So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What and when are rogation days?

Rogation Days

Rogation days mark a change in the seasons. Rogation days are linked to the spring planting and beseech of God an abundant harvest.

There are four Rogation Days:
  • Major Rogation day: April 25th
  • Minor Rogation days: the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday immediately before Ascension Thursday.
Rogation Days are days of prayer and fasting "instituted by the Church to appease God's anger at man's transgressions, to ask protection in calamities, and to obtain a good and bountiful harvest."—Catholic Encyclopedia
rogation (n.) late 14c., from Latin rogationem (nominative rogatio) "an asking, prayer, entreaty," noun of action from past participle stem of rogare "to ask, question, propose, request," apparently a figurative use and meaning literally "to stretch out (the hand)," from PIE *rog-, variant of the root *reg- "move in a straight line"
Rogation days were the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Thursday, a time for processions round fields blessing crops and praying for good harvest, also blessing the boundary markers of each parish.—Online Etymological Dictionary
The pagan Romans prayed to a variety of gods for good weather and a good harvest. Christians adapted the custom by replacing polytheism with monotheism and directing their prayers to God.

The Christianized Rogation Days were already considered an ancient custom by the time of Pope Saint Gregory the Great (A.D. 540-604).
An excellent visual guide to the ember and rogation days by Fr Christopher Smith:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Manchester. A prayer.

May those victims who perished in the bombing be granted a merciful judgement by God. May they be welcomed into His loving Presence. May they rest in peace. May their families and friends receive the peace only You, Lord Jesus, can give. May they find Your consoling love among the acts of kindness and compassion offered them by their families and friends. Grant to the survivors the grace to persevere and the grace to forgive those responsible for the attack. Grant to the injured healing of mind and body.

Holy Spirit, grant wisdom and knowledge to the security officers who defend the innocent. May societies be lifted of the ignorance which do not see the threat to the safety and well being of their citizens.

Almighty God, deliver us from wicked and evil men, men whose religion is death. Men whose actions are inspired by a false prophet.

Saint Michael, Archangel, and holy angels of God, thrust down to hell Satan and confuse his earthly minions so they will be apprehended before they can enact their evil plans.

In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Meeting of the Clergy of the Deanery of St John the Baptist (Ordinariate in Canada)

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This past week, May 18, 19 and 20, the Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman hosted a meeting of clergy of the Deanery of St John the Baptist (Ordinariate in Canada) at Our Lady of Fatima Church, the host parish for the Fellowship.

For those of us fairly new to the Ordinariate experience, itself being relatively new on the scene, i.e., those of us reverts, recent converts and pre-Ordinariate converts and cradlers (and a few Extraordinary Formers), the sound of the gathered former Anglican clergy raising their voices in praise of God, raising the roof it seemed, was a treat-and-a-half. Clearly, a significant aspect of the Anglican patrimony is clergymen who are able to sing confidently in three and four part harmony.

Evensong - Very Rev. Timothy Perkins (centre)
Vicar General, Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter
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