The Angelus – YouTube

The Angelus – traditional salutation to Mary, in honor of the Incarnation of her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, recited or sung at morning, noon, and evening – as chanted by the Daughters of Mary: in honor of the Feast of the Annunciation.

The full text of the Angelus, in both Latin and (traditional / liturgical) English, together with some background history, is found here.

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The Annunciation of Our Lord | For All the Saints

The feast of the Annunciation celebrates the angel Gabriel’s announcement to the Virgin Mary that she was to become the mother of the Messiah, and her willing submission to God’s will.

Source: The Annunciation of Our Lord | For All the Saints

The feast of the Annunciation celebrates the angel Gabriel’s announcement to the Virgin Mary that she was to become the mother of the Messiah, and her willing submission to God’s will, whereupon the Word of God was conceived and made incarnate in her womb.

The celebration of the feast probably began in the East in the fifth century and was introduced into the West in the sixth and seventh centuries. By the time of the Tenth Synod of Toledo in 656, it was celebrated nearly universally in the Church. While the feast falls exactly nine months before December 25, it is likely that the dating of the birth of Jesus depends on the dating of his conception, rather than the other way round.

There was widespread belief amongst first century Jews in the “integral age” of prophets and other great men of God, like Abraham; that is, that their lives formed an integral whole, and that they died on the same dates as their birth or conception. Thus, from a presumed dating of the crucifixion to March 25, the angelic announcement to Mary and the conception of Jesus were dated to March 25, and the birth of Jesus to December 25, nine months later.

Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive and bear a Son who would be the Messiah, the Son of the Most High, whose name would be Jesus. Astounded, Mary asked how this could be so, since she was a virgin and as yet unmarried. The angel replied that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, and that the power of the Most High would overshadow her, and through this divine means she would conceive. “With God,” said Gabriel, “nothing is impossible.”

This is, therefore, the first feast in the Nativity Cycle, the miraculous conception of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, by the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary – even though we are still in Lent! It is, to me, fascinating to see how the cycles and seasons of the Christian year overlap and mutually infuse one another, even as do the cycles and seasons of the natural year… concerning which, it is very appropriate that as Christ is “the Sun of Righteousness,” we should celebrate these His feasts at or near the Solstices and Equinoxes!

Prince Charles visits the casualties of Wednesday’s terror attack in hospital – Royal Central

The Prince of Wales has visited some of the victims who were injured in Wednesday’s terror attack in hospital.

Source: Prince Charles visits the casualties of Wednesday’s terror attack in hospital – Royal Central

The heir to the throne travelled to King’s College Hospital in London on Friday where he met those who were injured, as well as the medics who treated them.

King’s College Hospital is one of several hospitals in London to treat those injured in the Westminster attack.

More than 50 people were injured during the incident, with over 30 being admitted to hospital.

Eight of those victims are being treated at King’s College Hospital, where Prince Charles has visited – one later died after succumbing to his injuries.

“Beauty is vanishing from our world…”

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To destructively compress Plato and the Neoplatonists, all truth points to the transcendent Truth; all good points to the transcendent Good; all beauty points to the transcendent Beauty; and in turn, the transcendent True, Good and Beautiful is the One, the source of all being, which classical theism identifies as God, and is in turn identified with the God of the Bible by orthodox Christianity” (Pascal Emmanuel Gobry).

It follows from this that, in a sense, to live as if beauty does not matter is to commit an offense against God Himself!

Mass shooting in Lille near Metro station leaves at least three injured and sparks terror fears – Mirror Online

Source: Mass shooting in Lille near Metro station leaves at least three injured and sparks terror fears – Mirror Online

“A shooting in Lille has left at least three people injured and sparked terror fears days after the attack in London… It is believed the drive-by shooting may be linked to criminal gangs. But the proximity to a train station and armed police response sparked fears of terrorism as Europe remains on a high state of alert. The identity of those injured in the attack is unknown. France has suffered a string of Islamist terror attacks during the past 12 months.”

And a significant plurality, if not majority, of criminal gangs in France these days are – wait for it – Muslim. Not meaning to jump to conclusions (sorry, not sorry), but I’d be surprised, indeed shocked, if it’s anyone else…

‘Crying Will Not Stop Islamism’ – Euro MPs Blast European Union Leaders – Breitbart

UKIP MEPS have today called on the EUs Foreign Policy chief to step down after she broke down in tears at a Brussels attacks press conference yesterday.

Source: ‘Crying Will Not Stop Islamism’ – Euro MPs Blast European Union Leaders – Breitbart

Speaking to Breitbart London this morning in the increasingly abandoned Belgian capital, defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP and Jane Collins MEP said those who played a part in engineering the migrant crisis should take responsibility for it.

Referring to a press conference in Jordan yesterday where European External Action Service Chief Federica Mogherini broke down in tears as she discussed the bombings, Jane Collins said:

You can’t now deny that free movement of people is free movement of terrorists and weapons.

“I think yesterday was a very emotional day and I could understand why people would be in tears. But she occupies a position that agreed to free movement, to Schengen. Every single person responsible for those things must take responsibility for what happened.

“If she can’t take that responsibility, then she should go.

Crying will not stop it happening again. Border control will stop it happening again”.