Novena to the Holy Ghost Begins Tomorrow

CFF56DDC-02AF-4EA1-9297-6B7AAA190443The Easter candle is extinguished on Ascension Thursday, signifying that Jesus’ time on Earth has ended, and we must now prepare for the coming of the Holy Ghost

The novena in honor of the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. To encourage devotion to the Holy Spirit, the Church has enriched this novena with the following indulgences:

The faithful who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Spirit immediately preceding the Solemn Feast of Pentecost may gain a partial indulgence for themselves or as an offering for the intentions of the faithful departed.

Those who make a private novena in honor of the Holy Spirit, either before the Solemn Feast of Pentecost or at any other time in the year, may also gain a partial indulgence for themselves or as an offering for the intentions of the faithful departed.” ~ Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals

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Christ the King is the Cure

Thou, Prince of all ages, Thou, O Christ, the King of the nations, we acknowledge Thee the one Judge of all hearts and minds.

O Christ, peace-bringing Prince, subjugate the rebellious minds: And in Thy love, bring together in one flock those going astray.

For this, with arms outstretched, Thou hung, bleeding, on the Cross, and the cruel spear that pierced Thee, showed man a Heart burning with love.

For this, Thou art hidden on our altars under the form of bread and wine, and pour out on Thy children from Thy pierced side the grace of salvation.

May the rulers of the world publicly honor and extol Thee; May teachers and judges reverence Thee; May the laws express Thine order and the arts reflect Thy beauty.

May kings find renown in their submission and dedication to Thee. Bring under Thy gentle rule our country and our homes.

Glory be to Thee, O Jesus, supreme over all secular authorities; And glory be to the Father and the loving Spirit through endless ages.

Evening Mass Dec. 6, Morning Mass Dec. 8

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and studio The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin 17th century Oil on canvas, https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/NG3910

Since Father will be saying Mass for us early on Tuesday for the Immaculate Conception, we will have Sunday Mass, Dec. 6, at 6 pm.

Monday, Dec. 7, is a day of complete fast and abstinence for the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be at 7 am on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Confessions 30 minutes before each Mass.

Easy Ways to Lift Up Your Heart to the Sacred Heart

A most blessed feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to you. Here are some simple ways to increase your devotion and make reparation to the Sacred Heart:

In song:

In aspirations:

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere.

Sweet Heart of my Jesus, grant that I may always love You more.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself to You through Mary.

Sweetest Jesus, hide me in Your Sacred Heart. Do not permit me to be separated from You. Defend me from the evil foe.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, let me love You and make you loved.

Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, set our hearts on fire with love of You.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like Yours.

Divine Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, deliver the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Glory, love and thanksgiving be to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us and on our erring brethren.

All for You, most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, may you be known, loved, and imitated!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.

In a Short Litany of Aspirations:

May I prove to You my love, O heart of Jesus, by a spirit of self-sacrifice for your interests.
May I cheerfully make every sacrifice You demand of me, O heart of my Jesus.
May the sacrifices You ask of me glorify You, O heart of my Jesus.
May each sacrifice made for Your love draw me nearer to You, O heart of my Jesus.
By increasing in the spirit of self-sacrifice, may I become more like You, O heart…
May the sacrifices I make be agreeable to You, …
May each sacrifice win one soul to You,…
May each sacrifice prevent one mortal sin,…
May each sacrifice earn a special grace for some soul,…
May each sacrifice merit a holy death for some soul,…
May each sacrifice relieve a soul in purgatory,…
May each sacrifice ascend as a prayer to You,…
May each sacrifice be as a hymn of praise to You,…
May Your Holy Spirit instruct me more and more in the spirit of self-sacrifice,…
May the spirit of self-sacrifice increase in our family,…
May the same spirit be propagated throughout the whole Church,…
And may it hasten the Church’s triumph….

O Lamb of God, sacrificed for us, give us a spirit of self-sacrifice.
O Lamb of God, daily immolating Yourself upon the altar for us, give us grace to immolate our wills for Your sake.
O Lamb of God, dying for us, give us grace to die to all that wounds your Sacred Heart.

Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, whose whole life was one continual sacrifice for the glory of Your Father and the salvation of our souls, grant us the grace to find our joy in making sacrifices for You and for the interests of Your Sacred Heart. Amen.

(St. Bonaventure has said, “There is no devotion without sacrifice.” Making little sacrifices, when offered for an intention as above, proves your love for Him is real, not just words.)

 

Corpus Christi High Mass and Procession with Our Eucharistic King

What a glorious day it was! We mission chapel folks had to continually pinch ourselves and ask, “Is this really happening here in rural Chelsea, Oklahoma? O, Lord, I am not worthy!”

We present this photo essay of our celebration of the great festival of Corpus Christi with sincere gratitude to Frs. Stephen Sandquist and Carlos Borja; seminarians Rev. Carlos Zepeda, Frater Aloysius Hartmann, Mr. Caleb Armour, and Phillip Lawrence; minor seminarian Evan Estrada; and Mater Dei Academy boys Joseph Wagner and Donald Pulliam,

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The seminarians and boys arrived a couple of hours early to set up the outdoor altar and have choir practice. In this photo, Rev. Zepeda is directing, and from left to right are seminarians Phillip Lawrence, Frater Aloysius, and Mr. Armour.

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“And Aaron was separated to minister in the holy of holies, he and his sons for ever, and to burn incense before the Lord, according to his ceremonies, and to bless his name for ever.” (1 Chron. 23:13)

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“Who then can be able to build him a worthy house? if heaven, and the heavens of heavens cannot contain him: who am I that I should be able to build him a house? but to this end only, that incense may be burnt before him.” (2 Chron. 2:6)”

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A rare glimpse of Jesus in front of His open Tabernacle Prison.

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O Jesu Christ, Remember

O Jesu Christ, remember,
When Thou shalt come again,
Upon the clouds of Heaven,
With all Thy shining train;—

When every eye shall see Thee
In Deity reveal’d,
Who now upon this altar
In silence art conceal’d;—

Remember then, O Saviour,
I supplicate of Thee,
That here I bow’d before Thee,
Upon my bended knee;

That here I own’d Thy Presence,
And did not Thee deny;
And glorified Thy greatness,
Though hid from human eye.

Accept, divine Redeemer,
The homage of my praise;
Be Thou the light and honour,
And glory of my days.

Be Thou my consolation
When death is drawing nigh;
Be Thou my only treasure
Through all eternity.

Hymn text by Fr. Edward Caswall

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Adeleigh, Evelyn, and Rosemary Breaux served as flower girls. After Mass, Rev. Zepeda arranged the remaining rose petals around the little outdoor statue of Our Lady of Fatima that you can see in the left center of this photo.

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Here Evelyn and Rosemary have entered the shade of the pavilion adjacent to the chapel. Imagine if as in bygone days, we could process through the villages and towns with great crowds of fervent Catholics!

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Fr. Sandquist found our canopy in storage at Mater Dei Convent. It could be of late 1940s, early 1950s vintage and a true glory in its day. It is heavy, made from moire taffeta. The top is solid red, and the underside is ivory and embroidered with the IHS in the center. The fabric is frayed along the long sides from the framework rubbing. It was missing its poles, hardware, and side supports. But elevated once more in our Lord’s service, it was gorgeous and edifying, and created all the pageantry that this great festival’s procession required. Thanks to Herb Haught for procuring new poles and creating a new framework to attach to them.

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Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.

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Pray and sacrifice for priests. They pray and sacrifice so much for us.

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“Humbly I adore Thee, hidden Deity, Which beneath these figures art concealed from me; Wholly in submission Thee my spirit hails, For in contemplating Thee it wholly fails.” Adoro Te Devote, St. Thomas Aquinas, Translation by E. Frey.

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Many thanks to our canopy bearers, Mr. Michael Hartsock, Mr. Steve Breaux, Mr. Ben Brouse, and Mr. Ron Green.

We enjoyed a lovely meal together in the hall after the liturgical festivities. Crockpot Alley arrayed its aromatic wares of savory entrees and sides. The dessert table overflowed with sweet and creamy delights. Fr. Borja and the seminarians were in no hurry to leave, and the quiet joy of feasting, rightly-ordered, reigned.

Thank you to everyone who brought food and to all those in the background whose generosity helps make these days possible.