The Song of the The Blessed Virgin
The Song of the Blessed Virgin is a Sweet Song—
A Song that Brings us Encouragement!
all those who Love the Blessed Virgin who bore our Lord and Saviour: May
the Blessing of the Almighty rest on those who read This Book and draw
Comfort and Strength from its' pages.
1. THE MAGNIFICAT
2. THE BASIC STEPS TO OUR SAVIOUR.
3. THE PROPHECY OF ST. SIMEON TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN
4. THE LETTERS OF ST. PETER TO THE CHURCH
5. THE ORIGIN OF EVIL
6. CHRISTIANS WHO WERE TRUE TO GOD
7. LESSONS FROM THE MOST ANCIENT WRITINGS
8. REMEMBERING THE BLESSED DAY OF WORSHIP
9. OUR BELOVED DEAD
10. PRECIOUS SCRIPTURE PROMISES
Church directs us to the Holy Scriptures. As we study it, the Sacred
Writings direct us to our Lord. Coming to Him, we praise Him for His
marvelous mercy to the children of men.
Church of Jesus Christ, by virtue of her divinely endowed infallibility,
vouches for the divine origin of the Sacred Scriptures, and as such we
respectfully, but confidently, submit them to the public." - His
Eminence James Cardinal Gibbons, Preface, p. 2, of the Holy Bible, Douay
be ignorant of the Scripture is not to know Christ" - St. Jerome;
man who is well grounded in the testimonies of the Scripture is the
bulwark of the Church;" -St. Jerome, lsaiam 54:12
read the divine Scriptures; yea, let holy reading be always in thy hand;
study that which thou thyself must preach . .Let the speech of the priest
be ever seasoned with Scripture reading." - St. Jerome, in Epistle to
Nepotian S. Hier. de vita cleric, ad Nepot
who are zealous in the work of preaching must never cease the study of the
written Word of God." - St. Gregory the Great - M Regul: past. ii, 11
(al. 22) - Moral. xvii. 26 (al. 14)
important papal encyclicals demand our attention. The first encyclical
was written by Pope Leo XIII (February 20, 1878 - July 20, 1903) in the
fifteenth year of his reign. It is a profound document, full of meaning.
second was penned by pope Benedict XV (September 3, 1914 - January 22,
1922) in the sixth year of his papacy. This significant document, from the
papal chair, should be viewed with the deepest interest.
ENCYCLICAL OF LEO XIII PROVIDENTISSIMUS DEUS
November 1893, Pope Leo XIII penned his most famous encyclical, entitled
Providentissimus Deus. It was addressed to priests and bishops throughout
the world, on the study of Sacred Scripture by the laity. It included the
DOCTRINAL-Among the reasons for which the Holy Scripture is so worthy of
commendation—in addition to its own excellence and to the homage which
we owe to God's Word—the chief of all, is the innumerable benefits of
which it is the source; according to the infallible testimony of the
Holy Ghost Himself, who says: 'All Scripture, inspired of God, is
profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct injustice: that
the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work' (2 Timothy 3:
Words and Example of Christ. That such was the purpose of God in giving
the Scriptures to men is shown by the example of Christ our Lord and of
His apostles. For He Himself who ‘obtained authority by miracles,
merited belief by authority, and by belief drew to Himself the multitude'
was accustomed, in the exercise of His divine mission, to appeal to
Scriptures. He uses them at times to prove that He is sent by God, and is
God Himself. From them He cites instructions for His disciples and
confirmation of His doctrine. He vindicates them from the calumnies of
objectors; He quotes them against Sadducees and Pharisees and retorts from
them upon Satan himself when he dares to tempt Him. At the close of His
life His utterances are from the Holy Scriptures, and it is the
Scriptures that He expounds to His disciples after His resurrection, until
He ascends to the glory of His Father."
Leo XIII in his encyclical further states that Christ made use of the
Scriptures and that He is our example: "We therefore, should follow
His example by being conversant with the Holy Scriptures."
pope even granted an indulgence for reading the Bible: “'Pope Leo XIII
grants to the faithful who shall read for at least a quarter of an hour
the books of the Sacred Scripture with the veneration due to the Divine
Word and as spiritual reading, indulgence of 300 days.' "Providentissimus
ENCYCLICAL OF BENEDICT XV SPIRITUS PARACLITUS
Benedict XV wrote his encyclical, Spiritus Paraclitus (September 15,
1920), on the importance of regular study of Holy Scripture by everyone.
These excerpts are worthy of prayerful consideration by every Catholic:
Holy Spirit, the Comforter, had bestowed the Scriptures on the human race
for their instruction in Divine things. He also raised up in successive
ages saintly and learned men whose task it should be to develop the
treasure and so provide for the faithful plenteous’ consolation
afforded by the Scriptures' (Romans 15:4). Foremost among these teachers
stands St. Jerome. . The responsibility of our Apostolic office impels
us to set before you his wonderful example and so promote the study of
Holy Scripture in accordance with the teachings of our predecessors, Leo
XIII and Pius X.
none can fail to see what profit and sweet tranquility must result in
well-disposed souls from such devout reading of the Bible. Whoever comes
to it in piety, faith and humility, and with a determination to make
progress in it, will assuredly find therein and will eat the 'bread that
comes down from heaven' (St. John 6:50).
as far as in us lies, we, Venerable Brethren, shall, with St. Jerome as
our guide, never desist from urging the faithful to read daily the
Gospels, the Acts and the epistles, so as to gather thence food for their
souls. . But what, in his view, is the goal of such study? First, that
from the Bible's pages we learn spiritual perfection. . Secondly, it is
from the Bible that we gather confirmations and illustrations of any
particular doctrine we wish to defend. . We confidently hope that his
example will fire both clergy and laity with enthusiasm for the study of
the Bible. . So convinced indeed was Jerome that familiarity with the
Bible was the royal road to the knowledge and love of Christ that he did
not hesitate to say: 'Ignorance of the Bible means ignorance of Christ' (Prol.
in Comment. in Isa. cf. Tract. de Ps.77).
still calls to us. His voice rings out, telling us of the super excellence
of Holy Scripture, of its integral character and historical
trustworthiness, telling us, too, of the pleasant fruits resulting from
reading and meditating upon it.
one desire for all the church's children is that, being saturated with the
Bible, they may arrive at the all surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ.
professed Christian should accept the instruction of St. Jerome, who
said, 'Love the Bible and wisdom will love you; love it and it will
preserve you; honor it and it will embrace you; these are the jewels which
you should wear on your breast and in your ears.' " Spiritus
Scripture quotations in this chapter are from the Rheims- Douai.
Leo XIII and Benedict XV clearly established, the Holy Scriptures are the
Inspired Word of Our Saviour. As we study the Sacred Writings, our Lord
works by His Spirit to change our lives for the better.
Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, base His teachings on the Holy Scriptures?
This is a very important question, Both the Church and the Scriptures
themselves give a resounding yes!
Benedict XV, in his encyclical Spiritus Paraclitus, published these words:
Christ preached to the people, whether on the mount by the lakeside, or in
the synagogue at Nazareth, or in His own city of Capernaum, He took His
points and His arguments from the Bible,"
find that the record of Sacred Scripture bears this out. The basis of all
religious authority is found in the Holy Scriptures. Here is why the Holy
Scriptures are so important and what they can do for you:
Holy Scriptures are God's Inspired Word. They were given to us by the Holy
Spirit. "For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time: but
the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost."-2 St. Peter
By studying and obeying the Sacred Scriptures, God can help you in ways which nothing and no one else can.
Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths" -Psalm 118:105.
Scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to
correct, to instruct in justice. That the man of God may be perfect,
furnished to every good work."-2 Timothy 3:16-17.
what things soever were written, were written for our learning: that
through patience and the comfort of the Scriptures, we might have
them in truth. Thy word is truth."-St. John 17:17.
because from thy infancy thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which can
instruct thee to salvation, by the faith which is in Christ
Jesus."-2 Timothy 3:15.
Jesus taught the importance of Scripture study.
the Scriptures, for you think in them to have life everlasting; and the
same are they that give testimony of Me."-St. John 5:39. "Now
these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, who received the Word
with all eagerness, daily searching the Scriptures, whether these things
were so."-Acts 17:11.
is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth
those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand."-The
Jesus answering, said to them: You err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor
the power of God."-St. Matthew 22:29.
He [Christ] said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you, while
I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms,
concerning Me."-St. Luke 24:44.
beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded to them in all the
Scriptures, the things that were concerning Him."-St. Luke 24:27.
We must test everything by Scripture. If any teaching, theory, or doctrine is not found in it, we cannot accept it as Scriptural.
have not departed from the commandments of His lips, and the words of His
mouth I have hid in my bosom.”-Job 23:12.
the law rather, and to the testimony. And if they speak not according to
this Word, they shall not have the morning light."—Isaias 8:20.
The Inspired Word of God will never lose its importance or its authority in our lives.
grass is withered, and the flower is fallen: but the Word of our Lord
endureth for ever."-Isaias 40:8.
and earth shall pass, but My words shall not pass.”-St. Matthew 24:35.
The Sacred Scriptures can help you clean your life and live in harmony with the will of God.
born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the Word of
God who liveth and remaineth forever."-1 St. Peter 1:23.
what doth a young man correct his way? By observing Thy words."-Psalm
words have 1 hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against
the Word of God is living and effectual, and more piercing than any two
edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit,
of the joints also and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart."-Hebrews 4:12.
then any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away,
behold all things are made new."-2 Corinthians 5:'17.
answered and said unto him, Amen, amen I say unto thee, unless a man be
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."-St. John 3:3.
Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty, He will save: He Will rejoice
over thee with gladness, He will be silent In His love, He will joy over
thee in praise. "- Sophonias 3:17
anyone love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We
will come to him, and make Our abode with Him."-St John 14:23
My servants shall rejoice. . My servants shall praise for joyfulness of
heart. " -Isaias 65:14
are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may
have right to the tree of life, and may enter In by the gates into the
city." - The Apocalypse 22:14
help is In the name of the Lord." -Psalm 123:8 [124:8]
All Scripture passages quoted in this book have received the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur. Most are from the Rheims-Douai Version (also known as the Douai and Douay). This is the standard Catholic translation, in English, of the Latin Vulgate. References within brackets refer to verse locations in other translations. (All other Scripture quotations in this book are cited, and are from other Church-approved Scripture versions.) ,
is additional information on the Rheims-Douai and its origins:
Rheims-Douai Bible: In 1568, several Catholics left England and
established an English-language college in Douai, in Flanders, France.
This city was the seat of a university founded by Philip II of Spain in
1562, and was an important center of English Roman Catholicism.
founder of this English college, William Allen, was an Oxford graduate and
a canon under Queen Mary. He conceived the idea of producing an English
translation of the Scriptures for English Roman Cathollcs. Gregory Martin,
another Oxford graduate, headed the translation team. During the progress
of the work, political problems compelled the removal of the college from
Douai to Rheims in 1578. By 1582 the entire work of translation had been
completed and the New Testament section was published. In 1593 the college
was compelled by political turmoil to return to Douai where the Old
Testament was printed in 1609-1610.
this reason, scholars refer to this translation as the Rheims-Douai Bible,
but generally the Douai Bible. (It is often called the Douay Bible today.)
Douai Version was translated from St. Jerome's Vulgate. This version
became the official English Bible of the Roman Catholic Church, The
revision of Bishop Challoner in the middle of the eighteenth century,
along with later minor changes while adapting it to the needs of its
modern readers, have not fundamentally affected its character.
spite of the later introduction of other Church-approved English Bibles,
because of its qualities and the authority of ecclesiastical superiors,
the Douai continues to maintain its position as the Bible of
English-speaking Catholics the world over.
Douai has the approbation of His Eminence James Cardinal Gibbons,
Archbishop of Baltimore, For this reason, it is the only Bible quoted in
the book you have in hand (with one or two exceptions, which are quoted
from other Church-approved versions).
should be remembered that, in the Rheims-Douai, some Old Testament
passages, when quoted in the New Testament, have been placed in Italics.
Rheims-Douai was translated from the Latin Vulgate. Here is the story
behind that translation:
Latin Vulgate: St. Jerome (c. 345-c. 419) was born near Aquileia, on the
Adriatic Sea's northernmost point, about the year A.D. 345. Jerome spent
his youth obtaining a broad education in Rome. In 375, St. Jerome became
concerned about his soul, and began a period of intense study of the
Bible. To do this required learning Hebrew and Greek, the languages in
which the Bible was written. In 377, St. Jerome was ordained to the
priesthood; and, in 385, he became personal secretary to Pope Damasus.
this time, St. Jerome continued his deep personal study of the Bible.
From 382 to 385, while he was still with Pope Damasus, St. Jerome
translated the New Testament from the Greek into Latin.
386, after the death of Pope Damasus, St. Jerome moved to Bethlehem, where
he spent .the last years of his life. From 390 to 4O5, he completed his
final revisions of the New Testament and translated the Old Testament from
the Hebrew to the Latin. He died about the year 419. St. Jerome had
produced what became known as the Vulgate. It was later declared to be the
official Latin Bible of the Roman Catholic Church.