Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Beautiful Simplicity

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Birmingham's St Chad's Basilica, seize it and enjoy it. It is gorgeous.It is one of only three minor basilica's in England!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

It's Advent

Pray. Start this novena tomorrow, end on Christmas Ever. Say 15 times a day.

Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires. (Mention your intentions here) Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Friday, 25 November 2011

When I survey the Wondrous Cross

I don't know what it is about this one hymn, but I just love it, and this is my favourite rendition.
It IS a traditional Catholic hymn, and one which I have found is NOT ruined by most progressives, for the
simple fact that it contains (1) Reference to Christ our most Sweetest Saviour and (2) to His glorious Cross

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Godsend

This, from the wonderful Vatican Insider
A team has been set up, to put a stop to garage style churches, boldly shaped structures that risk denaturing modern places for Catholic worship. Its task is also to promote singing that really helps the celebration of mass. The “Liturgical art and sacred music commission” will be established by the Congregation for Divine Worship over the coming weeks. This will not be just any office, but a true and proper team, whose task will be to collaborate with the commissions in charge of evaluating construction projects for churches of various dioceses. The team will also be responsible for the further study of music and singing that accompany the celebration of mass.
This is excellent. Maybe every new church plan should be sent for approval before being built. Could this possible be a response to all the tree-house, McDonald's style churches? Could this be a response to the decline of a sense of the sacred, a reverent Mass? Hmmm, I wonder.......

And for good measure, feast your eyes on this jewel.

No, it's not alive.
No, it will not take off in flight.
...for now

You know your computer is Catholic when....

it sees e-mail from "Catholics for Equality" as untrusted material and spam. Haha.

Monday, 21 November 2011

The sun is setting on the old translation! Last Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, was the last day the missal was used (besides for daily mass), and now we prepare for a better translation.

I wasn't here to say it, so I'll say it now. Yesterday was the feast of Christ the King of all Creation, King of the Universe! Christ is victor, Christ is reigning, Christ shall always reign for eternity! Christ the King, our sovereign priest and Head of the Church. Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat! Our sovereign Lord and King.

And today, is the fest of the Presentation of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the Universe. The Mother of God, who brought forth Our Lord through her womb. She, who points to Him, and through Whom, we come to Christ. Our Lady, the Virgin Immaculate, the purest of creatures! Sinless, immaculate.

Friday, 18 November 2011

The next example of 21st Century "Fine art"

Why on earth would the Diocese of Orange, California, USA, want this thing as a Cathedral? It's a Calvinist Church, built for Calvinists. It would fit better as a Mall than a Catholic Cathedral. *bigh huge sigh*

A new year!

Ah, we are approaching that time of year again. No, not the annual Call to Action conference, that's over. No, not the Geen Party's general convention either, I don't know whether it's over or not or if there was such a waste-of-time, but I can wait to hear about it.

I am speaking of the new Liturgical year, and also, of Advent. Now, the new liturgical year will affect many of us, in nothing BUT good ways. Even for us who assist at the TLM, the new liturgical year shall bring good and fresh fruits.

Sometimes, I'm am not able to make it to the TLM, and so I attend the Vernacular ("ordinary form"). Thanks be to God, we are getting rid of that horrid, bland, and poorly translated translation, and are welcoming, without (from true Catholics) complaint, a fresh, new translation. A more accurate, a better worded, more poetic translation. The Catholic press is abuzz with news, like criticism of it, to praise of it.

But, we need to also not get our hopes too high. If you attend a known "liturgically challenged" church, and if you are now expecting a Mass without abuse, horrid hymns, etc..., I think you know better. Better translation, yes indeed! But, I doubt whether you have a new "liturgy committee" or that the "liturgical dance troupe" has been thrown to the rubbish bin. Marty Haugen has set the new translation to music, which I must admit though I don't like it, it's not as bad as some others.

These parish committees or Alleluia Posse or whatever they call themselves, might find a way to fit in the old banners and dance scarves, puppets and strings. As of late, though this fad HAS been decreasing, slowly but surely. If you're active in your parish, you CAN prevent abuses. Now, I'm hardly suggesting that EVER SINGLE CHURCH will find a way to insert abuse, no. I am ONLY speaking about those select churches which we know, or you know, have a tendancy to offend Our Lord during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Just know and remember that things, most likely in this regard, WILL get better. Younger, more orthodox Priests. A better formed and catechised Parish. Etcetera.

Also, now with the start of Advent, when we prepare most graciously for the blessed birth of Our Lord and Saviour. We adore, praise and glorify Him. We pray and fast, and we seek His most Blessed Mother, our Mother too's, prayers as we praise and honour her.

Advent is the season of prayer, fasting, and preparation. Maybe, you pick a new patron saint for the new liturgical year. Advent, pray to your favourite or patron Saint, such as St John Bosco or St Benedict, for their intercession is most powerful as you honour those holy and glorious men and women.

Get out your Advent wreath! What other way to prepare for the birth of our Saviour than to count down the Sundays!

And, you can cook! Never, EVER, forget to make your Plum Pudding!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Summorum Pontificum forbidden in the Holy Land

This is quite upsetting!

In the parishes and chaplaincies of the diocese of the Latin Patriarchate, the Eucharist is always celebrated according to the ordinary form of the Roman Missal approved by the servant of God Pope Paul VI (1970) and promulgated in its third edition by the Blessed Pope John Paul II (2000).

Considering the consistent number of basilicas and sanctuaries built on the holy places and open to the reception of pilgrims coming from the entire world, the celebration of the Eucharist according to the extraordinary form remains always exceptional. It is only allowed to the groups of pilgrims already used to its usage in their country. It is subjected to the norms contained in the Instruction of the application of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum (April 30, 2011), published by the Pontifical Commision Ecclesia Dei.
Here's a list of rules from the Patriarch, from the ever-so-wonderful Rorate Caeli, whose translation of the original FRENCH, I have copied from.

Please pray!

I would like to thank my Three (3!) new followers! I know have eleven, which is very good. I am praying for you all.

Friday, 11 November 2011

-Happy Remembrance Day-

For those who gave their lives in the two WW's, and who continue to fight for our very freedom today, so that we may live, learn, and practise. I really hate, and it makes my blood boil, to hear someone say that they don't care for our dear brave fighters. That they should be pulled out, well I say to them: YOU go and fight then. It takes courage. God Bless them, and today as the whole Commonwealth remembers, God Save the Queen.

Long Live the Pope!

Long live the Pope!
His praises sound
Again and yet again:
His rule is over space and time:
His throne the heart of men:
All hail! The Shepherd Pope of Rome,
The theme of loving song:
Let all the earth his glory sing
And heav’n the strain prolong.

Beleaguered by
By the foes of earth,
Beset by hosts of hell,
He guards the loyal flock of Christ,
A watchful sentinel:
And yet, amid the din and strife,
The clash of mace and sword,
He bears alone the Shepherd Staff,
The champion of the Lord.

Then raise the chant,
With heart and voice,
In Church & school & home:
"Long live the Shepherd of the Flock!
Long live the Pope of Rome!"
Almighty Father bless his work,
Protect him in his ways,
Receive his prayer, fulfill his hopes,
And grant him length of days!

+Most Holy Mary, Mother of God. Mother of the Church, turn thine eyes towards our good Pontiff. Grant him the grace to be strong, and pray for him+

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Horseradish crazy

We are now, LESS THAN A MONTH away from the New Translation of the Roman Missal! I am so excited, though I prefer the TLM, I do attend the NO at times. This is a large improvement for the Ordinary Form.You have seen how th liberals and anti-Church lot has gone absolutely nuts, horseradish crazy over the new more accurate, orthodox, a more poetic and less-conversational translation.

Upset over the intoduction of "theological language" oohh, what a crime. I'm sorry, but the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is supposed to sound like a casual "Good day" conversation? But, that argument can sometimes be useless, since most of the dancy prancy rainbow-vestment crowd see the Mass as more of a meal, the time that we "get together and eat bread that represents Jesus", which is heresy. They lack the substance of religion. The Mass is when we adore and praise God himself, it is when we receive the very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We receive Him Himself, His actual Body. Not bread.

Before Mass, I love to prepare myself by praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. I sing her praises due. When I receive Our Lord, I also as the Blessed Mother's intercession, then I worship and adore Him.

Progressives see no need for prayer, though they say that they do pray, dancing in a dress made of shower-curains, is not prayer.

In this new translation, where the cow, shall that lot fit the liturgical dance? Where will they fit the banners and streamers? Hopefull they won't. PRIESTS! Stand thy guard!

But, in the meanwhile, you know you have that safe haven in the Mass of the Ages, the TLM.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

What Protestants are lacking

I think you will notice that most Protestants like to brag that their faith is "based upon the Bible", "scriptural", "the one true interpretation". And, that is the problem. First of all, they're not based upon the Bible. Most Protestants reject "faith, without good works, is dead". They say only faith is required. Secondly, most protestants reject the very-biblical truths, such as Purgatory, the Immaculate Conception, the perpetual Virginity of our Blessed Virgin, and even some go so far as to reject the Divinity of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

It is truly a shame, since so many souls are being led away from the truth, but these mega-church Preachers on the television, by the local Jehovah's Witnesses, by the SDA church down the road. Why? To be led away, these people obviously must not have had a strong faith to begin with. Or, is that not the case?

Maybe, it's because their Parish Priest (or their "qualified lay homilist")had taught the poor soul that all religions and beliefs are equal, that they all lead to God. Therefore, the poor soul thinks "well, I feel better and like the ___________'s beliefs better, my Priest said they're all equal. I'll give 'em a try". We know that the idea of "all faiths being equal", is a blatant lie. I fail to see how there could be more than one way to God. Why would He require certain beliefs of one Church, then entire different teachings in another. Answer, there wouldn't and there isn't. In essence, it defeats the purpose of having Truth.

Protestants lack the fullness of Truth

The is truth, the only Truth, and always shall be, always has been. The Truth is most holy and divine, and it comes from God most high himself, and is slowly revealed to us by Holy Mother Church. This is the joy that comes from being Catholic. This is the great joy experienced by all the Saints. To imitate Christ, with the Church. To imitate the Blessed Virgin, Mother of God!

One of the most effective ways to bring souls back into the Church, is by prayer. Pray the Holy Rosary for all souls, and pray to the Saints, your patron Saint. Meditate upon the passion of Our Lord, and assist at Mass fervently.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Moving dates

Finally, I have temporary but decent banner up!

A Happy All Souls Day to you.

In Canada, Newfoundland, Quebec, Nova Scotia, etc... unfortunately, the feast was moved to the Sunday following. Because, the Bishops think that most of us are too ignorant to realise it's a solemnity and that we will not attend Mass. Well, actually, if the Priest would actually let us know from the pulpit, I do believe that we wouldn't be ignorant, but anyhow, that's besides the point. Unfortunately for me, no TLM was offered today, so we shall celebrate All Souls NEXT Sunday.

If you're fortunate to attend a High Mass today, yesterday, or next Sunday, please fervently pray for the holy souls in Purgatory, which I pray often for.

It seems as if it is being spread that the SSPX is considering rejecting the preamble. A document WAS on the SSPX's UK site, but then quickly pulled. People posted on Fisheaters Forum AND Catholic Answers Forum about it, but they also removed half their posts. So, that causes confusion, naturally.

Read and opine!

I am not posting the contents on these hallowed pages. It won't fit well with the wallpaper.

Though, it's quite excellent that a 16 year old is so interested in Latin.