18 July 2015

Eigth Sunday After Pentecost 1863

19 SUNDAY Seventh after Pentecost. St Vincent of Paul Confessor, double. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the feast, to the little Chapter, thence of St Jerome Aemilian, Confessor (Meruit supremos in the hymn) with commemoration of St Camillus, the Sunday, and of St Margaret, Virgin Martyr.

20 Monday. St Jerome Aemilian, Confessor, double. Second Prayers of St Margaret, Virgin Martyr. White.

21 Tuesday. St Henry, Emperor, semidouble. Second prayers of St Praxedes, Virgin. Third prayers A cunctis. White.

22 Wednesday. St Mary Magdalen, double. Creed. White.

23 Thursday. St Apollinaris, Bishop Martyr, double. Second prayers of St Liborius, Pope Confessor. Red. [In the Diocese of Salford, the Octave of the BVM, double. Second prayers of St Liborius. Creed. Preface of the BVM. White.]

24 Friday.  St Alexius, Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Vigil of St James. Third prayers of St Christina, Virgin Martyr. White. Abstinence.

25 Saturday. (Festival of Devotion) St JAMES, Apostle, double of the second class. Second prayers (in Low Mass only) of St Christopher, Martyr. Creed. Preface of the Apostles. Red. [In Diocese of Salford third prayers for the Bishop.]

¡Santiago y cierra España! Saturday 25 July is the feast of Spain's Patron.  Isn't it funny that nobody ever tried to move around the feasts of the principal patrons of the Catholic countries.

St James being an Apostle, his feast has a Vigil, though in England and Wales it is outranked by the feast of St Alexius: it is important enough, however, that its Gospel will be read as the Last Gospel on the day. You can imagine Spanish priests in England and Wales begging not to have to do the parish Mas so they could say a votive Mass of the Vigil!

St Mary Magdalene wasn't labelled as "Penitent" until after Pius X's reforms of the early twentieth century.  I imagine somebody thought a label was needed: she wasn't a virgin, a bishop, an abbess, a Pope, or a doctor, so somebody thought "Let's call her a Penitent".  Well, fair enough, it is as a penitent that she is easily portrayed, but her penitence is actually a confession of faith. In 1863 St Mary Magdalene would have been held up as a female saint for men particularly to venerate: it was men, in their sinfulness, who had reduced her to what she was, but she could intercede for and support the men who wanted to stop reducing other women to the same abuse of which she was the victim (though that probably isn't the vocabulary of an 1863 priest).

The Nidaros Ordo reminded me that I missed last week a feast which had a tenuous hold in England: it wasn't celebrated at all in 1863; became proper to Salford and then seems to have fallen away there, and in 1910 was celebrated in Middlesbrough and Nottingham on 15 July: the Division (or the Dispersal) of the Holy Apostles.  This is the feast of Evangelisation, of Missions: it commemorates Christ ordering the Apostles to go and make disciples of all nations. It would be a splendid feast to revive.

The Parish of St Anne in Sutton, St Helens, is served by the Passionist Fathers.  The Very Reverend Father Bernadine of the Sacred Heart of Mary is the Rector, and the community is composed of Father Alban of St Anthony (Vicerector), Fr Joseph of the Seven Dolours, Fr Patrick of the Virgin Mary, Fr Joseph of St Bernard, Fr Clement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr Alphonsus, and Fr Paul Mary.  Mass on Sundays and Holydays is at 8.00 and 10.30.  Benediction is at 3.00 pm, and a Sermon with catechesis is at 6.00 (5.00 on Holydays).  First Mass on weekdays is at 6.00 am.   

Whoever named Fr Alphonsus wasn't on the job that day!

In St Anne's Church are buried Blessed Dominic Barbieri, and two Passionists whose causes are open in Rome: Fr Ignatius Spencer, 3xGreat Uncle of Princess Diana, and Elizabeth Prout, in religion Mother Mary Joseph of Jesus. (The Passionists, when they had their eye in, were pretty good at naming themselves.) Imagine: if we prayed hard enough, we could have three saints in one English parish church.

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