Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sts. Joachim and Ann

Good Evening.
Today is the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola.  Unfortunately, I didn't realize it until it was too late to make it St. Ignatius in Concord Hill.  I was awake....I just couldn't get out of bed :)  Ah well.  More time in purgatory for me.

The music was accompanied by a piano located to the left of the Sanctuary.
Gathering:  Come to the Water
Offertory:  Come to Me and Drink
Communion:  Be Not Afraid
Closing:  Sing of the Lord's Goodness
Mass Setting:  Mass of the Lounge Glory

Father wore vestments designed by Henry Matisse (They looked similar to Fall of Icarus).  He also brought a print of a painting by Matisse as a homily prop.  Father used Penitential Rite A and Eucharistic Prayer II.  No bells though.  The Our Father was sung with handholding.

Because Jesus was fully divine, He experienced the joys of Heaven all the time.  But because of His human nature, Jesus needed to pray.  We need to pray but we often times find it hard to pray.  We find other things that take up our time and we never get to prayer.  Prayer is supposed to be sweet, but we get distracted when we pray.  The Apostleship of Prayer  has practical ways of integrating prayer into our daily lives.  If you think of a triangle, one point is the Morning Offering.  Which Father forgot as he tried to say it and led to an interesting exchange with a parishoner.  In the Morning Offering, one offers everything of day to God.  Father recommended putting the text of the prayer across from the commode. The Lord doesn't care what you are doing with your body as long as your soul is with Him (Sooo....I could say be doing something naughty, but as long as I'm praying it's ok???).  The next point on the triangle is self-sacrifice and offering up our suffering to God.  Father said something in Latin I didn't catch but the translation was "As I burn, I profit."  Basically suffering is profitable.  The top point of the triangle is daily review.  How have you acknowledged God in your day and how have you not acknowledged God in your day?  God perfects our best of what we have to offer (I have a dissertation He needs to get crack-alackin on).  The daily sacrifice of suffering is more powerful than quick prayer.

Sts. Joachim and Ann
View From the Back Pew.
Was there some contest in the 1970s-1980s to make Catholic
Churches as plain as possible???

Mary and Joseph

Sts. Joachim and Ann?
Maybe.  They seem awfully young.
I thought Tradition had them being really old when Mary was born.
Like God helped them get pregnant old.

Station VIII

Baptism and Eucharist


Confirmation and ?

Anointing of the Sick

Holy Order







Website of Sts. Joachim and Ann

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