Monday, 4 November 2013
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Monday, 12 August 2013
Oh, and did I mention that there will be first Vespers for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary? They will be at 6:30 on the 14th of August... The Mass for the feast, will be a low Mass at 6:00pm and at that Mass my youngest sister will be receiving her first Holy Communion, so if you could say a prayer for her, it would be much appreciated.
And if you don't mind, NO negative comments about the fact that the 7pm High Mass will be a N.O. Mass. The poor Fathers and Brothers have to have one occasionally, otherwise they would forget how to say it...
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
While I was at Gricigliano, several debates came up... One of the major ones was about the benefits of the LMS. As far as I could hear, these were considered to be few....but as I was listening to two conversations at once, and also half asleep, I may be mistaken... Another one was whether smoking is the sin of suicide. And....before you stub your cigarettes out, it was decided that it was not. Yet another was about which calendar was better, that of 1939, or that of '62... That was inconclusive.
Yet more debate took place in the sacristy of the Birmingham Oratory on Sunday, between one of the Fathers and the MC . This was about whether the ICKSP are too baroque!.. The MC accused the Father of just being jealous, and I think that he was probably right!
I woke up at 6:15, and had a shower, after walking into a window shutter... By 7:30, I was being driven down to the station by a seminarian... Not quite as dangerous as last time! The 8am train was invaded by Seminarians, Canons, and others, all heading for the ordination... By 8:30, my friends and I were all in the sacristy, where we had to wait an hour before Mass began... The hour passed uneventfully and, (without breakfast) Mass began... It was the first Pontifical high at the Faldstool I have ever been to. Needless to say it was very long... By 12:45 it was finished, so we went back to the sacristy, got out of our (very hot) serving stuff, and went back to the train station, absolutely famished! We got the train back to where we came from, and a Seminarian gave us a lift to the house of the Sister adorers, where lunch was that day...
After a delicious lunch at the Sister adorers, we went up the hill to the seminary, where we had a rest until Vespers, at 6, followed shortly after by (yet another) lovely meal... Following that, Compline and bed!
Thursday morning was much the same as Wednesday morning, except that we went to a cafe a stone's throw away from the Church, and had a coffee and a croissant there...
At the beginning, almost identical to Wednesday afternoon, but all similarity stopped at 6. Vespers were not sung, but at 7, there was adoration, with the Te Deum. Pontificating was Cardinal Bertoil, with Cardinal Burke, two Bishops, and the Abbot of Le Barroux in choir!!! After that, there was a small snack in preparation for the big meal, followed by the big meal which was superb...
Very early on Friday:
At 12 midnight, or there a bouts, the raffle was drawn! Following that, there where some speeches that I could not understand a word of... After the speeches there was the most spectacular display of fireworks, possibly in the history of the universe. I'm not joking. Apparently, the fireworks last year didn't work, so there were two years worth of fireworks!!! It was superb!! After that I went to bed.
Quite early on Friday:
I was woken up at around 6:30 by some inconsiderat French boys, who belived that if they had to get up early , then so did everyone else!!! I tried to get to sleep but couldn't, so I went and had a shower...
Later on Friday morning:
At 8, I went to the first of 5 first Masses, and then went for a little walk around the gardens. By 9:30, I was felling peckish, and went to Breakfast. On my way over to breakfast, I noticed the sign, which said (in French) Breakfast from 8-10, which I misread late last night, and mistook to mean breakfast at 8 and 10. Opps! Following Breakfast I went and had another look at the wreckage of the fireworks... Oh I was at the same table as the Bishop at breakfast, but didn't talk to him, as it was a very big table...
After a hasty lunch, our group was driven down to the station, where we got a train into Florence, from where got a bus into Pisa, and from there we got a plane to Manchester! Mom came and picked me up, and I got home late that night, but still managed to serve the Birmingham Oratory's 9:30 Mass the following morning!!!
Monday, 8 July 2013
Mom drove me and my sisters up to Manchester where we had some food with our friends, after which Mom left to go back home with my sisters...
Early Tuesday morning:
I woke up at 4 am, to the sound of my alarm... On of my friends in the same room gets up and has a shower... By 4:45, all 3 of us where awake and dressed, and by 5, we were in the car! By 5:20 we were all at Manchester airport, and saying goodbye to the Dad of my friends and had met up with the Priest and other person we were traveling with! By 6ish, we were through security, and left with an hour before we could begin boarding the plane... So we sat reading, before we went and got some breakfast... When the time had come, we went to the gate and had our passports and boarding passes checked. My seat was further down the plane than the rest of my group's so I was in between two complete strangers...
Later on Tuesday Morning:
The plane arrived without anything unusual happening and so I arrived at Pisa airport... After going through passport control, we were met at arrivals by two more English people, a Priest, and a vestment maker, who had come out on an earlier flight... We all got on the bus to Florence (Can you guess where I went yet?) and 70 minutes later, we arrived at the train station Sancta Maria Novella a 5 minute walk from the Church of the ICKSP in Florence... When we got there we found that the ceremonies of the Minor Ordinations were either over, or where taking place behind locked doors...
So we went straight back to the station, where we met a nice Seminerian, from the ICKSP (Where else would a young man whereing a cassock come from in those parts?) He was waiting for someone from the Vatican to turn up but he had been waiting for a long time for the prelate to turn up, an so offered to give us a lift back to the seminary instead... The car he had only had three spare seats, so one of my friends, one of the Priests and me got to have a lift, while the others went on the train... 30 minutes later, after some insane driving and liberal use of the car horn, the 4 of us safely arrived at the seminary, where we were warmly greeted by the rector of the ICKSP Church in England, Canon Montjean, and given a very nice lunch! And lunch we went to unpack our stuff, and the others arrived from the train station. After they ate, we all had a small rest before going to Mass celebrated by the 2 Fathers. I servers for one of them... After Mass, there was a ceremony in the chapel, in which the future Deacons and Priests were given their choir habits and some lay members were received into the society of the Sacred Heart. After that, a Bishop confirmed a couple of people after which we had dinner, followed be Compline and bed
To be continued tomorrow...
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Last week (Wednesday 26th June) as I was reading the Catholic Herald, I noticed that Pope Francis has called for a ceasefire in Syria. The article did have a good cartoon alongside it... Anyway, I had a thought, if the Pope wants peace, why doesn't he order priests to add the Collect, Secret, and Post-Communion 'Pro Pace' at all Masses, both Ordinary and Extraordinary forms? With them being said many hundreds of thousands of times a day, the conflict can't last very long, can it?
Of course, Priests could addthese prayers of their own accord, at least in the EF, but I am not sure about the Novus Ordo! While they are at it, they could add a third (under the same ending as the second one) 'Pro Papa'!
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Monday, 3 June 2013
Thursday, 30 May 2013
The Veni Creator Spiritus (There may or may not be an advert before it, but the chant makes it worth it!) I think that this might be my favourite...
The Creator alme siderum. Again there may be an advert, and I think it uses a slightly different version of the hymn (Pre Urban VII or whatever,) but is incredibly beautiful...
The Pange Lingua... Again there may be an advert... Or mabe this one is my favourite... Go here for the Verbum supernum, and go to 26:40 of Laudes, unless you want to listen to the whole of it... If you do listen to the whole of it, remember that it is the Monastic office, so there are some changes like Ps. 66 at the start, Ps. 148, 149 and 150 at the end...
Please vote in the poll in the sidebar and say which you like most! If you prefer another one, please leave a comment. You have until the Octave day of Corpus Christi to vote!
Oh, and there will be a solemn High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory, followed by a prossesion of the Blessed Sacrement around Church at 7pm.
Friday, 24 May 2013
"Small chance of success, certain death...what are we waiting for?"
It seems to sum up something of the spiritual battle and the attitude we should adopt to engage in it.
The Bill to redefine marriage is moving a week on Monday to the House of Lords, June 3rd ...which just happens to be the feast day of my patron saint, Charles Lwanga......
His bravery against all odds and his willingness to sacrifice everything for his charges and for Christ remind me of Gimli's line.
I thought I'd offer a novena to him beginning on Sunday, 26th May....feast day of another great saint, Philip Neri....to protect marriage and especially to protect all children who would be the innocent victims of any change in the legal definition of marriage. I think St Charles takes protecting children very seriously....
"Small chance of success, certain death....what are we waiting for?"
If anyone would like to join me, maybe our small chance of success would be less small....
O God, by whose providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant that we who remember before you the blessed martyrs of Uganda, may, like them, be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ, to whom they gave obedience even unto death, and by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end, Amen
O Jesus, our Lord and Redeemer, through your passion and death, we adore and thank Thee.
Holy Mary, Mother and Queen of Martyrs, Obtain for us sanctification through our sufferings.
Holy Martyrs, followers of the suffering Christ, obtain for us the grace to imitate Him.
St. Joseph Balikuddembe, first Martyr of Uganda, who inspired and encouraged Nephytes, obtain for us a spirit of truth and justice.
St. Charles Lwanga, patron of the Youth and Catholic Action, obtain for us a firm and zealous faith.
St. Matthias Mulumba, ideal Chief and follower of Christ meek and humble, obtain for us a Christian gentleness.
St. Dionysius Sebuggwawo, zealous for the Christian Faith and renowned for your modesty, obtain for us the virture of modesty.
St. Andrew Kaggwa, model Catechist and teacher, obtain for us a love of the teaching of Christ.
St. Kizito, child resplendent in purity and Christian joy, obtain for us the gift of joy in our Lord.
St. Gyaviira, shining example of how to forgive and forget injuries, obtain for us the grace to forgive those who injure us.
St. Mukasa, fervent catechumen rewarded with the Baptism of your blood, obtain for us perseverance unto the death.
St. Adolfus Ludigo, conspicuous by your following of our Lord's spirit of service to others; obtain for us a love of unselfish service.
St. Anatoli Kiriggwajjo, humble servant preferring a devout life to wordly honours; obtain for us to love piety more than earthly things.
St. Ambrosius Kibuuka, young man full of joy and love of your neighbour; obtain for us fraternal charity.
St. Achilles Kiwanuka, who for the sake of Christ detested vain superstitious practices; obtain for us holy hatred of superstitious practices.
St. John Muzeeyi, prudent councilor, renowned for the practice of works of mercy; obtain for us a love of those works of mercy.
Blessed Jildo Irwa and Blessed Daudi Okello who gave up your lives for the spread of the Catholic Faith; obtain for us the zeal of spreading the Catholic Faith.
St. Pontaianus Ngondwe, faithful soldier, longing for the martyr's crown; obtain for us the grace to be always faithful to our duty.
St. Athanasius Bazzekuketta, faithful steward of the royal treasury; obtain for us a spirit of responsibility.
St. Mbaaga, who preferred death to the persuasions of your parents; obtain for us to follow generously divine grace.
St. Gonzaga Gonza, full of sympathy for prisoners, and all who were in trouble; obtain for us the spirit of mercy.
St. Noe Mawaggali, humble worker and lover of evangelical poverty; obtain for us love of evangelical poverty.
St. Luke Baanabakintu, who ardently desired to imitate the suffering Christ by Martyrdom; obtain for us a love of our motherland.
St. Bruno Serunkuuma, soldier who gave an example of repentance and temperance; obtain for us the virture to repentance and temperance.
St. Mugagga, young man renowned for your heroic chastity; obtain for us perserverance in chastity.
Holy Martyrs, firm in your fidelity to the true Church of Christ; help us to be always faithful to the true Church of Christ.
Let us pray
O Lord Jesus Christ, who wonderfully strengthened the Holy Martyrs of Uganda St. Charles Lwanga, Matthias Mulumba, Blessed Jildo Irwa, Blessed Daudi Okello and their Companions; and gave them to us as examples of faith and fortitude, chastity, charity, and fidelity; grant, we beseech you, that by their Intercession, the same virtues may increase in us, and that we may deserve to become propagators of the true faith. Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen
St. Charles Lwanga and the Martyrs of Uganda, we come to you asking your prayers of intercession on behalf of all who suffer from the unjust exercise of authority. May you who were so cruelly persecuted for your faith in Jesus Christ intercede for all who are oppressed, that they might be comforted by the Divine Mercy and empowered by the gift and grace of fortitude. May justice be the goal of all people and may all who are called by the name Christian join together in works of redemption directed at the sins and the structures of sin that afflict our communities. Amen.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Go here for all photos of Pentecost at the Birmingham Oratory... Unfortunately I wasn't able to be there as one of my friends was making his first Holy Communion at the ICKSP in New Brighton... The Oratory is having an EF Mass everyday at 6pm during the octave of Pentecost, followed by Benediction, and devotions to St. Philip... Do come, it is so beautiful!! They are using some of the most beautiful Chasubles they have... The one that was used last night had the coat of arms of some obscure king on... And did I mention that is was beautiful?