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  • Prayers for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass written by Saint Gertrude and Saint Mechtilde;



    PRAYER BEFORE MASS

    O ALMIGHTY, everlasting God, seeing that it is the true faith of Thy Church that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass instituted by Thy Son is infinitely pleasing to Thy Divine Majesty, and renders Thee an infinite worship and praise, and since by it alone Thou canst be worthily and adequately worshipped and praised; impelled by an ardent desire of Thy honour and glory, I purpose to assist at this present Sacrifice with the utmost devotion of which I am capable, and to offer this most Holy Oblation to Thee in union with Thy priest. I offer Thee not only this Sacrifice, but all those which shall be this day offered up from every part of the world; and I protest before Thee that if it depended on me whether they should be offered or omitted, I would put forth all my powers to procure and to further their being offered. And were I able now to raise up to Thee, of the stones which are scattered over the earth, most devoted priests, who should day by day and with glowing fervour offer to Thee this Sacrifice of praise, I would most gladly do it. But, being what I am, I implore Thee, O most holy Father, through Jesus Christ Thy Son, to pour into the hearts of all Thy priests, and especially those who might perchance otherwise offer Thee this acceptable Sacrifice coldly and without due recollectedness, the spirit of grace and of fervour, that they may be enabled to celebrate Thy tremendous Mystery with becoming awe and devotion. Grant to me, and to all those who are here present with me, that we may join in this most sacred action with reverence and devotion, so that we may have our portion in its fruit and effect. I confess to Thee, O almighty God, and to the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, and to all the Saints, my own sins and those of all the world; and I lay them on Thy sacred Altar, that they may be entirely blotted out by the virtue of this Sacrifice. Do Thou deign to grant us this grace, by that love which held back Thy hand from smiting when Thy most beloved Son, Thine Only Son, was immolated by the hands of ungodly men. Amen.

    AT THE OFFERTORY

    O MOST merciful Father, in union with that unimaginable love wherewith Thine Only Son offered to Thee the whole influx of the Godhead into His Humanity, and thus with ineffable gratitude referred it back to its immeasurable, unfathomable source, I offer Thee whatever gifts and graces Thou hast ever bestowed on me of Thy sovereign and unutterable goodness; and I lay them on Thine Altar, together with the merits and graces of the same Thy Son, as a Sacrifice of everlasting praise, and a pledge and expression of my boundless gratitude to Thee. More especially, I offer Thee my heart, all too defiled and loathsome as it is; and I plunge it into this Chalice, to the end and with the desire that all the prayers and benedictions which shall be spoken over this Chalice may be spoken also over my heart, and that by the virtue of the ineffable consecration whereby Thou changest this wine into the Blood of Thy Son, it may be wholly turned to the perfect and constraining love of Thee.

    And that I may obtain these my petitions, I unite myself to all the love and the gratitude with which Thy Son endured all His sorrows; and I offer to Thee whatever sorrow or affliction Thy fatherly love has ever laid on me or any son of man in order to our salvation, beseeching Thee that they may come up before Thee in union with this Sacrifice as a sweet-smelling odour, and may avail for our salvation. Finally, in union with the resignation of Thine Only Son I offer and resign myself to Thy most holy will, beseeching Thee with my whole heart that Thine adorable good pleasure may always in all things be done in me and by me and in all that concerns me. To this end I lay at Thy feet, O Thou King of kings and my Lord, all my substance and being, my body and my soul, to serve Thee henceforth and ever more to the glory of Thy most worshipful Majesty. Amen.

    When St. Gertrude had thus offered herself to our Lord on one occasion, He said to her: This offering of thy good will is as it were a royal sceptre in My hand, and a rejoicing and a glory to Me in presence of all my Angels and Saints. And whenever thou renewest this intention before Me, it is as though that sceptre budded and put forth most fragrant flowers.

    At the Orate Fratres, say with the server: Suscipiat, etc.

    AT THE SECRET

    Look down, O tender Father, from the throne of Thy Majesty and from the lofty dwelling-place of Thy heavens, upon this oblation which our holy Mother the Church, Thy Bride, offers to Thee by the hands of Thy priest; and through its force and merit be appeased for our manifold transgressions. Accept, I beseech Thee, the Sacrifice which I, Thy most worthless servant, offer to Thee my living and true God in my own name; and in that of all the whole world; in union with all the merits of Thy most beloved Son, with all the treasure of Thy holy Church, for my innumerable sins, offences, and negligences, and for all the faithful, living and departed, that to them and to me it may avail for salvation unto eternal life. Amen.

    AT THE PREFACE

    While St. Mechtilde was praying for a certain person, our Lord said to her: Behold, I pardon all her sins, in satisfaction for them, while the priest is reciting these words of the Preface, Per quem Majestatem, etc., let her praise Me in union with all my Angels and Saints, and offer a Pater Noster to God through Me; thus shall all her negligences be forgiven and effaced. And all who shall do this may confidently expect the like blessing at My hands.

    O MOST compassionate Jesus, I adore Thee, I praise and magnify Thee in union with that transcendent praise which the most holy and worshipful Trinity renders unceasingly to Himself; which flows down thence upon the most blessed Virgin Mary and upon all Saints and Angels, who adore Thy glorious Majesty with unceasing and unutterable canticles, and show forth Thy praise in rapturous accord. With whose voices we beseech Thee to permit ours to blend, saying in lowly acknowledgment: Holy, holy, holy, etc.

    Here say as follows a Pater to supply all your negligences and defects.

    O MOST holy Father, I offer Thee this prayer in union with the praises with which Heaven and earth and all Thy creatures worship and magnify Thee. Deign to hear and accept it through Jesus Christ Thy Son, for all that is offered to Thee through him comes up before Thee well-pleasing and most acceptable. I beseech Thee, through the same Thy Son, to forgive me all my sins and to supply all my defects and negligences. Amen.

    AT THE CANON

    O INEFFABLE God, we are now drawing near to those tremendous Mysteries which neither Cherubim nor Seraphim nor all the virtues of Heaven suffice to comprehend, for Thou alone knowest with what energy of love Thou dost daily offer Thyself to God the Father upon the Altar as a victim of praise and propitiation. And therefore all choirs and orders of Angels adore this Thy most sacred and impenetrable secret with lowliest prostration, and behold with awe their King and their Lord, Who once came down from Heaven in unutterable love to redeem man, now again mysteriously present upon the Altar, hidden beneath the mean and lowly species of bread and wine for the salvation of men.

    O good Jesus, this work which Thou art now about to work is so transcendently adorable that I dare not even look up to Thee from the depth of my nothingness. Wherefore I bury myself in the lowest, deepest valley of humiliation I can find, and there await the portion of Thy substance that falleth to me, for salvation goeth forth from Thee upon all Thine elect. Would, O loving Jesus, that my weak arm might aid Thee in Thy Divine work, and obtain for this most holy oblation its full effect according to its ineffable dignity and worth, to effect this the most weary and painful toil would be sweet and light to me. Wherefore I pray Thee, grant to this Thy priest that he may with due reverence handle Thee and offer Thee, so that this our oblation may have its fullest force and efficacy on all the living and departed. Amen.

    AT THE ELEVATION OF THE HOST

    HAIL, sweetest Jesus, prostrate in lowliest humility, I worship and adore Thee.

    Here strike your breast three times, and say:

    O JESUS, have mercy on me! O good Jesus, spare me!
    O most compassionate Jesus, be merciful to me a sinner!

    PRAYER TO GOD THE FATHER

    O MOST loving Father, in union with that love wherewith Thy Son offered Himself once upon the Cross, and now offers Himself to Thee upon the Altar, I offer Him to Thee for the welfare and salvation of all Thy whole Church. Look upon His virgin Flesh, so cruelly torn by the scourges, bruised with blows and buffetings, defiled with spittings, besmeared with Blood, pierced with sharp thorns, swollen and livid with stripes, torn by the nails, rent with the lance. May that pity which drew Him down from Heaven and sweetly constrained Him to immolate Himself on the Cross, and constrains Him now to offer Himself daily to Thee upon the Altar; may that same pity move Thee now, O Father, to have mercy on us. Amen.

    AT THE ELEVATION OF THE CHALICE

    HAIL, most precious Blood of my Lord, prostrate before Thee in lowliest devotion, I worship and adore Thee.

    Here strike your breast three times, and say:

    O SACRED Blood, wash me!
    O roseate Blood, cleanse me!
    O most Precious Blood, cry for me unto God the Father, that He may have mercy on us!

    PRAYER AFTER THE ELEVATION, OF GREAT EFFICACY

    O MOST holy Father, now that Thine Only-begotten Son, here truly present upon the Altar, has deigned to become a Sacrifice and propitiation for our sins, I offer Thee His most holy Body and Blood, His Humanity and His Divinity, His virtues and His perfections, His Passion and Death, in union with that love with which He once offered Himself to Thee upon the Cross, and now offers Himself to Thee on the Altar. And in union with these I offer Thee the virtues, merits, and graces of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the Saints, together with all the good works of all men, and all the whole treasure of Thy holy Church. And I desire especially to add to these whatever of good I and those who are dear to me have ever done, and whatever afflictions we have suffered for Thy glory. And in union with this Sacrifice, and with all those which are offered to Thee all over the world, I offer to Thee this oblation, O Eternal Father, through Thy beloved Son, in the power of the Holy Ghost, to Thy supreme praise and glory, in acknowledgment of Thy supreme Majesty, and dominion, and in thanksgiving for all the benefits and the graces Thou hast ever bestowed on any creature, and in full reparation for every injury or insult ever offered to Thee by any whom Thy hands have made.

    I offer it to Thee for the increase of the joy and glory of the sacred Humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in worship and veneration of all the mysteries of His life and death, for the increase of the glory and blessedness of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the Saints, especially my holy Patrons, and those whose memory we this day celebrate.

    Lastly, I offer it to Thee on behalf of myself, a most miserable sinner, and for all my friends, whether in the order of nature or of grace [especially N.], and for all Christians living and departed [especially N.]; beseeching Thee that Thou wouldst deign to accept it as an adequate and sufficient thanksgiving for all the benefits and graces which Thou hast ever bestowed on our bodies and souls, to impart to us all the grace needful for us, to turn away from us all evil of body and of soul which might hinder our salvation, and to grant us perfect and entire remission of all our sins and negligences. For all these ends, I offer Thee all the love with which Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord has ever loved Thee, and all the satisfaction He has made to Thee for our sins. Through Him and with Him and in Him be all honour and glory unto Thee, O God, Father Almighty, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Here say the Pater Noster with the priest, and add the following prayer for the sins of the whole Church. It was revealed to the Saint that this devotion is most pleasing to God.

    O MOST tender Jesus, I offer to Thee this prayer in union with the most perfect intention with which Thou didst sanctify it in Thy Sacred Heart and enjoin it for our salvation; for the forgiveness of all our sins and the supply of all the defects caused by our frailty, our ignorance, or our fault, in opposition to Thine irresistible almightiness, Thine unsearchable wisdom and Thy free and super abounding goodness. Amen.

    AT THE AGNUS DEI

    Beseech our Lord to offer Himself to God the Father as He does in every Mass, according to the revelation made to St. Gertrude.

    O LAMB of God, have mercy on us, and offer Thyself to God the Father with all Thy humility and all Thy patience, in satisfaction for our
    sins.

    O Lamb of God, have mercy on us, and offer Thyself to God the Father with all the bitterness of Thy Passion, for our reconciliation to God.

    O Lamb of God, have mercy on us, and offer Thyself to God the Father with all the love of Thy Divine Heart, for the supply of all our necessities. Amen.

    AT THE DOMINE, NON SUM DIGNUS

    O LORD, I am not worthy that the earth should bear me; but for Thine Own sake pardon me all my sins. O Lord, I am not worthy to be called Thy creature; but by the bitterness of Thy passion forgive me all my debts. O Lord, I am not worthy to utter Thy Holy Name; but by the virtue of this holy Sacrifice bestow on me Thy grace. Amen.

    Here make an act of Spiritual Communion, saying: with St. Gertrude and with St. Mechtilde:

    O THOU Stream from the Life-giving Fountain, Thou fragrance and sweetness of Divine delight, I prostrate myself in my indigence and my misery in presence of Thine overflowing fullness. I set before Thee my sorrow and my tears, that, by reason of my exceeding unworthiness, my soul must go away fasting from Thine uncloying banquet. And now, O Thou Who hast formed my substance and reformed it when fallen and decayed, I beseech Thee so to prepare me by Thine all-powerful wisdom, and by the tender compassionate love of Thy Heart, that I may worthily receive Thee unto my soul, and that Thou mayest work and perfect in me without impediment all that Thou hast from eternity decreed concerning me, according to the good pleasure of Thy Divine will. Amen.

    To this end say, if you have time, a Pater Noster, our Lord taught St. Mechtilde.

    AT THE COMMUNION

    O ALMIGHTY Love, I praise Thee; O most ravishingly sweet Love, I glorify Thee; O most gentle and tender Love, I magnify Thee in and for all the good which Thy most glorious Godhead and Thy most blessed Humanity have ever wrought in us, or shall hereafter work in us, through that most august and adorable instrument, Thy Divine Heart. Amen.

    AT THE POST-COMMUNION

    BEHOLD, O Heavenly Father, our holy Mother the Church has sent up before Thee from Thine Altar that Victim of transcendent worth Whom Thou didst send to be immolated for us. Vouchsafe, therefore, to accept it with that ineffable love with which Thou didst receive Thy Son when He came back from this our far country into Thy kingdom, and set forth before Thee all the fruit of His sacred Humanity and the glorious wounds of His Flesh.

    O most compassionate Father, let not His scars depart from before Thine eyes for ever, that Thou mayest be perpetually put in mind what great and super abounding satisfaction He hath made Thee for our sins. Wherefore I beseech Thee, in the virtue and efficacy of this unbloody oblation, have mercy on me, and on all sinners, and on all the faithful living and departed; grant unto them grace and mercy, remission of sins, and everlasting life. Amen.

    AT THE BLESSING

    O GOOD Jesus, may Thine omnipotence bless me, may Thy wisdom teach me, may Thy sweetness fill and pervade me, may Thy goodness draw me and unite me to Thee for ever. Amen.

    At the words, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, bow your head in devout gratitude, and say:

    I THANK and bless Thee, O good Jesus, that for love of me Thou didst deign to be made man.

    If anyone does this, said our Lord, I will graciously incline my Head towards him in return, and will offer to God the Father all the fruit of My Incarnation, with all the love of My Heart, for the increase of that man's blessedness and glory.



    ACT OF ADORATION OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT

    HAIL, most glorious Body and most precious Blood of my Lord Jesus Christ, here truly present beneath these sacramental species; I adore Thee with all that devotion and awe wherewith the nine choirs of Angels worship and adore Thee. I prostrate myself before Thee in the spirit of humility, believing and professing that Thou, my Lord and my God, are herein most truly contained.

    Hail, most glorious Body of Jesus Christ my Saviour, true Victim immolated upon the Cross, I adore Thee in union with that adoration with which Thy Humanity adored Thy Godhead, and I give Thee thanks with all the love of all Thy creatures, that Thou dost deign to remain hidden in this tabernacle for our salvation.

    Hail, compassionate Jesus, Word of the Father, Brightness of His glory, Ocean of pity, Salvation of the world, most august and sacred Victim, Hail, Jesus Christ, splendour of the Father, Prince of Peace, Gate of Heaven, True Bread, Son of the Virgin, Shrine of the Godhead.

    I most firmly believe that Thou, my God, art here present, and that Thou art looking out upon me from behind the veil of the Sacrament, and dost behold all the most secret recesses of my heart. I believe that under this species of bread are contained not only Thy Flesh and Thy Blood, but also Thy Divinity and Thy Humanity. And although this mystery surpasses my understanding, I nevertheless believe it so firmly that I am ready to give my life and my blood in defense of its truth.

    I fall down before Thee with most profound reverence, O most Holy Sacrament, and with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, with Cherubim and Seraphim, and with all the glorious array of the heavenly host, I sing to Thy glory, saying: Blessed a thousand, yea, ten thousand fold, be the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!

    O Thou most intimate and tender Love of the Father's Heart, I give Thee thanks, in union with the ineffable mutual thanksgiving and gratitude of the three adorable Persons of the glorious and most worshipful Trinity, that Thou hast condescended to institute this priceless Sacrament, by which Heaven and earth are made one, and both are unceasingly filled with the infinite treasures of Thy grace.

    I glorify and magnify Thy wise and tender almightiness; I praise and adore Thy gentle wisdom; I bless and praise Thine almighty and most wise and gentle love, O Christ Jesus, for that Thou hast condescended to devise and hast been strong to institute this ineffably magnificent Sacrament to be the strength and the succour of our salvation. O Christ Jesus, Thou faithful and only Trust of my soul, I praise Thee, I love Thee, I worship and adore Thee; and I humbly implore Thee, that as Thou didst offer Thyself once upon the Cross for the sin of the whole world, so Thou wouldst now deign to offer Thyself to God the Father for my exceeding sins. O Christ Jesus, my sweetest and my only Love, look with the eyes of Thy compassionate mercy on me, a most miserable sinner, here prostrate before Thee and imploring with my whole heart the forgiveness of my sins. O Thou princely Flower from the Root of Jesse, by the unutterable love of Thy most sweet heart have mercy on me, and receive me into Thy favour, for the glory of Thy Name. O most loving Father, I offer to Thee this Thy beloved Son as a h0Ɩ0cαųst of unceasing praise, and as a perpetual sacrifice of propitiation for all our sins. Look, I beseech Thee, on the face of Thy Christ, and remember that most abundant satisfaction which He made to Thee for our sins on the Cross, and have mercy on us. Amen.




    Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us, inflame our heart with love of Thee.

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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #76 on: November 16, 2021, 09:51:36 PM »
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  • Prayer to Our Guardian Angel 

    by Saint Gertrude 

    O most holy Angel of God, appointed by Him to be my guardian, I give thee thanks for all the benefits which thou hast bestowed on me in body and in soul. I praise and glorify thee that thou dost condescend to assist me with such patient fidelity, and to defend me against all the assaults of my enemies. Blessed be the hour in which thou East assigned me for my guardian, my defender, and my patron. In acknowledgement and return of all thy loving ministries to me from my youth up, I offer thee the infinitely precious and noble Heart of Jesus, and firmly purpose to obey thee henceforward, and most faithfully to serve my God. Amen.


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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #77 on: November 16, 2021, 10:31:55 PM »
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  • Can't forget about this famous St. Gertrude prayer. It is said that every time this prayer is recited 1000 souls are released from Purgatory;

    Eternal Father,
    I offer You the most precious blood
    of thy Divine Son, Jesus,
    in union with the Masses said
    throughout the world today,
    for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory,
    for sinners everywhere,
    for sinners in the universal Church,
    for those in my own home,
    and in my family. Amen.
    Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us, inflame our heart with love of Thee.

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    Re: Saints of the Day
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  • November 17: St. Gregory, the Wonder-Worker




    St. Gregory Thaumaturgus was born in Neo-Caesarea in the beginning of the 3rd century, of which city he later became Bishop. For the many miracles he wrought, he was called the wonder-worker. He died in 270.
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    Re: Saints of the Day
    « Reply #79 on: November 17, 2021, 01:21:08 PM »
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  • From what I've read, St. Gregory Thaumaturgus witnessed the first recorded Marian apparition AFTER Her Assumption (Our Lady of the Pillar being bilocation of the Blessed Mother appearing to St. James the Greater). Here's something interesting I found;



    The earliest recorded apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (AFTER Her Assumption) was to St. Gregory the Wonderworker (ca. A.D. 213–270). In his biography the Life of St. Gregory the Wonderworker (PG 46, 909-12), St. Gregory of Nyssa (335–395) reported:

    “While [Gregory] was passing a sleepless night because of these worries, someone appeared to him in human form, aged in appearance, clothed in garments denoting a sacred dignity, with a face characterized by a sense of grace and virtue. Gregory, looking frightened, rose from his bed and asked him who he was and why he had come. The other, in a subdued voice, after soothing his distress, told Gregory that he had appeared by divine will, because of the questions that Gregory found ambiguous and confusing, to reveal to him the truth of pious faith. After hearing these words, Gregory regained his serenity and began to observe the other man with a certain joy and wonder.

    “The other then held up his hand, as if to point out, with his index finger, something that had appeared opposite him. Gregory, turning his gaze in the direction indicated by the other man’s hand, saw before him another figure, which had appeared not long before. This figure had the appearance of a woman, whose noble aspect far surpassed normal human beauty.

    “Gregory was again disturbed. Turning away his face, he averted his glance and was filled with perplexity; nor did he know what to think of this apparition, which he could not bear to look upon with his eyes. For the extraordinary character of the vision lay in this: Though it was a dark night, a light was shining, and so was the figure that had appeared to him, as if a burning lamp had been kindled there.

    “Although he could not bear to look upon the apparition, Gregory heard the speech of those who had appeared, as they discussed the problems that were troubling him. From their words, Gregory not only obtained an exact understanding of the doctrine of the faith but also was able to discover the names of the two persons who had appeared to him, for they called each other by name.

    “For it is said that he heard the one who had appeared in womanly form exhorting John the Evangelist to explain to the young man the mystery of the true [faith]. John, in his turn, declared that he was completely willing to please the Mother of the Lord even in this matter and that this was the one thing closest to his heart. And when the discussion had come to a close, after they had made it quite clear and precise for him, the two disappeared from his sight.” 
    Heart of Jesus, burning with love of us, inflame our heart with love of Thee.


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  • November 18: Dedication of the Churches of Saints Peter and Paul


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  • Pictures/Paintings of St. Peter's Basilica










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  • Pictures of St. Paul's Basilica















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  • November 19: St. Elizabeth of Hungry

     

    Daughter of the King of Hungry, St. Elizabeth (1207-1231) married Louis IV of Thuringia. After his death, she entered the Third Order of St. Francis where she practiced heroic works of charity.
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  • Saint Elizabeth was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. Here's is the original Rule written by St. Francis himself in 1221;





    RULE OF THE THIRD ORDER OF SAINT FRANCIS FOR THE LAITY

    Here begins the Rule of the Continent Brothers and Sisters: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    The memorial of what is proposed for the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, living in their own homes, begun in the year of our Lord 1221, is as follows.


    CHAPTER I: DAILY LIFE

    1. The men belonging to this brother-hood shall dress in humble, undyed cloth, the price of which is not to exceed six Ravenna "soldi an ell", unless for evident and necessary cause a temporary dispensation be given. And breadth and thinness of the cloth are to be considered in said price.

    2. They shall wear their outer garments and furred coats without open throat, sewed shut or uncut
    but certainly laced up, not open as secular people wear them; and they shall wear their sleeves closed.

    3. The sisters in turn shall wear an outer garment and tunic made of cloth of the same price and humble quality; or at least they are to have with the outer garment a white or black underwrap or petticoat, or an ample linen gown without gathers, the price of an ell of which is not to exceed twelve Pisa denars. As to this price, however, and the fur cloaks they wear a dispensation may be given according to the estate of the woman and the custom of the place. They are not to wear silken or dyed veils and ribbons.

    4. And both the brothers and the sisters shall have their fur garments of lamb's wool only. They are permitted to have leather purses and belts sewed in simple fashion without silken thread, and no other kind. Also other vain adornments they shall lay aside at the bidding of the Visitor.

    5. They are not to go to unseemly parties or to shows or dances. They shall not donate to actors, and shall forbid their household to donate.

    CHAPTER II: ABSTINENCE

    6. All are to abstain from meat save on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, except on account of illness or weakness, for three days at bloodletting, in traveling, or on account of a specially high feast intervening, namely, the Nativity for three days, New Year's, Epiphany, the Pasch of the Resurrection for three days, Assumption of the glorious Virgin Mary, the solemnity of All Saints and of St. Martin. On the other days, when there is no fasting, they may eat cheese and eggs. But when they are with religious in their convent homes, they have leave to eat what is served to them. And except for the feeble, the ailing, and those traveling, let them be content with dinner and supper. Let the healthy be temperate in eating and drinking.

    7. Before their dinner and supper let them say the Lord's prayer once, likewise after their meal, and let them give thanks to God. Otherwise let them say three Our Fathers.

    CHAPTER III: FASTING

    8. From the Pasch of the Resurrection to the feast of All Saints they are to fast on Fridays. From the feast of All Saints until Easter they are to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays, but still observing the other fasts enjoined in general by the Church.

    9. They are to fast daily, except on account of infirmity or any other need, throughout the fast of St. Martin from after said day until Christmas, and throughout the greater fast from Carnival Sunday until Easter.

    10. Sisters who are pregnant are free to refrain until their purification from the corporal observances except those regarding their dress and prayers.

    11. Those engaged in fatiguing work shall be allowed to take food three times a day from the Pasch of the Resurrection until the Dedication feast of St. Michael. And when they work for others it will be allowed them to eat everything served to them, except on Fridays and on the fasts enjoined in general by the Church.

    CHAPTER IV: PRAYER

    12. All are daily to say the seven canonical Hours, that is: Matins, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline. The clerics are to say them after the manner of the clergy. Those who know the Psalter are to say the Deus in nomine tuo (Psalm 54) and the Beati Immaculati (Psalm 119) up to the Legem pone (Verse 33) for Prime, and the other psalms of the Hours, with the "Glory Be to the Father..."; but when they do not attend church, they are to say for Matins the psalms the Church says or any eighteen psalms; or at least to say the Our Father as do the unlettered at any of the Hours. The others say twelve Our Fathers for Matins and for every one of the other Hours seven Our Fathers with the "Glory Be to the Father..." after each one. And those who know the Creed and the Miserere mei Deus (Ps. 51) should say it at Prime and Compline. If they do not say that at the Hours indicated, they shall say three Our Fathers.

    13. The sick are not to say the Hours unless they wish.

    14. All are to go to Matins on the fast of St. Martin and in the great fast, unless inconvenience for
    persons or affairs should threaten.

    CHAPTER V: THE SACRAMENTS, OTHER MATTERS

    15. They are to make a confession of their sins three times a year and to receive Communion at Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. They are to be reconciled with their neighbors and to restore what belongs to others. They are to make up for past tithes and pay future tithes.

    16. They are not to take up lethal weapons, or bear them about, against anybody.

    17. All are to refrain from formal oaths unless where necessity compels, in the cases excepted by the Sovereign Pontiff in his indult, that is, for peace, for the Faith, under calumny, and in bearing witness.

    18. Also in their ordinary conversations they will do their best to avoid oaths. And should anyone have sworn thoughtlessly through a slip of the tongue, as happens where there is much talking, he should the evening of the same day, when he is obliged to think over what he has done, say three Our Fathers in amends of such oaths. Let each member fortify his household to serve God.

    CHAPTER VI: SPECIAL MASS AND MEETING EACH MONTH

    19. All the brothers and sisters of every city and place are to foregather every month at the time the ministers see fit, in a church which the ministers will make known, and there assist at Divine Services.

    20. And every member is to give the treasurer one ordinary denar. The treasurer is to collect this money and distribute it on the advice of the ministers among the poor brothers and sisters, especially the sick and those who may have nothing for their funeral services, and thereupon among the poor; and they are to offer something of the money to the aforesaid church.

    21. And, if it be convenient at the time, they are to have some religious who is informed in the words of God to exhort them and strengthen them to persevere in their penance and in performing the works of mercy. And except for the officers, they are to remain quiet during the Mass and sermon, intent on the Office, on prayer, and on the sermon.

    CHAPTER VII: VISITING THE SICK, BURYING THE DEAD

    22. Whenever any brother or sister happens to fall ill, the ministers, if the patient let them know of it, shall in person or through others visit the patient once a week, and remind him of penance; and if they find it expedient, they are to supply him from the common fund with what he may need for the body.

    23. And if the ailing person depart from this life, it is to be published to the brothers and sisters who may be present in the city or place, so that they may gather for the funeral; and they are not to leave until the Mass has been celebrated and the body consigned to burial. Thereupon each member within eight days of the demise shall say for the soul of the deceased: a Mass, if he is a priest; fifty psalms, if he understands the Psalter, or if not, then fifty Our Fathers with the "Requiem aeternam" at the end of each.

    24. In addition, every year, for the welfare of the brothers and sisters living and dead, each priest is to say three Masses, each member knowing the Psalter is to recite it, and the rest shall say one hundred Our Fathers with the "Requiem aeternam" at the end of each.

    25. All who have the right are to make their last will and make disposition of their goods within three months after their profession, lest anyone of them die intestate.

    26. As regards making peace among the brothers and sisters or nonmembers at odds, let what the ministers find proper be done; even, if it be expedient, upon consultation with the Lord Bishop.

    27. If contrary to their right and privileges trouble is made for the brothers and sisters by the mayors and governors of the places where they live, the ministers of the place shall do what they shall find expedient on the advice of the Lord Bishop.

    28. Let each member accept and faithfully exercise the ministry of other offices imposed on him, although anyone may retire from office after a year.

    29. When anybody wishes to enter this brotherhood, the ministers shall carefully inquire into his standing and occupation, and they shall explain to him the obligations of the brotherhood, especially that of restoring what belongs to others. And if he is content with it, let him be vested according to the prescribed way, and he must make satisfaction for his debts, paying money according to what pledged provision is given. They are to reconcile themselves with their neighbors and to pay up their tithes.

    30. After these particulars are complied with, when the year is up and he seems suitable to them, let him on the advice of some discreet brothers be received on this condition: that he promise he will all the time of his life observe everything here written, or to be written or abated on the advice of the brothers, unless on occasion there be a valid dispensation by the ministers; and that he will, when called upon by the ministers, render satisfaction as the Visitor shall ordain if he have done anything contrary to this condition. And this promise is to be put in writing then and there by a public notary. Even so nobody is to be received otherwise, unless in consideration of the estate and rank of the person it shall seem advisable to the ministers.

    31. No one is to depart from this brotherhood and from what is contained herein, except to enter a religious Order.

    32. No heretic or person in bad repute for heresy is to be received. If he is under suspicion of it, he may be admitted if otherwise fit, upon being cleared before the bishop.

    33. Married women are not to be received except with the consent and leave of their husbands.

    34. Brothers and sisters ejected from the brotherhood as incorrigible are not to be received in it again except it please the saner portion of the brothers.

    CHAPTER VIII: CORRECTION, DISPENSATION, OFFICERS

    35. The ministers of any city or place shall report public faults of the brothers and sisters to the Visitor for punishment. And if anyone proves incorrigible, after consultation with some of the discreet brothers he should be denounced to the Visitor, to be expelled by him from the brotherhood, and thereupon it should be published in the meeting. Moreover, if it is a brother, he should be denounced to the mayor or the governor.

    36. If anyone learns that a scandal is occurring relative to brothers and sisters, he shall report it to the ministers and shall have opportunity to report it to the Visitor. He need not be held to report it in the case of husband against wife.

    37. The Visitor has the power to dispense all the brothers and sisters in any of these points if he finds it advisable.

    38. When the year has passed, the ministers with the counsel of the brothers are to elect two other ministers; and a faithful treasurer, who is to provide for the need of the brothers and sisters and other poor; and messengers who at the command of the ministers are to publish what is said and done by the fraternity.

    39. In all the above mentioned points no one is to be obligated under guilt, but under penalty; yet so that if after being admonished twice by the ministers he should fail to discharge the penalty imposed or to be imposed on him by the Visitor, he shall be obligated under guilt as contumacious.

    HERE ENDS THE RULE OF THE CONTINENT.

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  • November 20: St. Felix of Valois




    With St. John of Matha, St. Felix, a Cistercian hermit, founded the Trinitarians for the redemption of Christian captives. He died in 1213.


    Collect: O God, by a voice from heaven, You deigned to summon Blessed Felix, Thy Confessor, from the desert, to undertake the work of the redemption of captives; grant, we beseech Thee, that by Thy grace we may be freed from the bondage of our sins through his intercession. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, World without end. Amen.

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  • St. Felix of Valois

    From the Traditional Catholic Encyclopedia;
    Born in 1127; d. at Cerfroi, 4 November, 1212. He is commemorated 20 November. He was surnamed Valois because, according to some, he was a member of the royal branch of Valois in France, according to others, because he was a native of the province of Valois. At an early age he renounced his possessions and retired to a dense forest in the Diocese of Meaux, where he gave himself to prayer and contemplation. He was joined in his retreat by St. John of Matha, who proposed to him the project of founding an order for the redemption of captives. After fervent prayer, Felix in company with John set out for Rome and arrived there in the beginning of the pontificate of Innocent III. They had letters of recommendation from the Bishop of Paris, and the new pope received them with the utmost kindness and lodged them in his palace. The project of founding the order was considered in several solemn conclaves of cardinals and prelates, and the pope after fervent prayer decided that these holy men were inspired by God, and raised up for the good of the Church. He solemnly confirmed their order, which he named the Order of the Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives. The pope commissioned the Bishop of Paris and the Abbot of St. Victor to draw up for the institute a rule, which was confirmed by the pope, 17 December, 1198. Felix returned to France to establish the order. He was received with great enthusiasm, and King Philip Augustus authorized the institute France and fostered it by signal benefactions. Margaret of Blois granted the order twenty acres of the wood where Felix had built his first hermitage, and on almost the same spot he erected the famous monastery of Cerfroi, the mother-house of the institute. Within forty years the order possessed six hundred monasteries in almost every part of the world. St. Felix and St. John of Matha were forced to part, the latter went to Rome to found a house of the order, the church of which, Santa Maria in Navicella, still stands on the Caeclian Hill. St. Felix remained in France to look after the interests of the congregation. He founded a house in Paris attached to the church of St. Maturinus, which afterwards became famous under Robert Guguin, master general of the order. Though the Bull of his canonization is no longer extant, it is the constant tradition of his institute that he was canonized by Urban IV in 1262. Du Plessis tells us that his feast was kept in the Diocese of Meaux in 1215. In 1666 Alexander VII declared him a saint because of immemorial cult. His feast was transferred to 20 November by Innocent XI in 1679.

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  • Happy Lord's Day everyone! Today is the last Sunday after Pentecost. The theme of today's Mass is the Last Judgement. There are many fantastic paintings featuring the Last Judgement. Here are a few of them from both the east and the west;














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  • November 22: St. Cecilia



    St. Cecelia, a Roman by birth, was forced to marry Valerian, a pagan. She converted him and Tiburtius, his brother, to the faith. Although married, St. Cecelia preserved her virginity. She spent her life preaching, converting over four hundred people. She was martyred in 230. St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music, because she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married, and is represented in art with an organ or organ-pipes in her hand.


    Collect: O God, You gladden us with the annual feast of Blessed Cecilia, Thy virgin and martyr; grant that as we honor her (in this service), so we may follow the example of her holy life. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
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