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A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, recite or sing the Veni Creator Spiritus.Under the usual conditions, a plenary indulgence can be gained:
|English version:||Latin version:|
|Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,|
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
|Veni, Creator Spiritus,|
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.
|O comforter, to Thee we cry,|
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
|Qui diceris Paraclitus,|
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.
|Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;|
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
|Tu, septiformis munere,|
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.
|Kindle our sense from above,|
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
|Accende lumen sensibus:|
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.
|Far from us drive the foe we dread,|
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
|Hostem repellas longius, pacemque dones protinus:|
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.
|Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow|
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed, of both the eternal Spirit blest.
|Per te sciamus da Patrem,|
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.
|Now to the Father and the Son,|
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.
|Deo Patri sit gloria,|
et Filio, qui a mortuis surrexit,
in saeculorum saecula. Amen.
Sylvester Punch NEW YEAR'S EVE PUNCH BY MARIA VON TRAPP
(In Austria the last day of the year is dedicated to the Holy Pope, St. Sylvester, who baptized Constantine the Great, thereby bringing about the dawning not only of the New Year but of a new era; for this reason, the night before the New Year is called "Sylvesterabend" (Eve of St. Sylvester).Ingredients:
Red burgundy (count one bottle for six people) Equal amount of hot tea 12 cloves rind of 1 lemon 2 tbsp. sugar to each bottle of wine 2 cinnamon sticks to each bottle of wine Pour the liquid into an enamel pot, add the cloves, the thinly pared rind of 1 lemon, the sugar, and the cinnamon. Heat over a low flame but do not allow to boil. At the last moment add the tea. Serve hot. If there are many children and very young people, it is good to know different fruit punch combinations. Here is a basic recipe, with variations: 1/2 cup lemon juice grated rind of 1 lemon 1 cup orange juice 1 qt. water grated rind of 1/2 orange 1 cup sugar Cook sugar and water for five minutes. Cool. Add juices and the grated rind and any of the following combinations: (1) 1 cup grated pineapple, 1 qt. ginger ale. (2) 1 qt. strained, sweetened strawberry juice, 1 qt. raspberry juice, 2 qts. ginger ale. (3) 1 glass currant jelly dissolved in 1 cup hot water. Cook, chill, and add 1/4 cup mint, finely minced. (4) 1 qt. cider, 1 qt. grape juice, 1 qt. soda water. It is great fun to try out new variations every year. One starts with lemonade or orangeade and soon the children will go on to pineapple-ade, raspberry-ade....In our family we have something called "Hedwig-ade" because it is Hedwig's own secret.
Source: Maria Augusta Trapp
Music Arranged by Franz Wasner Illustrations by Rosemary Trapp and Nikolaus E. Wolff LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOG CARD NO. M-1016 Harcourt, Brace & Co., New York.
A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, recite or sing the Te Deum
|Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.||O God, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.|
|Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.||Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.|
|Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates;||To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,|
|Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:||all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:|
|Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.||Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!|
|Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.||Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.|
|Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,||The glorious choir of the Apostles,|
|Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,||the wonderful company of Prophets,|
|Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.||the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.|
|Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia,||Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:|
|Patrem immensae maiestatis:||the Father of infinite Majesty;|
|Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;||Thy adorable, true and only Son;|
|Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.||and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.|
|Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.||O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!|
|Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.||Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.|
|Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.||Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.|
|Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.||Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.|
|Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.||Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.|
|Iudex crederis esse venturus.||We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.|
|Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.||We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.|
|Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.||Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.|
|V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.||V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!|
|R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.||R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.|
|V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te.||V. Every day we thank Thee.|
|R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.||R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.|
|V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.||V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.|
|R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri.||R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.|
|V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.||V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.|
|R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.||R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.|
|St Sylvester, whom God appointed to govern his holy church in the first years of her temporal prosperity and triumph over her persecuting enemies, was a native of Rome and son to Rufinus and Justa. According to the general rule with those who are saints from their cradle, he received early and in his infancy the strongest sentiments of Christian piety from the example, instructions, and care of a virtuous mother, who for his education in the sound maxims and practice of religion, and in sacred literature, put him young into the hands of Charitius, or Carinus, a priest of an unexceptionable character and great abilities. Being formed under an excellent master, he entered among the clergy of Rome and was ordained priest by Pope Marcellinus, before the peace of the church was disturbed by Diocletian and his associate in the empire. His behaviour in those turbulent and dangerous times recommended him to the public esteem, and he saw the triumph of the cross by the victory which Constantine gained over Maxentius within sight of the city of Rome, on the 28th of October 312. Pope Melchiades dying in January 314, St. Sylvester was exalted to the pontificate, and the same year commissioned four legates, two priests, and two deacons to represent him at the great council of the Western church, held at Arles in August, in which the schism of the Donatists, which had then subsisted seven years, and the heresy of the Quartodecimans were condemned, and many important points of discipline regulated in twenty-two canons. These decisions were sent by the council before it broke up, with an honourable letter, to Pope Sylvester, and were confirmed by him and published to the whole church. The general council of Nice was assembled against Arianism in 325. Socrates, Sozomen, and Theodoret say that Pope Sylvester was not able to come to it in person on account of his great age, but that he sent his legates. Gelasius of Cyzicus mentions that in it "Osius held the place of the Bishop of Rome, together with the Roman priests Vito and Vincentius." These three are named the first in subscriptions of the bishops in the editions of the acts of that council and in Socrates, who expressly places them before Alexander, patriarch of Alexandria, and Eustathius, patriarch of Antioch. St. Sylvester greatly advanced religion by a punctual discharge of all the duties of his exalted station during the space of twenty-one years and eleven months; and died on the 31st of December 335. He was buried in the cemetery of Priscilla. Pope Sergius II translated his body and deposited it under the altar in a church dedicated to God in his memory. Mention is made of an altar consecrated to God in his honour at Verona, about the year 500; and his name occurs in the ancient Martyrology called St. Jerome's, published by Florentinius, and in those of Bede, Ado, Usuard, &c. Pope Gregory IX, in 1227, made his festival general in the Latin church; the Greeks keep it on the 10th January.|
After a prodigious effusion of Christian blood almost all the world over, during the space of three hundred years, the persecuting kingdoms at length laid down their arms and submitted to the faith and worship of God crucified for us. This ought to be to us a subject of thanksgiving. But do our lives express this faith? Does it triumph in our hearts? It is one of its first precepts that in all our actions we make God our beginning and end, and have only his divine honour and his holy law in view. We ought, therefore, so to live that the days, hours, and moments of the year may form a crown made up of good works, which we may offer to God. Our forgetfulness of him who is our last end, in almost all that we -do, calls for a sacrifice of compunction at the close of the year; but this cannot be perfect or acceptable to God unless we sincerely devote our whole hearts and lives to his holy love for the time to come. Let us therefore examine into the sources of former omissions, failures, and transgressions, and take effectual measures for our amendment and for the perfect regulation of all our affections and actions for the future, or that part of our life which may remain.
Eugenia Ravasco was born on 4 January 1845 in Milan, Italy, the third of Francesco Matteo and Carolina Mozzoni Frosconi's six children. When she was three years old her mother died and her father moved to Genoa where his two brothers lived, taking with him his eldest son, Ambrose, and the youngest daughter, Elisa. Eugenia remained in Milan with her Aunt Marietta Anselmi, who became a second mother to her and carefully educated her in the faith.
In 1852, the family was reunited in Genoa and following her father's death in March 1855, Eugenia went to live for some time with her uncle Luigi Ravasco and her aunt Elisa and their 10 children. Luigi Ravasco was careful to give his nephews and nieces a Christian upbringing. He was well aware of the anticlericalism on the rise in Italy at the time and of the efforts of the Freemasons, and was especially worried about Eugenia's brother, Ambrose, who had come under the influence of this spreading problem.
From early adolescence, Eugenia was deeply influenced by her uncle's responsible Christian example and his generosity towards the poor. Unlike her shy younger sister, Elisa, Eugenia was expansive and energetic and loved to serve others. Eucharistic worship, together with devotion to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, became an essential part of her spirituality.
On 21 June 1855, Eugenia made her First Communion and Confirmation in St Ambrose's Church and from that day on, whenever she passed a church she would enter it to pray. God was preparing her for greater things.
In December 1862, her Uncle died, leaving Eugenia with the responsibility of caring for the family. With the help of God and the advice of Canon Salvatore Magnasco, she valiantly faced the problems caused by her brother. Aunt Marietta joined Eugenia to help the family. Both made every effort to rescue Ambrose, but without success.
Although her aunt wanted her to marry, Eugenia prayed that the Lord would show her the path to take, since she felt a growing inner call to religious life. On 31 May 1863 she received an answer as she entered the Church of St Sabina to pray. Fr Giacinto Bianchi, an ardent missionary of the Sacred Heart, was celebrating Mass. When she heard him say to the faithful, "Is there no one out there who feels called to dedicate themselves to doing good for love of the Heart of Jesus?", Eugenia understood that God was speaking to her, calling her to him through the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Eugenia found a spiritual director to help her discern what she was feeling, and shortly thereafter she began to teach catechism in the parish church to the disadvantaged young girls of the city. Her aunt and those close to her were against this, especially because these girls were unmannered and street-wise. But Eugenia persevered, accepting with patience the humiliations that she received from all sides. Little by little, she won the young girls over, organizing day trips and games for them and gaining their trust. She reached out to the most uneducated, neglected girls who, left to themselves, were in danger of going down the same errant path as her brother Ambrose.
As time went on, Eugenia felt that God was calling her to found a religious order that would form "honest citizens in society and saints in Heaven". Other young women had also joined her in this effort. On 6 December 1868, when she was 23 years old, she founded the religious congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Canon (later Archbishop) Magnasco had prepared her carefully and she continued, together with the sisters, to teach catechism and to open schools.
Despite open hostility towards the Church and the activity of the Freemasons, Mother Eugenia opened in 1878 a school for girls to give them Christian instruction and to prepare "Christian teachers" for the future. She proved courageous in the face of the persecution and ridicule she received from the local press. She also gave particular attention to the dying, the imprisoned and those away from the Church.
Notwithstanding her poor health, she travelled around Italy and to France and Switzerland, opening new communities and attracting religious vocations.
In 1882 the Congregation received diocesan approval and in 1884, together with her sisters, Mother Eugenia made her perpetual profession. She guided the foundations and her sisters with love and prudence, giving them as model the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Her apostolic ideal in life was "to burn with the desire to do good to others, especially to youth", and to "live in abbandonment to God and in the hands of Mary Immaculate". Mother Eugenia Ravasco died on 30 December 1900 in Genoa, consumed by illness. And in 1909 the Congregation she founded received Pontifical approval.
Today the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (also known as the "Ravasco Institute") are present in Albania, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Venezuela, Africa and the Philippines. They continue their work in schools, parishes and missions and are especially dedicated to serving youth and the needy and to promoting the dignity of women.
(Taken from Vatican website)