St Peter Damian


Catholic priests and monks are told they must obtain a certificate to prove they are not a pedophile in Spain! 

Obviously Bishop Frigola is well aware anti-pope Bergoglio allows Convicted Sexual Perverts return to ministry and he is not taking any chances.

The Bishop of Lleida says all priests must get a special certificate. Juan Piris Frigola said it would prove they had not abused children. Around 580 priests, monks and volunteers in Lleida will be affected

A Spanish bishop has demanded priests and monks working for him must provide a special certificate to prove they are not a pedophile. 

The Catholic Church in Spain has been embroiled in a number of sex scandals in recent years.

Now The Local reports that Juan Piris Frigola, the Bishop of Lleida in Catalonia has announced that priests must provide an ‘anti-paedophile certificate’ before he will allow them to work with his flock.

The Seu Vella (Old Cathedral) in Lleida, Catalonia. The local bishop has ordered all priests, monks and volunteers to obtain a certificate proving they are not paedophiles

The Seu Vella (Old Cathedral) in Lleida, Catalonia.

The local bishop has ordered all priests, monks and volunteers to obtain a certificate proving they are not pedophiles. 

The piece of paper – officially called a Certificate of Sexual Offenses – will prove the bearer has never committed a sexual crime. The certificate can be obtained from a government website and must be carried by those working with children.

The Bishop of Lleida’s demand will affect 80 priests and 100 monks as well as 400 volunteers who work with children, said the El Periódico newspaper.

Bishop Frigola has given them until September to obtain the document. There have been a number of scandals involving Catholic priests both in Spain and globally in recent years. Twelve priests were arrested in Granada in 2014 for abusing an altar boy but charges were dropped against 11 of the 12 defendants because their crimes did not fall within the statute of limitations.

Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy but there have been a number of scandals around the world, involving both child and adult victims

In October last year the Vatican announced it was closing an investigation into abuse in a school run by Opus Dei in northern Spain, citing ‘lack of evidence’. In 2014 Feliciano Miguel Rosendo was expelled for ‘inappropriate behavior’ after reports of orgies with nuns. But two nuns later submitted virginity tests in a bid to clear his name. Pope Francis has established a special commission to establish ‘best practices’ to tackle sex abuse cases that have hit the Catholic Church around the world.





Season After Pentecost -

               The ‘After Pentecost’ Season


             AFTER-PENTECOST SEASON                                                         

We have finished the Feasts, the Fasts and the Seasons, which each year are held to recall the life, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord with the coming of the Holy Ghost. The history of the God-man, the wonderful work of the redemption, the glories of the risen Saviour, and the coming down of the Holy Spirit, each year are brought before the world by the rites, the services and the ceremonies of the Church. Take away the Church and her works, and, in one generation, God and all his wonders, performed for man’s redemption, would be forgotten. Inspired by the Holy Ghost, the Apostles appointed these chief feasts, festivals and seasons, to be celebrated to keep forever before the world the coming of our Lord and the work of our salvation.

     Six months of the year is thus dedicated to the memory of our Saviour, while the six following months are dedicated to the work of God in the souls of men. Thus half the year is spent in celebrating the work of the Son of God when he lived upon this earth, while the other six months are set apart in which to celebrate the working of this redemption in our souls. Nature itself is in harmony with all this, for in the winter season all is cold and dismal; light has left the earth, a figure of the state of the pagan nations when the Lord came to redeem the race. The summer season is the most beautiful part of the year. The earth is green, while flowers cover the fields, all springing forth in bountiful plentiness, a type of the grace of redemption springing up into everlasting life in the souls of men. In the spring time the seed is sown; in the spring time our redemption was sown by the death of our Lord; in the summer the seeds spring “forth and grow strong to bear the harvest of the autumn time; in the summer time the grace of God sown in the redemption, springs forth in souls of Adam’s children, growing large and strong in godliness to bear the fruit of everlasting life, in the autumn time of eternity, when God will gather into his granary of heaven the souls of the saints, the fruits of redemption.

     Thus after the Easter Season we enter a new period of time, which differs from the others. From the beginning of Advent to the coming of the Holy Ghost, the mysteries of our salvation have been unfolded. That time was like a long series of feasts, of fasts, of ceremonies and of services, during which, as in a sublime drama, the work of the redemption of our race was renewed. This latter part of the year is not without its mysteries and its solemnities; some joyful and glorious, some sweet and touching, all for the good and the growth of Christian holiness in the souls of men, to end at Advent, when again we will begin the same solemnities of another year. The After-Pentecost Season is longer or shorter than six months, according to the time when Easter falls. This season has come down to us from the times of the Apostles. It is sometimes made up of twenty-eight weeks and sometimes of only twenty-three. The Sundays of this season are called the Sundays after Pentecost. Such are their names in the most ancient books in the olden Missals and in the quaint Sacramentaries of the ages past. Such is their name in the writings of Alcuin in the 8th century. In some of the ancient books these Sundays are divided into five series. The first is called the Sundays after Pentecost, the second the Sundays after the Feast of the Apostles, the third the Sundays after St. Lawrence, the fourth the Sundays of the Seventh Month, while the fifth was called the Sundays after St. Michael.” These were their names in some of the oldest Missals and books used in the services of the Church from the middle ages till the 16th century. When Pope Pius V., published his Missal, following the customs of the Apostolic ages, and wiping out the Missals which for more than two hundred years before his time had been changing, the Sundays of this Season appear again with their old title, The Sundays after Pentecost.

That we may well understand the meaning of the time of the year in which we are now, we must remember the other Seasons through which we have passed. Each ceremony, each service was to make its influence felt in our souls. At Christmas, Christ was born in us; in Septuagesima Time he did penance for us; during Lent he fasted to show us an example; at Passion Time he died for us; he rose on Easter that we might rise from the death of sin; he went up into heaven to open to us its Spates of everlasting glory, and from the right hand of His Father he sent down the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of truth, to live with us and to abide in our hearts. Thus all was done that Christ might be formed in us. The Holy Ghost then came into the world to live in the hearts and in the souls of men, to help them in their work of saving their souls. That same Spirit of God, who came on our Lord with his sevenfold gifts, comes on each one of us and leads us on to our salvation. That time of the work of the third Person of the Holy Trinity in the world is called the After-Pentecost Season.

     Two temples the Holy Ghost inhabits, the Church and the Christian soul. For this was he sent into the world. “I will send you another Paraclete, who will teach you all things and who will abide with you forever.” By his strength and by his power, the holy Church, the Bride of the Lamb, goes on in her conquering career, gaining souls to God. Holiness and truth are in her. Unchanging in her teaching received from her founder, Christ; changing in discipline to accommodate herself to the different customs of peoples; kept from error by the Spirit of truth; obedient to her clergy, her commanders, like an army in battle array, she advances in this holy time after Pentecost to the conquest of souls, to battle with the old enemy of our race. Nothing on earth can be compared to her. She is above kings and governments. She is independent of earth. She is the mountain on the top of mountains. Persecuted for a time, yet she is always triumphant. Guided by the Holy Ghost she converts, sanctifies and saves the souls of men. This she always will do till the consummation of this world. This work of the Spouse of Christ is typified by the After Pentecost Season. She gathers then the fruit of holy souls. She baptises and guards the child from the moment of its birth. She teaches it her holy doctrine. She guides its stumbling footsteps during life, and at the end she sends the holy souls to heaven to worship God forever. Thus the work of the church is typified by this holy time, the last of the Seasons of the Christian year.


     The Christian is a temple of the Holy Ghost;  “Know ye not that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost?” No temple ever built by hand of man can equal the beauties of our bodies. In the beginning, God made man to live within him as in a temple, till sin in the garden drove the Lord away. Man becomes again the temple of his God at his baptism. Then we should be like the Church. We should go on from virtue to virtue, gaining during this Season gaining in grace and good works before God and man. But there is this difference between the Church and man in being the temples of the Holy Ghost, that while the Church represents in summer time the ages which will come to pass from the days of our Lord to the end of the world, the soul can at the end of this Season begin again the same series of feasts and fasts, of ceremonies and services, of the times and of the Seasons of the year, and thus increase in holiness and in godliness, till at death God calls him to the everlasting glories of heaven.

     From the times of the Apostles, the parts of the Holy Bible read in the Offices and in the Services, have been arranged for this time, so as to tell of the works of the Holy Spirit both in the Church and in the soul. The history of the children of Israel is but a figure of the story of the Church and of the Christian soul, and the trials and the battles of the Jews were types of the battles of the Church and of the Christians. From the first Sunday after Pentecost to the beginning of August, we read the four Books of Kings. They are a prophecy of the Church. The kingdom of Israel began by Saul. The Church of God began by the Jews. Saul was rejected by God. The Jews were discarded because they rejected the Saviour; David was chosen in his place. The nations were taken in the place of the Jews. David first lived in continual combats and warfare; the Church was first persecuted. At length peace came to Israel. Peace at length was given to the Church by Constantine. Solomon built his magnificent temple; the Church reared her wonderful Cathedrals. For a long time the Jews lived in peace; for many centuries the Church had peace during the middle ages. Of the twelve tribes ten fell away and were lost by Samaria in the north, being separated from the centre of worship at Jerusalem.

In the 16th century the nations of the north of Europe fell away at the reformation and are being lost, for now we see that little by little the revelation of God preserved by tradition is being destroyed among them. . .

From the death of Solomon began the wars of the Jews with the surrounding nations. Some were good and saintly kings, like Asa, Ezechias and Josias; some were bad infidel kings, like Achab, Manasser and Achaz. The people of God heard among the hills of Judea the voice of the Lord by the mouth of his prophets, calling them from the worship of idols, calling them to the worship of the Lord. The people of the Church hear the voice of God by the mouth of the clergy, calling them from the vices of this world, which are like so many idols. The Jews heard from the inspired men of old the ruin which would fall on them if they did not return to the religion of their fathers, as now we tell of the ruin of nations and of empires if they serve not the Church. Many times were the Jews punished for their sins. Many times have the Christians fallen because they served not their Lord. Thus the Jews were a figure of the Church, and Jerusalem a type of this world. They listened not to the prophets of the Lord. The Jews were taken captive; Jerusalem was destroyed, figures of the destruction of all things at the last coming of our Lord, at the destruction of the world. In August we read the Sapiential Books Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus because they tell us of the wisdom of God. That wisdom is the Son of God, the “Wisdom of the Father” revealed to man by the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost through the Prophets and through the Church, and who ever lives in her, and speaks to mankind by the voice of our chief pastor, the Pope.

     Man can do nothing of himself for his salvation unless helped by God. Following this grace of God he soon becomes a saint. To give a good example, we read in the month of September the lives of the Saints of the Old Testament, of Tobias, Judith, Esther and Job, in whose souls we see the work of the grace of God. But as towards the end of the world, as foretold by the prophets, the Church will be driven to fight the great battles, which will be raised against her by the persecutions of Anti- Christ, in the month of October we read the history of the last wars of the Jews, and how they conquered their enemies, as given in the books of the Maccabees. As they conquered those who would destroy the nation of the Jews, thus the Church will not be destroyed, but according to the words of our Lord, she will last till the end of the world. “Behold, I am with you always, even to the consummation of the world. Thus the church having her founder, Christ, with her, will outlive the persecutions of the last ages of the world. To recall the prophecies of the last days, when the number of the saints will be filled, in the month of November, at the end of the ecclesiastical year, we read the prophets of old — Ezechiel, terrible in his words; Daniel, whose inspired eye reviews the empires, the nations and the peoples of the earth, and the little prophets, who foretell the vengeance of God, the calamities of the latter times, the end of all, the death of the world, and the wonders which will come to pass when the Son of God, in power and in majesty, will come to judge the living and the dead.

     Such is the meaning of the After-Pentecost Season, the summer of the Church, when Christian souls flourish in grace, like trees planted by the limpid waters of life flowing from the exhaustless fountains of the crucified Saviour. During this time the vestments are green, to express the hope we have of salvation through our God, when guided by the Holy Ghost at the end of our exile in the heavenly and the everlasting Jerusalem which is above.

The first Sunday after Pentecost is called Trinity Sunday, because it is dedicated to the glory of the most Holy Trinity. From the times of the Apostles, the Christians had a feast set apart in which they recalled the glory and the worship of the Triune God. In some of the churches, in those times, they celebrated that feast the first Sunday before Advent, but most of the churches, following the traditions of the Apostles, held the festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost. In the first ages, besides these two Sundays mentioned, they devoted each Sunday in the year to the Holy Trinity, till at length the first Sunday after Pentecost was above all others set apart to the special worship of the Trinity, throughout the whole Church.


     All worship goes to the Holy Trinity, for when we adore any one of the most Holy Persons, we adore all Three, for they are one God. At the end of all the prayers, in administering the sacraments, at the end of the Psalms, all end with the words, “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.” These words were formed by the Apostles. When Arius and his followers in the 14th century denied that Christ was God, equal to the Father in all things, the Nicene Council condemned him, and to the words, ” Glory be to the Father,” etc., added, “As it was in the beginning, and is now, and will be forever, Amen,” to show that Christ was always, is now, and ever will be God. The Saints of these olden times had a special devotion to the Holy Trinity. The remains of that is seen in the services of the Church.

Sunday was dedicated to the resurrection of our Lord, but in another manner it was set apart for the glory of the Trinity. For that reason, on Sunday, the office of Matins is always made up of three watches of three lessons each, to honor the three Persons of the blessed Trinity. The Athanasian Creed, which treats of the Three Persons of God, is said at Prime, and the Preface of Trinity Sunday is sung at the Masses of the Sundays of the year when there is no other feast.

     In the 8th century we read that the pious Alcuinus, encouraged by St. Boniface, the Apostle of Germany, composed the votive Mass we offer in honor of the Holy Trinity. Later, in 1022, the German bishops pronounced in favor of the devotion to that Mass. Before that time the Belgians had a feast in honor of the Holy Trinity, for the bishop of Liege celebrated a solemn feast in his cathedral in 920, and composed a complete Office for the day. It spread rapidly, especially among the religious Orders during the first years of the 11th century, being fostered by Bernon, Abbot of Reichnaw. We see by one of the old liturgical works of Cluny, that it was celebrated there for a long time before 1091. In 1061, Alexander II., sat upon the Chair of Peter, and sanctioned the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Trinity, which at that time had been spread into every part of the world.

     In the beginning of the 12th century, the prince of liturgical writers, Rupert the Abbot, wrote: “After having celebrated the solemnity of the coming of the Holy Ghost, we sing the glory of the Holy Trinity, in the Office of the following Sunday, and that is very proper, because after the descent of that divine Spirit, began the preaching of our belief, and in baptism is the faith and the confession of the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost In 1162, the glorious martyr, St. Thomas of Canterbury, celebrated the feast of the Holy Trinity in the cathedral on the first Sunday after Pentecost, in memory of his consecration to the episcopacy, which took place on that day. In 1260, the council of Aries, presided over by archbishop Florentin, solemnly sanctioned the feast in France, and added to it an Octave. In the beginning of the 13th century, Durand leads us to conclude that a great part of the Christian world kept the feast. Some of the churches of France celebrate twice in the year the feast of the Holy Trinity, on the first Sunday after Pentecost and on the last Sunday before Advent, the remains of very ancient customs.

     When Atilla, the “scourge of God,” conquered a large part of the Roman empire, he destroyed numberless liturgical works of our holy religion. St. Boniface, archbishop of Metz, asked Alcuinus, the teacher of Charles and of his son Louis, kings of France, to rewrite again these books which had been destroyed. They were approved by the Council of Metz, and the feast of the Holy Trinity was commanded to be celebrated the first Sunday after Pentecost.

Missal - St Gregory The Great

     Alcuinus wrote a special Mass for Trinity Sunday, every day we give glory to the Trinity. The Arians, who denied the Divinity of Christ and the Trinity, having spread, SS. Hilary and Ambrose, with Eusebius, wrote and preached against them, and Gregory the Great commanded the Mass to be sung and churches to be built in honor of the Most Holy Trinity  because, although each Sunday was consecrated to the Trinity in the early days of Christianity, when but few feasts of the saints were celebrated, it was foreseen that as the saints grew in numbers their memory would be celebrated during many Sundays of the year, and that unless a special feast in memory of the Holy Trinity was celebrated, soon the Trinity would not be honored as in former times. For that reason the feast was commanded to be held on the first Sunday after Pentecost. During this season of the year, except those of the *Quater Tenses of September, the Masses have no titles like the great feasts of the other seasons, for they are not of such importance, or they do not go back to the Apostolic times.


*Ember days



                          MAY 20




               (Indulgence of 30 years and 30 quarantines)

                        FIRST CLASS


                  RED VESTMENTS




                    Psalm 70: 8, 23

Repleatur os meum laude tua, allelúia: ut possim cantáre, allelúia: gaudébunt lábia mea, dum cantávero tibi, allelúia, allelúia. Ps. 70: 12. In te, Dómine, sperávi, non confúndar in ætérnum: in justítia tua libera me, et éripe me. V. Gloria Patri.


Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise, alleluia: that I may sing, alleluia: my lips shall rejoice, when I shall sing to Thee, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be put to confusion: deliver me in Thy justice, and rescue me. V. Glory be to the Father.


Grant to Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that, being gathered in the Holy Spirit, it may be nowise molested by any assault of the enemy. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth.

Holy Name Of Jesus - IHS - St. Bernardine of Siena


O Lord Jesus, Who didst imbue blessed Bernardine, Thy Confessor, with wondrous love of Thy name, we beseech Thee, by his merits and intercession, graciously to pour into our souls the spirit of Thy love. Who liveth and reigneth.


          Joel, 2, 23, 24, 26, 27

Thus saith the Lord God: O children of Sion, rejoice, and be joyful in the Lord your God; because He hath given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you, as in the beginning: and the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil. And you shall eat in plenty, and shall be filled; and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, Who hath done wonders with you: and My people shall not be confounded for ever. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides; and My people shall not be confounded forever; said the Lord almighty.

                   FIRST ALLELUIA

                    Wisdom 12: 1

Alleluia, alleluia. O how good and sweet, O Lord, is Thy spirit within us. Alleluia.


                      (All kneel)

Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.



The Gift of Piety awakens in our souls an inclination and readiness to glorify God as our Father and to have filial confidence in Him.


              Veni Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, send forth the heavenly radiance of your light. Come, father of the poor, come, giver of gifts, come, light of the heart.

Greatest comforter, sweet guest of the soul, sweet consolation. In labor, rest, in heat, temperance, in tears, solace.

O most blessed light, fill the inmost heart of your faithful. Without your grace, there is nothing in us, nothing that is not harmful.

Cleanse that which is unclean, water that which is dry, heal that which is wounded. Bend that which is inflexible, fire that which is chilled, correct what goes astray.

Give to your faithful, those who trust in you, the sevenfold gifts. Grant the reward of virtue, grant the deliverance of salvation, grant eternal joy.


                   Luke 5: 17-26

At that time, it came to pass, on a certain day that Jesus sat teaching; and there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by that were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was to heal them. And behold men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy, and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him; and when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof, and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus. And when He saw their faith, He said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee: and the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering, He saith to them: What is it you think in your hearts? Which is easier to say? Thy sins are forgiven thee, or to say, Arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins I say to thee: Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house. And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay and he went away to his own house, glorifying God. And all were astonished, and they glorified God; and they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things today.


                  Psalm 145: 2

Praise the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise the Lord; I will sing to my God, as long as I shall be, alleluia.


May the sacrifices offered in Thy sight, O Lord, be consumed by that divine fire which the Holy Spirit enkindled in the hearts of the disciples of Christ, Thy Son. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth.


In memory of Thy Saints, O Lord, we offer Thee the sacrifice of praise, by which we trust to be freed from both present and future evils. Through our Lord.

Feast of The Holy Name of Jesus - In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur coelestium, terrestrium et infernorum - Philippians 2 - 10


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; through Christ our Lord. Who ascending above all the heavens, and sitting at Thy right hand, on this day sent forth the Holy Ghost, as He had promised, on the children of adoption. Wherefore does the whole world rejoice with exceeding great joy; the hosts above and also the angelic powers join in singing the hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing.


In communion with, and keeping the most holy day of Pentecost, whereon the Holy Ghost appeared to the Apostles in countless tongues; venerating also in the first place the memory of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord and God.

                   HANC IGITUR

This oblation, therefore, of our bounden duty and that of Thy whole family we beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept, which we make unto Thee on behalf of these whom Thou hast vouchsafed to bring to a new birth by water and the Holy Ghost, giving them remission of all their sins; and to order our days.


I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you again, alleluia: and your heart shall rejoice, alleluia.


We have received, O Lord, Thy sacred and mysterious gifts, humbly imploring that what Thou hast taught us to do in commemoration of Thee may profit for the help of our infirmity. Who livest and reignest.


Refreshed by meat and drink from heaven, O God, we humbly entreat Thee, that we may be protected by the prayers of him in whose memory we have partaken. Through our Lord.








(Indulgence of 30 years and 30 quarantines)


                   Red vestments

                 Missa ‘Deus, dum’

Traditional day of fast and partial abstinence.


Deus, dum egrederéris coram pópulo tuo, iter fáciens eis, hábitans in illis, allelúia: terra mota est, coeli distillavérunt, allelúia, allelúia. Ps. 67: 2. Exsúrgat Deus, et dissipéntur inimíci ejus: et fúgiant, qui odérunt eum, a fácie ejus. V. Gloria Patri.

            INTROIT – Psalm 67: 8, 9

O God, when Thou didst go forth in the sight of Thy people, making a passage for them, dwelling in the midst of them, alleluia; the earth was moved, the heavens dropped, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face. V. Glory be to the Father.


Mentes nostras, quæsumus, Dómine, Paráclitus, qui a te procédit, illúminet: et indúcat in omnem, sicut tuus promísit Fílius, veritátem: Per Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat.

May the Paraclete Who proceedeth from Thee enlighten our minds, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and lead us into all truth, as Thy Son hath promised. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth.


           LESSON- Acts 2: 14-21

In diébus illis: Stans Petrus cum úndecim, levávit vocem suam, et locútus est eis: Viri Judæi, et qui habitátis Jerúsalem univérsis, hoc vobis notum sit, et áuribus percípte verba mea. Non enim, sicut vos æstimátis, hi ébrii sunt, cum sit hora diéi tértia: sed hoc est quod dictum est per prophétam Joél: Et erit in novíssimis diébus (dicit Dóminus) effúndam de Spíritu meo super omnem carnem, in prophetábunt fílii vestri et fíliæ vestræ et júvenes vestri visiónes vidébunt et senióres vestri somnia somniabunt. Et quidem super servos meos, et super ancíllas meas in diébus iilis effúndam de Spíritu meo, et prophetábunt: et dabo prodígia in cælo sursum, et signa in terra deórsum sánguinem

In those days, Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day; but this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel, And it shall come to pass in the last days (saith the Lord), I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And upon My servants indeed, and upon My handmaids, will I pour out, in those days, of My spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.

         FIRST ALLELUIA – Psalm 32: 6

Allelúia, allelúia. Verbo Dómini coeli firmáti sunt, et Spíritu oris ejus omnis virtus eórum Alleluia, alleluia.

By the word of the Lord the Heavens were established: and all the power of them by the spirit of His mouth.

Here the Gloria in excelsis is said.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.


Praesta, quæsumus, omnípotens et miséricors Deus: ut Spíritus Sanctus advéniens, templum nos glóriæ suæ dignánter inhabitándo perfíciat. Per Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat.

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty and most merciful God, that the Holy Spirit, coming to us, may perfect us as a temple worthy the indwelling of His glory. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth.

              EPISTLE Acts 5: 12-16   

In diébus illis: Per manus Apostolórum fiébant signa et prodígia multa in plebe. Et erant unanímiter omnes in pórticu Salomónis. Ceterórum autem nemo audébat se conjúngere illis: sed magnificébat eos pópulus. Magis autem augebátur credéntium in Dómino multitúdo virórum ac mulíerum, ita ut in platéas ejicerent infírmos, et pónerent in léctulis ac grabátis, ut, veniénte Petro, saltem umbra illíus obumbráret quemquam illórum, et liberaréntur ab infirmitátibus suis. Concurrébat autem et multitúdo vicinárum civitútem Jerúsalem, afferéntes ægros, et vexátos a spirítibus immúndis: qui curabántur omnes.

In those days, by the hands of the apostles, were many signs and wonders wrought among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. But of the rest no man durst join himself with them: but the people magnified them. And the multitude of men and women that believed in the Lord was more increased; insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that when Peter came, his shadow at least might overshadow any of them, and they might be delivered from their infirmities. And there came also together to Jerusalem a multitude out of the neighboring cities, bringing sick persons, and such as were troubled with unclean spirits, who were all healed.


                       (All kneel)

Alleluia. Veni, Sancte Spíritus, reple tuórum corda fidélium: et tui amóris in eis ignem accénde.

Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.


The Gift of Fortitude is a permanent power which the Holy Ghost communicates to our will to assist us in overcoming the difficulties which might deter us in the practice of what is right.


              Veni Sancte Spiritus

Veni, sancte Spíritus, Et emítte cælitus Lucis tuæ rádium. Veni pater páuperum, Veni dator múnerum,Veni lumen córdium. Consolátor óptime, Dulcis hospes ánimæ, Dulce refrigérum.

In labóre réquies, In æstu tempéries, In fletu solátium. O Lux beatíssima, Reple cordis íntima Tuórum fidélium. Sine tuo númine, Nihil est in hómine, Nihil est innoxium. Lava quod est sórdidium, Riga quod est áridum, Sana quod est sáucium.

Flecte quod est rígidium, Fove quod est frígidium, Rege quod est dévium. Da tuis fidélibus, In te confidéntibus, Sacrum septenárium. Da virtutútis méritum, Da salútis éxitum, Da perénne gáudium. Amen. Allelúia.

Come Thou Holy Spirit, come, and from Thy celestial home shed a ray of light divine. Come, Thou Father of the poor, come, Thou source of all our store, come, within our bosoms shrine, Thou of Comforters the best, Thou the soul’s delightful guest, sweet refreshment here below.

In our labour rest most sweet, pleasant coolness in the heat, Solace in the midst of woe.O most blessed Light divine, shine within these hearts of Thine, and our inmost being fill. Where Thou art not, man hath nought, nothing good in deed or thought, nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew, on our dryness pour Thy dew, wash the stains of guilt away.  Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill, guide the steps that go astray.

On Thy faithful who adore, and confess Thee evermore, in Thy sevenfold gifts descend. Give them virtue’s sure reward, give them Thy salvation, Lord, give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.

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               GOSPEL – John 6: 44-52

In illo témpore: Dixit Jesus turbis Judæórum:   Nemo potest veníre ad me, nisi Pater, qui misit me, traxerit eum: et ego resuscitábo eum in novíssimo die. Est scriptum in prophétis: Et erunt omnes docíbiles Dei. Omnis, qui audívit a Patre, et dídicit, venit ad me. Non quia Patrem vidit quisquam, nisi is, qui est a Deo, hic vidit Patrem. Amen, amen dico vobis: qui credit in me, habet vitam ætérnam. Ego sum panis vitæ. Patres vestri manducavérunt manna in desérto, et mórtui sunt. Hic est panis de coelo descéndens: ut si quis ex ipso manducáverit, non moriátur. Ego sum panis vivus, qui de coelo. descéndi. Si quis manducáverit ex hoc pane, vivet in ætérnum: et panis, quem ego dabo, caro mea est pro mundi vita.

At that time, Jesus said to the multitude of Jews: No man can come to Me, except the Father, Who hath sent Me, draw him; and I will raise him up in the last day. It is written in the prophets: And they shall all be taught of God. Every one that hath heard of the Father, and hath learned, cometh to Me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, but He who is of God, He hath seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say unto to you, he that believeth in Me hath everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from Heaven, that, if any man eat of it, he may not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is My flesh for the life of the world.

         OFFERTORY – Psalm 118: 47, 48

Meditabor in mandátis tuis, quæ diléxi valde: et levábo manus meas ad mandáta tua, quæ diléxi, allelúia.

I will meditate on Thy commandments, which I have loved exceedingly: and I will lift up my hands to Thy commandments, which I have loved, alleluia.


Accipe, quæsumus, Dómine, munus oblátum: et dignanter operáre; ut quod mystériis ágimus, piis efféctibus celebrémus. Per Dóminum.

Receive, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts we offer: and graciously bring about that, what we here do in these mysteries, we may hereafter by their holy consequences hold in honour. Through our Lord.


Vere dignum et justum est, æquum et salutáre, nos tibi semper, et ubíque grátias ágere: Dómine sancte, Pater omnípotens ætérne Deus: per Christum Dóminum nostrum Qui ascéndens super omnes coelos, sedénsque ad déxteram tuam, promíssum Spíritum Sanctum hodiérna die in filíos adoptiónis effúdit, Qua própter profúsis gáudiís, totus in orbe terrárum mundus exsúltat. Sed et supérnæ Vírtútes, atque angélicæ Potestátes, hymnum glóriæ tuæ cóncinunt, sine fine dicéntes.

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; through Christ our Lord. Who ascending above all the heavens, and sitting at Thy right hand, on this day sent forth the Holy Ghost, as He had promised, on the children of adoption. Wherefore does the whole world rejoice with exceeding great joy; the hosts above and also the angelic powers join in singing the hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

SANCTUS, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua.

             Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus…

                     Holy, Holy, Holy…

           COMMUNION – John 14: 27

Pacem, relínquo vobis, allelúia: pacem meam do vobis, allelúia, allelúia.

My peace I leave you, alleluia: My peace I give you, alleluia, alleluia.


Sumentes, Dómine, coeléstia sacraménta, quæsumus cleméntiam tuam: ut, quod temporáliter, gérimus, ætérnis gáudiis consequémur. Per Dominum.


Receiving Thy Heavenly sacrament, we beg Thy clemency, O Lord, that what we do in this life we may follow in the joys of eternity. Through our Lord.

Eleison Comments – Issue CDLX (460)

Eleison Comments

                        Benedict’s Feelings

When Benedict makes Redemption all so nice, Then Christ becomes no more than sugar and spice.

When two months ago an interview given in October of last year by Benedict XVI to a Jesuit priest was published in Italy, some misguidedly “pious” Catholics took it to mean that the former Pope was returning to Traditional doctrine on the absolute need to belong to the Catholic Church for salvation. Alas, the interview shows in reality an unrepentant modernist measuring not modern man by Catholic Truth, but that Truth by what modern man can or cannot understand and accept. In fairness, the interviewer raised four serious questions, and Benedict did not dodge them. Here is another cruelly brief but not essentially unjust summary of the interview, with comments added in italics:—

Q. Does FAITH come through a community, which is in turn a gift of God?

A. Faith is a personal living contact with God, mediated through a living community, because in order to believe I need witnesses to God, i.e. the Church, which is not just a set of ideas (true, but a set of ideas is the very object of faith believed in. Benedict shares in modern subjectivism).Through the Church’s sacraments (in accordance with the Faith’s objective parameters) I enter into living contact with Christ.

Q. Can modern man understand Paul’s JUSTIFICATION by FAITH? (Notice modern man’s priority)

A. For modern man, God cannot let most men suffer eternal damnation (same comment).The concern for personal salvation has mostly disappeared (so what? So the doctrine must change?). But modern man still perceives his own need of mercy, so he does know his own unworthiness. In fact he expects a saving love, which is God’s mercy, which justifies him (so man sins, expects God’s mercy, and that justifies him? This is sheer Protestantism!). On the contrary the classic idea of God the Father killing his own Son to satisfy his own justice is incomprehensible today. Rather, the Father and the Son had the same will (but Jesus as God and man had two wills!), and the mass of the world’s evil was overcome as it needed to be by God’s sharing in the world’s suffering, in which Father and Son shared alike (but the Father as God could not suffer, and only as man could Christ suffer! This new doctrine empties out the Incarnation, the Cross, mankind’s sin, God’s justice, our Redemption! What is left of Catholicism?).

Q. Has the Church’s teaching on HELL evolved in modern times?

A. “On this point we are faced with a profound evolution of dogma” (sic! But dogma cannot evolve. As a modern man, Benedict has no notion of a truth unchanging and unchangeable).“After Vatican II, the conviction that the unbaptised are forever lost was finally abandoned” (as though Vatican II could change Church teaching!). But then arises a problem why still be a Christian (good question!)? Rahner’s solution of all men being anonymous Christians leaves out the drama of conversion (only “drama” – not “absolute necessity”?). The Pluralists’ solution whereby all religions suffice for salvation is inadequate (true). De Lubac’s solution is that Christ and the Church somehow stand in for all mankind, let us say by believing in, practicing and suffering for the truth. At least a few souls are needed to do so.

Q. If evil must be repaired, does the sacrament of CONFESSION repair it?

A. Christ alone can repair evil, but Confession does always put us back on the side of Christ. In view of such an interview, can anyone still doubt that the Society of St Pius X leaders are seriously deluded who think the Society can safely put itself under these Romans? From humanism and Protestantism a false view of the Redemption has soaked into modern bones, and from modern bones finally into the Catholic churchmen. Vatican II teaches and preaches a Christianity without the Cross. It is highly popular, but utterly false. May God have mercy on these churchmen!

Kyrie eleison.

St. John before the Latin Gate

Martyrdom of St John the Evangelist by Juan de Roelas

     St. John before the Latin Gate

                The Liturgical Year – Dom Guéranger

The Beloved Disciple John, whom we saw standing near the Crib of the Babe of Bethlehem, comes before us again today; and this time, he is paying his delighted homage to the glorious Conqueror of death and hell. Like Philip and James, he too is clad in the scarlet robe of Martyrdom. The Month of May, so rich in Saints, was to be graced with the Palm of St. John.

Salome one day presented her two sons to Jesus, and, with a mother’s ambition, had asked him to grant them the highest places in his kingdom. The Saviour, in his reply, spoke of the Chalice which he himself had to drink, and foretold that these two Disciples would also drink of it. The elder, James the Greater, was the first to give his Master this proof of his love; we shall celebrate his victory when the sun is in Leo; it was to-day that John, the younger Brother, offered his life in testimony of Jesus’ Divinity.

But the martyrdom of such an Apostle called for a scene worthy the event. Asia Minor, which his zeal had evangelized, was not a sufficiently glorious land for such a combat. Rome, — whither Peter had transferred his Chair and where he died on his cross, and where Paul had bowed down his venerable head beneath the sword, — Rome alone deserved the honor of seeing the Beloved Disciple march on to Martyrdom, with that dignity and sweetness which are the characteristics of this veteran of the Apostolic College.

Domitian was then Emperor, — the tyrant over Rome and the world. Whether it were that John undertook this journey of his own free choice, and from a wish to visit the Mother-Church, or that he was led thither bound with chains, in obedience to an imperial edict, — John, the august founder of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, appeared before the Tribunal of pagan Rome. He was convicted of having propagated, in a vast province of the Empire, the worship of a Jew that had been crucified under Pontius Pilate. He was a superstitious and rebellious old man, and it was time to rid Asia of his presence. He was therefore sentenced to an ignominious and cruel death. He had somehow escaped Nero’s power; but he should not elude the vengeance of Caesar Domitian!

The Martyrdom of St John the Evangelist by Albrecht Durer - 1497-98 - Woodcut

A huge cauldron of boiling oil is prepared in front of the Latin Gate. The sentence orders that the preacher of Christ be plunged into this bath. The hour is come for the second son of Salome to partake of his Master’s Chalice. John’s heart leaps with joy, at the thought that he, — the most dear to Jesus, and yet the only Apostle that has not suffered death for him, — is, at last, permitted to give him this earnest of his love. After cruelly scourging him, the executioners seize the old man, and throw him into the cauldron; but, lo! The boiling liquid has lost all its heat; the Apostle feels no scalding; on the contrary, when they take him out again, he feels all the vigor of his youthful years restored to him. The Prætor’s cruelty is foiled, and John, the Martyr in desire, is to be left to the Church for some few years longer. An imperial decree banishes him to the rugged Isle of Patmos, where God reveals to him the future of the Church, even to the end of time.

The Church of Rome, which counts the abode and martyrdom of St. John as one of her most glorious memories, has marked, with a Basilica, the spot where the Apostle bore his noble testimony to the Christian Faith. This Basilica stands near the Latin Gate, and gives a title to one of the Cardinals.

In honour of the great Apostle of love, we give the following Sequence, composed by Adam of Saint Victor.


The happy realm of grace, where the King of glory is seen by the soul’s unfettered gaze, gives union with his God, and equality with Angels, to John, whose revelations have made known to men the mysteries of heaven.

He drank of the living waters that spring up to life eternal, when he leaned on his Lord’s breast. The wonderful miracles he wrought have made him shine as a bright light in the Church.

He quenched the heat of the boiling oil. Men know that the torments for him are cruel beyond measure; yet do they wonder within themselves, how a man can be a Martyr, and feel no pain?

O Martyr, O Virgin, O guardian of the Virgin by whom the world received Him who is its glory! Pray for us to this Jesus, from whom, and in whom, and by whom, are all things.

O thou that wast loved above the rest! By thine intercession and prayers, render propitious unto us. Thou that art a stream, lead us to the Fountain. Thou that are a hill, lead us to the mountain. O thou, whom grace made so wholly pure, pray for us that we may see the Beloved. Amen.

Martyrdom of St John the Evangelist - Unknown Master, Netherlandish

We are delighted to meet thee again, dear Disciple of our risen Jesus! The first time we saw thee, was at Bethlehem, where thou wast standing near the Expected of Nations, the promised Saviour, who was sweetly sleeping in his Crib.

We then thought on all thy glorious titles: Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, high-soaring Eagle, Virgin, Doctor of Charity, and, above all, Jesus’ Beloved Disciple. Today, we greet thee as Martyr; for if the ardour of thy love quenched the fire prepared for thy torture, thy devotedness to Christ had honestly and willingly accepted the Chalice, of which he spoke to thee in thy younger years. During these days of Paschal Time, which are so rapidly fleeting by, we behold thee ever close to this divine Master, who treats thee with every mark of affection. Who could be surprised at his partiality towards thee? Wast thou not the only one of all the Disciples, who stood at the foot of the Cross? Was it not to thee that he gave the care of his Mother, and made her thine? Wast thou not present when his Heart was opened, on the Cross, by a Spear? When, on the morning of the great Sunday, thou repairedst with Peter to the Tomb, wast thou not, by thy faith, the first of all the Disciples, to honor Jesus’ Resurrection Oh, yes! thou hast a right to all the special love wherewith Jesus treats thee; — but pray to him, for us, O blessed Apostle!

St. John beloved disciple

We ought to love him for all the favours he has bestowed upon us; and yet we are tepid in his love, — we humbly confess it. Thou hast taught us to know the Infant Jesus, thou hast described to us the Crucified Jesus; show us now the Risen Jesus, that we may keep close to him during these last few days of his sojourn on earth. And when he has ascended into heaven, get us brave hearts, that, like thee, we may be prepared to drink the Chalice of trials which he has destined for us.

Rome was the scene of thy glorious confession, O holy Apostle! She is most dear to thee; unite, then, with Peter and Paul in protecting her. If the palm of Martyrdom be in thy hand as well as the pen of the Evangelist, remember it was at the Latin Gate that thou obtainedst it. It was in the East thou didst pass the greater part of thy life; but the West claims the honor of counting thee as one of her grandest Martyrs. Bless our Churches, reanimate our Faith, rekindle our Love, and deliver us from the Antichrists, against whom thou warnedst the Faithful of thine own times, and who are causing such ravages among us. Adopted son of Mary! Thou art now enjoying the sight of thy Mother’s glory: oh! Present to her the prayers we are offering to her during this Month, which is consecrated to her, and obtain for us the petitions which we presume to make to her.


St. John being lowered into the oil.

      ST. JOHN BEFORE THE LATIN GATE                

In the year 95, St. John, who was the only surviving apostle, and governed all the churches of Asia, was apprehended at Ephesus, and sent prisoner to Rome. The Emperor Domitian did not relent at the sight of the venerable old man, but condemned him to be cast into a cauldron of boiling oil. The martyr doubtless heard, with great joy, this barbarous sentence; the most cruel torments seemed to him light and most agreeable, because they would, he hoped, unite him forever to his divine Master and Saviour. But God accepted his will and crowned his desire; He conferred on him the honor and merit of martyrdom, but suspended the operation of the fire, as He had formerly preserved the three children from hurt in the Babylonian furnace. The seething oil was changed in his regard into an invigorating bath, and the Saint came out more refreshed than when he had entered the caldron. Domitian saw this miracle without drawing from it the least advantage, but remained hardened in his iniquity. However, he contented himself after this with banishing the holy apostle into the little island of Patmos. St. John returned to Ephesus, in the reign of Nerva, who by mildness, during his short reign of one year and four months, labored to restore the faded lustre of the Roman Empire. This glorious triumph of St. John happened without the gate of Rome called Latina. A church which since has always borne this title was consecrated in the same place in memory of this miracle, under the first Christian emperors.


St. John suffered above the other Saints a martyrdom of love, being a martyr, and more than a martyr, at the foot of the cross of his divine Master. All his sufferings were by love and compassion imprinted in his soul, and thus shared by him. O singular happiness, to have stood under the cross of Christ! O extraordinary privilege, to have suffered martyrdom in the person of Jesus, and been eye-witness of all He did or endured! If nature revolt within us against suffering, let us call to mind those words of the divine Master: “Thou knowest not now wherefore; but thou shalt know hereafter.”

– The Lives of the Saints by Rev. Alban Butler, 1866

Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and the Blood of the Lord - Holy Sacrifice ot the Mass

                        Mass Propers

        St. John before the Latin Gate

 Friday in the Octave of the Ascension

    Greater double – Red vestments

               Missa ‘Protexisti me”


INTROITUS – Psalm 63:3

Protexísti me, Deus, a convéntu malignántium, allelúja: a multitúdine operántium iniquitátem, allelúja, allelúja. Ps 63:2

Exáudi, Deus, oratiónem meam, cum déprecor: a timóre inimíci éripe ánimam meam. Glória Patri.


Thou hast protected me from the assembly of the malignant; from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia. Ps 63:2 Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy. Glory be to the Father.


O God, Which seest that sins and sufferings do on every side rise up to trouble us, grant, we beseech thee, that we may find a shield in time of need through the glorious intercession of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist John. Through our Lord.


Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who believe Thine only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, to have this day ascended into heaven, may ourselves dwell  in spirit amid heavenly things. Through the same Lord.

EPISTLE – Wisdom 5: 1-5

Lesson from the book of Wisdom

Then shall the just stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them, and taken away their labours. These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation. Saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit: These are they, whom we had some time in derision, and for a parable of reproach. We fools esteemed their life madness, and their end without honour. Behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the saints.

ALLELUIA – Psalm 91:13

Alleluia, alleluia  The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus. Alleluia. Hos 14:6. The just shall spring as the lily, and flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia.

Chalice with instruments of the passion

GOSPEL – Matthew 20: 20-23

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew

In that time: came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, adoring and asking something of him. Who said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to him: Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom. And Jesus answering, said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can. He saith to them: My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.


The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord: and thy truth in the church of the saints, alleluia, alleluia.


Accept O lord, we pray, our gifts and prayers: purify us through these heavenly mysteries, and graciously hear us. Through our Lord.


Accept, O Lord, the gifts we offer Thee in memory of the glorious Ascension of Thy Son; and graciously grant that being delivered from present dangers, we may attain unto eternal life. Through the same our Lord.


It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, to entreat Thee humbly, O Lord, that Thou wouldst not desert Thy flock, O everlasting Shepherd; but through Thy blessed Apostles, wouldst keep it under Thy constant protection; that it may be governed by those same rulers, whom as vicars of Thy work, Thou didst set over it to be its pastors. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying.

Madonna and St. John at the Crucifixion of Jesus by Pietro Perugino


Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

COMMUNION – Psalm 63:11

The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised, alleluia, alleluia.


Fed with bread from heaven, we ask O Lord, that it may be our nourishment unto life eternal. Through our Lord.


Grant us, we beseech Thee, almighty and merciful God, that what we have received in visible mysteries may profit us by its invisible effect. Through our Lord.




Eleison Comments – Number CDLIX – (459)

Eleison Comments

  Bishops’ Declaration – II

A truly devilish disorientation

Called for another bishop’s consecration.

Here is the second and last part of the bishops’ Declaration at Bishop Thomas Aquinas’ consecration in Brazil on March 19, six weeks ago:—

Yet the gravest of all in our 21st century is perhaps the mass of Catholics, both clergy and laity, who are still docilely following the destroyers. As to the churchmen, how can the destroyers amongst them not be aware of what they are doing? It must be by that “diabolical disorientation” mentioned even before the Council by Sister Lucy of Fatima. And as for the laity, how can so many still not see that Catholic Authority only exists to establish Catholic Truth, and once it betrays that Truth it loses its right to be obeyed? It must be by the same “disorientation.” So in what exactly does this disorientation consist? In the loss of Truth, in the progressive loss of all sense of the very existence of objective truth, because men have wanted to break free from the reality of God and his creatures and to replace that reality with their own fantasy, so as to be able to do as they like. It is always false freedom at work.

But God does not abandon his Church, and so in the 1970’s he raised up Archbishop Lefebvre to come to its help. The Archbishop recognized that the Pope and his kindred spirits at the Council were for the sake of being modern leaving behind the Church’s Tradition, and that by so doing they would destroy the Church. By a sort of miracle he managed to set up within the Church a solid resistance to the on-going destruction, in the form of a Priestly Fraternity which he dedicated to St Pius X, a Pope who saw right through the corruption of modern times. But the Roman authorities would not put up with anyone refusing their supposed “renewal” of Vatican II, so they did everything within their power to make the Archbishop’s resistance disappear.

However he stood up to them, and in order to guarantee that his work of immense importance for the defense of Catholic Tradition would survive, in 1988 he proceeded to consecrate four bishops, against the express will of the mistaken Roman authorities, but in line with the implicit will of all Popes since the beginning of the Church, with the exception of the last four, all won over to the Council.

This heroic decision by by Archbishop Lefebvre was amply justified by events, notably the uninterrupted downfall of the Church authorities whose only wish was to bring the Church in line with today’s corrupt world. Of these four bishops, the Spanish-speaker was appointed to settle in South America to look after Catholics wishing to keep the Faith of all time in a whole continent, formerly so Catholic, but where there were now no more bishops that could be relied on to lead souls to Heaven.

Alas, the downfall has gone on ever since, only now it is the Archbishop’s Society of St Pius X that is in turn falling victim to the universal corruption by its General Chapter of 2012, where the Society’s leaders under their Superior General made the Society lurch towards the Council. Instead of insisting on the primacy of the Church’s unchanging doctrine, on Tradition, they opened the door to an agreement with official Rome, given over to the Council. And so since 2012, the same disorientation has been making its way within the Society, whose bishops can at least for the moment no longer be relied on. That is most sad, but altogether normal in the present state of Church and world. Hence once more, a reliable bishop needs to be consecrated to make sure that the unchanging Faith survives, especially where a whole continent of souls needs a true shepherd to save their souls for eternity.

May God be with him! Let us pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she keep him faithful under her mantle, faithful unto death.

Bishop Jean-Michel Faure.

Bishop Richard Williamson.




      Meditations for the Month of Our Lady

                By St. Alphonsus Liguori

                        MARY’S HOPE   

Hope takes its rise in faith; for God enlightens us by faith to know His goodness and the promises He has made, that by this knowledge we may rise by hope to the desire of possessing Him. Mary then, having had the virtue of faith in its highest degree, had also hope in the same degree of excellence; and this made her say with David: ‘But it is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in the Lord God.’ Mary was indeed that faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost of whom it was said: ‘Who is this that cometh up from the desert, flowing with delights, leaning on her beloved?’ For she was always perfectly detached from earthly affections, looking upon the world as a desert, and therefore in no way relying either on creatures or on her own merits, but relying only on Divine grace, in which was all her confidence, she always advanced in the love of God.

The most holy Virgin gave a clear indication of the greatness of her confidence in God in the first place, when she saw the anxiety of her holy spouse St. Joseph. Unable to account for her wonderful pregnancy, he was troubled at the thought of leaving her: But Joseph . . . minded to put her away privately. It appeared then necessary that she should discover the hidden mystery to St. Joseph; but no, she would not herself manifest the grace she had received; she thought it better to abandon herself to Divine providence, in the full confidence that God Himself would defend her innocence and reputation. This is precisely what Cornelius à Lapide says, in his commentary on the words of the Gospel quoted above: The Blessed Virgin was unwilling to reveal this secret to Joseph, lest she might seem to boast of her gifts. She therefore resigned herself to the care of God, in the fullest confidence that He would guard her innocence and reputation. She again showed her confidence in God when she knew that the time for the birth of our Lord approached, and was yet driven even from the lodgings of the poor in Bethlehem, and obliged to bring forth in a stable: ‘ And she laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for Him in the inn.’ She did not then let drop a single word of complaint; but, abandoning herself to God, she trusted that He would assist her. The Divine Mother also showed how great was her confidence in Divine providence when she received notice from St. Joseph that they must fly into Egypt. On that very night she undertook so long a journey to a strange and unknown country, without provisions, without money, accompanied only by her Infant Jesus and her poor spouse: Who arose and took the Child and His Mother by night, and retired into Egypt. But much more did she show her confidence when she asked her Son for wine at the marriage-feast of Cana; for when she had said,  They have no wine, Jesus answered her: Woman, what is it to thee and to Me? My hour is not yet come. After this answer, which seemed an evident refusal, her confidence in the Divine goodness was such that she desired the servants to do whatever her Son told them; for the favour was certain to be granted: ‘Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.’ It indeed was so: Jesus Christ ordered the vessels to be filled with water, and changed it into wine.

Let us, then, learn from Mary to have that confidence in God which we ought always to have, but principally in the great affair of our eternal salvation: an affair in which it is true that we must cooperate; yet it is from God alone that we must hope for the grace necessary to obtain it. We must distrust our own strength, and say with the Apostle: I can do all things in Him who strengtheneth me.


This example is not recorded in any book, but was told me by a priest, a friend of mine, as having happened to himself. This priest was hearing confessions in a church (to compromise no one I do not mention the name of the place, though the penitent gave him leave to publish the fact), when a young man stood before him, who seemed to wish, but at the same time to fear, to go to confession. The Father, after looking at him several times, at length called him, and asked him if he wished to confess. He replied that he did; but as his confession was likely to be very long, he begged to be taken to a private room. The penitent there began by saying that he was a foreigner, and of noble birth, but who had led such a life that he did not believe it possible that God would pardon him. Besides the other innumerable shameful crimes and murders he had committed, he said, that having entirely despaired of salvation, he committed sins no longer from inclination, but expressly to outrage God, out of the hatred he bore Him. He said, amongst other things, that he wore a crucifix, and that he beat it out of disrespect, and that, that very morning, only a short time before, he had communicated sacrilegiously. And for what purpose? It was, that he might trample the sacred particle under his feet. And he had indeed already received it, and had only been prevented from executing his horrible design by the people who would have seen him. He then consigned the sacred particle in a piece of paper to the confessor. Having done this, he said, that, passing before the church, he had felt himself strongly impelled to enter it; that, unable to resist, he had done so. After entering, he was seized with great remorse of conscience, and at the same time a sort of confused and irresolute desire to confess his sins; and hence the reason for which he stood before the confessional; but while standing there, his confusion and diffidence were so great, that he endeavoured to go away; but it seemed to him as if someone held him there by force. In the meantime, he said, Father, you called me; and now I am here making my confession, and I know not how. The Father then asked him if he ever practiced any devotion during the time, meaning towards the Blessed Virgin; for such conversions only come through the powerful hands of Mary. None, Father. Devotions, indeed! I looked on myself as damned. But reflect again, said the Father. ‘Father, I did nothing,’ he repeated. But putting his hand to his breast to uncover it, he remembered that he wore the scapular of Mary’s dolors. ‘Ah, my son,’ said the confessor, dost thou not see it is our Blessed Lady who has obtained thee so extraordinary a grace? And know, he added, that to her this church is dedicated. On hearing this the young man was moved, and began to grieve, and at the same time to weep: then, continuing the confession of his sins, his compunction increased to such a degree, that with a loud sob he fell fainting at the Father’s feet. When he had been restored to consciousness, he finished his confession; and the Father with the greatest consolation absolved him, and sent him back to his own country entirely contrite, and resolved to change his life, having his full permission to preach and publish everywhere the great mercy that Mary had shown him.


Immaculate and Blessed Virgin, since thou art the universal dispenser of all Divine graces, thou art the hope of all, and my hope. I will ever thank my Lord for having granted me the grace to know thee, and for having shown me the means by which I may obtain graces and be saved. Thou art this means, O great Mother of God; for I now understand that it is principally through the merits of Jesus Christ, and then through thy intercession, that my soul must be saved. Pray then, O Mary, for me, and commend me to thy Son. Thou, far better than I do, knowest my miseries and my wants. What more can I say? Pity me; I am so miserable and ignorant, that I neither know, nor can I seek for, the graces that I stand the most in need of. My most sweet Queen and Mother, do thou seek and obtain for me from thy Son those graces which thou knowest to be the most expedient and necessary for my soul. I abandon myself entirely into thy hands, and only beg the Divine Majesty, that by the merits of my Saviour Jesus, He will grant me the graces which thou askest Him for me. Ask, ask then, O most holy Virgin, that which thou seest is best for me; thy prayers are never rejected; they are the prayers of a Mother addressed to a Son, who loves thee His Mother so much, and rejoices in doing all that thou desirest, that He may honour thee more, and at the same time show thee the great love He bears thee. Let us make an agreement, O Lady, that while I live confiding in thee, thou on thy part wilt charge thyself with my salvation. Amen.



Novena to our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

                     MAY 4 – MAY 12

                               Day 1

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God! O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of Jesus and our tender Mother, we invoke thee under the title of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, because thou art the Mother of the Savior who lives in the Eucharist, and because it was from thee that He took the Flesh and the Blood with which He there feeds us!

We invoke thee under that title because, again, thou art the sovereign dispensatrix of all graces and, consequently, of those contained in the august Eucharist, also, because thou didst first fulfill the duties of the Eucharistic life, teaching us by thy example how to assist properly at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, how to communicate worthily, and how to visit frequently and piously the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Pray for us, O Virgin Immaculate, our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. That the Eucharistic Kingdom of Jesus Christ may come among us!

                      Let us pray

Lord Jesus Christ, our King and our God, who having become Man to make us sharers in Thy Divinity, art truly our Bread in the adorable Eucharist, grant, we beseech Thee, that in venerating so great a Mystery, we may be mindful of the most sweet Virgin Mary, of whom Thou didst will to be conceived by the operation of the Holy Ghost! Grant, also, that we may imitate the worship that she rendered while on earth to this most august Sacrament, so that we may behold Thy Eucharistic Kingdom spread and flourish throughout the whole world! O Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever!  Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament

O Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Most Holy Sacrament, the glory of Christians, the joy of the universal Church, and the hope of the world, pray for us. Kindle in all the faithful a lively devotion to the most Holy Eucharist, so that they may be made worthy to receive Holy Communion every day. Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.  Let us with Mary Immaculate adore, thank, supplicate, and console the most sacred and beloved Eucharistic Heart of Jesus!