The Catholic Church, i.e. Church of Christ, has always held abortion at all stages to be the destruction of an innocent life. Long before science had “proven” it, the Church saw that life truly began at the moment of conception. Because it is a full person, he/she is to be protected from conception. I used various authorities of Scripture, Tradition and Canon Law to reaffirm that ALL CHRISTIANS MUST REJECT ABORTION. To support it, to have one, or to perform one is a heinous abomination.
The song in the background is the Illatio from the Mozarabic Rite Liturgy.
Fr. Bonaventure preaches on how the Birth of John the Baptist, which happened so long ago, is most relevant to our times and to the New Evangelization proclaimed by John Paul II and the true pastoral spirit of Vatican II. As John is the precursor to the Lord, so are we, as we go out into the world giving good example and good news, we are saving souls from despair, bringing them to repentance and to Baptism and so receive Jesus into their hearts. Father exhorts us to be both loving and accurate in our presentation of the Gospel, always showing concern and patient consideration of the needs of the souls we are evangelizing. This is the true Catholic pastoral spirit which is the true way to follow Christ’s example and is the only way to truly build up the body of Christ.
Mass: Birth of St. John the Baptist – Solemnity – Form: OF
1st: isa 49:1-6
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15
2nd: act 13:22-26
Gsp: luk 1:57-66, 80
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This is a somewhat lesser known Marian hymn. The image is “The Birth of Mary” by Bartolome Esteban Murillo. The Latin lyrics and English translation follow:
Ave plena gratiae, Mater misericordiae, sancta Maria.
Per quam omnis gratiae fons ortus est Ecclesiae, sancta Maria.
Laude digna angelorum, sume laudes peccatorum, sancta Maria.
Spes reorum, spes lapsorum, laetitia beatorum, sancta Maria.
Te Gabriel laetificavit, te Paraclitus obumbravit, sancta Maria.
Pater summus magnificavit dum Filio matrem creavit, sancta Maria.
O gloria! O gaudium! Dum genuisti Altissimi Unigenitum, sancta Maria.
O Domina! O Dominum propitium fac nobis tuum primogenitum, sancta Maria.
Tuum per transiit gladius animam, cum in crucifixi latere defixam cerneres lanceam, sancta Maria.
Vincula, colaphi, corona spinea, arundo, flagella clavique te matrem corde cruentarunt, sancta Maria.
O laetitia! O resurrexit Dominus, en Virgo, vivit tuus Filius, sancta Maria.
O Regina! O regnat, vincit, imperat! Non moriturus tuus unicus, sancta Maria.
Nunc semper choros angelorum exaltata, a dextris Filii mater, regnas, caelesti gloria circumdata, sancta maria.
Nostri memor esto in misericordia, in hac miseria, nos exules reduc ad aeterna tabernacula, sancta Maria.
O Virgo! O Domina! O Mater regina, sancta Maria.
Hail, full of grace, Mother of mercy, holy Mary.
Through you the fountain of all grace flows for the Church, holy Mary.
Graced by the angels’ praises, accept the praise of us sinners, holy Mary.
The hope of the forsaken, the deceased, the joy of saints, holy Mary.
Gabriel rejoiced in you, the Holy Spirit overshadowed you, holy Mary.
The Most-High Father exalted you while creating you as mother of his Son, holy Mary.
O glory! O joy! That you would bear the Son of the Most-High, holy Mary.
O mistress! Intercede for us with the Lord, your first-born, holy Mary.
A sword pierced your soul while the lance pierced the side of the crucified one, holy Mary.
Chains, buffeting, the crown of thorns, the whipping; all bore upon your own heart, holy Mary.
O joy! The Lord is risen! Behold, O Virgin; your Son lives! O holy Mary.
O Queen! He reigns, he conquered, he rules! No more to die, your only Son, holy Mary.
And now, exalted by the angelic choirs, you reign with your Son in the midst of heaven’s glory, holy Mary.
Remember us, in your mercy, we poor ones, who are exiled; lead us to the heavenly sanctuary, holy Mary.
O Virgin! O Mistress! O Mother regal; O holy Mary.
Coverage for Walk for Life on Jan 21st and March for Life on Jan. 23.
Greg Robeson – Life Really Matters # 748