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WEDNESDAY      September 22, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 180

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Number 57:

Cardinal Josef Mindzenty

Protected by his angels, this Hungarian prelate withstood torture and over 23 years of imprisonment to overcome the hammer and sickle

   Today we bring you the 57th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Cardinal Josef Mindzenty, the distinguished and persecuted Prince of the Church who spent 23 of his 31 episcopal years in a communist prison tortured by atheistic Soviets. Through it all he kept the faith and imbued that faith and trust in God through his example and prayers for the Hungarian faithful in the face of unspeakable trials and tribulations. For more on the 57th selection, click on CARDINAL JOSEF MINDZENTY

57.    Cardinal Josef Mindzenty

The Gregorian gift to the Church:
The Plan of the Mass:
Liturgy of the Eucharist

part three

    We continue with our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you more of the brilliant plan bequeathed by Pope Saint Gregory the Great to the Church in the latter part of the sixth century that has been perpetuated up to today with only a few changes in the ritual, not not the meaning and essence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For Installment nineteen The Gregorian Plan of the Mass: The Liturgy of the Eucharist part three, click on BARQUE OF PETER

Installment Nineteen

The Gregorian Plan of the Mass: The Liturgy of the Eucharist - Part Three

What’s the Rush?

    Sadly, today’s faithful can’t wait to get out of the chuch after Mass. Before Vatican II, part of the liturgy included the Prayers After Mass composed of three Hail Mary’s, the Salve Regina, and the vital Prayer to Saint Michael, whose feast we celebrate in one week. It was Pope Leo XIII who composed this poignant prayer after he was given a vision of satan in the Sanctuary and the powerful role Saint Michael’s intercession would play. Even though Mass is officially concluded with the final blessing, it is proper to remain in the pew until after the priest has left the sanctuary. It is even more proper to kneel and say a few prayers, thanking God for the graces receivved during Mass and for the gift of receiving Him in Holy Communion, and to pray the Prayer to St. Michael for protection from the evil one for he is stronger than ever and getting even more insidious in his war to lure us into the kingdom of the prince of darkness. During this month of September, wouldn’t it be great if everyone would repeat this powerful prayer after Mass either together if the pastor allows, or privately? Our Lady keeps reminding us in every one of her messages to “Pray! Pray! Pray!” As the saying goes “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” but we might alter it a bit and say “Fools rush out while angels adore and pray”

    Before we continue on our abridged trek through Church history from the seventh century on, we will delve into the etymology of the rubrics, sacred vessels, vestments and saramentals of the Mass which were authenticated in the Gregorian era in the next installment.

Next Wednesday: Installment Twenty: The Gregorian Plan of the Mass: The Etymology of the Rubrics

Appreciating the Sacred Tribunals

   We continue our new daily series in uncovering the great treasuries of the Church contained in her Deposit of Faith. Today, continuing with the Roman Curia, we cover the three judicial offices that compose the Sacred Tribunal: Apostolic Penitentiary, Apostolic Signatura, and Sacred Roman Rota. For the sixteenth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


The Tribunals

Even in his 80's Cardinal Luigi Poggi continues as Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church

    Our one-hundred-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 82 year-old Italian Cardinal Luigi Poggi, former Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and expert negotiator with Eastern Europe governments, specifically Poland. Since 1992 he has labored with love in the dusky catacombed archives of the Vatican. He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Luigi Poggi, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

101.   Cardinal Luigi Poggi


    After honoring martyrs the past two days, we return to Ordinary Time for the rest of the week beginning today with the Twenty-fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow's observance of the Twenty-fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, September 22, 1999

      First Reading: Ezra 9: 5-9
      Psalms: Tobit 13: 1-4, 6-8
      Gospel Reading: Luke 9: 1-6

Thursday, September 23, 1999

      First Reading: Haggai 1: 1-8
      Psalms: Psalm 149: 1-6, 9
      Gospel Reading: Luke 9: 7-9

August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"And He said to them, 'Take nothing for your journey, neither staff, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and do not leave the place. And whoever does not receive you - go forth from that town, and shake off even the dust from your feet for a witness against them.'"

Luke 9: 3-5

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