Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Friday, 25 May 2018

Saint Gregory VII (1073-1085). Pope And Confessor. Feast Day 25 May.

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

Saint Gregory VII.
   Pope and Confessor.
   Feast Day 25 May.


White Vestments.

Pope Saint Gregory VII saying Mass (inspired by The Holy Ghost).
Date: 1878.
Source: Scanned by Uploader. Page 292 of Little Pictorial Lives Of The Saints. Benzinger Brothers.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Born at Soana, Tuscany, Italy, Hildebrand became a Monk in the famous Benedictine Monastery of Cluny, on which, at the time, depended two thousand Monasteries. He soon became Prior, and was later Elected Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Paul-Without-the-Walls, Rome, and made a Cardinal of The Roman Church.

At the death of Pope Alexander II, in 1073, he was Elected Pope and took the name of Gregory VII. Thus, entrusted with the government of The House of God (Gospel, Communion), he participated in the full Priesthood of Jesus (Introit, Epistle).

At a time when the Bishops, mostly Simoniacal, were the dependents of Lay Princes, he strove with such constancy to defend the liberty of The Church (Collect) that, as we are assured, no Pontiff, since the time of The Apostles, undertook more labours for her (The Church) or fought more courageously for her independence.

While he was saying Mass, a Dove was seen to come down on him: The Holy Ghost thereby bore witness of the Supernatural views that guided him in the government of The Church. Forced to leave Rome, he died at Salerno in 1085, saying those words, the first of which are from Psalm XLIV: "I have loved justice and hated iniquity: That is why I die in exile."

Following the example of Saint Gregory, let us overcome with courage all adversities (Collect).

Mass: Státuit.
Commemoration: Of Saint Urban I.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

" A Licence To Kill ? " Vote " NO " To Abortion On Demand In The Referendum On 25 May.

Main Text and Illustration: LIFE INSTITUTE

"Save The 8th"
Erects First Posters Of Campaign.

4,000 copies of “1 in 5” poster going up nationwide
in first phase of poster campaign

"Save The 8th", the campaign against
the repeal of The 8th Amendment, has begun.
The first in a series of nationwide poster campaigns ahead of the referendum on 25 May 2018.

With the polling order signed on Wednesday night
(4 April 2018), it became legal to erect campaign posters from 5 April 2018.

Save The 8th’s first poster reads:
“In England, 1 in 5 babies are aborted.
Don’t bring this to Ireland. Vote No”.
4,000 of these posters will be erected nationwide,
with further posters to follow.

Commenting, Save The 8th’s Niamh UiBhriain said:
“In 1967, the British Abortion Act promised a restrictive regime of abortion, just like the Irish Government is proposing today. In England, this restrictive regime sees virtually no abortion refused, and one in five pregnancies ending with an abortion.

"In 2010, Leo Varadkar warned that any attempt
to introduce a restrictive abortion law would 
end with abortion on demand. Today, he is trying
to take the Country down the very path he warned against very recently.

"Our poster campaign seeks to raise awareness
of what happens when abortion is legalised. It gives politicians a licence to kill. We hope that Irish voters will not copy England’s mistake”.

Maternity of Mary
from The Liturgical Year, 1910.

Zephyrinus says:
"If We Do Not Save The Little Ones,
Who Will ? "

Zephyrinus is also of the opinion that:
"Abortion Is The Greatest Evil
The World Has Ever Seen".

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The " Super Chief ". Train Of The Stars, The Rich, The Famous. Passengers Didn't Wear Tank Tops, Camouflage Shorts, Or Jeans. Just Hats, Ties, Couturier, And Chanel. If They Wanted Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, They Got It.

The Super Chief.
Illustration: PINTEREST

The "Super Chief", in "War-Bonnet" colours, calls at Pasadena, just before heading into
Los Angeles Union Station. To the right of the palm trees, above the engine, we can see
the seventh floor of "The Castle Green". The Moorish Colonial and Spanish Hotel was across
the street from Pasadena's Santa Fe Railroad Station. Pasadena was the "gateway" to
The San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

" The Super Chief ".
The Santa Fe Railroad.
1950s Passenger Trains In The USA.
Available on YouTube at

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Super Chief was one of the Named Passenger Trains and the Flagship of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It claimed to be "The Train of the Stars" because of the celebrities it carried between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California.

The Super Chief (Nos. 17 and 18) was the first Diesel-powered, all-Pullman sleeping car train in America, and it eclipsed the Chief as Santa Fe's standard bearer. The extra-fare ($10) Super Chief left Dearborn Station in Chicago for its first trip on May 12, 1936. Before starting scheduled service in May 1937, the lightweight version of the Super Chief ran 2,227 miles (3,584 km) from Los Angeles over recently upgraded tracks in 36 hours and 49 minutes, averaging 60 mph (97 km/h) overall and reaching 100 mph (160 km/h).

With one set of equipment, the train initially operated once a week from both Chicago and Los Angeles. After more cars had been delivered the Super Chief ran twice weekly beginning in 1938 and daily after 1948. Adding to the train's mystique were its gourmet meals and Hollywood clientele.

Competitors to the Super Chief were the City of Los Angeles on the Chicago and North Western Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad, and (to a lesser extent) the Golden State on the Rock Island and Southern Pacific. The Santa Fe Super Chief was one of the last passenger trains in the United States to carry an all-Pullman consist; only the Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited and the Illinois Central's Panama Limited survived longer. The train maintained its high level of service until the end of Santa Fe passenger operations on May 1, 1971.

When Amtrak took over operation of the nation's passenger service on May 1, 1971, the 35-year run of the Super Chief on the Santa Fe ended, though Amtrak used the name on the same route for three years. In 1974 the Santa Fe withdrew permission to use the name due to a perceived decline in service, so Amtrak renamed it Southwest Limited. Following the delivery of new Superliner equipment, the Santa Fe allowed Amtrak to call it the Southwest Chief in 1984.

Monday, 21 May 2018

How Lovely !!!

Little boy talking to the Locomotive crew, Waterloo Station, 1924.
From Southern Railway’s advertising.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Missa Cantata. On Corpus Christi. At Saint Thomas Of Canterbury Church, Headcorn, Kent. Thursday, 31 May 2018. 1200 Noon.

Missa Cantata
Corpus Christi.

Saint Thomas Of Canterbury Church,
Becket Court, Station Road,
Headcorn, Kent TN27 9SB.
Thursday, 31 May 2018.
1200 Noon.



Latin Mass Society

Saint Thomas of Canterbury Church,
Becket Court, Station Road,
Headcorn, Kent TN27 9SB.

Pentecost. Whit Sunday.

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

Pentecost. Whit Sunday.

Station at Saint Peter's Basilica.

Indulgence of 30 Years and 30 Quarantines.

Double of The First-Class
   with Privileged Octave.

Red Vestments.

Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

Interior of Saint Peter's, Rome.
[Editor: The Station for Pentecost is Saint Peter's.]
Artist: Giovanni Paolo Panini (1692–1765).
Date: 1731.
Current location: Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, United States of America.
Source/Photographer: Saint Louis Art Museum Official Site.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"The Gift of Wisdom is an illumination of The Holy Ghost, thanks to which our Intellect is able to look at Revealed Truths in their more sublime light, to the greater joy of our Souls." [Reverend M. Meschler, S.J.: "The Gift of Pentecost: Meditations on The Holy Ghost," translated by Lady Amabel Kerr.]

Our Lord laid the Foundations of His Church during His Public Life, and after His Resurrection He gave it the powers necessary for its mission. It was by The Holy Ghost that The Apostles were to be trained and endued with strength from On High (Gospel).

"At Pentecost, we celebrate the first manifestation of The Holy Ghost among Our Lord's Disciples and the Foundation of The Church, itself." Hence, the choice of the Basilica, Dedicated to Saint Peter, for today's Station.

We read, in the Gospel, that Our Lord foretold the coming of The Paraclete to His Disciples, and the Epistle shows us the realisation of that promise.

It was at the third hour of the day (Terce, nine o'clock A.M.) that The Spirit of God descended upon the Cenacle, and a mighty wind which blew suddenly upon the house, together with the appearance of tongues of fire within, were the wonderful tokens of His coming.

Taught by The Light of Thy Holy Spirit (Collect), and filled by The Gifts of The Same Spirit poured out upon them (Sequence), The Apostles become new men, to go forth and renew The Whole World (Introit).

"Veni, Sancte Spiritus.
The Sequence for Pentecost.
Sung by The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.
Available on YouTube at

It is at High Mass, at The Third Hour, that we also receive The Holy Spirit, Whom Our Lord "going up above all The Heavens, on this day sent down . . . on the children of adoption" (Preface); for each of The Mysteries of The Liturgical Cycle brings forth its Fruits of Grace in our Souls on the day which The Church keeps as its Anniversary.

During Advent, we raised to The Incarnate Word the cry: "Come, Lord, and purge the sins of Thy people"; at this Season, let us, with The Church, say to The Holy Ghost: "Come, O Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of Thy Faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love" (Alleluia).

Of all ejaculatory Prayers, this is the most beautiful and necessary, for, from The Holy Ghost, that "Sweet Guest of our Soul", flows all our Supernatural Life.

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

Mass: Spiritus Domini.
Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus.
Preface: For Pentecost.
Communicantes: For Pentecost.
Hanc Igitur: For Pentecost.

The Introit for Whit Sunday (Pentecost Sunday).
Available on YouTube at
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