In honor of Sexagesima Sunday (the 2nd Sunday before Lent), we study the Catechism as it concerns the stages of Revelation under the times of Noah and Abraham. We will also study the readings and traditions of Sexagesima Sunday and conclude with a study on the Lenten Stational Churches.
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by Daniel Maclise, 1847-1853
On Hearing Holy Mass During Septuagesima
By Dom Gueranger
The Christian who enters into the spirit of the Church during this Season of Septuagesima, will find an increase in his soul of that holy Fear of God, which the Psalmist tells us is the beginning of wisdom [Ps. cx. 10]. The consideration of what Original Sin has brought upon him, the recollection of his own sins, and the dread of God's judgments, — all combine to arouse him from the indifference which so easily fastens on the soul. He has need, therefore, of some refuge, some powerful and saving help, which may re-enkindle within his heart that christian Hope, without which he cannot be in the grace of God. Nay more, — he has need of a Victim of Propitiation, which may appease the divine anger; he has need of a Sacrifice, whereby to stay the arm of God, that he knows is raised to punish his sins.
This Victim is ready; this infinitely efficacious Sacrifice is prepared for us. The Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world, is still on our earth. His Birth has filled us with consolation; the joy we experienced as we stood near his Crib, but which has suddenly given place for thoughts the very opposite of joy, will return to us, and be greater than when we had it at Christmas, on the Easter Day of his Resurrection: but in the interval, whilst waiting the dawn of that bright Day, which is to lead us to our Jesus purified from our sins and vigorous with our new life, we may and must trust to his merits effecting the regeneration of our souls. When, therefore, we would offer to our God the sacrifice of a contrite and humble heart, let us ensure its acceptance by going to the Altar, and supplicating the Victim, who there offers himself for our sakes, that he join His infinite merits with our feeble works. When we leave the House of God, the weight of our sins will be lessened, our confidence in divine mercy will be increased, and our love, renewed by compunction, will be firmer and truer.
We will now endeavour to embody these sentiments in our explanation of the Mysteries of the Holy Mass, and initiate the faithful into these divine secrets; not, indeed, by indiscreetly presuming to translate the sacred formulae, but by suggesting such Acts, as will enable those who hear Mass to enter into the ceremonies and sentiments of the Church and the Priest.
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