A Message from Fr. Hurley (February 13, 2022)

News February 8, 2022

Greetings on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time!

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

I hope these words are familiar to you. This proclamation of joy is commonly referred to as the “Sanctus” and makes up one of the most critical parts of your participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! We know these words from the prophet Isaiah and the Book of Revelation. These are the perpetual words of the greatest angels in heaven, namely, the Seraphim, the fiery ones. This choir of angels’ singular purpose is to worship God at His heavenly throne…Adoration! Their only function is to offer endless praise and worship of God. They proclaim the greatest expression of joy possible (on fire with joy for God) …Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory!

In his recent book, Bishop Athanasius Schneider recommends praying this proclamation of joy at all times. This prayer was heard by Isaiah from the mouth of the Seraphim. It is the prayer of the angels par excellence. So, oftentimes when I am traveling, in my soul I pray the Sanctus. When I enter a Church, I kneel down and pray first the Sanctus with my guardian angel, and with the angels that surround the Tabernacle; they are there. So, I recommend the use of the Sanctus … Their [the angels’] beloved prayer is the Sanctus. The essence of every angel says: “God is holy, and God alone is holy, and God is great. We have to magnify Him as Our Lady did in her Magnificat.

Wow! This is what we strive to do at that point of the Mass. This is truly a moment of Adoration. We too should be on fire with a joyful proclamation for God’s goodness toward each of us. He saves us, He offers to us the great gifts that are eternal, the gifts that are the fullness of wealth and happiness, that are complete fulfillment. This stands in contrast to the riches of the world that do not last, to the momentary satisfactions of human power or humanly contrived security.

Most importantly, the distinction between God’s eternal gifts and worldly gifts comes down to humility. Do we value God’s gifts and God’s way above all, or do we place our trust in our own strength, wisdom, and knowledge? This is important and it is exactly what the scriptures this weekend point to.

From the prophet Jeremiah we hear: “Thus says the Lord, cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord…Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes…” Jeremiah 17.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory!

We are living in strange times and much seems upside down, but we are called to live our lives immersed in the hope of God’s eternal glory.

Speaking of hopeful, I am already looking forward to Fr. Augustin’s return. He is due back at the end of this month and I may be throwing a party for his return to St. Mary parish… kidding!

On a practical note, please consider the special collections for all the snow removal costs this year. We are already above the snow removal cost of last year. It is costly to keep everyone safe on the property but we are fortunate to access superb snow removal and de-icing services. Please be generous.

Many are working hard to enhance opportunities for Adoration here at St. Mary parish. This is truly a gift from God that all should take advantage of whenever offered. Adoration may not be familiar to many so please take time to check out the information being sent via Flocknote emails and the bulletin.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Fr. Hurley