Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Our Lady of the Snow
Dom Guéranger – the Liturgical Year
Rome, Peter, the first of this month, delivered from the bondage, offers a wonderful spectacle in the world. Wisdom, which since the glorious Pentecost have walked the earth, in what place was there any truth to this point of singing that you sprained your victorious feet superb heights? Idolatrous Rome had seven hills spread its splendor and built the temples of their false gods; seven churches appear as highlights on which Rome purified supports its now truly eternal basis.
Now, however, through their site itself, the basilicas of Peter and Paul, those of Lawrence and Sebastian, placed at the four outside corners of the city of the Caesars, reminiscent of the long siege continued around three centuries of ancient Rome, during which the news was based. Helena and her son Constantine, taking the work of foundations of the Holy City, led by further trenches; However, the Church of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, the Savior at the Lateran, which were their most special work by not remain under the threshold of the fortified city of paganism, near its doors and building the ramparts as the soldier who foothold in a formidable fortress, invested time, do not count as advance, monitoring and the breach that has given him pass, and the maze of unknown paths open before him .
Who planted the flag of Zion at the center of Babylon? Which will force the enemy in his last retirement, and chasing the defeated idols, will his palace in their temples? O you who was called the word of the Most High: You are my Son, I will give you the nations for an inheritance; O most powerful, with sharp arrows reversing the phalanges, listen to the call that all the echoes of the land bought you refer themselves: In your beauty, walk in triumph, and reign. But the Son of the Most High also has a mother down here; the song of the Psalmist, calling the triumph, also enhances the queen who is at his right hand his golden garment: if he holds his Father all power, his single mother he hears receive his crown, and let him return the remains strong. Daughters of Zion new, so go out and see King Solomon in the diadem that crowned her mother happy day, by taking possession of it the capital of the world, he married the Gentiles.
Day, in fact, full of joy that Mary where Jesus claimed his right to sovereign and heir to the Roman soil! To the east, the highest peak of the Eternal City, she appeared literally blessed this morning as the dawn rises, fair as the moon illuminating the night, more powerful than the August sun surprised to see both temper his enthusiasm and double the brightness of its light by snowpack, more terrible as an army; because, from that day, daring that had not attempted apostles or martyrs, what Jesus himself had not wanted to take it to him without honor, it robs their usurped the gods of Olympus thrones. As befitted the haughty Juno, whose altar dishonored the Esquiline, false queen of the gods lie fled first appearance of Mary, giving the beautiful columns of the sanctuary defiled the only true empress land and two.
Forty years had passed since the time when Silvestre “the image of the Savior, drawn on the walls of the Lateran, appeared for the first time, says the Church, the Roman people”. Rome, still half pagan, see today manifest the Mother of the Saviour; in virtue of pure symbol that strikes out his eyes surprised, she feels calm the fatal ardor which made her the scourge of nations which now also be the mother, and it is in the emotion of a renewed youth she sees the stains of the past give way to hills white garment that reveals the Bride.
Already, and since the time of the apostolic preaching, elected the Lord, despite his resistance homicide, collected many within it, knew Marie, and made him in this age of martyrdom tributes that no other creature never received: witness, the catacombs, where these primitive frescoes Notre Dame, either alone or with the Child-God, still seated, receives from his seat of honor, praise, messages, prayer or donations prophets, archangels and kings. Already in the region transtibérine instead where under Augustus had sprung mysterious oil announcing the coming of the Lord’s anointed, Callistus was around the year 222 a church that remains forever true olei fons, the source Where Christ and flows out with him all unction and all grace. Frees the basilica, like Notre Dame, had the honor of raising the Esquiline, was not it the oldest monument in the Roman Christians to the Mother of God; the rule she took early on, and kept between the churches of the city and the world devoted to Mary, it was acquired by the circumstances as solemn as prodigious its origins.
Are you entered in the treasures of the snow in my reservations against the enemy for the day of battle? Job said to the Lord. In August 5th therefore to continue to borrow their language to the Scriptures, in order from above, the treasures were opened, and the snow’s flying like a bird hastened his arrival, and his coming was sudden signal judgments of heaven against the gods of the nations. The Tower of David now dominates the towers of the earthly city; impregnable in the position she conquered, she will stop with taking the last enemy fort his victorious outputs. They will fine your not in these warlike expeditions, O prince’s daughter, O queen whose standard, by the will of your beloved Son, shall float on any land removed the power of the serpent cursed! The goddess ignominious one of your eyes has reversed its impure pedestal leaves Rome again dishonored by the presence of too vain simulacra. O our white triumphant, to the cheers of the nations delivered, take the path that was followed as famous conquerors of the hands red with the blood of the people; dragging your tank demons finally unmasked, climb the citadel of polytheism, and the sweet church of Santa Maria in Ara coeli replaces the Capitol odious temple of Jupiter. Vesta, Minerva, Ceres, Proserpine, see their shrines and sacred groves to take environ title and delivered the liberating their fabulous story which gave the world shapeless features, mixed with too much dirt. The Pantheon, now desert, forward to the day where all nobility and magnificence are all for him overtaken by a new name which will be given to St. Mary of the Martyrs. The triumph of your Assumption into heaven, what preamble, O sovereign, that triumph on earth before this date open for you the glorious work!
The Basilica of Sainte-Marie-des-Neiges, also called Releases its founder or third name Sixtus who restored it, had the latter to become the monument of the divine motherhood proclaimed at Ephesus; the name of Sainte-Marie-Mother, she received on that occasion, was completed in Theodore I., which enriches its most relic badge, by that of St. Mary of the Nativity: noble appellations summarizes all of the Santa Maria Maggiore, amply justified by the facts we have reported, the universal devotion, and the effective rule that he always maintained the Roman Pontiffs. The last in order of time among the seven churches to which Christian Rome was founded, it gave way to the Middle Ages to the Savior; in the procession of the great Litany to 25 April, the ancient Romans Orders assigned to the Cross of St Mary his place between the Cross of St. Peter beneath it and the Lateran which follows. And many important liturgical Stations indicated in the Basilica of the Esquiline, show enough of the Roman Catholic devotion to his place. She had the honor of celebrating Councils elect its walls and the vicars of Jesus Christ; for a time they lived there, and it was the custom as Wednesday Ember, where the station remains fixed in its enclosure, they publiassent names Cardinal Deacons and Priests they had resolved create.
As the anniversary of his solemn dedication, object party present, there is no doubt it has been celebrated early on the Esquiline. She was not yet universal in the Church in the thirteenth century; Gregory IX, in fact, in the bull of canonization of St. Dominic happened on August 6 from earth to heaven, anticipates his party at five this month as being free again, unlike the six already occupied, as we shall see tomorrow by another object. It was only Paul IV in 1558, finally settled in August 4th Day founder of Preachers; or the reason he gives is that the feast of Sainte-Marie-des-Neiges, having been widespread and not taking the first, could harm the religion of true honor due to the holy patriarch if the party it continued to be assigned to the same day. The Breviary of St. Pius V promulgated shortly after the Office for the world over.
What memories, O Mary, revives in us that your party Maggiore Basilica! And what more worthy praise, what better prayer could we offer you today that in mind, begging you to renew and confirm forever the graces received by us in his blessed pregnant? Is not his shadow, united with our mother the Church in spite of the distance, we tasted the sweetest and most triumphant emotions Cycle now tilting toward the end?
This is only the first Sunday of Advent began the year, as in “the most suitable place to greet the approach of which was divine Mothering rejoice heaven and earth, and show the sublime prodigy the fertility of a Virgin.” Overflowing with desire were our souls in the holy vigil, which in the morning, invited us in radiant basilica “where the Mystical Rose would finally flourish and spread its divine fragrance. Queen of all the many churches that the Roman devotion dedicated to the Mother of God, she stood before us resplendent with marble and gold, but especially pleased to have among its members, with the portrait of the Virgin Mary painted by Luke, the humble and glorious Nativity as inscrutable decrees of the Lord took her to Bethlehem to entrust to his care. Overnight wealthy, an immense people thronged the walls, waiting for the happy moment when this touching monument of love and cuts of God appear on the shoulders of sacred ministers, as an ark of new covenant, whose sight reassures the sinner and makes the heart beat of just.”
Alas! few months we hardly found themselves in the noble sanctuary “compassionate this time the pain of Mother awaiting the sacrifice was being prepared” . But soon, what new jewels in august basilica! “Rome was beyond tribute Paschal solemnity to that, more than any creature, had the right to feel the joys and anxieties that his mother had endured heart, and his fidelity to preserve the faith of the resurrection in the cruel hours her divine Son had to go in the humiliation of the grave’. Bright as the snow came from the sky to mark the location of your choice on earth, Mary, a white flock of newborns out of the water formed your gracious courtyard and enhanced the triumph of the big day. Made in them as in us all, O Mother, conditions are still pure as the white marble columns of your beloved church, shining like gold shining paneling, light the candle works as charity Passover, a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and making you honor his first fire.
Dedication of the Church of Our Lady of the Snow
Tuesday in the Eighth Week after Pentecost
Missa “Salve sancta parens”
Introit: Sedulius – Psalm 44, 2
Salve, sancta parens, enixa puerperal Regem: qui caelum, terramque regit in saecula saeculorum. (Ps. 44: 2 ) Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum : dico ego opera mea Regi. V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
INTROIT: Sedelius – Psalm 44, 2
Hail, holy Mother, thou who didst bring forth the King who rules heaven and earth for ever and ever. (Ps. 44: 2) My heart hath uttered a good word : I speak my works to the King. v. 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. Amen.
Concede nos famulos tuos, quaesumus, Domine Deus, perpetua mentis et Corporis sanitatem gaudere : et, gloriosa beatae Mariae semper Virginis intercessione, a praesenti liberari trisititia, et aeterna perfuri laetitia. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum: Qui vivit et regnat Tecum in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Grant us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, to enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and by the glorious intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin, to be delivered from present sorrows and to enjoy everlasting gladness. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…
Second Collect of the Holy Ghost
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…
Third Collect Against Persecutors of the Church
We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy Church : that all adversity and error being destroyed, she may serve Thee in security and freedom. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.
EPISTLE: Eccles. 24. 14-16
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before him. And so I was established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem. And I took root in an honorable people, and in the portion of my God his inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of saints.
Thou art blessed and venerable, O Virgin Mary, who with purity unstained was found to be the Mother of our Savior.
Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole world was unable to contain enclosed Himself in thy womb, being made man. Alleluia, alleluia.
GOSPEL: Luke 11: 27-28
The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
At that time, as Jesus was speaking to the multitudes, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to Him: ‘Blessed is the womb that bore Thee and the paps that gave Thee suck. But He said:’Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the world of God and keep it.’
For thou art happy, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise : because from thee arose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
For thou art happy, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise : because from thee arose the sun of justice, Christ our God. Through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Second Secret of the Holy Ghost
Hallow, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the gifts we offer, and cleanse our hearts by the light of the Holy Ghost. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, one God…
Third Secret Against Persecutors of the Church
Protect us, O Lord, who assist at Thy mysteries; that, fixed upon things divine we may serve Thee in both body and mind. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…
PREFACE Preface of the Blessed Virgin Mary
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty and everlasting God. That on the Festival of the blessed Virgin Mary, we should praise, bless and proclaim Thee. For she conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the over-shadowing of the Holy Ghost; and losing not the glory of her virginity, gave forth to the world the everlasting light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through whom the angels praise Thy majesty, the Dominions worship it, and the powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly Hosts, and the blessed Seraphim join together in celebrating their joy. With these we pray Thee join our voices also, while we say with lowly praise:
SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria Tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.
Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the Eternal Father.
Having received, O Lord, these helps to our salvation, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may be ever protected by the patronage of blessed Mary ever Virgin, in whose honor we have made these offerings to Thy majesty. Through same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Second Postcommunion of the Holy Ghost
May the infusion of the Holy Spirit, cleanse our hearts, O Lord, and render them fruitful by the inward sprinkling of His mysterious dew. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.Amen.
Third Postcommunion Against Persecutors of the Church
We beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that Thou wouldst not suffer to be exposed to human dangers those to whom Thou givest to rejoice in this divine banquet. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.