Rogation Tuesday

The Liturgical Year – Paschal Time Vol. III
By: Dom Gueranger Imprimatur 1927

To-day, again, the great Litany, the supplication, procession re-appears in the streets of the city, and in the quiet lanes of the country. Let us take our share in this sacred rite; let us blend our voice with that of our mother, and join the cry that pierces the clouds: Kyrie elesion! Lord have mercy on us! Let us think, for a moment, of the countless sins that are being committed, day and night; and let us sue for mercy. In the days of Noe, all flesh had corrupted its way; (Gen. vi. 12) but men thought not of asking for mercy. The flood came, and destroyed them all (St. Luke, xvii. 27.), says our Saviour. Had they prayed, had they begged God’s pardon, the hand of His justice would have been stayed, and the flood-gates of heaven would not have been opened (Gen. vii. 11.). The day is come, when not water as heretofore, but fire, is suddenly to be enkindled by the divine wrath, and is to burn the whole earth. It shall burn even the foundations of the mountians (Deut. xxx. 22); it shall devour sinners, who will be Continue reading

Rogation Monday

The Liturgical Year Pascal Time – Book III
By: Dom Gueranger
+Imprimatur 1927

It seems strange that there should be anything like mourning during Paschal Time: and yet these three days are days of penance. A moment’s reflection, however, will show us that the institution of the Rogation days is a most appropriate one. Trrue, our Saviour told us, before His Passion, that “the children of the Bridegroom should not fast whilst the Bridegroom is with them” (St. Luke, v. 34) but is not sadness in keeping with these last hours of Jesus’ presence on earth? Were not His Mother and disciples oppressed with grief at the though of their having so soon to lose Him, whose company had been to them a foretaste of heaven?

Let us see how the liturgical year came to have inserted in its calendar these three days, during which holy Church, though radiant with the joy of Easter, seems to go back to her lenten observances. The Holy Ghost, who guides her in

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First Anniversary of Traditional Latin Mass at Star of the Sea Parish: May 26, 2013 – May 26, 2014


Dear Friends,

On May 26, 2014, we will celebrate the first anniversary of the restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass at Star of the Sea Parish. After one year of regular Sunday and then even weekday Traditional Latin Masses, we remain grateful for this special gift of our Holy Mother, the Church, to us. How did it all begin?

At the time of the installation of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in October of 2012, his personal secretary Father Paul Coleman stayed with us at Star of the Sea Rectory. He agreed that our parish would be a perfect match for the Traditional Latin Mass, which has been a constant interest of Archbishop Cordileone. At that time it was well known that our archbishop, as all bishops should, supported the full implementation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI, which completely liberated and encouraged the restoration of the Traditional Latin liturgy. The pope explained that there is one Roman Rite with two forms, the ordinary form and the extraordinary form. There is no longer an old rite and a new rite; there is just one Roman rite with two forms. This is a significant development in the history of the liturgy. The extraordinary form and the ordinary form stand together as equally licit and approved everywhere in the Church throughout the world.

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From the Assistant Chaplain | 5th Sunday after Easter – May 25, 2014


On Thursday, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, in which Jesus departs from our universe in His glorified Body in order to receive the glory of Heaven which is fitting to His risen splendor. On Friday, the Church then begins her oldest novena – the prayer for the Holy Spirit to descend upon her at Pentecost. The first to pray the novena to the Holy Spirit were the Apostles and disciples of the Lord, gathered in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, surrounding the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother. Ever since that first period of supplication and vigilance in expectation of the Holy Spirit’s sending by the Father and the Son, the Church has instinctively marked the nine days between the Ascension and Pentecost as a privileged time for prayer for the Holy Spirit.

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Feature of the Week: St. Joseph’s Apprentice – Portable Altars and Custom Shrines


Traveling Portable Altars

 – Made from top grade Hemlock

– Contains two felt lined drawers for a mass kit (kit not included)

– Includes installation of your altar stone

– Meets most airline carry-on size and weight requirements

– Actual measurement: 22″x 14″x 9″ inches, with typical altar stone.
– 44 inches wide when fully opened

– Two drawers 10″x 8.5″x 5″ each to store a traveling mass – Hand engraved and gold painted IHS on front

– A perfect gift for your favorite traditional priest for Father’s Day!

Check out Fr. Z’s review here. Photo credit: St. Joseph’s Apprentice via Fr. Zuhlsdorf