Saturday, January 30, 2010

Septuagesima Sunday

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, can stop Jesus from being worshiped. Even though there's snow on the ground with a thick layer of ice on top, Vigil Mass will go on. And tomorrow's Masses, too. It may just be Father, the schola, and I (of the earthly human kind of worshipers), but Jesus will be worshiped (as He is always now and forever in Heaven praised and worshiped).

In the Novus Ordo, it's the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the traditional rite, it's Septuagesima Sunday. So much cooler sounding. And the Propers hit you between the eyes...Lent is coming!

Prelude: Improvisation on Kyrie from Orbis Factor
Procession Hymn: All Glory Be to God on High (Allein Gott in der Hoh')
Introit Antiphon (while Father censes the altar): Save us, Lord our God (Fr. Kelly)
Kyrie: Orbis Factor
Gloria: Andrews
Psalm Responsory: Chabanel Psalm (R. Rice)
Gospel Acclamation: Chant
Offertory hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Hyfrydol)
Offertory antiphon: Bonum est confiteri Domino (Gregorian Missal)
Preface: recto tono
Sanctus: Ordinary XVIII
Memorial Acclamation: spoken "Dying you destroyed our death"
Our Father: chanted
Agnus Dei: Ordinary XVIII
Communion antiphon: Illumina faciem tuum super servum tuum (Gregorian Missal)
Communion hymn: O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (Wareham)
Post-communion: chanted
Recessional Hymn: Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (In Babilone)

Traditional Mass is Low Mass. Tuesday is a biggie with Missa Cantata for Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Hope the snow melts for the Procession. I'm looking forward to the Lotti Mass for Three Voices. We have a lot of Propers to chant.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Media Malpractice: March for Life

Let me say this again, the crowd was overwhelmingly young. Women were everywhere, joyous, passionate, and respectful. And it really was a huge crowd. For the generation in which a quarter of them has been destroyed, this knowledge burrows in the conscience. They understand this deeply. How can you not knowing that a quarter of your cohorts have been killed due to the legal construct that allowed for their destruction. All coolly rationalized under some penumbra of the Constitution.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Raleigh Seminarian on March for Life

One of our diocesan seminarians wrote in the Raleigh Vocations blog about his experience at the March for Life in DC last Friday.
Throughout history, God has used adversity and tragedy to bring the message of His redemptive love to a world that lives in the grip of death. With the advent of legalized abortion, the words of St. Paul ring true, “where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.” The March for Life illustrates this point because more than any time in history, acts of beauty, love, joy, and perseverance show that Christian spirituality is pro-life. The new movement that has sprung up in the United States has really clarified how the Christian faith is one that affirms the greatness of the family and its deep bond, one that affirms the dignity of every person, and one that seeks to build communion where the world seeks to breed destruction.

Candlemas Missa Cantata

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 7 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
531 Hammond Street
Rocky Mount, NC

Celebrant: Fr. Tim Meares
Assisted by Schola Vox Clara and OLPH Choir directed by Dr. Patricia Warren
Ordinary of the Mass: Antonio Lotti's Mass for Three Voices

Blessing of candles and procession preceding Mass.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A panicky moment

...I clicked on my bookmark to Musica Sacra just now and saw that a new video had been posted. The static image jumped at me and I thought, "Wha?! Liturgical dance?!"

No, dear reader, how could I even think that? It's Monday brain mush.

Russian TV and March for Life

Russia Today covered the March more accurately than our own Lamestream Media. Notice the words they use to estimate the crowd. Oh, and there were easily more than 250,000 protestors there. That was the US Park Service crowd estimate LAST year. I had room to maneuver last year. This year, it was claustrophobia-inducing closeness.

More pictures from March for Life

When the bus driver dropped us off at the Navy Memorial around 2:15 the line hadn't moved. The March was supposed to begin at 1. It finally started moving around 2:30 while we were at the back of the line in front of the National Archives. We had an appointment with our senators so just as the March turned into First Street in front of the Supreme Court, we stopped at the Russell Building to visit around 3:30. One of our senators had water and cookies waiting for us. At that time, the line, according to one of our parishioners who broke away from us to find soda, said that line was all the way to Union Station (a secondary branch into the main line of the March) and hadn't yet moved. Our parish emerged after 5, an hour after the March was supposed to end and brought up the end of the line with the Tradition, Family, Property people and the drum and fife corps as they always do each year. St. Joseph's statue again brought up the rear as he always does each year. Our bus driver, who in previous years always parked the bus by a Catholic church nearby to meet us, couldn't even find parking and had to circle 'round and 'round for hours. Too many buses discovered our rendezvous point.

A rare gap in the crowd which allowed me to squeeze through to the sidewalk to turn around and see down hill.

Lost fatherhood.

See how young were the faces.

Yellow and white! Vatican colors.

Anarchist Agnostic Against Abortion!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Back from the March for Life

It was the most crowded that I'd ever experienced at the March for Life. I barely had any room to maneuver, in many places it was a slow shuffle and sometimes stopped for a period of time. The crowd was young, determined. The weather was threatening, but the freezing rain stopped an hour into the March. The sun came out and warmed us. Here are some of my pictures.

UPDATE: More pictures here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One word...


Massachusetts, bluest-of-blue states has turned red. Hoisted with their own petard...changing the rules, then wanting to change it back. Ah, yes, President Obama, where are your coattails?

Of course, Pelosi and Reid say, "Full speed ahead" with ObamaCare. Rushing off the cliff, nice.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blog silence

Well, it's been a week since I've posted last. Real Life has been quite challenging. Nothing bad, just work, family, church, and the March for Life. I'll probably Tweet from there as I did last year.

40 Days for Life begins in just a few weeks. Once more to the breach....

I'm terribly behind in chronicling what music we've been doing at my parish. I'm trying to teach in a subtle way another Ordinary setting for the Novus Ordo Masses. The Kyrie and Sanctus from Mass IX, Cum jubilo have been the source material for improvisations at preludes, offertories, communion, and postludes. I've been so busy with teaching duties that I haven't had the time necessary to sit down to learn organ works.

Since Mr. Gore and the Climate Change crowd have receded a bit in the background, a warming trend has come our way, thawing out the ponds that have uncharacteristically frozen over. This is the South, mind you. There's something strange about seeing wintering birds scooting across frozen ponds....cranes gingerly walking across ice.

Politically, things hang in a balance by a thin thread. Madness has taken over our elected officials who seem to have found a liking to absolute power. I never thought I'd see the day when fellow Americans strut across the stage like Little Bonapartes...Pelosi, Reid, Frank, and Obama.

Hope and change, how cynical those words sound now, tarnished by a year's worth of political ram rodding.

How long, O Lord?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pray for Haiti

...unimaginable suffering in a country long familiar with suffering.

Archbishop was killed. Priests and seminarians also killed of the Montfort order.

Gesima Sundays

...are coming. I just looked at the calendar and, my, how time flies. Septuagesima Sunday is not too far away. January 31st, to be exact.

I so dislike the terms "# in Ordinary Time". It puts me in a lull and then Ash Wednesday pounces on me like a cat. So much better, the old Gesima Sundays. Our pastor likes to preach on them in the usus antiquior.

The Introit for Septuagesima Sunday begins with that formidable word circumdederunt, the chant begins plainly. But the second time the word is chanted, there is this wonderful melisma that brings to mind the circling of one's enemies. I just love the structure musically of Introits.

The Epistle talks about running the race (Lent is coming!) which leads to the Tract De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine.

Remote preparations for Easter counting down to near preparation for Easter...they help me gradually prune away excesses so that I'm not panicking on Ash Monday and Ash Tuesday (see the Eastern Calendar) and come up with a meaningful way to observe Lent.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Strange news

....Ford announces a Tweeting car. So you can keep up with social media while driving, because, as you know, there aren't enough things to distract a driver. This idea is as good as the steering wheel laptop desk attachment sold on Amazon. Please, read the safety warning. Also, don't miss the customer uploads of the product use just below the picture just in case you're tempted to buy.

...hundreds of thousands of, erm, naked Hindu men headed for Britain to protest global warming. Dearest gentlemen, before you grace Britain with your presence later this month, do have a look at the weather, would you?

Bonkers, simply bonkers. And I'm not in the least bit grouchy today.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Snow from Head to Toe

Dear Mr Gore: So you were worried about the polar caps melting? I suggest you rest easy. Note, here's Britain covered with snow. Perhaps that's a cosmic signal that AGW is a washed up theory. Oh, and East Anglia University? Guess where it is on the map? Final note, according to linked source, weather predictions for this weekend?
"Most parts are expected to remain below freezing on Friday, warming only marginally at the weekend."
Way to go, Al! Remember last year, you were supposed to be in DC for some big Global Warming Congressional Hearing? The day you were supposed to arrive DC was hit by a massive ice/snowstorm. God's trying to tell you something, Al.

The Joys of Living in the South

With nary a snowflake on the ground, I received a call last night from school administration that we have a two-hour delay because of expectations of snow. I suppose this was a prudent thing to do since we don't have a lot of equipment to clear the snow. And we are famous for not driving well in snow (though the same is true in rainy weather).

There was no snow last night. So here I sit at home early on a Friday morning when usually by this time, I'm busy at school getting ready for a long day teaching.

But it is cold. Ah, I love it when winter is winter. There's nothing more disconcerting than having cherry trees blooming in January as we've had in recent years. Plant and seed catalogues should be arriving shortly. Then we can truly dream dreams of springtime and not fear for a killing frost because shrubs have budded prematurely.

One of my favorite sights in winter....the camellias blooming profusely.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Ecce advenit

~from the Westminster Cathedral, Monteverdi's setting of Ecce advenit

Feast of the Epiphany

Surge, illumináre, Jerúsalem: quia glória Dómini super te orta est.
Arise, and be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Nancy Pelosi, Catholic Theologian

~from Inside Politics Daily by Elizabeth Lev. Howl-worthy except that Madame Pelosi wields way too much power and is drunk with it. Infuriating? Yes. Note to Ms. Pelosi: pay attention to the last paragraph of Ms. Lev's article on you.
Pelosi has long been in need of remedial CCD -- religious education -- classes...

...With an F in theology and an incomplete in history, Pelosi's Catholic GPA seems to be at an all-time low...
Ardent, practicing Catholic...riiiiiight.

UPDATE: 18:30 ET
La Pelosi said about the legislative process to pass ObamaCare, aka ClunkerCare, aka RopeandChainsCare:
"There has never been a more open process for any legislation."
Open as lead. Open as mud. Open as Fort Knox. Open as....

Death of an Abbot

In your kindness, please pray for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Dom. Ladislas Francis Keresztesy-Parker, Abbot Founder and First Abbot of St. Michael’s in Orange,on Sunday, 3 January, A.D. 2010, at 12:05 A.M.

St. Michael's Abbey

News Roundup

~Flashback: The Most Honest & Ethical Congress, Madame Pelosi declared

Yes, we are so transparent that we're planning a secret meeting: Democratic Leaders Plan Secret Health Reform Deliberations

C-Span dares Congress: Open the doors!

Sleazy Congress bypassing Conference Committee negotiated by henchmen.

What?! Burning books for warmth.

And lastly, nature never ceases to amaze: Strawberry crab found:

You may say I'm in a crabby mood.

Twelfth Night

Happy Twelfth Night!

New Liturgical Movement has a post up on Epiphany Customs and Blessings. Don't miss it!


My daughter misplaced her snow hat and matching gloves. So yesterday, we went off to the stores to find her a new set. The temperatures were well below freezing, which is cold around these parts (our garden fountains had to be drained so that we wouldn't have to deal with cracking, etc). Imagine our frustration when store after store had spring merchandise only. Here we were prepared to support the local businesses and no, we were confronted with bikinis and swimsuits instead.

It would have been quicker for me to take a skein of yarn from my yarn trunk and knit her one than troop from one store to another. It's why I hate shopping. It's much easier for me to surf and click. Many of my acquaintances use shopping as therapy. To me, it's pure agony. My husband is the one who shops for grocery and then, only late at night when hardly anyone's around. The only store that I will tolerate is a bookstore, preferably a rare or used books bookstore. In the town I grew up in, it was called The Dusty Bookshelf where I was able to buy Great Books that my children are now enjoying.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Colloquium XX

Created by Aristotle Esguerra, The Recovering Choir Director, to advertise CMAA's Colloquium this coming June:

Go to NLM to read the comments. Very classy humor, Aris!

Back to work

Hello, all. Back from vacation deep in the Cumberlands. It was quite lovely to get away from everything and be pampered by my Mum and Dad. December was a month of 16-hour workdays including the weekends. Needless to say, I was quite exhausted. It was so nice to sit down for meals in that unhurried way, where eating was a pleasure and conversation was an integral part of the menu.

As the rest of the world is packing up Christmas, we continue to celebrate it with the Eleventh Day of Christmas and looking forward to the Feast of Epiphany this Wednesday. Though it was celebrated in the O.F. Masses yesterday, in the E.F. it was the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. I don't know why this feast was deprecated in the new calendar. The Propers were an exquisite reminder of the supremacy and primacy of Christ, that his Name is Holy. We so desperately need the reminder that His Name is Holy. So easily do we use His Name in vain. Here is an Act of Reparation:
O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold, we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy name, for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church. O Jesus, who hast said: "If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you," we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth, courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith and active charity! For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy name, unto God the Father, with whom Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Spirit world without end. Amen
My weekly Holy Hour is in reparation for the blasphemies and insults to Christ. Have you made a Holy Hour lately? As the new calendar year begins, consider doing so. In my topsy-turvy and frenzied week, I could not live without that precious hour spent for the Lord's sake.