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{Tuesday, November 28, 2006  }

.:{"Perhaps I love you more!"}:.

This is what happens when you live in a house full of girls who attend the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.

A housemate of mine has just approached me with the following Pope song, to the tune of Queen's "We Will Rock You". Behold --

Johnny, you're an old man
Wise man, poor man,
Gonna shake a lotta hands today;
You got love on your face,
Full of grace,
Carryin' your cross all over the place

We love, we love
John Paul II!
We love you!

We love, we love
John Paul II!
We love you!

Holy father's mother
She's the Queen
Mary's the one who co-redeemed;
Virgin most chaste
Of Divine Grace,
Mater Ecclesia,
Queen of the Saints

We love, we love
John Paul II!
We love you!

We love, we love
John Paul II!
We love you!

Put that in your thurible and smoke it.
posted by Lauren, 10:00 PM | link | 2 comments

.:{It DOES get better than an all-Catholic baseball team}:.

The pope plays baseball.

posted by Lauren, 6:00 PM | link | 2 comments

{Tuesday, November 21, 2006  }

.:{I used to be much better about level-headed debate...}:.

Via the Domers over at the Shrine.
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{Tuesday, November 14, 2006  }

.:{New Fra Angelicos Discovered in Oxford!}:.

Two “lost” paintings by the Renaissance artist Fra Angelico have been discovered hanging behind a door in a modest two bedroom terraced house in Oxford.

The discovery has been hailed as one of the most exciting for a generation
The paintings of the Dominican saints, which are expected to fetch a combined total of more than £1 million at auction, belonged to a 77-year-old spinster who died earlier this year.

The discovery, hailed as one of the most exciting for a generation, has solved a 200-year-old mystery.

This is also, I believe, the first time I've ever seen the word "spinster" in a news story.
posted by Lauren, 8:14 AM | link | 2 comments

{Monday, November 13, 2006  }

.:{Because the Lauren is lazy...}:.

... it falls to me, your humble servant, to post the following...
CHICAGO -- Italian researchers have come up with a novel way for cardiac rehabilitation patients to exercise their damaged hearts: waltzing.
The dance proved to be as effective as bicycle and treadmill training for improving exercise capacity in a study of 110 heart failure patients. Dancers reported slightly more improvement in sleep, mood and the ability to do hobbies, do housework and have sex than the others.
"This may be a more effective way of getting people to exercise, and may be more fun than running on a treadmill," said Dr. Robert Bonow, cardiology chief at Northwestern University School of Medicine. "I'm not sure we can get Americans to waltz, but they can certainly dance."
posted by Zadok the Roman, 12:08 PM | link | 2 comments

.:{Fellow Bloggers on the Air}:.

Fellow bloggers Dawn Eden and Matt Alderman interviewed after Mass at St. Agnes in New York.

National Peoples' Radio, as my brother-in-law sometimes calls it, can be frustrating at times with its left-leaning agenda. I used to like to listen to it (when I had time for that sort of thing -- life) whilst driving home from work -- a sometimes dangerous occupation if a story drew indignant screams. Wild gesticulations on the road, I have noticed, seem to be largely interpreted as road rage.

However I think this interview does a not bad job overall with its topic. The Tridentine movement is a complicated one... if you do it right, you get something legitimate and beautiful; however if you mess it up, one can fall into schism ala the SSPX. The theology behind both the Tridentine and Novus Ordo masses are equally valid. A revival of the Tridentine mass might be tricky theology-wise (it must not be done in a way that seems to "undo" the changes of the Second Vatican Council, an infallible an essential council), but can be valid.

I don't think anybody understands either position fully. I think this interview reflects that to some extent.

However there are definitely some problems:

"...it's an antidote to the changes of the Second Vatican Council that encourages conscious and active participation in the service."

"Full, conscious, and active participation" -- something stressed very much in V2, is something I think nobody understands quite yet. I think "full, conscious, and active participation" is possible in the Tridentine rite, although easier in the Novus Ordo. Not something one should give up. As mentioned later in the interview, one view that grew out of the Tridentine rite is one of the people as appendages and entirely extraneous to the liturgy, which goes against the very definition of the word ("a public work", NOT "a work of the people" -- the people do not confect the Eucharist, and don't anybody say that I've said that).

"But what's sacred for some is akin to the 'liturgical Dark Ages' for others."

First of all, as a Medievalist, I object to the term "Dark Ages" -- there was more scholarship and learning exploding in that time than there ever has been.

Second of all, the "liturgical Dark Ages", if anything, occurred in the days of Pope Pius X to Pope John XXIII.

Fr. Richard McBrian's weighing in, I think, is trying to be sensitive to the problem of the SSPX. However, I think he has a point about many young Catholics who seek the Old Mass being "young romantics".

But kudos to Matt for getting NPR to say something about the essential, essential point of "mystery" and "ritual" that we seem to have forgotten, and the multiple layers of meaning.

And kudos to Dawn for bringing up the fact that there is an English Tridentine missal. If you don't understand Latin, get a missal. :P "See? It says 'stand', 'sit', 'kneel'."

I follow the whole thing with an interest, although I doubt whether the Pope will act now or soon or ever.
posted by Lauren, 8:55 AM | link | 1 comments

{Tuesday, November 07, 2006  }

.:{Hold the buttresses, everybody...}:.

Holy rusted metal, batman!

Matt Alderman does do Gothic!

At laaaaast ... he has come to the ... well ... I suppose I can't say "the dark side", seeing as Suger was all about light...
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.:{Te Deum}:.

Te deum laudamus te dominum confitemur
Te aeternum patrem omnis terra veneratur
Tibi omnes angeli Tibi caeli et universae potestates
Tibi cherubim et seraphim incessabili voce proclamant
Sanctus sanctus sanctus dominus deus sabaoth
Pleni sunt celi et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae
Te gloriosus apostolorum chorus
Te prophetarum laudabilis numerus
Te martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur ecclesia
Patrem inmense maiestatis
Venerandum tuum verum unicum filium
Sanctum quoque paraclytum spiritum
Tu rex gloriae christe
Tu patris sempiternus es filius
Tu ad liberandum suscepisti hominem non horruisti virginis uterum
Tu devicto mortis aculeo aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum
Tu ad dexteram dei sedes in gloria patris
Iudex crederis esse venturus
Te ergo quaesumus tuis famulis subveni quos pretioso sanguine redemisti
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis gloria munerari
Salvum fac populum tuum domine et benedic hereditati tuae
Et rege eos et extolle illos usque in aeternum
Per singulos dies benedicimus te
Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum et in saeculum saeculi
Dignare domine die isto, sine peccato nos custodire
Miserere nostri domine miserere nostri
Fiat misericordia tua domine super nos quemadmodum speravimus in te
In te domine speravi non confundar in aeternum.

posted by Lauren, 10:13 PM | link | 3 comments

.:{Non nobis}:.


Henry V: ... O God, thy arm was here;
And not to us, but to thy arm alone,
Ascribe we all! When, without stratagemBut in plain shock and even play of battle,
Was ever known so great and little loss
On one part and on the other? Take it, God,
For it is none but thine!

Exeter: 'Tis wonderful!

Henry V: Come, go we in procession to the village.
And be it death proclaimed through our host
To boast of this or take the praise from God
Which is his only.

Fluellen: Is it not lawful, an please your majesty, to tell
how many is killed?

Henry V: Yes, captain; but with this acknowledgement,
That God fought for us.

Fluellen: Yes, my conscience, he did us great good.

Henry V: Do we all holy rites;
Let there be sung 'Non nobis' and 'Te Deum;'
The dead with charity enclosed in clay:
And then to Calais; and to England then:
Where ne'er from France arrived more happy men.

Exuent omnes

Non nobis, Domine, sed nomini da gloriam!
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.:{Dominicans, Election Day, St. Jude}:.

O now be interceding for us in black and white;
may we, in grace proceeding, be clothed in heaven's light.
Together, reuiniting, this family of love
will praise the Lord, delighting within His home above.
In Mary's cloak of graces we life our voice to praise
the Trinity who places the Order in his gaze.

Today, November 7th, is the feast of all Dominican saints. Unfortunately, given the busy-ness of my senior year of college, I have little to add to the art and prayers from last year.

As we Americans know, today is also the Holy Feast of Election Day, and ballots are everywhere being cast determining the future sway of politics in the nation.

One of the few issues that I care passionately about this election is the Virginia Marriage Amendment, partially because it's a very necessary amendment, but most of all it is my Virginia, which at the state of my rearing and of my loyalty must at all costs be preserved from error.

However I fear for the outcome... frankly I think it's near impossible and would take a miracle.

Cue my patron saint of the impossible, St. Jude. Through his intercession, I hope the state of Virginia will be preserved this election day.

Note the Dominican shield.

This image is taken from The Monastery of St. Jude website in the Province of St. Joseph in Marbury, AL. (A perusal of their website shows that they do the liturgy of the hours in English and Latin.)

Everybody pray!
posted by Lauren, 1:06 PM | link | 2 comments

{Thursday, November 02, 2006  }

.:{Military and Ecclesial Symbology}:.

Hello bloggians -- I am blogging to you today from Steubenville, OH where the Cnytress intends to stick it to the man, beat the system, all that, wot. (I got a ticket and I'm contesting it)

But in the meantime, a post. The Navy seems to be everywhere these days ... I swear I keep bumping into Annapolis Squids on every corner. But a friend of mine has traveled to Norfolk to see one of our brave sailors off to Bahrain for six months and has taken some fantastic pictures of the Our Lady of Victory Chapel on the Naval Base.

I confess myself to be just now discovering the world of the Navy, being raised an Army brat, and I'm impressed with its depths of tradition and, get this, symbology. Nautical imagery seems to lend itself much better to pictoral representations than military imagery, for some reason. And, I conjecture, our naval tradition branched off from the long English naval tradition (read the Horatio Hornblower series, they're lovely) and is, in some ways, older than John Paul Jones.

Therefore, I think the blending of images in this chapel works. You'll notice in the round stained-glass window above that there are two men genuflecting at the feet of Our Lady. this image is a bit closer, but not as detailed as I would have liked. It seems to our left and Mary's right is an enlisted sailor, and to our right and Mary's left is a Marine.

Notice, too, the ships hanging from the cieling. I don't know what that is. But is a closeup with a bit closer look a the stained-glass window as well, where you can see a destroyer in the waters behind the seamen, and I'm not exactly sure what sort of ship that is behind the Marine.

Something a little more commonplace -- the incorporation of the Marine emblem on the Sacred Heart statue. Below that, Naval insignia, I believe. On the front of the side altar, a cross and compass.

Also, this is a cool picture.

Globes, birds and anchors are no strangers to Catholic iconography. I believe it all blends nicely.

Besides, I'm always quite tickled at the Catholic/Military angle, except when the History Channel inevitably butchers it.

Fight on, O Church Militant!
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