Sunday, October 2, 2016

St. Remigius/St. Remy, pray for us!



Glory be to our Lord, who showed forth His wonders in thee! Remembering those gestes of God accomplished in all climes by her sons the Franks, the Church recognizes the legitimacy of applying to thee the beautiful words which announced the Messias: 'Give ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hat called me from the womb...And He said: ... Behold I have given thee to be the light of the Gentiles that thou mayest be My salvation even to the farthest part of the earth.'  Truly it was a day of salvation, that Christmas day, whereon our Lord was pleased to bless thy labours and grant the desires of thy long episcopate. By the holy faith thou taughtest, thou wast then the 'covenant of the people' the new people composed of the conquerors and the conquered in that land of France, which, when once itself raised up, soon restored to God the inheritance that had been destroyed. 

O true Church, the one only bride, captive and destitute, behold Remigius rises to say to thy sons that are bound, 'Come forth', and to them that are in darkness, 'Show yourselves'! From north and south, from beyond the sea, behold they come in multitudes: all these are come to thee. Therefore give praise, O ye heavens and rejoice O earth, because the Lord hath comforted His people; after a whole century of heresy and barbarity, God has once more demonstrated that they shall not be confounded that wait for Him. 

Our confidence in God will again be rewarded if thou, O Remigius, deign to present to our Lord the prayer of the Franks who have remained faithful in honouring thy memory. The renegades sold over to satan may tyrannize for a time over the deluded crowd; but they are not the nation. A day will come when Christ, who is ever King, will say to the angels of His guard those words of His lieutenant Clovis: 'It displeases me that these Goths possess the good land of France; expel them, for it belongs to us.

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Vol. 14, p. 314-315.

Now more than ever, St. Remigius, 
pray for the return of the King!