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Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Simeon

Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Simeon – also known as Holy Simeon, St Simeon the Prophet, Symeon and Simeon Senex – senex means “the old man” and St Simeon the Elder, was present when Jesus was brought into the temple as an infant – celebrated as the feast of the Presentation – the Presentation is celebrated on 2 February and is the fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.433px-Yegorov-Simeon_the_Righteous.jpg

According to the Biblical account, Simeon had been visited by the Holy Spirit and told that he would not die until he had seen the Christ of the Lord.    Moved by the Holy Spirit, he entered the Temple as Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus in.   On taking Jesus into his arms he uttered a prayer, which is still used liturgically as the Latin Nunc Dimittis (“Now you dismiss”) every night in Compline of the Divine Office.   Simeon gave a prophecy alluding to the crucifixion.   His prophecy is used in the context of Our Lady of Sorrows.   Simeon is venerated as a saint with his memorial today in the revised Martyrology of the Roman Catholic Church.img-Saint-Simeon-Senex

The sole mention in the New Testament of Simeon is as follows:

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel and the Holy Spirit was upon him.   And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.   And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him in his arms and blessed God and said,

“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And his father and his mother marvelled at what was said about him and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

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The Nunc Dimittis

Latin (Vulgate):
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace.
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum.
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

English (Roman Breviary):
Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.   You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness, the glory of your people Israel.

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda
The beginning of the Nunc dimittis in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry – It is probably the most famous and best surviving Gothic Manuscript Illumination.   It is a book of hours – a collection of prayers to be said at the canonical hours.   It was created between c 1412 and 1416.

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Our Morning Offering – 26 September – Lord, God, Your Light which Dims the Stars

Our Morning Offering – 26 September – Thursday of the Twenty Fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and The Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian (Died c 286) Martyrs

Lord, God, Your Light which Dims the Stars
Breviary Hymn
By the Benedictine Nuns of Stanbrook Abbey

Lord, God, Your light
which dims the stars
Awakes all things,
And all that springs to life in You
Your glory sings.

Your peaceful presence,
giving strength,
Is everywhere,
And fallen men may rise again
On wings of prayer.

You are the God whose mercy rests
On all You made.
You gave us Christ,
whose love through death
Our ransom paid.

We praise You, Father, with Your Son
And Spirit blest,
In whom creation lives and moves,
And finds its rest.lord god your light which dims the stars - breviary hymn 26 sept 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 24 September – The Day is Filled with Splendour

Our Morning Offering – 24 September – Tuesday of the Twenty Fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year C

The Day is Filled with Splendour
Breviary Hymn
Benedictine Nuns of Stanbrook Abbey (First Published in 1616)

The day is filled with splendour
when God brings light from light,
and all renewed creation
rejoices in His sight.

The Father gives His children
the wonder of the world
in which His power and glory
like banners are unfurled

With every living creature,
awaking with the day,
we turn to God our Father,
lift up our hearts and pray.

O Father, Son and Spirit,
your grace and mercy send,
that we may live to praise you
today and to the end.
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Our Morning Offering – 15 August – The Ark Which God Has Sanctified

Our Morning Offering – 15 August – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

The Ark Which God Has Sanctified

The ark which God has sanctified,
Which He has filled with grace,
Within the temple of the Lord
Has found a resting-place.

More glorious than the seraphim,
This ark of love divine,
Corruption could not blemish her
Whom death could not confine.

God-bearing Mother, Virgin chaste,
Who shines in heaven’s sight;
She wears a royal crown of stars
Who is the door of Light.

To Father, Son and Spirit blest
may we give endless praise
With Mary, who is Queen of heaven,
Through everlasting days.
Amen.

The Ark Which God Has Sanctified is written by the Benedictine Nuns of Stanbrook Abbey.   In the Divine Office (1974) it is sung with Morning Prayer on 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   It is set to the 1836 tune – St Peter (Reinagle) by Alexander Robert Reinagle (1799-1877).the ark which god has sanctified - lauds hymn assumption 15 aug 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 6 August – Brightness of the Father’s glory

Our Morning Offering – 6 August – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Brightness of the Father’s glory
Transfiguration Hymn
Mount Saint Bernard Abbey
from the Liturgy of the Hours

Brightness of the Father’s glory
Springing from eternal light,
Source of light by light engendered.
Day enlightening every day.

In Your everlasting radiance
Shine upon us, Christ, true sun,
Bringing life to mind and body
Through the Holy Spirit’s pow’r.

Father of unfading glory.
Rich in grace and Strong to save.
Hear our prayers and come to save us,
Keep us far from sinful ways.

Dawn is drawing ever nearer,
Dawn that brings us all we seek,
Son who dwells within the Father,
Father uttering one Word.

Glory be to God the Father.
Glory to His Only Son,
Glory now and through all ages
To the Spirit Advocate.

Brightness of the Father’s Glory uses William Boyce’s tune Halton Holgate with new words by Mount Saint Bernard Abbey.   Mount Saint Bernard Abbey is a Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery in Leicestershire, UK founded in 1835.   In 1998, Nigerian born Cyprian Tansi was beatified by John Paul II. Blessed Cyprian had been a monk at Mount Saint Bernard for 14 years, from 1950, until his death, in 1964.   In the Liturgy of the Hours, Brightness of the Father’s Glory is used during Ordinary Time for Morning Prayer.brightness of the father's glory transfiguration hymn - 6 aug 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 5 August – Maiden yet a Mother

Our Morning Offering – 5 August – Monday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of the Dedication of Mary Major

Maiden yet a Mother
By Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Tr Msgr Ronald A Knox (1888-1957)

Maiden yet a mother,
daughter of thy Son,
high beyond all other,
lowlier is none;
thou the consummation
planned by God’s decree,
when our lost creation
nobler rose in thee!

Thus His place prepared,
he who all things made
‘mid his creatures tarried,
in thy bosom laid;
there His love He nourished,
warmth that gave increase
to the root whence flourished
our eternal peace.

Nor alone thou hearest
When thy name we hail;
Often thou art nearest
When our voices fail;
Mirrored in thy fashion
All creation’s gird,
Mercy, might compassion
Grace thy womanhood.

Lady, let our vision
Striving heavenward, fail,
Still let thy petition
With thy Son prevail,
Unto whom all merit,
prayer and majesty,
With the Holy Spirit
And the Father be.

Maiden Yet A Mother is a translation of a poem by Durante (Dante) degli Alighieri (c 1265–1321).   It is based upon the opening verses of Canto 33 of the Paradiso from his Divine Comedy in which St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153) praises and prays to the Virgin Mother on behalf of Dante.   It was translated from the original Italian into English by the Catholic convert, Monsignior Ronald A Knox (1888-1957).   It is one of the Marian Hymns in the Breviary.maiden-yet-a-mother-dante-10-dec-2017 and 5 aug 2019 - dedication of st mary major.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 26 July – It were my Soul’s Desire

Our Morning Offering – 26 July – Friday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C

Breviary Hymn – Psalter Week 3
It were my Soul’s Desire

It were my soul’s desire
To see the face of God;
It were my soul’s desire
To rest in His abode.

Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire,
Deep waves of cleansing sighs;
Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire
From earthly cares to rise.

It were my soul’s desire
To imitate my King,
It were my soul’s desire
His ceaseless praise to sing.

It were my soul’s desire
When heaven’s gate is won
To find my soul’s desire
Clear shining like the sun.

This still my soul’s desire
Whatever life afford,
To gain my soul’s desire
And see Thy face, O Lord.it-were-my-souls-desire-breviary-hymn-sat-psalter-week-3-18-aug-2018 and 26 july 2019.jpg