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The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

In August 2016 Bishop DiLorenzo appointed me director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Williamsburg, Virginia near the College of William and Mary. This appointment is opening up for me a new appreciation of devotion to Our Lady which I would like to share with you on my blog, a devotion that is shared by Anglicans and Orthodox as well: a truly ecumenical devotion to Our Lady.

Look at the menu of this site, and next to the “About” and the “Camino,” you will see The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Queenship of Mary

Pope Pius XII decreed this feast day in 1954 in Ad Caeli Reginam.

‘From early times Christians have believed, and not without reason, that she of whom was born the Son of the Most High received privileges of grace above all other beings created by God. He “will reign in the house of Jacob forever,” “the Prince of Peace,” the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” And when Christians reflected upon the intimate connection that obtains between a mother and a son, they readily acknowledged the supreme royal dignity of the Mother of God.’

‘…In some countries of the world there are people who are unjustly persecuted for professing their Christian faith and who are deprived of their divine and human rights to freedom; up till now reasonable demands and repeated protests have availed nothing to remove these evils. May the powerful Queen of creation, whose radiant glance banishes storms and tempests and brings back cloudless skies, look upon these her innocent and tormented children with eyes of mercy; may the Virgin, who is able to subdue violence beneath her foot, grant to them that they may soon enjoy the rightful freedom to practice their religion openly, so that, while serving the cause of the Gospel, they may also contribute to the strength and progress of nations by their harmonious cooperation, by the practice of extraordinary virtues which are a glowing example in the midst of bitter trials.’

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception and St John, c. 1585, Museo de Santa Cruz, Toledo, Spain

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: Listen Sweet Dove by Grayson Ives (1593-1633)

Listen sweet Dove unto my song,
And spread thy golden wings in me;
Hatching my tender heart so long,
Till it get wing, and flie away with thee.

Such glorious gifts thou didst bestow,
That th’ earth did like a heav’n appeare;
The starres were coming down to know
If they might mend their wages, and serve here.

The sunne, which once did shine alone,
Hung down his head, and wisht for night,
When he beheld twelve sunnes for one
Going about the world, and giving light.

Lord, though we change, thou art the same;
The same sweet God of love and light:
Restore this day, for thy great name,
Unto his ancient and miraculous right.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O00IRuOBXaM

Proper Communion Sunday at 11:00 a.m.: Factus est repente

Suddenly, a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, in the place where they were sitting, alleluia; and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and announced the great things God had done, alleluia, alleluia.

Communion 2, Sunday at 11:00 a.m.: If Ye Love Me    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeAMHRiQBfo

Postlude: Toccata en G, by Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-5vS5OoS-s

40th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

On Sunday July 17th, 2016 at 3:00 in the afternoon at Saint Benedict Parish in Richmond Virginia I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. These forty years have been laden with many more blessings of ministry than I could have ever imagined on ordination day. All are welcome to join me in thanking the Lord for the gift of Priestly Ministry and I pray the Lord will raise up many more men to serve him in his Vineyard.

“With desire I have desired to eat this Pasch with you.”

40th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

On Sunday July 17th, 2016 at 3:00 in the afternoon at Saint Benedict Parish in Richmond Virginia I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. These forty years have been laden with many more blessings of ministry than I could have ever imagined on ordination day. All are welcome to join me in thanking the Lord for the gift of Priestly Ministry and I pray the Lord will raise up many more men to serve him in his Vineyard.

“With desire I have desired to eat this Pasch with you.”

Come Worship With Us

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Fresco from Chora Church in Istanbul. The Last Judgement, with the Virgin interceding for humanity.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, January 31, 2016 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: Beati Quorum Via Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord.

youtube.com/watch?v=66EfWRLs5kw

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: A New Commandment Thomas Tallis (c1505 – 1585)

A new commandment give I unto you,
saith the Lord, that ye love together,
as I have loved you,
that e’en so ye love one another.
By this shall ev’ry man know
that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another.

youtube.com/watch?v=IPdtzR0cVIA

Postlude: Fanfare John Cooke (1918-1984)

youtube.com/watch?v=K3ocEIha0O0

Come Worship With Us

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Creche, at Capuchin Church in Vienna, Austria.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, December 20, 2015 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

 

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: Богородице Дево, Virgin Mother Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos,
Mary full of grace, The Lord is with You.
Blessed are You among women,
and blessed is the Fruit of Your womb,
for You have borne the Savior of our souls.

youtube.com/watch?InMhSNBlIg8

Communion II Sunday at 11:00: Ecce Virgo Chant Mode I, [Proper Communion for Advent 4]

Ecce Virgo concipiet et pariet filium:
Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son:

et vocabitur nomen ejus Emmanuel, alleluia.
and His name shall be called Emmanuel, alleluia

youtube.com/watch?v=xQ1lWL7YMlA

Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Alma Redemptoris Mater
Hermannus Contractus (1013-1054)

O loving Mother of our Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Hasten to aid thy fallen people who strive to rise once more.
Thou who brought forth thy holy Creator, all creation wond’ring,
Yet remainest ever Virgin, taking from Gabriel’s lips that joyful “Hail!”:
Be merciful to us sinners.

youtube.com/watch?v=iq5CKlOyeMk

Come Worship With Us

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

The Visitation. Fresco from Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The Visitation. Fresco from Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, December 13, 2015 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: Rejoice in the Lord Alway Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
The ‘Bell’ Prelude
[Verse] Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men, The Lord is at hand.
[Choir] Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice.
[Verse] Be careful for nothing;
but in ev‘ry thing by pray’r and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Choir] Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice.

youtube.com/watch?v=Wi59q_8BhSI

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: Dícite Pusillánimes [Isaiah 35]  Gregorian Chant

Dícite: Pusillánimes confortámini,
et nolíte timére:
ecce Déus nóster véniet, et salváit nos.

Say: Take courage, you who are fainthearted,
and do not fear;
behold, our God will come and he will save us.

youtube.com/watch?v=ya3hUIzswDQ

Come Worship With Us

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

John baptizing Jesus. Fresco from Bulgaria.

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, December 6, 2015 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00: This Is the Record of John Grayston Ives (1948 – )

This is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him: Who art thou? And he confessed and denied not, and said plainly: I am not the Christ.

And they asked him: What art thou then? Art thou Elias? And he said, I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered no.

Then said they unto him: What art thou? That we may give an answer unto to them that sent us. What say’st thou of thy self? And he said, I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord.

https://soundcloud.com/musicatstpauls/this-is-the-record-of-john

Communion 2 Sunday at 11:00: ‘Jerusalem Surge’ Proper Communion Advent 2

Rise, Jerusalem, and stand on the heights
and see the joy that shall come to you
from your God. (Bar.5:4. 36)

youtube.com/watch?v=pNgsDGncJRk

Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Alma Redemptoris Mater
Hermannus Contractus (1013-1054)

O loving Mother of our Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Hasten to aid thy fallen people who strive to rise once more.
Thou who brought forth thy holy Creator, all creation wond’ring,
Yet remainest ever Virgin, taking from Gabriel’s lips that joyful “Hail!”:
Be merciful to us sinners.

youtube.com/watch?v=W6vwh-XXLTU

Come Share the Beauty of Worship

Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.

Icon from Bulgaria

Icon from Bulgaria

Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday, November 22, 2015 ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.

Prelude Sunday at 11:00 a.m.: ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from Messiah George F. Handel (1685-1759)

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together:
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

youtube.com/watch?v=ROBTXWJMOwc

Communion 2, Sunday at 11:00 a.m.: Almighty and Everlasting God, Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Almighty and everlasting God,
Mercifully look upon our infirmities,
And in all our dangers and necessities
Stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

youtube.com/watch?v=9jo6q5bXTDQ

Postlude: Christ the King, Dom Paul Benoit (1893 – 1979)