November 2011

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St Andrew Christmas Novena
29 Nov 2011

St Andrew Christmas Novena

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

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Bishop Bernard Fellay, SSPX
29 Nov 2011

SSPX: Response to Rome in the next few days

Bishop Fellay: “The proposal that I will make in the next few days to the Roman authorities and their response in turn will enable us to evaluate our remaining options. And whatever the result of these talks may be, the final document that will have been accepted or rejected will be made public. Since the note that accompanies (the Preamble) foresees the possibility of making clarifications, to me it seems necessary to ask for them instead of refusing them a priori. This in no way prejudges the response that we will give.”

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Meditation: Tuesday in the First Week of Advent
29 Nov 2011

Meditation: Tuesday in the First Week of Advent

Today and the following days we will meditate on the second advent of the Savior coming to judge the world at the end of time, as the Gospel of Sunday last announced to us. We will, then, limit ourselves tomorrow to the consideration of the three preliminaries of the judgment; that is to say, First, the general resurrection; second, the separation of the good and the wicked; third, the descent of the Sovereign Judge, preceded by His cross. We will then make the resolution: First, to keep our bodies pure, so that they may rise glorious; second, to follow in all things the example set us by the saints, so that we may not be separated from them at the last day and driven back amongst the wicked; Second, to love Jesus Christ and His cross, which will be our joy in that great day if we have loved them during our life. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the words of the Apostle: “For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ.” (2 Cor. 5:10)

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Meditation: Monday in the First Week of Advent
28 Nov 2011

Meditation: Monday in the First Week of Advent

We shall meditate today on three means whereby to sanctify the season of Advent, that is to say: First, on the spirit of penitence and renewal of life; second, on holy desires for the birth of Christ in us: Third, on special devotion to the mystery of the incarnation. We will then make the resolution: First, to excite ourselves during every day of this holy season to lead a better life, and to ask of God by fervent prayers to enable us to do so; second, to think often and lovingly of the mystery of the Incarnation, above all when reciting the Angelus. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the prayer which the Church has borrowed from the prophet to invoke the reign of Christ in us: “Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rein the just.” (Is. 45:8)

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27 Nov 2011

Meditation: First Sunday in Advent

The holy season on which we have entered is intended on the part of the Church to make us meditate on the three great advents of the Savior upon earth: the first in the humility of the crib in order to save us; the second in the splendor of His glory at the last day in order to judge us; the third in the secret of our hearts by His grace in order to sanctify us. After having meditated on these three advents we will make the resolution: First, to enter upon a new life of recollection and prayer suitable to the season of Advent; second, to take particular care with regard to the perfection of every one of our ordinary actions, which will be the best manner of sanctifying this holy season. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the words of St. Paul: “Behold now is the acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:2)

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