Thursday, 28 February 2013

Sedes Vacans

The See of Peter is now vacant*... No Pope... I don't really remember the last Sedes Vacans period as I was only 6 when it happened... And I definitely don't remember the last Papal abdication as I was not born by quite a long way... As was everyone in the world...

Thank you Your Holiness!**

Thank you for Summorum Pontificum!

Thank you for Bishop Davies and Bishop Egan!

*That is, if the automatic posting works... I will be at the Oratory when this posts, if it posts!

** I know he probably doesn't read this blog...

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Thank you, Holy Father!

Thanks to Protect the Pope for this great video!
(The background music isn't the best ever... Not my taste!)

Solemn Benediction...

On Thursday 28th of Feburary, at 6:45pm in the Birmingham Oratory, for the intention that Cardinal Burke is elected Pope in thanksgiving for the pontificate of His Holiness with exposition of the Blessed Sacrement before, beginning at 6:00pm. Benediction will conclude with a Te Deum.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Chair of St Peter

Here is the collect from today's feast:

Deus, qui Beato Petro Apostolo tuo,  collates clavibus regni caelestis, ligandi atque solvendi pontificium traddisti: concede; ut intercessionis eius auxilio, a peccatorum nostrorum nexibus liberemur: (Qui vivis et regnas)

O God, Who having given blessed Peter Thy Apostle, the keys of the kingdom of heaven, did st bestow upon him the pontifical power of binding and loosing; grant that by the help of his intercession we may be delivered from the bonds of our sins. ( Who livest and reignest...).

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Novena for Pope Benedict.

I meant to post this on Sunday and never got round to it. The same went for Monday!
Anyway, better late than never. I suggest that everyone who reads this offers a Novena for the intentions of the Holy Father, beginning today and finishing on the 28th, the day His Holiness resigns. Please advertise this in anyway possible!
Oh, and if you hadn't guessed, my birthday cake was in the shape of a Papal tiara!

Update 20th February: The Novena should have begun today rather than yesterday! Mea culpa.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

What in the world.... this meant to be?!

My birthday cake! (Which I made!!)
I will reveal what it is on Tuesday! (My birthday!)
Any correct guesses could receive a (mouldy?) slice in the post!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Ash Wednesday at the Oratory.

Yesterday, Mass for Ash Wednesday at the Oratory was lovely. Unfortunately only one of the photos my sister took came out ok. But, by now, readers will be aware of the rubbish photos on this blog!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

A prayer for the election of a good Pope.

Thanks to the Bones for this excellent prayer!

O Almighty and Eternal God,
Please let it be Cardinal Raymond Burke
Please let it be Cardinal Raymond Burke
Please let it be Cardinal Raymond Burke
Please let it be Cardinal Raymond Burke
Please let it be Cardinal Raymond Burke
Please let it be Cardinal Raymond Burke
Please let it be Cardinal Raymond Burke
Please let it be Cardinal Raymond Burke
Through Christ our Lord.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us 
Not my will, but yours be done, obviously, O Lord.
 If not, then the Cardinal from Sri Lanka, please.
But obviously, You know best.
 My addition below:
If not, then one of the Cardinals Richard suggested.
  But obviously, You know best.

Lent begins...

Advenerunt nobis dies peanitentiae 
 ad redimenda peccata,
ad salvandas animas.

Days of penance are come to us,
that we may redeem our sins
and save our souls.
 (The antiphon for Terce in the Monastic Breviary.)  

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Solemn High Mass for Ash Wednesday.

Tomorrow at 7:00pm, there will be a High EF Mass for Ash Wednesday at the Birmingham Oratory. The music will (As always!) be beautiful.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto.

A couple of minutes ago, Dad rung and told us that he had heard on the news that His Holiness is resigning on the 28th of February, this year. Please pray for him. Funnily enough, Mom and Dad had already booked a stay in Rome the day after his Holiness is resigning! I am incredibly jealous! Photos hopefully will be available from them.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Rosary tomorrow for the defence of Marriage....

Please join in a worldwide rosary tomorrow at midday, asking Our Lady to intercede for us to safeguard marriage.
 See the comment on my last post for details and please pass on the message to as many people as possible.
Our Lady has already promised Her special protection in our times when invoked as Our Lady of Good Success. Her prophecies (from the 16th century), about marriage have been approved by Holy Mother Church:

"The Sacrament of marriage which symbolises the union of Christ with His Church will be attacked and profaned".

It is up to us to ask Our Lady of Good Success and St Michael and all the Holy Angels to defend us in this day of battle.
My patron saint is St Charles Lwanga and I pray also for his protection especially at this time.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Birmingham Oratory gets new Priest!

Last night, I was privileged to serve for the Ordination of Br. Richard Duncan to the Priesthood. I held His Grace's mitre, and got a very sore shoulder!
As always, the liturgy was beautiful and mainly in Latin. This morning after serving Fr. Anton's private EF Mass, I was privileged to serve for Fr. Richard's first Mass, ( at which Fr. Anton was AP), which was mainly Latin with a little English, and also had a mainly silent canon! Please say a prayer for Fr. Richard on this beautiful feast day. Deo Gratias!