Deisis (Novogorod)

French Bishop Named to Education Congregation

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI named Dominican Bishop Jean-Louis Bruguès of Angers, France, as secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, elevating him to the dignity of archbishop.

Jean-Louis Bruguès was born in 1943 in France. He joined the Dominicans in 1968 and made solemn vows in 1972.

He was ordained a priest that year. He was a member of the International Theological Commission from 1986 to 2002, and also a member of the National Ethics Consultative Committee of France from 1998 to 2000.

Pope John Paul II named him bishop of Angers in 2000. Bishop Bruguès was president of the doctrinal commission of the French episcopal conference from 2002 to 2006.

He has been a consultant for the Vatican congregations for Catholic Education and Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

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Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers

O Supreme Leaders of the heavenly armies, * we, who are unworthy, ever beseech you, *  that by your prayers you may protect us * with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, * watching over us, who fervently fall down and cry out: * “Deliver us from perils, * for you are the commanders of the Powers on high!” (Troparion, Tone 4)

O Supreme Leaders of the armies of God, * and ministers of the divine glory, * princes of angels and guides of men * ask for what is expedient for us, and for great mercy, * for you are the the Supreme Leaders of the Bodiless hosts. (Kontakion, Tone 2)

November 8th

 

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The soul has followed Moses and the cloud, both of these serving as guides for those who would advance in virtue; Moses here represents the commandments of the Law; and the cloud that leads the way, its spiritual meaning. The soul has been purified by crossing the Sea; it has removed from itself and destroyed the enemy army. It has tasted of the waters of Marah, that is, of life deprived of all sinful pleasure; and this at first had seemed bitter and unpleasant to the taste but offered a sensation of sweetness to those who accepted the wood. Next it enjoyed the beauty of the palm trees of the gospel and the springs; it filled itself with the living water, that is, the rock. It took within itself the bread of heaven. It overwhelmed the foreign host - a victory due to the extended arms of the Lawgiver, which thus foreshadowed the mystery of the Cross. Only then can the soul go on to the contemplation of transcendent Being.

St. Gregory of Nyssa