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Monday 2 June 2014

New Policy Here from STM

I shall not publish any comments which are sedevcantist or against the integrity of the Pope Emeritus.

I believe God told Benedict to resign and he gave us clear signs he would do this before he did.

I shall not publish any comments which indicate that either Benedict or Francis are evil agents of satan. This in not only slander, but absurd.

If anyone wants to rant against Benedict, there are plenty of sede sites which one can go to and comment.

This is a Catholic blog, not a Protestant one, and one can protest from the right as well as the left.

Too many trads are working themselves out of the Church, our only surety of salvation.

And, how interesting that so many of these rabid comments are labelled Anonymous....which do not get published anyway. So, these people, who know I shall not publish, merely write to harass me. Cowards.

Newspaper Clipping-Check Out The Gloves and Mantilla

Big Post Day

Relax, read, pray...see you all later. Taking a rest and just thinking for a while....

For bloggers, about bloggers

Superb Article on Fr. Z.

Tip of the Iceberg

Thanks to Drudge for this and previous link.

News from Spain

Needs to be read

Muniat Intrantes Crux Domino Famulantes.

From Today's Guardian


Monday, 2 June 2014

Parish priest backs new Yeovil SPUC branch

Yesterday Josephine, my wife, and I were in Yeovil in beautiful Somerset. I made an appeal for support for a new SPUC branch - strongly backed by Fr Jean-Patrice Coulon, the parish priest of the Church of the Holy Ghost. John Marsden and Mary Jordan, standing to my right, are organising the new group and we're pictured with the PP, with Josephine on my left, and with some of our new supporters. Praise God!

St. Mary of The Angels, Bayswater

One of my favorite churches in London, and one of my favorite pastors in England....

Once home of the Oblates of St. Charles, connected to Henry Cardinal Manning. More about this later.

Sadly, I am having severe Internet problems at this time.

St. Mary of The Angels, Pray for Us

Honoring Our Lady of The Angels Today

St. Pio X Giuseppe Sarto (1903 – 1914) with an apostolic letter dated 9 November 1906 “Susceptum Deo inspirante” awarded to Santa Maria Degli Angeli parish status as well as the income from S Giovanni dei Fiorentini. And that is how Santa Maria became a parish Church and this is commemorated by a marble stone which can be found in the present chapel of S. Teresa together with a bronze bust by Michelangelo and another by the Sicilian Don Antonio Lo Duca, proponent of the angels. There is a marble decoration of Lo Duca above which there is the following inscription: “In the year of 1971, marking the 75th anniversary of Santa Maria as a parish Church by will of S Pio X in 1906, the faithful of Santa Maria Degli Angeli, the Sicilians resident in Rome and the citizens of Cefal├╣, wanted to dedicate this marble stone to the Sicilian Antonio Lo Duca here buried, who with the help of S Filippo Neri and S Carlo Borromeo, persuaded Pio IV in 1561 to commission Michelangelo to transform the Diocletian baths built with the sweat and blood of slaves and Christian martyrs into the Church dedicated to S Maria Regina of the Angels and of the Martyrs.”

On The Way to St. James Compostela-Our Lady of The Angels in Lurs

Notre Dame de Anges from The Catholic Encyclopedia Online.

A miraculous shrine near Lur, France, containing a crypt (SainteChapelle) which tradition dates back to an early period. Archeological finds, inscriptions, and the records left by antiquaries give evidence that this was once the site of a Roman colony and a station termed in ancient itineraries, Alaunium (founded 150 B.C.). Situated as it was on a Roman road connecting cities which are believed to have been evangelized at an early period, Alaunium probably received the Faith at the same time. There is an ancient tradition to the effect that one of the immediate disciples of Christ erected an oratory here in honour of the Mother of God, and that it took the name Alaunium, later contracted into Aulun. Though several chapels were built on this site and destroyed, an ancient tablet survived all calamities. On the occasion of a cure wrought before this tablet (2 August, 1665) a choir of angels, it is said, was heard singing; on the repetition of the marvel the following year the name of the shrine was changed to Our Lady of Angels, and it was placed in charge of the Recollect Fathers of St Francis. In 1752 Bishop Lafiteau of Sisteron instituted the feast of the Relatives of Mary, making this sanctuary a centre of the devotion. In 1791 the religious were expelled, and the church despoiled. On the reopening of the churches the pilgrimages recommenced, and still continue. The most important of them takes place on 2 August.


LEROY, Histoire des pelerinages de la Sainte Vierge en France (Paris, 1873), III, 423 sqq.; Acta SS., 2 August.

Thoughts on The Shrine of Our Lady of The Angels in Engelberg

By William Wordsworth


Switzerland: Engelberg
Engelberg, the Hill of Angels
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
FOR gentlest uses, ofttimes Nature takes
The work of Fancy from her willing hands;
And such a beautiful creation makes
As renders needless spells and magic wands,
And for the boldest tale belief commands.        5
When first mine eyes beheld that famous hill
The sacred Engelberg, celestial bands,
With intermingling motions soft and still,
Hung round its top, on wings that changed their hues at will.
Clouds do not name those visitants; they were        10
The very angels whose authentic lays,
Sung from that heavenly ground in middle air,
Made known the spot where piety should raise
A holy structure to the Almighty’s praise.
Resplendent apparition! if in vain        15
My ears did listen, ’t was enough to gaze,
And watch the slow departure of the train,
Whose skirts the glowing mountain thirsted to detain!

From here came the monks to Conception, MO, btw.

Please join me in prayer today to Our Lady of the Angels

Wilton Diptych 1395

Prayer to Our Lady of the Angels
You are fair, O Mary,
And the stain of original sin is not in you.
You are the glory of Jerusalem;
You are the joy of Israel;
You are the honor of our people;
You are the advocate of sinners, O Mary
Our Lady of the Angels,
Virgin most prudent,
Mother Most loving,
Pray for us,
Intercede for us with Jesus Christ our Lord.
(mention your request)

Special Day to Our Lady of The Angels

Please join me in prayer today for all our intentions.

Prayer for Faith, Grace and the Intercession
of Our Lady of the Angels

Heavenly Father, you filled the heart
of St. Francis with a special love
for the Mother of Your Son, Jesus,
and for the Portiuncula.
In this hallowed place you nourished
his spiritual life and inspired him
to found the Franciscan Order.
Through the intercession of Our Lady
of the Angels may we be steadfast
in our faith and remain true to You.
Grant us the faith and grace always to do Your will.
Grant this through Your Son, Jesus Christ.

St. Mary, Queen of The Angels, Pray for Us

I had this picture on a card and left it two years ago at St. Mary of the Angels in Westbourne Grove. I want to share this from St  Bonaventure. From

(The following is an excerpt from:
the Major Life of St. Francis by St. Bonaventure
" The Portiuncula was an old church dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God which was abandoned . Francis had great devotion to the Queen of the world and when he saw that the church was deserted, he began to live there constantly in order to repair it. He heard that the Angels often visited it, so that it was called Saint Mary of the Angels, and he decided to stay there permanently out of reverence for the angels and love for the Mother of Christ.
He loved this spot more than any other in the world. It was here he began his religious life in a very small way; it is here he came to a happy end. When he was dying, he commended this spot above all others to the friars, because it was most dear to the Blessed Virgin.
This was the place where Saint Francis founded his Order by divine inspiration and it was divine providence which led him to repair three churches before he founded the Order and began to preach the Gospel.
This meant that he progressed from material things to more spiritual achievements, from lesser to greater, in due order, and it gave a prophetic indication of what he would accomplish later.
As he was living there by the church of Our Lady, Francis prayed to her who had conceived the Word, full of grace and truth, begging her insistently and with tears to become his advocate. Then he was granted the true spirit of the Gospel by the intercession of the Mother of mercy and he brought it to fruition.
He embraced the Mother of Our Lord Jesus with indescribable love because, as he said, it was she who made the Lord of majesty our brother, and through her we found mercy. After Christ, he put all his trust in her and took her as his patroness for himself and his friars."

Prayer for Protection

August Queen of Heaven! 
Sovereign Mistress of the angels! 
Thou who from the beginning 
hast received from God 
the power and mission to crush the head of Satan, 
we humbly beseech thee 
to send thy holy Legions, 
that, under thy command 
and by thy power, 
they may pursue the evil spirits, 
encounter them on every side, 
resist their bold attacks 
and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe.


Another version...

August Queen of Heaven, 
sovereign Queen of Angels, 
you who at the beginning 
received from God 
the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan, 
we beseech you humbly, 
send your holy legions so that, 
on your orders and by your power, 
they will track down demons, 
fight them everywhere, 
curb their audacity and plunge them into the abyss.

Who can be compared to God? 
Oh good and tender Mother, 
you will always be our love and our hope.

Oh divine Mother, 
send the Holy Angels and Archangels to defend me
and to keep the cruel enemy far from me.

Holy Angels and Archangels defend us, 
protect us.