We are in the Christmas Octave still and with Christmas comes the message of Jesus coming to reign in the hearts of all men through His gift of Himself in the Holy Eucharist and in His death on the cross. As we see so much evil unfolding before our eyes, we cannot help but understand that it is because Christ does not reign in the hearts of men. St. Louis de Montfort stated – “God is not loved, because He is not known. Implore Jesus, in union with Mary, that through His Mother, His Kingdom may come on earth.”
I was just reading a little book of Padre Pio and how he offered the Mass. How beautiful is the Mass and as so many are realizing – we not only need to put Christ back into Christmas – we also need to put the Mass. Jesus was placed in a manger – an eating trough in the city of Bethlehem which means House of Bread. He came down to earth to be our food – our nourishment during these times. We need to take advantage of the great opportunity the Mass has to offer us and as many of the saints have said – we will not know the wealth contained even in one Mass until we are in the next life.
Let us turn to the saints who have written so beautifully on this subject. There are so many to help us understand the greatness of the Mass.
Let us turn to Mary, Our Mother, and ask Her to teach us the great love of the Mass and to lead us to Her Son that He may reign on the throne of our hearts this coming new year.
“Why, O most beloved Jesus, are You not better known, loved and adored? Alas, whole nations are still living in darkness and in the shadow of death. O God, Your Kingdom come! Elect more apostles, O Lord! Inflame them with words which will soften the hardest hearts! Send them forth into the whole world to call all nations to the knowledge of truth! O Jesus, Your Father has given You the nations of the earth for Your inheritance, and You have purchased the entire Kingdom by Your Blood. O, I pray and entreat You, through Mary and with Mary, may Your Kingdom come to all!
But how is Your name honored and hallowed, O Lord, by those who know You? Alas, I see Your holy Name despised and blasphemed. When will this outrage cease? When will Your mercy speak to all hearts?
O Divine Savior, I implore You, in union with all the saints, send forth that consuming fire which is to enkindle all hearts. And as Your Kingdom is to be extended and restored especially through Mary, give to Your children a deeper knowledge of Your Mother. O Lord, when will the time arrive, when the august Mary will be Queen of all hearts, in order to subject them wholly to Your dominion? When will the age dawn wherein souls, losing themselves in Mary, will become living portraits of this beloved Mistress, in order to honor and love You perfectly, O my Jesus?
Lord Jesus, You who can do all things, do not refuse me this petition: I beseech You, let the Kingdom of Mary come in order that Your Kingdom may come! Grant that henceforth Your Mother may be better known more honored and loved that She may lead us to You.”
Taken from : “Communion Devotions in Union with Mary” (Link below)
This Saturday, December 21, is Ember Saturday of Advent but also is a time to offer a Mass in honor of Mary's waiting for the Infant Jesus. It is called - Rorate Caeli Mass and was celebrated once upon a time in the Church. Now that the Traditional Latin Mass is being offered at many places - this Mass is making a come back. Check around your area and see if this Mass will be offered.
The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. The interplay of light and darkness speaks to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.
The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the first words of the Introit, which are from Isaiah 45:8:“Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.” “Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior.”
The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ. The readings and prayers of the Mass foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts and their societies to let Christ the King enter; asking for the grace to receive eternal life by the merits of the Incarnation and saving Resurrection of Our Lord.
If you missed it or it is not available - below is a link to watch this beautiful Mass and also the Hymn and Translation are below --- GOD BLESS!!!
Latin text in English RORATE CAELI
Refrain: Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just One.
1. Be not angry, O Lord, and remember no longer our iniquity: behold the city of the Holy One is become a desert: Sion is become a desert: Jerusalem is desolate: the house of thy sanctification and of thy glory, where our fathers praised thee.
2. We have sinned and are become as one that is unclean: and we have all fallen as a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have carried us away: thou hast hidden thy face from us, and hast crushed us in the hold of our iniquity.
3. Behold, O Lord, the affliction of thy people, and send forth Him Who is to come: send forth the Lamb, the ruler of the earth, from the Rock of the desert, to the mount of daughter Sion: that he may take away the yoke of our captivity. 4. Be comforted, be comforted, my people: thy salvation cometh quickly: why art thou consumed with grief: for sorrow hath estranged thee: I will save thee: fear not, for I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer
We are in the Novena to the Immaculate Conception.
A little about the Immaculate Conception whose Feast Day is Dec. 8th. I love to recount the fact that Pope Pius IX on Dec. 8th 1854 proclaimed the Immaculate Conception a dogma of faith. Before this time it was disputed but the Church was strong enough to conquer its attackers with the teaching and writings of the Church. It must have been at this time in history (Freemasonry taking hold of high places in the Church) that this dogma of faith be proclaimed - it was GREATLY needed! And why not - Satan hates the Woman appointed to crush his head.
Even after this dogma was given to the Church, God had to intervene and proclaim this Truth with the appearance of Our Queen and Mother - just four years later. It is so beautiful to see that four years later (after much intellectual pride from the theologians - I am sure!) Our Lady comes Herself to tell little Bernadette of Lourdes - "I Am The Immaculate Conception!" WOW! But of course - who is going to believe a peasant girl so therefore - God had to allow a miraculous spring of water for all those doubting Thomas' that would exist both then and now. --- I love this piece of history!
From the first instant of Her conception in the womb of Her mother St. Anne, She was preserved free from original sin in order to be that spotless tabernacle for Jesus. That doesn't seem too hard to comprehend - but for the unbelieving, scientific scholars it is impossible. Never did Our Lady ever yield to the smallest sin - She was always pure. She always did the will of God. May we live to imitate Her and beg Her for the graces to be pleasing to the Father.
Below are some links for the Novena prayers so that we can start our Advent out with graces. May you have a very Holy Advent and May Our Lady watch over you and guide you to the manger.
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!