07 December 2008

The Vigil of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception, long a fixture on the traditional Roman calendar, absent from the 1962 Missal, and yet not-quite forgotten.  Today concluded the Novena to the Immaculate Conception at St. Francis de Sales Oratory as well.

Some readers may remember that I was hoping to post an article on the immemorial custom that women cover their heads during Mass.  Despite the opinions of some bloggers that veiling is no longer mandatory, this practice is in fact still binding under the force of law.  

I had written a lengthy article on the subject--too long for a blog, at thirteen pages.  I have been hoping to refine it in order to post the facts about the state of the law and to encourage the practice to again become the norm.

I may still post this at some point, but in the meantime I have asked a canonist to do his own research on the matter and to write his own piece on the subject.  That he has done, and tomorrow, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I intend to publish this important article on a holy practice of apostolic origin-- a practice the Church still requires of her daughters today.


Tota Pulchra es, O Maria, tota pulchra es,  

Et macula non est in te

Quam speciosa, quam suavis in deliciis 

Conceptio illibata



Veni, veni de Libano, veni, veni de Libano, veni, veni, coronaberis


Tu progrederis ut aurora valde rutilans

Affers gaudia salutis

Per te ortus est Christus Deus, sol justitiae

O fulgida porta lucis.  Chorus 


Sicut lilium inter spinas: inter filias 

sic tu Virgo benedicta

Tuum refulget vestimentum ut nix candidum

Sicut sol facies tua.  Chorus 


In terra nostra, vox audita, vox dulcissima

Vox turturis, vox columbae

Assume pennas, O Columba formosissima

Surge, propera et veni.  Chorus 


Anonymous said...


Oh lowly, little, chapel veil,
You are my dearest friend.
For when my hair's all mops and brooms,
You cover, end to end.

And when my hair's not curling right
Or when it sticks out straight,
You gently hold it all in place
And make it look first rate!

But feminist, they hate you so,
You lowly, simple thing.
To them you are so vile, not veil,
To praise Our Lord and King.

And passing by the Church of Seven,
"Autonomy's", their phrase.
They never know the joys of Heaven,
Such as, no bad-hair-days!

For lowly, lacey, chapel veil,
You tame my hair, so wild!
But truth-be-told, though I look nice,
It's all for the Christ Child.

Anonymous said...

EVE is the perennial symbol of the rebellion of sin that lead to death and expulsion from Paradise, and which keeps every soul on earth in spiritual death unless that sin be healed by the Blood of the Lamb.

MARY is the perennial symbol of the immaculate purity that leads to life in this world and forever. She stands as proof that purity for human beings is possible, through Christ Jesus, our Lord and our God, despite all our past failings and the failings of those arounds us, and despite ongoing attacks by the diabolical Enemy of souls.


Anonymous said...


I am looking forward to reading the article tomorrow. We are going to N.O. mass tomorrow morning because I'm baby sitting and I don't relish the fact that we will be the only veiled ones there. We are to the point now, though, that we feel like we are missing something important without them!

Anonymous said...

Anon said:

"MARY is the perennial symbol of the immaculate purity that leads to life in this world and forever. She stands as proof that purity for human beings is possible, through Christ Jesus"


There is a perception,
That Jesus' conception
Is the Feast on December the eighth.
But such, is deception,
It's about the reception,
Of her soul stainless steel of the Faith!

Anonymous said...

I'm brazilian, today I tried to look again about this Tota Pulchra, and I finnally found it at your blog. Thanks very much .
I was looking for it for months, but I didn't find the whole text. Thank you.

I have lot's of gregorian chants that I just don't know the whole text, for example: "Ist sunt agni novelli, qui annuntiaverut Alleluia, modo venerunt ad fontes repleti sunt claritae, alleluia, alleluia... And than? I don't know, I never find the whole song at google.

I'm catholic, from the SSPX