Missa Cantata for Seven Sorrows of Mary set at Clifton St. Andrew

A Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated at 7:00 pm this Thursday evening, September 15, at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton, Virginia.

Holy Mass will be preceded by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by Rosary, Novena and Benediction beginning at 6:30 pm. Confession will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Adoration will continue after Mass from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.

St. Andrew the Apostle Church is located just north of Compton Road (Virginia State Route 658) about a mile east of Centreville Road (Virginia State Route 28). Ample free parking is available.

If the Holy Rosary could reform a monastery, can it reform the Church?

From the writings of St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716):

A nobleman who had several daughters entered one of them in a lax monastery where the nuns were very proud and thought of nothing else but worldly pleasures. The nuns’ confessor, on the other hand, was a zealous priest and had a great love for the Holy Rosary. Wishing to guide this nun into a better way of life he ordered her to say the Rosary every day in honor of the Blessed Virgin while meditating on the life, passion and glory of Jesus Christ.

She joyously undertook to say the Rosary and little by little she grew to have a repugnance for the wayward habits of her sisters in religion. She developed a love for silence and prayer and this in spite of the fact that the others despised and ridiculed her and called her a fanatic. It was at this time that a holy priest, who was making the visitation of the convent, had a strange vision while he was making his meditation: he saw a nun in her room, rapt in prayer, kneeling in front of a Lady of breathless beauty who was surrounded by Angels. The latter had flaming spears with which they repelled a crowd of devils who wanted to come in. These evil spirits then fled to the other nuns’ rooms under the guise of vile animals.

By this vision the priest became aware of the lamentable state the monastery was in and he was so upset that he thought he might almost die of grief. He immediately sent for the young religious and exhorted her to persevere.

As he pondered on the value of the Rosary, he decided to try to reform the sisters by means of it. He bought a supply of beautiful rosaries and gave one to each nun, imploring them to say the Rosary every day, even going so far as to promise them that, if they would only say it faithfully, he would not try to force them to alter their lives. Wonderful and strange as it may seem the nuns agreed to this pact and were glad to be given the rosaries and promised to say them.

Little by little they began to give up their empty and worldly pursuits, letting silence and recollection come into their lives. In less than a year they all asked that the monastery be reformed.

So the Holy Rosary worked more changes in their hearts than the priest could have worked by exhorting and commanding them.

The Secret of the Rosary

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.

Holy Mass, Holy Communion and the Holy Rosary: sources of “accidental joy”

From the writings of St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716):

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass gives boundless honor to the Most Blessed Trinity because it represents the passion of Jesus Christ and because through the Mass we offer God the merits of Our Lord’s obedience, of His sufferings and of His Precious Blood. The whole of the heavenly court also receives an accidental joy from the Mass. Several doctors of the Church — together with Saint Thomas Aquinas — tell us that, for the same reason, all the blessed in Heaven rejoice in the Communion of the faithful because the Blessed Sacrament is a memorial of the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and that by means of it men share in its fruits and work out their salvation.

Now, the Holy Rosary, recited together with meditation on the sacred mysteries is a sacrifice of praise to God to thank Him for the great grace of our redemption. It is also a holy reminder of the sufferings, death and glory of Jesus Christ. It is therefore true that the Rosary gives glory, gives an accidental joy to Our Lord, to Our Lady and to all the blessed because they cannot desire anything greater or more contributive to our eternal happiness than to see us engaged in a practice which is so glorious for Our Lord and so salutary for ourselves.

The Secret of the Rosary

National 54-day Rosary Novena to commence September 29

The Hearts United Rosary Campaign of the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate announces a national 54-day Rosary Novena beginning September 29, 2014, the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael, and ending on November 21, 2014, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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In response to the spiritual crisis in our culture and nation and to the call to prayer of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, participants are asked to pray the Rosary each day for 54 days in succession.  The first 27 days of the novena are in petition for the novena intentions of peace and the family, human life, marriage, and religious freedom, while the second 27 days of the novena are to be offered in thanksgiving for favors received.

More information about the campaign, the Rosary, and the 54-day Novena is available at the Hearts United website.