Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Fr. Hezuk Shroff at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Almighty ever-living God, who while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant us, we pray that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times. Through our Lord.

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Portal of the world's salvation,
lo, a Virgin pure and mild,
humble-hearted, high in station,
form of beauty undefiled,
crown of earth's anticipation,
comes the Mother-maid with child.

Virgin sweet, with love o'erflowing,
to the hills in haste she fares;
on a kindred bestowing
blessing from the joy she bears;
waiting while with mystic showing
time the sacred birth prepares.

What fair joy o'ershone that dwelling,
called so great a guest to greet;
what her joy whose love compelling
found a rest for Mary's feet,
when, the bliss of time foretelling,
lo, the Voice and Word did meet!

God most high, the heaven's foundation,
ruler of eternity;
Jesus, who for man's salvation
came in flesh to make us free;
Spirit, moving all creation,
evermore be praise to thee!

Words: Latin, fifteenth century; trans. Laurence Housman, 1906

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The Litany of the Saints is prayed over the prostrate candidate (Photo: D Gyapong)


Yesterday, newly-ordained Father Hezuk Shroff moved into the Archbishop's Residence to prepare for two months of service at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica before his first full-time parish assignment begins on August 1.

This morning our household joined him in a Mass of Thanksgiving in the domestic chapel. No photos of that, but here are several of his ordination (kindness of Deborah Gyapong) and the first blessings, with newly-anointed priestly hands, given in the lower chapel of Notre Dame immediately following the ordination ceremony:

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