First Public Masses:
Dom John: Sunday, October 18th at 10:15 AM
Dom Alban: Monday, October 19th at 7:30 PM
The Priory of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
301 South George Street, Charles Town, WV 25414
"If we really understood the Mass, we would die
——Saint John Vianney
"It would be easier for the earth to carry on without
the sun than without the Holy Mass."
——Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
"When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled
with countless angels who adore the divine victim
immolated on the altar."
——Saint John Chrysostom
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
——2 Philippians 5-11 (Ignatius, RSV)
"You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you
"Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable."
——Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between."
——Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
"[In the apse of the Cathedral of Cefalù] the great subject is Christ in Judgment, the Heroic Face that dominates all the nave from above. He holds in His right hand the Open Book of record, His left is raised for acquittal or sentence .... [The nave contains] the noblest motto yet found for the Judge and Redeemer and Brother of mankind ... Factus homo factor hominis factique redemptor / Judico corporeus corpora corda Deus ... And it means, "I, having been made man, and being the Maker of Man, and the Redeemer of what I made, judge in bodily form the bodies and the hearts of man: for I am God."
——"The Essential Belloc", Rev. C. John McCloskey, Scott J. Bloch & Brian Robertson, Editors; Saint Benedict Press.Com, ISBN 978-1-935302-36-0; page 79, --TD, "Cefalù"
"If a government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, within five years there’d be a shortage of sand”.
"In the end, I have decided to begin using a particular phrase in response to questions about my expressed dismay at this madness: “Because I am not a protestant.” The implication is clear. Here’s how it looks in a real dialogue: “Why don’t you hold hands at the Our Father?” “Because I am not a protestant.”
——Dan Burke, National Catholic Register
You’re St. Justin Martyr!
You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.