Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Time to reset the ribbons
Monday, November 27, 2006
Verba autem mea non transibunt dicit Dominus
On top of all of this, Louise and Steven were there, just back from their honeymoon and in Melbourne courtesy of a delayed Air New Zealand flight! What providence when they were not aware of the Monsignor visiting. It was so lovely to see them again - and so soon - and so happy. Some other dear friends publicly announced their engagement yesterday also!
However, I must say that dear little Felicitas Perpetua, who is now just over four months old, was the most impressive on the afternoon. Monsignor gave her a special blessing, and called her a sure "Latinist". It's quite impossible that she be anything else when on her bib there is written the grace before meals in Latin, and hasn't missed her Sunday obligation since conception! :)
Juventutem Australia held a sausage sizzle fundraiser which was quite successful, and very tasty!
As usual, the afternoon fittingly ended with much anticipated Vespers and Benediction - and announcement of upcoming practices for Christmas Matins! Deo gratias in aeternum. What a way to end the liturgical year!
Lastly, a few photographs:
Saturday, November 25, 2006
End of the Liturgical Year
Msgr Schmitz has arrived safely for his short visit, and thus today will be our picnic and Vespers, Solemn Mass being at 11am. I hear that Msgr Schmitz was able to attend the Victorian Catholic Students Conference yesterday, and I hope that that will encourage some more young people to attend today. I trust that we will have fine weather.
Advent Carols are next Sunday at 7:30pm. I quite confidently think that we have the best choir in Melbourne, so do come!
More and more I am feeling that the most wonderfully Catholic things in our city are the most forgotten. The Liturgy, and Caroline Chisholm Library... Gustate et videte! Please! If thou didst know the gift of God! There is nothing like putting a big fat 2006 due date in some lovely book that hasn't been borrowed since 1957, or reading that Father Trese struggled with thoughts of Polish sausages at the Altar of God.
Father McD is so sweet that on Thursday's feast of St Felicitas he wished me a happy feast, even when it wasn't! Nonetheless, I am happy with any holy help, and I think that's a nice way to end the post.
Have a beautiful Sunday!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Advent Carols Service: December 3rd
Come thou Redeemer of the earth (Praetorius)
Adam lay Y Bounden (Boris Ord)
People Look East (Besancon)
Hark a Herald Voice (Monk)
There is no Rose John (Joubert)
A Noble Flower of Judah (Praetorius)
The Truth from Above (R Vaughan Williams)
Rorate Caeli (Christopher Tye)
On Jordan's Bank (Hamburg chorale)
The Angel Gabriel (trad Basque melody)
This is the Record of John (Orlando Gibbons)
Advent Resposory (chant)
Alma Redemptoris (chant)
O come o come Emmanuel (ancient French melody)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Westminster Cathedral this Saturday
Annual Requiem Mass in the Traditional Rite
Saturday 18th November at 2.00pm, Westminster RC Cathedral, Victoria St, London SW1.
If you are in London definitely try and make it. The Cathedral Choir (reputedly the best cathedral choir in the country) will be singing the propers and ordinary. The versus populum altar should also be removed returning the Sanctuary to its original appearance.
The 'Capella Ave Maris Stella' will be singing Victoria's Requiem again. It's a favourite of mine, and we pulled it off well on Sunday last for the Remembrance Sunday Requiem at St. Bede's. The Corpus Christi schola will be filling in all the chanty bits that Victoria didn't set. Various people have spent the last week trying to a) construct a catafalque out of random things; b) get their hands on six unbleached candles; and c) somehow borrow a funeral pall. Quick vote of thanks to the fathers of the London Oratory for their kindness as regards the latter two.
The next special Sunday at St. Bede's will be Gaudete Sunday, 17th December. At least, that's what I hope. I suspect we'll be singing more Victoria.
Someday I'm going to have to start up the cause for his canonisation. After all, there are only two patron saints of musicians so far...
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Rather Exciting News!
Father Berg will visit us early next year!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
There is a very interesting article by Laurence Pristas in New Blackfriars 86 (2005) on 'The Pre and PostVatican II Collects of the Dominican Doctors of the Church'. Worth a read. This link may work if you are coming from a network which subscribes to Blackwell Synergy online journals. Otherwise... try your local Dominicans?! Actually I have a vague notion that Blackwell publishing was doing a free trial access to its online journals a while ago, so you might be able to find some means of getting the text if you poke about a bit.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Sacramentum hoc Magnum est in Christo et in Ecclesia
Friday, November 03, 2006
The French Bishops protest against potential freedom for the Old Rite
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I hope that you all had wonderful Feasts over the past days. We certainly did.
DOMINE Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de poenis inferni et de profundo lacu: libera eas de ore leonis, ne absorbeat eas tartarus, ne cadant in obscurum: sed signifer sanctus Michael repraesentet eas in lucem sanctam: Quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini ejus. V. Hostias et preces tibi, Domine, laudis offerimus: tu suscipe pro animabus illis, quarum hodie memoriam facimus: fac eas, Domine, de morte transire ad vitam. Quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini ejus.
Thank you Holy Mother Church.