Sir Winston Churchill once said, "democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." All forms of human government are bound by the sad truth that humans are human. And because humans are human, the safest government is the kind that gives the least power and authority to any one person. Sadly, almost every great kingdom collapsed because of the "lesser sons of greater men." But... in history, some of the greatest moments of all time have been made possible because all worldly power was put into the hands of one man and he used that power justly and wisely. And so which is the best form of government in theory? Monarchy - kings and queens with absolute power. But what must we embrace in practice? - Democracy, because human nature is human nature.
When we understand that, we understand why Christ is the king and not the president... He is truly good. He is King of the Jews. And furthermore, He is - as our feast says - King of the Universe. It was prophetic that the Jews begged Saul to be their king. They said that they wanted a king like everyone else. Of course, Saul turned out to be just like everyone else... So did David... So did Solomon... Despite their great works, they were each horrific sinners. And it is from this line that the eternal king, Jesus Christ, arose. He is our King forever and He should be! Kingship is only scary if the king is self-interested. When the king wants what is truly best... Then everything changes.
It's exactly that which we celebrate today. Truly, Jesus is the King of the Jews and the king of us all! So we can fairly ask - what are we doing to be faithful subjects? What are we doing to be obedient to His Church? Are we seeking to glorify the king by our lives? Well, are we?
Insights From Second Street
As a nation founded on the principles of the French Revolution, all of us have a healthy distaste for talk of royalty - even on this feast of Christ the King. It's unfortunate, because the kingship of Christ didn't begin - as some would like to believe - with Emperor Constantine or with the oft-maligned High Middle Ages. Christ's kingship in this world was first proclaimed by the Magus Caspar who brought the Divine Child a gift of gold at the Epiphany.
From the appearance of King Melchizedek in the Old Testament to His birth in the line of King David, Christ is a king in every way that matters. He is a king by blood and a king by Divine Right. Though His kingdom is not here in this world, we still ought to glorify Christ as king in our lives and in our Church.
No one seems to have a problem with Christ the Prophet who speaks the truth to power. No one has a qualm with Christ the Priest who sacrifices Himself on the altar of the world for our salvation. No one even has a problem with Christ the Pauper who is poor that we might be rich. But when we speak of Christ the King who is honored by perfumes in Alabaster jars and who reminds us that the "poor will be with [us] always..." Suddenly, people express alarm. Suddenly, people are frustrated that the Church doesn't care about the poor or that the Sacred Liturgy is triumphalist.
We ought to take a moment to consider why Catholics and non-Catholics alike are so alarmed when we seek to offer God not merely spiritual but also worldly honor. Why could it be that so many people are infuriated when we worship the aspect of Christ which points beyond this world and towards eternity? Christ the King incites deep fear in the enemy. Christ the King is the victor! He is the sign of victory! And we ought to stand with Him... His kingship must be a part of our lives and of our Church! -FrR
by Tommy Myrick
The Gloria in Excelsis is one of the oldest parts of the Mass. In the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) it is described as, “a most ancient and venerable hymn.” It is part of what is commonly known as the “Ordinary of the Mass.” In layman’s terms, it is one of the parts of the Mass that always stays the same. The words don’t change, and it can’t be replaced with anything else… (though it is not recited during Advent or Lent).
The Gloria originates from the Gospel of Luke (2:14). In this portion of the Gospel, shepherds tending to their flocks through the night, see angels proclaiming the birth of the Christ Child. Verses were added gradually and by 400 AD it had its current form. The complete version in the Latin translation is attributed to St. Hilary of Poitiers.
It is very important that this hymn is sung whenever it is physically possible! Hymns are not just a jumble of words that are supposed to rhyme or have a catchy tune... The beauty of hymnody is that it conveys a true part of the Faith, and we, by singing these sacred hymns, bear witness to that sublime truth.
This is why there are so many parts of the Mass that the people are invited to participate in... The dialogues, the responses, and the “Ordinary of the Mass” are wonderful ways for us to proclaim and bear witness to the Faith in our own lives, and the world around us.
PENANCE SERVICE REMINDER As we move closer to Advent, all are reminded that we will not have any penance services this year. Father is in the confessional 30 minutes before daily Masses and 45 minutes before weekend Masses. He will also be in the confessional from 5p to 6p every Thursday of Advent (12/5, 12/12, 12/19). All Catholics should typically confess monthly...now is a great time to make it a habit!
DECEMBER 9th IS A BASILICAN FEAST DAY Our next indulgenced Basilican Feast Day is Monday, December 9th ― The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the day of the Liturgical Celebration of the title of our Church. The 6:30a Mass will be a “Simple” Mass. The 6p Mass will be the “Conventual” Mass with music and incense. Both Masses will end with the proper prayers for the indulgence. All are welcome!
NEW SUNDAY EVENING MASS Beginning next weekend, Dec. 1st, Fr. Ryan will celebrate a Sunday evening Mass at 5p. The Mass will be offered in “the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite” at the request of multiple parishioners. All are welcome to attend and try this form of the Mass which was hailed by Pope Benedict XVI as a “continuous source of grace in the life of the Church.” The Mass will be offered every Sunday.
SUNDAY VESPERS TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK Beginning next weekend and continuing on, Fr. Ryan will celebrate the official evening prayer of the Church. This “Liturgy of the Hours,” traditionally called “vespers” (from the Latin for “evening”), consists of a few psalms, a few readings from the scriptures and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. In all, it should last from Sunday at 4:30p to just before 5p. This prayer is required of every Minor Basilica and was a beloved part of the life of the Church until recently.
- Sat-Sun, 11/23-11/24, CDA Bake Sale, before & after all Masses
- Mon-Wed, 11/25-11/27, SMS City of Lights BBall Tourney
- Wed, 11/27, NO CCD Classes
- Wed-Fri, 11/27-11/29, Parish Office CLOSED, for Thanksgiving
- Sun, 12/1, First Sunday of Advent
- Sun, 12/1, First Sunday Vespers, 4:30p @ MBIC
- Sun, 12/1, First Traditional Latin Mass, 5p @ MBIC
- Wed, 12/4, Parish Supper, Talk, & CCD Classes, 5-7p @ St. Mary's School
- Thu, 12/5, Advent Confessions, 5-6p @ MBIC
- Sat, 12/7, NO Mass @ 8a
- Mon, 12/9, Basilican Feast Day, Immaculate Conception of the BVM, 6:30a & 6p
- Tue, 12/10, Lessons & Carols, 7:30p @ MBIC
- Wed, 12/11, CCD Classes, 6p @ St. Mary’s School
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 11/23 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Elaine Bacon, David Bouchie, Nita Maggio, Michael Yankowski, (EMHC) • C.J.Bouchie, J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 11/24 9a Michael King, (Lector) • John Cunningham, Mary Darby, Aimee Wright, (EMHC) • J.Cunningham, C.Cunningham, BB.Behrendsen, (Altar Boys)
Sun 11/24 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Haley Johnson, Cecilia Cook, Patsy Melder, (EMHC) • A.J.Parker, J.Parker, W.Mayeux, (Altar Boys)
Sat 11/30 4p Elaine Bacon, (Lector) • Jimmy Gunter, Mickey Hennigan, Carl Henry, Kathleen Hicks, (EMHC) • D.&M.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 12/1 9a Karen Apponey, (Lector) • Buddy Giering, Cissy Picou, Emelda Odom, (EMHC) • G.Ingrish, J.H.Ingrish, G.Fidelak, (Altar Boys)
Sun 12/1 11a John Laborde, (Lector) • Barbara Laborde, Jean Gill, Lucile Ingram, (EMHC) • S.Maggio, V.Maggio, C.Fisher, (Altar Boys)
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
The Sanctuary Candle this week is offered in Memory of James & William McKnight by Adrene & Tish McKnight.
The Sanctuary Flowers may be offered in memory of a loved one by contacting the office.
- Sat 4p: Leon Loustauau
- Sun 9a: Pro Populo
- Sun 11a: Richard Ragland, Sue & Kevin Morgan
- Mon 6:30a: Mr. Johnny Cox, Sr.
- Tue 6:30a: Scott LeJeune
- Wed 6:30a: Deacon Wilfred Broussard
- Thu 6:30a: Richard & Shirley Ragland
- Fri 6:30a: Mr. Joseph Lowrey
- Sat 8a: Lilly Miller
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity. And that, as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches.
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Clifford Ardoin, Lauren Bienvenu, Mark Birch, Bill Boone, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Emilia Cofio, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Marguerite Felchle, Alma Fernandez, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Vicki Gahagan, Lillian Giering, Sophie Gill, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Pam Kerry, Mary Keyser, Paul Keyser, Martha LaCaze, Daniel Laroux, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Joseph Longo, Lisa Mack, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Amanda Rozman, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Brent Trichel, Billie Vercher, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Tyler Ward, Jessica Warner, & Janine Waters