November 16, 2014

Poem: The Incarnation

'The Annunciation' by Bl. Fra Angelico (1395-1455) - Courtesy Wikipedia

The Incarnation is a translation by Roy Campbell (1901-1957) of a poem by St. John of the Cross (1542-1591). Originally published as Ballad 8 of nine meditations on the Gospels from the Codex of Sanlucar de Barrameda, it is believed to have been initially composed interiorly while undergoing a brutal imprisonment.  The Incarnation is included in the Poems for All Seasons Appendix of the Divine Office (1974).  A copy of the text can be found here.

October 25, 2014

Liturgical Guide: Solemnity of All Saints

15th Century Altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck; Ghent, Belgium - Wikipedia

The hymns chosen for the Solemnity of All Saints emphasize our Communion with the Saints. Although, as Paragraph #960 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) points out: "The Church is a "communion of saints" (Acts 9:13; 1 Cor 6:1; 16:1), the term "communion of saints" also refers to the communion of "holy persons" in Christ who "died for all" (CCC #961). Therefore: "It is not merely by the title of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven; we seek, rather, that by this devotion to the exercise of fraternal charity the union of the whole Church in the Spirit may be strengthened. Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself" (CCC #957).

Reflection by the Apostleship of Prayer

31. Faith of Our Fathers
44. Romans VIII (For Those Who Love God)
172. For All the Saints
180. The Beatitudes
181. Blest Are the Pure in Heart

O Fair is Our Lord's Own City
The Father's Holy Ones