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Keep thy Priests

 

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“With all your soul, fear God, revere his priests. With all your strength, love your Creator, forsake not his ministers.”  ~Sirach 7:29-30

One of my favorite poems of all time is “Keep them, Dearest Lord,” a beautiful poem written for priests. I don’t know who wrote it. If anyone does, please comment below and let me know. I’ve always had a great devotion to the Priesthood and praying for priests. My trinity of devotions include the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Catholic Priesthood, for these three are equally the foundation of the Church. Without one, we cannot have the other and without all three, the Church would lost her supernaturality.  Hence, why satan has attacked these three so viciously and continues to do, for He knows that Christ gave the Church the means of salvation through the Priest, who offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for us, the Victim and fruit of that Sacrifice being the Holy Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

Let us love our priests and pray for them. I dedicate this poem to my own pastor, Fr. Greig Gonzalez, SSPX.  May God love and bless him, for his untiring love and dedication to his flock.

Keep them, I pray Thee, Dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are thine,
Thy priests whose lives burn out
Before Thy consecrated shrine.

Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure,
Shelter them in Thy Heart.

Keep them, and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice for souls
Seems but in vain.

Keep them, and O remember, Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet, they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.

Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress.
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, Dearest Lord, to bless.

IMPRIMATUR 

+Henry Joseph O’Leary, D.D., Archbishop of Edmonton

Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for Fr. Gonzalez and strengthen him! St. John Vianney, St. John Bosco and all patrons of priests, intercede for the Priests of God!

~Damsel of the Faith

“Honor God and respect the priest”  ~Sirach 7:31

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2016 Priest engagements, SSPX

Annually on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, priests make their official engagements, becoming perpetual members of the Society of St. Pius X.

May God bless these men, eternal priests in the Holy Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Congratulations to our US District Priests, Fr. Jonathan Loop and Fr. Gagnon, as well as to Fr. Therasian Xavier, District of Asia.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/new-engagements-sspx

The SSPX welcomed new additions to its priestly fraternity – Three as perpetual members and eight as new members.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) is the day reserved for when the clerics of the Society of St. Pius X make their engagements to their religious family. This year was no exception, with 2 priests of the United States District making their perpetual engagements: Fr. Jonathan Loop and Fr. Gagnon.

Additionally, one other priest, Fr. Therasian Xavier, from the District of Asia, was warmly welcomed to the seminary to make his engagement. Father was ordained in Winona in 2011.  His first assignment was Palayamkottai, India, and he has been there ever since.  He was made prior in 2015.

Finally, we received the joyful news that 8 seminarians made their first engagements this year: Maurizio Balestra, Phillip Delallo, Patrick Dvorak, James Hewko, Joseph Horak, Michael Marcopolus, Edward Simmerer, and Jonathan Steele.

Follow the Immaculate

In the sermon of the Mass, Reverend Father Yves le Roux explained how Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is the perfect model of generous submission to God.  It is not by chance that Archbishop Lefebvre chose this feast day for the ceremony of engagement.  As her children make for the first time or renew their complete oblation of self to God, they ask her to bring them into the same spirit which penetrated her whole life.

We congratulate the priests who made their perpetual engagement and ask the charity of your prayers for them as well as for the perseverance of those who have just officially become members of the Society of St. Pius X.

Pope St. Pius X, ora pro nobis!

~Damsel of the Faith

Blessing of the new St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary

Report from the SSPX US District on the memorable, joyous occasion of the blessing of the new Seminary, built to house many, many Priests for generations to come. A true fortress for God and the Traditional Catholic Faith.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/report-new-sspx-seminary-va

“More than one thousand faithful gathered at the new home of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary on Friday, November 4th, to celebrate the blessing of the recently built house of formation. With the Superior General, Bishop Fellay, several district superiors, and dozens of priests, this joyous today for Tradition in America began, as is fitting, with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

In the sermon, His Excellency explained how a building this noble and grand helps the formation of the future priests. By reflecting the attributes of the eternal and majestic God, the architecture leads to an interior silence and reminds souls that their vocation is not a normal one!

After a catered lunch, Fr. Yves le Roux, the Rector, thanked those who made such a work possible: the  benefactors, the workers, the volunteers, and all those who have prayed and sacrificed to make this work possible.

However, not all the news from Virginia was happy this weekend, as the Superior General, Bishop Fellay, injured his foot quite badly. We ask for your prayers that he recovers well, and completely.

More than anything else, the new seminary stands as a tribute to the founder of the Society. Without Archbishop Lefebvre’s vision to defend the Catholic priesthood, none of this would be possible. Continue to pray that the Society may form priests of God and that Our Lady protects them all in this increasingly chaotic world!”

Photos:

http://sspx.org/en/media/photos/gallery-new-seminary-blessing-virginia-18711

    

Please pray for a speedy recovery for Bishop Fellay. He fell and broke his foot at the Seminary.

~Damsel of the Faith

A day in the life of an SSPX Seminarian

“A new video traces the daily life and full formation of a seminarian at the SSPX Seminary of St. Thomas Aquinas.

What is it like to live within the walls of a seminary? Let us follow a day in the life of a seminarian.

At 6:00am the bell is rung which breaks the great silence of the night. The seminarian begins the day with the morning prayers. After washing up, he descends to the chapel – vesting with the surplice signifies “putting on the new man” as says St. Paul.

At 6:30am, Prime, part of the Divine Office or prayer of the Church, is sung. After 25 minutes of meditation, the Angelus is led by the Rector.

Mass, the center of seminary life, follows: a low Mass on weekdays, and a High Mass on Sundays and feast days….”

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/video-day-life-seminarian

 

May God bless these future priests and increase in them all priestly graces and virtues that they may offer the Holy Sacrifice with a pure heart, preach the True Catholic Faith with apostolic zeal and administer all of the Holy Sacraments with a burning love for Our Lord and His Church.

~Damsel of the Faith

2016 SSPX Ordinations at Econe

8 Priests and 12 Deacons were ordained for the SSPX in Econe, Switzerland on June 29, 2016.  I post some beautiful pictures from the occasion.  I think they are so beautiful they are of an angelic nature!  Once again, may God bless our Priests and keep them always faithful to the truth of tradition, under the leadership of their great Founder, who continues to guide them, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

The sermon for the Ordination can be found here.

~Damsel of the Faith

Bishop Bernard Fellay announces a new Rosary Crusade

At the SSPX Ordinations in Zaitzkofen, Germany, Bishop Fellay called for a new Rosary Crusade, in preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Mother of God at Fatima, with the intentions of keeping the First Saturday devotion, in prayer to Our Lady that She will soon bring about the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. Additionally, the Bishop wishes to ask the protection of Our Lady over the Society of St. Pius X and all of the members of the traditional communities.  The Crusade begins on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 2016 and concludes August 22, 2017.  Please join the Bishop in this Crusade and offer up many Rosaries for our Church and world!

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/bishop-fellay-announces-new-rosary-crusade-16860

http://www.dici.org/en/news/bishop-fellay-announces-a-new-rosary-crusade/

Here are some beautiful pictures of the Ordinations in Zaitzkofen, Germany that happened on July 2, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Thanks be to God for 3 more priests, including 1 priest who was ordained in France by Bishop de Galaretta on July 2nd, bringing the total number of SSPX priests to 612.

Finally, I’d like to wish all of our American readers a very Happy 4th of July/Independence Day! May God bless and have mercy on America.

~Damsel of the Faith

SSPX Ordinations in Econe, 2016

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On June 29, 2016, at St. Pius X Seminary in Ecône (Switzerland), 8 priests and 12 deacons were ordained by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, bringing the number of SSPX Priests to 608!

http://www.dici.org/en/news/june-29-2016-ordinations-in-econe-switzerland/

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/new-priestly-ordinations-econe

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I would be remiss if I failed to mention that today is the 28th Anniversary of that glorious event that saved the Faith as it was known and practiced up until the Second Vatican Council- Archbishop Lefebvre’s Episcopal Consecrations in Econe, that took place on June 30th, 1988.

See last year’s post here.

May God bless our new priests and keep them ever steadfast in the true Catholic Faith!

~Damsel of the Faith