Pray the Rosary every day for victory and peace

Click the play button in the audio bar below to hear a sermon that was preached at the Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington, D.C., by Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, 2014.

We thank Brother Rector Jeff Bedia of the Little Oratory for the audio file.

Our Lady’s sorrows: a participation in salvation

Click the play button in the audio bar below to hear a sermon preached at the Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington, D.C., by Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, 2015.

We thank Brother Rector Jeff Bedia of the Little Oratory for the audio file.

Marian reception to follow Tuesday evening TLM at Alexandria St. Rita

The Legion of Mary at St. Rita of Cascia Church in Alexandria announces that, immediately following Tuesday evening’s 7:30 pm Traditional Latin Mass at St. Rita’s, they will be sponsoring a reception in honor of the Nativity of Mary. All are welcome to attend.

St. Rita of Cascia Church is located at 3815 Russell Road, just off Mount Vernon Avenue at the north end of the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria. Ample free parking is available.

St. Paul, apostolic evangelist of Marian spirituality

The reader will search in vain for an explicit mention of the Blessed Mother in the epistles of St. Paul. One needn’t read far, however, to appreciate how his writings are infused with a Marian spirit.

Consider the well-known verse 9 from Chapter xii of his second epistle to the Corinthians, shown here in the Vulgate and in the RSVCE translation.

Et dixit mihi: Sufficit tibi gratia mea: nam virtus in infirmitate perficitur. Libenter igitur gloriabor in infirmitatibus meis, ut inhabitet in me virtus Christi.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

We find this resonant of several phrases from the Magnificat, such as verse 48 from the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, additional parallels to which the reader is encouraged to find and share:

Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae: ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.

For he has regarded the low status of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.

At slightly different times and in vastly different ways, Our Lady and the apostle to the Gentiles recognized that we must freely admit our weakness and emptiness in order for the Holy Ghost to transform us. May we do likewise in imitation of both.

Could Satan be saved? A meditation for the feast of St. Alphonsus

Not even the intercession of the Virgin Mary could redeem the irredeemably prideful Devil, but that takes nothing away from the favor God has granted our Blessed Mother as Mediatrix of His infinite graces.

From the writings of St. Alphonsus de’ Liguori, whose feast we celebrate on August 2:

The blessed Virgin herself revealed to St. Bridget, that no sinner in the world is so great an enemy to God, that if he has recourse to her and invokes her aid, does not return to God and is not restored to His favor. And the same St. Bridget heard one day Jesus Christ saying to His mother, that she could obtain the Divine favor even for Lucifer, if he would humble himself so far as to ask her help. That proud spirit would never stoop to implore the protection of Mary, but if such a thing could happen, Mary would take pity upon him, and the power of her prayers would obtain from God His pardon and salvation. But what cannot happen to the devil may well happen to sinners who seek the help of this mother of mercy.

— The Glories of Mary

The power of perfect unity with God’s Will

From the spiritual classic True Devotion to Mary:

Mary, being altogether transformed into God by grace and by the glory which transforms all the saints into Him, asks nothing, wishes nothing, does nothing contrary to the eternal and immutable will of God. When we read then in the writings of Sts. Bernard, Bernardine, Bonaventure and others that in Heaven and on earth everything, even God Himself, is subject to the Blessed Virgin, they mean that the authority which God has been well pleased to give her is so great that it seems as if she had the same power as God; and that her prayers and petitions are so powerful with God that they always pass for commandments with His Majesty, Who never resists the prayer of His dear Mother, because she is always humble and conformed to His Will.

— St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)

Woodbridge Eliz. Seton sets Missa Cantata for Feast of Annunciation

A Missa Cantata will be offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, on Wednesday, March 25, at 8:00 pm. Parochial vicar Reverend Father Ed Perez will be the celebrant of the Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Annunciation.

Music will be provided by the church’s St. Ambrose Schola. Confessions will be heard beginning at 7:00 pm.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is located at 12805 Valleywood Drive in Lake Ridge. Ample free parking is available.

Woodbridge Eliz. Seton schedules Mass for Feast of O.L. of Guadalupe

A Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, on Friday, December 12, at 7:45 pm. Parochial vicar Rev. Fr. Ed Perez will be the celebrant of the Missa Cantata for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is located at 12805 Valleywood Drive in Lake Ridge. Ample free parking is available.

What’s wrong with the world? A meditation for the Maternity of Our Lady

Posed with the above question, the English journalist and Catholic convert and apologist G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) is famously said to have replied, simply, “I am.”  And cannot each of us, his successors in faith, own up to a similar shortcoming?

Fortunately, as Christians, we can have recourse to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, before her Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to the graces she is privileged to dispense if we will but ask for them.  In anticipation of the October 11 feast of the Maternity of Our Lady, the following prayer, promulgated in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII and formerly indulgenced, would be a worthy one to offer during a novena on each of the nine days beginning this Friday, October 3.

Prayer to Our Lady, Mother of Divine Providence

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Divine Providence, take possession of my soul with all the fullness of thy favor and protection. Govern thou my life, and direct it along the way of virtue to the fulfillment of the divine will. Do thou obtain for me the pardon of my sins; be my refuge, my protection, my defense, my guide in the pilgrimage of this life; console me in afflictions, sustain me in dangers, and in the storms of adversity afford me the security of thy guardianship.

Obtain for me, O Mary, the renewal of my heart within me, so that it may become the holy dwelling place of thy divine Son Jesus; remove far from me, weak and miserable as I am, every kind of sin, negligence, sloth, timidity and human respect; entirely expel from me pride, vain glory, self-love, and all other earthly affections which hinder the efficacy of thy patronage. O sweetest Mother of Providence, turn thy maternal regard upon me, and if through frailty or malice I have provoked the menaces of the eternal Judge and embittered the most Sacred Heart of my loving Jesus, do thou throw over me the mantle of thy protection, and I shall be safe.

Thou art the watchful Mother, the Virgin of forgiveness, and my hope on earth; oh, grant that I may have thee for the Mother of Glory in Heaven.

Hail Mary . . . (3 times).

Although a specific indulgence no longer applies to the above prayer, a visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Mary Mother of God in Chinatown, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Saint Dominic, pray for us

Monday, August 4, is the feast of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Friars Preachers, who was tireless in the practice of the works of charity and penance, in the proclamation of the Gospel of Our Lord, and in the promotion of devotion to Our Blessed Mother through the Rosary.

Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary:

O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through St. Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.