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ST WILLIAM, ABBOT

ST WILLIAM, ABBOT

ST WILLIAM OF VERCELLI, ABBOT – MEMORIAL: JUNE 25

William, born of noble parents at Vercelli, had scarcely completed his fourteenth year when, with a wonderful spirit of penance and an ardour of piety, he undertook a pilgrimage to Compostella. Then, after attempting in vain another pilgrimage to the sepulchre of Christ the Lord, he remained two years on a lonely hill in constant prayer, vigils and fasts.

HE BUILT A MONASTERY 

When he restored sight to a blind man, fleeing the praises of men, he built a monastery in a rugged and inaccessible spot on Monte Virgiliano, which thereafter was called Monte Vergine. He there admitted companions and molded them by certain rules, taken for the most part from the institutes of St Benedict, and by his words and by the example of his most holy life.

A MOST HOLY LIFE

When other monasteries were built later on, the holiness of William became more famous day by day and attracted men from all parts to him. They were also drawn by the fame of his frequent miracles. Finally, after predicting his death, he fell asleep in the Lord in the year of salvation 1142.

PRAYER:

O God, who made your saints an example and a help for our weakness; grant us, as we walk the path of salvation, so to venerate the virtues of the blessed Abbot William that we may obtain his intercession and follow his footsteps. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold titles added]

 

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O GLORY OF THE POLISH RACE (HYMN)

O GLORY OF THE POLISH RACE (HYMN)

O glory of the Polish race,

O splendour of the priestly band,

Whose lore did thy Lyceum grace,

John, father of the fatherland.

 

The law of the supernal will

Thou teachest both in word and deed;

Knowledge is naught – we must fulfill

In works, not barren words, our creed!

 

On foot to Apostolic Rome

Thy pilgrim spirit joyful hied;

Oh, to our everlasting home

The path declare, our footsteps guide!

 

Again, in Sion’s holy street,

Anew thou wet’st with tearful flood

The pathway of the Saviour’s feet

Erst wet with His redeeming Blood.

 

O sweet and bitter wounds of Christ,

Deep in our hearts imprinted stay,

That the blest fruit the sacrificed

Redeemer gained, be ours for aye!

 

Then let the world obeisance due

Perform, O God, to thy high will;

And let our souls, by grace made new,

Sing to thee a new canticle!

 

From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: PILGRIMAGE OF REPARATION AND PRAYER FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

A PILGRIMAGE OF REPARATION AND PRAYER FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

• WHERE: SHRINE OF WALSINGHAM

• WHEN : SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2013

Led by Bishop John Sherrington
(Auxiliary Bishop – Westminster)

Fr Jeremy Davies

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

• For more information and travel details ring
01582 614791 or 01582 411155

Please come and encourage others to come.

All leading Pro-Life organisations have been invited.
http://www.prolifepilgrimage.org (external link)

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE, AYLESFORD PRIORY

÷ DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE ÷

• WHERE: The Friars, Aylesford Priory, ME20 7BX
• DATE : 26th August (Bank Holiday Monday)
• TIME : From 10.30am till 4.30pm

COME & ENTRUST YOUR FAMILY TO DIVINE MERCY

• Led by Bishop Patrick Lynch Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark
and Marian Fathers

PROGRAMME:

10:30am Rosary & Enthronement

11:15am Talk: Divine Mercy in Marriage

11:45am Praise & Worship

12noon Holy Mass

1:00pm Picnic Lunch

2:00pm Praise & Worship

2:15pm Talk: Divine Mercy in the Family

3:00pm Hour of Mercy

4:00pm Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus.

 

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