Sunday, 16 March 2014
Saturday, 15 March 2014
Thank you St Philip Neri,
Thank you Bl John Henry,
Thank you Our Lady,
Thank you Pope Francis,
and Thank you God!
(Not in any particular order!)
N.b. My Birthday cake was a total failure... It was meant to be a biretta...But way too much black food colouring played havoc with the taste!! One occasion when I was unable to eat my hat! (Sorry that was terrible)
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
|The cake of two years ago, meant to represent the high Altar at the Oratory. I even based the Altar Cards after a particular set that they have there...|
|However, I don't think it made it on to my blog...|
|The Papal Tiara of last year.|
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
(This takes place while Saint Francis was in exile from his episcopal see, as it was in the Protestant occupation)
On the 25th of May, Sunday of the Blessed Trinity according to Charles Augustus, the Bishop "went up into the pulpit and explained everything he wanted to be done for the solemn procession of the feast of Corpus Christi."
But since he desired to himself to carry the Body of the Savior of the world (as was his duty), in which case it was necessary that he should be accompanied by the canons of his cathedral, it came to pass that the cannons of the collegiate church of Notre-Dame entered into an argument with them [the cathedral cannons] concerning the order of precedence; indeed the scandal went so far that the aldermen of the city even denied that the holy Bishop should carry the Blessed Sacrament since, they claimed, the cannons of Notre-Dame were the parish priests of the city and the cathedral cannons were outsiders, and no previous Bishop had ever tried such a thing.
The response was immediate and conclusive. Francis de Sales replied strongly: "Neither I nor my cannons must be thought of as your opponents, and I certainly never thought I would hear you speak such words. Those who proceeded me in my office were weak, ill and aged; but as for me, by the grace of God I am strong and healthy, so why would I not carry the Body of my Lord and Master just as well as someone else? After all, while we are on the subject, do not forget that I am your bishop, and so I shall certainly do everything that belongs to the office of Bishop. The cannons of the cathedral are my senators and my counsellors, and I can hardly neglect to call upon them when I celebrate liturgical offices. This is what I have decided. If this decision causes you an injustice, we shall decide what to do about it later on.
In a tract dated the 27th of May, addressed to the dean of the chapter of Notre-Dame, the Bishop wrote:
I insist, without the possibility of any reply whatsoever, that the cantors, subdeacon and thurifer whom you will assign should all be cannons, notwithstanding your usual customs, because those who fulfil these functions in my own Church are of that rank. I order you and your chapter to accept this decision in the name of holy obedience, sub poena excommunications latae sententiae.
In witness whereof I have signed the present letter.
Francis de Sales,
Bishop of Geneva.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
(Good Friday prayer for the unity of the Church.)
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
As I write this now, Mom is about to pass out in horror after discovering a little note in the answer key of my Latin textbook. It runs as follows:
'Exercise 31. See introduction note three.' 'Certain extremely simple exercises involving nothing more than a knowledge of word meanings and syntactical forms are left unanswered...'
So, on those exercises I think I will either get 100% or 0%! Mom is very good at French, German and a bit of Russian, but she doesn't have a broad knowledge of Latin word meanings and syntactical forms...
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
There is a very good blog I discovered from the comments of one of Cardinal Eccles' posts. It is an absolutely hilarious blog, in my opinion. Some of you who support the SSPX may not be best pleased with it, but I think it well worth the read... Here.
Anyway, on Sunday and also yesterday, the Oratory had splendid festivities for the feast of the Immaculate Conception... I think that the first solemn high E.F. Mass on the feast may well have been the first on their Patronal feast for some time... (I.e. 50 odd years!) The set of vestments used on the feast were splendid... The Missa Cantata yesterday in the Novus Ordo was very nice as well, and it is such a treat to hear a plainchant Mass setting. Cum Jubilo is one of the nicest settings...
And on the subject of Missa Cantatas, at Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, on the first Friday of every month since November, there has been a Missa Cantata there. I am having to MC them which is pretty nerve wracking... Even more so than for High Mass...
I will try to update my blog a bit more regularly....
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!!!