25 May 2011

The Abbe Perdreau and the Mary Month of May

"The thought of Mary and of the Eucharist easily unite; they are connected with each other, so to speak, and are convertible terms. It is Mary who offers us the Divine Infant of Bethlehem; at the foot of the cross she presents us with the dead body of Jesus swathed in its shroud; at the Altar she gives it to us again enveloped in the Eucharistic linens.

"Is this not what the Church of God is thinking when it authorises us to chant before the Blessed Sacrament the beautiful sequence AVE VERUM: I salute thee, O Body, truly born of the Virgin Mary! Thus, at the moment when Jesus emerges from his tabernacle, the memory of Mary is revived in our souls, Mary appears to us like the monstrance in which the Saviour's Body shines. In fact, the Sacred Host is a present from the Blessed Virgin. S Augustine says so in four oft-quoted words: CARO IESU, CARO MARIAE ... The flesh of Jesus is the flesh of Mary. This Body, this Blood of Christ which upon the Altar becomes our food and drink, derive their origin from Mary. It is the substance of Mary which has become the substance of Jesus. Mary is one of the principal constituents of the Blessed Sacrament; she contributes thereto as the grain of wheat that is sown produces the ear of corn which itself forms the harvest."

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Who was Perdreau? Was he orthodox?

10 comments:

Joshua said...

It sounds like dear Father Faber to me.

John said...

Thank you and God Bless you. Ad multos annos!

Nebuly said...
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fieldofdreams2010 said...

Wherever the humanity of our Lord is present (as it is in the Blessed Sacrament) it is forever "ex Maria Virgine". The Abbe sounds orthodox enough to me.

fieldofdreams2010 said...

Whoever he was. The only reference Google offers is from Proust:
Swann's Way, by Marcel Proust p. 76
Translated from the French by C. K. Scott Moncrieff.
Apparently his niece returned from her convent. Anyone know any more? Is he just a fiction?

the Savage said...

It's l'abbe Perdrau, not Perdreau. He wrote a work on the last years of the Blessed Virgin Mary, focusing on her years in Ephesus. It is full of apocryphal stories and florid devotional language, but apparently quite orthodox. Interestingly, his sister Pauline Perdrau entered a convent in Rome, and in her youth painted the beautiful image of Our Lady honoured as the Mater Admirabilis by Bl. Pope Pius IX.

Sue Sims said...

Ooh, sir, please, sir, oooh! I know about this picture, sir! The story of its painting is told in Antonia White's Frost in May, that strange mixture of bitterness and nostalgia.

Enrico Dante said...

O Jesu, vivens in Maria, veni et vive in famulis tuis, in Spiritus sanctitatis tuae, in plenitudine virtutis tuae, in veritate virtutum tuarum, in perfectione viarum tuarum, in communione mysteriorum tuorum, dominare omni adversae potestate in Spiritu tuo ad gloriam Patris. Amen.

Maureen Lash said...

Mr Dante:
"In spiritu sanctitatis tuae"
and
"omni adversae potestati".

Enrico Dante said...

That's what you get for cutting and pasting out of an online Raccolta. The lesson? The internet has no imprimatur.