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Ascendit Deus in jubilatione

The liturgy of Ascension Thursday puts a tremendous emphasis on joy: ‘Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving,’ as a collect puts it. 605 more words

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per manus sancti angeli tui

I think it probable that created intelligences are at work in all natural operations. They are also, of course, involved in supernatural operations. In the Roman Canon the priest prays that the gifts might be carried “by the hands of your holy Angel to your altar on high.” Nikolaus Gihr comments as follows: 472 more words

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Ordinations In Heiligenkreuz

On Sunday His Excellency Klaus Küng, bishop of St. Pölten ordained my confrères Pater Nikodemus and Pater Severin to the diaconate and the priesthood respectively. Bishop Christian Werner, of the military ordinariate of Austria, assisted in choir.

Pictures: www.stift-heiligenkreuz.org

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Welter and waste and darkness over the deep

Sermon preached in the Carmel Mayerling, Easter Sunday, 2015.

The heathen tribes that lived here in central Europe before the coming of Christianity thought that human life was ultimately doomed. 963 more words

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Propitiation for our sins

In a characteristically provocative essay on why our Lord died, Stanley Hauerwas pours scorn on liberal reductions of the Gospel to the teaching that we should love each other. 1,101 more words

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