Liturgy of the Hours

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Holy Father Benedict XVI

Well, better late than never. . .

(Images from the Holy Father's Apostolic Journey to the United States of America from The New Liturgical Movement and Rorate Caeli)

A Prayer for the Supreme Pontiff

"O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor the sacred Victim of love and peace.

Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in union with him.

Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power." Amen.

-From the Raccolta. (Orbis Catholicvs)


I was not able to post anything since the start of the summer classes. I was in Licuan Baay, Abra for the 24th Cordillera Day celebration for my CWTS1/2. I was able to get track of the recent Papal visit to the United States on the net for sometime before we left last Monday.

I was still disappointed for not being able to have pictures of the liturgical celebrations in my parish of the last Holy Week - Easter Triduum - Easter Sunday because I have no camera. Yesterday (Sunday, 27 April 2008), our parish celebrated the Thanksgiving Feast in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene. I served for five Masses, since I (being the head server) was not able to make a schedule of altar servers for six Masses we had (5pm, Sat; 5am, 6:30am, 8am, 9:30am, and 5pm, Sun). (To the servers, I apologize for my shortcomings).

I miss the Holy Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form at the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in Sikatuna. Hopefully, I will be able to attend sometime this May.

Hopefully, I can manage to post from time to time. As I decided before, this blog will focus on the liturgy and current events in the life of the Church.

May God bless us always!