Saturday, May 21, 2005


The 15-volume set on the liturgical year was composed in the mid-19th century by a monk in the Abbey of Solesmes in France. It is a profound work and one that I will cite here quite often I am sure.

From "The Liturgical Year: Vol. IX - Paschal Time Book III
by Dom Prosper Gueranger O.S.B.:

The series of mysteries, from Advent to Lent to Easter, is now completed, and the movable cycle of the liturgy has come to its close. We first passed, during Advent, the four weeks which represented the four thousand years spent by mankind in entreating the eternal Father to send His Son. Our Emmanuel at length came down; we shared in the joys of His Birth, in the dolours of His Passion, in the glory of His Resurrection, in the triumph of His Ascension. Lastly, we have witnessed the descent of the Holy Ghost upon us, and we know that He is to abide with us to the last. Holy Church has assisted us throughout the whole of this sublime drama, which contains the work of our salvation. Her heavenly canticles, her magnificent ceremonies, have instructed us day by day, enabling us to follow and understand each feast and season. Blessed be this mother for the care wherewith she has placed all these great mysteries before us, thus giving us light and love! Blessed by the sacred liturgy, which has brought us so much consolation and encouragement! We have now to pass through the immovable portion of the cycle: we shall find sublime spiritual episodes worthy of all our attention. Let us then prepare to resume our journey: let us take fresh courage in the thought that the Holy Ghost will direct our steps, and, by the sacred liturgy, of which He is the inspirer, will continue to throw open to us
treasures of precept and example.
And so Our Lord is seated at His Father's right hand. And we are left without Him here on our journey...our sojourn in exile upon the earth. But he has not left us alone. He has given us such a tremendous, and often under-appreciated gift...the Holy Spirit. Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The second reading from tomorrow's Mass follows. May the Spirit be with us all as we wait in joyful hope for the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. May he encourage, strengthen, and lift you up during your journey.

Reading II

2 Cor 13:11-13

Brothers and sisters, rejoice.
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the holy ones greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.


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