I love Our Lady of Fatima so much, that I’m honestly not sure what to write about today, in regards to my love for Her message, so I thought I would share a memorable skit performed in Carmel that expresses that love.
Something in my heart gets more excited for this feast day than any other in the Church Calendar. Of course we Catholics know no other feast day compares to that of Our Lord’s Birth or His Resurrection, but I kept waking up last night knowing it was past midnight and saying to myself “it’s the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima!” It was almost my first thought each time I sporadically would break my sleep cycle; I felt like a little kid anticipating Christmas. In my excitement and because I was thinking about it so, most of my dreams consisted of Our Lady’s message at Fatima.
One of my Mother Superiors in Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph was Australian and she left the States to found a new Carmel in her home country. Her brother was in this choir who produced some of the most beautiful sacred hymns, chants and polyphony I have ever heard dedicated to Our Lady. I wanted to share these pieces in honor of Our Lady of Fatima; I hope you enjoy the beauty of them as much as I do.
In Carmel, I was cast as Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the sisters and I acted out his death scene. These three songs were used in the short simple three scenes staged for the Nazi occupied Auschwitz concentration camp. The first scene was Maximilian taking the place of another prisoner condemned to die. The second scene was the walk of torture made in the hot sun on the way to the cell bunker where Maximilian and ten other prisoners were condemned to die by starvation. The final scene is Kolbe’s heroic death and added in dialogue of his love for the Immaculata and Woman who kept him alive. So much so, that he would not die, they injected him with poison and he earned his crown of martyrdom for Mary.
Here are the three songs and some of my absolute favorites. I dedicate this post to Mother Marium Joseph of Jesus Crucified for being the best Mother I ever had in Carmel. I was sorry to see you go all the way back to Australia, but your home country needs a traditional Carmel and a loving Mother like you!
Help of Christians. (used for the walk to the cell bunker)
Lyrics: Help of Christians, guard this land from assault or inward stain; let it be what Christ has planned- His new Eden where You reign.
Teach us that in Christ Your Son lies the wisdom to be free, for the Cross which we would shun is man’s tree of liberty.
Should the powers of hell arise and our peace be trampled down; in that night of blood and lies show us still Your twelve-starred crown.
Take from us the coward heart, fleeting will, divided mind; give us sight to play our part though the world around is blind.
Image of the risen life shining in eternity, glimmer through our earthly strife draw us to Your victory.
Magnificat (adapted from a Czechoslovakian folk tune) ( Used during the last scene of Maximilian’s heroic death and last breath after being killed by the Nazi officers)
Stella Splendens (Pilgrimage folk music) (used for Saint Maximilian’s time of prayer and hope given to the prisoners slowly dying in the cell, hearing their confessions etc.)
Lyrics: (refrain)- Bright Star on the mountain, like a ray of sun, miraculously glowing , hear Thy people.
Leaders of royal lineage, great men of the world who possess grace proclaim their sins and beat their breasts and cry on bended knee: Hail Mary!
So shall we all pray, both men and women, and in true humility acknowledge our sins to the glorious Virgin, Mother of clemency, so that we may be favored with Heaven.