Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Friday, 20 April 2018

The "Vidi Aquam" And "Aspérges Me".

Tridentine Latin Mass at Saint Nicholas du Chardonnet, Paris, France.
The "Aspérges Me" can be heard at 4.00 on this Video.
Available on YouTube at

The "Vidi Aquam", sung during Paschaltide until Pentecost Sunday
in place of The "Aspérges Me".
Available on YouTube at

and here is the Old Roman Chant version of "Vidi Aquam".

Old Roman Chant from Ensemble Organum (Director of Music: Marcel Peres) 
from the CD "Old Roman Chant: Vespers for Easter Sunday".
It is a bit shorter than the Traditional Form.
Available on YouTube at

and here is what The "Vidi Aquam" replaces during Paschaltide.
On Pentecost Sunday, The "Aspérges Me" returns for the rest of The Liturgical Year.

The "Aspérges Me", sung during the rest of The Liturgical Year outside of Paschaltide.
Available on YouTube at

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encylopaedia.

"Vidi Aquam" is the name of an Antiphon, which is sung during The Latin Rite Catholic Mass. It accompanies The Asperges, the ritual at the beginning of Mass where the Celebrant sprinkles the Congregation with Holy Water.

It is sung from The Easter Vigil throughout The Liturgical Season of Eastertide (Paschaltide) until The Feast of Pentecost.

Vidi aquam egredientem de templo, a latere dextro, alleluia:
Et omnes ad quos pervenit aqua ista, salvi facti sunt,
Et dicent: 
alleluia, alleluia.

I saw water flowing out of the Temple,
from its Right side, Alleluia:
And all who came to this water were saved,
And they shall say: Alleluia, Alleluia.

The Text refers to the words of the Prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 47:1), who saw the waters gushing forth from the Temple as a sanctifying flood that flows through the Earth.

If the sprinkling Rite occurs outside Eastertide, the simpler Antiphon "Asperges Me" replaces The "Vidi Aquam".

"Aspérges Me" is a Latin Antiphon said or sung at a Roman Catholic High Mass in all Seasons except the Easter (Paschal) Season and Palm Sunday. It Traditionally accompanies The Asperges, the ritual sprinkling of the Congregation by the Celebrant with Holy Water, as part of an entrance ritual, symbolising the cleansing of the people. Its words are taken from Psalm 50 (51| (The Miserére).

Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor,
Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.

Thou wilt sprinkle me, O Lord, with hyssop
and I shall be cleansed
Thou wilt wash me, and I shall be washed whiter than snow.
Pity me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

It is followed by the conventional Doxology (except on The First Sunday of Passiontide):

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum.

Glory be to The Father, and to The Son, and to The Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
World without end.

The Antiphon is then recited a second time.

From Easter until Pentecost, "Aspérges Me" is replaced by the more lengthy and florid Antiphon,
"Vidi Aquam".

Although usually sung to Plain Chant, "Aspérges Me" has been set to music; two well-known examples are those by Gilles Binchois (Bologna, International Museum and Library of Music,

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Commemoration Of Summorum Pontificum. Pontifical Traditional Solemn Mass. Basilica Of The National Shrine Of The Immaculate Conception. Washington, D.C.


Pontifical Solemn High Mass
for the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of Summorum Pontificum
Issued by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Saturday, 28 April 2018.
1:00 p.m.
Extraordinary Form of Mass.

Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample,
Archbishop of Portland in Oregon.
Celebrant and Homilist.


The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017.

It is easily accessible by car and free parking is available.

It is easily accessible by Metro on the Red line at Brookland/CUA.

"The Devil Hates Latin".


The Devil Hates Latin.

A Novel from REGINA Press

An African is elected Pope, as The Barque of Peter encounters heavy seas.

Everywhere, The Faith and The West are in decline. [Editor: What a surprise !!! ]

Ominously, Occult Practices have corrupted the elites, the Media and powerful men in The Church.

The new Pontiff faces this unprecedented challenge, alone, until an embattled American Cardinal sends his best Exorcist to Rome, a young Dominican Priest with hard experience combating the Devil -- in Latin -- on America's mean streets.

Meanwhile, a US Media mogul, an indifferent Catholic targeted for his Politics, flees America with his family for The Eternal City. There, they find a despondent Society where Italians no longer marry and have children. Indeed, all hope seems lost until a beautiful Roman girl takes a brave stance against the rising tide of despair.

Gritty, fascinating and impossible to forget, "The Devil Hates Latin" sweeps from New England to The Tiber, and, ultimately, to a Renaissance Palazzo nestled in the Green Hills of Umbria, building to a shattering confrontation, as GOOD summons the courage to face the menace of the gathering forces of EVIL. 


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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Solemnity Of Saint Joseph, Patron Of The Universal Church.

This Article is taken from and can be read in full at,

The Coronation of Saint Joseph, by Juan de Valdés Leal (1622-1690).


From The Decree of The Sacred Congregation for Rite Inclytus Patriarcha Joseph, dated
10 September 1847, extending The Feast of The Patronage of Saint Joseph to The General Calendar. The translation is Gregory Dipippio's.

The Glorious Patriarch Joseph, whom The Almighty Father enriched with singular Graces, and abundantly filled with Heavenly Gifts, so that he might serve as the reputed Father of His only-begotten Son, and the true Spouse of The Queen of Angels and Mistress of The World, fulfilled the duties and offices of this high calling so perfectly that he merited to receive the praise and rewards of a Good and Faithful Servant.

For, every mindful of the pre-eminent dignity and holiness of the noble Offices entrusted to him by The Divine Wisdom, he never ceased to obey the Counsels and Will of God in all matters with inexpressible joy; and, by pleasing God, was made beloved, until, being Crowned with Glory and Honour in Heaven, he received a new Office, namely, that by his many merits, and the support of his Prayers, he might come to the aid of man’s most wretched condition, and, by his most powerful intercession, obtain for the World what the efforts of man cannot. 

For this reason, he is Venerated as a Merciful Advocate and a Powerful Patron, and The Feast of his Patronage is kept in a great many places with a Proper Mass and Office on The Third Sunday occurring after the joys of Easter. [Editor: Note. This was subsequently changed to The Third Wednesday after Easter Sunday.]

However, one thing was still left to be desired, namely, that the Office of The Patronage of Saint Joseph should be extended to the whole Church. This did the Very Eminent and Rev. Cardinal Costantino Patrizi earnestly beseech from The Holy Father Blessed Pope Pius IX, with most humble supplication offered in his own name and that of the Cardinals of Holy Roman Church, and of a very great number of the Faithful from home and abroad. 

The Holy Father, receiving these supplications, so conformable to his own Devotion to Saint Joseph, with Apostolic kindness . . . gave his formal consent to the Petition, and ordered that henceforth, the Mass of The Patronage of Saint Joseph should be Celebrated by the Clergy of Rome and of the whole Church on The Third Sunday After Easter.

When the custom of fixing Feasts to particular Sundays was abolished as part of The Breviary Reform of Pope Saint Pius X, The Feast of The Patronage of Saint Joseph was Anticipated to the previous Wednesday, the day of the week Traditionally Dedicated to Patron Saints. 

It was removed from The General Calendar in 1955 and replaced by The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker; the new Feast itself was then downgraded from the highest of three Grades (First-Class) in The 1962 Missal to the lowest of four Grades (Optional Memorial) in 1970. [Editor: Nothing more need be said about these "improvements".]

Solemnity Of Saint Joseph. Spouse Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Confessor And Patron Of The Universal Church. The Third Wednesday After Easter Sunday.

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

The Solemnity of Saint Joseph.
   Spouse of The Blessed Virgin Mary,
   Confessor and Patron of The Universal Church.
   Third Wednesday after Easter.
      (Wednesday after Good Shepherd Sunday).

Double of The First-Class with an Octave.
   [Note: An Octave was given to this Solemnity, rather than to The Feast of Saint Joseph on
   19 March, because Feasts falling in Lent may not have Octaves.]

White Vestments.

Saint Joseph.
Spouse of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Confessor and Patron of The Universal Church.
Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

Today's Mass might be represented by a Triptych (see, below), showing us that Saint Joseph is the protector, which Divine Providence has chosen for His Church.

1. The Epistle speaks to us of Joseph, who, in The Old Testament, is a figure of Saint Joseph. The dying Jacob prophesies that his son, Joseph, "shall be the Pastor and Strength of Israel, and that The Almighty shall shower Blessings upon him." And Joseph was established by Pharao over the entire land of Egypt, so that the salvation of all depended upon him. [The Lessons and Responses of The First Nocturn of Matins.] The whole Church has recourse to Saint Joseph with confidence.

2. The Gospel, Collect, and Communion, explaining the connection between The Heavenly Trinity and The Holy Family, this Trinity on Earth, show forth the power of Saint Joseph. Jesus is, at the same time, Son of God and Son of man. Mary is The Spouse of The Holy Ghost, and it is the will of God The Father that Saint Joseph should be considered father of Christ and that he should exercise paternal rights over Him (Preface).

3. Lastly, the Introit, Collects, Alleluia, and Offertory, show us Saint Joseph as the guardian of the new Jerusalem, which is The Church, to watch over her in the midst of all her tribulations.

Full of confidence in the patronage of Saint Joseph, let us honour his Title of Protector on Earth, so as to deserve his help from Heaven (Collect).

Mass: Adjútor.
Preface of Saint Joseph: During The Octave.

"Te Joseph Celebrent".
The Hymn (First Tone) of Second Vespers 
for The Solemnity of Saint Joseph.
Available on YouTube at

Prayer To Saint Joseph.

Prescribed by Pope Leo XIII, for the Month of October,
after the recitation of The Rosary and The Litany of Our Lady.
Indulgence: 300 Days.
21 September 1889.

Unto thee. O Blessed Joseph, do we fly in our tribulation and, having implored the help of thy Holy Spouse, we now also confidently seek thy protection.

By that affection which united thee to The Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by thy fatherly love for The Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to look down  with compassion on the inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased with His Blood, and in our need to help us by thy powerful intercession.

Do thou, O prudent Guardian of The Holy Family, watch over the chosen people of Jesus Christ.

Keep us, O loving father, safe from all error and corruption. O great protector, from thy place in Heaven, graciously help us in our contest against 
The Powers of Darkness.

And as of old thou didst rescue The Child Jesus from the danger of death, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity.

Extend to each one of us thy continual protection,
that, led on by thine example, and strengthened by thine aid, we may live and die in holiness,
and obtain everlasting happiness in Heaven.


Kenya Elephant Conservationist Daphne Sheldrick Dies.

Daphne Sheldrick spent six decades working with orphaned Baby Elephants.
Text and Illustration: BBC

Kenyan Elephant Conservationist Daphne Sheldrick has died, aged 83.

She helped save the lives of more than 230 Elephants - many of which had lost their mothers to poachers or drought - by developing a milk formula and successfully rearing them.


Her Kenyan Charity is world-renowned for its care of orphaned Elephants.

Dame Daphne "lived alongside Elephants and learned to read their hearts", read a statement on her Charity's Web-Site at SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST


"Her legacy is immeasurable and
lives on in the tiny steps of Baby Elephants".


Daphne Sheldrick (R.I.P.).
Illustration: TWITTER

Most Funny and Cute Baby Elephant Videos Compilation (2016).
Available on YouTube at

Khumba ("Memory") trumpets.
Available on YouTube at
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