Thursday, April 12, 2007

Instant High Altar

La métamorphose d'un autel

Pretty Cool!
This is an FSSP parish in France, where they apparently have to share space with the Novus Ordo mode (or the bishop forces them to say the Novus Ordo mode as well).

The only thing that bothers me is that they seem to never get the Crucifix atop the Tabernacle into alignment with the large wall-mounted Crucifix behind it. It looks to be off to the side a bit, and listing to about a 10 degree angle to our right. Or is that the angle from which the camera was set up?

A Cold Spring

We awoke this morning expecting up to 2 inches of snow, which was supposed to turn into rain later. According to the radar, it has been snowing here for hours, but the pavement here in Boston is dry, and nothing has fallen from the sky that can be seen. The tide must be coming in as I write, as the Charles looks like it is making a mad dash for Newton.

Winter is having, hopefully, just one last fling with Boston.

This has been a cold early Spring. Temperatures for the last two weeks have scarcely been out of the 40s, when they should be just above or just below 60. Thankfully, we haven't had much snow to deal with, though I saw snow on the ground in places that get little sun in Worcester on Good Friday.

To our southwest, there are daffodils in bloom, and forsythia. But here in Boston, all you can see are spring flowers beginning to emerge from the ground. However, we do have that man-made harbinger of Spring: the omnipresent scent of cedar mulch in the air!

Carl Heinrich Bloch

You are probably familiar with his work. He was a 19th century Danish artist whose work in Rome was the highlight of his career. If you have access to the old pre-Vatican II St. Joseph's Missals, his art is prominently featured throughout. However, since the Missals id not credit him as the artist, generations of Catholics have grown up with no idea who originally painted these wonderful images. At least 8 of the images permanently displayed on the bottom of this page are his (and I see Blogger has cut off a dozen or so of my images, so I have to fix the template again!).

Which are his? The Baptism of the Lord, the Sermon On the Mount, Suffer the Children To Come Unto Me, the Tribute of the Coin, the Driving Out of the Money Changers, the Agony In the Garden, the Scourging At the Pillar, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection. That's him. The style is very distinctive and recognizable, as is that of Agemian or Bougereau.

Read more about Bloch here.

And here are a few of his religious pieces that did not make the Missal:

The Annunciation

The Nativity

Annunciation To the Shepherds

Slaughter of the Holy Innocents

The Finding In the Temple

Wedding At Cana

The Temptation In the Desert

The Woman At the Well

The Transfiguration

The Raising of Lazarus

Peter's Denial

Being Laid In the Sepulcher

An etching of the Resurrection

Supper at Emmaus

The Incredulity of St. Thomas

Thanks to Roman Catholic Blog for pointing the way.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Well-Deserved Fisking

Administered to one James Carroll, self-appointed more-intelligent-than-thou "Catholic" pundit, by the champion of a good fisking, Dale Price.

Motu Proprio Watch

Would you believe April 16th? Would you believe maybe after April 16th?

Still taking wagers for just before or after Ascension Thursday, or once Ordinary Time is a week or two under our belts, or maybe just in time for Advent. Or maybe next year.

A Nice Way To Please the Fans At Home

The Sox pulverized Seattle pitching with a 14-3 win in their home opener. Nice, after the mediocre start on the road.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Again, No Motu Proprio

The scurrilous rumors of the Latin Mass motu proprio being released before Easter proved, just as they did last year, scurrilous. Actually, that timetable of release between Lady Day and Easter came, as we have discovered, from an unreliable source. Releasing a major document on the liturgy during the Passiontide never seemed that realistic to me anyway. Why muddy up the traditional celebrations of Holy Week with a document that is bound to be controversial, when, in Rome's view, they have all the time in the world?

But we have it on the authority of Cardinals Hoyos de Castrillon and Bertone that a motu proprio does exist, is either completed or in the final stages of being revised and edited, and will be relased soon, at the discretion of the Holy Father. The USCCB knows it exists, and its news agency has begun backgrounds.

I would bet we won't see this document released until the later part of the Easter season, or even until we are back in "Ordinary Time," after Ascension, Whitsunday, the Immaculate and Sacred Hearts, and Corpus Christi. Hopefully before the Holy Father takes off for his summer holiday.

So it is coming, just not on the timetable invented by some clerical busybody.

Dante's Inferno Test

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Extreme
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test
I think I took this once before, a couple of years back, and got the same result.

A Wedding Anniversary

Sixty-one years ago today, George T. and Kathryn A. were married, during Lent, in the sacristy of Sacred Heart church in Malden, MA. Dad died on December 31st, 1989, at the age of 69, and Mum at 75 on September 23rd, 1998.

O God, Who hast commanded us to honour our father and our mother, in Thy mercy have pity on the souls of my father George and my mother Kathryn, and forgive them their trespasses, and make me to see them again in the joy of everlasting light. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.

V. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
R. Et lux perpetua luceat in eis.
V. Requiescant in pace.
R. Amen.

Opening Day

It is almost a holiday in Boston, as Harvard Commencement Day was to the Puritans. Everyone who is or thinks they are anyone will be at the game this afternoon, or will pretend to have been.

Baseball away from Boston has an eerie unrealness to it. When the team opens on the road, as they did this year, it is as if they are scarcely playing games that count at all. It doesn't feel right until they are back in the hallowed confines of Fenway. And they are starting today. The Olde Towne Team has not had a good start. They enter today's opener 3-3, almost being swept in Texas. But in a sense they are as even as if they were 0-0. The real baseball begins today in the park that saw Williams and Pesky, and Yaz and Rico, and Clemens and Pedro.

The Stuff That Makes You Grind Your Teeth At Mass

From suburban Boston, so this really does ring true for me.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter!

He is truly risen! Alleluia!

All the pain and sacrifice of Lent is over. Good Friday is behind us, as is the wait of Holy Saturday.

May Easter joy be with you and your families!

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