Saturday, May 01, 2004

Office For the Blessed Mother

Another tidbit from my work on that group you are all so eager to join.

Notice the use of the full horarium: Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline, not just Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer.

So help me, if I ever became a monk, I'd have to look high and low for a monastery that says the full horarium (and chant it in Latin, of course, without being kooky in odd ways like insisting on straw instead of mattresses); I might even have to go to France to Solesmes.

Did You Know...

...That the complete text of Anna Catherine Emmerich's The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ is available on-line here?

Found it while working dilegently on Recta Ratio: the Yahoo Group, which you are all in such a rush to join.

One of the reasons I never installed either a site traffic meter, or a Pay Pal is that I would be mortified to find out how few people actually are reading.

Working On the Recta Ratio Yahoo Group

Prayers went up first in files, emptying my e-mail storage. I have a few more prayers to put up. Then photos (sacred art images), and links. Anybody can join. Just click on this link, and click "Join this Group" (or whatever it says).

Summer Is A Comin' In

Two versions of a traditional Maying song.

It is part of the genius of Christianity that it was able to take something that had been a part of pagan life for centuries, and graft onto it the May Procession in honor of the Blessed Mother.

A Well-Deserved Fisking

By the king of fiskers, Dale Price.

Dom Bettinelli Has Some Good News For Christendom

No Moslem worship at Cordova Cathedral in Spain!!!

A setback for the Re-reconquista.

Daily Marian Devotion

From yeoldewoburn.com:

Mary; Mother of God

"When the Blessed virgin said yes, freely, to the plans revealed to her by the Creator, the divine Word assumed a human nature - a rational soul and a body - which was formed in the most pure womb of Mary. The divine nature and the human were united in a single Person: Jesus Christ, true God and, thenceforth, true man; the only-begotten and eternal Son of the Father and from that moment on, as man, the true Son of Mary. This is why our Lady is the Mother of the Incarnate Word, of the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who has united our human nature to himself for ever, without any confusion of the two natures. The greatest praise we can give to the Blessed Virgin is to address her loudly and clearly by the name that expresses her very highest dignity: 'Mother of God'."

Let us offer to our Mother today:

Brief but frequent prayers of love, such as: "Mother of God, your petitions are most powerful."

It Is Also A Month Devoted To the Blessed Mother

Regina Caeli

O Queen of heaven rejoice! Alleluia:
For He whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia,
Hath arisen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray
O God, Who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; grant, we beseech Thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

REGINA, caeli, laetare, Alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, Alleluia,
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, Alleluia,
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia.

Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut, per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

It Is Time For Maying, Maypoles, and Morris Dancing

The custom was for young people to go into the woods and gather garlands of flowers to later deck the maypole with. There would be feasting and entertainment (including morris dancing, and Robin Hood plays).

This morning, I took a walk and found tulips, daffodils, forsythia, and hyacinth, together with many varieties of flowering trees all in full bloom. It is a bright sunny day with temps likely to pass 70 degrees. Summer is a comin' in.

Saint Joseph the Worker

Now Is the Month of Maying

Now is the month of maying, when merry lads are playing,
Fa la la la la la la la la, fa la la la la la la.
Each with his bonnie lass, a-dancing on the grass,
Fa la la la la la la la la, fa la la la la la la.

The Spring, clad all in gladness, doth laugh at Winter's sadness,
Fa la la la la la la la la, fa la la la la la la.
And to the bagpipe's sound, The nymphs tread out the ground,
Fa la la la la la la la la, fa la la la la la la.

Fie, then, why sit we musing, youth's sweet delight refusing?
Fa la la la la la la la la, fa la la la la la la.
Say, dainty nymph, and speak, shall we play barley break?,
Fa la la la la la la la la, fa la la la la la la.

Friday, April 30, 2004

Bad News On the Archbishop O'Malley Front

He's gone wobbly on Maundy Thursday foot washing and feminism as a societal ill.

How the Idols Of One's Youth Fall

Lynda Carter just lost a great deal of my respect.

Bad enough that she married a Democrat lawyer who was hip deep in the BCCI Scandal.

Beauty (and she was, 30 years ago, one of the most beautiful women in human history) does not bring wisdom, intelligence, or morality.

Thanks to Father Sistare at Not So Quiet Catholic Corner for the link.

A Thought Occured To Me This Morning

Why shouldn't I set up a Yahoo group with material from this blog? I don't have my own website, so why not use Yahoo to store text for prayers, sacred art that I like, and some of my best religious blogs? It would beat trolling though my archives, which are getting pretty extensive as I am now a little more than 5 weeks from my second blog-o-versary.

I've had a lot of fun working on Redcoats 1, my Yahoo Group on the British Army of the American Revolution. I think it would be equally enjoyable to work on a Catholic Yahoo Group.

I think I'll try to set it up now.


Here is the link:


There is nothing there yet, but I'll try to remedy that. Redcoats 1 is going to be quiet this weekend as there is a battle sceduled for Sutton, Mass.

From A Year Ago Today

How I came back to an active faith. The Zenit link has, I am sure, expired, so I won't bother renewing it.

Tonight Is Walpurgis Night

Saint Pope Pius V

Sox Sweep A Double-Header

They are in first place by 21/2 over Baltimore with the best winning percentage in baseball. Off to Texas for a three-game series with the Rangers. Arlington is not a city they have traditionally done well in. Still, it is only April.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Catholic Bumperstickers I'd Like To See

From The Shrine of the Holy Whapping.

Good For Bishop Olmstead!

Looks as if the new broom in Phoenix is sweeping clean. Bishop Olmstead has ordered 9 priests and brothers who signed a letter in support of the Queer Lobby Agenda to retract their support.

Thanks to Amy Welborn for the information.

Sox Win Again, 6-0

The Olde Towne Team is looking good, in first place four games ahead of New York, and a couple ahead of streaking Baltimore. Not bad for the first month of the season. Better if they are in the same place at this time in September.

Saint Peter of Verona

Saint Catherine of Siena

She used to be April 30, before the mindless tinkering.

A Draft of the New Translation For the Mass

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Forecast for the Rest of the Week:

Sunny and in the 70s. Spring has finally arrived.

Haloscan Is Having One of Those Days

It has been fritzing in and out all day. It seems to be down now.

April 28th Was Once the Feast Of Saint Paul of the Cross

Until these things were needlessly meddled with.

Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

I've read his The Secret of the Rosary, and it had an impact on my appreciation for that devotion.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Still Working On My Yahoo Group, Redcoats 1

I've put up a lot of links to portraits, songs, recreated regiments, articles. And when I think Redcoats 1 has reached critical mass, Redcoats 2 and Redcoats 3 await. But I like doing this sort of thing.

Please Remember Chris Of Maine Catholic and Beyond In Your Prayers

Unknown trials of a private nature. We all go through them, some worse than others. All we can do is pray for those we know are enduring them.

What They Sing At the Paulist Center

Mark Sullivan over at Irish Elk dissects the Paulist Center's choice of liturgical music, which I think tells you a lot about what kind of place it is.

Sing, that I may see you more clearly.

Current Reading

I sort of overdosed on devotional reading during Lent. So now, I'm back to history, specifically my hobby, the British Army 1750-1815, and mostly some comforting re-reads.

I just finished Christopher Duffy's The Military Experience In the Age of Reason. Really a great overview on how military life worked in the 18th century.

I now have three books that I am reading in turns. The first is J.A. Houlding's Fit For Service: The Training of the British Army 1715-1795. This is a tremendous act of research, the seminal book on the subject. I try to read this book frequently (once every couple of years) as it presents such a mass of useful data that one cannot take it all in with a single read.

Sylvia Frey's The British Soldier In America is a modern effort to look at the social lives of redcoats, what health problems they had, their backgrounds, ages, heights, the conditions under which they lived. I have seen some real floaters in commentary, like her implication that all pioneers (regimental combat engineers) were negro (no, every regiment had pioneers integral to their TO&E). But on the whole a very helpful new look.

A.J. Guy's Oeconomy and Discipline: Officership and Administration In the British Army 1715-1763, is new to me. It presents a lot of information on how regimental finances were handled. I am only one chapter in so far.

All four of these books were written in the 1980s, and represent a trend in historical writing to get away from the "broad themes" school of history (of which marxist analysis is a part) and get back to looking in detail at how things worked and how events happened. They combine the use of modern statistical analysis and sociology (to some extent) with close reading of the primary sources. While the profession of history is under seige from Womens' Studies, Black Studies, Asian Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and, of course, their Marxist allies (the Soviet Union may be on the ash-heap of history, but no one ever bothered to tell the Marxist historians ensconced in most of our university history departments), it is good to see genuine trained historians pursuing facts by actually reading the primary sources, and bringing relevant knowledge to bear, rather than vaporing on about general theories.

Recurring Theme: Latin Mass Attracts Not Just Nostalgic Greatest Generation Types

I have seen it at Boston's Indult Mass: plenty of worshippers under 50. More than in my home parish in Salem.

Some Say Cardinal Arinze Was Speaking For the Holy Father Regarding Communion For Pro-Abortion Pols

We'll have to wait and see if the Vatican confirms this, and if the American bishops then get off their backsides and actually do something.

The Luminous Mysteries And Reflections In Latin

From Ad Altare Dei.

Monday, April 26, 2004


To: The Paulist Center and the Archdiocese of Boston
From: Father Sistare
Date: April, 2004
Re: Stop It!

Our Lady of Good Counsel

How Sweet It Is!

Sox sweep three-game series in New York with 2-0 win.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Too Good To Not Link To

Lurch For President!

Sox Beat the Yankees 3-2 In Twelve

Go for the sweep!!!!

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