Monday, January 3, 2011

Jeudi soir, Messe Saint Frere Andre - Thursday evening, Saint Brother Andre Thanksgiving Mass

This Thursday evening at 7:30 in Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, the Archdiocese of Ottawa will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of St. Brother Andre Bessette of Montreal. All are welcome!

« Quand vous dites tout bas le Notre Père, Jésus a l’oreille collée sur votre bouche »
--St. André Bessette

Jeudi soir, le 6 janvier, anniversaire de sa naissance à la vie éternelle, on fêtera dans la cathédrale basilique Notre Dame d’Ottawa, une messe d’action de grâce pour la canonisation du saint Frère André. Toutes et tous sont bienvenues.


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Prayer of Monday following the Epiphany

O God, whose eternal Word adorns the face of the heavens yet accepted from the Virgin Mary, the fragility of our flesh, grant, we pray, that he who appeared among us as the splendour of truth may go forth in the fullness of power for the redemption of the world. Who lives and reigns with you.

Today the Church observes liturgically one of the weekdays after the Epiphany, but permits, as well, the optional memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus.

O God, who founded the salvation of the human race on the Incarnation of the Word, give your peoples the mercy they implore, so that all may know that there is no other name to be invoked but the Name of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you.

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The Holy Name of Jesus

Today the Church celebrates the optional memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. In the liturgical revisions of Vatican II, the feast was removed, though a votive Mass to the Holy Name of Jesus had been retained for devotional use.

With the release of the revised Roman Missal in March 2002, the feast was restored as an optional memorial in the Ordinary Form on January 3.

The Church reveals to us the wonders of the Incarnate Word by singing the glories of His name. The name of Jesus means Saviour; it had been shown in a dream to Joseph together with its meaning and to Our Lady at the annunciation by the Archangel Gabriel.

Devotion to the Holy Name is deeply rooted in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in the Acts of the Apostles. It was promoted in a special manner by St. Bernard, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. John Capistrano and by the Franciscan Order. It was extended to the whole Church in 1727 during the pontificate of Innocent XIII. The month of January has traditionally been dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus.

This feast marks no progress in the development of the Church year. It merely embellishes the occasion just observed when the Child received the Name Jesus as had been foretold by the angel. The feast is meant to impress on us Christians the dignity of the Holy Name. It is a relatively new feast, stemming out of devotional piety. Nevertheless, it is not difficult to find in it some liturgical or ancient Christian dogma.

What did a name signify originally? The name should express the nature of a thing. Thus Adam in paradise gave the animals names in accordance with their being. Among the Jews God's name expressed His essence, Yhwh, i.e., I (alone) am who am (and cause all else to be). The Jews had the highest respect for the name of God, a reverence that finds continuation in the Our Father: "Hallowed be Thy Name."

Persons who played prominent roles in the history of salvation often received their names from God Himself. Adam — man of the earth; Eve — mother of all the living; Abraham — father of many nations; Peter — the rock. The Saviour's precursor was given the name God assigned him.

According to divine precedent, then, the name of the Redeemer should not be accidental, of human choosing, but given by God Himself. For His name should express His mission. We read in Sacred Scripture how the angel Gabriel revealed that name to Mary: "You shall call His name Jesus." And to St. Joseph the angel not merely revealed the name but explained its meaning: "You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins."

The Messiah should not only be the saviour, but should be called Saviour. With Jesus, therefore, the name actually tells the purpose of His existence. This is why we must esteem his name as sacred. Whenever we pronounce it, we ought to bow our heads; for the very name reminds us of the greatest favour we have ever received, salvation. —The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

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Nouvel Évêque de St. Jean-Longueuil
Lundi, 27 décembre, fête de l’apôtre Saint Jean, dans la cathédrale dédiée en son honneur a Richelieu, Québec, on a célébré l’inauguration du ministère épiscopale de Mgr Lionel Gendron, p.s.s., comme cinquième évêque de St Jean Longueuil. 

Voici quelques photos de l’occasion (repas avant la ceremonie, vues dans la cathedrale et à la reception) :

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