Notes on the traditional Benedictine calendar for the first week of August

Apologies for the delay on these, as I've been ill.  I'll try and put these up weekly this month at least.

Monday 2 August - St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori/Portiuncula Indulgence

Today is the memorial of St Alphonsus Mary de Liguorni (1696 – 1787), founder of the Redemptorists, so you might particularly say a prayer for his Order, and particularly for the Sons of the Holy Redeemer, trying to keep alive the traditional expression of that charism.

Up until midnight tonight you can also obtain the portiuncula indulgence by visiting a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels, reciting the Creed and Our Father (as well as the meeting the normal conditions for an indulgence).

Wednesday 4 August – St. Dominic

The founder of the Friars Preachers (Dominicans) lived between 1170 and 1221.  The orders origins lie in the attempt to convert the Albigensians, after the failure of the Cistercian mission aimed at the same end.

Thursday 5 August – Dedication of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows

The Church of Our Lady of the Snows is better known as St Mary Major in Rome, and is one of the four papal basilicas.  It was built on the site of temple to Cybele in 360, traditionally on the site of a Marian apparition, and the name refers to a miraculous fall of snow there.

Friday 6 August – Transfiguration of Our Lord

The Transfiguration, celebrating the events recounted in Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8 and Luke 9:28-36 is one of the most important feasts of monastic spirituality, since it points us to the perfection of life in heaven, and Christ's fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.

Saturday 7 August – Saturday of Our Lady; SS Sixtus II, Pope and Martyr; and Felicissimus and Agapitus, Martyrs, Memorial

Pope Sixtus II was Pope from August 30, 257 to August 6, 258, and was martyred under the Emperor Valerian. Felicissimus and Agapitus were his deacons, and were martyred with him.

The first nocturn reading at Matins this Sunday (Magnificat antiphon for I Vespers) is Ecclesiastes chapter 1.

Sun 8 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

The Gospel (Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons) for this Sunday is Mark 7: 31-37 (healing of the deaf and dumb).

1 comment:

expat said...

Thanks for the notes, Terra.

I hope you are feeling better!