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Message from Fr Ahern: "In your charity, please pray for the soul of Fr. Lawrence Brey, who was called from this life on November 26."

Another stalwart goes to his reward and the shadows darken around us.

Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:05 am
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Fr. Lawrence Brey.

O LORD JESUS CHRIST, Eternal High Priest and Immaculate Lamb of God, slain for us and for many on the altar of Calvary, and continually offered to Thy Heavenly Father in the clean oblation of Thy Eucharistic Sacrifice: grant, we beseech Thee, through the merits and prayers of Thy Saints Gregory the Great, Thomas Aquinas and Pius V, that the holy Roman and Apostolic Catholic Mass, ratified, expounded and perpetuated by them respectively, may be rightly restored to the altars of Thy Church throughout the world; that once again this most awesome, majestic and perennial rite may offer infinite worship and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity; the fullest fruits and consolation and spiritual nourishment to the faithful; an impregnable defense and counterbalance against the rising tide of evil; and a sure termination of the anguish, fear, doubts and profanations occasioned by its unsanctioned abandonment and replacement. O HOLY SAINTS of the centuries, who sanctified and nourished your souls with the perennial Roman Mass, and HOLY MARTYRS who shed your blood for it, grant, we pray in desperation, that we will no longer be bereft of it, and that we will, as you, commit ourselves to the Mass at all costs and to the last breath of our lives. O HOLY VIRGIN MARY, Mother of the Immaculate Eucharistic Victim, pray for us that we may bravely, prudently, diligently, and with sound doctrine and means pursue the rectification of the present encroachment on the Eucharistic Sacrifice, and secure with thy powerful maternal aid the restoration of our Roman Catholic Mass and the Reign and Order of the Kingship of Jesus Christ thy Son. Amen.

Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:12 pm
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New post Obituary of Father Lawrence Severinus Brey
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Obituary of Father Lawrence Severinus Brey by Patrick Henry Omlor November 28, 2006 The Feast of St. Catherine Labouré

At the age of 79, Father Lawrence Severinus Brey died in the evening of November 26, 2006, in a rest home in Minnesota where he had been living for over 2 years. He suffered much from chronic leg trouble, which ultimately resulted in infection and inflammation that required daily treatment of cleansing and re-bandaging. Eventually he was unable to walk. Coupled with this disability was a cancerous spot on his tongue that was successfully removed. Because of these sufferings towards the end of his mortal life we can surely hope that his purgatory has been shortened.

Father Lawrence Brey was born on July 12, 1927 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of devout Catholic parents. Even from his very youth his extraordinary intelligence became apparent to all. Because of his piety, humility and devotion to prayer he was encouraged to study for the priesthood and was sent to St. Francis de Sales seminary. He was ordained by Bishop Roman Altkeilski on May 30, 1953.

He was a valiant spokesman for the Catholic faith. When out for a walk he would often encounter strangers, to whom he would say a few brief and easily understood words about some elementary teachings of the Church. Then he would give the person a holy card.

He was an intrepid opponent to Modernist priests, and by his logic and zeal would send them away shame-faced, squelched by his arguments. They had never before dealt with such erudition.

Father Brey was a gifted poet, "The Poet Laureate of the Western hemisphere". A brilliant and trenchant writer, he authored pamphlets and larger works in defense of the Faith against heretics and apostates. His most valuable writings are the numerous prayers he composed. One of these is most timely today. It is titled "The Divine Physician" with the subtitle, "A Prayer in Depression and Grief" - reprinted below. Below his signature he gave the date: November 28, 2002, Feast of St. Catherine Laboure, Thanksgiving Day, USA.

A new era of darkness into the world, the enemies were well into their maneuvers of the total destruction of the Church and the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, while Father Brey, a faithful apostle of Christ, and a true member of the Church Militant, outmaneuvered the enemy by commending himself to our most powerful weapon - prayer. He composed the prayer, "Prayer for the Restoration of the Roman Mass". This awe inspiring and powerful prayer - reprinted below - was composed in the early 1970's, published, and circulated.

A small marble tablet, received as a gift, and marking our collaboration, is engraved: "1968-1978 In Commemorationem Decem Annorum Testimonii Pro Missa Catholica Decemque Annorum Amicitiae. Fr. L.S.Brey." Translated: "1968-1978 In Commemoration of Ten Years of Testimony for the Catholic Mass and for the Tenth Year of Our Friendship."

From among the traditional priests Father Brey was my first and very best friend.

"Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen."

Patrick Henry Omlor
November 28, 2006,
The Feast of St. Catherine Labouré

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Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:42 am
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A Prayer in Depression and Grief

Fr. Lawrence S. Brey
November 28. 2002
St. Catherine Labouré
Thanksgiving Day, USA

O LORD JESUS CHRIST, my Suffering Savior, Who found Thyself in utter desolation and abandonment in Thy Passion and Crucifixion, strengthen me by Thy Holy Passion, and raise me up from my state of depression and downcastness.

"OUT OF THE DEPTHS, I CRY UNTO THEE, O LORD," I cry in the words of Thy Psalmist. Lift up my spirit from its state of dejection and abandonment. From the depths of my loneliness and lowliness, raise me up to new hope and comfort, and keep me from falling into despair and despondency.

O MY JESUS, Who Thyself suffered such abandonment, raise me up in a happy resurrection from my pitiful state.

O HOLY VIRGIN MARY, SORROWFUL MOTHER, who thyself shared in the sufferings and desolation of thy Divine Son, be for me a true Comfort of the Afflicted and a true Refuge, now and forever. AMEN.

Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:44 am
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Father Lawrence S. Brey - 2002

O Lord Jesus Christ, we thank Thee for the Month of November, the second last month of the year. We thank Thee for this golden month, marking the last days of Autumn, with the colorful falling leaves, the brisk winds and foretaste of winter, the "frost on the pumpkins," and the day of national Thanksgiving. Yes, we even thank Thee for that with Novembers dying and hibernating of nature, it is a salutary reminder of death.

We thank Thee for this month of All Saints, the Poor Souls, and the Communion of Saints, and the beginning of the holy season of Advent, preparing us for Christmas. We thank Thee also for the inspiring Saints whose feasts are in November: above all, the Presentation of the Virgin Mary and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. But also for St. Charles Borromeo, St. Martin of Tours, St. (San) Diego, St. Josephat, St. Albert the Great, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Cecilia, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Catherine Laboure, and St. Andrew the Apostle.

All Ye Holy Saints, help us to live this November for God's greater Honor and Glory, and in imitation of your virtues and fortitude. Help us prepare well for our death, foreshadowed by this month; and for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas, and for His second Coming as our Judge.

Holy Mary, Queen of All Saints, pray for us that ours will be a truly holy and salutary November. Amen.

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