Of O Antiphons, Passionist Nuns, and the silence of Advent…

“Everything that the church gives you to sing, every prayer that you say in and with Christ and his Mystical Body, is a cry of ardent desire for grace, for help, for the coming of the Messiah, the Redeemer.”

St. Stephen and the “Bloody Octave of Christmas”

A blessed feast of St. Stephen to you all! St. Stephen is the patron saint of the Cathedral and Diocese of Owensboro, KY. He was the first martyr of the early Christian church, and was also a deacon. His death (by stoning) is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, having been witnessed by SaulContinue reading “St. Stephen and the “Bloody Octave of Christmas””

O Rex Gentium!

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man: Come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust. From the Lectionary Cycle: Rex gentiumContinue reading “O Rex Gentium!”

O Oriens!

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. From the Lectionary Cycle: Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae et sol iustitiae: veni et illumina sedentes inContinue reading “O Oriens!”

The O Antiphons

Have you been rejoicing? Last Sunday was Gaudete Sunday, which literally is a command to rejoice! We rejoice because our Lord’s coming is so near. The Church in her great wisdom…hint, hint; leaves us with symbols to help us stay aware of what is happening at the moment in the Liturgical Cycle. One of thoseContinue reading “The O Antiphons”

Blogroll

Well here are a few posts on some blogs and websites that I follow that I found interesting. Maybe you will also. White House petitioned to ‘label’ Catholic Church as a hate group Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – on her relationship with Bishop Simon Bruté. Fr. Tom Widner SJ on Seminarians being Liberal/Conservative,Continue reading “Blogroll”

Musings from the Castle on the Hill

So, when I first created this site, it was firstly to advertise for some of the services that I offered on the side of working at Dairy Queen, hence the Bruns Design Studios page, but after joining Seminary, I wanted a place where I could blog about things that interested me, and about life asContinue reading “Musings from the Castle on the Hill”

O Adonai

From the Breviary: O Adonai, et dux domus Israel,qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,et ei in Sina legem dedisti:veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento. O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel,who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush,who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain:Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free. FromContinue reading “O Adonai”

Gaudete, Gaudete! Iterum dico vobis, Gaudete!

Rejoice, Rejoice! Again I say to you, Rejoice! is the translation of the above Latin title for this post.  Today is the third Sunday of Advent, otherwise known as Gaudete Sunday. (“You need to Rejoice” Sunday) The church’s ministers don themselves in Rose colored Vestments today as a sign that this penitential season of AdventContinue reading “Gaudete, Gaudete! Iterum dico vobis, Gaudete!”