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“The Holy Mass is a brief compendium of the whole Life of Christ and renewal of all the Mysteries included in it; in fact this is an authentic repetition of all that Christ did and suffered upon earth”.
It may be said that Our Lord put on the priestly vestments while hidden in His Mother’s womb where He took our flesh, He clothe Himself with mortality.
Such was the great Act of Worship which Christ performed on earth and He enjoyed on His Apostles and their successors to repeat daily, in a short form.
In the year 1254, a Priest of Douai, whilst giving Communion at Easter in the Church of St Amatus, dropped one of the Hosts on the floor. To his great amazement, he saw it rise from the floor and remain suspended in the air. Taking it into his hand, he took it to the Altar, and, kneeling humbly before it, he begged pardon from Christ for the indignity that had been done to Him. Whilst he was devoutly contemplating the Adorable Sacrament, he was astonished to see the form of the Host disappear and the form of a Beautiful Child take its place. So greatly was he moved that he could not restrain his tears. The Clergy present in the Choir drew near to ascertain what the matter was and they too saw the Child. Deeply touched by the sight, they broke out into exclamations of joy and delight. Then the congregation ap., pro ached in their turn to behold the miraculous appearance, which afforded such convincing proof of Christ’s Real Presence on the Altar. The people, however, did not see what the Clergy had seen; they beheld Christ standing before them in the form of a Man in the splendour of His Divine Majesty. Fear and amazement fell upon all; the Sanctuary was filled with eager spectators. Our Lord remained thus visible in His Sacred Humanity for a considerable time. Finally He withdrew His corporal presence, and the Host was placed by the Priest in the Tabernacle. ‘
The report of what had happened spread far and wide and reached the Bishop who relates the occurrence. The Bishop of Cambrai, Thomas de Cantimpré, came immediately
to Douai to verify the facts in person, which he described in this manner: “I went to the Dean
of the Church, followed by many faithful, and I asked whether what I had heard was true”. The Dean replied: “It is not only true that Christ was seen in the Sacred Host by a great number of persons, but He is still seen by them in human form.” “After hearing this I Dean to showed me the miracle”. The Dean opened the small case in which he had reposed the Host of the miracle, but initially I didn’t see anything special. He went to Douai and enquired of the Dean.
“Then a burning desire to see the same sight took possession of me” the Bishop writes; “I asked the Dean to show me the Miraculous Host; Together, we went to the Church, followed by a multitude of people who hoped Our Lord would again show Himself to them. The Dean unlocked the Tabernacle with trembling awe; he reverently took out the Blessed Sacrament and blessed the people with it. They all began to sob and cry aloud and shout; ‘Jesus, Jesus.’ I asked what this meant and they said: ‘we see our Lord and Saviour with our bodily eyes.’ But I saw nothing but the Host unchanged. I felt deeply
grieved for I thought some sin had made me unworthy to behold the Saviour. I examined my conscience, but found nothing unusual with which to reproach myself. So I besought the Lord to show Himself to me, too. My prayer was granted. I, too, was privileged to see, not as many of those present saw Him, in the form of a Child, but as a full-grown man. After I had gazed for a short time upon the Saviour in the surpassing beauty of His appearance my heart being suffused meanwhile with joy and happiness, a change took place. I saw Him before me as the Man of Sorrows. He was wearing a Crown of Thorns, disfigured by streams of Blood that veiled His Sacred Countenance. Overcome with compassion, I shed some bitter tears over the sufferings of my Redeemer.”
A confused murmur ran through the assembled multitude, for each one saw something different at the same time. Some saw Him as a lovely Infant, others as a beautiful Boy, as a young man, as a Man in his prime, or, as He was at the time of His Passion.
The following text was taken from “The Father Speaks to His Children”,
Pater Publications, L’Aquila, Italy.
Albertus Krantius relates at some length the efforts repeatedly made by the Emperor Charlemagne to convert the pagan Saxons to the Christian Faith. Although he had more than once completely subjugated them by force of arms and compelled them to abjure their idolatrous practices again and again, under the leadership of Wittekind, their chief, they fell away from their Christian profession.
It was in Lent one year that, for the twelfth time, the Emperor entered their land at the head of a large army. Easter approached and all the soldiers were ordered to prepare themselves for the reception of the Sacraments and the devout celebration of the Festival in their camp. At that time Wittekind… the Saxon Chieftain went to the German Army Camp for the purpose of viewing the Christian Ceremonies. To escape recognition he disguised himself in the rags of a beggar, entered the camp alone and begged alms from the soldiers. At the same time he observed what was going on; gathering all the information he possibly could. He noted that, on Good Friday, the Emperor and all the soldiers went about with somber faces, keeping a strict fast and spending a long time in prayer; how on Holy Saturday they went to Confession and on Easter Day, received Holy Communion.
While he was assisting at Mass, at the moment of the Consecration, he distinctly saw in the Priest’s hands a beautiful and very attractive child, the sight of which filled him with a joy he had never experienced before. During the remainder of the Mass, he could not take his eyes off the Priest. His astonishment was still greater when the soldiers went up to receive Communion; he saw the Priest give the same beautiful child to each communicant, by whom it was received but not m every case in the same manner. The Child went to some with evident delight, but turned away and resisted being given to others but went under compulsion. The Saxon Chief did not know what to make of these extraordinary happenings.
At the conclusion of Mass, he went out and took his stand among a group of beggars who solicited alms as the congregation dispersed. The Emperor, by his own hand, gave an alms to each of the beggars, and as Wittekind extended his hand to receive the coin, one of the Emperor’s servants recognized him by the peculiar formation of one of his Charlemagne German Emperor 02.04.742 – 28.01.814 fingers. The man whispered to his Royal Master: “That is Wittekind, the Saxon leader; I know him by his crooked finger.” The Emperor had the stranger brought to him in his tent and asked why he, the Saxon Chieftain, had come there disguised as a beggar. Wittekind was afraid he would be taken for a spy and treated as such, so he spoke the truth to the Emperor: “Do not be angry with me. I did this only to better acquaint myself with Christian Worship.” The Emperor than asked him what he had seen, and Wittekind replied: “I have beheld wonders greater than any I have seen or heard of before.” He then told him what he had observed on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and at Mass that same morning, and asked for an explanation of those mysteries.
The Emperor was amazed to hear that God had granted to this stubborn heathen the grace of seeing the Divine Child in the Sacred Host, a Grace He had given to only a few Saints. He then explained to the Saxon why they were sorrowful on Good Friday, why they fasted, why they went to Confession and Communion. The heathen was so touched that he renounced his worship of idols, accepted the Christian Faith and when sufficiently instructed, received the Sacrament of Baptism. He took some Priests back with him to his people and through their ministry the Dukedom of Saxony was gradually converted to Christ.
“The holy sacrifice of the Mass explained” Rev Martinus von Cochem OSM
Saturday (Vigil): 4:40pm Rosary & Rec., 5:00pm Mass
Sunday: 7:30am, 9am & 6pm, Vietnamese 11:15am.
Monday: 9:15am Mass, Ador. & Rec.
Tuesday: 6:15pm Ador., 6.30pm Rosary & Rec., 7pm Mass
Wednesday: 9:15am Mass, Ador. & Rec.
Thursday: 9:15am Mass, Ador. & Rec.
Friday: 9:15am Mass, Ador. & Rec.
First Friday: Ador. 7am-7:30pm.
Masses at 9:15am & 7:30pm with Anointing of the Sick and 4pm in Vietnamese.
Ador. – Adoration.
Rec. – Reconciliation.
Office Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30am to 4 pm.
Office Location: Presbytery (Entry Via Beaconsfield St).
Priest: Rev Dariusz Basiaga SDS PP JP
Phone: (02) 9773 9065
Email: Parish Office
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