Thursday, 24 December

21:47

Star. Wars. Bethlehem. Middle East. Merry Christmas! [Catholic Sacristan]

Adoration of the Magi by Albrecht Altdorfer (c. 1530) | Wikipedia

A star guides learned men (Zoroastrians? Magi?) from the east (Babylon? Persia/Iran?) toward Bethlehem (St. Matthew 2).

Angelic beings proclaim the Good News to shepherds attending to their flocks (St. Luke 2:8-20).

Jesus is born in the most humble of surroundings. How many Assyrian Christian women have given birth—are giving birth in makeshift shelters—as you read this practically insignificant blog post?

A tyrant's envy mobilizes the forces of evil. Or, the forces of evil mobilize a king's henchman. The Holy Family must flee into Egypt to escape a King Herod's wrath (St. Mt 2:13-15).

Today. A people is driven from their lands, lands where they celebrated the Gospel six centuries before the religion of their persecutors came to be. Christians living the Gospel. A people grafted to their land, living in the very cradle of civilization for thousands of years up to advent of the Gospel.

Two thousand years less a few decades in a land, and ever since the seventh century when the Sword of the Crescent Moon began slashing at the Middle East, the Assyrians have remained faithful to the Gospel delivered to them by the Apostles. An oasis of hope in a war torn region. The Crib and the Cross have blunted the Sword and, in God's time, the Gospel of Truth and mercy will beat the Quran into ploughshares (cf Isaiah 2:4).

In the midst of conflict and chaos, many people born to that land must now seek shelter elsewhere. Many remain behind; they will welcome back those forced to flee. In time, a people reunited will rise again and remind the world that the Light offers hearts love and hope. The Light returns, scattering the darkness of the present moment.

Meanwhile, in the Light deprived West, we celebrate Christmas in relative comfort.



In my neck of the woods, more people have wished me a 'Merry Christmas' thus far, and for that matter for weeks now, than I can recall in recent years. Is it because the pressure is on in a society that is increasingly hostile to Christianity and, like food in a pressure cooker, people's good flavours (beliefs) are being released (celebrated openly)?

Welcome to the banquet!

In my experience of late, it seems that people are more frequently offering 'Merry Christmas' with a smile and eye contact instead of the flat and trite phrase 'season's greetings' typically tossed in for 'good-bye and get lost'. Those who do say 'season's greetings' tend to do so with little eye contact and a dismissive tone approaching contempt. A bad day at the office? Perhaps.

Those folk who do wish you a 'Merry Christmas' are, perhaps, tired of hearing those generic words on their lips and perhaps recognize how utterly unsatisfying it is to offer a meaningless 'season's greetings'. Everyone knows what season it is we celebrate! It is so much more honest, and therefore pleasing, to say 'Merry Christmas' (1 Peter 3:15).

Perhaps people are no longer willing to ignore the joy-filled fact that the reason we give gifts, send cards and spend hours if not days preparing feasts (for family and friends and the homeless) is because we celebrate the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ! Post office workers, bakery staff, bus drivers, restaurant servers, bank tellers, convenience store employees, grocery store clerks—all seem to be finding the Christmas spirit and are willing to share it in this seemingly sanitized society of ours. Perhaps they are grateful for the extra employment in the lead up to Christmas. Hearts that are grateful tend to produce smiles on the faces of both the host and one's guests.

ISIS and western militant secularists both hate the Gospel, or at least they think they do. Their anger, however, cannot overcome the loving Light that gently shines through the faithful witness of the Christian, of someone offering a 'Merry Christmas'. By resisting the joy of the Nativity, angry secularists only make themselves angrier.

One could suppose that some people enjoy the chaos (anger, hatred, confusion, fear, narcissism, etc.) they live and create, so they—much like angry children—attempt again and again to recreate the chaos they "love" in order to draw attention to themselves. In doing so, they are merely confirming their need for authentic love and authentic freedom. If only they could realize how inadequate their present attitude and behaviour is, they might discover a way out of their fears, despair, anger, etc., and their lives and society could become much more hope-filled and civilized places. The health of a society, or the lack thereof, is merely a reflection of the condition of the human heart. One could add that the health of the environment, or the lack thereof, is a reflection, too, of the state of the human heart.

The human heart needs Jesus Christ. To be free of debilitating fear and the despair that results, the human heart needs the peace only Jesus can give. Christmas offers hope and joy. Open the door to Christ; enter into His peace. Allow the vulnerable and gentle infant Jesus, born two thousand years ago, to be born anew into your life this Christmas. Invite Jesus into your life; call upon the Holy Spirit to fill your life with the Presence of Jesus. See in the presents beneath the Christmas Tree the Gift waiting to find a home in your heart.

The love of Christ can conquer any pattern of ill behaviour and every entrenched negative attitude. All it takes for a change of heart is to practice each day saying 'yes' to the hope found in Jesus Christ and the Church He gave for the health of the world. Each 'yes' will pry open even the most stubborn heart to release itself from the tyranny of a prison of one's own making. Ask Jesus for grace, the strength to persevere.

Death could not contain Jesus in the tomb. And so, the Star reminds us that the Light of Bethlehem pried open that tomb, and can pry open the tomb of our hearts and minds if we let Jesus in. Jesus is the light of the world.

I, for one, am thankful that people feel comfortable enough sharing a genuine 'Merry Christmas' in the marketplace. It is refreshing to hear, once again, the frequent sharing of a joy-filled greeting, especially as these dark winter days yield to the light.

And, no, this blogger has not yet seen the latest Star Wars. That day will arrive soon enough.

Merry Christmas, dear readers.

21:11

"Today, The Son of God Is Born, and Everything Changes" [Whispers in the Loggia]


HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD – MASS IN THE HOLY NIGHT
ST PETER'S BASILICA
24 DECEMBER 2015

Tonight “a great light” shines forth (Is 9:1); the light of Jesus’ birth shines all about us. How true and timely are the words of the prophet Isaiah which we have just heard: “You have brought abundant joy and great rejoicing” (9:2)! Our heart was already joyful in awaiting this moment; now that joy abounds and overflows, for the promise has been at last fulfilled. Joy and gladness are a sure sign that the message contained in the mystery of this night is truly from God. There is no room for doubt; let us leave that to the skeptics who, by looking to reason alone, never find the truth. There is no room for the indifference which reigns in the hearts of those unable to love for fear of losing something. All sadness has been banished, for the Child Jesus brings true comfort to every heart.

Today, the Son of God is born, and everything changes. The Saviour of the world comes to partake of our human nature; no longer are we alone and forsaken. The Virgin offers us her Son as the beginning of a new life. The true light has come to illumine our lives so often beset by the darkness of sin. Today we once more discover who we are! Tonight we have been shown the way to reach the journey’s end. Now must we put away all fear and dread, for the light shows us the path to Bethlehem. We must not be laggards; we are not permitted to stand idle. We must set out to see our Saviour lying in a manger. This is the reason for our joy and gladness: this Child has been “born to us”; he was “given to us”, as Isaiah proclaims (cf. 9:5). The people who for for two thousand years has traversed all the pathways of the world in order to allow every man and woman to share in this joy is now given the mission of making known “the Prince of peace” and becoming his effective servant in the midst of the nations.

So when we hear the story of the birth of Christ, let us be silent and let the Child speak. Let us take his words to heart in rapt contemplation of his face. If we take him in our arms and let ourselves be embraced by him, he will bring us unending peace of heart. This Child teaches us what is truly essential in our lives. He was born into the poverty of this world; there was no room in the inn for him and his family. He found shelter and support in a stable and was laid in a manger for animals. And yet, from this nothingness, the light of God’s glory shines forth. From now on, the way of authentic freedom and perennial redemption is open to every man and woman who is simple of heart. This Child, whose face radiates the goodness, mercy and love of God the Father, trains us, his disciples, as Saint Paul says, “to reject godless ways” and the richness of the world, in order to live “temperately, justly and devoutly” (Tit 2:12).

In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this Child calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential. In a world which all too often is merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin, we need to cultivate a strong sense of justice, to discern and to do God’s will. Amid a culture of indifference which not infrequently turns ruthless, our style of life should instead be devout, filled with empathy, compassion and mercy, drawn daily from the wellspring of prayer.

Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, may we too, with eyes full of amazement and wonder, gaze upon the Child Jesus, the Son of God. And in his presence may our hearts burst forth in prayer: “Show us, Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation” (Ps 85:8).

(Ed.: Emphases original.)

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21:00

Christmette in der Kartause [BRUNONIS]

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Es ist Weihnachten! Wir sitzen wieder in der mitleidslosen Kälte der Eisnacht auf der Tribüne, über der nur ein wenig erleuchteten Klosterkirche.

Draußen steht in wundersamer Tiefe der Sternhimmel über der weißen Erde. Die Patres sind aus ihren Zellen gekommen und gehen jetzt wie weiße Bergknappen Gottes, die kleine brennende Laterne in der Hand, die Kapuze tief über den Kopf gezogen, ein jeder begleitet von seinem unsichtbaren Schutzengel, still durch die Eistunnel an die Arbeit, an das Opus Dei.

Wenn die Klosterglocke um 21.45 Uhr lange geläutet hat, stehen sie alle in der Bergluft des Chores.

Himmelszonen von Stille und Einsamkeit weiten sich um uns. Vor jedem dieser Patres und vor uns selbst liegt eine Unendlichkeit, liegen Ozeane, die kein Christoph Columbus bezwingt und die uns von den Torheiten der Erde trennen.

Alles außerhalb dieser Stille ist unwirklich.
Hier ist der Brennpunkt des Lebens. Nichts anderes besteht noch auf der Erde als dieser dunkle Raum zwischen engen Mauern in ringsum schweigender Weltnacht. Und noch einige andere lebendige Heimstätten des wahren Lebens gibt es, wo auch in dieser Nachtstunde Männer und Frauen im Gebete stehen: singende Menschen im Beten vor Gott.

Wir folgen den Gesängen aus einem großen Buche, das vor uns auf der breiten Balustrade im gelben Lichtkreis einer Lampe aufgeschlagen liegt. Alle Antiphonen, Psalmen und Responsorien werden gesungen, voll inneren Jubels und Freude. Schlag 12 Uhr beginnt die heilige Mitternachtsmesse.

Nichts erinnert an die äußere Poesie des Weihnachtsfestes.
Kein Schmuck und kein Prunk. Nur viele Kerzen sind angezündet, ganze Reihen hinter und seitlich des Hochaltares und der Wand entlang.
Der Subprior singt die heilige Messe.
Einzig der Zelebrierende und der Diakon kommunizieren.
Niemand anders empfängt unsern Herrn.

Die Kartäuserpatres lesen an diesem Tage keine heilige Messe, ebenso nicht an Ostern und am Pfingstfeste. Sie kommunizieren mit den Novizen in der heiligen Tagesmesse. Die Brüder und die beiden Gäste bekommen den Leib des Herrn beim Frührotschein in der heiligen Morgenmesse. In einem breiten Kranz knien wir vor dem Hochaltar, ein langes, weißes Kommuniontuch über die Hände gebreitet.

(Die Tage und Nächte in der Kartause von La Valsainte.
Pieter Van der Meer de Walcheren. Das weisse Paradies.)



19:37

Blessed Christmas to All [Opus Publicum]

 
When Augustus reigned alone upon earth, the many kingdoms of men came to end: and when Thou wast made man of the pure Virgin, the many gods of idolatry were destroyed. The cities of the world passed under one single rule; and the nations came to believe in one sovereign Godhead. The peoples were enrolled by the decree of Caesar; and we, the faithful, were enrolled in the Name of the Godhead, when Thou, our God, wast made man. Great is Thy mercy, O Lord. Glory be to Thee!

– Doxastikon of Nativity Vespers


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19:07

Merry Christmas [The TOF Spot]

"[F]or Almighty God, Who desires that all men shall be saved and that none shall perish, approves nothing more highly in us than this: that a man love his fellow man next to his God and do nothing to him which he would not that others should do to himself.

This affection we and you owe to each other in a more peculiar way than to people of other races because we worship and confess the same God though in diverse forms and daily praise and adore Him as the creator and ruler of this world. For, in the words of the Apostle, 'He is our peace who hath made both one.'

This grace granted to you by God is admired and praised by many of the Roman nobility who have learned from us of your benevolence and high qualities.[. . .]

For God knows our true regard for you to his glory and how truly we desire your prosperity and honor, both in this life and in the life to come, and how earnestly we pray both with our lips and with our heart that God Himself, after the long journey of this life, may lead you into the bosom of the most holy patriarch Abraham."

-- From Letter XXI of Pope St. Gregory VII (†1085) to the (Muslim) King of Mauritania:

18:02

Santa y feliz Navidad [Comunión Tradicionalista]

La Adoración de los Reyes Magos, por Gabriel Yoly (1520). La Seo del Salvador, Zaragoza.

La Adoración de los Reyes Magos, por Gabriel Yoly (1520). La Seo del Salvador, Zaragoza.

 

La Secretaría Política de S.A.R. Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón,

en nombre de la Comunión Tradicionalista y de sus asociaciones,

les desea una santa y feliz Navidad.

 

Madrid, diciembre 2015.

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17:25

Solidarność [ignatius his conclave]

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Dear Frank,

I confess that I tend to get a bit sententious after a few glasses, so put it down to the season if I remind you of one of the purposes of these letters. It is, of course, to share with you some of the daring innovations and intrepid experiments which mark out the Anglican Communion as the bell-wether of the New Christianity.

Well, I am proud to say, we have done it again. We are setting out on a journey of reconciliation with the Church of Scotland, with the ultimate aim of full interchangeability of ministries. It’s very exciting – a dramatic Christian response to the pending break-up of the UK. Where politics divides, faith unites, and all that.

Of course there will be the usual ecclesiological quibbles about orders and bishops from the Anglo-catholics. But frankly, after they lost over women bishops, they are a busted flush without a leg to stand on (now there’s an interesting pair of metaphors!)

As I see it, in a world where most people don’t give a toss about churchy things, we have got to give sacraments a new purpose. The A-Cs, of course, think sacraments are simply a gift: like diamonds they simply are – and are forever. But I think that they must be given a new purpose. They must be put to work. And what better use, now that we have demonstrated sexual equality in the workplace, than to prop up the poor old crumbling United Kingdom?

Which is what got me to thinking that you and I might do the same for the European Union. We could declare our churches in immediate full communion, and establish what the politicians are making such a pig’s ear of. A word from you and me and we could have the free movement of laity and ministers across the whole of Europe, a courageous spectacle of equality and solidarity.

Of course, you, like us, would have your problems – the Burkes and the Sarahs of this world are always set to spoil a party. But for once we would both have the Germans on our side! Think about it.

I gather you are not keen on Christmas – but happy Hogmanay anyway,

Yours, as always,

Justin.


15:56

Video: Merry Christmas from the Marshalls! [Taylor Marshall]

Merry Christmas from the Marshalls!

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to Jesus through Mary,
Taylor

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15:06

Happy Christmas and Prayers... [That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill]


A very happy, holy and blessed Christmas to all readers.

Please pray for my friend, George, known to long-term readers of this blog, who was rushed to an isolation ward in a Brighton hospital ward last night. Jesus, mercy. Mary, pray.

15:00

Heute! (2) [Denzinger-Katholik]

Heute! sprach Moses zu den Israeliten in der Wüste, als Gott sich offenbarte im Reichtum seiner Hände und den Mannaregen auf die Hungrigen herabsandte. Heute! sprach der Engel zu den Hirten auf dem Felde in der Nacht, als Gottes Sohn von der Jungfrau geboren wurde und in der Krippe lag. Heute! spricht die Kirche, wenn der geheimnisvolle Kreislauf des Jahres den Tag oder vielmehr die Nacht des ersten Advents nach Gottes Gesetz in heiliger kultischer Feier aufleuchten läßt. "Heute werdet ihr es erfahren: Gott kommt und heilt uns!" sing sie, und wenige Stunden später: Heute hat der König der Himmel sich herabgelassen, von der Jungfrau geboren zu werden, um den Menschen aus seiner Verlorenheit zu den himmlischen Reichen heimzurufen." "Heute ist uns der wahre Friede vom Himmel herabgestiegen. Heute träufeln die Himmel Honig über die ganze Herde hin. Heute leuchtet uns der Tag neuer Erlösung, uralter Vorbereitung, ewigwährenden Glückes auf." "Heute ist uns Christus geboren worden. Heute ist uns der Heiland erschienen. Heute singen auf Erden die Engel, jubeln die Erzengel. Heute jauchzen die Gerechten und rufen: Gott in der Höhe die Herrlichkeit, Alleluja!" Heute! spricht Gott durch den Mund seiner Boten, heute, das heißt: ich komme. Ich, die Gegenwart, ich, das einzige, ewige Heute, breche herein in den Fluß eurer Zeit, ihn rundend zum Kreise. Das ist Gewicht und Süße und herzanrührender Klang dieses Wortes: es trägt - in all seiner Winzigkeit - trägt den kommenden Gott, trägt die einzige Liebe, die sich selber verschenkt. 
Aemiliana Löhr, OSB: Das Herrenjahr. Das Mysterium Christi im Jahreskreis der Kirche. (1. Bd). Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet 1955, S. 78f.  

13:01

"This Is the Wonder of Christmas!" [Whispers in the Loggia]


“To celebrate Christmas in a fruitful way, we’re called to dwell in its 'places' of wonder. And what are these places in daily life?

There are three. The first place is the other, who we recognize as a brother, because from when the birth of Jesus happened, every face then carried the imprint of the Son of God, above all when it’s the face of the poor, because from poverty God entered into the world and, first of all, it was with the poor that he let himself be surrounded.

Another place of wonder – the second – in which, if we look with faith, we’re shown wonder is in history. Many times, we believe we’re seeing it the right way, and instead we risk reading it backwards. For example, it happens when we think it determined by the market economy, ruled by finance and business, dominated by the powers that be. Instead, the God of Christmas is one who “reshuffles the cards”: he likes doing that! As Mary sings in the Magnificat, it’s the Lord who casts down the mighty from their thrones and lifts up the lowly, fills the hungry with good things and sends away the rich empty-handed. This is the second wonder, the wonder of history.

A third place of wonder is the church: to look upon it with the wonder of faith means not limiting oneself to consider it only as a religious institution, which it is, but to feel her as a Mother who, despite spots and wrinkles – and we have many! – shows forth the shape of a Wife beloved and purified by Christ the Lord. A church that knows how to recognize the many signs of faithful love that God continually sends her, a church for which the Lord Jesus will never be a possession to be jealously guarded – those who do this err – but always comes with him to encounter and which awaits with trust and joy, giving voice to the hope of the world. The church that calls out to the Lord: 'Come, Lord Jesus!' The mother Church who always has her doors and arms thrown open to welcome everyone. Indeed, the mother Church who leaves behind her own doors to seek with a mother’s smile all those at a distance and bring them to the mercy of God. This is the wonder of Christmas!

At Christmas, God gives us His whole self in giving his Son, his Only one, who is all his joy. And only with the heart of Mary, the humble and poor daughter of Zion, become Mother of the Son of the Most High, is it possible to rejoice and bask in the great gift of God through his unforeseeable surprise. May she help us to understand this wonder – these three wonders: the other, history and the church – of the birth of Jesus, the gift of gifts, the undeserved gift who brings us salvation.

Meeting Jesus will make us feel this great wonder too. But we can’t have it, we can’t meet Jesus if we don’t look to encounter him in others, in history and in the church.
–Pope Francis
Angelus
20 December 2015
...and even as these wonders never cease to surround us, may we know the grace not just to see them, but to share them, on this Holy Night and ever beyond.

Christus Natus est, venite adoremus... Buon Natale a tutti con tutte le grazie – to one and all, those you love and those you serve, every wish for a joy-filled, blessed and Merry Christmas, whose Child's gifts of hope, light and peace know no end.

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13:00

Happy Christmas to all our readers! [Voice of the Family]

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And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1: 14)

Voice of the Family would like to thank all our readers for their support and prayers over the last year. In the midst of the darkness engulfing the family we place all our trust in Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word. We invite you to join with us in entrusting the needs of families throughout the world to the Holy Family this Christmas. God bless you!

Prayer to Our Lord

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast said, “Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you;” grant, we beseech Thee, to us who ask, the gift of Thy most divine love, that with all our heart, words, and works, we may love Thee, and never cease to praise Thee.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy name; for Thou never failest to govern those whom Thou dost solidly establish in Thy love. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen

Prayer to Our Lady

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Prayer to St Joseph

To thee, O blessed Joseph, we fly in our tribulation and, after imploring the help of thy holy Spouse, with confidence we ask also for thy intercession. By the affection which united thee to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by the paternal love with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee to look kindly upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ acquired by his precious blood, and with thy powerful aid to help us in our needs. Protect, most careful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen people of Jesus Christ. Keep us, loving father, from all pestilence of error and corruption. From thy place in heaven be thou mercifully with us, most powerful protector, in this warfare with the powers of darkness; and, as thou didst once rescue the Child Jesus from imminent danger of death, so now defend the holy Church of God from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Guard each of us by thy constant patronage, so that, sustained by thy example and help, we may live a holy life, die a holy death, and obtain the everlasting happiness of heaven. Amen.

 

 

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10:17

Some Carols for Christmas Eve [A Clerk of Oxford]

A monk and nun playing music (BL Royal 2 B VII, f.177) Advent is gone, Christmas is come; Be we merry now, all and some! He is not wise that will be dumb In ortu Regis omnium. Farewell, Advent, Christmas is come! Farewell from us both all and some! So says James Ryman, friar of Canterbury and carol collector extraordinaire, in a witty fifteenth-century carol celebrating the end of Advent -

07:21

Weihnachten und die Heilige Familie [Mathias von Gersdorff]

In den nächsten Tagen wird die Christenheit mehrere Feste feiern, deren Botschaft nicht nur außerordentlich kraftvoll ist, sondern höchst aktuell bleibt: Am 25. Dezember feiern wir die Geburt Christi, am 26. Dezember den Erzmärtyrer Sankt Stefan, am 28. Dezember gedenken wir der Unschuldigen Kinder von Bethlehem und am ersten Sonntag nach Weihnachten begehen wir das Fest der Heiligen Familie.

06:00

Heute! (1) [Denzinger-Katholik]

"Heute!" hebt die Messe an, und das ist ihr erstes und wichtigstes Wort. Es gibt dem Tage sein Gesicht. Vom Invitatorium des Nachtoffiziums an klingt es durch die Antiphonen und Responsorien des Stundengebetes und der Messe bis in die erste Weihnachtsvesper und damit in das eigentlich Fest hinein. "Heute werde ihr erfahren: der Herr kommt und heilt uns." Da ist sie, die Antwort auf den Adventsruf der Kirche. Veni, haben wir gerufen, komm, und nun endlich: Hodie - heute! Heute wird es Erfahrung: Gott kommt und heilt uns. Was wir als tägliche Erfahrung für gewiß halten, heute wird es zum gesteigerten Besitz, zur Feier und zum Fest. Dieses Heute trägt uns die gesammelte Süßigkeit aller Gottesadvente zu, die jemals die Erde erleuchtet und die Herzen heimgesucht haben. In ihm klingt wieder das Lallen des Kindes von Bethlehem und die Posaune des Weltendes, die Stimme der gottrufenden Priester aller Zeiten und die wirkende Worte der Liturgie. Das erste und letzte und tägliche Kommen Gottes geben diesem Heute seinen Glanz. Neu klingt es und frisch, wie eben gefunden und nie gehört, unberührt vom Gestern und Ehegestern, und ist doch schwer von den Wundern der Jahrtausende, die es auf den winzigen Flügeln seiner paar Silben trägt.
Aemiliana Löhr, OSB: Das Herrenjahr. Das Mysterium Christi im Jahreskreis der Kirche (1. Bd). Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet 1955, S. 78. 

Sarum Special: Christmas Eve [The Rad Trad]

source: http://www.salisburyhospicecharity.org.uk/
An Englishman named Charles Dickens invented Christmas as we now know it, a season of general goodwill and aimless gift-giving that calls for us to put aside our grievances for 24 hours. It has little to do with the Incarnation of God on earth. No where in Dickens' 60 page novella A Christmas Carol do the words God, Jesus, or Nativity appear, nor is there mention of any traditional hymns. There is, however, plenteous contemning of greed, egocentrism, the primitive welfare state, and parsimony. Five centuries before Ebeneezer Scrooge put aside his daily cares and converted his heart to Bob Cratchit Englishmen put aside their daily cares and converted their hearts to the Lord in anticipation of His Nativity.

If December 24 fell on a Saturday, the Church of Sarum transferred the Ember days to the third week of Advent. If it fell on a Sunday then Mattins of Sunday was sung until the third nocturne, at which point the Office of the day began with the psalms and readings of Christmas Eve; the Sunday Mass would be sung in chapter and the Vigil Mass sung in choir at the main altar of the cathedral.

The Mattins Gospel is the same as in the Roman rite, however Sarum favors the writings of Origen over St. Jerome. In Origen we see the beginning of the Church's theology of the Incarnation and Mary's motherhood using phrases that would be canonized at Ephesus in 431:
"Why was it necessary that Mary the mother of Jesus should be espoused to Joseph : except in order that by him this Holy One would be concealed from the Devil, and that the spiteful one by trickery should contrive no vengeance against the betrothed virgin ? Or for this reason was she betrothed to Joseph : that Joseph would be seen to bear the care of the newborn child and even of Mary herself : whether going into Egypt or returning once more from thence. For that reason she was espoused to Joseph : yet not joined in wedlock. Of his mother one saith, Mother immaculate, mother incorrupt, mother untouched. His mother. Whose is his ? The mother of God, of the Only Begotten, of the Lord, and of the King of all men : of the Creator and Maker of all things. He which in heaven is without a mother : and in earth is without a father. Of himself which in heaven according to divinity is in the nature of the Father : and in earth according to the assuming of a body is in the nature of the mother. O great grace of admiration, O indescribable sweetness, O ineffable and great sacrament. Herself a virgin, herself likewise mother of the Lord, herself the giver of birth, herself his handmaiden and his fashioner, herself which gave birth."
Origen likens Mary's maternity to the miracles of the Old Covenant which preserved the pure from ordinary patterns of corruptions in order to effect a more providential end. In previous times God kept the bush on Sinai to manifest His Law. Now he preserves an unblemished maiden so that He may manifest His Incarnation, remaining both God and Man:
"Who hath ever heard such, who hath seen such greatness ? Who could have thought of this : that a virgin would be a mother, an untouched would beget, and that a virgin hath remained and yet hath given birth ? Just as indeed formerly a bush was seen to be burning and the fire did not touch it, and as three boys were kept shut up in the furnace : and yet the fire did not hurt them, nor was the odour of the fumes upon them : or just as when Daniel was shut up within the lion’s den : while the doors were shut a meal was brought to him by Habakkuk : and thus this holy Virgin hath brought forth the Lord : but she hath remained untouched. A mother hath produced : but hath not lost her virginity. She hath given birth to a child : and as it is said she hath remained a virgin. Thus the Virgin hath brought forth : and hath remained a virgin. A Mother hath been made by the Son : and the seal of chastity hath not perished. Wherefore ? Because it was not only that man which appeared : but the Only Begotten was God who had come in the flesh. Neither unexpectedly was he born in the flesh : but perfect divinity came in the flesh. Whole therefore and undivided, God came in human kind or was brought forth in flesh : and both God and Lord took up the form of a servant. Neither indeed did a part of the Only Begotten come in body : nor did he divide himself such that half was with the Father, and half was within the Virgin : but in truth wholly with the Father, and wholly within the Virgin. Wholly in nature of the Father, and wholly in human flesh. Not relinquishing the heavenly, he came to seek the earthly. Which in heaven are preserved : and which in earth are saved. Everywhere almighty : unbroken, undivided, this is the holy Only Begotten God."
Lauds is of the day, except with proper antiphons which anticipate the following day: "Judah and Jerusalem, be not afraid, tomorrow you shall go forth and the Lord will be with you." Lauds does not observe preces on this day nor is a genuflexion made. A commemoration of All Saints may be made on Sunday, but votive prayers and Offices are vanquished until after the Octave day of St. Stephen.

The Vigil Mass is virtually identical to the Roman Vigil Mass on this day with a few additions. Sarum provided additional readings on certain days and sang sequences more often than the post-Tridentine Roman Mass. On December 24 the acolyte, the liturgical minister who holds the paten during the Canon of the Mass, reads Isaiah 62:1-4, foretelling the universality of conversion to the Lord. The sequence, repeated from the Fourth Advent Sunday, and the Alleluia are sung only if the Vigil falls on Sunday.

Not the "rite" setting, but something close.

At Vespers the senior most cleric, ideally the Bishop of Salisbury, celebrates with the four most senior canons ruling the choir. The same is done at Mattins of Christmas Day. The hymn is Veni, Redemptor Gentium by St. Ambrose. During Veni the two thurifers bring a pair of copes to the celebrant, who assumes one and picks another cleric to wear the other, who in turn with incense the altar during the Magnificat. Two other senior canons begin the Magnificat antiphon, which is the same as in the Roman rite: "When the sun shall have risen from heaven, you shall see the King of kings proceeding from the Father, as a bridegroom from his chamber."

Mattins of Christmas Day begins at such a time to allow it end before midnight, when the first Mass of the feast is sung. The first six lessons and corresponding responsories are sung by canons and choristers wearing surplies in ascending order of seniority, allowing the senior-most members of the choir to sing the sixth response. At the first response, after the lesson from Isaiah 9:1-8, five boys wearing amices over their heads face the choir from the altar carrying candles. Between the iterations of the response ("This day the King of Heaven was pleased to be born of a virgin, that He might restore lost man to the heavenly kingdom....") they sing "Glory be to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of goodwill." At the second, fifth, and eighth lessons of Mattins a priest from alternating sides of the choir. The Gospel pericopes, taken from the three Masses of the day, and lessons for the final nocturne, extracted from St. Bede the Venerable and St. Gregory the Great, are read in copes.

Rather than singing the Te Deum immediately, a ninth response is sung while a full Gospel procession arrives at the lecturn in the middle of the choir. The deacon then sings the beginning of St. Matthew's gospel, which recounts Our Lord's genealogy, in a special tone.

Initium sancti evangelii secundum Mattheum
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The Te Deum is sung and then the first Mass of Christmas begins, Dominus dixit. The celebrant, who should also have celebrated Mattins, faces the altar after Mass and says "Verbum caro factum est," to which the people reply "Et habitavit in nobis, alleluia." Lauds then commences. After the Benedictus and collect a series of additional antiphons are sung by choristers standing near the choir rulers:
"The Father's Word this day proceeded from a Virgin: He hath come to redeem us, And to the heavenly country hath willed to lead us back: Where the angelic powers with jubilation: Give blessing unto the Lord"
"Shining above the shepherds the angels hath proclaimed Peace, the messenger of peace; Thou O Shepherd of the Church, bestow upon us Thy peace: And Thy children of their debt to their Redeemer teach them, to sing forth in joyful thanks"
A commemoration of antiphons, versicles, and collect is made of the Blessed Virgin to "complete" the Nativity.

After Lauds the second Mass of Christmas is sung. All three Sarum Masses for Christmas are nearly identical with their Roman counterparts, except for the addition of a lesson from Isaiah before the epistle.

Second Vespers was not well attended, speculatively. The good people of Salisbury had settled their brains for a long winter's nap.

05:43

Glory [Korrektiv]

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                                                                                             Glory – The brutes do not admire each other. A horse does not admire his companion. Not that there is no rivalry between them in a race, but that is of no consequence; for, when in the stable, the heaviest and most ill-formed does not give up his oats to another, as men would have others do to them. Their virtue is satisfied with itself.
                                                            – Pascal, Pensees, 401

One brother took up law; the other trooped
Away to endless war. I stayed home
As a bureaucratic bean-counter, duped

To think that riches played an easy game:
Addition, multiplication – each cooks
The books for future fortunes. All the same,

With squared-off cubits, office duty yokes
Existence to these ledger lines that spill
With columned figures. Fortune’s spinning spokes

Subtract from time, divide with iron will
What irony remainders. Would my years
Be sown in furrowed wax my styli till?

“There’s glory,” Primus said, “in foreign tours
Of duty.” So Secundus sought the heights
Of politics. But Tertius now secures

Them both in one: I poll these client states,
Reconquering for Rome. Hand-picked to lead
The census here in Palestine, I set my sights

On taxing tails for piles of Caesar’s head –
This skin game they’re calling his “Golden Fleece.”
(And who has time to calculate the dead

When the living offer glory’s increase?)
“The catgut of the state,” said Cicero
Describing taxes. Let that be the case –

To string and peg fame’s fingerboard just so.

04:52

Aristotle’s Key to Christmas [Ethika Politika]

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Though he couldn’t have known it, Aristotle had the key to understanding Christmas. His master achievement was a profound understanding of human happiness. It is as though he grasped as much as can be grasped by human reason alone. Men are designed for greatness, a greatness that few ever achieve. True human happiness consists, simply put, in living virtuously. And virtuous living is the fundamental requirement and the necessary context for that deepest of human longings—true friendship. Aristotle was keenly attuned to the realm of the divine. Of two things he was absolutely certain: the divine is the origin of the human; and the human at its best approaches the divine. The latter is a paradoxical truth at the center of human existence: the more perfect a human life, the more it stretches beyond the human and almost touches the divine. One who sees deeply into human greatness can as it were see through it, to something beyond. For men can become like gods. Such a profound truth Aristotle saw. The Other Direction Going the other direction becomes more complicated. Do gods take an interest in the struggles of men? Here, writing in the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle is more tentative:
For if the gods have any care for human affairs, as it seems they do, it would be reasonable both that they should delight in that which was best and most akin to them and that they should reward those who love and honor this most, as caring for things that are dear to them.
Remarkably, he has confidence—though not certitude—that the gods will reward those who become like them. But this is as far as far as it goes. Surely the possibility of God and men entering into some sort of shared life never entered his mind. Right? This is a subtle matter. In some sense the possibility of God and men becoming friends does enter his mind. It enters his mind as a possibility to be rejected: “when one party is removed to a great distance, as god is, the possibility of friendship ceases” (also from the Nicomachean Ethics). It is not that the notion was inconceivable to him. Rather, there was simply no ground to consider it a real possibility. For God and men to be friends an apparently unbridgeable gap would have to be bridged. For as Aristotle often points out, friends share one life together, and there is nothing for which they so yearn as to be together. Aristotle’s Christmas And this, then, is what Aristotle has to say about Christmas, about its deepest meaning.  If men are ever to become more than just somewhat-like the divine, if we are ever (tremble at the words) to live one life with him, and thus be his friends, then something very specific has to happen. And there is no human ground to expect that it ever will. And, behold, that is exactly what happened. The first Christmas.

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Meditations on Christmas [Ethika Politika]

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The Nativity story from the gospel of Luke, as told by Linus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn10FF-FQfs Fulton Sheen, Bishop Sheen Catechism (can be heard here) Mary is now with child, awaiting birth, and Joseph is full of expectancy as he enters the city of his own family. He searched for a place for the birth of him to whom heaven and earth belonged. Could it be that the Creator would not find room in his own creation? Certainly, thought Joseph, there would be room in the village inn. There was room for the rich; there was room for those who were clothed in soft garments; there was room for everyone who had a tip to give to the innkeeper. But when finally the scrolls of history are completed down to the last word of time, the saddest line of all will be: “There was no room in the inn.” No room in the inn, but there was room in the stable. The inn was the gathering place of public opinion, the focal point of the world’s moods, the rendezvous of the worldly, the rallying place of the popular and the successful. But there’s no room in the place where the world gathers. The stable is a place for outcasts, the ignored and the forgotten. The world might have expected the Son of God to be born in an inn; a stable would certainly be the last place in the world where one would look for him. The lesson is: divinity is always where you least expect to find it. So the Son of God made man is invited to enter into his own world through a back door. “A Christmas Carol,” by G. K. Chesterton The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap His hair was like a light. (O weary, weary were the world, But here is all alright.) The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast His hair was like a star. (O stern and cunning are the kings, But here the true hearts are.) The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart, His hair was like a fire. (O weary, weary is the world, But here the world's desire.) The Christ-child stood on Mary's knee, His hair was like a crown, And all the flowers looked up at Him, And all the stars looked down. St. Gregory Nazianzen, On the Theophany, or the Birthday of Christ Again the darkness is past; again Light is made; again Egypt is punished with darkness; again Israel is enlightened by a pillar. The people that sat in the darkness of ignorance, let it see the Great Light of full knowledge. Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new. The letter gives way, the Spirit comes to the front. The shadows flee away, the Truth comes in upon them. Melchisedec is concluded. He that was without Mother becomes without Father (without Mother of His former state, without Father of His second). The laws of nature are upset; the world above must be filled. Christ commands it, let us not set ourselves against Him. O clap your hands together all ye people, because unto us a Child is born, and a Son given unto us, Whose Government is upon His shoulder (for with the Cross it is raised up), and His Name is called “The Angel of the Great Counsel of the Father.” Let John cry, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord”: I too will cry the power of this Day. He Who is not carnal is Incarnate; the Son of God becomes the Son of Man, Jesus Christ the Same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Let the Jews be offended, let the Greeks deride; let heretics talk till their tongues ache. Then shall they believe, when they see Him ascending up into heaven; and if not then, yet when they see Him coming out of heaven and sitting as Judge. Dorothy Parker, The Maidservant at the Inn "It's queer," she said; "I see the light As plain as I beheld it then, All silver-like and calm and bright- We've not had stars like that again! "And she was such a gentle thing To birth a baby in the cold. The barn was dark and frightening- This new one's better than the old. "I mind my eyes were full of tears, For I was young, and quick distressed, But she was less than me in years That held a son against her breast "I never saw a sweeter child- The little one, the darling one!- I mind I told her, when he smiled You'd know he was his mother's son. "It's queer that I should see them so- The time they came to Bethlehem Was more than thirty years ago; I've prayed that all is well with them." Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas homily 2012 I am also repeatedly struck by the Gospel writer’s almost casual remark that there was no room for them at the inn. Inevitably the question arises, what would happen if Mary and Joseph were to knock at my door. Would there be room for them? And then it occurs to us that Saint John takes up this seemingly chance comment about the lack of room at the inn, which drove the Holy Family into the stable; he explores it more deeply and arrives at the heart of the matter when he writes: “he came to his own home, and his own people received him not” (Jn 1:11). The great moral question of our attitude towards the homeless, towards refugees and migrants, takes on a deeper dimension: do we really have room for God when he seeks to enter under our roof? Do we have time and space for him? Do we not actually turn away God himself? We begin to do so when we have no time for God. The faster we can move, the more efficient our time-saving appliances become, the less time we have. And God? The question of God never seems urgent. Our time is already completely full. But matters go deeper still. Does God actually have a place in our thinking? Our process of thinking is structured in such a way that he simply ought not to exist. Even if he seems to knock at the door of our thinking, he has to be explained away. If thinking is to be taken seriously, it must be structured in such a way that the “God hypothesis” becomes superfluous. There is no room for him. Not even in our feelings and desires is there any room for him. We want ourselves. We want what we can seize hold of, we want happiness that is within our reach, we want our plans and purposes to succeed. We are so “full” of ourselves that there is no room left for God. And that means there is no room for others either, for children, for the poor, for the stranger. By reflecting on that one simple saying about the lack of room at the inn, we have come to see how much we need to listen to Saint Paul’s exhortation: “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom 12:2). Paul speaks of renewal, the opening up of our intellect (nous), of the whole way we view the world and ourselves. The conversion that we need must truly reach into the depths of our relationship with reality. Let us ask the Lord that we may become vigilant for his presence, that we may hear how softly yet insistently he knocks at the door of our being and willing. Let us ask that we may make room for him within ourselves, that we may recognize him also in those through whom he speaks to us: children, the suffering, the abandoned, those who are excluded and the poor of this world. G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man If the world wanted what is called a non-controversial aspect of Christianity, it would probably select Christmas. Yet it is obviously bound up with what is supposed to be a controversial aspect (I could never at any stage of my opinions imagine why); the respect paid to the Blessed Virgin. When I was a boy a more Puritan generation objected to a statue upon my parish church representing the Virgin and Child. After much controversy, they compromised by taking away the Child. One would think that this was even more corrupted with Mariolatry, unless the mother was counted less dangerous when deprived of a sort of weapon. But the practical difficulty is also a parable. You cannot chip away the statue of a mother from all round that of a newborn child. You cannot suspend the new-born child in mid-air; indeed you cannot really have a statue of a newborn child at all. Similarly, you cannot suspend the idea of a newborn child in the void or think of him without thinking of his mother. You cannot visit the child without visiting the mother, you cannot in common human life approach the child except through the mother. If we are to think of Christ in this aspect at all, the other idea follows I as it is followed in history. We must either leave Christ out of Christmas, or Christmas out of Christ, or we must admit, if only as we admit it in an old picture, that those holy heads are too near together for the haloes not to mingle and cross. John Sullivan Dwight's version of "O Holy Night" O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born; O night divine, O night, O night Divine. Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming, Here come the wise men from the Orient land. The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friend. He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger, Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend! Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend! Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; And in His name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever, His power and glory evermore proclaim. His power and glory evermore proclaim. John Henry Newman, from his Plain and Parochial Sermons (abridged) This is the great Mystery which we are now celebrating, of which mercy is the beginning, and sanctity the end. He who is all purity came to an impure race to raise them to His purity. He took upon Himself what was ours for the sake of us, to make us partakers of the Divine nature; to sow the seed of eternal life in our hearts; and to raise us from "the corruption that is in the world through lust," to that immaculate purity and that fulness of grace which is in Him. He seemed like other men to the multitude. Though conceived of the Holy Ghost, He was born of a poor woman, who, when guests were numerous, was thrust aside, and gave birth to Him in a place for cattle. O wondrous mystery, early manifested, that even in birth He refused the world's welcome! He grew up as the carpenter's son, without education, so that when He began to teach, His neighbours wondered how one who had not learned letters, and was bred to a humble craft, should become a prophet. He was known as the kinsman and intimate of humble persons; so that the world pointed to them when He declared Himself, as if their insufficiency was the refutation of His claims. He was brought up in a town of low repute, so that even the better sort doubted whether good could come out of it. No; He would not be indebted to this world for comfort, aid, or credit; for "the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not." He came to it as a benefactor, not as a guest; not to borrow from it, but to impart to it. Thus He becomes a lesson to us who are His disciples. He, who was so separate from the world, so present with the Father even in the days of His flesh, calls upon us, His brethren, as we are in Him and He in the Father, to show that we really are what we have been made, by renouncing the world while in the world, and living as in the presence of God. Let us at this season approach Him with awe and love, in whom resides all perfection, and from whom we are allowed to gain it. Let us come to the Sanctifier to be sanctified. Let us come to Him to learn our duty, and to receive grace to do it. At other seasons of the year we are reminded of watching, toiling, struggling, and suffering; but at this season we are reminded simply of God's gifts towards us sinners. We are reminded that we can do nothing, and that God does everything. This is especially the season of grace. We come to see and to experience God's mercies. We come before Him as the helpless beings, during His ministry, who were brought on beds and couches for a cure. We come to be made whole. We come as little children to be fed and taught. This is a time for innocence, and purity, and gentleness, and mildness, and contentment, and peace. This is not a time for gloom, or jealousy, or care, or indulgence, or excess, or licence; but for putting on the Lord Jesus Christ. May each Christmas, as it comes, find us more and more like Him, who as at this time became a little child for our sake, more simple-minded, more humble, more holy, more affectionate, more resigned, more happy, more full of God. Selections supplied by the Ethika Politika editors and fellows, and friends Christopher Jackson, Timothy Kirchoff, Anna Williams, Daniel Schwindt, Rachel Meyer, and others.  

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03:29

Gerhard Cardinal Müller sets the record straight. [Catholic Sacristan]

H/T Edward Pentin [link/source]

Gerhard Cardinal Müller, with characteristic clarity, set the record straight by correcting the misperceptions of Dr. Jens Kruse, a Lutheran minister in Rome.
Edward Pentin [NCR 12.23.15]
Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said Pope Francis’ visit to a Lutheran church in Rome last month was a “sign of hope” for full visible unity, but that his comments were misunderstood as giving the green light to intercommunion because of a failure to take account of the differences between Catholics and Protestants.
In Dec. 22 comments to the Register, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said "misunderstandings come up again and again because of a failure to take account of the fact that, unfortunately, there is actually a different understanding of the Church between Catholics and Protestants."
These differences, he said, "are not only theological-conceptual, but of a confessional nature." He added that the Church continues in its ecumenical goal to reach “visible and institutional unity” with the Pope as head of the Church.
Read the complete article HERE: Cardinal Müller: Pope's Words on Intercommunion Misunderstood
In other words, don't be thinkin' y'all that Lutherans and Catholics can saddle up to the communion table for chips and dip any time soon. We's got some radically different beliefs about th' Holy Eucharist. Fer instance, Catholics believe what Christ and th' apostles taught, and Lutherans, well... .

03:04

Pope St. Leo the Great - Sermon for Advent [A Foretaste of Wisdom]

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In this sermon, Pope Leo the Great preaches of the necessity of self-mortification, particularly in the season of Advent. During this season, we prepare ourselves both corporeally and spiritually for the coming of the Messiah, whose divine wisdom cannot well be infused into our souls if we are burdened down by mundane and fleshly cares. Advent therefore is a penitential season. Our adequate participation in the worship of the holy Child depends upon our worthy preparation. With one more day of Advent left, the spirit of penance should be heightened. Christmas Eve is indeed traditionally a day of both fast and abstinence. We should especially now, therefore, take the following words to heart.
On the Fast of the Ten Month, VIII. 
I. Self-restraint leads to higher enjoyments 
When the Saviour would instruct His disciples about the Advent of God's Kingdom and the end of the world's times, and teach His whole Church, in the person of the Apostles, He said, Take heed lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and care of this life Luke 21:34 . And assuredly, dearly beloved, we acknowledge that this precept applies more especially to us, to whom undoubtedly the day denounced is near, even though hidden. For the advent of which it behooves every man to prepare himself, lest it find him given over to gluttony, or entangled in cares of this life. For by daily experience, beloved, it is proved that the mind's edge is blunted by over-indulgence of the flesh, and the heart's vigour is dulled by excess of food, so that the delights of eating are even opposed to the health of the body, unless reasonable moderation withstand the temptation and the consideration of future discomfort keep from the pleasure. For although the flesh desires nothing without the soul, and receives its sensations from the same source as it receives its motions also, yet it is the function of the same soul to deny certain things to the body which is subject to it, and by its inner judgment to restrain the outer parts from things unseasonable, in order that it may be the oftener free from bodily lusts, and have leisure for Divine wisdom in the palace of the mind, where, away from all the noise of earthly cares, it may in silence enjoy holy meditations and eternal delights. And, although this is difficult to maintain in this life, yet the attempt can frequently be renewed, in order that we may the oftener and longer be occupied with spiritual rather than fleshly cares; and by our spending ever greater portions of our time on higher cares, even our temporal actions may end in gaining the incorruptible riches. 
II. The teaching of the four yearly fasts is that spiritual self-restraint is as necessary as corporeal 
This profitable observance, dearly beloved, is especially laid down for the fasts of the Church, which, in accordance with the Holy Spirit's teaching, are so distributed over the whole year that the law of abstinence may be kept before us at all times. Accordingly we keep the spring fast in Lent, the summer fast at Whitsuntide, the autumn fast in the seventh month, and the winter fast in this which is the tenth month, knowing that there is nothing unconnected with the Divine commands, and that all the elements serve the Word of God to our instruction, so that from the very hinges on which the world turns, as if by four gospels we learn unceasingly what to preach and what to do. For, when the prophet says, The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork: day unto day utters speech, and night shows knowledge , what is there by which the Truth does not speak to us? By day and by night His voices are heard, and the beauty of the things made by the workmanship of the One God ceases not to instil the teachings of Reason into our hearts' ears, so that the invisible things of God may be perceived and seen through the things which are made, and men may serve the Creator of all, not His creatures. Since therefore all vices are destroyed by self-restraint, and whatever avarice thirsts for, pride strives for, luxury lusts after, is overcome by the solid force of this virtue, who can fail to understand the aid which is given us by fastings? For therein we are bidden to restrain ourselves, not only in food, but also in all carnal desires. Otherwise it is lost labour to endure hunger and yet not put away wrong wishes; to afflict oneself by curtailing food, and yet not to flee from sinful thoughts. That is a carnal, not a spiritual fast, where the body only is stinted, and those things persisted in, which are more harmful than all delights. What profit is it to the soul to act outwardly as mistress and inwardly to be a captive and a slave, to issue orders to the limbs and to lose the right to her own liberty? That soul for the most part (and deservedly) meets with rebellion in her servant, which does not pay to God the service that is due. When the body therefore fasts from food, let the mind fast from vices, and pass judgment upon all earthly cares and desires according to the law of its King. 
III. Thus fasting in mind as well as body, and giving alms freely, we shall win God's highest favour
Let us remember that we owe love first to God, secondly to our neighbour, and that all our affections must be so regulated as not to draw us away from the worship of God, or the benefiting our fellow slave. But how shall we worship God unless that which is pleasing to Him is also pleasing to us? For, if our will is His will, our weakness will receive strength from Him, from Whom the very will came; for it is God, as the Apostle says, who works in us both to will and to do for (His) good pleasure Philippians 2:13 . And so a man will not be puffed up with pride, nor crushed with despair, if he uses the gifts which God gave to His glory, and withholds his inclinations from those things, which he knows will harm him. For in abstaining from malicious envy, from luxurious and dissolute living, from the perturbations of anger, from the lust after vengeance, he will be made pure and holy by true fasting, and will be fed upon the pleasures of incorruptible delights, and so he will know how, by the spiritual use of his earthly riches, to transform them into heavenly treasures, not by hoarding up for himself what he has received, but by gaining a hundred-fold on what he gives. And hence we warn you, beloved, in fatherly affection, to make this winter fast fruitful to yourselves by bounteous alms, rejoicing that by you the Lord feeds and clothes His poor, to whom assuredly He could have given the possessions which He has bestowed on you, had He not in His unspeakable mercy wished to justify them for their patient labour, and you for your works of love. Let us therefore fast on Wednesday and Friday, and on Saturday keep vigil with the most blessed Apostle Peter, and he will deign to assist with his own prayers our supplications and fastings and alms which our Lord Jesus Christ presents, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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Día de la Toma de Granada 2016 [Comunión Tradicionalista]

2 enero, 2016
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Con motivo del día de la gloriosa Toma de Granada el próximo 2 de enero, sábado, el Círculo Tradicionalista de Granada General Carlos Calderón anuncia los siguientes actos para celebrar la reconquista de Granada para la Cristiandad, e invita a los mismos a todos los tradicionalistas y simpatizantes tanto de Granada como de otros rincones de la Patria:

  • 12:45 Asistencia a la Tremolación del pendón real de Granada en la Capilla Real, frente a la tumba de los ínclitos Reyes Católicos.
  • 13:15 Asistencia al desfile militar y Tremolación del pendón real en el balcón del Ayuntamiento (Plaza del Carmen).
  • 14:00 Comida de hermandad en restaurante céntrico. Intervenciones a los postres.
  • 16:30 Ofrenda floral ante el monumento a Isabel la Católica.
  • 17:00 Romería de acción de gracias a Nuestra Señora Auxilio de los Cristianos por la Reconquista de España.
  • 17:30 Responso.
  • 19:00 Santa Misa por el inmemorial rito romano tradicional en la Capilla Santa María Reina (Placeta Gutierre de Cetina, 32).

Se ruega confirmar asistencia: circulogeneralcalderon@gmail.com

Normas a observar en la Plaza del Carmen:
Los tradicionalistas asistiremos corporativamente, pero entre el pueblo granadino. No nos agruparemos facciosamente como hacen ciertas bandas falsamente patrióticas venidas desde fuera de Granada. Tampoco caeremos en la provocación de las bandas también forasteras de extrema izquierda. Es a la autoridad competente a quien corresponde poner orden y respetuosamente ya le hemos exigido que así lo haga. Repartiremos banderas de España y de Granada, preferentemente entre la juventud, así como estampas con la oración pro beatificación de Isabel la Católica. Ponemos todo el buen desarrollo de estos actos al amparo de la Sierva de Dios y animamos a todos los amigos del resto de las Españas a que se unan a esta cadena de oración.
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Readings for Matins of Christmas [Lectio Divina Notes]






from the Hortus Deliciarum of Herrad of Landsberg, c12th
Merry Christmas!

The Matins readings and responsories (where available) for Christmas the Benedictine Office are as follows:

 Nocturn I (Isaiah 9:1-6; 40: 1-3, 4-8; 52: 1-6)

Reading 1 - Primo tempore alleviata est terra Zabulon et terra Nephthali: et novissimo aggravata est via maris trans Jordanem Galilææ gentium. 2 Populus qui ambulabat in tenebris,vidit lucem magnam; habitantibus in regione umbræ mortis, lux orta est eis. 3  Multiplicasti gentem, et non magnificasti lætitiam. Lætabuntur coram te, sicut qui lætantur in messe; sicut exsultant victores capta præda, quando dividunt spolia. 4 Jugum enim oneris ejus, et virgam humeri ejus, et sceptrum exactoris ejus superasti, sicut in die Madian. 5  Quia omnis violentia prædatio cum tumultu, et vestimentum mistum sanguine, erit in combustionem, et cibus ignis. 6 Parvulus enim natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis, et factus est principatus super humerum ejus: et vocabitur nomen ejus, Admirabilis, Consiliarius, Deus, Fortis, Pater futuri sæculi, Princeps pacis. 

At the first time the land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephtali was lightly touched: and at the last the way of the sea beyond the Jordan of the Galilee of the Gentiles was heavily loaded. [2] The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen. [3] Thou hast multiplied the nation, and hast not increased the joy. They shall rejoice before thee, as they that rejoice in the harvest, as conquerors rejoice after taking a prey, when they divide the spoils. [4] For the yoke of their burden, and the rod of their shoulder, and the sceptre of their oppressor thou hast overcome, as in the day of Median. [5] For every violent taking of spoils, with tumult, and garment mingled with blood, shall be burnt, and be fuel for the fire. [6] For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace. 

R. This is the day whereon the King of heaven was pleased to be born of a Virgin, that He might bring back to heaven man who was lost.
* There is joy among the hosts of Angels, because eternal salvation hath appeared unto men.
V. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, to men of goodwill. 6

R. There is joy among the hosts of Angels, because eternal salvation hath appeared unto men.

Reading 2 - Consolamini, consolamini, popule meus, dicit Deus vester. 2  Loquimini ad cor Jerusalem, et advocate eam, quoniam completa est malitia ejus, dimissa est iniquitas illius:
suscepit de manu Domini duplicia pro omnibus peccatis suis. 3  Vox clamantis in deserto:
Parate viam Domini, rectas facite in solitudine semitas Dei nostri.

Be comforted, be comforted, my people, saith your God. [2] Speak ye to the heart of Jerusalem, and call to her: for her evil is come to an end, her iniquity is forgiven: she hath received of the hand of the Lord double for all her sins. [3] The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God.

R. This day is the true peace come down unto us from heaven.* This day throughout the whole world the skies drop down sweetness.
V. This day is the daybreak of our new redemption, of the restoring of the old, of everlasting joy.

R. This day throughout the whole world the skies drop down sweetness.

Reading 3 - Omnis vallis exaltabitur, et omnis mons et collis humiliabitur, et erunt prava in directa, et aspera in vias planas: 5 et revelabitur gloria Domini, et videbit omnis caro pariter quod os Domini locutum est. 6 Vox dicentis: Clama. Et dixi: Quid clamabo? Omnis caro fœnum, et omnis gloria ejus quasi flos agri. 7  Exsiccatum est fœnum, et cecidit flos, quia spiritus Domini sufflavit in eo. Vere fœnum est populus: 8 exsiccatum est fœnum, et cecidit flos; verbum autem Domini nostri manet in æternum.

R. O ye shepherds, speak, and tell us what ye have seen; who is appeared in the earth?* We saw the new-born Child, and Angels singing praise to the Lord.
V. Speak; what have ye seen? And tell us of the Birth of Christ.

R. We saw the new-born Child, and Angels singing praise to the Lord.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough ways plain. [5] And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh together shall see, that the mouth of the Lord hath spoken.[ 6] The voice of one, saying: Cry. And I said: What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the glory thereof as the flower of the held. [7] The grass is withered, and the dower is fallen, because the spirit of the Lord hath blown upon it. Indeed the people is grass: [8] The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen: but the word of our Lord endureth for ever.

R. O ye shepherds, speak, and tell us what ye have seen; who is appeared in the earth?* We saw the new-born Child, and Angels singing praise to the Lord.
V. Speak; what have ye seen? And tell us of the Birth of Christ.

R. We saw the new-born Child, and Angels singing praise to the Lord.

Reading 4 - Consurge, consurge, induere fortitudine tua, Sion! induere vestimentis gloriæ tuæ, Jerusalem, civitas Sancti, quia non adjiciet ultra ut pertranseat per te incircumcisus et immundus. 2 Excutere de pulvere, consurge; sede, Jerusalem! solve vincula colli tui, captiva filia Sion. 3  Quia hæc dicit Dominus: Gratis venundati estis, et sine argento redimemini. 4 Quia hæc dicit Dominus Deus: In Ægyptum descendit populus meus in principio, ut colonus esset ibi, et Assur absque ulla causa calumniatus est eum. 5  Et nunc quid mihi est hic, dicit Dominus, quoniam ablatus est populus meus gratis? Dominatores ejus inique agunt, dicit Dominus, et jugiter tota die nomen meum blasphematur. 6  Propter hoc sciet populus meus nomen meum in die illa:quia ego ipse qui loquebar, ecce adsum.

Arise, arise, put on thy strength, O Sion, put on the garments of thy glory, O Jerusalem, the city of the Holy One: for henceforth the uncircumcised, and unclean shall no more pass through thee. [2] Shake thyself from the dust, arise, sit up, O Jerusalem: loose the bonds from off thy neck, O captive daughter of Sion. [3] For thus saith the Lord: You were sold gratis, and you shall be redeemed without money. [4] For thus saith the Lord God: My people went down into Egypt at the beginning to sojourn there: and the Assyrian hath oppressed them without any cause at all. [5] And now what have I here, saith the Lord: for my people is taken away gratis. They that rule over them treat them unjustly, saith the Lord, and my name is continually blasphemed all the day long. [6] Therefore my people shall know my name in that day: for I myself that spoke, behold I am here.

Nocturn II - Sermon of St Leo

Reading  5 - Dearly beloved brethren, Unto us is born this day a Saviour, Luke ii. 11. Let us rejoice. It would be unlawful to be sad to-day, for to - day is Life's Birthday the Birthday of that Life, Which, for us dying creatures, taketh away the sting of death, and bringeth the bright promise of the eternal gladness hereafter. It would be unlawful for any man to refuse to partake in our rejoicing. All men have an equal share in the great cause of our joy, for, since our Lord, Who is the destroyer of sin and of death, findeth that all are bound under the condemnation, He is come to make all free. 

R. How great is this mystery, how wonderful is the teaching of the faith! The beasts saw the new-born Lord lying in a manger.* Blessed is that Virgin whose womb was made meet to bear our Lord Christ.
V. Hail, Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee.
R. Blessed is that Virgin whose womb was made meet to bear our Lord Christ.

Reading  6 - Rejoice, O thou that art holy, thou drawest nearer to thy crown! Rejoice, O thou that art sinful, thy Saviour offereth thee pardon! Rejoice also, O thou Gentile, God calleth thee to life! For the Son of God, when the fulness of the time was come, which had been fixed by the unsearchable counsel of God, took upon Him the nature of man, that He might reconcile that nature to Him Who made it, and so the devil, the inventor of death, is met and beaten in that very flesh which hath been the field of his victory.

R. Blessed is God's holy Mother, Mary, maiden undefiled.* This day hath she brought forth the Saviour of the world.
V. Blessed is she that believed; for there is a performance of all those things which were told her from the Lord.
R. This day hath she brought forth the Saviour of the world.

Reading  7 - When our Lord entered the field of battle against the devil, He did so with a great and wonderful fairness. Being Himself the Almighty, He laid aside His uncreated Majesty to fight with our cruel enemy in our weak flesh. He brought against him the very shape, the very nature of our mortality, yet without sin. His birth however was not a birth like other births for no other is born pure, nay, not the little child whose life endureth but a day on the earth. To His birth alone the throes of human passion had not contributed, in His alone no consequence of sin had had -part. For His Mother was chosen a Virgin of the kingly lineage of David, and when she was to grow heavy with the sacred Child, her soul had already conceived Him before her body. She knew the counsel of God announced to her by the Angel, lest the unwonted events should alarm her. The future Mother of God knew what was to be wrought in her by the Holy Ghost, and that her modesty was absolutely safe.

R. O Mary, how holy and how spotless is thy virginity I am too dull to praise thee!* For thou hast borne in thy breast Him Whom the heavens cannot contain.
V. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
R. For thou hast borne in thy breast Him Whom the heavens cannot contain.

Reading  8 - Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us give thanks to God the Father, through His Son, in the Holy Ghost: Who, for His great love wherewith He loved us, hath had mercy on us and, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, that in Him we might be a new creature, and a new workmanship. Let us then put off the old man with his deeds  and, having obtained a share in the Sonship of Christ, let us renounce the deeds of the flesh. Learn, O Christian, how great thou art, who hast been made partaker of the Divine nature, and fall not again by corrupt conversation into the beggarly elements above which thou art lifted. Remember Whose Body it is Whereof thou art made a member, and Who is its Head.  Remember that it is He That hath delivered thee from the power of darkness hath translated thee into God's light, and God's kingdom. 

Nocturn III

Reading 9 - (Mt 1: 1-16; Homily of St Jerome on Matthew 1, 1)

Reading 10 - Luke 2:1-14:  In that time Jesus said to his disciples: And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And so on.

Homily by Pope St Gregory the Great: By God's mercy we are to say three Masses to-day, so that there is not much time left for preaching; but at the same time the occasion of the Lord's Birth-day itself obliges me to speak a few words. I will first ask why, when the Lord was to be born, the world was enrolled? Was it not to herald the appearing of Him by Whom the elect are enrolled in the book of life? Whereas the Prophet saith of the reprobate Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. Ps. lxviii. 29. Then, the Lord is born in Bethlehem. Now the name Bethlehem signifieth the House of Bread, and thus it is the birth-place of Him Who hath said, I am the Living Bread, Which came down from heaven. John vi. 51. We see then that this name of Bethlehem was prophetically given to the place where Christ was born,.because it was there that He was to appear in the flesh by Whom the souls of the faithful are fed unto life eternal. He was born, not in His Mother's house, but away from home. And this is a mystery, showing that this our mortality into which He was born was not the home of Him Who is begotten of the Father before the worlds.

R. Blessed be the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the Eternal Father, and blessed be the paps which give suck to Christ our Lord.* This day hath He been pleased for the salvation of the world to be born of a Virgin.
V. This day which is breaking is holy O come, ye Gentiles, and worship the Lord.
R. This day hath He been pleased for the salvation of the world to be born of a Virgin.

Reading 11 - Luke 2:15-20: In that time the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath showed to us. And so on

Homily by St Ambrose - Behold the beginning of the Church. Christ is born, and the shepherds watch; shepherds, to gather together the scattered sheep of the Gentiles, and to lead them into the fold of Christ, that they might no longer be a prey to the ravages of spiritual wolves in the night of this world's darkness. And that shepherd is wide awake, whom the Good Shepherd stirreth up. The flock then is the people, the night is the world, and the shepherds are the Priests. And perhaps he is a shepherd to whom it is said, Be watchful and strengthen, for God hath ordained as the shepherds of His flock not Bishops only, but also Angels.

R. In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum.* Hoc erat in principio apud Deum
V. Omnia per ipsum facta sunt, et sine ipso factum est nihil
R. Hoc erat in principio apud Deum

Reading 12 - John 1:1-14 - In that time Jesus said to his disciples: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And so on.

Homily by St Augustine: Lest thou shouldest think all things mean, as thou art accustomed to think of things human, hear and digest this The Word was God. Now perhaps there will come forward some Arian unbeliever, and say that the Word of God was a creature. How can the Word of God be a creature, when it was by the Word that all creatures were made? If He be a creature, then there must have been some other Word, not a creature, by which He was made. And what Word is that? If thou sayest that it was by the word of the Word Himself that He was made, I tell thee that God had no other, but One Only begotten Son. But if thou say not that it was by the word of the Word Himself that He was made, thou art forced to confess that. He by Whom all things were made was not Himself made at all. Believe the Gospel. 

R. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.* And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
V. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made.
R. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only -begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only -begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Gospel: St Matthew 1:1-6

Liber generationis Jesu Christi filii David, filii Abraham. 2 Abraham genuit Isaac. Isaac autem genuit Jacob. Jacob autem genuit Judam, et fratres ejus. 3 Judas autem genuit Phares, et Zaram de Thamar. Phares autem genuit Esron. Esron autem genuit Aram. 4 Aram autem genuit Aminadab. Aminadab autem genuit Naasson. Naasson autem genuit Salmon. 5 Salmon autem genuit Booz de Rahab. Booz autem genuit Obed ex Ruth. Obed autem genuit Jesse. Jesse autem genuit David regem. 6 David autem rex genuit Salomonem ex ea quæ fuit Uriæ. 7 Salomon autem genuit Roboam. Roboam autem genuit Abiam. Abias autem genuit Asa. 8 Asa autem genuit Josophat. Josophat autem genuit Joram. Joram autem genuit Oziam. 9 Ozias autem genuit Joatham. Joatham autem genuit Achaz. Achaz autem genuit Ezechiam. 10 Ezechias autem genuit Manassen. Manasses autem genuit Amon. Amon autem genuit Josiam. 11 Josias autem genuit Jechoniam, et fratres ejus in transmigratione Babylonis. 12 Et post transmigrationem Babylonis: Jechonias genuit Salathiel. Salathiel autem genuit Zorobabel. 13 Zorobabel autem genuit Abiud. Abiud autem genuit Eliacim. Eliacim autem genuit Azor. 14 Azor autem genuit Sadoc. Sadoc autem genuit Achim. Achim autem genuit Eliud. 15 Eliud autem genuit Eleazar. Eleazar autem genuit Mathan. Mathan autem genuit Jacob. 16 Jacob autem genuit Joseph virum Mariæ, de qua natus est Jesus, qui vocatur Christus. 

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: [2] Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Judas and his brethren. [3] And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram. [4] And Aram begot Aminadab. And Aminadab begot Naasson. And Naasson begot Salmon. [5] And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse.[6] And Jesse begot David the king. And David the king begot Solomon, of her that had been the wife of Urias. [7] And Solomon begot Roboam. And Roboam begot Abia. And Abia begot Asa. [8] And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias. [9] And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achaz. And Achaz begot Ezechias. [10] And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manasses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias.[11] And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren in the transmigration of Babylon. [12] And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zorobabel. [13] And Zorobabel begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliacim. And Eliacim begot Azor. [14] And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud. [15] And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar begot Mathan. And Mathan begot Jacob.[16] And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Vigil von Weihnachten - Das Konventamt [BRUNONIS]

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Um 10 Uhr sitzen wir auf der Tribüne in der Kirche. Sie ist schmal und hoch. Eine Scheidewand aus dunklem Holz teilt sie in den Raum für die Patres und in den für die Brüder. Den Chor der Patres verbindet eine Gittertüre mit dem Raum - halbwegs von der Tribüne überdeckt -, in dem die Brüder der heiligen Messe und dem Offizium beiwohnen. Von unserm hohen Sitz aus übersehen wir die Kirche und den uns fernen Hochaltar.

Die weißen Patres kommen einzeln herein, verneigen sich vor dem Hochaltar, ziehen nacheinander in Reihenfolge am Glockenstrang, welcher dem Nachfolgenden übergeben wird und gehen dann an ihren Platz in den Chorstühlen.

Es ist alles von einer strengen, herben Einfachheit. Das täglich gesungene Konvent-Hochamt wird immer, ausnahmslos, nur von einem einzigen Priester zelebriert. In männlichem Rhythmus vollklingender Stimmen geht der Psalmengesang. Das „Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui sancto“ – „Ehre sei dem Vater und dem Sohne und dem Heiligen Geiste“ ist majestätisch auf eine gedehnte, machtvolle Tonlage gesteigert. Die Patres singen laut und kraftvoll den ursprünglichen Gregorianischen Gesang immer ohne Orgelbegleitung.

Ich zittere wegen der durchdringenden, eisigen Kälte und der überwältigenden Aufregung. Ich sitze nieder und lausche tiefst verloren in einem neuen Wissen und so klar, als ob ich erst jetzt wüßte, wer ich bin. Mein Hin-lauschen ist zum wortlosen Beten geworden.

Hier ist der Glaube keine ferne, verschwommene Erinnerung, kein süßes Träumen oder ein duftiger Trostgedanke für schwache, empfindsame Seelen: Hier ist er die Gegenwart in seiner Vollkraft. Was Jesus gesagt hat, ist hier zur unmittelbaren Wirklichkeit geworden. Seine Worte handeln und leben in diesen Seelen ohne den geringsten Vorbehalt oder angstvolle Zurückhaltung. Im ganzen Hochsinn und Opfermut werden die Worte Jesu verstanden und gelebt: „Wer nicht allem entsagt, was er besitzt, kann mein Schüler nicht sein.“ (Luk 14,33).

(Die Tage und Nächte in der Kartause von La Valsainte.
Pieter Van der Meer de Walcheren. Das weisse Paradies.)


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