Thursday, December 08, 2011

tellement belle

"t'es tellement tellement tellement belle
un cadeau d’la mort un envoie du ciel"
enjoying my day off today i was moved by the first antiphon from Evening Prayer, "tu es belle ô Marie, et la tâche originelle n'est pas en toi."

today we celebrate The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Indeed, she is beautiful, truly beautiful with no stain of sin. i was always struck by this day, December 8th. i'm not sure how to understand it, being a sinner myself. with those who know thyself, echoing King David, my sin is always before me. (Ps 51) i remember when Madonna's first greatest hits CD came out, Immaculate Collection. i never understood the title. not knowing too much of my faith then, i thought she was being original. then, many years later, i understood that she was only borrowing from her Catholic roots. this leads into another post about language, and how we forget about the sacredness + truth of our language - this is true in all languages, including the French language in particular. bad language in French is a vandalism of everything that is beautiful in the Church - Immaculate Conception. more on this later.

moved by the Holy Spirit tonight, i had to honour Mary by celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. afterall, she is always trying to help me know her Son better. today, she moved me to know her Son better in the Eucharist! therefore, as a sinner, knowing that where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more, i celebrated Mass, and was moved by the liturgy - my first time using the new English Roman Missal.

the Preface (entitled The Mystery of Mary and the Church, in honour of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) was rather powerful for me today:

"It is truly right and just, our duty and salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For you preserved the most Blessed Virgin Mary from all stain of original sin, so that in her, endowed with the rich fullness of your grace, you might prepare a worthy Mother for your Son and signify the beginning of the Church, his beautiful Bride without spot or wrinkle.

She, the most pure Virgin, was to bring forth a Son, the innocent Lamb who would wipe away our offences; you placed her above all others to be for your people and advocate of grace and a model of holiness.

And so, in company with the choirs of Angels, we praise you, and with joy we proclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts ..."
Mary, is helping me today, to know, love and follow her Son. maybe i should revisit my first love, the Rosary. peace.


  1. Hi Father Jon, I was missing your posts .Thanks for catching up! At the Mass on Thursday Fr.Yves also commented on the beautiful Preface, a reaffirming message. Hope things are going well and may our Father and His beautiful Mother help us always say Yes to Him.

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