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Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Royal Beacon on Papa Stronsay

The 21st April was the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  In celebration of this wonderful occasion, over 1000 beacons were lit across the United Kingdom starting at 7.00 pm with the Queen lighting the first.

Not wanting to be left out in giving honour to our earthly Sovereign, Papa Stronsay officially registered with the Pageant Master to host a beacon.  The beacon was lighted atop one of the Papa Stronsay pier towers.  The time assigned by the Pageant Master for the lighting of the Papa Stronsay beacon was 8.30 pm.

 Thanks be to God, the weather was perfect as the first of the necessary materials were carried to the tower-top.

Fr Magdala Maria and Br Peter Mary prepare the area with concrete blocks and sand.
 Br Seelos Maria, Br Edmund Maria and Fr Magdala Maria lift the frame of the beacon, apparently with much joy!
 The fuel to be burned was brought up bit-by-bit to the first tower, then across the wall where it was placed into the beacon.
Confrères arriving from Stronsay in Stella Maris to be present.

Br Peter Mary and Br Seelos Maria building the beacon.  Were they perhaps the only Americans to build a Royal Birthday Beacon?

Lastly the flags were hung.

The completed beacon as the sun set, awaiting the appointed hour when it was to be burned in honour of the Queen.

 Br Peter Mary, F.SS.R. was nominated to light the beacon as the community sung the national anthem:
God Save the Queen!

 Perfect weather to burn the beacon.

Fr Yousef Marie, F.SS.R. sneaks a quick peek over the battlements!

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer wish Her Majesty a very happy ninetieth birthday, and a happy ninety-first year!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Paschal Vigil on Papa Stronsay

Resurrexit sicut dixit!
 The Blessing of the Fire and Procession with the Paschal Candle
All the candles in the chapel are lit using the paschal fire
Exsúltet iam Angélica turba coelórum
exsúltent divína mystéria
et pro tanti Regis victória tuba ínsonet salutáris!
Let the angelic choirs of Heaven now rejoice
let the divine Mysteries rejoice
and let the trumpet of salvation sound forth the victory of so great a King!

During the Gloria the bells are triumphantly rung once again and the chapel is flooded with light as the Church joyfully proclaims the Glory of the Risen Lord.

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia. 
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia. 
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia. 
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia!

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer wish you a blessed Easter

+ Deo Gratias et Mariae +

Friday, March 25, 2016

Holy Week IV: Good Friday

Holy mother pierce me through
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour Crucified
Stations of the Cross on Papa Stronsay

At the sacred hour of 3pm the Solemn Ceremony of Good Friday was held in our chapel on Papa Stronsay

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John
Adoration of the Cross

+ Ecce lignum Crucis, in quo salus mundi pependit +
Venite, adoremus!

 The body of Our Lord is then carried in solemn procession to the sepulchre

Almighty and merciful God, who hast restored us by the Passion and Death of Thy Christ: preserve within us the work of Thy mercy; that by our entering into this mystery we may ever live devoutly. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Deo Gratias et Mariae +

Holy Week III: Missa in Coena Domini

Last night the Solemn High Mass of the Lord's Supper was celebrated on Papa Stronsay

The Confiteor

Fr Yousef Marie sings the Gospel according to St John

It was on this night that Our Lord left us His greatest gift in the Most Holy Sacrament; His Body and Blood. 

At the end of Holy Mass the Blessed Sacrament is taken to the Altar of Repose

After which is the stripping of the altar

Divisérunt sibi vestiménta mea: et super vestem meam misérunt sortem
They parted my garments amongst them; and upon my vesture they cast lots.

We then keep watch with Our Lord until midnight 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Holy Week II: Tenebrae + Mandatum

Ierusalem, Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum +
Br Peter Mary sings the first Lamentation of Jeremias
At the end of every psalm a candle is extinguished on the "Tenebrae Hearse"

Ante diem festum Paschae, sciens Iesus, quia venit hora eius, ut tránseat ex hoc mundo ad Patrem: cum dilexísset suos, qui erant in mundo, in finem diléxit eos.

Before the festival-day of the Pasch, Jesus knowing that His hour was come, that He should pass out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world. He loved them unto the end.
Fr Magdala Maria reads the Gospel for the 'Mandatum'

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