Saturday, 28 January 2012

Wandering Friar kidnapped by his own family!

If you could choose any saint and bring them back down to earth now,who would it be and why? This is a game we sometimes play at teatime in our house and it usually ends in an argument. A lot of the time, we get requests for wonder worker saints, like Joseph of Cupertino and his levitating. But since this is my blog it's a bit easier for me to have the last word today.

I would get Saint Thomas Aquinas back down here as fast as possible. The first person I would set him up to talk to would be Richard on air!!! Likethe Dumb Ox meets a flea! Maybe he wouldnt be the best conversationalist...but can you imagine the blogging?!! Move over, Father Z!! Anyone who doubted that reason and faith were not compatible would soon be put straight. He would be convincing in his appeals to atheists, scientists academics, religious all alike.

Well that's what I'd like, of course. In reality, if he could come back, he would probably be shocked at our sound bite culture and lack of time to discourse in a reasonable way. would he be overwhelmed by all the secular media, or would he shine his light on it and help us all see clearly again?

Well, of course, all this is only a game and Blessed John Henry Newmans motto, Heart speaks unto Heart seems better suited to our times. Is the cold light of reason just bit chilly for us? but then I think of all those martyrs of the Reformation, debating for hours with their torturers the finer points of their faith, subjected to horrible suffering and still able to reason and discourse to change men's minds. The book I am reading has this to say about them

"And it is a reflection on our own age, and our lower regard for truth and human intelligence, that we resort instead to public relations campaigns and other techniques of behaviour modification to win people's hearts...let their heads be where they may"

Of course, this isn't a game at all and st Thomas Aquinas is actually more alive now than he ever was when he was down please shine that cool clear light of reason on our dark world, St Thomas don't ever stop praying for us!!! (Looking forward to celebrating you all over again on March 7 th!).

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Requiescant in pace.

On Tuesday we went to the funeral Mass of Fr. Gregory Winterton who died on Wednesday 18th January 2012. There were about 50 priests and a few Monsignors sitting in choir, not to mention 2 bishops!
 Bishop Philip Pargeter carried out the absolutions at the coffin and I was privileged to be allowed to hold his Mitre! (A bit of a change from being thurifer!)
 Please say a prayer for his soul and a prayer for Fr. Anton Fr. Paul Fr. Guy and Br. Richard.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Looking for images of Chasubles and Chalices?

You're more likely to find something like this

or this if you use Google search!!! 

Now for something a little different: (and better!)

On Sunday the Mass setting used for the Missa Solemnis at the Birmingham Oratory was the Mass for five voices by William Byrd.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

National debt crisis solved!

Scottish readers of this blog may want to look away now! (If I have any!)
Listening on the news today about Scotland wanting independence and the prime minister refusing to grant it I have come up with an idea!

We can sell independence to them for a large sum of money!
Not only would it please the Scots, (and rid us of them! Only kidding!) it would solve the financial crisis in England and Wales.
The only other option is to sell them to a major foreign power (China perhaps..? They have a great track record of assimilating countries Tibet springs to mind)
We would have to redesign the Union Jack... Maybe Wales' flag could finally be incorporated into it somehow...
  And of course they couldn't use the Pound as currency any more. If they didn't use the Euro they would have to make their own... The noch less maybe?
 More suggestions are welcome!!!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

For all you bouncing bomb fans out there!

Last night, Mom and I watched the Dambusters! It starts off with Barnes Wallis firing marbles over a bucket of water in his back garden! (A bit like my Granddad  and I firing potatoes over the field behind his house with the potato canon we made... Another post perhaps...) But back to the film...Then it goes on to his struggle to get approval to make his bouncing bomb. The funniest part is when Barnes Wallis keeps on inviting people only for them to see all his prototypes dramatically fail! It is also amazing to see how hard he keeps on trying, wading out as soon as the tide goes out over the testing ground to feel with his bare toes for fragments of the exploded casing.
Finally he has to get the special squadron who are training to do the mission, to fly at 60 ft instead of the 150 ft they are used to. They manage to destroy 2 of the 3 dams in Germany but lose 8 of the 19 planes that are originally sent not to mention a good number of the pilots and navigators.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Why home educate?

People often ask why we home educate and this is probably the main reason we have.

Hot chocolate!

With marshmallows...
Squirty cream...
And flaked chocolate!

After our recent diabolical failure with a certain IKEA flatpack we decided to face the week with a tried and tested recipe!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Solemn High Mass of the Epiphany. (Again!)

Earlier today we had another High Mass for the Epiphany! Happy feast again to you all!(That's one good thing about the feast being changed to Sunday!) I was thurifer yet again and the incense used was frankincense and I had a boat boy for the first time!!! The Mass setting used today was Mass No. 7 in B flat by Mozart.
 Here are some photos of the Mass taken by my sister, Maria:
The Altar before Mass

During the Credo.

Genuflecting during the Credo

The Credo again.

The Crib.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

4 wise men?

Last night Mom read us the story of the 4th wise man (she was in tears by the end of it..and not just because it had been a busy day!!)

  Long ago in the city of Ecbatana, high among the mountains of Persia, there lived a man named Artaban. From a tower at the end of his beautiful garden Artaban used to study the secrets of nature, especially the secrets of the night sky. One spring night he and his three friends, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, noticed a new star which shone more than any star they had ever seen.They knew this star signified the birth of a great teacher and they agreed to follow the star and pay homage to the child.

  Artaban made preparations for a long journey, taking with him a ruby, a sapphire and a pearl to give to the King of Kings. He was to meet his companions far to the east by the Temple of the Seven Spheres, at Babylon. But on the way he met a dying man and so arrived late at the temple. With his friends already departed and desperate to see the new born king, Artaban had to set off across the desert on a journey that would take him longer than he could have ever imagined...

  He ends up giving away the three precious stones he'd planned as a gift for the Baby Jesus, as well as being late for just about every possible significant event in the life ( and death), of Christ. So, for example, he finally arrives in Bethlehem as Herod's soldiers arrive and gives one of his jewels away as a bribe to a soldier to protect the mother and baby with whom he is staying.... Thirty three years later,he is entering Jerusalem during the season of Passover, where a young man tells him there is going to be a crucifixion....

  The little ones loved it, Frances even wondered whether Father Anton knew about this 4th Wise Man.

The picture book 'the story of the other Wise man' by Susan Summers is based on Henry van Dyke's 'The Greatest Gift'. the theme of both is how we can turn disappointment to good, through the power of faith; something we tried to do when keeping the Feast of Epiphany yesterday. We had a dilemma about it being on a Friday....Disobey our Bishops by eating meat? And yes I know we're all too young for it to apply..but we try anyhow.Mom tells us we are trying..Not to mention mortal sin...Be out of line with our Holy Father, himself offering Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany? Being Catholic has never been so hard as Mom kept muttering under her breath. Actually it probably has. The reformation springs to mind. But mom wasn't in the mood for debate.
  We opted for what mom always tells us lot is the unbeatable spirit of obedience, abstaining from meat but feasting on the beautiful solemn High Mass at the oratory...oh and did i mention the flat-pack , self assemble gingerbread house from IKEA? Mom said it didnt count as proper feasting as it was way too purgatorial to surprise there!!! Yes, you did read that right...a flat pack gingerbread house....complete with the usual instruction leaflet. I just had to take a photo and for once, my camera wasn't out of batteries...

Here are some of the walls and roof:


And a quick photo as it disintegrates.

WE all reckoned that IKEA gingerbread is actually surprisingly delicious.

Can you imagine what it was like to bring Elzabeth to Mass with ALL those sweets in her system??

 We said our rosary for our Holy Father
and all for his Bishops, asking that the three Wise Men (or were there really 4?) intercede for them all.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy Epiphany

I hope you all have a nice Epiphany. There is a 7:30pm Solemn High EF Mass at the Birmingham Oratory.
 The music for the Mass is Missa Bell' Amfritrit' Altera by Orlando di Lasso.