Monday, 24 December 2018

The Burning Babe, by St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595, martyr)

The Burning Babe, by St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595, martyr)

"As I in hoary winter’s night stood shivering in the snow, Surpris’d I was with sudden heat which made my heart to glow; And lifting up a fearful eye to view what fire was near, A pretty Babe all burning bright did in the air appear;

Who, scorched with excessive heat, such floods of tears did shed; As though his floods should quench his flames which with his tears were fed. “Alas!” quoth he, “but newly born, in fiery heats I fry, Yet none approach to warm their hearts or feel my fire but I!

My faultless breast the furnace is, the fuel wounding thorns, Love is the fire, and sighs the smoke, the ashes shame and scorns; The fuel Justice layeth on, and Mercy blows the coals, The metal in this furnace wrought are men’s defiled souls, For which, as now on fire I am to work them to their good, So will I melt into a bath to wash them in my blood."

With this he vanish’d out of sight and swiftly shrunk away, And straight I called unto mind that it was Christmas day."

Saturday, 22 December 2018

The Alma Redemptoris Mater (Simple Tone)

The Alma Redemptoris Mater

Sung from the first Sunday of Advent until the Feast of the Purification on February 2 (the original ending date of the Christmas season), this prayer tells of Gabriel’s announcement, and of Mary’s divine motherhood.

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli porta manes et stella maris, succurre cadenti, surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti, natura mirante, tuum sanctum genitorem, Virgo prius, ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore sumens illud ave, peccatorum miserere.

This translation is by the Reverend Adrian Fortescue, 1913:

Holy mother of our Redeemer, thou gate leading to heaven and star of the sea; help the falling people who seek to rise, thou who, all nature wondering, didst give birth to thy holy Creator. Virgin always, hearing the greeting from Gabriel’s lips, take pity on sinners.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Third Secret of Fatima: Who is the Bishop in White?

Was Third Secret fully revealed? Who is the "bishop in white"? This is a line by line analysis of the Third Secret of Fatima (released in 2000) with commentary about the missing part of the Third Secret (3b) by Dr Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon. We examine the words of Malachi Martin, Sister Lucia, John XXIII, Ratzinger, John Paul II, and others.

Dr Taylor Marshall is the best-selling Catholic author of The Crucified Rabbi, The Eternal City, and Sword and Serpent. He produces weekly Youtube videos (usually published 12pm Central). Please consider subscribing to receive future interviews and conversations. Please explore Dr Marshall's blog at and his 8 books at

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society

H/t to

"It's been a long-held popular belief that Christmas is the day when the most souls are released from Purgatory. 

Please send the names of your deceased loved ones before Christmas Day. As long as they're in our inbox they're enrolled in the Society perpetually (if you've sent them in before, don't send them in again). 

Enroll them in time for Christmas then consider making your Christmas Mass offertory intention for the relief of all the souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society.

Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society."

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well."

Saturday, 1 December 2018

UPDATED Good News the First Wednesday (5th Dec) EF Mass at St. Gregory's Cheltenhamis BACK IN THE MAIN CHURCH


There was a good attendance on Wednesday, at least 20 more than the last few months!!


After many months the Traditional Mass (Low Mass) will return to the main Church at 7pm on Wednesday 5th December, the celebrant will be Fr. Goodman of the Diocese of Clifton.

The Old Rite first re-appeared at St. Gregory's in 2008 - see here.

The Transalpine Redemptorists are Always Getting Vocations - A Video of a Final Profession From a Few Years Ago

The FSSR have plentiful vocations,"On August 15th 2010, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Br. Martin Mary, F.SS.R. made his final vows in the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer on Papa Stronsay. His mother, father, sister and two brothers were also there for the occasion, and his father and brothers sung in the schola. This video is mostly made up of clips from the ceremony. In the evening we held our annual bonfire and BBQ, to which the residents of Stronsay are also invited, to celebrate the profession and the feast." (From the fssr Youtube Channel).

Who are the FSSR? 

From:- "In 1999 after an unknown break that could have been as long or longer than 700 years, the wilderness rejoiced as the little Priests' Island of Papa Stronsay became inhabited again by priests and monks, the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer (Transalpine Redemptorists). After many centuries the holy Mass is offered again on this island in the same Latin language as by the Irish monks who lived here over a thousand years ago, and as the Viking priests living here at the time of the Orkneinga Saga. It is true that if they appeared here we could neither speak to them in Old Norse nor in a Celtic tongue but the language and the actions of our Masses would be perfectly understood; so we could pray together as members of the same Mystical Body of Christ that knows a living unity that transcends the limits of time. It is a privilege to continue the Holy Mass here on the island that was the site of the most northerly early Christian monastery ever found. From this holy desert, the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, leave their contemplative life and set out on voyages, from this island in the North Sea, like so many Irish or Viking monks, to preach the Eternal Truths in the form of Missions wherever they are invited; which means in any part of the world. They also spread devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and pray for the holy souls in Purgatory. Fundamentally our message is this: Remember O Christian soul that time passes quickly and you too must soon die, be judged and enter into your eternity of heaven or hell. You have only one soul to save; that is your chief, nay your only work. For what does it profit you if, by your work, you gain the whole world which must soon end, and lose your immortal soul in an eternity of sufferings that will never end. What exchange can you give for your soul? There is none.

At all cost then, save your soul. Lead the life of a good Catholic (for there are many bad Catholics who will lose their souls). Avoid sin and the dangerous occasions of sin, go frequestly to Confession and Holy Communion. To save your soul, to save your immortal soul: That is your only work. Do it with great love and care and invoke the assistance of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour to help you."

"Fr. Anthony Mary FSSR - "Anointed"

From the FSSR Youtube channel:-

"The Film Team have been at it again in Christchurch, New Zealand, where we run the Latin Mass Chaplaincy for the Diocese from our Monastery. This time they have produced a beautiful interview with Fr Anthony Mary, F.SS.R., the chaplain, to commemorate his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the sacred priesthood. To find out more about the Sons of the Most holy Redeemer, you can check out our blog: Our Website: Our Facebook: For more information, photos and videos from the Latin Mass Chaplaincy in Christchurch, New Zealand, see our Facebook page:"

For more Papa Stronsay videos see:-

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Third Secret of Fatima and the Smoke of Satan in the Catholic Church

Dr. Taylor  Marshall states:- 

"We track the prophecies of corruption in the Catholic Church beginning with the vision of Pope Leo XIII in 1884 (and St Michael's Prayer) and move up through Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 and Our Lady of Akita in 1973.

We also discuss Our Lady of Good Success. Dr Taylor Marshall is best-selling author of a number of Catholic books. Timothy Gordon is the author of Catholic Republic:"

Faithful Catholic Bishop Morlino of Morlino has Died

One of the more tradition friendly and orthodox Bishops in the United States,Bishop Morlino of Madison Diocese, sadly died last night :-


Some of the comments on the Diocese of Morlino Facebook account state:-

"I am saddened to hear about Archbishop's passing. We are in desperate need of faithful pastors in these sad times. The holy Church has lost a formidable defender. May he intercede for us at the Lord's throne where I am sure he is. Requiescat in pace."

"So very sad...praying for the soul of this great Shepherd, Bishop Morlino...this is a great loss to the people of God...the good Bishop was such a Holy Man of God..."

"....this Bishop is one of the true good Shepherds who boldly proclaims the truth of the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic faith...."

"RIP to a very brave & Faithful Bishop!"   

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine: et lux perpétua lúceat eis. (Ps. 64: 2, 3). Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddétur votum in Jerúsa!em: exáudi oratiónem meam, ad te omnis caro véniet. Réquiem ætérnam dona eis,. Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat eis.



Saturday, 24 November 2018

The Proper of Time in the Post-Vatican II Liturgical Reforms by Matthew Hazell

From Dr. Hunwicke:-

"I have often used, and commented about it on this blog, Matthew Hazell's highly important Index Lectionum, which reveals the way Holy Scripture was censored in the post-Conciliar 'reforms'. It is a pleasure to commend his latest scholarly work, The Proper of Time in the Post-Vatican II Liturgical Reforms (ISBN: 978-1-7307-9522-0). It deals with how the euchology ... collects, secrets, postcommunions ... fared during this same period.

To be precise, this book homes in on one particular moment of the 'reform' process, schema 186 of September 1966 ... I will call it '1966'. This important and revealing document is hitherto unpublished. What I find fascinating is the glimpse this gives us of a particular moment in the development of the mindset of the 'reformers'.

1966 is much more conservative than what eventually emerged as the Missal of S Paul VI. Simplifying a little, one could liken 1966 to a garment which has become rather frayed over the years and needs to be repaired. So the authors suggest how it can be repaired, smartened up, and made good for use for another few hundred years. The Missal of S Paul, on the other hand, seems in comparison more like the product of a decision that the garment is totally unfit for use and needs to be dumped, so as to make way for a completely new product.

I offer just one insight into the mindset of the 'reformers': since we are near the start of Advent, let us consider their treatment of the Sunday collects for Advent. Three of these had been addressed to God the Son. The 'reformers' stated that it was now universally agreed that Prayer should be addressed to God the Father through the Son, in the Holy Spirit. What about the collects of Advent? This is what they say: "On account of their antiquity and more venerable character, we have not changed them". Read that again! "We have not changed them"!

See! They still have some sense of respect for the prayers of the ancient formulae! They are not willing to bowdlerise without explicit permission from above!

But in S Paul VI, those Advent collects disappear from the Sundays of Advent. They are removed to weekdays, where some of them (but not all) are reformulated so that they are addressed to the Father.

My own view is that it is precisely the unexpectedly direct appeal to the Lord Jesus Who is coming to judge ("Come Lord ... do not delay ... stir up thy power ...") which gives these old prayers their impassioned sense of direct urgency. Their loss, at the Sunday synaxis, represented a real impoverishment of the spirituality placed before God's people by their Liturgy. They woz robbed!

[Incidentally, the same prejudice against prayers addressed to the Son led the Anglican revisers of the Alternative Service Book  (1980) to reconstruct S Thomas's Corpus Christ collect; not even S Paul VI had dared to do this!]

A study of the documents recording the process of the revision of the hymns of the Breviary would reveal exactly the same process by which the Coetus concerned only gradually liberated themselves from respect for Tradition. These studies give the lie to the claim that 'the Council' had mandated the Pauline 'Reform' as that catastrophe eventually emerged. The persons actually engaged on that 'reform' in the mid-1960s were manifestly completely unaware that 'the Council' had mandated anything so radical. This whole narrative reveals the growth of an attitude of bland, insolent, mendacity.

The Missal of S Paul VI is not what the Council Fathers thought they were voting for. That is why even the most soundly traditionalist Fathers, such as Archbishop Lefebvre, voted for Sacrosanctum Concilium.

We cannot expect young and able scholars to produce important work like this book unless we buy and study what they produce!"


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