Archive for March, 2011

Blessed Columba Marmion on the Blessed Eucharist

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The Eucharist is then truly the memorial that Christ has left to us of His Passion and His Death. It is the testament of His love.  Wherever the bread and wine are offered, wherever the consecrated Host is found, there appears the remembrance of Christ’s immolation: do this for a commemoration of me.

The Eucharist recalls to us above all the memory of the Passion of Jesus. It was on the eve of His death that He instituted It. He left It to us as the testament of His love.  But it does not exclude the other mysteries.

See what the Church does. She is the Bride of Christ. None knows better than she the intentions of her Divine Head.  In the organisation of the public worship which she renders to Him, she is guided by the Holy Spirit.  Now what does she say? Directly after the Consecration, she first of all recalls the words of Jesus: As often as you do these things, you shall do them in remembrance of me.  And at once she adds, to show how closely she enters into the sentiments of her Spouse: Wherefore, O Lord, we Your servants together with Your holy people, in memory of the blessed Passion of the same Christ Our Lord, and of His Resurrection from hell, also of His glorious Ascension into Heaven, offer unto Your most excellent Majesty…the holy bread of eternal life, and the chalice of everlasting salvation.  After the mention of “the Ascension to the right hand of the Father”, the Greeks likewise add, “that of the second and glorious coming of Christ”.  So then, although the Eucharist recalls the Passion of Jesus, It does not exclude the remembrance of the glorious mysteries which are linked so closely to the Passion of which they are, in a sense, the crown.

Since it is the Body and Blood of Christ that we receive, the Eucharist supposes the Incarnation and the mysteries which are founded upon or flow from it.  Christ is upon the altar with the divine life which never ceases, with His mortal life of which the historical form has doubtless ceased, but of which the substance and merits remain, with His glorious life which shall have no end.  All this, as you know, is really contained in the Sacred Host and given in Communion to our souls. In communicating Himself to us, Christ Jesus gives Himself in the substantial totality of His works and mysteries, as in the oneness of His Person.   

                – from Christ in His Mysteries by Blessed Columba Marmion, OSB

Novena in Honor of St. Joseph: March 10 – 18

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Saint Joseph Charpentier by Georges de La Tour

Saint Joseph Charpentier by Georges de La Tour

For the third consecutive year, we have prayed the Novena in Preparation for the Feast of Saint Joseph together as a parish.  You can find the Novena Prayers as uesd at Salem, SD here:  NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH PDF  On Saturday, March 19th, at 10:00am, a Sung Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary in Salem.

Ash Wednesday photos of church

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

More Photos from the Feast of the Holy Face

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Shrove Tuesday: Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

TODAY, SHROVE TUESDAY (aka “Mardi Gras”) we celebrated the FEAST OF THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS, with Holy Mass and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  On the first Sunday of every month, we also have Holy Face Devotions with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

DEVOTION TO THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS:  This ancient and venerable Catholic practice is rooted in the representation of the Face of Christ said to have been left on the towel or veil used by a holy woman thought to be named Veronica. Through the revelations made in the 1840’s to the Servant of God, Sister Marie of Saint-Pierre and the Holy Family (1816-1848), a Carmelite Nun of Tours, and the work of spreading the devotion by the Venerable Leo Dupont (1797 – 1876) , a layman of Tours, the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face was established in Tours, France in 1884.  The members make reparation for the blasphemies hurled at Christ, especially those which blaspheme the Holy Name, and for the profanation of Sundays and Holydays of Obligation. Since St. Therese’s devotion to the Holy Face has become known, this devotion has spread worldwide.

In addition, a devout and pious nun, Blessed Mary Pierina de Micheli (1890-1945), was given many visions of the Lord Jesus and Our Blessed Lady. They urged her to make reparation for the many insults Jesus suffered in His Passion, such as to be slapped, spit upon and kissed by Judas, as well as now being dishonored, by ordained and lay persons alike, in the Blessed Sacrament through neglect, sacrilege, and profanation.

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FACE ON SHROVE TUESDAY (aka “Mardi Gras”): On April 17th, 1958, His Holiness, the Venerable Pope Pius XII approved the observance of the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus on Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  His Holiness granted this Feast to honor a request of Our Lord Himself to Blessed Pierina in 1938: “See how I suffer. Nevertheless, I am understood by so few. What gratitude on the part of those who say they love Me.  I have given My Heart as a sensible object of My great love for man and I give My Face as a sensible object of My sorrow for the sins of man.   I desire that it be honored by a special feast on Tuesday in Quinquagesima (Shrove Tuesday – the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, or Mardi Gras, or Carnivalé).  The feast will be preceded by a novena in which the faithful make reparation with Me uniting themselves with My sorrow.”

St. Philomena Shrine Completed!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The Shrine to St. Philomena in the Baptistery was completed today with the addition of the background and tester.  The beautiful work, done primarily in Venetian red/gold fleur de lis silk, was the work of Robin Westhoff of Salem, South Dakota.  It truly turned out beautifully, and very befitting the Little Saint.  The Shrine was placed in the baptistery since St. Philomena is such a powerful intercessor for children and for the parish priests who normally are the ministers of the sacrament of rebirth.  Thank you, Robin, for a job well done!