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Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton - A Eucharistic Saint
Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton - A Eucharistic Saint
Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton - A Eucharistic Saint
 
 


Saint Elizabeth Bayley Seton, at the Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seton at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, New York City - spcolr.org

 
by Fr. Mark Kirby, Vultus Christi web site

The Italian Experience
The conversion of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton began in 1803 while she, a twenty-nine year old widow with one of her five children, were the guests of the Filicchi family in Livorno, or Leghorn, Italy. The Catholic Filicchis, Antonio and his wife Amabilia, offered her a gracious hospitality and unfailing emotional support in a time of crisis.

The Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin
In one of Signora Filicchi’s prayer books, Mrs. Seton came upon the text of Saint Bernard’s Memorare; she found in the Virgin Mary the tenderness and the pity of a mother. "That night," she writes, "I cried myself to sleep in her heart."

The Tabernacle
The Filicchi home contained a private chapel where the Blessed Sacrament was reserved. Elizabeth was drawn to the tabernacle. Even before her mind had been instructed in the mysteries of the Catholic faith, her heart recognized the living presence of the Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist. Her American Protestant sensibility was perplexed and, yet, she could not deny her heart’s fascination with the Lamb of God hidden beneath the sacramental veils.

by Fr. Mark Kirby, Vultus Christi web site

The Italian Experience
The conversion of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton began in 1803 while she, a twenty-nine year old widow with one of her five children, were the guests of the Filicchi family in Livorno, or Leghorn, Italy. The Catholic Filicchis, Antonio and his wife Amabilia, offered her a gracious hospitality and unfailing emotional support in a time of crisis.



The Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin
In one of Signora Filicchi’s prayer books, Mrs. Seton came upon the text of Saint Bernard’s Memorare; she found in the Virgin Mary the tenderness and the pity of a mother. "That night," she writes, "I cried myself to sleep in her heart."

The Tabernacle
The Filicchi home contained a private chapel where the Blessed Sacrament was reserved. Elizabeth was drawn to the tabernacle. Even before her mind had been instructed in the mysteries of the Catholic faith, her heart recognized the living presence of the Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist. Her American Protestant sensibility was perplexed and, yet, she could not deny her heart’s fascination with the Lamb of God hidden beneath the sacramental veils.

Return to New York
Elizabeth’s long personal memoir, The Italian Journal, recounts the intimate details of her inner struggle and conversion to Catholicism. Elizabeth and her ten year old daughter, Anna Maria, returned to New York on June 3, 1804, accompanied by Antonio Filicchi - a man to whom Elizabeth had become deeply attached. He had become for her a friend and a spiritual counselor.

Reception into the Catholic Church
In spite of the hostility of her family and the sneering disapproval of New York society, Mrs. Seton made her profession of faith as a Catholic in the old Saint Peter’s Church on Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan on March 14, 1805. The Reverend Matthew O’Brien received her into the Catholic Church. She returned home feeling, in her own words, "light of heart and cool of head, the first time these many months." She asked Our Lord to wrap her heart "deep in His open side," or "lock it up forever in His little Tabernacle." Two weeks later, she received her First Holy Communion. The Divine Dweller of the tabernacle came to dwell in her heart.

Return to New York
Elizabeth’s long personal memoir, The Italian Journal, recounts the intimate details of her inner struggle and conversion to Catholicism. Elizabeth and her ten year old daughter, Anna Maria, returned to New York on June 3, 1804, accompanied by Antonio Filicchi - a man to whom Elizabeth had become deeply attached. He had become for her a friend and a spiritual counselor.

Reception into the Catholic Church
In spite of the hostility of her family and the sneering disapproval of New York society, Mrs. Seton made her profession of faith as a
 
 

Photograph of a copy of a variant of the Memorare handwritten by Elizabeth Ann Seton. At the end of the text she added the touching plea, "Love me, my Mother".
Catholic in the old Saint Peter’s Church on Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan on March 14, 1805. The Reverend Matthew O’Brien received her into the Catholic Church. She returned home feeling, in her own words, "light of heart and cool of head, the first time these many months." She asked Our Lord to wrap her heart "deep in His open side," or "lock it up forever in His little Tabernacle." Two weeks later, she received her First Holy Communion. The Divine Dweller of the tabernacle came to dwell in her heart.

 
 
William Magee Seton gave this lithograph of Christ the Redeemer to his beloved wife, Elizabeth Ann Seton, sometime between 1774 and 1803. Its Eucharistic theme prophetically reflected the profound devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist that would characterize her piety as a Catholic.
William Magee Seton gave this lithograph of Christ the Redeemer to his beloved wife, Elizabeth Ann Seton, sometime between 1774 and 1803. Its Eucharistic theme prophetically reflected the profound devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist that would characterize her piety as a Catholic.


 
The rest of Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life is well known: her sufferings from the rampant anti-Catholic prejudice in New York; her move to Baltimore; the beginnings of an American Sisterhood modeled after Saint Vincent de Paul’s Daughters of Charity.

What Dost Thou Seek?
In more than one way, the spiritual journey of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton resembles that of the two disciples of John the Baptist in the Fourth Gospel. Magnetized by the mystery of the tabernacle, it was as if she heard an inward voice saying, "Elizabeth, behold the Lamb of God." Jesus, turning His Eucharistic Face to her, said, "What dost thou seek?" "Master," she answered, "where dwellest thou?" And He replied with an infusion of the love of His Eucharistic Heart, saying, "Come and see."

Obedience
Elizabeth obeyed. She came to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. She submitted to the authority, teaching, and care of the Successor of Peter and of the bishops in communion with him. In the words of the Gospel, "She came, and saw where He abode, and she stayed with Him that day," and not that day alone, but every day until her death at the age of forty-six on January 4, 1821.

The rest of Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life is well known: her sufferings from the rampant anti-Catholic prejudice in New York; her move to Baltimore; the beginnings of an American Sisterhood modeled after Saint Vincent de Paul’s Daughters of Charity.

What Dost Thou Seek?
In more than one way, the spiritual journey of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton resembles that of the two disciples of John the Baptist in the Fourth Gospel. Magnetized by the mystery of the tabernacle, it was as if she heard an inward voice saying, "Elizabeth, behold the Lamb of God." Jesus, turning His
Eucharistic Face to her, said, "What dost thou seek?" "Master," she answered, "where dwellest thou?" And He replied with an infusion of the love of His Eucharistic Heart, saying, "Come and see."

Obedience
Elizabeth obeyed. She came to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. She submitted to the authority, teaching, and care of the Successor of Peter and of the bishops in communion with him. In the words of the Gospel, "She came, and saw where He abode, and she stayed with Him that day," and not that day alone, but every day until her death at the age of forty-six on January 4, 1821.

A Eucharistic Saint
It is time for American Catholics, ever inclined to activism, to recognize that Elizabeth Ann Seton was, more than anything else, a Eucharistic soul. She was converted by the Eucharist. Her first instructions in the Catholic faith emanated from the silence of the tabernacle. As she went forward, following the Lamb of God wheresoever it pleased Him to lead her, Eucharistic adoration marked her spiritual journey more and more until, in the final years of her life, she was often seen in ecstatic adoration of the Real Presence.

The Errors of Americanism
Paradoxically, it is this thoroughly American saint, who, by her devotion to the Mother of God, her attachment to the Mystery of the Eucharist, and her obedience to the Chair of Peter, offers the antidote to the errors of “Americanism,” condemned by Pope Leo XIII in 1899.

"The underlying principle of these new opinions, declared the Pope, is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions. Many think that these concessions should be made not only in regard to ways of living, but even in regard to doctrines which belong to the deposit of the faith. They contend that it would be opportune, in order to gain those who differ from us, to omit certain points of her teaching which are of lesser importance, and to tone down the meaning which the Church has always attached to them. It does not need many words, beloved son, to prove the falsity of these ideas if the nature and origin of the doctrine which the Church proposes are recalled to mind."

Bound in Fellowship With the Chair of Peter
In the same letter, addressing the problems of Americanism, Pope Leo XIII, offers what is, to my mind, a most fitting commentary on Elizabeth Ann Seton’s conversion to the Church built upon the rock of Peter:

"The true church is one, as by unity of doctrine, so by unity of government, and she is catholic also. Since God has placed the center and foundation of unity in the chair of Blessed Peter, she is rightly called the Roman Church, for "where Peter is, there is the church." Wherefore, if anybody wishes to be considered a real Catholic, he ought to be able to say from his heart the selfsame words which Jerome addressed to Pope Damasus: "I, acknowledging no other leader than Christ, am bound in fellowship with Your Holiness; that is, with the chair of Peter. I know that the church was built upon him as its rock, and that whosoever gathereth not with you, scattereth."


Bound in Fellowship With the Chair of Peter
In the same letter, addressing the problems of Americanism, Pope Leo XIII, offers what is, to my mind, a most fitting commentary on Elizabeth Ann Seton’s conversion to the Church built upon the rock of Peter:

"The true church is one, as by unity of doctrine, so by unity of government, and she is catholic also. Since God has placed the center and foundation of unity in the chair of Blessed Peter, she is rightly called the Roman
 
 

Church, for "where Peter is, there is the church." Wherefore, if anybody wishes to be considered a real Catholic, he ought to be able to say from his heart the selfsame words which Jerome addressed to Pope Damasus: "I, acknowledging no other leader than Christ, am bound in fellowship with Your Holiness; that is, with the chair of Peter. I know that the church was built upon him as its rock, and that whosoever gathereth not with you, scattereth."


 
 


 

 
Top picture: Elizabeth Ann Seton statue (detail) at 7 State Street

Left picture:Bottom picture: The Rectory (right) of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (left) at 7 State Street between Pearl and Water Streets in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, was originally built in 1793-1806 in the Federal style, as the home of James Watson, the first Speaker of the New York State Assembly, a Federalist member of the New York and United States Senates. The western half of the house is attributed by John McComb, Jr. After the Civil War, the house was converted to the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary, a way station for young immigrant girls, and in 1975 became the Rectory of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton. The brick Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, to the left of the James Watson House, home to the Shrine, was built in 1964-5 and was designed by Shanley & Sturges.

Top picture: Elizabeth Ann Seton statue (detail) at 7 State Street

Left picture: The Rectory (right) of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (left) at 7 State Street between Pearl and Water Streets in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, was originally built in 1793-1806 in the Federal style, as the home of James Watson, the first Speaker of the New York State Assembly, a Federalist member of the New York and United States Senates. The western half of the house is attributed by John McComb,
Jr. After the Civil War, the house was converted to the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary, a way station for young immigrant girls, and in 1975 became the Rectory of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton. The brick Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, to the left of the James Watson House, home to the Shrine, was built in 1964-5 and was designed by Shanley & Sturges.

 
 
 
January 4 - Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) - "A Eucharistic Saint" - by Fr. Mark Kirby, Vultus Christi web site
 
 
 
 

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Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
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He descended into the Dead.[**]
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The resurrection of the body,
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Lord, who shall abide it.
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My soul hath waited on His word:
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From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
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Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
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If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
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My soul hath waited on His word:
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From the morning-watch even until night,
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Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
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Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
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Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
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la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
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vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
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