A Vocation as a Carmelite Hermit?

“Our Divine Lord is seeking for courageous ‘Veronicas’ to wipe and honour His Divine Face”.

If you think you might have a vocation to a life of reparation and contemplative prayer as a Carmelite Hermit, then the Victim Adorers of the Holy Face, Camelite nuns, in West Cork, Ireland, would love to hear from you.

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The official prayers of the Church are far better than any private prayers, being part of the endless round of prayer which the Church, the Bride of Christ, continually raises to the Almighty. The most fundamental and efficacious offering is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, followed by the Divine Office which is recited by priests every day in the breviary.
For those faithful who wish to make use of a great means of sanctification and participate in the liturgical Office of the Church, but are restrained by time and unable to recite the full Office every day, the Church offers The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Importantly, The Little Office suffices as a replacement of the full Office in order to gain the Sabbatine Privilege offered by Heaven to those wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel..
The popular Carmel Books edition of The Little Office, newly re-printed in conjunction with SGET, was first published in 1914 and is reprinted from the original without alteration, and is “Fully Explained and Annotated by A Master of Novices”.
Chapter I
Origin and History of The Office
Chapter II
Liturgical Prayer
Chapter III
Why The Office is in Seven Hours
Chapter IV
Attention and Intentions
Chapter V
Composition of The Office
Chapter VI
The “Gloria Patri”
Chapter VII
Rubrics
The Office
Prayers Before and After
Matins
   First Nocturn
   Second Nocturn
   Third Nocturn
   Te Deum
Lauds
Little Hours Prime
Little Hours Terce
Little Hours Sext
Little Hours None
Vespers
Complin
Anthems of the Blessed Virgin
Hardback. Pocket size – 4″ x 6″. Cloth cover. 200 pp.
It is available within the U.K. from The Saint George Educational Trust for £25.00 including postage and packing. Please send cheques/postal orders made payable to ‘The Saint George Educational Trust’ to: SGET, 225 Andover House, George Yard, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1PB.

“We kneel to no-one but God!”

“We kneel to no-one but God!”

Great closing speech from Niamh Ui Bhriain to more than 70,000 people at the All-Ireland Rally for Life.

“You are the real Citizens’ Assembly, and you will not be silenced. And all of us, and the majority of people in this country reject the cruel and merciless and unjust recommendations of Leo Varadkar’s hand-picked outfit who want abortion without restrictions.

It’s easy to be pro-choice, when you are not the one being chosen.

To every child, every pre-born child, tiny, and vulnerable and helpless, whose life is under threat, we say you are not alone, and to every woman, who feels afraid and unsure, we say to you that you are not alone.

To every person in Irish society, to the silent majority who are now awake, who knows that we must not kill our children and hurt our women, know that abortion is not the answer but is cowed by the shrill and shrieking media-driven abortion campaign, know now that after today you are not alone, that you are one with the pro-life majority which has awoken and arisen and is ready for the defining battle of our time, the fight between light and darkness, between hope and despair, between those who see killing as the answer and those that who cherish life, and this is a battle that WE WILL WIN!

The great Irish rebel Pádraig Pearse wrote about “the dream that was built in the heart and that only the heart could hold.” Pearse who challenged an empire and proclaimed our freedom, Pearse who said that false laws were not “stronger than life and than man’s desire to be free”, Pearse would be here with you today, on this historical march to Save the Eighth, just as would James Connolly, and Seán Mac Diarmada.

We know that a nation that kills its own people, is a nation that cannot endure.

Last year, as we celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of 1916, we were reminded that as a nation, however great the odds, however powerful and wealthy are our opponents, we know that we the people can move mountains, can change the course of history, can shape the destiny of this or another country, and that we the people can make this country, this country for which so many brave souls suffered and endured, a nation that cherishes all of its children equally!

Now we have Leo Varadkar, to his shame, making an abortion referendum a priority for his lame-duck government. You seem to have been given a pass by the abortion-fixated Irish media, for your abject failure to mend our broken health service, and everything else, as long as you promise to repeal the eighth, but Leo Varadkar needs to know this, in the words of the great Irish chieftain Séan Ó Néill, “we kneel to no one but God!”

But the time will come, and it is coming, and it surely will, when the world we live in looks back in horror at what they legalised, just as we look back now at the horror of slavery and segregation, and in that time, we will be proud, so very very proud, that Ireland stood as a beacon of hope and light to the world in defence of human life.

That we stood against the stooges in the United Nations, because you cannot be a human rights advocate and support the killing of innocent preborn babies, it’s one or the other! That we stood against the billionaires like George Soros and Chuck Feeney, and against the powerful and wealthy abortion industry, that we stood and we stand today against the extraordinary and unprofessional media bias that is attempting to bully the Irish people, but they will not succeed in silencing us.

And that we have stood even against the British government, who to their shame, want to pay Irish women to abort their babies, not since the days of Oliver Cromwell have we seen such an act of naked aggression against our people. Shame on you, Theresa May!

And all these people should have known, that we are not a people to be bullied, that we are not a people to bend the knee, that we are a people that will always stand strong, for we are standing for life and against injustice and cruelty, and the killing of innocent children, and we will look back, and see that we stood against these tyrants and that we won an historical victory of mothers and babies, and you are here today because you are on the right side of history, and your historic efforts will make this nation proud!

You are here from the rebel homes of Kerry, to the hills of Donegal, from streets of Belfast, and the fields of Athenry, who have come here from the West that is well and truly awake, and from the real capital of Cork, (how do you think of that)! And from the mighty city of Dublin, Dublin the city of heroes which arose in 1916 and which is rising again now, for life, for mothers, for babies, to save the eighth amendment, to tell this government that we will not legalise abortion, not now not ever, not in our country, and not in our name!”

 

New Melkite Patriarch Elected

President Bashar al-Assad received the recently-elected Patriarch of the Melkites, Yusuf al-Abssi, in Damascus, Syria, yesterday, 4th July 2017.

The patriarchy traces its origin directly back to the See of Antioch, founded by St. Peter himself, one year after Our Blessed Lord’s crucifixion, and has its seat in Damascus. There are roughly 1.6 million Melkite Catholics throughout the world.

80,000 Irish on the March!

Seventy to eighty-thousand Irish men, women and children made their way to Dublin on 1st July to Rally for Life and to demonstrate in favour of keeping the Eighth Amendment, which recognises the right to life of an unborn child, in the Irish Constitution.

Éire go Brách!

Lots of pictures, here, from Youth Defence, Life Institute and All-Ireland Rally for Life