October 25, 2014

Liturgical Guide: Feast of All Saints

15th Century Altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck; Ghent, Belgium - Wikipedia

The hymns chosen for the Feast of All Saints emphasize our Communion with the Saints. Although, as Paragraph #960 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church points out: The Church is a "communion of saints" (Acts 9:13; 1 Cor 6:1; 16:1), the term "communion of saints" also refers to the communion of "holy persons" in Christ who "died for all" (Paragraph #961). Therefore: "It is not merely by the title of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven; we seek, rather, that by this devotion to the exercise of fraternal charity the union of the whole Church in the Spirit may be strengthened. Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself" (Paragraph #957).


Reflection by the Apostleship of Prayer

LITURGY OF THE HOURS (1975)
31. Faith of Our Fathers
44. Romans VIII (For Those Who Love God)
172. For All the Saints
180. The Beatitudes
181. Blest Are the Pure in Heart

DIVINE OFFICE (1974)
O Fair is Our Lord's Own City
The Father's Holy Ones

September 28, 2014

Liturgical Guide: Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael; Archangels

c. 1450 Painting by the 'Master of Pratovecchio' - Courtesy of Wikipedia

The hymns chosen for the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael; Archangels proclaim with the Church that the existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls "angels" is a truth of faith which is in complete unanimity with Sacred Tradition. Beginning at Paragraph #329, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says this concerning Angels: "Who are they? St. Augustine says: "'Angel' is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is 'spirit'; if you seek the name of their office, it is 'angel': from what they are, 'spirit', from what they do, 'angel.'" With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they "always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven" they are the "mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word - Matt. 18:10".


Reflection by the Apostleship of Prayer

LITURGY OF THE HOURS (1975)
151. Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Adore Him
152. They Come, God's Messengers of Love
153. You Holy Angels Bright

DIVINE OFFICE (1974)
Angels of God, You See the Father's Face