Thursday, 28 July 2011

The new translation of the Roman Missal

This week we have been going to the Carmelite convent for Mass, as there are none at our parish church this week. They have been using the new translation of the Roman Missal, which is really nice. Also the nuns and Father are singing some parts of the Mass which is lovely. Unfortunately there were at least two people who kept on getting the response "The Lord be with you. And with your spirit" wrong and saying "And also with you"! These two people were my Mom and my Grandma!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described

 I am currently enjoying  a book kindly lent to me by Dr Matthew Doyle: "The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite described" by Dr Adrian Fortescue. It is amazing! It includes detailed instructions for just about any ceremony celebrated in the traditional liturgy; this includes pontifical, solemn and low Mass, Vespers, Holy Week and the liturgical year, the sacraments, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, funerals, episcopal visitation (yikes!) and lots more. Although it was originally written in the First World War, it has been brought up to date to try to take into account some of the changes which have occurred over time, like new saints being canonised, the 1983 revision of Canon Law, reform of indulgences etc.
I especially like the diagrams and symbols used, which look like escaped figures from a game of chess...But before you start wondering what kind of man could have written such a detailed book, here is a bit of the introduction to this new edition, taken from a letter Dr Fortescue wrote, which shows he was not exactly having the time of his life while writing it:

  "Try to imagine for one solid year of my life...I spent all day comparing Merati&Martinucci&Le Vavasseur, to find out where the thurifer ought to stand before the Magnificat, who takes off the bishop's left glove, what sort of bow you should make at the Asperges. I had to look serious, and discuss the arguments for a ductus duplex or the other thing, whatever it is called, at each candlestick, when you incense the altar. Conceive a man, said to be made in the image of God, spending his time over that kind of thing.Even now that the burden is over it fills me with rage to think of those days. I could have learned a new language easily in the time. I could have gone every day to the cinema. I could have read the complete works of Maria Corelli. My cat was spending his time in sane and reasonable pusuits, chasing birds in the garden, climbing trees, or sleeping in his basket, while I was describing the conduct of the second MC at pontifical Vespers not at the throne. And they affect to believe that we lead a nobler life than the beasts."

And again when asked to revise it:

" dreadful ceremonies book. Does it want more revision?I had so hoped that I had done with that filthy job forever. However, if there are still corrections to be made in it(and I have no doubt there are), I suppose I must make them...You cannot conceive how I loathe the idea of going into all that horrid business of the minutiae of tomfool modern ceremonies once again. I do not think there is any possible subject that seems to me more utterly devoid of interest or of any scientific attraction. It is always, of course, merely a matter of seeing what some footling Congregation of incompetent idiots at Rome has said we are to do. Not one halfpennyworth of principle or of historic research is affected by the question  whether the thurifer should stand on the left or the right at any given moment. I would just as soon spend hours verifying the hours at which trains start on some railway line that I shall never use."

It is funny that, when Dr Fortescue died in 1923, the publishers asked Canon J.B. O'Connell to revise the book. Canon O'Connell loved ceremonial and rubrics; it was his life's work and he had even criticised the first edition of Dr Fortescue's book as being "careless" and "indifferent".
So it is interesting that even two authors of the same book should have such different approaches.

And guess what! If you would like to
purchase it through this link
 I get 5% of the cost in amazon credit.
( And Matt might get his book back!)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

We're back!

We got back from holiday on Sunday night...and have been recovering ever since! Here are some pictures;
I was only able to take a few as the dog ate the family camera and I left my one at home! 
Puffin island from a boat

The camera!

On the Saturday night there was torrential rain and it was raining continuously on Sunday. On the way home most of the streams/rivers/waterfalls had burst their banks and Lake Ogwen was really full! (It would have been quicker travelling back in a canoe!!!)

Sunday, 10 July 2011


Today we are going on  holiday to North Wales, so there probably won't be any more posts this week.
Hopefully I will have some photos of us camping at altitude next week!

A day with Mary

 The day with Mary began at 10:00am, which meant we had to leave at 9:00am. It began with some prayers, hymns and the crowning of Our Lady, led by Fr.Giuseppe F.I. After that there was the Litany of Loretto which was sung in Latin, followed by the 5 Joyful Mysteries. At 11:00am there was a votive Mass of Our Lady,  which was a Missa Solemnis. Fr. Agnellus F.I was Celebrant, Fr. Anton was deacon (who also preached) and Fr. Paul was subdeacon. I served as first acolyte and there was no drama at all!
 Lunch was at 12:30pm for an hour. As soon as that was finished, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and there was a procession around the Oratory. Fr. Agnellus F.I. preached a sermon on Our Lady; more silent  adoration followed as well as stations of the cross by Blessed Cardinal Newman. Then at  3:15pm there was a tea break.
 The day resumed at 3:45pm with a sermon from Fr.Giuseppe F.I and benediction after which there was conferment of the miraculous medal and the brown scapular.
The day finished with the the Salve Regina.
I would have taken some pictures of the day, if my camera had any batteries!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Patron Saints

Another thing this blog needs is a patron Saint or two!
Here is one I like:

Saint Isidore of Seville:
Isidore was born around the year 560 AD in Cartagena, Spain. His two brothers Leander and Fulgentius, were bishops who became saints! His sister Florentina, a nun also became a saint! (That is my dream for my sisters...)
Leander became bishop of Seville and when he died around the year 600, Isidore took his place. Isidore was bishop of Seville for 37 years.
Isidore died on April 4th, 636. He was canonized in 1598 (962 years wait...) and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1722 by Pope Innocent XIII.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Prayer Cards

This April on the Saint Catherine's Trust family retreat, the books were from Saint Philip's books based in Oxford. They had some lovely prayer cards there and I got 5 beautiful ones:

 Saint Philip Neri.

 This one dates from 1924
and is hand made.

  Pope Saint Pius V.


I do not wish to suggest any link between dinosaurs and the EF Mass; except that they are both ancient!

Monday, 4 July 2011


On Friday was our end of term trip, to thinktank! (I can't think of the last time we did something like that!)

From now to 5th September there is an excellent exhibition on dinosaurs with life size robotic models! Here are some photos:

Here is a little video I took of the dinosaurs.

Here are some other Photos:

A day with Mary

 On Saturday the 9th July at the Birmingham Oratory there will be a day with Mary  with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.
If you can't read the poster on the side here is the time table:

10:00am: Entry procession of Our Lady, Angelus, Crowning, Sung Litany, The 5 Joyful Mysteries.

11:00am: Mass in honour of of Our Lady, Celebrant: Fr. Agnellus Murphy F.I., Preacher: Fr. Anton Guziel Cong. Orat.

12:30pm: Lunch break. (Please bring packed lunch)

1:30pm: Exposition and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, Sermon on Our Lady by a Father of the Oratory, The 5 Luminous Mysteries, Silent Adoration, Meditations on the Passion.

3:15pm: Tea break

4:00pm: Sermon on Our Lady by a Father of the Oratory, The 5 Glorious Mysteries, Act of Consecration, Benediction, Enrollment in the Brown Scapular and Conferment of the Miraculous Medal       

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Franciscan friars of the Immaculate

Today we went to one of the Franciscan friars of the Immaculate family days. These family days are on the 1st Sunday of every month, at Saint Josephs, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. There are talks for adults and children and then a holy hour in church, after that there is a Missa Cantata/ Missa Solemnis... not to mention the outdoor games and refreshments! The friars took over the Church in mid 2009 and in 2010 began saying the traditional Mass every day. (At 7:30AM!)

Friday, 1 July 2011

Sacred Heart feast

Happy Feast today!

These photos are taken at the Birmingham Oratory altar of the Sacred Heart today after serving the 1962 missal mass at 5:45. Tonight, as I am typing this a High Mass (Novus Ordo) is being celebrated by recently ordained Father Frederic, who has visited the Birmingham  Oratory a few times and at the Epiphany High Mass this year (1962 Missal) sung the movable feasts or something similar...
After that there is going to be adoration until 3 o'clock in the morning, which Mom might go to...