Monthly Archives: December 2016

Las Posadas (The Inns of Bethlehem) Advent Novena Pageant December 16-24

(Go to Therese’s Carols for Las Posadas)

1. St. Joseph
Pray give us lodging, dear sir, in the name of heav’n.
All day since morning to travel we’ve giv’n.
Mary, my wife, is expecting a child.
She must have shelter tonight. Let us in, let us in!

2. Innkeeper
You cannot stop here, I won’t make my house an inn.
I do not trust you, your story is thin.
You two might rob me and then run away.
Find somewhere else you can stay. Go away, go away!

3. St. Joseph
Please show us pity, your heart cannot be so hard.
Look at poor Mary, so worn and so tired.
We are most poor, but I’ll pay what I can.
God will reward you, good man. Let us in, let us in!
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Therese’s Carols for Las Posadas

Coventry Carol – Lully Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child

Rachel Weeps For Her Children, Because They Are No More

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
bye, bye, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
bye, bye, lully lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
for to preserve this day,
this poor youngling for whom we do sing,
bye, bye lully lullay.


Herod the king in his raging,
charged he hath this day,
his men of night, in his own sight,
all young children to slay.

Then woe is me, poor child, for thee!
And every morn and day,
for thy parting not say nor sing
bye, bye, lully lullay.


We Should Hear The Blessed Lord Jesus’ True ‘Bread of Life Narrative’ in Song

Update – an affirmative Eucharistic catechesis is now set to the Drakes Broughton hymn tune by Edward Elgar.

An awe-ful mystery is here
to challenge faith and weaken fear:
The Savior comes as food divine
concealed in earthly bread and wine.

This world is loveless but above,
what wondrous boundlessness of love!
The King of Glory stoops to me,
my spirit’s life and strength to be.

In consecrated wine and bread
no eye perceives the mys’try dread;
But Jesus’ words are strong and clear,
“My body and My blood are here.”

How dull are all the pow’rs of sense
employed on proofs of love immense!
The richest food remains unseen,
and highest gifts appear as mean.

Now here we have this boon on earth,
but faith alone discerns it’s worth;
the Word, not sense must be our guide,
and faith assure since sight’s denied.

Lord feed You us with Your own hand,
as first to Your fraternal band.
Yourself our food let us become.
May God made man make men like God.AnAweFulMysteryIsHereTHUMBNAIL

(This article is under development, subject to continuing revision.)

Call to Petition Oregon Catholic Press (Breaking Bread hymnal) to Edit ‘See Us Lord About Your Altar’ regarding the lyric “Now his form is but a sign”

In an intrinsically subjective esthetic medium, music with lyrics, a musical piece published by OCP–”See Us Lord About Your Altar“–concerned with the Catholic Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, implicitly conveys lack of belief in the full, authentic, essential Eucharistic teaching.

Drakes Broughton hymn tune by Sir Edward Elgar, to which John Greally applied his lyrics “See Us Lord About Your Altar”

The doctrinally deficient lyrics, “Now his form is but a sign”, fail to convey the primal sacramental definition of “a sign that really and truly  effects what it signifies”, an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. This is in the medium of music which, because of the immediacy of its impact, is prone to cause uncritical acceptance of any doctrinal proposition conveyed through it, whether correct or incorrect.


This will be a request for the lyrics of a song distributed to the majority of American Catholic parishes by the Oregon Catholic Press (OCP), to be slightly changed to more affirmatively reflect Jesus’ wishes, as He clearly expressed them.

This problem was remarked upon more than a decade ago, in a January 11, 2007, Catholic Answers Forums posting titled Questionable Song Lyrics.

International Liturgy Publications’ St. Augustine Hymnal publishes a version of See Us Lord About Your Altar with the problematic verse 3 as in OCP, altered to:

Wheat and grape contain the meaning: Food and drink He is to all; One in Christ, we come adoring, Gathered by His loving call.

(Cf. Jeffrey Tucker, The Hidden Hand behind Bad Catholic Music, Crisis Magazine, May 13, 2009.)

What does this mean?

The lyrics of a piece music published by the Oregon Catholic Press,
See Us Lord About Your Altar“, can be improved to better reflect Jesus’ explicit teachings about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

The Problematic Verse (3)

  • Once were seen the blood and water:
    Now is seen but bread and wine;
    Once in human form he suffered,

    Now his form is but a sign.

The subtle assertion that Jesus’ form within the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist “is but a sign”, less than adequately conveys the full, authentic, essential Catechesis about the Holy Eucharist, in an environment prone to non-critical acceptance of doctrinal content, the medium of music which by its very nature renders its audience prone to unthinking, emotional acceptance of its meaning. This environment requires very careful discrimination about the precise formulation of Catechetical content.

Perhaps unintentionally, the verse seems to express a belief that the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is merely a symbol, not literally our Blessed Lord Jesus’ Body and Blood. Continue reading

How To Pray The Rosary, The Biblical Prayer


Praying in set rather than improvised prayers is not necessarily heaping up vain repetitions (Mt 6:7). In the Garden of Gethsemane, our Lord Jesus prayed multiple times to the Father using the same words (Mt 26:44). And in Rev 4:8, the angels “never cease to sing ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty’.” Just as a husband doesn’t say to his wife, “I told you I love you once already, at the beginning of our marriage,” but says “I love you!” often, hopefully, many times every day, so sincere and devout, repetitious prayer to God – in time-honored phrases better than any we could ever improvise – is never wasted. We are guided in praying meaningfully and devoutly in the Mysteries of the Rosary, meditating on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ and His mother.



  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed.”
  2. Say the “Our Father.”
  3. Say three “Hail Marys” (for Faith, Hope and Divine Love).
  4. Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
  5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the “Our Father.”
  6. Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on the Mystery.
  7. Say the “Glory be to the Father.” Say the “O My Jesus.”
  8. Announce the Second Mystery; then say the “Our Father.”
  9. Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

rosarywithbibilicalproofsthumbnailThe Sign of the Cross (1 Cor 1:23; 1 Cor 2:2; Luke 9:23; Gal 3:1): (Holding your thumb, index finger, middle finger of your right hand together while tucking the ring finger and pinky finger toward your palm, to signify the Holy Trinity), touch your forehead as you say “In the name of the Father”; touch your breastbone or top of your belly as you say “and of the Son”; touch your left shoulder, then right shoulder, as you say “and of the Holy Spirit, Amen”.

The Apostles’ Creed : I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead; the third day He arose again. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

The Our Father (Mt 6:9-13): Our Father, Who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen. The Hail Mary (Biblical references below): Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, (bow your head) Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be to the Father (Mt 28:19): (Make the Sign of the Cross, as above) Glory be to the Father , and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O My Jesus : O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who have most need of Thy mercy.

Hail, Holy Queen (1 Kings 2:17-20): (Closing Prayer, after the “O My Jesus” prayer of final Mystery) Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen. (Close with the Sign of the Cross.)