Fr. Bonaventure preaches on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on how Mary comes to visit Elizabeth because of the Incarnation which took place in Mary’s womb. He explains how this fact is the basis for all generations calling her blessed as Mary herself prophesizes.
Mass: Visitation of Our Lady (Opt 2) – Feast – Form: OF
1st: rom 3:14-18
Resp: isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 1:39-56
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This is the angelic salutation to the Virgin Mary, Theotokos, in Slavonic. The Slavonic lyrics with the phonetic and English follow:
Богородице дѣво, радѹйсѧ, Благодатнаѧ Марїе, Господь съ тобою:
благословена Ты въ женахъ, и благословенъ плодъ чрева Твоегω;
якω Спаса родила еси дѹшъ нашихъ.
Bogoroditse Djevo, raduisya, Blagodatnaya Marie, Gospod s’ toboyu:
Blagoslovyena tyh v’ zhenakh, Y blagoslovyen plod chreva Tvoyego, yako Spasa rodila yesi dush nashikh.
Theotokos Virgin, rejoice, Mary full of grace, The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, for thou hast borne the Saviour of our souls.
Today’s Gospel reading is on the incarnation from an account by St. John the evangelists who is given the symbol of an eagle because of his high theology. This fits since it is also the feast day of St. Athanasius who is called Athanasius against the world becsuse he upheld the doctrine of the Incarnation in the face of opposition from all the Arian heritics of whom so many of his fellow bishops where included due to the influence of the powerful Arian emperor.
Mass: St. Athanasius – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 4th Week of Easter
1st: act 12:24-13:5
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Gsp: joh 12:44-50
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This is a Christmas chant which has been adapted to a polyphonic / homophonic melody. The background image is Bartolome Esteban Murillo’s “Adoration of the Shepherds”. Here follows the English and Latin words to this shortened version:
O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio! Alleluia!
O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger! Alleluia!
Fr. Angelo preaches on today’s Gospel where Our Lord comes to the well in Samaria and converses with a women about the living water that he has and how anyone who drinks this water will not thirst again. Father highlights the fact that the spiritual water he is offering is different from the physical water in the well and infinitely more satisfying but uses His own physical thirst to lift up the woman from the physical to the spiritual realm. She, in turn, goes and gathers her own townspeople to Christ. This all sheds light on the wonder of the incarnation where the true God becomes true man in order for man to truly share in His divinity and to share in the work of spreading this truth. Ave Maria! Mass: Sunday 3rd Week of Lent – Form: Readings: 1st: exo 17:3-7 Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 2nd: rom 5:1-2, 5-8 Gsp: joh 4:5-42
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