Fr. Anthony gives his first blessing to his mother on the day of his ordination 20 years ago today, 27th June 1991.
Solemn first Vespers of Mother of Perpetual Succour were celebrated yesterday.
dicit matri suae mulier ecce filius tuus
deinde dicit discipulo ecce mater tua...
... He saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.
After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother...
Followed by benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
This morning Father celebrated sung Mass for the community.
And gave a short but very edifying sermon.
The same image of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour before which Father celebrated Mass today was placed in the sanctuary at Ecône for his ordination day.
Dirigatur, Domine, oratio mea sicut incensum in conspectu
tuo: elevatio manuum mearum sacrificium vespertinum.
Let my prayer, O Lord, come like incense before You; the
lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.
Accendat in nobis Dominus ignem sui amoris,
et flammam aeterne caritatis.Amen.
May the Lord enkindle in us the fire of His love
and the flame of everlasting charity. Amen.
And the Word was made flesh!
And dwelt amongst us!
Father becomes alter Christus, another Christ, pronouncing the words of consecration:
Hic est enim calix sanguinis mei,
novi et aeterni testamenti: mysterium fidei:
qui pro vobis et pro multis
effundetur in remissionem peccatorum.
For this is the Chalice of My Blood,
of the new and eternal Testament: the mystery of faith:
which shall be shed for you and for many
unto the remission of sins.
Behold the Lamb of God!
Congratulations Father Anthony on completing the celebration of approximately your 7300th Holy Mass! May God grant you many more years in this life, and a crown of glory in the next!