Trinity Sunday – The Athanasian Symbol
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Today is Trinity Sunday.  As a Benedictine Oblate I recite the office of Lauds first thing in the morning.  Today in the Benedictine Office the ‘Athanasian Symbol’ or ‘Athanasian Creed’ is recited.  Whilst scholars do not now believe that this creed was written by St Athanasius it is nonetheless an approved creed of the Catholic Church. No harm to recite it today in Ireland given the recent apostate result of our referendum on same sex relationships.

 

Whoever desires to be saved, above all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith.
Which unless every man keep whole and inviolate, without doubt he will perish forever.
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Article 6 – Marriage and St Peter
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Marriage a gift from God – The Church’s Understanding through Scripture

This article was first published in The Catholic Voice in March 2014

St Peter on Marriage

We have seen that Dei Verbum says “the interpreter of Sacred Scripture, in order to see clearly what God wanted to communicate to us, should carefully investigate what meaning the sacred writers really intended, and what God wanted to manifest by means of their words.”. With this in mind let us have a look at St Peter’s thoughts on how Catholic husbands and wives should behave. It is interesting to remember that St Peter himself was married so he speaks from experience.Read the rest

Novena to the Holy Ghost – Day 9
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Ninth Day: Transfiguration and Ascension of Our Lord, and the Manifestations of the Holy Ghost.

Hymn: – Veni Creator –

Let us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Ghost – continence and chastity

Our Father…      Hail Mary…

Most holy Virgin and exalted Mother of God, who wast above all creatures disposed to receive the Holy Ghost, and who didst receive Him with greater fulness than all others; dispose, we beseech thee, by thy gracious aid, our cold hearts for the approaching solemnity of Pentecost.… Read the rest

Novena to the Holy Ghost – Day 8
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Eight Day: Descent of the Holy Ghost upon Jesus at the Jordan

Hymn: – Veni Creator –

Let us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Ghost – continence and chastity

Our Father…      Hail Mary…

Most adorable Trinity, we venture with all humility and awe to approach the lofty throne of your exalted majesty; with our heads prostrated in the dust we adore you, and give you endless thanks for the immense blessings which you have bestowed on us miserable men. … Read the rest

Novena to the Holy Ghost – Day 7
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Seventh Day: Descent of the Holy Ghost upon Mary at the Annunciation

Hymn: – Veni Creator –

Let us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Ghost – continence and chastity

Our Father…      Hail Mary…

Most divine Spirit, the Paraclete, we hardly dare to beseech Thee to come into our souls, knowing well how sinful and defiled they are.… Read the rest

Novena to the Holy Ghost – Day 6
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Sixth Day: Fruits of Continence and Chastity

Hymn: – Veni Creator –

Let us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Ghost – continence and chastity

Our Father…      Hail Mary…

Most holy, most divine Spirit, if there be any souls in the world more needful of Thine aid than others, it is surely ours, blinded by passions, chilled with obstinate lukewarmness, and defiled with a thousand imperfections.… Read the rest

Novena to the Holy Ghost – Day 5
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Fifth Day: Fruits of Faith and Modesty

Hymn: – Veni Creator –

Let us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Ghost – faith and modesty.

Our Father…      Hail Mary…

O eternal Father, how shall we ever bless and praise Thee sufficiently, or thank Thy goodness as we ought ? A thousand times blessed be Thine infinite charity, Thine infinite providence, and Thine infinite mercy, which moved Thee to repair our miseries, and to give unto us a gift wherein is contained all the good that proceedeth from Thee !Read the rest

Novena to the Holy Ghost – Day 4
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Fourth Day: Fruits of Benignity and Goodness

Hymn: – Veni Creator –

Let us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Ghost – peace and patience.

Our Father…      Hail Mary…

Most holy prince of the apostles, blessed St. Peter, behold us at thy feet, to implore thy aid in obtaining the Holy Spirit. We, indeed, have been unfaithful to Our Redeemer, not three times only, as thou wert, but thousands and thousands of times; so that we could not hope that the spotless Dove would vouchsafe to descend into our poor souls, stained with so many sins; yet thine example, blessed apostle, gives us boldness.… Read the rest

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