ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, ordained by Christ Himself, as means whereby we receive the same, and pledges to assure us thereof. The principle of the sacraments is found in the whole Bible, and in its fulness in the New Testament, that is, in the Incarnation of the Word of God, Jesus Christ. God becomes Man so that man may become one with God. God assumes human nature in the Incarnation, all that pertains to man, human body, mind, soul, and spirit, so that human nature may be redeemed, sanctified, and glorified by God to share in the divine life.
God takes our human nature, divinises it, and gives it back to us in the sacraments, so that we may, in our own human nature, partake of God Himself. As the Fathers love to say: 'we become by grace what God is by nature.'
The Incarnation and the Sacraments are two expressions of one reality: God the Son becomes Man, and then takes that Hypostatic Union, human flesh united to the Divine Word, and conveys it to the members of His own Mystical Body, the Church, in and through the Sacraments.
This is why the Great Tradition teaches that the pre-eminent Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist are generally necessary to salvation: Baptism, as the Sacrament of New Birth, mystically unites us to the crucified and risen Christ and regenerates our human nature into the nature of the Son of God (St John 3.3-7, Romans 6.1-11, Galatians 3.22-29). We become children of God and members of Christ's Body in Baptism.
The Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of the Lord's Body and Blood, nourishes us with the human nature and divinity of Christ unto everlasting life (St John 6.53-59, 1 Corinthians 10.14-22, 11.23-34). Our Lord's True Body and True Blood are really contained, really given, and really eaten, objectively, under the forms of bread and wine in the Eucharist, after an heavenly and supernatural manner, so that we may partake of Christ's human nature and be recreated by it.
Ours is a 'body religion,' the Church as the Body of Christ, the Religion of the Incarnation, which is made a reality in us sacramentally. There is only One Body of Christ, in the Incarnation, in the Eucharist, and in the Church, us.
Thus, man is a sacrament. Man is a composite being of body and soul, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual reality. Man's outward sign is his body; man's inward and spiritual reality is his soul and spirit. Mankind is a living sacrament: he simultaneously exists as material and spiritual, physical and supernatural, united together in one cohesive entity. When the soul leaves the body, death occurs, which is for man an unnatural state not intended by God in His first creation of us. Man was created to be forever alive, forever immortal in a sacramental state.
Monday, December 20, 2021
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Recently I discovered that Father Alfred Hope Patten, the restorer of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, prophesied the formation of the Continuing Church years before it happened: 'I am more and more coming to the opinion that Catholics in communion with Canterbury must consider the example of the Wee Frees of the Scots - the day cannot be far off when some of us will have to go out into the desert - and there prove our catholicity - after which perhaps a united body may be formed as a link.'
Friday, December 17, 2021
SAINT BARNABAS CATHEDRAL, DUNWOODY:
Our 2021 Christmas Mass schedule...
Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December
6.30pm - Choral Presentation and Congregational Carol Singing
7pm - Family Eucharist
9.30pm - Choral Presentation and Congregational Carol Singing
10pm - Solemn High Mass
Christmas Day, Saturday 25th December
10am - Sung Mass
Let us keep MASS in Christmas! God bless you!
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Tuesday, December 07, 2021
Thursday, December 02, 2021
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