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Girolamo Citolanzo: The Martyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome
Giving Thanks to God for All That Is In Existence and All That Is Good
For Wife and Family, for the Latin Mass, for the Declaration and the Constitution, for Abp. Vigano and Cardinal Burke, for Rush Limbaugh and for Donald J. Trump
Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day, in the Latin Rite, is the feast day of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr. Both a royal princess and a great scholar, Catherine was a Christian, and outspokenly so, and evangelically so. An impossibility for anti-Christian royalty in that day.
The emperor Maxentius ordered her to recant and renounce Christianity and she would not. He brought in great scholars to argue with her, and she actually converted some of them, who were promptly executed. He then tried to get her to marry him, and be subject to him as wife; and she refused him, pronouncing her spiritual marriage to Jesus Christ and a vowed life of virginity.
Finally, she was to be executed by being broken on a spiked wheel, but the wheel shattered at first contact, and she was beheaded instead.
Consider the Latin Mass Collect and Readings for today:
Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
The Collects mean the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his.
Let us pray.
O God, Who gave the law to Moses on Sinai's height and through your holy angels miraculously placed there the body of blessed Catherine, Your Virgin and Martyr; grant, we beseech You, that by her merits and intercession we may reach that towering eminence which is Christ.
Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.
Lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus
Sir 51:1-8; 5:12
I will give You thanks, O Lord, O King; I will praise You, O God my Saviour! I will make known Your name; for You have preserved my body from destruction, from the scourge of a slanderous tongue, and from lips that went over to falsehood; and in the sight of those who stood by, You have been my helper. And You have delivered me, according to the multitude of the mercy of Your name, from those who did roar, prepared to devour; from the power of those who sought my life, and from the gates of afflictions which compassed me about; from the oppression of the flames which hemmed me in on every side, and in the midst of the fire I was not burnt; from the deep belly of the nether world, and from an unclean tongue, and from lying words, from an unjust king, and from dishonest tongues. My soul shall praise the Lord even to death; because You, O Lord, our God, save those who take refuge in You, and rescue them out of the hands of the nations.
R. Thanks be to God.
The Missal is transferred to the other side of the altar. At Low Masses, the priest, bowing down at the middle of the altar, with his hands joined, says:
Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen.
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Continuation +︎ of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
At that time Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: "Then will the kingdom of heaven be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom and the bride. Five of them were foolish and five wise. But the five foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, while the wise did take oil in their vessels with the lamps. Then as the bridegroom was long in coming, they all became drowsy and slept. And at midnight a cry arose, 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming, go forth to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' The wise answered, saying, 'Lest there may not be enough for us and for you, go rather to those who sell it, and buy some for yourselves.' Now while they were gone to buy it, the bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Finally there came also the other virgins, who said, 'Sir, sir, open the door for us!' But he answered and said, 'Amen I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.
Give thanks to God for the Baltimore Catechism, and for good and holy Priests.
Fr. Michael Holleran, Fr. Johann Roten, Fr. Eric Bowman, several others and now Fr. George Gabet, each in different ways, have all guided us in steps through this temporary journey of life toward the journey's end.
After 53 years of marriage we sometimes take each other for granted, because we are always together, filling in the blanks and finishing each other's sentences, and almost thinking the same thoughts. But it's good on occasion to recognize that very thing for the blessing that it is, of having each other, because this life is not permanent, for any of us. In this world, there is nothing I am more thankful for than my Marcie; the greatest blessing of God that any man could ever ask for. I don't know what I would do without her.
We are so very thankful for our Declaration of Independence and our American Constitution, and the unprecedented blessings that this nation bestows upon her citizenry, and her citizenry bestow upon their nation.
We are thankful for Rush Limbaugh, R.I.P., and his True Story of Thanksgiving, and his wonderful children's American history book series starring "Rush Revere".
We are thankful for President George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclaimation.
O give thanks to the Lord, because he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever and ever. [Daniel 3:89]
The only thing Truth has going for Him in this world is us.
The restoration of Truth = Reality in the hearts and minds of men is now totally dependent upon you and me; if we don't do it, it won't get done.
Sign the Letter to your Bishop, and make our Church Catholic again.
Join Cardinal Burke's Storm Heaven Rosary Campaign.
Get behind President Trump, and make America Constitutional again.
Pray for a strategic collaboration between Abp. Vigano and Trump.
EENS: Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus
(Outside the Church there is no salvation)
With fear and trembling, work out your salvation--Phil 2:12
Seek the Truth; Find the Way; Live the Life.
Please God, and Live Forever.
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