In early Advent, I discovered a gem written by the founder of the Benedictine congregation of Solesmes, Dom Prosper Gueranger. It is called The Liturgical Year, and has no less than 15 volumes!
As it was written in the 1800s the books are now in the public domain. As a Christmas present for all my readers, (All three of you!) here is a link to all 15 volumes in PDF format http://www.theliturgicalyear.org/theliturgicalyearpdfs.html
I hope all of my readers, (As above, all three of you!) have a happy and holy Christmas.
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Monday, 17 December 2012
Saturday, 1 December 2012
In honour of the Birmingham Oratory's patron, the Immaculate Conception, a kind parishioner has made a cope and crown which will adorn Our Lady's statue throughout the novena (devotions after the 12.30 Mass each day), in the run up to next Saturday's feast. The infant Jesus, wrapped in his Mother's mantle, wears a dalmatic.
The Lady Altar was built in 1911, with donations from the Feeny family and Our lady's statue, installed at the same time, is a replica of Notre Dame de Victoires in Paris.
Many miracles have occurred through the intercession of our Lady of Victories....most famously, perhaps, St Therese was cured when she was 10 and near death, following her father asking for a novena of Masses at the Church of Notre Dame de Victoires.
The statue's special significance for the Oratory is its connection with Blessed John Henry Newman, who, before St Therese, had prayed to Notre Dame des Victoires both before and in thanksgiving after his conversion.
You can find out more here.
We invoke the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Conception for Her sons of the Birmingham Oratory. May She keep them always in Her Immaculate Heart.