Saturday, March 24, 2012

GOAL MET: After only 3 days, generous donors make it possible for seminarian to visit Walsingham

As I first mentioned here on Thursday, I needed to raise funds in order to take advantage of the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Walsingham, Norfolk, England.

I had begun the appeal for assistance this early, because I believed it would take a long time to raise the necessary $1,000 to go on the pilgrimage. But, only 3 days later, I can say with great joy and humility that due to the generosity of less than five donors, I have already met the goal of raising $1,000 for the trip.

All of the donors have asked to remain anonymous, but please allow me to thank them publicly. I look forward to praying for them and their intentions at Our Lady's shrine, and I pray God rewards them for their unbelievable patronage.

Will you join me in offering this Te Deum in thanksgiving for their generosity?

Handel's Te Deum in D Major:

Words of the hymn:

We praise thee, O God :
we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee :
the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud :
the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim :
continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy :
Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty :
of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world :
doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man :
thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death :
thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants :
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people :
and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us :
as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted :
let me never be confounded.

Domina Nostra Walsinghamensiae, ora pro nobis!


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