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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The " Super Chief ". Train Of The Stars, The Rich, The Famous. Passengers Didn't Wear Tank Tops, Camouflage Shorts, Or Jeans. Just Hats, Ties, Couturier, And Chanel. If They Wanted Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, They Got It.

The Super Chief.
Illustration: PINTEREST

The "Super Chief", in "War-Bonnet" colours, calls at Pasadena, just before heading into
Los Angeles Union Station. To the right of the palm trees, above the engine, we can see
the seventh floor of "The Castle Green". The Moorish Colonial and Spanish Hotel was across
the street from Pasadena's Santa Fe Railroad Station. Pasadena was the "gateway" to
The San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

" The Super Chief ".
The Santa Fe Railroad.
1950s Passenger Trains In The USA.
Available on YouTube at

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Super Chief was one of the Named Passenger Trains and the Flagship of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It claimed to be "The Train of the Stars" because of the celebrities it carried between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California.

The Super Chief (Nos. 17 and 18) was the first Diesel-powered, all-Pullman sleeping car train in America, and it eclipsed the Chief as Santa Fe's standard bearer. The extra-fare ($10) Super Chief left Dearborn Station in Chicago for its first trip on May 12, 1936. Before starting scheduled service in May 1937, the lightweight version of the Super Chief ran 2,227 miles (3,584 km) from Los Angeles over recently upgraded tracks in 36 hours and 49 minutes, averaging 60 mph (97 km/h) overall and reaching 100 mph (160 km/h).

With one set of equipment, the train initially operated once a week from both Chicago and Los Angeles. After more cars had been delivered the Super Chief ran twice weekly beginning in 1938 and daily after 1948. Adding to the train's mystique were its gourmet meals and Hollywood clientele.

Competitors to the Super Chief were the City of Los Angeles on the Chicago and North Western Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad, and (to a lesser extent) the Golden State on the Rock Island and Southern Pacific. The Santa Fe Super Chief was one of the last passenger trains in the United States to carry an all-Pullman consist; only the Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited and the Illinois Central's Panama Limited survived longer. The train maintained its high level of service until the end of Santa Fe passenger operations on May 1, 1971.

When Amtrak took over operation of the nation's passenger service on May 1, 1971, the 35-year run of the Super Chief on the Santa Fe ended, though Amtrak used the name on the same route for three years. In 1974 the Santa Fe withdrew permission to use the name due to a perceived decline in service, so Amtrak renamed it Southwest Limited. Following the delivery of new Superliner equipment, the Santa Fe allowed Amtrak to call it the Southwest Chief in 1984.

Monday, 21 May 2018

How Lovely !!!

Little boy talking to the Locomotive crew, Waterloo Station, 1924.
From Southern Railway’s advertising.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Missa Cantata. On Corpus Christi. At Saint Thomas Of Canterbury Church, Headcorn, Kent. Thursday, 31 May 2018. 1200 Noon.

Missa Cantata
Corpus Christi.

Saint Thomas Of Canterbury Church,
Becket Court, Station Road,
Headcorn, Kent TN27 9SB.
Thursday, 31 May 2018.
1200 Noon.



Latin Mass Society

Saint Thomas of Canterbury Church,
Becket Court, Station Road,
Headcorn, Kent TN27 9SB.

Pentecost. Whit Sunday.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Pentecost. Whit Sunday.

Station at Saint Peter's Basilica.

Indulgence of 30 Years and 30 Quarantines.

Double of The First-Class
   with Privileged Octave.

Red Vestments.

Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

Interior of Saint Peter's, Rome.
[Editor: The Station for Pentecost is Saint Peter's.]
Artist: Giovanni Paolo Panini (1692–1765).
Date: 1731.
Current location: Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, United States of America.
Source/Photographer: Saint Louis Art Museum Official Site.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"The Gift of Wisdom is an illumination of The Holy Ghost, thanks to which our Intellect is able to look at Revealed Truths in their more sublime light, to the greater joy of our Souls." [Reverend M. Meschler, S.J.: "The Gift of Pentecost: Meditations on The Holy Ghost," translated by Lady Amabel Kerr.]

Our Lord laid the Foundations of His Church during His Public Life, and after His Resurrection He gave it the powers necessary for its mission. It was by The Holy Ghost that The Apostles were to be trained and endued with strength from On High (Gospel).

"At Pentecost, we celebrate the first manifestation of The Holy Ghost among Our Lord's Disciples and the Foundation of The Church, itself." Hence, the choice of the Basilica, Dedicated to Saint Peter, for today's Station.

We read, in the Gospel, that Our Lord foretold the coming of The Paraclete to His Disciples, and the Epistle shows us the realisation of that promise.

It was at the third hour of the day (Terce, nine o'clock A.M.) that The Spirit of God descended upon the Cenacle, and a mighty wind which blew suddenly upon the house, together with the appearance of tongues of fire within, were the wonderful tokens of His coming.

Taught by The Light of Thy Holy Spirit (Collect), and filled by The Gifts of The Same Spirit poured out upon them (Sequence), The Apostles become new men, to go forth and renew The Whole World (Introit).

"Veni, Sancte Spiritus.
The Sequence for Pentecost.
Sung by The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.
Available on YouTube at

It is at High Mass, at The Third Hour, that we also receive The Holy Spirit, Whom Our Lord "going up above all The Heavens, on this day sent down . . . on the children of adoption" (Preface); for each of The Mysteries of The Liturgical Cycle brings forth its Fruits of Grace in our Souls on the day which The Church keeps as its Anniversary.

During Advent, we raised to The Incarnate Word the cry: "Come, Lord, and purge the sins of Thy people"; at this Season, let us, with The Church, say to The Holy Ghost: "Come, O Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of Thy Faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love" (Alleluia).

Of all ejaculatory Prayers, this is the most beautiful and necessary, for, from The Holy Ghost, that "Sweet Guest of our Soul", flows all our Supernatural Life.

Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

Mass: Spiritus Domini.
Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus.
Preface: For Pentecost.
Communicantes: For Pentecost.
Hanc Igitur: For Pentecost.

The Introit for Whit Sunday (Pentecost Sunday).
Available on YouTube at

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Vigil Of Pentecost.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Vigil of Pentecost.

Station at Saint John Lateran.

Indulgence of 10 Years and 10 Quarantines.

Privileged Vigil of The First-Class.

Violet and Red Vestments.

Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

The First Mass for Pentecost, formerly Celebrated during the night, has, like that of Easter, ever since been an Anticipated Mass.

This Great and Solemn Festival, therefore, begins with The Vigil.

In early days, the Catechumens, whom it had not been possible to Baptise at Easter, received this Sacrament at Pentecost, which explains the similarities between The Mass for The Vigil of Pentecost and The Mass for Holy Saturday.

The Mass is preceded by the Reading of Six Prophecies and The Blessing of The Water in The Baptismal Font.

It is also Celebrated at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.


The Celebrant and Assistant Ministers are robed in Violet Vestments, and the Candles on the Altar are not lighted until the beginning of Mass, as on Holy Saturday.

At the end of The Prophecies, the Collect is read, but Flectamus genua is omitted.


At the end of The Prophecies, the Celebrant puts on a Violet Cope, and, while the Procession moves towards the Font, the Tract, "Sicut cervus", is sung.

Mindful of the fact that, in The Beginning, The Spirit of God moved over The Waters and made them fruitful, The Liturgy asks God to Bless the Water in the Baptismal Font, out of which will arise a purely Heavenly Race.

The officiating Priest then plunges the Paschal Candle into the Water three times, for it is by Christ, Whom the Candle typifies, that The Power of The Holy Ghost, by which our Souls are enlightened, is infused into them.


The Liturgy, as affecting The Litany of The Saints, is the same as on Holy Saturday. Where there is no Font, The Litany begins after The Prophecies and Collects. At "Peccatores, Te rogamus audi nos", the Priest and his Assistants go to the Sacristy and put on Red Vestments, and the Candles are lit on the Altar.

At the end of The Litany, the Kyrie Eleison is Solemnly Sung, without Introit, like on Holy Saturday. At the Gloria, the Bells are also rung and the Organ begins being played.


After having been Baptised "in Water and in The Holy Ghost", the Neophytes were Confirmed. All through The Mass, there are references to these two Sacraments, showing how The Holy Ghost enters into our Souls the effect He produces in them.

Mass: Cum sanctificatus.
No Lights are carried at The Gospel, only Incense.
The Creed: Is not said.
Preface: For Pentecost.
Communicantes and Hanc Igitur: Used until the following Saturday, inclusive.
Postcommunion: As on Pentecost.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday. After The Octave Of The Ascension.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Friday. After The Octave of The Ascension.


White Vestments.

"While they looked on, He was raised up".
Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

As Sunday governs the whole Week, today is Celebrated The Mass of the previous Sunday, with The Collects and The Preface of The Ascension. But neither The Creed nor the Proper Communicantes is said.

This Mass tells of the Virtue of Charity, for The Holy Ghost, Whom Christ is about to send us, is a Spirit of Love.

As a Spirit of Charity, He dispenses His gifts for the benefit of all (Epistle); as Spirit of Truth, He makes us understand The Teaching of Jesus.

The Holy Ghost will also console us in the midst of our tribulations (Gospel), and "will keep us from evil" (Communion).

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Thursday. The Octave Day Of The Ascension. 17 May 2018.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Thursday. The Octave Day Of The Ascension.


White Vestments.

"While they looked on, He was raised up".
Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

Jesus ascended into Heaven, there to prepare a place for us, for His Ascension is but a type of our own. Also, He will come again to take us to Himself (Gospel) and introduce us into His Father's Kingdom.

He went up to Heaven to proclaim The Dogma we sing every day of this Octave in The Credo; "I believe in The Holy Ghost, Who proceedeth from The Father and The Son." And it is from Heaven above that He, with The Father, is about to send us The Holy Ghost. He went up to Heaven because Glorified Human Nature requires such a Place of Glory as Heaven.

["Heaven," says Saint Thomas, "is that immensity of space which lies beyond the stellar system. It is a place free from change and wholly luminous, as will be all material creatures after the resurrection. It is the most noble of bodies, which, made glorious from the inception of the World, was set apart by God for The Angels that remained Faithful."]

Finally, He went up to Heaven because, after having been brought to a belief in His Divinity, The Apostles and The Disciples of Our Lord must also be led to believe in His Humanity, henceforth invisible here below.
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