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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Longest Day

Some photos of the second longest day of the year.

Sunset on Papa Stronsay:10:28 p.m.

Sunrise on Papa Stronsay: 3:58 a.m.

Although the sun does drop below the horizon for almost five and a half hours, we do not experience full darkness at this time of year.  You can see on the graph here that we do not have night, properly so called (true darkness), from the 24th April to the 18th August.  However, these dates would only apply when the sky was not overcast.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Replenishing the Stores

During the Summer months on Papa Stronsay we have the opportunity to take our little boat out to sea to catch fish to put in the freezer for the following months.  Some years are better than others.  This year, on the 4th July we took advantage of the fine weather and set out.

On the way out, we prayed the Rosary and asked Our Lady to lead us to the fish.

Having invoked Our Lady and had two Orca sightings, we were confident of a catch.

 We were not disappointed! We caught plenty of Mackerel...

 ...and cod.

 Br Edmund Maria brings Mackerel aboard.

 A puffin.

Sheep venturing close to the edge.


On the return journey we cleaned the 102 fish we had caught, providing a meal for the seagulls too!


Thanks be to God for His provident care, providing us with such food on our doorstep.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Corpus Christi

This post was intended for the feast of Corpus Christi, but Divine Providence had other designs!

Our Lord gave us wonderful weather for His feast, even though it had not been forecast to be so, so we took full advantage of it to take Him in procession to view the Monastery.





 In 2014 some of the brethren visited the Abbey of Thoronet, in France.  It is an old Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1176.  The Abbey was closed during the French Revolution and is now a museum.  The chapel has the most amazing acoustic — an echo of 9 seconds!

This is the Alleluia from the Mass of Corpus Christi.

This is the Victimae Paschali Laudes, the sequence sung during Easter.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Pentecost Sunday

Come Holy Ghost, Fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy Love.
Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth!

 Solemn High Mass celebrated on Papa Stronsay on Pentecost Sunday.
 

Thank you, most Holy Spirit, for calling us and all those who wish, to consecrate ourselves to Thee in the peace and tranquillity of Papa Stronsay!

Monday, April 10, 2017

He seeks Veronicas! - Let us find them a house in which to live.



Faciem meam non averti ab increpantibus, et conspuentibus in me.
I have not turned my face away from them that rebuked me and spit upon me.
(Lesson from the Mass of Holy Monday - Isaias 50:6)

May the Most Holy, Most Sacred, Most Adorable,
Most Incomprehensible and Unutterable Name of God
be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified,
in Heaven on earth and in the hells,
by all the creatures of God
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ 
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
(The Golden Arrow prayer 
given in 1843 by Our Lord to Ven. Sr. Mary of St Peter)


Our Lord revealed to Venerable Sister Mary of St Peter, that the sin of blasphemy greatly offends him. Blasphemy and abusing His Holy Name is as spitting into His Holy Face. He said:  
"I seek Veronicas to wipe and venerate My Divine Face, which has but few adorers!" 
And then he assured me that all persons who would apply themselves to this Work of Reparation would perform the same service in His behalf as she did. 
(October 27, 1845)

For many months several women in Christchurch have been preparing to consecrate their lives entirely to God. Two have made perpetual vows of Chastity. Four more are ready to do so. 

I invite you to offer alms of reparation so that a house in or around Christchurch, may be purchased and given to the Holy Face of Jesus for women consecrated to Him. 

Alms-giving is a reparation for sins.  The Lenten season of alms-giving is coming to an end. 
Invest your alms in a house consecrated to make reparation for blasphemy.

Alms and donations may be sent via the PayPal with the note 'Reparation'. Or by contacting me through the contact button on this page.


A three bedroom house in Christchurch costs about $400,000 NZ Dollars.
 ($277,000 USD; £224,000 GBP). The purchase itself is a worthy act of reparation.

Please spread the word and help me to find this house for consecrated Veronicas.


My best and prayerful wishes to you for a fruitful Holy Week.

Devotedly,
Father Michael Mary, F.SS.R.
Rector Major

Sunday, March 12, 2017

THE GOOD FIGHT

The Sacrament of Confirmation

was conferred on six young adults last year.
In this video the confirmands share their thoughts.

It is encouraging to see how seriously these young Catholics take their Faith. Please pray for them that they persevere in their good resolutions. Many thanks to Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking who conferred the Sacrament in the Traditional Rite at Our Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, Christchurch, New Zealand. We are truly blessed to have such a thriving young chaplaincy here in the South Island.

Many thanks to the devoted mother and daughter who produced this amazing testimony to the power of Faith.

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