DOM PROSPER GUÉRANGER, ABBOT OF SOLESMES Dom Guéranger, abbot of Solesmes from , was one of the leading monastics and liturgists. The mystery of the feast of the Purification and Presentation in the temple, fourth mystery of the rosary, with text on St. Simeon by Dom Prosper. Dom Guéranger was appointed Abbot of Solesmes (Oct. 31) and Superior General of the Benedictines of the “Congrégationde France”, and those of the little.

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They included many canonised saints. He became a deacon in November,and preached his first sermon. During this period, he was appointed to serve as the administrator of the parish of the Foreign Missions until near the close of Now, however, in the spring ofa notice began to appear in the newspapers of Le Mans.

Sacred Heart with the Immaculate Heart. My email address is webmaster at newadvent. The encounter in the ruins, following as it did the barrenness of the ordination ceremony earlier in the day, gives us a picture of the desolation of the Church in France at that time.

We feel so indebted to Gary Potter, for the rich light he sheds on Catholic France. Unlike most other groups of men, some of whom may be conservatives while others are liberal, they all held that politics — the means by which the life of a society is regulated or governed — should be Christian.

This life, fraught with so many trials and filled with such great achievements, drew to a peaceful close at Solesmes. So would be still other personages. The Miraculous Medal had become world famous, but no one knew of her involvement with it.

In France, the actual law nullifying monastic vows was voted by the revolutionary Constituent Assembly in February, Seeing himself as the true successor of Charlemagne, Napoleon, who would force the dissolution of the rival Holy Roman Empire indetermined that he ought to be crowned by the pope, Pius VII, as Charlemagne had been by St.

When Bishop de la Myre died in September,the priest obtained the post of administrator in the parish of the famous Missions Etrangeresan undemanding job that left him the leisure to begin writing as well as continue his private studies. In speaking of these apparitions, we cannot forget the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in Catherine Laboure the design of the Miraculous Medal. This last achievement can be seen as it ought only if it is recalled that less than fifteen years before his birth in the practice of the Faith had been made illegal in France by a revolutionary government.


The old woman had witnessed the sack of the monastery and she described it, especially the shattering of the stained-glass windows of the choir. This was to the point that Church authorities deemed it expedient for all priests to lay aside their cassocks and dress as laymen. Now, as Potter also makes admirably clear, that Catholic Counter Revolution cannot be separated from much else that characterises Catholic France of the era — including four great Marian Apparitions at the Rue du Bac in La Salette Lourdes and Pontmain Once again a parallel to our own time can be seen.

He loved to laugh. There is this about how Our Lady appeared at the Rue du Bac weeping for the overthrow of the monarchy and Christendom.

And so we are most grateful for permission to reproduce this this fascinating, important piece which tells us so much about both the man and his times. Benedict — at the old priory in Another contemporary, the poet Goethe, wrote of him as being the instrument of the salvation of European civilization.

Helped by some friends and encouraged by his bishop, he scraped together enough money to rent the monastery and moved in with three companions on 11 July Therein he learned of the role the papacy has played not simply in relation to the religion, but in history …. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Christians understand that there is no such thing as coincidence.

Dom Prosper Gueranger

The present essay has another subject, the life and achievements of a particular individual, but the life and all that the individual did especially all he did need to be seen in historical context to be fully appreciated. Yet, not long afterward, Bishop de la Myre would grant Fr. That intensification was most notable for a flowering of Marian devotion such as the world had not seen since the High Middle Ages — a flowering marked by apparitions of Our Lady at La Salette, Lourdes, in the Rue du Bac in Paris where we were given the Miraculous Medal and elsewhere in France; apparitions which in turn caused still greater devotion to Our Lady.


He also published Institutions Liturgiques, setting out the relationship between the liturgy and the Church’s faith and unity.

The Liturgical Year, by Dom Gueranger

All over France, many such properties — former monasteries and convents — had disappeared. There still was such a real Emperor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and he was the legitimate successor of Charlemagne. The intellectual climate generated by the Enlightenment accounts for this development in part. Fom the life of a society is totally disrupted by an event like the French Revolution, a power vacuum tends to result.


We may live far away, but it is consoling to think that the beautiful tones of real Gregorian Chant can now be heard in the Oklahoma night. Please help to do, this article by introducing more precise citations.

Another who was of prsper company, which is to speak of another uncanonized but valiant laborer in the vineyard, was Fr. He was, as Potter makes clear, gueanger outstanding figure in that astonishing French Counter Revolutionary revival of the Church. He helped, in a measure, to prepare men’s minds for the definition of the papal infallibilitythat brilliant triumph which succeeded the struggle against papal authority so bitterly carried on a century previously by many Gallican and Josephite bishops.

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And much, much more will be found in our archived posts for Catholic France. Napoleon, the very embodiment of the Revolution, intended from the outset to be his own look-out as well as helmsman.

It was without any liturgical solemnity. But let us return to Dom Gueranger. Hitler is an example. Retrieved from ” https: