Liturgical Tips

Ordinary Time

Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.

Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

-http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/ordinary-time.cfm

 

Educational: SS. Marcellinus and Peter, MM. (c 4th Century AD)

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On June 2, the Catholic Church remembers two fourth­-century martyrs, Saints Marcellinus and Peter, who were highly venerated after the discovery of their tomb and the conversion of their executioner.

Though we know very little about these two martyrs under Diocletian, there is no question that the early church venerated them. Evidence of the respect in which they were held are the basilica Constantine built over their tombs and the presence of their names in the first eucharistic prayer. 

Pope St. Damasus I, who was himself a great devotee of the Church's saints during his life, 
composed an epitaph to mark the tombs of the two martyrs. The source of his knowledge, he
said, was the executioner himself, who had subsequently repented and joined the Catholic Church. Marcellinus, a priest, and Peter, an exorcist, died in the year 304. According to a legendary account of their martyrdom, the two Romans saw their imprisonment as just one more opportunity to evangelize and managed to convert their jailer and his family. The legend also says that they were beheaded in the forest so that other Christians wouldn't have a chance to bury and venerate their bodies. Two women found the bodies, however, and had them properly buried.

The feast of these two martyrs was included in the Roman calendar of saints by Pope Vigilius in 555.

-taken from: www.catholicnewsagency.com & www.holyspiritinteractive.net

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Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

On February 11, 2018, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments inscribed a new obligatory Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, into the General Roman Calendar. This memorial is celebrated every year on the Monday after Pentecost.

Pope Francis declared that on Saturday, March 3, 2018, that this memorial will be celebrated beginning this year. The Memorial will be observed annually and has been added to the General Roman Calendar, the Roman Missal, and the Liturgy of the Hours. This memorial invites us to the deep and profound relationship of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Holy Spirit and the Church through her motherhood.

Here at Holy Rosary we will celebrate this memorial on Monday, May 21, 2018 in a special way at the 5:15 Mass. Please, join us!

For more information about this memorial, please visit:

-http://www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/liturgical-calendar/mother-of-the-church.cfm

Educational: Saint Philip Neri (1515 - 1595)

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Saint Philip Neri (San Filippo Neri) was born on July 21, 1515, in Florence, Italy and died on May 26, 1595, in Rome. He was canonized in 1622 and his feast day is May 26. He was an Italian priest and one of the outstanding mystics during the Counter-Reformation and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory (now the Institute of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, also called Oratorians), a congregation of secular priests and clerics. He went to Rome c. 1533, where he tutored, studied, and undertook many charitable works. In 1548 he founded a society of laymen dedicated to the care of the poor, convalescents, and pilgrims. After ordination in 1551 he moved to the ecclesiastical community at San Girolamo della Carita in Rome. There he held religious conferences that became so popular that a large room was built over the church nave to accommodate his audiences. This room was called the Oratory, a name that subsequently referred to those who met there and to the devotional, charitable, and recreational activities that Philip instituted, including musical performances (hence "oratorio").

Philip was rector of the church of San Giovanni from 1564 to 1575, during which period he ordained his disciples. In 1575 Pope Gregory XIII granted him Sta. Maria in Vallicella, where he established the Institute of the Oratory. A house was built for the priests, and Philip, elected provost of the congregation in 1577, resided there after 1583.

Although Philip helped influence Pope Clement VIII to absolve (1595) King Henry IV of France from excommunication, he had little to do with contemporary political events. Noted for his personal spirituality, he underwent numerous ecstatic religious experiences, and many miracles were attributed to him.

-taken from www. britannica.com/biography/Saint-Philip-Neri

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The Sacraments and the Sacramentals

The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God; because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and ex­press it; that is why they are called "sacraments of faith." They do indeed impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them most effectively disposes the faithful to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God duly, and to practice charity.

It is therefore of the highest importance that the faithful should easily understand the sacramental signs, and should frequent with great eagerness those sacraments which were instituted to nourish the Christian life.

Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments: they signify effects, particularly of a spiri­tual kind, which are obtained through the Church's intercession. By them men are dis­posed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are ren­dered holy.

-Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium #59-60

Educational: St. Matthias

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How does one qualify to be an apostle? The first act of the apostles after the Ascension of Jesus was to find a replacement for Judas. With all the questions, doubts, and dangers facing them, they chose to focus their attention on finding a twelfth apostle. Why was this important? Twelve was a very important number to the Chosen People: twelve was the number of the twelve tribes of Israel. If the new Israel was to come from the disciples of Jesus, a twelfth apostle was needed. But Jesus had chosen the original twelve. How could they know whom he would choose?

One hundred and twenty people were gathered for prayer and reflection in the upper room, when Peter stood up to propose the way to make the choice. Peter had one criterion, that, like Andrew, James, John, and himself, the new apostle be someone who had been a disciple from the very beginning, from his baptism by John until the Ascension. The reason for this was simple, the new apostle must be a witness to Jesus' resurrection. He must have followed Jesus before anyone knew him, stayed with him when he made enemies, and believed in him when he spoke of the cross and of eating his body-teachings that had made others melt away.

Two men fit this description-Matthias and Joseph called Barsabbas. They knew that both these men had been with them and with Jesus through his whole ministry. But which one had the heart to become a witness to his resurrection. The apostles knew that only the Lord could know what was in the heart of each. They cast lots in order to discover God's will and Matthias was chosen. He was the twelfth apostle and the group was whole again as they waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

That's the first we hear of Matthias in Scripture, and the last. Legends like the Acts of Andrew and Matthias testify to Matthias' enthusiastic embrace of all that being an apostle meant including evangelization, persecution, and death in the service of the Lord.

How does one qualify to be an apostle? Clement of Alexandria says that Matthias, like all the other apostles, was not chosen by Jesus for what he already was, but for what Jesus foresaw he would become. He was elected not because he was worthy but because he would become worthy. Jesus chooses all of us in the same way. What does Jesus want you to become?-a follower in His footsteps.

-taken from www.Catholic.org.

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Sacred Art

Very rightly the fine arts are considered to rank among the noblest activities of man's genius, and this applies especially to religious art and to its highest achievement, which is sacred art. These arts, by their very nature, are oriented toward the infinite beauty of God which they attempt in some way to portray by the work of human hands; they achieve their purpose of redounding to God's praise and glory in proportion as they are directed the more exclusively to the single aim of tun1-ing men's minds devoutly toward God.

Holy Mother Church has therefore always been the friend of the fine arts and has ever sought their noble help, with the special aim that all things set apart for use in divine worship should be truly worthy, becoming, and beautiful, signs and symbols of the supernatural world, and for this purpose she has trained artists. In fact, the Church has, with good reason, always reserved to herself the right to pass judgment upon the arts, deciding which of the works of artists are in accordance with faith, piety, and cherished traditional laws, and thereby fitted for sacred use.

-Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium # 122

Religious' Corner

Dear Parishioners,

I will never forget the love, hospitality, and encouragement that "all y'all" offered me! From preaching Advent and Lenten missions, revitalizing the Young Adult ministry, joining you for prayers and Masses. I leave Houston but take all of you with me in my prayers back to St. Louis. I return to studies with a new-found zeal to study for the people of God. There is a new strength and conviction in my voice for preaching the Gospel for the salvation of souls. Therefore, I thank you all, especially my Dominican brothers, for a great year. May God bless you, your families, and your intentions! For I am ... 

Your brother in Christ,

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Br. James Martin Nobles, OP

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Liturgical Tips

Sacred Music (Part II)

Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when the divine offices are celebrated solemnJy in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people.

The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently promoted, especially in cathedral churches; but bishops and other pastors of souls must be at pains to ensure that, whenever the sacred action is to be celebrated with song, the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightly theirs.

-Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosancturn Concilium # 113

Religious' Corner

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Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, writes: "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, "sourpusses". Nobody can go off to battle unless he is fully convinced of victory beforehand. If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents. While painfully aware of our own frailties, we have to march on without giving in, keeping in mind what the Lord said to Saint Paul: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Car 12:9). Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne with aggressive tenderness against the assaults of evil. The evil spirit of defeatism is brother to the temptation to separate, before its time, the wheat from the weeds; it is the fruit of an anxious and self-centered lack of trust" -Evangelii Gaudium, 85.

How joyful are we? Pope Francis writes this passage in his apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, but I don't feel very joyful when the Holy Father convicts me of being a sourpuss. Yet, the Holy Father reminds me of the depth of joy which comes through the crosses of my life. In my office hangs a picture which I refer to as "Three Contemplative Smiles" (pictured below). While most people see two of the sisters smiling, they are not sold on the third sister in the middJe. However, is joy onJy expressed through a smile? Indeed, Christian joy is always rooted in a blessed assurance that God will be there for us. Therefore, the smile of the sister in the middle is the smile that we all should have as Christians. What else can make us more joyful than this, the joy of knowing that the victory is already won through the Resurrection of our Lord!

-br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.