Monday, September 8, 2008

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin.

Nativitas Hodie sancatae Mariae Virginis, cuis pulchritudinem respexit Deus et visitavit humilitatem.
Second Antiphon, Vespers of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin.

There are some real beautiful antiphons, hymns, and readings in today's office, which is one of my favorites to say. Besides the fact that we get more proper hymns (The breviary has many of them, sadly, none translated in the official Liturgy of the Hours. Excerpts:


O sancta mundi Domina
Regina caeli inclita
o stella maris fulgita
virgo mater mirifica

Natalis tui annua
en colimis sollemnia
quo stirpe delectissima
mundo fulgisti genita


Maria Virgo regia
David stirpe progenita
non tam paterna nobilis
quam digitate subolis

tu nos culparum nexibus
sacris absolve precibus
tua promentesmerita
ad caeli transfer praemia.

I beleive we share the Benedictus antiphon with some our of Eastern Christian brothers:

Natívitas tua, * Dei Génitrix Virgo, gáudium annuntiávit univérso mundo : ex te enim ortus est sol justítiæ, Christus Deus noster : qui solvens maledictiónem, dedit benedictiónem ; et confúndens mortem, donávit nobis vitam sempitérnam.

Finally, two of the lessons from the Roman Breviary for Matins:
Lesson iv:

"Dearly beloved brethren, the day for which we have longed, the Feast-day of the Blessed and Worshipful and Alway-Virgin Mary, that day is come. Let our land laugh and sing with merriment, bathed in the glory of this great Virgin's rising. She is the flower of the fields on which the priceless lily of the valleys hath blossomed. This is she whose delivery changed the nature that we draw from our first parents, and cleansed away their offence. At her that dolorous sentence which was pronounced over Eve ended its course ; to her it was never said : In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. She brought forth a Child, even the Lord, but she brought him forth, not in sorrow, but in joy.
Lesson vi:
Let Mary now make a loud noise upon the organ, and between its quick notes let the rattling of the Mother's timbrel be heard. Let the gladsome choirs sing with her, and their sweet hymns mingle with the changing musick. Hearken to what a song her timbrel will make accompaniment. She saith : My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden, for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is Mighty hath magnified me. The new miracle of Mary's delivery hath effaced the curse of the frail backslider, and the singing of Mary hath silenced the wailing of Eve."- St. Augustine

Today was my second day of school. I had an appointment with the principal about the conflicts in my schedule. (i.e., First period is religion, ad I have French first period, as well as Physical Science .O___0.) Add to that, I have to transfer out of Pre-Cal to Geometry II, but geometry II is sixth period, when I have lunch. My only choices are to:

1) drop French, as well as Public Speaking (My Elective class.)

2) Drop only one, and take one of the courses eighth period and get out later. (Seniors don't have eighth period classes.)

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