“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” — Romans 12:9–10
“It is the chariot of Aminadab, that is of a willing people, of the voluntary poor of Christ. It has two sides: one of men, another of women; four wheels, two of men clerk and lay, and two of women lettered and unlettered. Two oxen draw the chariot, the clerkly and monastic discipline of the blessed Augustine and the holy Benedict. Father Gilbert guides the chariot over places rough and smooth, over the heights and in the depths. The way by which they go is narrow, but the path is eternal life.” — Ralph the Sacrist, c. 1202
To be said by one alone, if he have no companions, or one with his fellows who will accompany him on the journey or who send him off.
Ant. May the Almighty and merciful Lord direct us.
Benedictus Dominus Deus. | St. Luke 1:68–79
BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be. etc.
Ant. May the Almighty and merciful Lord direct us into the way of peace and prosperity: and may the Angel Raphael go with us on the way, that we may return to our home in peace, joy, and safety.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father. Then silently to ℣. And Lead us not into temptation, ℟. but deliver us from evil.
℣. O God, save thy servants. ℟. who put their trust in thee.
℣. Send us help from thy sanctuary. ℟. And strengthen us out of Sion.
℣. Be unto us, O Lord, a strong tower. ℟. From the face of the enemy.
℣. Let the enemy have no advantage of us. ℟. Nor the son of wickedness approach to hurt us.
℣. blessed be the Lord day by day. ℟. May the God of our salvation make our journey prosperous.
℣. Shew us thy ways, O Lord. ℟. And teach us thy paths.
℣. O that my ways were made so direct. ℟. That I might keep thy statutes.
℣. The crooked shall be made straight. ℟. And the rough places plain.
℣. God shall give his Angels charge over thee. ℟. To keep thee in all thy ways.
℣. Lord hear my prayer. ℟. And let my cry come unto thee.
℣. The Lord be with you. ℟. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
O GOD, who madest the Children of Israel to pass dry-shod through the midst of the Sea, and who by the leading of a star didst open to the three Wise Men the way unto thyself, grant us, we beseech thee, a prosperous journey and calm weather, that, attended by thy holy Angel, we may happily reach the place whither we would go, and finally attain to the haven of eternal salvation.
O GOD, who didst bring thy servant Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees, and didst preserve him unhurt through all the ways of his pilgrimage: we beseech thee that thou wouldest vouchsafe to protect us thy servants. Be unto us, O Lord, a support in our setting out, a comfort by the way, a shadow in the heat, a covering in the rain and cold, a conveyance in weariness, a protection in adversity, a staff in slippery paths, and a port in shipwreck; that, thou being our guide, we may prosperously reach the place whither we would go, and at length return again to our home in safety.
ASSIST and comfort us, O Lord, as thou didst assist and comfort Ralph the Sacrist and his companions on their perilous journey to Rome with a vision of our Holy Father Gilbert.
HELP us, O Lord, in these our prayers and supplications, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation: that among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, we may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that thy household may walk in the way of salvation: and by following the exhortations of blessed John the Forerunner, may surely attain unto him whom he foretold, Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. ℟. Amen.
℣. Let us go forth in peace. ℟. In the Name of the Lord. Amen.
At the journey’s completion, thanksgivings should be offered.
Father Sean-Patrick Beahen and I have been home a week since our pilgrimage with our Bishop (and other members of the Ordinariate) to the Holy Land. It was truly incredible and life-changing. Thank-you for the prayers and for giving us the opportunity to pray for you too.
After visiting the Holy Land, I’ll never read the Holy Scriptures in quite the same way ever again. The Scriptures are even more lively than they were before. Truly wonderful.
I have many stories to tell… but until then, here’s an homily I preached where Mary and Martha lived so very long ago.
Just a quick note to beg your prayers as Fr. Sean-Patrick and I embark on our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will return on 12 October.
I, along with Fr. Sean-Patrick Beahen, will be travelling to the Holy Land (2–12 October) with our Bishop Steven Lopes, as well as a number of other Ordinariate Catholics. This extraordinary opportunity comes as a gift from a kind benefactor for whom we will pray.
As I contemplate the trip, and the opportunity to say the Mass where the Lord walked among us, I can’t help but to be overwhelmed. I never quite imagined I would have the opportunity to go, but here I am and the time is almost upon us.
What would you pray for if you were to visit the places where Jesus ministered? What would you look forward to most? Sr. Myrna-Mary loves most the breakfast on the beach. Fr. Sean-Patrick looks forward to visiting the Holy Sepulchre. Me? I’m not quite sure…
There are many enemies of the Catholic Church — both without and within.
The external enemies are easy to spot: a culture of “me, myself and I”, atheism, hostile regions and sects… hostile philosophies such as Modernism, Communism and Feminism. Money is an enemy of the Church: too much of it. A marketplace of distraction and entertainment… there are many external forces that seek to destroy the Church. They will not succeed.
The internal enemies of the Church are not as easy to spot. Immoral clergy, bad priests, unbelieving bishops; these things have come to the fore lately. They do immeasurable harm to the Church and immeasurable harm to those who reject such wickedness and turn away from the Church in response. Other internal enemies are almost invisible: well meaning but mislead laity, those obsessed with power, those who think the rules don’t apply to they themselves. Those who run to factions of the Church and who think they’re holier than the rest — that is a terrible kind of sin. Those who would seek the ruin of others… those who gossip and steal. Those who would rather tear down than build up. The internal enemies of the Church are manifold.
How does your behaviour build up the Church? How does your example encourage belief? How does your witness save souls and make Saints? Do you love the Church? and if you do, would there be enough evidence in your life to convict you of such a thing: what is the evidence of your love for the Church?
Do you have courage? Courage to turn your own life around, to do good, to grow in personal holiness? Do you have the courage to turn to God and change your ways? for the betterment of the Church and society?
There are many internal forces that seek to destroy the Church. They will not succeed.
Much has been written about the scandals in the Church that have come to light recently in the United States… as a new priest, still glowing in my conversion and recent ordination, it’s difficult for me to understand how this kind of ugliness and sin takes root in and amongst the holy… though I do have thoughts. And I suppose, in the end, I think what I come up with is that these matters result because of a lack of accountability and because so many clergy do not chase after personal holiness.
The temptation, when dealing with Holy Things all the time, is to forget they are Holy. And I think some clergy forget that they themselves are to chase after holiness in humility and obedience to Church teaching.
The scandals in the Church, are a true source of heartbreak and sorrow. Accountability amongst Catholics (including the leadership) will go a long way to ensuring the safest environment possible, but more so, I think, an emphasis on personal holiness and the real and true striving towards it, is vital.
Cultivate the Four Cardinal Virtues in your personal life: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance