245- Selfless Service Yesterday and Today

The Virgin Mary was on the march recently in Paris, plus a story about a miraculous precursor to this recent Paris procession and in my hometown, a mission that is run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Links are throughout this page as mentioned in the podcast:

From my first book: The Constant Procession– A miracle for the son of Napoleon III (Episode 102)

More About: Our Lady of the Sea:

This earlier story tells about a priest turned amateur architect to rebuild a cathedral housing a miraculous statue of the Madonna in Boulogne sur mer, a coastal city in France. Father Haffreingue built the bell tower “tall as a prayer” to house the relic of “Our Lady of the Sea.”

Lady of Grand Return tfp.org

Our Lady of the Sea; The Grand Return- By James R. Bascom in The American TFP (tfp.org)

From my first book: The Constant Procession – The mysterious appearance of “Our Lady of the Sea” back in 636AD (Episode 104)

The Virgin Mary’s Paris Procession:

(Started at the apparition site of the Miraculous Medal (aka Rue de Bac) to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame on April 18, 2021)

Poster from the April 18 Paris Procession
Statue of the Madonna with child being carried as it leads the procession in Paris on April 18, 2021
More of the pilgrims behind banners of various saints honored in the Paris Procession on April 18, 2021
The Choir and orchestra perform at on the plaza for the Paris Procession

The orchestra rehearsal video is 25 seconds long, but then offers other highlights of the Virgin Mary’s Paris Procession- Enjoy!

More About: Mother Teresa’s Mission in Atlanta:

The Sisters from Missionaries of Charity and one of their other outreach projects.

The Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity visit to the Mission.

Gift of Grace House in Atlanta, Georgia
Volunteers supporting the mission during my visit

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244- Christ & Forgiving Others + Lady of Pilar

This installment looks at the celebration beyond Easter Day, plus an apparition of the Virgin Mary before she passed on! The Virgin Mary was living in the region near Jerusalem but suddenly appeared to St. James the Apostle while he was in Spain! This apparition is known as Our Lady of Pilar or Our Lady of the Pillar in present day Zaragoza, Spain on the Ebro River.

Michael O'Neill 'the Miracle Hunter'
On tour in Zaragoza, Spain at the Our Lady of Pilar apparition site with Michael O’Neill, the Miracle Hunter.
Ancient wall from the Roman outpost of Caesaraugusta just beyond the river bank where the Basilica is located.
Photo includes the Cathedral on the Elba River, the place where Our Lady of Pilar is housed in this Cathedral, that was bombed during the Spanish Revolution
The Basilica Neustra Senora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain is on the Ebro River, where Our Lady of Pilar appeared, pillar is inside.
Wider view of the wall…the actual forum is still intact in a museum several blocks from where the Madonna appeared to St John.
2 Bombs hit the Basilica Neustra Senora del Pilar during the Spanish Revolution, miraculously neither detonated.

Insightful Looks at Our Lady of Pilar and Zaragoza, Spain:

Spiritual Travels– blog article by L. Erickson

Zaragoza, Spain– blog article by ‘Grace in the World’

Walking Without A Donkey– Blog article by T. Grainger

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243- The Most Joyful Time

Now continues the most joyful time in the Easter season! This is the start of the 50 Day Feast! Though for the Orthodox communities, the celebration of ‘Pascha’ (pause) is still 4 weeks away. But in the West, things are in high festivities. I’ve heard a bishop once say this is the season of the Resurrection and is a wonderful time to celebrate one’s trust in God’s pure love for each one of us.

Photo of Icon mentioned in this weeks podcast- Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation; Atlanta, GA- atlgoc.org

Hand colored Easter eggs one with a cross imprinted on it
Bringing Christian History Alive Through Easter Egg Traditions– Crosswalk.com

Articles About the Great 50 Day Feast of Easter:

Doing Easter Right- 50 Days of Joy– Alastair Sterne; stpetersfireside.org

Embarrassing Details Concerning the First Easter– Pastor Brian Chilton quotes Craig Evans

50 Days of Easter- Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, mqhr.org

Why is the Easter Season 50 Days Long– United Methodist Church, umc.org

The Free App mentioned in the podcast:

Forecast® podcast MP3 encoder with chapters- https://overcast.fm/forecast

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242- Holy Week + injecting a bit about my town

Holy week is here as we draw closer to the death and new life of Jesus and it’s the main focus of this podcast. But as injections are a focus in 2021, I’m also injecting a bit about Corona and my town.

A young teen girl at base of an outdoor cross with lifesize Jesus
Now I know how Mary felt- LifeTeen.com article by Teresa Nguyen

In spite of the punishment meted out to an innocent Jesus as demanded by weak leaders and approved by the crowd of people, their plan backfired when they put to death the man their leaders did not like.

Olga Christine's Icon of the Crucifixion with the Mary's
Olga Christine’s Icon of the Crucifixion- OlgaChristine.com

And through his rebirth, he lives on and is celebrated as a victory of God. ‘Stop Doubting And Believe.’

Painting called Mary meets Christ's 4th sorrow
Our Catholic Prayers.com- The Fourth Sorrow

Inspiring Easter Week Blog Posts:

As We Grieve Corona Look to Mary– by Vanessa R. Corcoran American Magazine.org

Crucifixion Cancelled by Corona– ManilaStandard.net

Mary Magdalene at the Cross– Moina Arcee blog

Some 2021 Easter Week Readings- Kevin Carson.com

My Poem ‘Ode To Corona’ from this weeks podcast:

As I return to the streets of my little village

Now a shell of its former self

With a growing line up of ‘For Rent’ signs

In storefronts with empty shelves.

I venture into my favorite restaurant

Now devoid of patrons and devoid of Life

But full of unused tables

Neatly arranged six feet to the left and right.

The corner where the busker once sang

And celebrated the end of the week

Now has a table behind a Plexiglass barrier

By far it is now the eateries safest seat

And the haunting eyes of the restaurateur

Head of this once busy place

Now he waits on our table, his wife and son

The only other workers this once jovial space.

A child, member of the only other family here this night

Entertains herself by looking at a mirror

That reflects back to her

The only other child here this night.

And though I may be thinner

Since I so rarely go out to dinner

My hope is that these experiences like the 1918 Spanish plague

Also will too, just fade away…

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241- Thinking of THIS Easter celebration

Spring equals renewed life as we contemplate a ‘do over’ in how to use small celebrations for Easter 2021, as we keep our isolation vigil during Corona- Round 2.

Looking for New Ways to Celebrate this Year?

Ideas for Lent 2021 by Katie Cassady- BlessedIsShe.net

Also, March 25 is the Virgin Mary’s Annunciation feast day that’s celebrated as the victory of a human being giving of herself to God’s will.

Contemporary color illustration of the Annunciation
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Svitozar Nenyukk at Pixels.com

Eastern Orthodox Annunciation- Anydayguide.com

Hopefully this can inspire us as we continue along on our unusual Lenten journey 2021, towards the recognition of the great gift Jesus Christ gave us, his life for ours.

Lent + (the) Annunciation- SacredOrdinaryDays.com

May this unique time in society of repeated Easter self-isolation afford us all a renewed hope for living a better life in this springtime of our lives.

Easter table setting by onekindesign.com
Great Table Designs by julieblanner.com- OneKindDesign.com

Oh, yes, I thought I’d share my notes when I went for my 2nd shot- spoiler, there’s a follow up at the end of the podcast episode!

Photo of Covid tent by bluepeaktents.com

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240- Remembering When for Lent 2021

Part of today’s installment is guaranteed to surprise to you! Also, will the unusual circumstances with our continuing in the Corona times during 2021’s Lenten season help you find a closer bond to Jesus?

I know the folk song in this installment surprised me…a song from yesteryear as they say. And as I’m sure you’ll agree came out of left field.

Ideas for a more meaningful Lenten season from Orthodox Motherhood.com

Orthodox Lent began March 15, Pascha (not ‘Easter’) is May 2

Photo of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame
March 24, 2018 shows French Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame who was killed after swapping himself for a hostage in a rampage and siege in the town of Trebes, southwestern France, on March 23. Beltrame, 45, was among a group of officers who rushed to the scene in Trebes, near Carcassone, on March 23 after a gunman who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, stormed a supermarket and fired at shoppers. Beltrame offered to take the place of a woman the gunman had taken hostage and was shot. He died on March 24 of his wounds, becoming the gunman’s fourth victim. / AFP PHOTO / LA GAZETTE DE LA MANCHE / –/AFP/Getty Images
Home on the Range cabin from SE 1

Home on the RangeThis Cabin is on the location of where the poem originally called ‘My Western Home” was written by Dr. Brewster Higley with music composed by Daniel E. Kelly sometime around 1875.

Home on the Range– Wikipedia (Simple English version)

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239- Flashback! 1 Year Later.

Looking back 1 year ago to my projections of how long sheltering in place would be & how my outlook may have changed from Lent 2020 to Lent 2021.

Who would have thought as we reach the one year mark, that some still may not permitted to attend a March 2021 Sunday service! Never mind the reality that for many, the offering of communion would still not be offered?

10 Ways Christians Can Exemplify Faith and Peace During Corona– Joel Ryan, Crosswalk.com

Interior of a row of pews in a church with the purple cloth of the passion spread down the rows
Making time for Public and Private Prayer

Surviving Corona; Survivors Guilt- Michael Merschel AHA Association News

97-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Recovers from COVID After 3 Weeks of Battling Illness: ‘She’s a Fighter’ – Katie Campione at People.com

Ways To Prevent the Corona Virus– WebMD

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238- Going Deeper By Going Without

As the milestone of isolation grinds on, this season of Lent takes our Easter journey on a course that differs from all the previous Lenten experiences

By this I mean everyone, Christian believer or not, has been involved in some form of social isolation for an entire year. So our spiritual goal to pull back from the day to day social interactions in order to get closer to Jesus takes on a different feel this year 2021.

Because isolation is the byword for everyone this year. So our personal journey requires a different sort of individual contemplation. The prevention of having to physically attend church and come together in our common pilgrimages towards the great Easter moment is not like any other year.

Contemporary color illustration of the Risen Christ embracing Mother Mary
The Resurrected Christ with Mother Mary

TIPS ON HOW DIFFERENT CHURCH COMMUNITIES APPROACH THE FAST FOR LENT (from Learn Religions.com)

More about the website Learn Religions.com

With the trauma of life coming from all sides this year, the Lenten journey offers many specific prayers for personal reflection. We can, as did Mother Mary, witness the journey Jesus took and a way through our trials of today.

By now going without and prayer most likely is becoming a more significant part of your day. The conscious considerations should provide a greater meaning, especially when we sometimes waiver from our long term commitment to honoring our Lenten practices.

And as prayer is becoming a more significant part of our day, we find ourselves with fewer distractions because of the restrictions still in place for everyone anyways.

So this may be requiring different considerations for our daily Lenten practices than from all our years before 2021. But it should provide a greater meaning.

And regardless of your level of success, the reality remains that there is a constant process of consideration and reflection that is daily taking place within us now.

What is happening is a cementing into place of the need to look into ourselves in a deeper way than ever before and to look to Jesus in his last days on earth as a human as well as the Godly approach he practiced as he faced the challenges of his life as a human being.

Which makes me want to reflect on how the experience of the Virgin Mary as she raised Jesus may have continually returned to her mind as she witnessed the last days of his life on earth.

TODAYS COMMENTARY:

Face Mask Hack using a Toy Monkey
Tips from Luz Maria Silverio, MD at aliem.com

WHAT ARE YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR NOSE MASK SLIPPAGE?

Today, I have a curiosity about those masked people out there who can’t keep their masks secured over their noses. Now while it is true that an occasional loosening of a facemask does plague us all, never the less it will soon be one year since the concept of wearing a mask has become part of everyone’s day to day awareness.

Tips from Kristen Davis, Cleveland.com

Tips from Luz Maria Silverio, MD

SARAHMAKER.COM- Add A Nose Wire Face Mask

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237- Lenten Starts, New Beginnings and Locomotion

This week episode includes the Virgin Mary during the early days of the Christian community as I contemplate the early days of my Lenten journey.

Also in this installment are several ways to offer acts of charity within our continued isolation in year 2021.

If you’ve have cabin fever and needing to step out into your community for service work, here’s an idea for you.

Also I have an observation about the effects of the plague on our American society in motion.

And I appreciate your thoughts on how to host a procession against the plague in one’s community. All this is here in podcast 237 as we continue on the Constant Procession.

Text "Preparing for Easter"
How can you prepare yourself for a more meaningful Easter this year?

Meals on Wheels FAQ’s

How One Local Area (Tulsa OK) Handles Meals on Wheels

From the Commentary section- From Trains to Cars to Computers…A country in motion yesterday and today…

Great poster of a the passenger train 'Golden State'
From Erin Kelly’s Blog- Poster of the Golden State steamer

Unusual Religious Train Pilgrimage in India back in 2017

Movie Memories vimeo of See the USA in Your Chevrolet

A fun series of commercials that glance back when the car replaced the train… via ‘See the USA in Your Chevrolet‘ courtsey of Movie Memories

Infographic of computer posture tips by Dr. Neal

And then there’s today. Here are some great tips from Dr. Neal Malik on how to optimize your computer time courtsey of Optimal Living Daily

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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236- Beyond ‘Fat Tuesday’

This podcast includes a Bishop’s thoughts on why to participate in the Lenten season, plus in this episode are the experiences of the Virgin Mary during the cruel event that created the cause for Easter over 2000 years ago.

Also there are my observations on today’s corona isolation and the obvious but overlooked reason why many people don’t want to get vaccinated.

Thought Provoking articles for ‘DOING LENT’

6 Reasons to Observe Lent (Even If You’re Not Catholic)- beliefnet.com

What is Lent and why does it last forty days- United Methodist Church umc.org

Are Sundays a Part of Lent (in the Catholic Church)- aboutcatholics.com

The Great Lent- OrthodoxWiki.org

Check out this movie trailer about a new movie about Saint Philothei the Athenian. This woman, an orthodox saint from the 16th century has an amazing story.

Photo of St. Philothei
St. Philothei the Athenian started the first school for women in Europe, a hospital for people from all religions and helped the oppressed before being martyred.

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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235- Mary. The One who shows ‘The Way’

Our Lady of Czestochowa is known as ‘The One Who Shows the Way’

St. Luke’s ‘Black Madonna’ painting is believed to be this very miraculous icon. Today’s podcast traces how the painting eventually found its way to Poland.

St Luke's "Image of St Luke's Black Madonna" of Czestochowska
Saint Luke, Public Domain, Link

Source material for this podcast episode include:

Wikipedia.com

Piercedhearts.org

April-May 2021 Pilgrimage to Poland and Lithuania with EWTN’s ‘Miracle Hunter’ Michael O’Neill

October 18-27 2021 Nativity Pilgrimage- ‘Ten Day Shrines of France with EWTN’s ‘Miracle Hunter’ Michael O’Neill

Plus I have a few questions for you, so please leave a comment here or send to me via email at NikosSteves@Gmail.com

Corona updates, why aren’t there more stories from medical folks that give us a broader look at the various effects that take place when one has the virus?

How about more information about the difference between flu symptoms verses Corona symptoms?

Another question for you, how do you visualize a community hosting a procession asking the Virgin Mary to intercede for us to her son for seeking help to overcome this plague?

How would you go about organizing a procession in your community?

What Miraculous Icon of the Virgin Mary would be available that your community could use in a procession?

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234- Prayer Processions plus a Plan C

This installment of Constant Procession retraces the early travels of an icon St. Luke created of the Virgin Mary that is said to have been miraculous. Known as a ‘Black Madonna, it is said to have stopped a plague after it was taken in a prayer procession through the streets of ancient Rome.

CHECK OUT THESE LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION:

In Depth Article about St. Gregory and the Icon by Fr. Sean Connolly

The Miraculous Icon and St. Gregory’s Procession by Dr. Seth Fabian

Another version includes a vision of Archangel Michael by Raphael Benedict

Montendre-West route 6.30
‘M de Marie’ Procession across France last summer

Beyond this reflection, I trace a recent experience as we slowly begin to break out of our world in isolation.

The future for 2021 is about having a Plan B. I believe you will be needing it. I’m also adding an addendum, a ‘Plan C’ will be handy too.

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233- The Day After The Crucifixion

The dark days for the Virgin Mary after the death of her son.

This becomes the first day of the starting point on my timeline of history of the Virgin Mary, as people began to ask her to intercede on their behalf with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Also in this installment is my experience on an unusual ‘Covid Saturday,’ one year after January 2020 and the first rumblings that something unusual was going on in China.

painting by Salavador Dali_Crucifixion_hypercube
Salavador Dali’s Crucifixion
Fair use of Dali’s Crucifixion

Article on Beliefnet.com- Facing Covid-19 With Faith Not Fear by Lesli White

Article on Forbes.com- Portugal’s Chefs Are Reinventing the Restaurant (Again) by Ann Abel

Honors Theses by Jessica R. Hawley- Religious Symbolism in Salivador Dali’s Art

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232- Idleness, Silos & Mary’s Friend

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There are overlooked aspects of the effect isolation due to the pandemic has on us and without communal prayer, we must double our personal efforts to pray to God on our own.

The other day I was having trouble with a minor technical issue with my printer. I knew there would be someone on line who had a video with a fix.

Naturally I went to ‘everyone’s go to video source’ on the internet to find a video that would demonstrate someone’s recorded solution to this printer’s problem.

To my surprise, for this particular issue there was just one video. I played it.

A keyboard with the words Love and Hate

The narrator had a very thick accent, actually barely a command of the English language. For me, having grown up in a first-generation English language household, this is not an issue.

It’s generally just a matter of paying closer attention to the words being spoken and in this case, the technical aspect of the issue helped with my understanding.

The solution was fairly straight forward and I was able to make the adjustment on my printer. I went back to the video to add a ‘like’ to the provider who spoke broken English for his solution.

I happened to scan one of the comments just before clicking off my computer.

To my surprise the comments, and there were a number of them were extremely crass and condescending. Even cruel.

The comments for the most part had nothing to do with the solution. They did not say things like, ‘Hey this didn’t work’ (because the solution did work) nor did it say they had a better solution.

No instead the comments were solely about the persons English. And it’s not as though the comments had a positive spin like, ‘Hey next time check out the pronunciation of some of your wording’ or ‘Your solution was great, but your accent got in the way a bit.”

No, the comments were like, ‘Hey don’t even try to do a video in English.’

Another comment ‘Your English Sucks, and so do you’… and these don’t include the comments with cursing.

It still makes me shake my head as I recall the experience. I mean this was just a solution to setting up a printer. It was not discussing a societal issue nor the tumult of the Corona virus on society.

Yet the discord and judgements of those commentators, mostly anonymous, were extremely venomous and angry and unnecessary on such a simple printer related work around.

All this brings to light the notions that idleness, lack of social interaction and paying too close attention to one’s personal communication medium is devolving us into silos of behavior unfitting for humanity and especially in this day and age.

As I mentioned last week, without the practice of communal praying to God, where you and your churchgoing peers do attempt to try to reset a weekly recommitment to live by the Golden Rules of honoring our Lord and treating others the same way as we wish them to treat us, is making the world a more challenging place to live day to day.

The longer this isolation drags on, the more it’s important to seek time with God.

Idleness, the silos we are all finding ourselves in due to the pandemic fears and the inability to gather on Sunday’s in church,  is contributing to the unrest all across the world.

We can live better and make a better world out of this virus mess. We can grow stronger if we work together in not being so judgmental.

And as for finding a friendly, someone you can identify with, this brings to mind how the Virgin Mary found her solution when facing the uncertainty of her pregnancy.

For more about the meeting- CROSSROADS INITIATIVE.COM

As an infant the Madonna, was given over to the temple to be raised there. Her parents had done this to honor God’s gift of her birth to them.

In my timeline of her history, I set that date as 15 BC.

And the next date on my timeline is year one BC, Before Christ, the time when the Madonna, during her pregnancy travels to see her elderly relative Elizabeth is also with child. Elizabeth is about six months further along than the Virgin Mary.

This visit makes sense if you take a moment to think about it. Where do most people go during an uncertain time in one’s life?

Frequently one seeks out a trusted person or to someone who would have some sort of understanding from a similar experience in their life.

How must the Virgin have felt after hearing the reaction Elizabeth had upon her arrival?

These were Elizabeth’s words- “The child in my womb has leaped for joy when he heard your voice as you entered the room!” Elizabeth exclaimed to the Madonna.

Photo with an icon of the Archangel Gabriel (far left) Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (center) and The Madonna with Baby Jesus (right) on the Icon screen wt Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Atlanta, GA
Photo of St John the Baptist on the Icon screen at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Atlanta, GA

Can you imagine it?

A little background on who Elizabeth was seems appropriate.

The story of Elizabeth, who was up in years and had been barren her whole life is an amazing story all by itself. She was the wife of Zachariah, and a relative of the Virgin Mary.

Elizabeth’s husband Zachariah was an elder in the temple and six months the Virgin Mary’s visit he too had an apparition. It was also from the archangel.

At the time Zachariah had been appointed to enter a part of the sanctuary that only one priest could enter alone. While inside this holy place he had an apparition of the archangel Gabriel, who told him his wife would have a child.

But Zachariah replied it was not possible as she was too old. Zachariah weakness of faith cost him his ability to speak and he remained that way during Elizabeth’s pregnancy, only to regain his speech after the birth of his son and only then after confirming (via writing) that the name his wife wanted.

Stay tuned next week for another episode of Constant Procession…

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231- Attending Church Enhances A Civil Society

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Attending church services can quench the lack of civility in the world today.

I have heard it said when one goes to church, it is to talk to God. And when one reads from the Bible, God talks to you.

And as we come close to one year of isolation, I’ve been reflecting one what the hustle-bustle of the work-a-day world once felt like.

Plus here are words a modern Saint, Mother Teresa tried to live by:

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.


The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.
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230- A Tower, ‘Tall as a Prayer’

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A miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary appeared in 636 AD in Boulogne sur mer and though destroyed along with the cathedral that housed it, ‘Our Lady of the Sea’ came back thanks to a priest, Fr. Benoit Haffreingue.

Please leave your comments about your Covid experiences and/or your New Years Resolutions here in the comments section or at Nikossteves@gmail.com!

Check out these links to earlier installments mentioned in this installment:

The Tower “Tall As A Prayer”

About the origins in 636AD check out Installment 104 here

About the son of Napoleon III when ill as a boy Installment 102 here

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.


The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.
(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)


Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

229- Jesus in the House Days!

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The 12 Days of Sunshine or Jesus in the House! Always keep in mind Christmas Day is just the ‘first day’ of this truly Great Tiding!

1-December 25 – Celebration of Birth of Christ

2-December 26 –  St Stephens first Martyr of Christianity

3- December 27- St John the Evangelist

4-December 28- Holy Innocents/Holy Family

5-December 29- St Thomas Becket – 12th century/Holy Innocents

6 December 30 – Feast- Holy Family/St Egwin of Worcester-protector orphans/widows

7 December 31- St Sylvester New Years Eve

8 January 01 – Mary, Mother of God

9 January 02 – St Basil & St Gregory -4th century Christian Bishops

10 January 3- Holy Name of Jesus –Day Jesus was named in the Temple

11 January 4 –St Simeon Stylites 37 years on platform on pillar at Aleppo

12-January 5 – Epiphany Eve (visit of Magi)

January 6 -Epiphany visit of Maji, singing, winter swimming

Xmas tree
The Star of David added on Christmas Day to enjoy for the rest of the 12 Days
Newspaper ad for Dec 26 as after Xmas
But December 26 is only the 2nd Day of Christmas
Xmas cookies on counter
Xmas cookies intended to be enjoyed beyond Christmas day
Manger scene
The Manger gets completed near the end of the 12 days when the Magi arrive
Xmas C3PO & R2 decoration
Neighborhoods remain colorful reminders of the 12 Days of Xmas

More information about the 7th Day of Christmas

More information about the 8th Day ( Solemnity of the Virgin Mary)

More information about the 9 Day

More information about the 10 Day

More information about the 11 Day

More information about the 12 Day

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.


The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.
(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)


Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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228- ‘Tis the Christmas Special!

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It’s the Christmas Special!

Merry Christmas time! Enjoy the color lights inside, cheery lighting displays outside, even Jupiter and Saturn become a Christmas Star! Let’s celebrate Christ coming down from heaven to the earth!

THE ‘CHRISTMAS STAR’ never seen by contemporary humanity before today!

Saturn & Jupiter on Dec 14, 2020
Saturn & Jupiter ‘together’ on Dec 21, 2020 closest point

Rumors that Christmas tree lots have been sold out way early this year, indicates that our inside isolation opened more homes to the smell of evergreens. This year it would seem more elaborately decorated trees bring Jesus into our homes

May GOD BLESS YOU as we celebrate the Birth of Christ coming into our world through the Blessed Virgin Mary!

Merry 12 Days of Christmas, let the celebration begin!

CHRISTMAS DAY – JANUARY 5th EVE!

Best Wishes to You and Yours and Thank-you for listening to Constant Procession!

Here are some links from other sites to give you ideas and history for the 12 Days of Christmas in an effort to extend and SLOW DOWN the CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON…

IDEAS for celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas (U.S. Catholic.org)

The Saints the Roman Catholic community celebrations on the 12 Days (The Sun)

Christmastide which includes various Christian observations (wikipedia)

The words in white over an out of focus starlight evening that says 'Merry Christmas, celebrate his birth'
Yes, let’s be sure we Celebrate the Birth of Jesus coming to World

Think beyond today’s way of viewing Christmas, Start daily celebrations! Remember, Christmas Day is just DAY 1!


Gift package with the words 'Jesus is the Gift' writtn on it.

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.


The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.
(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)


Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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227- White noise or a White Chrismas?

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Are the words to the holiday songs simply a backdrop for my concerns of life on these final days of 2020? How well am I prepared for the upcoming miracle of Christmas?

These unusual final days of 2020 call to my mind the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a minister who gave his life in a Concentration Camp just a few weeks before the end of WW2 and also thoughts from Frances Reck’s 1992 Christmas recollections from her ‘Blue Letter’ inspired by the Medjugorje Apparitions.

Black and White photo of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (photo from Wikipedia page)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (photo from Wikipedia page)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“No priest, no theologian stood at the manger of Bethlehem.  And yet all Christian theology has its origin in the wonder of all wonders: that God became human.

Holy theology arises from knees bent before the mystery of the divine child in the stable. Without the holy night there is no theology.

 ‘God revealed in flesh,’ the God-human Jesus Christ- That is the holy mystery that theology came into being to protect and preserve.

How can we fail to understand when we think that theology is to solve the mystery of God, to drag it down to the flat, ordinary wisdom of human experience and reason!

Its sole office is to preserve the miracle as miracle, to comprehend, defend, and glorify God’s mystery precisely as mystery.”

For More about Dietrich Bonhoeffer via Wikipedia

Photo of front page of December 1992 edition of 'Blue Letter'
December 1992 edition of ‘Blue Letter’

Apparition of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje on December 25, 1992 as reported in ‘The Blue Letter’ with editorial by Frances Reck:

“Dear Children, Today I wish to place you all under my mantle to protect you from every satanic attack. Today is the day of Peace, but throughout the whole world there is much lack of peace. Therefore, I call you to build up a new world of Peace together with me, by means of prayer.

Without you, I cannot do that, and, therefore, I call all of you with my motherly love, and God will do the rest.

Therefore, open yourselves to God’s plans and purposes for you to be able to cooperate with Him for peace and for good.

And do not forget that your life does not belong to you, but is a gift with which you must bring joy to others and lead them to Eternal Life.

May the tenderness of my little Jesus always accompany you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Francis Reck adds- “Our Lady’s message this month confirms the greatest of God’s Commandments: Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself.

She tells us to: ‘bring joy to others and lead them to Eternal Life.’

She reminds us that our purpose for being on earth is to love God, love our neighbor and gain Eternal Life in heaven.

Our Lady’s words are filled with wisdom and the love of God.”

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.


The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.
(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)


Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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226- A Spirited Journey Towards Christmas

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Slowing down the Christmas pace by spending time in the preseason with the ‘Forefeast for the Theotokos’ and in the Roman Catholic church for the ‘Feast of the Immaculate Conception,’ ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe,’ ‘St Juan Diego’ and a homework assignment for St. Nicholas the ‘Christmas Saint.’

As we try to reach for normalcy given the limitations in our lives during these first weeks of December 2020, it’s the strengths of the Apostolic churches that affords us the luxury of a rich history with many great traditions gleaned from the Christian communities for almost 2000 years, as well as our personal past Christmas times.

Beautiful Christmas card in red with Christmas tree bulbs and snow.

And during the burdens of the world in isolation, it’s Advent and the Nativity Fast that keeps us moving along on our wintry journey.

Follow this link to the video I mentioned that documents the key locations at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City

Several video views I shot during my visit to Tepeyac Hill (Our Lady of Guadalupe – Mexico City a few years back)

Tepeyac Hill, I believe this is the side Juan Diego was passing by when he heard then saw the Virgin Mary calling him from the top of this hill.

Same side, note shrine at top of Tepeyac Hill, note Roses and greenery that is maintained along with water falls.

View from one side of Tepeyac Hill where St. Juan Diego saw Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

1/2 way up climb to top of Tepeyac Hill. Note the gardens and roses.

Front view of the modern Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Older Basilica is at left (note it leaning)

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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225- ‘Do Christmas’ 2020 Style

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This installment explores ways to take advantage of the hiatus from the usual holiday gatherings and shopping as we move into the 2020 Christmas season.

For me the empty chairs around the dining room table during Thanksgiving is an advance glance at how the upcoming Christmas Day of 2020 could look, without our thinking of how to ‘Do-Christmas’ 2020.

Even during this pandemic, those empty chairs made me reflect on the prayers that were answered this year. It made me really appreciate what God has done for my family and friends.

Let’s now turn our focus away from the world of getting ‘Christmas presents’. Turning instead towards the Virgin Mary and Joseph as they prepared for the Nativity it will fill the lack of socializing that the world in the year 2020 has been giving us.

Listen to Part 1: Take Advantage of this Unique Time

For more info on Metropolitan Gregory’s Nativity Fast Prayer website page:

Image of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus with Nativity Fast Prayer Challenge- Praying for Peace
Metropolitan Gregory’s 2020 Nativity Fast prayer challenge (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA)
1st candle being lit by a small child on Advent Wreath
1st candle on Advent Wreath.  Photo: frontierdreams.blogspot.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.
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I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 201-217)
To listen from Installment 201

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published every Tuesday morning and has links, photos, video and more information for each episode at ConstantProcession.com

224- Take Advantage of this Unique Time!

Part 1 of a mini-series on how to extend the Christmas Season (start now)

Let’s take advantage of the unique opportunity ‘Covina’ isolation offers as we head into the Christmas season. Participate in daily Advent meditations or the Nativity Fast . Shake off this doubt in our world!

As preparations for their trek to Bethlehem began for the Virgin Mary and Joseph, we too have the opportunity to celebrate life by preparing for the joy Christmas brings to our world.

Photo with text that reads as follows;Let us journey towards the Feast of the Nativity with joyous hearts! Fast no only from food, but also from hatred and fear. Bring forth goodness and kindness to all. Forgive, Be generous, In all thints, give glory to God.
Image from: Nativity fast from acatholiclife.blogspot.com

If the Christmas Spirit was lacking in last year’s holiday season, why not try something different? Why not go beyond “Santa’s Big Day?” Why not start the season earlier (like today) and end the Christmas season later? (12 days of Xmas ends January 6)

Take a moment and consider partaking in the pre-Christmas activities during  Advent or the Nativity Fast… You’ll be glad you did.

The sources & quotes from this Podcast can be found:

The Virgin Mary’s Role in Advent– Fr. Roger J. Landry

Nativity Fast (It’s never too late to start)- Wikipedia

More information on the daily prayers with Advent Wreath

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223- Young Virgin Mary & the Color Purple

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Apparently the young Virgin Mary knew how to weave pretty well and one of the items she made will surprise you.

Have you ever wondered what was meant during the passion of Christ in the moments after he breathed his last breath, when it says these words:

And the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom.’

Well I have, but never have I gone to the point of researching what it meant, until recently while preparing this final installment of the history of the young Virgin Mary in the temple.

Links for more information:

‘The Compass’ article date; 8.30.12

Aberti’s Window, An Art History Blog

PDF: Lawrence Cross: “St Mary in the Christian East” written March 2007
See specific quotes from Gospel of James

A quote from the New World Encyclopedia- Mary the Mother of Jesus:

There, she is selected for the honor of sewing a new curtain for the temple at the same time that Zechariah receives his vision from the angel Gabriel concerning the birth of John the Baptist. Mary presents her sewing to the high priest after the Annunciation, before continuing on to Zechariah’s house.

The spindle is apparent here in Mary's left hand.
The spindle is apparent here in Mary’s left hand.
Modern Icon of the Annunciation. The Virgin Mary has the yarn in both hands.
The Virgin Mary has the yarn in both hands.
Icon of the Annunciation. The Yarn is in the Virgin Mary's right hand.
The Yarn is in the Virgin Mary’s right hand

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book Constant Procession.
(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)
Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.

I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 201-217)
To listen from Installment 201

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