The fruit of silence is prayer
the fruit of prayer is faith
the fruit of faith is love
the fruit of love is service
the fruit of service is peace.
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.|
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.
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.
- Year XXII - Num. 229
|- Wisdom of the heart to recognise the image of God in the sick|
|- Pope Francis' prayer intentions for January|
|- Other Pontifical Acts|
|Wisdom of the heart to recognise the image of God in the sick|
Vatican City, (VIS) – The Pope's message for the 23rd World Day of the Sick 2015 begins with a phrase from the Book of Job: “I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame”, explained from the perspective of “sapientia cordis”, the wisdom of the heart that “is not theoretical, abstract knowledge, the product of reasoning”, Pope Francis remarked, but rather “a way of seeing things infused by the Holy Spirit in the minds and hearts of those who are sensitive to the sufferings of their brothers and sisters and who can see in them the image of God”.
World Day of the Sick, instituted by St. John Paul II in 1992, is held on , feast day of the Virgin of Lourdes. The full text of the Message is published below:
“Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this, the twenty-third World Day of the Sick, begun by Saint John Paul II, I turn to all of you who are burdened by illness and are united in various ways to the flesh of the suffering Christ, as well as to you, professionals and volunteers in the field of health care.
This year’s theme invites us to reflect on a phrase from the Book of Job: 'I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame'. I would like to consider this phrase from the perspective of 'sapientia cordis' – the wisdom of the heart.
1. This 'wisdom' is not theoretical, abstract knowledge, the product of reasoning. Rather, it is, as Saint James describes it in his Letter, 'pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity'. It is a way of seeing things infused by the Holy Spirit in the minds and the hearts of those who are sensitive to the sufferings of their brothers and sisters and who can see in them the image of God. So let us take up the prayer of the Psalmist: 'Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom'. This 'sapientia cordis', which is a gift of God, is a compendium of the fruits of the World Day of the Sick.
2. Wisdom of the heart means serving our brothers and sisters. Job’s words: 'I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame', point to the service which this just man, who enjoyed a certain authority and a position of importance amongst the elders of his city, offered to those in need. His moral grandeur found expression in the help he gave to the poor who sought his help and in his care for orphans and widows.
Today too, how many Christians show, not by their words but by lives rooted in a genuine faith, that they are 'eyes to the blind' and 'feet to the lame'! They are close to the sick in need of constant care and help in washing, dressing and eating. This service, especially when it is protracted, can become tiring and burdensome. It is relatively easy to help someone for a few days but it is difficult to look after a person for months or even years, in some cases when he or she is no longer capable of expressing gratitude. And yet, what a great path of sanctification this is! In those difficult moments we can rely in a special way on the closeness of the Lord, and we become a special means of support for the Church’s mission.
3. Wisdom of the heart means being with our brothers and sisters. Time spent with the sick is holy time. It is a way of praising God who conforms us to the image of his Son, who 'came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many'. Jesus himself said: 'I am among you as one who serves'.
With lively faith let us ask the Holy Spirit to grant us the grace to appreciate the value of our often unspoken willingness to spend time with these sisters and brothers who, thanks to our closeness and affection, feel more loved and comforted. How great a lie, on the other hand, lurks behind certain phrases which so insist on the importance of 'quality of life' that they make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!
4. Wisdom of the heart means going forth from ourselves towards our brothers and sisters. Occasionally our world forgets the special value of time spent at the bedside of the sick, since we are in such a rush; caught up as we are in a frenzy of doing, of producing, we forget about giving ourselves freely, taking care of others, being responsible for others. Behind this attitude there is often a lukewarm faith which has forgotten the Lord’s words: 'You did it unto me’.
For this reason, I would like once again to stress 'the absolute priority of “going forth from ourselves toward our brothers and sisters” as one of the two great commandments which ground every moral norm and as the clearest sign for discerning spiritual growth in response to God’s completely free gift'. The missionary nature of the Church is the wellspring of an 'effective charity and a compassion which understands, assists and promotes'.
5. Wisdom of the heart means showing solidarity with our brothers and sisters while not judging them. Charity takes time. Time to care for the sick and time to visit them. Time to be at their side like Job’s friends: 'And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great'. Yet Job’s friends harboured a judgement against him: they thought that Job’s misfortune was a punishment from God for his sins. True charity is a sharing which does not judge, which does not demand the conversion of others; it is free of that false humility which, deep down, seeks praise and is self-satisfied about whatever good it does.
Job’s experience of suffering finds its genuine response only in the cross of Jesus, the supreme act of God’s solidarity with us, completely free and abounding in mercy. This response of love to the drama of human pain, especially innocent suffering, remains for ever impressed on the body of the risen Christ; his glorious wounds are a scandal for faith but also the proof of faith.
Even when illness, loneliness and inability make it hard for us to reach out to others, the experience of suffering can become a privileged means of transmitting grace and a source for gaining and growing in “sapientia cordis”. We come to understand how Job, at the end of his experience, could say to God: 'I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you'. People immersed in the mystery of suffering and pain, when they accept these in faith, can themselves become living witnesses of a faith capable of embracing suffering, even without being able to understand its full meaning.
6. I entrust this World Day of the Sick to the maternal protection of Mary, who conceived and gave birth to Wisdom incarnate: Jesus Christ, our Lord.
O Mary, Seat of Wisdom, intercede as our Mother for all the sick and for those who care for them! Grant that, through our service of our suffering neighbours, and through the experience of suffering itself, we may receive and cultivate true wisdom of heart!
With this prayer for all of you, I impart my Apostolic Blessing”.
|Pope Francis' prayer intentions for January|
Vatican City, (VIS) – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for January 2015 is: “That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace”.
His intention for evangelisation is: “That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal”.
|Other Pontifical Acts|
Vatican City, (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Fr. John Saw Yaw Han as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Yangon (area 47,192, population 14,620,000, Catholics 69,120, priests 102, religious 438), Myanmar. The bishop-elect was born in Homalim, Myanmar in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1995. He studied philosophy and theology at the St. Joseph national major seminary, and has served in a number of roles, including missionary “fidei donum” in the diocese of Kentung, lecturer in philosophy at the national major seminary in Mandalay; assistant at the St. Lazarus Church in Insein and St. Mary's Cathedral in Yangon; lecturer in theology at the national major seminary in Yangon; and rector at the minor seminary of Bago. He is currently rector of the national major seminary in Yangon.