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World’s Largest Monstrance to Be Unveiled

Posted by james0235 on May 31, 2008

UPDATE: It looks like this will be carried live on EWTN at 5:00pm Eastern – less than 1 hour from now.

This is too cool. I would love to be in Chicago for this. But, since there is little chance of that happening I hope to at least see it some day.

World’s Largest Monstrance to Be Unveiled

CHICAGO, May 23 IL-largest-monstrance

CHICAGO, May 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church here will unveil what is believed to be the world’s largest monstrance at 6 p.m. eastern time Saturday, May 31. A monstrance is a container that displays a consecrated Host (which Catholics believe is the body of Christ under the appearance of bread) for veneration. The monstrance will serve as focal point of the new Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy, to be built on the grounds of this inner city parish.

The gilded receptacle has taken sculptor Stefan Niedorezo two years to carve from linden wood using Renaissance methods. The iconic monstrance is nine feet tall and weighs 700 pounds. Malgorzata Sawczuk applied the gilding and serves as project conservator.

The monstrance depicts the Blessed Mother as the link between the old and new covenants. She stands over the Ark of the Covenant, a sacred container that held the stone tablets inscribed with the 10 Commandments. Mary is “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars,” as depicted in the Book of Revelation (Rev 11:19 and 12:1-2).

The unveiling takes place on the feast of the Visitation, where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth and found the supposedly barren woman pregnant with a son who would become John the Baptist, forerunner of Jesus (Lk 1:39-57). The public is invited to the ceremony, which will be televised live on EWTN, the worldwide Catholic television network; Catholic TV; and the Latin American TV station El Sembrador. Relevant Radio will provide U.S. coverage. Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago.

The vision for the sanctuary and monstrance began nine years ago when St. Stanislaus Kostka pastor Fr. Anthony Bus, CR, heard a call from Mary asking that he build the sanctuary. He wrote a book about his experience titled A Mother’s Plea: Lifting the Veil in Sanctuary (Marian Press). The book, originally published in 2005, has been a popular title in Catholic book circles partly because of its apocalyptic theme. It has been updated this year with information on the painstaking effort to build the sanctuary.

Donations and proceeds from Fr. Bus’s book financed sculpting the monstrance.

Following the unveiling, planners will begin raising funds to build the sanctuary. Estimated cost is between $15 million and $20 million.

SOURCE Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church

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The Scum of the Earth

Posted by james0235 on May 31, 2008

And I am most definitely not referring to the hungry and the homeless who are suffering because of this.

City’s busiest soup kitchen closed after copper thefts

Thursday, May 29, 2008 7:53 PM

By Rita Price

Copper thieves have shut down the city’s busiest soup kitchen.

“People will suffer because of this,” said Frances Carr, director of the Holy Family Community Kitchen and Pantry. “We serve about 5,000 meals a week.”

Two large refrigeration compressors, along with copper piping, were stolen over the Memorial Day weekend, Carr said today. The units were unbolted from concrete pads and hauled away.

Food soon spoiled, and the kitchen had to close by yesterday. Carr said she hopes to reopen on Monday, but she’s not certain she can.

The kitchen and pantry are at 57 S. Grubb St. in the Franklinton area, where crime is not uncommon. Still, Carr said, the kitchen never seemed to be targeted before. People respected the mission, she said.

“Maybe a broken window, or a little incident like that, maybe twice in 20 years,” Carr said. “ We’re close-knit here. We treat everybody like family.”

Holy Family provides a free, hot meal to anyone in need between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advocates say Holy Family’s pace is probably matched or exceeded only by Faith Mission, which is open seven days a week at 151 N. 6th St. on the Near East Side and provides meals to both its shelter residents and walk-ins.

Vic Ward, interim executive director at Faith Mission, said their visitors increased some today. The Community Kitchen at 640 S. Ohio Ave. on the South Side also reported serving more meals because of Holy Family’s closing.

“We were up 50 or 75 people today, and we expect more tomorrow,” said Marilyn Oberting of the Community Kitchen. “We’re seeing an awful lot of people with incomes who still need to come here.”

Carr said she hated to throw away good food when so many are in need.

“It’s a great loss,” she said. “A great loss.”

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Lauda Sion Salvatorem

Posted by james0235 on May 25, 2008

Lauda Sion Salvatorem, the Sequence for the Feast of Corpus Christi, written by St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Corpus Christi Procession

Posted by james0235 on May 24, 2008

Corpus Christi Procession at Assumption Grotto in Detroit.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Subjects For Daily Meditation

Posted by james0235 on May 20, 2008

Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life:

God to glorify,
Jesus to imitate,
The Blessed Virgin and the Saints to venerate,
The Angels to invoke,
A soul to save,
A body to mortify,
Sins to expiate,
Virtues to acquire,
Hell to avoid,
Heaven to gain,
Eternity to prepare for,
Time to profit by,
Neighbors to edify,
The world to despise,
Devils to combat,
Passions to subdue,
Death perhaps to suffer,
And Judgment to undergo.

Manual of Prayers, 3rd Plenary Council of Baltimore, 1888

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Posted by james0235 on May 18, 2008

I read this quote this morning in both the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal and Volume 10 of The Liturgical Year:

“As soon as we have celebrated the Advent of the Holy Ghost, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity in the office of the following Sunday.

The time is well chosen, for, immediately after the descent of this Divine Spirit, began the preaching, and belief and Baptism and confession in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.”

-Abbot Rupert of Deutz

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Quicumque Vult

Posted by james0235 on May 17, 2008

“Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem”

The Athanasian Creed, attributed to but most likely not composed by St. Athanasius, is one of the most profound statements on the Holy Trinity that the Church has ever produced.

Liturgically it is used in the Divine Office of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite where it is said during the office of Prime on Trinity Sunday. I do not believe that the Athanasian Creed is currently used at all in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. And it is not used by the Eastern Catholic Churches.

Unfortunately its extremely limited use means that very few Catholics ever hear it. I’m trying to get in the habit of reciting it at least once a year on Trinity Sunday.

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith. Which faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance.

For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is all one, the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.

The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet they are not three eternals, but one Eternal.

As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one Uncreated, and one Incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Spirit Almighty. And yet they are not three almighties, but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. And yet they are not three gods, but one God.

So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord. And yet not three lords, but one Lord.

For as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge each Person by Himself to be both God and Lord, so we are also forbidden by the catholic religion to say that there are three gods or three lords.

The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three fathers; one Son, not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits.

And in the Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another, but all three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

He therefore that will be saved is must think thus of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man; God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man of the substance of his mother, born in the world; perfect God and perfect man, of a rational soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father, as touching His godhead; and inferior to the Father, as touching His manhood; who, although He is God and man, yet he is not two, but one Christ; one, not by conversion of the godhead into flesh but by taking of the manhood into God; one altogether; not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person. For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ; who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, He sits at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the quick and the dead. At His coming all men will rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.

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May Crowning Before Mass

Posted by james0235 on May 14, 2008

I believe this is the first time I have seen a May Crowning since I was in the 1st grade.

This video was taken by Tom Ryan, a man with powerful friends:

Tom Ryan and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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The Use of Scripture in the Roman Rite of the Mass

Posted by james0235 on May 13, 2008


I have been working on a project lately that may be of some use to others. I am compiling all of the various Scripture verses used in the Mass. You can look up a particular verse and determine when and where it is used at Mass.

The Use of Scripture in the Roman Rite of the Mass

The site includes the Entrance Antiphon (most priests seem to replace this with a hymn), 1st Reading, Responsorial Psalm, 2nd Reading (if any), Alleluia Verse (called the Verse before the Gospel during Lent), the Gospel, the Communion Antiphon (again, usually replaced with a hymn), and other things such as the addtional Readings of the Easter Vigil.

Right now it covers all of the Sundays and weekdays of the Liturgical Year as well as the Common Masses (Common of Martyrs, Common of Pastors, etc.). Still to be added are the Ritual Masses (Conferral of the Sacrament of Marriage, etc.), the Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, the Votive Masses, and then finally the Feast Days.

I will then go through the Psalms and verify the chapter and verse. I believe that some use the Hebrew numbering and some use the Greek. I will make sure they all use the Hebrew numbering with the Greek following in parenthesis (if different).

When all of that is completed I will begin adding a 3rd column on the right side covering the use of Scripture in the Mass of Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (also known as the Tridentine Mass or the Traditional Latin Mass).

There have been multiple times that I have wished for something like this. But, I have been unable to find anything complete. So, I decided to put it together myself. I would be very interested in comments, suggestions, and criticisms.

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Catholic Pickup Lines

Posted by james0235 on May 10, 2008

10. May I offer you a light for that votive candle?

9. Hi there. My buddy and I were wondering if you would settle a dispute we’re having. Do you think the word should be pronounced HOMEschooling, or homeSCHOOLing?

8. Sorry, but I couldn’t help but noticing how cute you look in that ankle-length, shapeless, plaid jumper.

7. What’s a nice girl like you doing at a First Saturday Rosary Cenacle like this?

6. You don’t like the culture of death either? Wow! We have so much in common!

5. Let’s get out of here. I know a much cozier little Catholic bookstore downtown.

4. I bet I can guess your confirmation name.

3. You’ve got stunning scapular-brown eyes.

2. Did you feel what I felt when we reached into the holy water font at the same time?

1. Confess here often?

(by Patrick Madrid of Envoy)

Any guesses on which one of these I have actually tried? 😉

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