne acathiste : un magnifique poème byzantin du VIe siècle sur la Vierge Marie. Sommet de la spiritualité orthodoxe -
Commande du DVD : Tel 0160664564 - magali.barbizon@me.com
Available on YouTube at


Akathist Hymn to The Mother of God.
"Réjouis toi Marie", 4/6.
Opéra d'images de Jean-Michel Mahenc.
Créé pour les Nocturnes de Notre-Dame de Paris - L'hymne acathiste : un magnifique poème byzantin du VIe siècle sur la Vierge Marie. Sommet de la spiritualité orthodoxe -
Commande du DVD : Tel 0160664564 - magali.barbizon@me.com
Available on YouTube at


Akathist Hymn to The Mother of God.
"Réjouis toi Marie", 5/6.
Opéra d'images de Jean-Michel Mahenc.
Créé pour les Nocturnes de Notre-Dame de Paris - L'hymne acathiste : un magnifique poème byzantin du VIe siècle sur la Vierge Marie. Sommet de la spiritualité orthodoxe -
Commande du DVD : Tel 0160664564 - magali.barbizon@me.com
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The story bears a similarity to that of the birth of Samuel, whose mother Hannah had also been childless. Although Anne receives little attention in The Western Church, prior to the Late-12th-Century, dedications to Anne in The Eastern Church occur as early as the 6th-Century A.D.

In The Eastern Orthodox Churches and Eastern Catholic Churches, she is revered as Hanna. In the Eastern Orthodox Tradition, Hanna, is ascribed the Title "Forbear of God", and both The Birth of Mary and The Dedication of Mary to the Temple are Celebrated as two of The Twelve Great Feasts. The Dormition of Hanna is also a Minor Feast in The Eastern Church. In Protestant Tradition, it is held that Martin Luther chose to enter Religious Life, as a Roman Catholic Augustinian Monk, after crying out to Saint Anne.



Akathist Hymn to The Mother of God.
"Réjouis toi Marie", 6/6.
Opéra d'images de Jean-Michel Mahenc.
Créé pour les Nocturnes de Notre-Dame de Paris - L'hymne acathiste : un magnifique poème byzantin du VIe siècle sur la Vierge Marie. Sommet de la spiritualité orthodoxe -
Commande du DVD : Tel 0160664564 - magali.barbizon@me.com
Available on YouTube at


Saint Anne. Mother of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Artist: Rene de Cramer.
“Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium”.
Used with Permission.

The following Text is from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,

The Church honours, with The Angels, in Holy Joy (Introit), The Mother of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

As her name signifies, [the name "Anne" derives from Hebrew. 'Hannah' meaning 'Grace"], Grace was poured on her, and she was Blessed by God for ever (Communion). "By His Grace, He made her deserve to be The Mother of The Mother of God" (Collect).

Filled with the Virtues which The Holy Ghost grants to good women, the Spouse of Saint Joachim surpassed all women by her Privileges and Graces (Epistle). Her Holiness made her leave everything for God, and she thereby acquired this Pearl and this Treasure (Gospel).

The Devotion to Saint Anne is founded on the bond which unites her to Mary and to The Incarnate Word. Its ancient Liturgy dates from the 6th-Century A.D., for The Eastern Church, and the 8th-Century A.D., for The Western Church.

It was authorised by Pope Urban IV in 1378. In 1584, Pope Gregory XIII fixed 26 July as the date of The Feast and Pope Leo XIII, in 1879, extended it to The Whole Church.

Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

Mass: Gaudeámus omnes.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Saint James. Apostle. Feast Day 25 July.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint James The Greater.
   Apostle.
   Feast Day 25 July.

Double of The Second-Class.

Red Vestments.



Saint James the Greater.
He is depicted clothed as a Pilgrim
note the Scallop Shell 
on his shoulder,
and his Staff and Pilgrim's Hat, beside him.
Artist: Rembrandt (1606–1669).
Date: 1661.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint James, brother of Saint John, and son of Zebedee, was a native of Bethsaida, in Galilee. He is surnamed "the Greater", i.e., the Elder.

One day, his mother, approaching The Saviour, asked of Him "the favour for her two sons to be seated, one at His Right-Hand and the other at His Left-Hand, in His Kingdom" (Gospel). Christ then foretold their Martyrdom. Saint James "shall sit on a Throne to judge The Twelve Tribes of Israel" (Communion), but he will first have to mix his blood with that of Jesus (Gospel) and undergo, like all The Apostles, a life of suffering and persecution, such as the Epistle describes.

After the Ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven, says The Office of today, James preached His Divinity in Judea and Samaria. He soon betook himself to Spain. When he returned to Jerusalem, Herod Agrippa, desiring to please the Jews, condemned him to death and he was beheaded towards the year 42 A.D., a short time before The Feast of Easter.


It would seem that, for fear of the Arabs, who were masters of Jerusalem, the body of The Saint was later carried to Compostella, in Spain, where he is greatly honoured. 25 July recalls the date of this Translation.

His name is inscribed in The Canon of The Mass, with that of Saint John, his brother (First List).

Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

Mass: Mihi autem.
Preface: Of The Apostles.
In Low Masses, Commemoration: Of Saint Christopher, by The Collects of The Mass: In virtúte.

Saint Christopher. Martyr. Feast Day 25 July.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Christopher.
   Martyr.
   Feast Day 25 July.

Simple.

Red Vestments.


Saint Christopher carrying The Christ Child.
Date: 1480-1490.
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen,
This File: 22 January 2007.
User: Alekjds.
(Wikipedia)

Saint Christoper was a native of Chanaan. His name ("Who bears Christ") expresses his love of Jesus. A generous Soul, he walked like a giant in The Way of Virtue.

The Piety of our Fathers, inspired by this grand allegory, caused them to place a colossal statue of Saint Christopher at the entrance to Cathedrals. He was Martyred towards 250 A.D.

He is one of "The Fourteen Auxiliary Saints".

Mass: In virtúte.


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Solemn Traditional Latin High Mass. The Feast Of Saint Philomena. Virgin And Martyr. Friday, 11 August 2017. 1930 hrs. Saint Austin And Saint Gregory Catholic Church, Margate, Kent.



High Mass at Saint Austin and Saint Gregory, Margate, Kent
(http://margatecatholic.org/), 
for The Feast of Saint Philomena.
Friday, 11 August 2017, at 
7.30 p.m.
Text and Illustration: FR TIMOTHY FINIGAN, TWITTER

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Saint Mary Magdalen. Penitent. Apostle To The Apostles. Magnificat Antiphon; Inclita Sancte Marie Magdalene (Sarum Plainchant). Feast Day, Today, 22 July.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Mary Magdalen.
   Penitent.
   Feast Day 22 July.

Double.

White Vestments.


English: Mary Magdalene, kneeling, distraught,
within a Stabat Mater scene, by Gabriel Wuger, 1868.
Deutsch: Entstanden 1868 in Rom für Kardinal von Mecheln,
von Abt Maurus Wolter für Beuron erworben,
dort bis in die 1960er Jahre in der Klosterkirche, jetzt im Konvent.
Artist: Gabriel Wüger (1829–1892).
Date: 1868.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Zephyrinus wishes a Happy Patronal Feast Day to Fr. Ray Blake and his Parishioners at Saint Mary Magdalen, Brighton, Sussex.

Why not visit his Blog, FR. RAY BLAKE'S BLOG,
and wish Fr. Blake and all his Parishioners a Very Happy Patronal Feast Day ?


Saint Mary Magdalene.
Available on YouTube at

When He gave the Holy Ghost to the Apostles, Jesus had told them to remit sins, as He had done, and, today, the Liturgy recalls the ever-memorable example of the Saviour's mercy towards repentant sinners.

Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, was of Madala, in Galilee, whence her name of Madalen. She was a sinner.

Touched by Grace, she threw herself at the feet of the Saviour. Simon the Pharisee, scandalised, would have repelled her, like the haughty men mentioned by the Prophet, Isaias, who says: "Away from me, approach me not, for I am pure [Eighth Lesson at Matins]."


The Magnificat Antiphon;
"Inclita Sancte Marie Magdalene" 
(Sarum Plainchant).
The Choir Of Magdalen College, 
Oxford.
Available on YouTube at


Jesus, on the contrary, "defends her against the calumnies of the proud" (Communion). Admiring the work of Divine Grace in this Soul "henceforth attentive to His commandments, whilst sinful men would still have her fall into sin" (Introit), He mercifully "accepts the offer of her service" (Secret), and secures to her for ever a place of honour in His Royal Court (Offertory).

Repentance has transformed her love. "Because she had loved much, many sins are forgiven her" (Gospel). Indeed, it was at her Prayer that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Collect). And when, after the Crucifixion of Jesus, at which she was present in greatest sorrow and weariness, she seeks, like the spouse in the Canticle (Epistle), where they have laid her Divine Lord; Christ calls her by name and commands her to announce His Resurrection to the Disciples. Wherefore, the Creed is recited on this day as in the Masses of the Apostles.


"Alma Redemptoris Mater",
from "Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant".
Sarum Plainchant.
Avialable on YouTube at

Following the example of Magdalen, which, according to the Fathers, represents the service of the Church towards Jesus, let us, in a spirit of love and repentance, pour out the treasure of our praises to Jesus, present in the Holy Eucharist (Secret); let us surround Him on the Altar, in a spirit of Faith, which does not fear the Pharisaic scandal, with all the splendour which becomes the House of God.

Zephyrinus warmly commends the following Article, on The Feast Day of Saint Mary Magdalen, Apostle To The Apostles, to all Readers.

It can be found at CRISIS MAGAZINE at http://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/st-mary-magdalene

"Saint Mary Magdalene" by Ben Aker.
“How beautiful […] are the feet of Him who brings The Gospel.”
Isaiah 52:7

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