Thursday, July 31, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Hand of Peter
Our American pilgrims, with Sisters and Father B. made their way, today. I pray that they had a fruitful pilgrimage, and give thanks for having come to know such wonderful friends of the Lord.
I suppose that I am trying to bottle the experience, as it were. But then again, I don't think that that is necessary, because it wasn't a private thing. The only bottle is the jar of peanut butter that I bought today after having taken a liking to it again during breakfasts and lunches at Balmain!
Today too was the first post-WYD public witness experience, being at a small cafe and having the Italian proprietors tell of how moved they were by the television coverage, and visits to their business by pilgrims during the Melbourne stay. They had so much praise for the Holy Father that they almost had tears in their eyes, particularly when they turned to speak of Catholic youth. C. and I were also asked a very nice question, but I am not going to say what that was!
Oh, worthy of mention is the heart of a sermon given by a visiting priest at the Cathedral - what greater sign could there be than that which we have just experienced? If the Lord is calling you to whatever state, if He has shown you something, then go and act and do something! Ears and eyes of holy men and women of old waited to see what you have now seen.
This talk of a 'new Pentecost' is no joke. The Lord is very good.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Procedamus in Pace
Our taxi will be making stops on all sides of Melbourne before we even board the bus. I must remember my pilgrim primer so that I might share some hymns in English, and I'm willing to learn some French.
Got my rosary
Got my primer
Got-ta pack my bag
Not much time-er!
Give me my missal, and I will be happy. For now, I'm thinking that everything is a little bit mad. I think Juventutem will be mentioned on Compass this evening, the religious affairs show on the ABC.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
O Felix Dies
Juventutem pilgrims can be seen on Melbourne's streets fit with sashes, and flags, and fliers. It is extremely wonderful. What a thing to walk down the street with your pilgrims, and with Sisters! It's so good!
Was treated with cakes and tea at the Monastery, then a pilgrim festive dinner according to Polish tradition. It's so good. So good.
Indeed, today's Mass, the most beautiful ever.
Deo gratias, but more.
Friday, July 11, 2008
It's hard to get a taxi in Melbourne
"Good evening, I would like to book a taxi from [the church]. We would like a MaxiCab."
"Because they're nuns."
"I assure you, this isn't a prank, they are going [to the convent]."
It so happens that the driver who received the request declined it, after we called back to see what the significant delay was. Soon after, another suitable taxi arrived, and took the lovely Sisters home.
All in all, we are having a lovely time. Please pray for us, especially as we welcome His Grace, Archbishop Hart tomorrow. Happy Melbourne.
Some first photographs
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Update on the FSSP programme of discernment for young ladies
A Seminarian's thoughts on studying Gregorian Chant
"I love the music," Rynne says. "Chant encapsulates the artistic/aesthetic and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church and I wanted to learn more about it."
He'd first studied Gregorian chant at a workshop given by Tony Vaughan in Brisbane several years ago. "Then I joined the Schola Cantorum of Brisbane, directed by Vaughan, and we sang at various religious services. When I joined the seminary in Sydney, in 2006, I became a member of the Seminary Schola and was keen to sing as much chant as I could, especially since the Second Vatican Council had asked that chant be given 'pride of place' in the Church's liturgy.
"I am excitedly anticipating the Mass at St Mary's Cathedral during World Youth Day for the dedication of the new altar when seminarians from Melbourne's Corpus Christi Seminary and Sydney's Seminary of the Good Shepherd will be singing all of the chant.
"This means we will chant for the reception of the Holy Father; the procession to the sanctuary; the antiphon and psalm when the relics are deposited in the new altar; the antiphon and psalm for the anointing, incensing and lighting of the new altar; and during communion and at the end of Mass."
Rynne says he attended the Juventutem workshops because he wanted to learn how to read the medieval notation and review the "Sol-fa" system.
"An important thing I learnt was the use of tempo and phrasing (called the 'arsis' and 'thesis'). A big problem is that many people perform chant slowly and without any dynamics – there's no undulation in the sound. Consequently, many people think all Gregorian chant is depressing and dull. But the music is alive and full of subtle nuance if it is read and performed properly.
"When I sing Gregorian chant I feel it's a deeply aesthetically and spiritually pleasing exercise."
Rynne said he would like to further his chant studies by doing more work on the "Sol-fa" system, and learning the Gregorian "modes".
"I'm being sent to a new seminary after World Youth Day - the Pontifical North American College in Rome, so I am hoping the Schola at the College practises a bit of chant and that there might be opportunities for further study in Rome."
More details: Juventutem, visit http://juventutem-australia.com. To study Gregorian chant in Sydney after WYD, contact David Molloy, email@example.com.
From Juventutem Australia's media correspondents.