Feast of the Assumption

 The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - another example of "not-so-ordinary" days! These are COUNTING days - and by the extraordinary lectionary we refer to them as ORDINAL (counting) days and we remember back to Pentecost - the birthday of the Catholic Church!

Trinity Sunday


Trinity Sunday

Our priest today, who happens to be French, taught us today that this is kind of a French Feast Day. It started in France in the 9th century, there-abouts, and was not approved by Rome until the 14th century, stating "every Sunday is a celebration of the Trinity." Our priest chuckled, then in the 14th century they elected a French pope - and he declared it to be a feast day for the whole Church.

Today we celebrate one of the foundations of Christianity - Three Divine Persons in One God. It is an extraordinary feast which we celebrate in Ordinal Time, the First Sunday After Pentecost.

40 Days of Eastertide - Ascension Thursday

 Ten more days of Eastertide! Don't forget your "Easter Duty!"

What, Exactly, Is the Easter Duty for Catholics?

The "duty" is to receive Holy Communion at least once during Eastertide. This is a precept of the Catholic Church, meaning every Catholic is obliged to fulfill this Easter duty. Some believe part of the precept includes the Sacrament of Penance (Confession), and while that is not precisely true - reception of the Holy Eucharist must be done in the State of Grace, therefore while not part of the requirement for the precept, it IS a requirement if one is not in the State of Grace (has one or more unconfessed mortal sin on their soul). Frequent confession is always a good idea though! One does not have to be in mortal sin to go to confession as ANY sin can be confessed, even venial sins.

Ascension Thursday

On the 40th day of Eastertide Jesus ascended into Heaven, just as the Catholic creeds (accepted and recited by most of Christendom) proclaim. "He ascended into Heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father, Almighty; from thence He shall come again to judge the living and the dead."

It was important for Jesus to ascend to the Father, for, as He said, if He did not do so, He could not send the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, to be with His first bishops - to guide them to all truth. 

The First Novena!

The Apostles and Mary stayed in Jerusalem, awaiting the Feast of Days, aka, Pentecost. A Jewish holiday. For the next 9 days the Apostles and Mary prayed for the coming of the Holy Ghost - and on the 50th day after the Resurrection, He came upon them! The Catholic Church is born! Our first bishops who had locked themselves in the Upper Room had the Holy Ghost descend upon them, and rested upon them as tongues of fire. As they came out of the Upper Room, they began to preach to the crowd gathered in Jerusalem from all around the region. To the crowd's astonishment, each of them heard the preaching in their own language!

Holy Ghost Novena – Day 1

Come Holy Ghost, and send forth from heaven the ray of Thy light.

Veni, Sancte Spíritus Et emítte cœlitus Lucis tuæ rádium.


Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body, to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light, and listen to Thy voice, and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee, by Thy compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced feet of Jesus, and looking at His five wounds, and trusting in His precious Blood, and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.” Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth; the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable; the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.

For the full novena: https://angeluspress.org/pages/copy-of-novena-to-the-holy-ghost-9-day-novena







Happy Star Wars Day!


 A little Traditionalist spin on Star Wars Day!

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Cross of Wales

Pope Francis has gifted two shards from the True Cross to HRH King Charles III which have been incorporated into the Cross of Wales, which will be part of the procession at the coronation of King Charles. An interesting act of ecumenism for a pope to gift something to the monarch of England (whom has been the self-proclaimed "Head of the Church of England" since King Henry VIII).

Cross of Wales
The Cross of Wales
This is a source of consternation among some Catholics - a relic from the True Cross should not be just gifted to a church (or person) who stands in "protest" (Protestant) against the Catholic Church. Please share your thoughts. Does this imply a unity which does not yet exist?



He Is Risen!


That was Ukrainian, here it is in English:

(Actually, a better translation would be "Christ Is Risen!")
Happy Easter!
Our salvation is complete, Jesus is risen from the grave! 
Rejoice!  Hallelujah!

Christ the Lord is risen today!

Traditional Easter greeting in many languages:

He Is Risen!

Al Maseeh qam!
Haqqan qam!

Qristos haryal ý y merelotz!
Haverzh ordnyal ý harutiune Qristosy!

Krishti Ungjall!
Vertete Ungjall!

Khristos Uvoskros!
Zaprowdu Uvoskros!

Helisituosi fuhuole.
Queshi fuhuole.

Pikhirstof aftonf!
Khen o methni aftonf!

Kristus vstal zmrtvy'ch!
Skutec~ne~ vstal!

Kristus er opstanden!
Ja, sandelig opstanden!

Christus is opgestaan!
Hij is waarlijk opgestaan!

Christ is Risen!
Indeed, He is Risen!
Chaucerean Middle English
Crist is arisen!
Arisen he sothe!

Kristus on surnuist ülestőusnud!
Tőesti ülestőusnud!

Christos T'ensah Em' Muhtan!
Exai' Ab-her Eokala!

Kristus nousi kuolleista!
Totisesti nousi!

Christ est ressuscite !
En verite il est ressuscite !

Taw Creest Ereen!
Taw Shay Ereen Guhdyne!
Erid Krist! G'deya! n erid she!
Irish Gaelic
Tá Críosd ar éirigh!
Go deimhin, tá e ar éirigh!
Scots' Gaelic
Tha Crěosd air čiridh!
Gu dearbh, tha e air čiridh!

Christus ist Auferstanden!!!
Wahrhaft auferstanden!

Christ ist Erstanden!
Wahrlicht Erstanden!

Christos Anesti!
Alithos Anesti!

Kriste aghsdga!
Cheshmaritad aghsdga!

Ha-Mashiah qom!
Be-emet qom!

Kristur reis upp!
Sannlega reis han upp!
- Icelandic

Cristo č risorto!
Č veramente risorto!

Iyaric Patw
Krestos a uprisin!
Seen, him a uprisin fe tru!

Harisutosu Fukkatsu!
Jitsu Ni Fukkatsu!

Kristo Gesso!
Buhar ha sho Nay!

Christus resurrexit!
Vere resurrexit!

Christus er Oppstanden!
Sandelig Han er Oppstanden!

Chrystus zmartwychwstal!
Zmartwychwstal prawdziwie!

Christo Ressuscitou!
Em Verdade Ressuscitou!

Christos a Inviat!
Adeverat a Inviat!

Christos voskres!
Voistinu voskres!

Sahidic Coptic
Christos aftooun.
alethos aftooun.

Satvam Upastitaha!

Hristos Vaskrese!
Vaistinu Vaskrese!
Hear it! (Serbian chant)

Church Slavonic
Christos Voskrese!
Voistinu Voskrese!

Kristus vstal zmr'tvych!
Skutoc~ne vstal!

Christos Voskrese!
Voistinu Voskrese!

Cristo esta resucitado!
En verdad, esta resucitado!

Meshiha qam!
Bashrira qam!

Kristos Ame Fu Fuka!
Kweli Ame Fu Fuka!

Kristus ar Upstanden!
Sannerligen Upstanden!

Kristos Voskres!
Voistinu voskres!

Atgyfododd Crist!
Atgyfododd in wir!

Ukristu Uvukile!
Uvukile Kuphela!

And by request from my long-time friend, Verga:

Krist peplu'ta'
taHbej peplu'ta'

H = German ch as in Bach,
apostrophe is a glottal stop
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Did Pope Francis Change the Our Father?

One of my sons asked me this question and I said I would get back to him on it. I remember hearing about this, vaguely, in the past. This is what I found...

So, regarding what Pope Francis said about the Lord's Prayer (the Our Father)... that was back in 2019, and he proposed the change, it never really happened.

Per Fox News:

The Pope (proposed to) change the phrase "lead us not into temptation" to "do not let us fall into temptation," as mentioned in the gospel of Matthew 6:13, because the original translation implies that God induces temptation. The change, officials said, is closer to the original intent of the prayer.

"I am the one who falls; it’s not Him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen," Francis explained to Italian broadcasters about the phrase change. "A father doesn't do that, a father helps you to get up immediately. It's Satan who leads us into temptation, that's his department."

Published June 5, 2019 (the statement was actually made in May sometime).

I'm not overly concerned with the proposed change if were ever to be put in place. The Greek, written out literally, is not what we're used to seeing. 

ἀφίεμεν τοῖς ὀφειλέταις ἡμῶν καί μή εἰσενέγκης ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν, ἀλλά ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπό τοπoνηρο.

Here's that translated by Translate.com:

 Thou shalt forsake us and thou shalt not be tempted by us, 

[that's the "Lead us not into temptation" part]

but thou art us out of wretchedness. 

[that's the ""but deliver us from evil" part]

Google Translate translates it this way:

"lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." (same as we're used to)

 Same copy/paste in a different translator. Funny how the first one (Translate.com) translated it into "King James English" with the "thou shalt..." and "thou art us..." Why use old English?

 The "DeepL" translation site goes with:

"and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

 translate.yandex.com, using the exact same Greek copy/paste:

"let us not be tempted by temptation, but let us be tempted by temptation."

 Bing translation is the same as Translate.com.

 Anyway, it has not changed since he said that nearly 4 years ago, that I am aware of. Could it be changed? Sure! Jesus didn't speak English and clearly, there are variances in the translation just based on the few I looked into. The way you're used to hearing it has been used for close to 500 years, so any change "to Jesus' words" (again, He didn't speak English!) will be met with a lot of resistance.

I hope this helps!


Feast of the Assumption

 The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - another example of "not-so-ordinary" days! These are COUNTING days - and...