Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of St Stephen, First Martyr of the Church

The Brighton Oratory

saint_Stephen_MartyrOctave Day of St Stephen, Deacon & Protomartyr: Missa “Sederunt principes”

The Jewish origin of Saint Stephen is universally acknowledged; he is known and loved everywhere as the first follower of Christ to give to his martyred God love for love, blood for blood. It is not certain whether he was among the seventy-two disciples of Jesus; some believe he was of the Greek tongue and not a native of Palestine. He studied with Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas under the famous Doctor of the Law, Gamaliel, who, being a member of the Sanhedrin, attempted to stop the persecution of the Apostles. (Acts of the Apostles 5:34-40) What is certain, however, is that he distinguished himself among his brethren as an admirable Christian, replete with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To his great beauty and angelic chastity were joined humility, patience, gentleness and charity, so perfect that they drew…

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About Tradition and Lace

And JESUS said…" For I will strike the Shepherd, and the Sheep shall be scattered." Mark 14:27 ******************************** It is the third day following the Crucifixion of Jesus. It is very early, near daybreak. Mary Magdalen arrives at the Tomb of our LORD. Her Beloved. Her Redeemer. The Son of God. The Paschal Lamb who suffered and died for our salvation. Mary discovers the Tomb empty. She fears the worst. Her grieving heart, mind and soul are in disbelief. Mary Magdalin, a true Disciple and faithful witness to the Passion and Death of Christ, naturally fears the worst. Has someone stolen his body!? She cries out.... "They have Taken Him!" "He is no longer there!" "Where Have They Taken My Lord?" "Please someone tell me, have you seen who has taken away my Lord?" ******************************* She is panicked stricken and confused. And then, her sad and searching eyes behold Him standing before her! ******************************** There is now only a False Catholic Church. One with a New Religion. Fifty years of deceit and denial of the Truth. So I ask ..... "Where have they taken my Lord?"
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