Saturday, 18 August 2012

Mass of Bishop Guimarães, C.SS.R.

As part of the celebrations of tenth anniversary of the Episcopal consecration of Bishop Rifan, Bishop Fernando José Monteiro Guimarães, C.SS.R. visited the Apostolic Administration of St John Mary Vianney.  Bishop  Guimarães, C.SS.R.  is the bishop of Garanhuns in Brazil.  While on his visit he celebrated Holy Mass in the Traditional Right at the Church of the traditional Redemptoristines in Sao Fidelis.

Preparing for Mass

The prayers at the foot of the altar. These photos are taken from behind the Nuns' grill. 

Lavabo inter innocentes manus meas
I will wash my hands among the innocent

 Holy Communion.


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Corpus Christi: Mass and Procession

 Some photos of the Sisters' festivities.  Holy Mass was celebrated by Father Everaldo Bon Robert of the Apostolic Administration of St John Mary Vianney in Campos, Brazil.

 Holy Mass celebrated in the Monastery's public chapel.  The Sisters attend Mass from behind their grill.

Behold the Lamb of God!
Hic est enim calix sánguinis mei...

The Most Holy Sacrament is carried in procession into the Monastery cloister.

Adoremus in aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum!

 Father imposes incense.



Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Ite ad Joseph!

I thought that you might like to see these photos from the traditional Redemptoristines in Sao Fidelis, Brazil. They are subjects of the Apostolic Administration St Jean Vianney in Campos. These photos were taken on the feast of St Joseph. The Sisters prepared a beautiful bier in honour of St. Joseph.

Sister begins construction of the bier.

Arranging Flowers.

The bier, almost complete is placed in the Church, and the finishing touches applied.

"I took for my advocate and lord the glorious Saint Joseph and commended myself earnestly to him;...I do not remember even now that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant." - St. Teresa of Avila

St. Joseph is carried in procession.

An altar in honour of St. Joseph.

Ite ad Joseph!

The Redemptoristine's grill can be seen on the left of the bier.


Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The Lamps thereof are Fire and Flame.

from the
Silver Jubilee of
Religious Profession

Sister Maria Auxiliadora
da Divina Providência, O.SS.R.
Redemptoristine Nuns
in the
Apostolic Administration
St. Jean Marie Vianney
Campos, Brazil.

Sister at the Choir enclosure.

She renews her religious vows before
The Apostolic Admistrator,
His Lordship Bishop Rifan.

She receives afresh the Religious Profession ring.

Put me as a seal upon thy heart..
for love is strong as death, jealousy as hard as hell,
the lamps thereof are fire and flames ...

She receives the silver jubilee crown of roses.

The lamps thereof are fire and flame...

Many waters cannot quench charity,
neither can the floods drown it:
if a man should give all the substance of his house for love,
he shall despise it as nothing.
(Canticles 6:8)

Sister received the Papal Blessing.

Ad multos annos Sister!
Pray for us.


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Happy Anniversary - Feliz Aniversário

Sunday, 20th November, 2011, we wish our
Sister Maria Auxiliadora da Divina Providência, O.SS.R.
Sister Maria Help of Christians of Divine Providence,
a very happy and blessed
Silver Jubilee of Religious Profession.

Domingo, 20 de Novembro, 2011, desejamos a nossa
Irmã Maria Auxiliadora da Divina Providência, O.SS.R.
um feliz e abençoado
Jubileu de Prata da Profissão Religiosa.

Please join us in remembering our faithful
Redemptoristine Jubilarian
of the traditional Monastery of the Holy Face
and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary
in São
, Brazil,
in your prayers,
Holy Masses and Communions.

Vivat in Aeternum, in Aeternum Vivat!


Friday, 24 June 2011

He enters His Dovecote.

Corpus Christi procession
at the
Redemptoristine Monastery

in Brazil.

(click on the photos to see them larger)

The Elevation
This is a typical Redemptoristine view of Mass.
The nuns have a strict grill which St. Alphonsus gave them
consisting in a plate that is pierced with holes.
The nuns may draw near the grill and peep through.
This photo is somewhat blurred at the edge of a hole in the lattice.

The nun's eye view.
Of her Beloved Lord in the Blessed Sacrament
the enclosed Redemptoristine nun can say:
"Behold he standeth behind our wall,
looking through the windows,
looking through the lattices.
Behold my beloved speaketh to me:
Arise, make haste, my love, my dove,
my beautiful one, and come."

(Canticles 2:9)

Station at Our Lady's Grotto within the enclosure.
Panem caeli dedit eis, Alleluia, alleluia.
Panem Angelorum manducavit homo. Alleluia, alleluia.
He gave them Heavenly Bread, Alleluia, alleluia.
The Bread of Angels was eaten by men. Alleluia, alleluia.
(Terce. Short Response.)

Procession within the holy border walls.
Posuit fines tuos pacem, alleluia.
Et adipe frumenti satiat te, alleluia.
He has granted peace in thy borders, alleluia.
With the best of wheat He fills thee, alleluia.
(None. Versicle.)

The procession of the Hidden Manna.
Vincenti dabo manna absconditum,
et nomen novum, alleluia.
To him who overcomes I will give the Hidden Manna,
and a new name, Alleluia.
(Laudes. Ant. V.)

Our Lord enthroned in the Choir.
Cibavit nos Dominus ex adipe frumenti:
et de petra, melle saturavit nos.
Our Lord has fed us with the best of wheat,
and with honey from the rock he has filled us.
(Matins. Ant. VIII)

The Redemptoristine nuns take a fourth vow.
It is the vow of Enclosure.
Their enclosure is such that on every day of the year,
except today,
they do not easily or clearly see Our Lord because of their
enclosing lattice;
the plate pierced with small holes.
Enclosed souls feel this deprivation keenly.
They offer this austerity as a sacrifice
to obtain the conversion of sinners
and the salvation of the most abandoned souls.

Christ enthroned from where His doves cry out.
Ex altari tuo, Domine, Christum sumimus:
in quem cor et caro nostra exsultant.
From Thy altar, Lord, we receive Christ,
for Whom our hearts and flesh cry out.
(Matins Ant. IX)
"Behold he standeth behind our wall,
looking through the windows,
looking through the lattices.
Behold my beloved speaketh to me:
Arise, make haste, my love, my dove,
my beautiful one, and come."

(Canticles 2:9)


Thursday, 19 May 2011

In the Madres' Monastery Garden.

Photos from the garden of the Redemptoristine Madres
São Fidélis, Brazil.

(click on the photos to see the larger versions)

There are beautiful trees within the enclosure.

The Madres have a persimmon tree.

Plucking some of the persimmon's fruit.

The quiet joy of looking at the fruit you have grown.

I suspect this photo of
the persimmon fruit in the same dish as the bananas,
is because the persimmons are often picked
and then sealed in a bag with very mature bananas
to hasten their ripening.

The persimmon is an astringent.
An astringent (from adstringere meaning "to bind fast") is a chemical compound that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues; in a fruit such as the persimmon or quince it gives the dry, puckering mouthfeel caused by the tannins found in it.

The tannins denature the salivary proteins, causing a rough "sandpapery" sensation in the mouth; if eaten before it is rip the persimmon gives a sensation akin to that of an oral anaesthetic that numbs the tongue and mouth.

May God bless our Madres and send them holy vocations!


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