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Shhh! Don't tell anyone about the Ordinariate and the beauty of Divine Worship.

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The Mass, celebrated reverently, attracts. The unchurched, disillusioned diocesans and reverts are finding their way to worship God in the beauty of holiness with the Ordinariate communities of the Anglican Patrimony. What does that mean, 'the Mass attracts'? It means that the Holy Ghost acting in and through the Sacred Liturgy reveals the truth, goodness and beauty of God that all men seek, the truth and beauty and goodness that draws individuals and families into a more profound communion with God. When Mass is celebrated with due reverence for God's sublime gift, the Mass becomes a clear window through which the Holy Ghost manifests the glory of God to His people: truth, goodness and beauty. When parishes sell the Mass as entertainment by offering, for example, cheap pop music rife with heterodox texts, or reduce the Mass to a caricature of the Sacrifice of Christ by ignoring the very nature of the sacred Liturgy, or politicize the Mass by subjecting it to some ideologic

Beauty sings the hymn of praise.

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Batter my heart, three-person'd God ; for you As yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an usurp'd town, to another due, Labour to admit you, but O, to no end. Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, But is captived, and proves weak or untrue. Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain, But am betroth'd unto your enemy ; Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again, Take me to you, imprison me, for I, Except you enthrall me, never shall be free, Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me. ― John Donne

My deepest peace I find in Thee.

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Prayer before Jesus Crucified Dear Lord, when looking up at Thee, I see Thy loving eyes on me; Love overflows my humble heart, Knowing what a faithful friend thou art. A cup of sorrow I foresee, Which I accept for love of Thee; Thy painful way I wish to go, The only way to God I know. My soul is full of peace and light, Although in pain, this light shineth bright; For here Thou keepest to Thy breast, My longing heart to find there rest. Leave me here freely all alone, In cell where never sunlight shone; Should no one every speak to me, This golden silence makes me free! For though alone, I have no fear, Never wert Thou, O Lord, so near. Sweet Jesus, please, abide with me! My deepest peace I find in Thee. Amen Saint Titus Brandsma

Brief But Beautiful: a meditation on the Pascha Nostrum

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In the Ordinariate Mass, after  The Peace , a beautiful exchange takes place that adds to the distinct flavour of Divine Worship among Catholic liturgies. That exchange, our anthem to Christ crucified, is commonly referred to as the Pascha Nostrum . Rubrics from Divine Worship: the Missal The People kneel.   As the Priest takes the Host and breaks it, he sings or says:  ( Alleluia . ) Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us ; People: Therefore let us keep the feast . ( Alleluia . ) The Fraction (Fractio Panis and Comingling). The Priest places a particle of the Host in the Chalice, making the Sign of the Cross with it, saying quietly: May this mingling and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it.   The Priest genuflects, and then the Agnus Dei is sung or said.  The Biblical Text 1 Corinthians 5:7–8  Biblia Sacra Vulgata Expurgate vetus fermentum, ut sitis nova conspersio, sicut estis azymi. Etenim Pascha nostrum immolatus es

Mass Identity

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Q. When are we most Catholic? A. We are our most true selves when we are in the Mass worshipping God. There we are humbled before God and embraced by our Maker; are grateful recipients of God's sustaining grace, His very life, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ; recognize we can do nothing without God; acknowledge our utter dependence on God for our salvation and eternal life; are commissioned to serve the mission of Christ and His Church, the salvation of souls. The reasons for which Mass is offered are: to adore God as our Creator and Lord. to thank God for His many favors. to ask God to bestow His blessings on all men. to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him. to cooperate with God for the salvation of souls. Catholic Worship is oriented to God the Holy Trinity, to the Father through the Son in the Spirit. Liturgy is “medial”—that is, neither pure activity on our part, nor pure passivity, but both and neither, like the “middle voice” of some ancient langu

Beauty and The Beach

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We've all seen images of the 'Mass-on-an-inflatable-raft' episode. TLM-ers are howling mad . Can ya blame them? The Latin Mass (1962 Missal) is sidelined because its enthusiasts are a threat to unity. Meanwhile,... . Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. "Anoint me with the oil of (sunscreen) gladness, if you please." "Gives a whole new perspective on ablutions, eh?" "Movable altar." "Altar server or alter surfer?" "...and I will make you fishers of... ." Pray that in many more places Masses are celebrated in a manner that more closely resembles the examples that follow. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Ps. 96:9

A play-by-play on Pope Francis' and related comments about the Liturgy and worship.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022 CNA Beauty, truth, and unity: Why Pope Francis is so concerned with the liturgy Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 4, 2022 by Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis, on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, issued a letter to Catholics on the liturgy and the celebration of the Mass. The letter was published just before the July 16 anniversary of his controversial motu proprio Traditionis Custodes , which introduced new rules restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. In Desiderio Desideravi , Pope Francis did not change Church law, but said he wanted “to invite the whole Church to rediscover, to safeguard, and to live the truth and power of the Christian celebration.” “I want,” he wrote, “the beauty of the Christian celebration and its necessary consequences for the life of the Church not to be spoiled by a superficial and foreshortened understanding of its value or, worse yet, by its being exploited in service of some ideol

Tuesday Quote Page

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It's not enough to speak, but to speak true. - Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream : Act V, scene 1 - - - It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. - Epictetus - - - https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2022/07/16/we-are-the-front-lines/ So, in this cultural, moral, and physical battle, this battle for the soul of humanity in which we are now engaged, can we turn to anyone in Scripture, or in the Lives of the Saints, for guidance? Yes.  Matthew tells us in his Gospel: “An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.  ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.  Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’” (Matthew 2:13) King Herod, in his many modern forms, is seeking the Christ-child yet today.  And Mary and Joseph were told to flee into Egypt.  Into a pagan land!  How out of place Mary and Joseph must have felt as they walked past the temples of the gods in that dominating, d

The Workings of Wisdom

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Nearest Neighbor Model | Albrecht The image above, a visual representation of the interconnectedness of the galaxies according to spatial relation, affirms what is still for explorers an exciting mystery to observe and search into. The stars, the galaxies, are not detached elements in an ever expanding universe, some believe . The apparent interconnectedness of these powerful entities in such a vast cosmic array elicits wonder that Catholics can readily acknowledge as the hand of God manifesting His elegant design. One might be forgiven for seeing in such a web a semantic network, a network of meaning. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. - St. James 1:5 What are the workings of wisdom? Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church 54. How did God create the universe? 295-301 317-320 God created the universe freely with wisdom and love . The world is not the result of any necessity, nor of

What the world needs now... .

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We all need to be loved and to give love. to belong and to be accepted. community, and to be at home. meaning, purpose, identity. truth, reality. hope, goodness. ritual, ceremony. How Divine Worship, the Mass of the Ordinariate, provides authentic orientation to God while sustaining the disciple in truth, goodness and beauty. To be loved and to give love; the source of all true love is God. We are reminded in the Offertory of the Mass that Christ gave all to save us, to lift us up in love to the Father. When we offer our gift of self, our joys and sorrows, our gratitude for life's blessings from God, and for the times when we are handed challenges almost too great to bear, those gifts placed upon the altar - symbolized by the bread and wine - are received at the hands of the priest and offered to God Who, in return, transforms them into His very Body and Blood. God loves us. He comes to meet us in the Mass; He is ever-Present to us. To belong and to be accepted. Contrary to the r

Saint John Henry Newman Corpus Christi 2022

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Photographs by R. Haley; edited by W. Clanton Additional photographs at: https://www.facebook.com/Divine-Worship-Victoria-106073581029814/photos/pcb.580524183584749/580523216918179/