Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The Gospel for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost is one of my very favourites, and I've enjoyed having had it repeated over the last few days. It's nice to picture oneself sitting close by the feet of Christ while He is engaged in this discourse. Can you imagine His face? A reverent smirk, and a short glance to His friends? How wonderful!
Quid vobis videtur de Christo? Cujus filius est? Dicunt ei: David. Ait illis: Quomodo ergo David in spiritu vocat eum Dominum, dicens: Dixit Dominus Domino meo: Sede a dextris meis, donec ponam inimicos tuos scabellum pedum tuorum? Si ergo David vocat eum Dominum, quomodo filius ejus est?
For those using the Angelus Press Missal, you may notice the printing error during the Gospel.
In other news, Pontificals are popping up everywhere - Perth, Bendigo, Sydney, Melbourne... Details will be provided soon - perhaps by another poster.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Behind the Scenes
NB The official patron of sacristans is St. Guy of Anderlecht, whose feast was on the 12th of this month. Adopting a life of poverty from an early age, he worked as a plowman while caring for the poor and sick. His frequenting the local church prompted the parish priest to make him sacristan and he lived inside the church, often praying through the night. One day a merchant promised him great wealth and Guy accompanied him on a voyage. When the ship sank, Guy took it as a sign to return to his old life and as penance for his greed he walked to Rome, then to Jerusalem. Returning to Brussels, he died in 1012 of natural causes and his grave remained forgotten until discovered by a horse. His relics were transferred to a nearby church in 1076 and were repeatedly moved due to wars, before being destroyed by Protestants in the 18th century.
Friday, September 21, 2007
God has already been doing wonderful things for me here - my parents are slowly coming to terms with the situation and the fact that I am actually taking this seriously. My relationship with my parents is never likely to be close, but is better right now than it has been, well, since my conversion. For which, God be praised. Does this seem a bit odd to anyone else??? I learn very slowly sometimes, but I think that it did help that I was up-front about this right from the start.
Okay, this is now reading more like a diary entry than a public blogosphere one, but never mind. It's one of the flaws of typing as quickly as you can think - you then find that posts are really long, but can't be bothered to edit them down! The main point was to say one or two things:
1) I am going to seriously miss all of you guys. Contact will be... difficult... I suspect.
2) Ergo, guardian angel post is required. Which means I will still be praying for you all, and would appreciate your prayers (and for the other five and Fr. V.)
3) While I technically can't chicken out now, part of me wants to.
4) I still don't have my passport (it needed renewing). This is a little bit worrying.
5) If anyone knows to how many books 15kg equates, I would appreciate an indication of such.
On the 'less-scary' side, I have already been in touch with one of the lasses via e-mail and she seems really nice and is also a musician. She is also probably less freaked out than me about this, which is quite reassuring.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
On the Tram
Anyway, something lighter courtesy of the Anglicans in Sydney - referring to next year's event as the 'World Roman Catholic Youth Day'.
As usual, lots of good things about. Father Ian Ker visiting the Institute and Library at present - nice to experience something of Oxford. I have papers to write again. It's good. O Crux, ave. Spes unica.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
I am currently lamenting...
Be positive. If one goes to the lengths of printing out quotes from the Catechism, Church documents and various articles and scientific papers about a certain issue and gives them to another; and that person actually reads the stuff and is grateful that you went to such effort: All is not lost. I just wish it wasn't necessary.
I'm really missing everybody today, for obvious reasons. Okay, for some of you it's tomorrow by now...
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sometimes it is really annoying...
OTOH, is the Charpentier on youtube, I wonder...?
Established and Decreed
Expectans expectavi Dominum, et respexit me: et exaudivit deprecationem meam: et immisit in os meum canticum novum, hymnum Deo nostro.
O Crux Ave, Spes Unica!
Monday, September 10, 2007
First Sydney Pontifical Confirmed for 2008
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
In contrast to which...
And you're not allowed snuff after the gloria. Apparently.
Dirigatur ad te oratio mea sicut incensum
As testimony to the highly developed olfactory senses of priests, at one Solemn Mass while presenting the thurible I was duly informed to "exchange" the "odorous" incense for something with a far more pleasing fragrance.
Why the Service Must Be In Latin
Interview with Juventutem Australia Ecclesiastical Patron, the Most Reverend Basil Meeking, Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Official Pontifical Photographs
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Monsignor Ronald Knox: 50th Anniversary Conference and Dinner
Presently, my greedy hoard from the library is far too much to get through in a month, and according to the great Saint, Edith Stein, it is a very female thing to do.