St. Mary of Egypt and St. Zozimus

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St. Mary of Egypt, and St. Zozimus, a Holy Priest

Fifth Age.

IN the reign of Theodosius the Younger, there lived in Palestine a holy monk and priest named Zosimus, famed for the reputation of his sanctity, and resorted to as an oracle for the direction of souls in the most perfect rules of a religious life. He had served God from his youth with great fervour, in the same house, for the space of three-and-fifty years, when he was tempted to think that he had attained to a state of perfection, and that no one could teach him anything more in regard to a monastic life. God, to discover the delusion and danger of this suggestion of the proud spirit, and to convince him that we may always advance in perfection, directed him by revelation to quit his monastery for one near the Jordan, where he might learn lessons of virtue he yet was unacquainted with. Being admitted amongst them, it was not long before he was undeceived, and convinced, from what he saw practised there, how much he had been mistaken in the judgment he had formed of himself and of his advancement in virtue. The members of this community had no more communication with the rest of mankind than if they had belonged to another world. The whole employment of their lives was manual labour, which they accompanied with prayer, the singing of psalms, (in which heavenly exercise they spent the whole night, relieving each other by turns), and their chief subsistence was on bread and water. It was their yearly custom, after having assisted at the divine mysteries, and received the blessed eucharist on the first Sunday in Lent, to cross the river and disperse themselves over the vast deserts which lie towards Arabia, to pass in perfect solitude the interval between that and Palm Sunday; against which time they all returned again to the monastery to join in celebrating the passion and resurrection of our Lord. Some subsisted during this time on a small parcel of provisions they took with them, while others lived on the herbs which grew wild; but when they came back they never communicated to each other what they did during that time. 1 Continue reading

Instruction and Reflection on Paschaltide: The Resurrection

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Paschaltide Devotions in Honor of the Resurrection of Our Divine Lord

Instruction and Reflection on Paschaltide

II. The Resurrection

“The Angel spoke and said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus, Who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen even as He said. Come and see the place where the Lord was laid.” (Matt. 28:5)

“When the women were struck with fear and bowed their faces to the ground, the Angels said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was yet in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise?'” (Luke 24:5-7)

To the Apostles also He showed Himself alive after His Passion by many proofs, during forty days appearing to them and speaking of the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

“For I delivered to you, first of all, what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and after that to the Eleven. Then He was seen by more than five hundred brethren at one time, many of whom are with us still, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the Apostles. And last of all, as by one born out of due time, He was seen also by me. (1 Cor. 15:3-8)

“But as it is, Christ has risen from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Cor. 15:20) Our Father…

Canticle

V. “The right hand of the Lord has wrought strength; the right hand of the Lord has raised me up. Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord. The Lord is truly God and He has shown forth unto us.” (Psalm 117:16,26)

R. “This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 107:24)

V. “Give glory to the Lord and call upon His Name; declare His deeds among the nations.”
(Psalm 107:1)

R. “Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle; sing to the Lord through the whole world.” (Ps. 95:1)

To the Disciples on the Way to Emmaus–

“He said to them, ‘O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things before entering into His glory?’ ….. And He went in with them. And it came to pass, when He reclined at table with them, that He took the bread and blessed and broke and began handing it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to each other, ‘was not our heart burning within us while He was speaking on the road and explaining to us the Scriptures?'” (Luke 24:13 et seq.)

Let us Pray. O God, Who in the Feast of Easter hast given healing grace to the world, we beseech Thee, continue to bestow Thy heavenly favors upon Thy people, so that we may be worthy to acquire true freedom and eternal life; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Hymn — Regina Cæli Laetare

Queen of Heaven, rejoice; Alleluia!
For He Whom thou didst merit to bear; Alleluia!
Has risen as He said; Alleluia!
Pray for us to God. Alleluia!

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia;
R. For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia!

Let us Pray. O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life; through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The Feast Day of the Annunciation

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The Feast Day of the Annunciation

Dom Prosper Gueranger, 1870

This is a great day, not only to man, but even to God Himself; for it is the anniversary of the most solemn event that time has ever witnessed. On this day, the Divine Word, by which the Father created the world, was made flesh in the womb of a Virgin, and dwelt among us (St. John. i. 14). We must spend it in joy. Whilst we adore the Son of God who humbled himself by thus becoming Man, let us give thanks to the Father, who so loved the world, as to give his Only Begotten Son (3 Ibid. iii. 16.); let us give thanks to the Holy Ghost, Whose almighty power achieves the great mystery. We are in the very midst of Lent, and yet the ineffable joys of Christmas are upon us: our Emmanuel is conceived on this day, and, nine months hence, will be born in Bethlehem, and the Angels will invite us to come and honour the sweet Babe.
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