Today’s first reading gives us an important insight to understand profoundly the mystery of the Lord’s Presentation in the Temple by Mary and Joseph, in accordance with the canons of Mosaic Law. The text, taken from the Prophet Malachi says, ‘I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; and suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord who you seek’ (Mal 3:1). From all the Gospels, we know that it is the Precursor, St John the Baptist who was born 6 months before Jesus, that God sent to prepare His way. Putting these evangelical facts together, we can comprehend the words of the Prophet Malachi. The Lord God promised that He would send a Precursor to prepare His way. Since there is only 6 months between the birth of St John the Baptist and Jesus it is clear that the prophecy meant that suddenly after the Precursor, the Lord Himself will come. So, soon after the Baptist’s birth, God entered His temple. Jesus’ presentation signifies God’s entrance to His temple. God made man entered His temple, presenting Himself to those who were really searching for Him.
Septuagesima and Lent are both times of penance; Septuagesima being a time of voluntary fasting in preparation for the obligatory Great Fast of Lent.
The theme is the Babylonian exile, the “mortal coil” we must endure as we await the Heavenly Jerusalem. Sobriety and somberness reign liturgically; the Alleluia and Gloria are banished.
“The Sundays of Septugesima are named for their distance away from Easter:
The first Sunday of Septuagesima gives its name to the entire season as it is known as “Septuagesima.” “Septuagesima” means “seventy,” and Septuagesima Sunday comes roughly seventy days before Easter. This seventy represents the seventy years of the Babylonian Captivity. It is on this Sunday that the alleluia is “put away,” not to be said again until the Vigil of Easter.
The second Sunday of Septuagesima is known as “Sexagesima, which means “sixty”. Sexagesima Sunday comes roughly sixty days before Easter.
The third Sunday of Septuagesima is known as “Quinquagesima,” which means “fifty” and which comes roughly fifty days before Easter.
Quadragesima means “forty,” and this is the name of the first Sunday of Lent and the Latin name for the entire season of Lent.
Dear ones, it is not often we send out two messages and videos in a row, but this is quite urgent. Some have doubted the immoral plot to make certain that President Trump is not reelected. The video below from John-Henry Westen of LifeSite News may alleviate some of those doubts. But there is a much more important reason for this post . . .
Do you recall Our Lady’s miraculous victory at the Battle of Lepanto? Here are two excerpts from one account of that Battle that changed history:
Beloved, we have much to tell you – not the least of which is that we have a new home!! Bishop Gerald Vincke, Bishop of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas, has invited us to build our home in Beloit, Kansas, an almost “fairytale-ish” town with an unbelievably beautiful church and even more beautiful community of souls who deeply love and live the Catholic Faith.
We are currently in temporary quarters. As soon as we have a permanent address, we will send out a newsletter and catch you up to date. In the interim, I wanted to send you (and the whole world, if possible) this video from Michael Voris of Church Militant. Whether or not you are a fan of Church Militant or of Michael Voris, I would urge you to listen to what I think is the most “sane” message of our day. Sanity is seeing reality as it is; I think Michael has given us not only an accurate assessment of where we are now as an American people and, more importantly, as God’s People, but also our clear path forward. I personally believe every word and perspective he lays out in this message is indeed true, the negation of which will result in a much deeper and further disaster than we have already experienced.
Our love to each of you and prayers for a most blessed, healthy, and, yes, prosperous New Year in the One who came that we might have Life, all of Life, and have it to the full.
Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.
P.S.!!! As I was about to send this email message, an opportunity came up for us to see a particular house for sale which would meet our present needs. We just came from there and wish to buy the house!!! It’s “only” $200,000 😬 . . . but we believe if it is our Lord’s will, He will provide. He has met our every need to date; what Our Lord does not want, we do not want. If the purchase of this property can go through, we will return to Tulsa, OK, right away to move the rest of our things to our new home. We are planning to give our Priory and Guest House in Tulsa to a deaf-blind ministry for men and women, and will not be requiring certain payment from them apart from what they can afford.
These times are so thrilling for us. Beloit, Kansas is almost too good to be true, as is our new potential home. We have met many of the teachers and students in the school and many around town. It seems as if the entire town, Catholic or not, is happy we are here. Blessed be God forever. If any of you are able to assist us with the purchase of our new home at this time, we would be exceedingly grateful of course. You can mail a check to: 466 S. 79th East Ave., Tulsa, OK 74112 (which will be forwarded to us in Beloit) or donate online at: https://motherofisraelshope.org/donations/. Please know that your prayers and good wishes are as much a part of our new foundation than any other gift. We cherish your friendship and partnership in this apostolate for the restoration of the family and the salvation of souls!!!
The video follows: Please do watch it. I would be happy for your thoughts. God bless you!
From THE LITURGICAL YEAR, Book 1, Advent LORETO PUBLISHING Dom Guéranger OSB First Translation: 1867
The name Advent [from the Latin word Adventus, which signifies a coming] is applied, in the Latin Church, to that period of the year, during which the Church requires the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the feast of Christmas, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. The mystery of that great day had every right to the honour of being prepared for by prayer and works of penance; and, in fact, it is impossible to state, with any certainty, when this season of preparation [which had long been observed before receiving its present name of Advent] was first instituted. It would seem, however, that its observance first began in the west, since it is evident that Advent could not have been looked on as a preparation for the feast of Christmas, until that feast was definitively fixed to the twenty-fifth of December; which was done in the east only towards the close of the fourth century; whereas it is certain that the Church of Rome kept the feast on that day at a much earlier period.
We must look upon Advent in two different lights: first, as a time of preparation, properly so called, for the birth of our Saviour, by works of penance; and secondly, as a series of ecclesiastical Offices drawn up for the same purpose. We find, as far back as the fifth century, the custom of giving exhortations to the people in order to prepare them for the feast of Christmas. We have two sermons of Saint Maximus of Turin on this subject, not to speak of several others which were formerly attributed to St. Ambrose and St. Augustine, but which were probably written by St. Cesarius of ArIes. If these documents do not tell us what was the duration and what the exercises of this holy season, they at least show us how ancient was the practice of distinguishing the time of Advent by special sermons. Saint Ivo of Chartres, St. Bernard, and several other doctors of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, have left us set sermons de Adventu Domini, quite distinct from their Sunday homilies on the Gospels of that season. In the capitularia of Charles the Bald, in 846, the bishops admonish that prince not to call them away from their Churches during Lent or Advent, under pretext of affairs of the State or the necessities of war, seeing that they have special duties to fulfill, and particularly that of preaching during those sacred times.
I received the video below just today from a faithful Catholic who recognizes history repeating itself, even if with more violence than before. Bishop Sheen, as always, is right on and gives light and clarity to the good and bad of human nature.
We are praying for you all, for this crucial election only days away, for the future of our country, and for the salvation of every soul.
Our love and prayers, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.
I’ve been up for hours trying to gather sufficient information that will “prove” to the whole world, and especially, the Catholic world, the importance of voting as God’s people in the Presidential Election which is upon us.
St. Peter wrote to the first Christians who were scattered through persecution:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
What can I do but beg you to be what God, through His infinite sacrifice for us, called us to be: a people who bear witness, without compromise, to the “wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” If we, as members of Christ’s Body, vote for anyone in the Democratic party, including, of course, the Presidential candidate, we are casting a vote that will plunge us back into darkness, to evil, to the destruction of the family and of our own souls.
We are distributing, with permission, the attached Voter’s Guide, published initially by Catholic Answers. If you would like any number of additional copies, call us at 918-576-7607 and we will get them in the mail to you at no cost. Time is of the essence.
What a most holy and special day is today: the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of the Hope of Israel, the long-awaited Messiah.
In addition, it is the 12th year of our founding (at the invitation of His Eminence, Cardinal Raymond Burke), and the 9th Anniversary of our becoming a Public Association of the Faithful, the first step in the canonical process of a religious community.
We watched the video below and did not want to not send it to you. God bless you and your families on this glorious day. Now, more than ever, we need recourse to the Mother of the Savior Who gave His all – and continues to give His all – for us.
God’s blessings be upon you, your families, and your homes,