The triumph of Christ as King is celebrated on the last Sunday of October in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite. Abbot Guerranger writes about this great celebration in The Liturgical Year:
"Christians have ever hailed our Divine Lord as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It was as a King that the representatives of the Eastern world came to adore Him in the manger; it was as a King, albeit not knowing what he did, that the official representative of the western world lifted Him up on the Cross. The patriarchs and prophets of the old dispensation foretold His royalty; He spoke constantly of His Kingdom: when asked plainly whether He were in truth a King by the representative of Caesar, He acknowledged that such indeed He was, though of a Kingdom not of this world.
"His Kingship is founded upon the ineffable hypostatic union. It is spiritual, and concerned with spiritual things. It is opposed to none other than that of Satan, and to the powers of darkness. Christ is King over Angels and men; King over men's hearts and wills; His Kingship demands of its subjects a spirit of detachment from riches and earthly things, and a spirit of gentleness. They must hunger and thirst after justice and, more than this, they must deny themselves and carry the cross."
May all in heaven and earth acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you, O Christ our King!
Those who have dedicated their lives to Christ cannot fail to
live in the hope of meeting him, in order to be with him for ever.
~ Vita Consecrata, 26
Our life is a sharing in the charity of Christ, in his love for the Father and for his brothers and sisters, a love forgetful of self.
~ Fraternal Life in Community, 21
O Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for us!
Come now, loving Mother, let us lose no time. Here I am: dispose of me as you will, for you know that I am wholly yours. I trust that you will do this out of your great kindness, pity, and mercy, and I ask you this through the love you bear for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret
O Mary, Comfortress of the afflicted, pray for us who cry out to thee!
Rose-tinted by the smoke, Our Lady watches over the convent
Sister thanking service men for delivering cots and supplies for the evacuees
In spite of the natural disaster happening in our own city and diocese, the heart of our life continues uninterrupted. The Sisters continue to gather for our regular periods of prayer throughout the day, and individually and communally have increased the fervor and amount of prayer and supplication offered to our good God on behalf of the people of our Diocese.
Please keep the people of the Diocese of Santa Rosa in your prayers! Pray for protection and for the courage and wisdom necessary to proceed with rebuilding and re-establishing our diocese, schools, and cities.
Our Lady still stands in front of burnt classrooms at Cardinal Newman High School (NCR Photo)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now!
“The Rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus,
Our Redeemer, who loves His Mother.” ~ St. Louis de Montfort
In praying our rosary, we follow the method of St. Louis de Montfort who assigned to each decade a fruit to be meditated on and asked for. These seemingly simple reflections add an additional layer to the beauty of this prayer. Thus, before praying the first Joyful mystery, for example, the Sister who is leading the rosary would pray:
"I unite with all the saints in Heaven, with all the just on earth, and with all the faithful here present. I unite with Thee, O my Jesus, in order to praise worthily Thy Holy Mother and to praise Thee in her and through her. I renounce all the distractions that I may have during this Rosary, which I wish to say with modesty, attention, and devotion, just as if it were to be the last of my life. We offer Thee, O Most Holy Trinity, this Creed in honor of all the mysteries of our Faith; this Our Father and these three Hail Marys in honor of the unity of Thy Essence and the Trinity of Thy Persons. We ask of Thee a lively faith, a firm hope and an ardent charity. Amen." ~ St. Louis de Montfort
Francesco Botticini's Assumption of the Virgin shows the three hierarchies and nine choirs of angels
More commonly known as the month devoted to Our Lady and the Most Holy Rosary, October is also devoted to the Holy Angels. We are blessed to be surrounded by angel guardians at all times, spirits who pray and intercede for us, who protect us and guide us throughout our lives.
The Sanctus that we pray at each and every Mass is the prayer of the angels, a prayer that we join with in profound adoration of Almighty God. Of this great prayer, the Benedictine Abbot Prosper Guerrenger writes,
"After confessing the holiness and Strength of God, the Church adds: Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. There is no way, more magnificent than this, of expressing the Glory of God; verily there is no nook or corner of Creation where shines not forth the Glory of God; everything is produced by His Power, and everything gives Him Glory. Holy Church transported on beholding this, cries out aloud: Hosanna in excelsis. We read in the Sacred Scriptures that this cry was uttered by the Jews, when Jesus was entering into Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday, and the people shouted Hosanna filio David; yes, Hosanna,which means Salvation, a salutation of deep respect. Holy Church blends both of these together, making one of the Sanctus and of this solemn salutation: Hosanna in excelsis, Hosanna in the highest.... Just as at the commencement of Mass, she would have us unite with the Angels in chanting the Kyrie a very cry of distress, so now she bids us mingle our voices once again with their Angelic Choirs, but in a manner totally different to the former occasion; lo! now she has entered into the mysteries, - she is on the point of coming into complete possession thereof; - therefore is she seized with enthusiasm, and her one thought now is to sing to her God: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Hosanna in excelsis. Verily, the Jews did well to shout their Hosanna, as they went, wending in glad procession down the Mount of Olives, towards Jerusalem, entering by the Golden Gate; all was in harmony, and breathed triumph; but how far more fitting is it for us to sing it, at this portentous moment, when the Son of God is about to come down in the midst of us who truly know Him!"