Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Exaltation of the Cross edition)

flores-moss

I was out to the hermitage yesterday. This is the only “flower” I could spot on the whole mountain. I got the very last things I absolutely had to get whereby I could say “I don’t absolutely need the rest of it”. I would like to go back and get some lumber and some chopped, dried and stacked red oak,  but that can wait. Maybe not. Perhaps it’s a sign, but as I was leaving a car was coming into the neighbors far below. The driver was the one wanting to buy the property. I don’t yet know how that went. Here’s a final shot of the chapel window. Rather desolate:

hermitage-closing

I always had the practice of saying the Angelus at the bottom of the mountain before ascending and while finishing descending from the hermitage. This was offered for our bishop and for priests. That was the last one yesterday unless I’m still able to go out again depending on who buys the property. I think that that prayer is itself a flower for the Immaculate Conception and is most appropriate for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross:

angelus

The Angelus (1857–59) by Jean-François Millet. My mom had a copy of this hanging up in our house. I always loved to note the church in the background as I watched these two farmers pray the Angelus in the early morning.

℣. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ,

℟. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. * Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.
℣. Ecce ancilla Domini.
℟. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. * Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.
℣. Et Verbum caro factum est.
℟. Et habitavit in nobis.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. * Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.
℣. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genetrix.
℟. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
Oremus.
Gratiam tuam, quæsumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.
℟: Amen

℣. The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary,
℟. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.* Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
℣. Behold the handmaid of the LORD.
℟. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.* Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
℣. And the Word was made flesh.
℟. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.* Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
℣. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
℟. That we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray,
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O LORD, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.
℟. Amen.

I can’t help it:

IVE GENESIS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CONFERENCE 7 FEBRUARY 2013

GENESIS THESIS GEORGE DAVID BYERS

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