Posted on: October 9, 2020

Thanksgiving Blessing

Thank you for being a part of our amazing Parish Family.  Thank you for your faith, your ministry and your generous support throughout the year.  May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving!!  

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels - October 2

THAT THEY MIGHT GUARD YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS                                                                 

by St Bernard of Clairvaux

He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. Let them thank the Lord for his mercy; his wonderful works are for the children of men. Let them give thanks and say among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them. O Lord, what is man that you have made yourself known to him, or why do you incline your heart to him? And you do incline your heart to him; you show him your care and your concern. Finally, you send your only Son and the grace of your Spirit, and promise him a vision of your countenance. And so, that nothing in heaven should be wanting in your concern for us, you send those blessed spirits to serve us, assigning them as our guardians and our teachers.

  He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence, respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so, the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.

  So let us be devoted and grateful to such great protectors; let us return their love and honor them as much as we can and should. Yet all our love and honor must go to him, for it is from him that they receive all that makes them worthy of our love and respect.

  We should then, my brother and sisters, show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father. We are God’s children although it does not seem so, because we are still but small children under guardians and trustees, and for the present little better than slaves.

  Even though we are children and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s heaven.

℟. God has commanded his angels to keep you in all your ways; they shall bear you upon their hands lest you strike your foot against a stone.

℣. Upon you no evil shall fall, no plague approach where you dwell, they shall bear you upon their hands lest you strike your foot against a stone.

Prayer: Lord God, in your all-wise providence you send angels to guard and protect us. Surround us with their watchful care on earth and give us the joy of their company for ever in heaven. Amen.

Posted on: September 13, 2020

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

THE CROSS IS CHRIST'S GLORY AND TRIUMPH

by Saint Andrew of Crete

We are celebrating the Feast of the Cross which drove away darkness and brought in the light.  As we keep this feast, we are lifted up with the crucified Christ, leaving behind us earth and sin so that we may gain the things above.  So great and outstanding a possession is the cross that he who wins it has won a treasure.  Rightly could I call this treasure the fairest of all fair things and the costliest, in fact as well as in name, for on it and through it and for its sake the riches of salvation that had been lost were restored to us.

  Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified.  Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree.  And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing.  The legal bond of our sin would not be cancelled, we should not have attained our freedom, we should not have enjoyed the fruit of the tree of life and the gates of paradise would not stand open.  Had there been no cross, death would not have been trodden underfoot, nor hell despoiled.

  Therefore, the cross is something wonderfully great and honorable.  It is great because through the cross the many noble acts of Christ found their consummation – very many indeed, for both his miracles and his sufferings were fully rewarded with victory.  The cross is honorable because it is both the sign of God’s suffering and the trophy of his victory.  It stands for his suffering because on it he freely suffered unto death.  But it is also his trophy because it was the means by which the devil was wounded and death conquered; the barred gates of hell were smashed, and the cross became the one common salvation of the whole world.

  The cross is called Christ’s glory; it is saluted as his triumph.  We recognize it as the cup he longed to drink and the climax of the sufferings he endured for our sake.  As to the cross being Christ’s glory, listen to his words: Now is the Son of Man glorified, and in him God is glorified, and God will glorify him at once. And again: Father, glorify me with the glory I had with you before the world came to be.  And once more: “Father, glorify your name.”  Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”  Here he speaks of the glory that would accrue to him through the cross.  And if you would understand that the cross is Christ’s triumph, hear what he himself also said:  When I am lifted up, then I will draw all men to myself.  Now you can see that the cross is Christ’s glory and triumph.