Monday, 29 April 2013

Updating Heaven and Earth

Well, not literally!

The Good News is I did bring my camera to take some photos.
The Bad News is that it didn't have a memory card in.

It was great to see some of my readers there, though! But don't worry, anonymity is always guaranteed and standards of personal privacy upheld on this blog Joe!

To those of you who didn't make it, there's always this Friday, same time, same place.
I'll post details nearer the time.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Heaven and Earth: Extraordinary Mass Tonight in honour of the Holy Angels

Please try and make it if you can to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on the Cannock Road this evening for what should be an Extraordinarily beautiful Mass honouring all the Holy Angels.

If you can't make it, remember to send your Guardian Angels.

Adoration, followed by Benediction, begins at 5.30.

There is so much we have to thank God's invisible helpers for, and so many hidden ways in which they guard and guide us each day. Tonight's Holy Mass will be a chance to honour them and join them in adoring and glorifying our Heavenly Father....

And who knows, there might even be some photos.....

Friday, 19 April 2013

Extraordinary Extraordinary Form Mass Tonight 6.30 Our Lady's Cannock Road Wolverhampton!! You have to be there!

I think the post title says it all, really.
2 of my friends, servers trained by the awesome Friars of the Immaculate and the Institue of Christ the King in New Brighton are coming to serve,while I,hopefully having remembered to bring my camera, for once, will take some photographs.

Evidence that God is alive and with us even in the darkest parts of the Black Country!

If you can't make it, please send your Guardian Angels.

Laudetur Jesus Christus et Maria Immaculata!
And Thankyou Father Stephen.
(Photos coming soon?.....!)

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

For the year of Faith...

The Angels and the Liturgy

With all the talk of the poor at the moment, I was thinking how poor we all are in terms of the liturgy not actually belonging to us. I have been looking at an amazing book 'The liturgy and the Angels' by Erik Peterson which helps put things in their proper perspective. Here are some quotes:

'The church is exactly described in a Coptic homily as'the place of consolation and of the assembling of angels. The Church is the place where cherubim and seraphim congregate'.

When St John Chrysostom says that the holy angels are present with Christ during the celebration of the Eucharist, as soldiers accompany their king, he makes clear why they appear at holy Mass. They help to make the public character of the Eucharist obvious. As the emperor, appearing in the company of his bodyguard, manifests publicly his political authority, so Christ, accompanied by his bodyguard of angels, manifests publicly his politico-religious authority. If the angels are present at the singing of the psalter, at the solemnisation of a marriage, or at the election of a bishop, at the renunciation of the Devil during baptism or at the reception of asoul into the heavenly city, this shows every time that the singing of the psalter, contracting of marriage, election of a bishop, baptism or consummation of life, are all public acts-acts of the Church- and not private transactions. This is not a 'publicity' which has been lent in some manner by the state to the Church; but something which has belonged to the Church from the beginning because she acknowledges a Lord who, being a heavenly King, ssesses also a heavenly 'publicity'. And so....the relationship of the ecclesia to the heavenly polis is also a political relationship, and it is for this reason that the angels must continually appear in the liturgical acts of the Church ....The prayer of the earthly as of the heavenly Church is public, the prayer of a polis which subsists as a civic community, not really upon earth, but in heaven.'

'...the mystical life of the Church can only develop in close connection with the liturgy of the Church'

'...the Church is no purely human religious society. The angels and saints in heaven belong to her as well. Seen in this light, the Church's worship is no merely human occasion. The angels and the entire universe take part in it. The songs of the Church are the counterparts of heavenly songs, and, corresponding to the manner of participation in the heavenly song, the spiritual life of the Church is incorporated in that of heaven.'

I don't want to copy out the whole book, and I haven't read it all yet anyway, just to give  an idea.  Jesus said that the poor would always be with us and it is true and very sad that even in the Church we have such an impoverished understanding of the Holy Catholic  Church.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Totum Breviary!

No, I haven't got a 1964 all English Benziger brothers one, but rather one from slightly earlier. Ok, actually quite a bit earlier, 1902 to be precise!Now for some photos!

Today's proper.

Imprimatur given by Cardinal Richelmy.
 £28 off eBay and £4 P&P!

Look at the difference in the gilding on a 3 or 4 year old book, and that on a 112 year old book!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

New lectionary approved for the Irish Diocese of Limerick!

Just as an example here are the readings from the OF for today:

From the Acts of the Apostles:

Peter played on their guilt
right up to the hilt,
when he cured someone crippled from birth
who was forty years old.
"I've no silver or gold,
but what is such currency worth...

"...against Jesus's name?
No longer be lame!"
The man hopped around in full view
while still holding on
to Peter and John
(who was, it appears, No. 2).

The effect was so stunning
that people came running -
was Peter a fully fledged prophet?
"My friends it's not I,
who was sent from on high
to show you such wonders! Come off it!

"This man stands on his toes
thanks to Jesus, who rose!
All right - you where badly misled
in deciding to plead
that Barabbas be freed;
but Christ's life-blood remains on your head...

" repent right away!
The definitive day
when God metes out His judgement, is near.
Declare that you love
the Father above..
We'll baptize you - that's why we're here!

From the Holy Gospel according to Luke:

Two servants of the Lord departed
for Emmaus; and once they'd started
(it was a seven mile trip)
a stranger sought their fellowship,
thought neither of the pair suspected
that he was Jesus resurrected!
"You're talking very earnestly,"
he said "please share your news with me."
"Don't tell me you haven't heard
about the things that have occurred!"
said Cleopas, one of the two.
"Sorry, I haven't a clue -
update me!" said the teasing Lord,
and out of them the story poured...
On reaching Emmaus, they said:
"It's getting late - we've got a bed
which you are welcome to tonight,
so come with us and have a bite!"
They brought the stranger to their place;
he took the bread and spoke the grace,
and broke it for them - and they saw
the Jesus they had known before!
He vanished, and the two of them
rushed straight back to Jerusalem...