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{Tuesday, November 30, 2004  }

.:{Stuff that gets a Catholic Nerd excited}:.

Right off the Plaza Mayor in Madrid Spain is the most AMAZING store in the world, full of Stuff that is Truly Church Worthy.

I think it was the most exciting part of my trip to Madrid.

And so I took pictures!!!!!!

12ApostlesCiborium -- I was a little too close for this to come out, but still ... loooovely! The Twelve Apostles in enamel upon this white-gold ciborium. To. Die. For.
ArkOfTheCovenantMonstrance -- When it comes to the Lord of Hosts, one can't go wrong with the Ark of the Covenant. And thus with angels upon bended knee, behold the Ark of the Covenant Monstrance! (And dude, I just noticed the "tax free" sign in the window. Alriiiight! Also, ooh, the medieval Madonna and Child that looks like it's made of ivory hanging on the wall...)
ArkOfTheCovenantTabernacle -- and further, the Ark of the Covenant Tabernacle!
ByzantineTabernacle etc -- And then on the right in this picture, a Byzantine-looking Tabernacle. Or Eastern Rite. Breathing with both lungs as the Pope says, eh! And on the left, Mary the first Tabernacle, *The* Ark of the Covenant. (And then a bunch of Roman-collar shirts. Aren't they cute???)
St. Peter's Basilica Tabernacle -- As the title says, this, I swear, looks like the tabernacle in the Adoration chapel of St. Peter's Basilica. It's only missing the Twelve Apostles on top. Dig that resurrection scene on the door!!!

And because we were going to the land of St. Dominic (Spain), I drew a dorky little drawing of St. Dominic. It was just kind of a doodle, really, on notebook paper, and therefore worthless. But heeheehee...

Okay bye!
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.:{I'm not dead!!! }:.

("Quiet! You'll be stone dead in a moment!")

Bloggians --

I'm not dead, but seeing as finals are next week, I'm as good as it! [G]

I've returned from my 10-day break! Over the course of 10 days I visited, with three companions, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and Salzburg. Many from our school went to as many as seven or eight countries/cities in these 10 days, but only going to a few gave me the opportunity to learn them better. Especially Paris! As written by Cole Porter and sung so wonderfully by Ella Fitzgerald, I love Paris in the springtime, I love Paris in the fall -- I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles, I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles. I believe Salzburg came in second on my "favorites" list, and the religious stores in Spain, and ... it was surreal to come back to Rome. I got in early Sunday morning and, since our college didn't open until the afternoon, crashed elsewhere until the afternoon. It was surreal to get off the Manzoni metro stop and come up the hill to see the by-now familiar St. John Lateran's. It was surreal to hear *Italian* spoken again, as it took all of the space in our brains to try to accommodate four languages.

I think of all the things I've brought back from my travels, my favorite thing has been the German Hail Mary:

Gegrüßet seist du, Maria, voll der Gnade, der Herr ist mit dir. Du bist gebenedeit unter den Frauen, und gebenedeit ist die Frucht deines Leibes, Jesus. Heilige Maria, Mutter Gottes, bitte für uns Sünder, jetzt und in der Stunde unseres Todes.

With all due respect to my Dominican brothers and sisters -- yet it pains me to say this -- the liturgy at Francizkaner Kirche in Salzburg on Saturday night was amazing. For a Saturday evening mass, they had an organist and, as far as I could tell, there seemed to be an asperges before the actual beginning of mass. The amount of music and incense was only equalled the following day by the Irish college in Rome. Well, at least in the incense part. Practically Byzantine.

But prior to the mass, as we were running hither and thither trying to find a Saturday night mass, we arrived at the Kirche an hour early (there was supposed to be a mass at St. Peter's across the street, but there wasn't one, for whatever reason). As I knelt before mass, suddenly a Franciscan brother in full habit plus the reall cool cloak that doesn't get worn nearly enough by Franciscans or Dominicans plunked himself down in front of me and started the rosary in German. He just *sounded* German, had a wonderful and powerful German voice and was, on the whole, impressive. The impressiveness increased twofold when another such German Franciscan brother sat *behind* me and my companions, sounding the German responses almost right in my ear. Lovely!

More later. I really ought to be reading Nietzsche now (which is rather like reading William Wordsworth meets neo-classicist meets a 16-year-old highschool student's livejournal *rolls eyes*), but two people on IM have so far expressed surprise (and relief, I hope?) at the fact that I am not, in fact, dead.

A few pictures shall be posted on the American in Italy blog in a bit.

Take care, and please pray for *my* Confirmanda, as I am very proud to call her, Juliana, who this very Friday is recieving the sacrament of Confirmation and taking the name Maria, for St. Maria Goretti (one of *my* Confirmation saints as well!!).

God bless, all!

Lauren of Cnytr
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{Saturday, November 20, 2004  }


Huzzah for Harry at Sandhurst! Going into the Army and all that...
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.:{The Rain in Spain...}:.

Gentle bloggians,

St. Dominic´s favorite hymn, which he used to sing to himself whenever he and a few of his brothers would travel, was the Ave Maris Stella. And so, here am I, IN HIS HOMELAND (*tries to control racing heartbeat*), and so simuns illud ave, hi.

I´m sitting in a hostel in Barcelona, Spain -- where I can so far attest that, forsooth, the rain in Spain does, indeed, stay mainly... in ... the ... plains... ahem.

And so for this reason, I´m guessing blogging is going to be sparse. Usually I wouldn´t spend the $ even now, but I care enough about showering to get up at a ridiculously early hour to fight for the bathroom. Fortunately, the hour is usually so ridiculous that there´s nobody around the showers until two hours later. My plan rocks (not).

Random side note: this computer is very strange, yet cool! Instead of having to do Alt+blahblahblah for such characters as Ç and Ñ, they´re right here on the keyboard! Of course, everything else is moved around, too...

So until about the 28th of the month, take care!


Lauren of Cnytr

p.s. Madrid next, then Paris, France, then Salzburg Austria. Toledo and a few other places in there somewhere.
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{Wednesday, November 17, 2004  }

.:{More on War, Troops, and Breaking Things}:.

DexterJon responds a little too literally but interestingly enough.
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{Tuesday, November 16, 2004  }

.:{Funny quotes}:.

Zadok, beginning to open a can of Coke: "Eph'phatha!"

"You know what I love about Rome? The fact that you actually see nuns driving!"
~My roommate Juliana

Zadok: It was some time during the second World War...
Cnytr: What, there was another one???

(That = Stupidity on Purpose, FYI)
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.:{NYU in BDUs}:.

NYU students take the streets as soldiers, 1918.

With America's entry into the First World War, New York University
students became soldiers, exchanging their pencils for rifles.

Shown here are scholars-turned-soldiers marching on neighborhood streets.

(Hat tip: Andrew Cusack)
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.:{"You'd think these people have never seen a war before..." }:.

An excellent post by Jon about what is going on in Fallujah. Favorite part:

The news about Fallujah, in case you were wondering, is that not only are we winning, we are ABSOLUTELY DOMINATING.

This partially in response to Zadok.
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.:{Nerditas in saecula}:.

"Eternal Nerd Television Network"

~Fr. Mark at Monday Night Meeting last night in attempt to talk about the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

I think he was actually talking about St. Blog's.
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{Monday, November 15, 2004  }

.:{Feast Day of St. Albertus Magnus, or Albert the Great}:.

As a young 'un, I was told by a parish priest friend of mine that there are three types of men in this world a girl absolutely should not trust:

1. A guy with tattoos all over himself, because he does not keep his body as a temple of the Holy Spirit,
2. A guy with his hair obscuring his face, because the eyes are the window the the soul,
3. A Skinny Dominican.

With that said, I think there is more than just spiritual and intellectual greatness at work in Albert's title of "The Great." ;)

St. Albertus Magnus (1206-1280)

Albert, the Swabian, rightly called the Great, was the founder of modern science," says G.K. Chesterton in his book Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Dumb Ox. "The great German, known in his moust famous period as a professor in Paris, was previously for some time professor at Cologne... Among the students thronging into the lecture-rooms there was one student, conspicuous by his tall and bulky figure [see, another "Great" Dominican saint ~LB] and completely failing or refusing to be conspicuous for anything else. He was so dumb in the debates that his fellows began to assume an American significance in the word dumbness; for in that land it is a synonym for dullness. It is clear that, before long, even his imposing stature began to have only the ignominious immensity of the big boy left behind in the lowest form. He was called the Dumb Ox...

[Albertus Magnus] gave Thomas small jobs to do, of annotation or exposition; he persuaded him to banish his banshfulness so as to take part in at least one debate. He was a very shrewd old man and had studied the habits of other animals besides the salamander and the unicorn. He had studied many specimens of the most monstrous of all monstrosities; that is called Man. He knew the signs and marks of the sort of man, who is in an innocent way something of a monster among men. He was too good a school-master not to know that the dunce is not always a dunce. He learned with amusement that this dunce had been nicknamed the Dumb Ox by his school-fellows... Aquinas was still generally known only as one obscure and obstinately unresponsive pupil, among many more brilliant and promising pupils, when the great Albert broke silence with his famous cry and prophecy; "You call him a Dumb Ox; I tell you this Dumb Ox shall bellow so loud that his bellowing will fill the world."

From a commentary by Saint Albert the Great on the Gospel of Luke:

"Do this in remembrance of me." Two things should be noted here. The first is the command that we should use this sacrament, which is indicated when Jesus says, "Do this." The second is that this sacrament commemorates the Lord's going to death for our sake.

This sacrament is profitable because it grants remission of sins; it is most useful because it bestows the fullness of grace on us in this life. "The Father of spirits instructs us in what is useful for our sanctification." And his sanctification is in Christ's sacrifice, that is, when he offers himself in this sacrament to the Father for our redemption to us for our use.

Christ could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. "It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it fast. The man who feeds on me shall live on account of me."

Nor could he have commanded anything more lovable, for this sacrament produces love and union. It is characteristic of the greatest love to give itself as food. "Had not the men of my text exclaimed: Who will feed us with his flesh to satisfy our hunger? as if to say: I have loved them and they have loved me so much that I desire to be within them, and they wish to receive me so that they may become my members. There is no more intimate or more natural means for them to be united to me, and I to them.

Nor could he have commanded anything which is more like eternal life. Eternal life flows from this sacrament because God with all sweetness pours himself out upon the blessed.

(Anyone who doesn't see the influence on St. Thomas Aquinas here is absolutely blind and should probably pray to St. Albert because he could tell you what's wrong with your eyes because he was a scientist.)
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.:{Michaelangelo and Maritain}:.

I started reading Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry by Jacques Maritain -- one of my absolute favorite Thomists -- and I had to return it to the library before I got a chance to finish it.

(If you're feeling particularly charitable, Christmas is coming up...)

I did not, however, get far enough to find his comments on Michaelangelo which, according to this article in Crisis magazine, concur with my own opinions of him. Quote:

Just as mystifying is the fact that some great artists have often shown no appreciation for other artists. One is tempted to assume that artists are qualified to pass judgment on the works of their peers, but this is far from the case. It is amazing, for example, that an artistic giant such as Michelangelo “was singularly hard on Flemish painting,” “which attempting to do so many things does none of them well” (Maritain, Creative Intuition). Just as amazing is El Greco’s judgment on the same artist: “Michelangelo was a good man, but he did not know how to paint” (Ibid.).

I anticipate dodging rotten fruit.

But God bless the man! And another Thomist. Perhaps it runs in the tradition.

Another part of my reason for disliking Michaelangelo is that, since during his time women were not allowed to pose for paintings since it was seen as a form of prostitution, there is no feminine beauty on the cieling of the Sistine Chapel. I assert that feminine beauty is a large part of beauty itself as expressed upon earth.

Thus, the women look like big, buff men with apples.
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.:{Hurrah for Homeschool}:.

(Question: the Eastern church uses leavened bread? Thus claims my history teacher.)

Not only am I Dominican (at heart, at least, for now), but I WAS homeschooled.

Only because I was kicked out of school for doing cartwheels. (No, not really)


Hat tip to Mark Shea.
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{Sunday, November 14, 2004  }

.:{As you can tell... }:.

...I'm supposed to be doing something else. Yes, I'm supposed to be writing volumes about Santa Maria Sopra Minerva -- my favorite church in Rome -- and I'm technically on the internet to research early Italian Gothic (on which information is slim), but with loud punk rock playing in the only place that gets internet access around here, it's much easier to think about what I want to think about instead of disciplining the mind to concentrate on other things.

Oh dear, put that way, it appears my blogging is done for the night.

But not before I dig through the archives a bunch of other blogs!
Bears eating people!
Harry Potter in Ancient Greek! (I bought a copy of "The Fellowship of the Rings" in modern Greek when I was in Athens a few weeks ago)

And this post makes sure that penitens.blogspot.com/ makes it onto my blogroll.
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.:{Random Things about my Patron Saints}:.

Reflections on my patron saints

My patron saints:

St. Agatha, martyr -- I was born on her feast day
St. Lawrence, martyr -- I was named after my father who was named after his father's WWII war-buddy who was named after this saint
St. Nicholas, bishop
St. Maria Goretti, martyr -- One of my confirmation saints
Maria, Madre de Guadalupe -- Ditto
St. Cecilia, martyr -- Another one of my confirmation saints
St. Peter, matryr [but not St. Peter Martyr] -- Another one of my confirmation saints

Of these, the following are Italian:
St. Agatha (Sicilian)
St. Lawrence (from the south west of Italy)
St. Maria Goretti (from Nettuno/Ancona)
St. Cecilia (from here in Rome)

Five of seven are martyrs.

And St. Nicholas' relics are in Bari, Italy -- in a Dominican church.

My grandfather was from Sicily.
My grandmother was from Bogota, Colombia; hence Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas.

Although none of these saints are technically Dominican -- since most of them predate the Order -- the Order does tend to "adopt" St. Cecilia, St. Lawrence (figured in many Fra Angelico paintings), and there is a painting of St. Agatha in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, a Dominican church in Rome. And I'm sure St. Maria Goretti was planning on joining the Dominican Order when she got older.

I read recently here that one version of St. Agatha's story asserts that St. Peter (another patron saint) healed her.

She, too, must have had a devotion to St. Peter.

And since I love organized information:

Dates in which they died:
St. Peter: 64 AD
St. Cecilia: 117
St. Agatha: 250
St. Lawrence: 258
St. Nicholas: 346
St. Maria Goretti: 1902

Feast days:

February 5th -- St. Agatha
February 22nd -- Feast of the Chair of Peter
June 29th -- Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 6th -- St. Maria Goretti
August 10th -- St. Lawrence
November 18th -- Feast of the dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul
November 22nd -- St. Cecilia
December 6th -- St. Nicholas
December 12th -- Our Lady of Guadalupe

(St. Peter Martyr could be adopted as a patron saint, though I didn't take the name Peter with anyone but the Apostle in mind. In that case, he WAS a Dominican and an Italian, martyred in 1252; his feast day is April 29th)
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.:{Music and arMy Marching MCadences}:.

In re: Zadok's suggestion in the comment-box on a paraphrase of a psalm as a marching cadence -- stay tuned, kids: same bat-time, same bat-blog. I'm also open to suggestions.

So just for fun, I typed in "psalm "marching cadence" " into google, and I got a fairly interesting page, which includes the following:

[On the musical version of the Pange Lingua starting on C; most commonly one hears only the Tantum Ergo set to it]: One of our former parish priests used to claim that this tune was a marching cadence for the ancient Roman army. Come to think of it, that would be a striking sight: a Catholic army using the text and melody of Pange Lingua as a marching cadence!

Wow I don't know if that's really cool or really scary. Huzzah, a Catholic Army -- my dream of seeing a modern-day Knights Templar whatsit revived -- but marching to a Eucharistic hymn? Something more appropriate would be something about God breaking the heads of his enemies "for his love endures forever" (hooah). Hymns of adoration don't really fit as a marching cadence -- unless, oh, unless marching in some gigantic Eucharistic procession! But then again, no... the hymn still ought to be sun and not half-chanted, half-shouted.

Hmm... half-chanted... the Liturgy of the Hours as done to cadence...

Furthermore, one of the links I clicked on produced the following:

The World, the Flesh and the Devil:
A Look at The CCM [Contemporary Christian Music] Controversy in the Modern Church

While I agree that Chris Rice, while good as a CCM singer, does not belong in church/Mass, this guy's approach, with no Magisterium, is all wrong. Also you get things like this chart, which again shows a tentative understanding of moral theology.

Which is why I'm glad we have SACROSANCTUM CONSILIUM!!! *trumpet and heraldry*

120. In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man's mind to God and to higher things.

But other instruments also may be admitted for use in divine worship, with the knowledge and consent of the competent territorial authority, as laid down in Art. 22, 52, 37, and 40. This may be done, however, only on condition that the instruments are suitable, or can be made suitable, for sacred use, accord with the dignity of the temple, and truly contribute to the edification of the faithful.

121. Composers, filled with the Christian spirit, should feel that their vocation is to cultivate sacred music and increase its store of treasures.

Let them produce compositions which have the qualities proper to genuine sacred music, not confining themselves to works which can be sung only by large choirs, but providing also for the needs of small choirs and for the active participation of the entire assembly of the faithful.

The texts intended to be sung must always be in conformity with Catholic doctrine; indeed they should be drawn chiefly from holy scripture and from liturgical sources.

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.:{Jack Chick-fil-A}:.

When I was 13 years old or so, I was absolutely and utterly scandalized by Jack Chick's tract "Last Rites". I was so upset by the whole thing, I called the company and got put through to Rick Jones and did a very very bad job of arguing Catholic theology with him (never try to be rational when in hysterical tears -- I was a dumb kid).

For a long time, I had a chip on my shoulder against Jack Chick until I realized only the Very Poorly Catechized, or the Very Stupid would actually believe him.

And thus, I am proud to introduce, via the Curt Jester,

Jack Chick-Fil-A.
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.:{Some Basic Notes on the Mass}:.

As a part of some catechesis, the girl I'm sponsoring for Confirmation (henceforth refered to as "my Confirmanda") sat down today and talked a little bit about the mass. Using Know Him in the Breaking of the Bread by Fr. Francis Randolph as a guide, we went over the basic structure of the Mass, and she marvelled at the beautiful complexity of the Liturgy.

Oh, first we read parts of The First Apology of Justin Martyr, talking about how they would gather "on the day of the Sun" (Sunday) and how they would have their worship which is very similar to, actually, the modern Novus Ordo. "Novus Ordo", then is not even a very good name for it, as it's not technically new ...

A few things we should still go over: John 6, form and matter of sacraments, a few Scriptural accounts (i.e. a passion narrative), the Tridentine Mass and Vatican II.

But I'm delighted to say that she was happy to learn various Latin parts of the Mass, and could even decipher a bit of it, being Brazilian and therefore speaking Portuguese.

For the heck of it, I'll post the skeletal outline and scant notes I had typed up as an aid to my little on-the-spot lecture, just because it's good to remember this stuff.

Divine Liturgy (as it is called in the East):

A. Liturgy of the Word

Opening rites
Penitential Rite - "I confess to Almighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault: in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and what I have failed to do. And I ask Blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord our God."
Priest: May Almighty God forgive us our sins, protect us from all evil, and lead us into everlasting life
Us: Amen
Priest: Kyrie eleison
Us: Kyrie eleison
Priest: Christeeeeeeeeeleison
UsL Christeeeeeleison
Priest: Kyrieeeeeeeeeeeeleison
Us: Kyrie eleisooooooooooooon

(Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy -- the above is actually Greek)

Called the "Confiteor" from the Latin "Confiteor vos fratres ..."

No Alleluia till Lunch!!!! [because she thought I said "lunch" when I was talking about no Alleluia in "Lent"...]

Gloria -- Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth... etc

Collect -- where the priest "collects our prayers"

Sit down

1st reading -- OT

Resporial psalm

2nd reading -- Epistle

Stand up; Alleluia/verse

Gospel read by the priest, or deacon, or bishop, or pope, or concelebrant, or cardinal, or primate of Ireland, or I dunno. Whatever. Just somebody with some sort of Holy Orders (thus, nuns can't get up and read the gospel, because ... you just ... don't.)

3-year cycle of Sunday readings, 2-year cycle of weekday readings.

sit down

Homily/Sermon, whatever -- nuns can't give homily either, see above. [<-- I forgot to mention that actually this can be omitted, but we didn't go into a whole lot of complexities today...]

Creed (Nicene creed, which is a longer version of the Apostles Creed) [Sundays and feast days]
Creio (Portuguese)/Credo - I believe

Prayers of the faithful ("Lord hear our prayer")

B. Liturgy of the Eucharist

Offertory -- "Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation..." (<-- if no music); priest washes his hands -- "wash me of my sin and clense me from my iniquity" -- Ps 50 ;
Invocation to prayer: "Pray brethren that our sacrifice may be acceptable to the Lord God Almighty", "May the Lord accept this sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his Name, for our good and the good of all his church."


Prayer over the gifts

Preface -- "The Lord be with you", "And also with you", "Lift up your hearts" etc

.... "unending hymn of praise"

Holy holy holy/Sanctus -- imitating how the saints and highest order of angels praise God, we join in with them.

Santus sanctus sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaot, pleni sunt caeli et terra, gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini, Hosanna in excelsis:
Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might; heaven and earth are full of your glory, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest.


Eucharistic prayer -- all have
a) epiclesis -- calling down of the Holy Spirit
b) Consecration narrative -- "on the night he was betrayed, he took bread in his sacred hands and look up to heaven, to you his Almighty Father, he took the bread, broke it, gave it to his disciples and said:

Take this, all of you, and eat it: THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU." <-- THESE words have to be said LIKE THAT, because that is the Consecration. (Part of the Form of the sacrament -- we'll talk about form and matter later)


c) the words of consecration, above

(At this point, Transubstantiation is taking place; we'll talk about Transubstantiation later, too)

Memorial Acclimation -- "Let us proclaim the mystery of faith"
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again
When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.

Anamnesis -- commemoration
"Lord, in memory of your death and resurrection, we ...."
memory -- not in the sense of "sit around and think" about whatever, but in the Scriptural sense to actually make present

Second Epiclesis
(epi- on
clesis - paraclete, clete, Holy Spirit)

Second Intercessions -- calling to mind those who have died, and the saints -- Cletus, Clement, Xyxtus, Chrysogonus

Final Blessing and Doxology -- a short blessing of "all these gifts"; then "Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours almighty Father, forever and ever.'

(should be REALLY REALLY something because it's joining with ALL the ANGELS and SAINTS and the WHOLE CHURCH; in fact the Mass is a unification of HEAVEN and EARTH, like when Christ became INCARNATE, he was GOD and also MAN, a UNITY of HEAVEN and EARTH and he comes to us aGAIN because the SACRIFICE of the MASS is TIMELESS)


Our Father w/ doxology ("for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever")

Kiss of Peace/Sign of Peace

Agnus Dei -- sometimes happens at the same time as the Fraction, or the breaking of Host (white, flat, Eucharistic bread)

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
aAgnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.


"Behold the Lamb of God, behold he who takes away the sins of the world; happy are those who are called to his supper."
"Lord, I am not worthy to recieve you, but only say the word and I shall be healed."
(Latin: Domine, non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo et sanabitur anima mea.)


Communion antiphon


Ite, Missa est.
= Mass
"The mass is ended go in peace"
"Thanks be to God"

Discuss: the Mass as a sacrifice
(ain't no SSPX getting my Confirmanda!)

If anyone has anything they'd like to add, I can bring it up the next time we talk about Stuff, which will probably start with a more in-depth look at some of the parts of the Mass, as well as Transubstantiation for Non-Philosophers. Those notes may be posted later, too.
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.:{Guess the Thingy}:.

(I'm sorry, my vocabulary is as bad as like, .... whatever)

* Training NOW for a commitment later:
       - has a few years of said training before making any promises
       - has rank in hierarchy which really amounts to nothing
* Loyalty, Duty, Restpect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, P[erserverence] -- LDRSHIP
* it's a profession to put others first and self last
* it's a profession which, indeed, focuses on others first; ultimately the final end is for the good and pastoral care of others
* learn the tools of the trade, the weapons of the warfare way before ever using them for real; not ALLOWED to use them until much later
* uniformed profession
* millions of manuals
* has many parts but one Body

If you answered officer training in the Army/military, you're right.

But if you also answered the seminary/the priesthood, you're also correct!

I was reflecting the other day as I watched my Irish seminarian friend up on the altar at St. John Lateran's the other day. At first it struck me a cute because, awww, seminarians are like grown-up little altar boys. They're not priests, not even deacons; they have no technical rank (unless it's "lecter", but even that's sort of pretend) yet they're training for something they hope is their vocation.

On the one hand, it has the "aww that's cute" factor. On the other hand, I thought, I'm doing exactly the same thing, except in a less mystical way. I remember showing one of my friends a picture of me in my Class A uniform, and he said "wow, Lauren, you really look like some of the female officers I know!" Well, of course, because I was dressed the same way. ;) It's rather amusing/cute, because, well, I'm not an officer (yet), I'm just pretending. Like seminarians up on the altar holding the thurible, the cross, the Book, whatever, we little cadets (as MSIs, at least) kind of follow around the O-3s and O-4s out in the training field in a similar way before they push us forward and say "do it yourself."

We have no rank, really. Except as cadet, which isn't really anything unless to other cadets.

FM 7-8 is our Sacramentary. The rosary is the M16 of Spiritual Warfare.

As officers, our first concern is for those under our care, our men, who are ultimately fighting for something greater themselves (as are the officers of course): our country, our nation. There are many parts to the military (the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines; Infantry, Armor, MI, Chemical corps, Ordinance Corps, Adjutant General corps, etc), but it's all one military.

And as the Pope says, we should breathe with both lungs of the Church. Well the military is some strange, multi-lunged animal...

(like cows have many stomachs)

Fortunately, though, in the military one isn't required to wear a dress/cassock. ;) We do have our own uniform, and we probably get just as much anti-military comments as clerics do anti-clerical comments.

And like most officer training programs, the seminary isn't yet a commitment. I talk to seminarians who always say "God willing" before speaking of ordination; same with us, cadets may come and go. Some will be officers and some won't. And, like the priesthood, it's a vocation of sorts. Unlike the priesthood, it's not technically a permanent one. But nonetheless.

Huzzah, my seminarian and cadet friends. God be praised!

(I began to suspect I wasn't cut out for religious life when I took a particular liking to Psalm 68, especially the part about God breaking the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those that walk on sins; I heard that in daytime prayer in the [cloistered] Cistercian monastery I went to stay at, and I forgot myself and giggled audibly.)
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{Thursday, November 11, 2004  }


And this is why I'm Dominican.

(thank you, Fr. Bryce)
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I had fun in Scotland.

All I have to say to this is: snort.
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.:{Women deserve better}:.

A friend of mine, not a writer, volunteers his talents for his college newspaper every week. This week he's got a very good article on abortion and its effect (as often must be cited to reach the other half) upon women.
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{Wednesday, November 10, 2004  }

.:{Hey liberals!}:.

Hat tip: Dexter Notes.
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{Tuesday, November 09, 2004  }

.:{Hurrah for Australia and Other Things}:.

I recently met two Australians in Greece and became good friends with them. Among other things we discussed politics (they were, unfortunately, Kerry-supporters), and so Australia and Australian politics are becoming more interesting to me because I don't know much about it. Therefore, huzzah for Australia in this news story, hopefully it'll go somewhere:

Abortion debate flares in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The issue of abortion is becoming an increasingly hot topic in Australia, with the federal treasurer claiming it is a regional, and not a federal matter.

Peter Costello said Monday laws governing abortions should be determined by state and territory governments, and tried to calm the waters by asking politicians speaking on the issue of abortion to do so with "care and understanding."

The issue arose recently when the federal health minister, deputy prime minister and other senior coalition members of parliament called for a reduction in the number of abortions, particularly late terminations.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp., said even the governor general made a rare political statement during the weekend, saying too many abortions are carried out in Australia and he would like to see the number reduced to zero.

Meanwhile, Costello tried to deflect the debate away from parliament.

"If there are people that believe that the law as it's currently weighted is wrong, and if they do want legislative change, then it's important that they take that up with the state governments and the state parliaments," he said.


Dolla Falls to Record Low Against Euro

Stinks to be me right now. :P The British pound is almost 2 to 1 to the dollar... how terrible. :P

There was a story I saw about record highs in Italy. It's true it's been fairly consistantly warm (65-85 farenheit) since I've been here. On the day I read that story, however, it started to dip down into the 40's. Haha.


Someone the other day was asking me what, exactly, the Year of the Eucharist meant. I didn't really know at first... I'd like to think some more and post some reflections, but in the meantime there is this from A Penitent Blogger with some illuminative comments from the Apostolic letter Mane Nobiscum Domine, and with the cutest picture of the Pope ever.

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{Monday, November 08, 2004  }

.:{From the Dominican Office}:.

Today (as it is still today as I write this, though I will not be able to post until tomorrow morning) is the day on which we (Dominicans) commemorate all our brother and sister OPs who have died; Sunday was the feast of all Dominican saints, today is the feast of all Dominican dead.

Here I have posted from the Dominican breviary the Magnificant antiphon, prayers for the dead (in the place of intercessions), and the final benediction.

Ad Vesperas
Ad Magnificat, ant.
Non turbetur cor vestrum, neque formidet: creditis in Deum, et in me credite: in domo Patris mei mansiones multae sunt, alleluia, alleluia.

Preces pro defunctis
[Hic precibus, pro opportunitate, celebratio pro defunctis potest. Responsiones vero, una laudatoria altera supplex, si fieri postest, cantentur.]


V. Crucifixum Iesum Filium Patris aeterni, de Spiritu Sancto conceptum, natum de Virgine Maria, Verbum Dei aeternum adoremus supplicantes,
R. Adoramus Te

V. Iesu crucifixe, templum Dei sanctum,
in quo bonitas et misericordia Patris pro hominibus habitant,
R. Adoramus Te

V. Iesu crucifixe, iustitiae et amoris receptaculum,
bonitate plene, fons totius fidelitatis, omni laude dignissime,
R. Adoramus Te

V. Iesu crucifixe, rex et centrum omnium cordium,
in quo sunt omnes thesauri sapientiae et scientiae,
in quo habitat omnis plenitudo divinitatis,
in quo Pater sibi complacuit,
R. Adoramus Te


V. Christus resuscitatus, primogenitus ex mortuis, pignus fiduciae speique nostrae, pro nobis ad Patrem interpellat: deprecemur per eum qui est Dominus viventium,
R. Intercede pro nobis

V. Christe, de cuius plenitudine omnes nos accepimus, spes nostra aeterna, patiens et multae misericordiae, dives in omnes qui invocant te,
R. Intercede pro nobis

v. Christe, fons vitae et sanctitatis,
in aqua baptismi fratres nostros abluisti, Corpore et Sanguine tuo enutrivisti,
R. Intercede pro nobis

V. Christe, salus in Te sperantum,
spes abscondita omnium hominum, virtus liberatrux omnis creturae,
R. Intercede pro nobis

Benedictio finalis:
Benedicat vos Deus totius consolationis, quia hominem ineffabili bonitate creavit, et in resurrectione Unigeniti sui spem credentibus resugendi concessit.
R. Amen


Pax Dei, quae exsuperat omnem sesum, custodiat corda vestra et intelligentias vestras in scientia et caritate Dei, et Filii sui, Iesu Christi Domini nostri.
R. Amen
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{Sunday, November 07, 2004  }

.:{<3 to the Army}:.

God bless the President, and hail to the Chief. More warm fuzzies to the Army.

And this ranks as Zorak the Mantis' best post ever.


(this doesn't count as blogging either! shutup)

(okay to tell you the truth I couldn't be writing a paper now even if I wanted to -- and I do, because I am *this* close to finishing one of four, all due tomorrow; we're watching Cleopatra to analyze for a history paper.)
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.:{From a West Point Cadet to All Who Voted}:.

(This doesn't count as blogging)

From CDT CPL Aubrey at West Point:

I love you all, liberal and conservative.
This was a tight race, and there are a lot of emotions running high right now.

So here's what I have to say.

America is not going to fall apart in the next four years, no matter what people are saying. You may think this is the end of the world, but considering we survived the Civil War I don't think this is the end of humankind. I understand how many of you are disappointed.

What disturbs me is reading people's away messages, talking about how they refuse to stand by the President, how they would rather live in Canada, how they think everything has gone to hell. Listen up.

There is no country I would rather live in. Be thankful we have the right to vote, the right to have a say in who runs our government on so many levels, from city/county on up to national... We could be so much worse off, we live in the most privileged country in the world...

Kerry conceded with dignity and grace, and I commend him for making such a powerful statement; everyone should accept the results of this election with the same grace, because there's no changing it now. He is an excellent senator, and so many people stood behind him in this election.

There are 2 to 1 odds that in a few years, I will be stationed in Iraq. This election affects the people in the Armed Forces in a big way, so while I understand how you all are very upset, think about us. WE NEED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS. There is only one country on this planet that I would be willing to give my life for, and that is the United States of America. I would do so because I love our freedom, and I love my friends and family here and would do anything to protect them. However I do not want to go to Iraq without the support of my loved ones...

I admire the patriotism of this election, the fact that so many people voted. I only ask that this patriotism continue... that people push for change still, under a President who knows how close this election was, that the country is divided, and that he needs to do some things differently now...

Stand behind your country. Please.

My friends and I, we're just like all of you... we've just chosen to serve our nation in this way. Remember us and support our nation...
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{Friday, November 05, 2004  }

.:{Blogging temporarily suspended ... }:.

Apologies to all readers who haven't heard from me before now. Blogging has temporarily ceased due not only to a zillion papers I haven't started on -- and I haven't started on them for reason #2, and my main reason for ceasing blogging:

I'm pretty sick.

Like, I have laryngitis, a throat infection, a sinus infection, an ear infection and pinkeye.

I have no idea how this happened, I never usually get this way. But the good news is that this is the first time I've left my room in two days, partially because my roommates went to Switzerland for the weekend -- I was supposed to go with them, sigh -- and my suitemates do a very bad job of taking care of the infirm, God bless them.

On the mend, should be functional fairly soon. However, blogging must give way to paper-writing.

I ask for you prayers, please. It's nasty being sick.

The 3rd was the feast of St. Martin DePorress (O.P.) and Sunday is the feast of all Dominican saints. Yaaaaay!
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