Saturday, 22 July 2017

Saint Mary Magdalen. Penitent. Apostle To The Apostles. Magnificat Antiphon; Inclita Sancte Marie Magdalene (Sarum Plainchant). Feast Day, Today, 22 July.

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

Saint Mary Magdalen.
   Feast Day 22 July.


White Vestments.

English: Mary Magdalene, kneeling, distraught,
within a Stabat Mater scene, by Gabriel Wuger, 1868.
Deutsch: Entstanden 1868 in Rom für Kardinal von Mecheln,
von Abt Maurus Wolter für Beuron erworben,
dort bis in die 1960er Jahre in der Klosterkirche, jetzt im Konvent.
Artist: Gabriel Wüger (1829–1892).
Date: 1868.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Zephyrinus wishes a Happy Patronal Feast Day to Fr. Ray Blake and his Parishioners at Saint Mary Magdalen, Brighton, Sussex.

Why not visit his Blog, FR. RAY BLAKE'S BLOG,
and wish Fr. Blake and all his Parishioners a Very Happy Patronal Feast Day ?

Saint Mary Magdalene.
Available on YouTube at

When He gave the Holy Ghost to the Apostles, Jesus had told them to remit sins, as He had done, and, today, the Liturgy recalls the ever-memorable example of the Saviour's mercy towards repentant sinners.

Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, was of Madala, in Galilee, whence her name of Madalen. She was a sinner.

Touched by Grace, she threw herself at the feet of the Saviour. Simon the Pharisee, scandalised, would have repelled her, like the haughty men mentioned by the Prophet, Isaias, who says: "Away from me, approach me not, for I am pure [Eighth Lesson at Matins]."

The Magnificat Antiphon;
"Inclita Sancte Marie Magdalene" 
(Sarum Plainchant).
The Choir Of Magdalen College, 
Available on YouTube at

Jesus, on the contrary, "defends her against the calumnies of the proud" (Communion). Admiring the work of Divine Grace in this Soul "henceforth attentive to His commandments, whilst sinful men would still have her fall into sin" (Introit), He mercifully "accepts the offer of her service" (Secret), and secures to her for ever a place of honour in His Royal Court (Offertory).

Repentance has transformed her love. "Because she had loved much, many sins are forgiven her" (Gospel). Indeed, it was at her Prayer that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Collect). And when, after the Crucifixion of Jesus, at which she was present in greatest sorrow and weariness, she seeks, like the spouse in the Canticle (Epistle), where they have laid her Divine Lord; Christ calls her by name and commands her to announce His Resurrection to the Disciples. Wherefore, the Creed is recited on this day as in the Masses of the Apostles.

"Alma Redemptoris Mater",
from "Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant".
Sarum Plainchant.
Avialable on YouTube at

Following the example of Magdalen, which, according to the Fathers, represents the service of the Church towards Jesus, let us, in a spirit of love and repentance, pour out the treasure of our praises to Jesus, present in the Holy Eucharist (Secret); let us surround Him on the Altar, in a spirit of Faith, which does not fear the Pharisaic scandal, with all the splendour which becomes the House of God.

Zephyrinus warmly commends the following Article, on The Feast Day of Saint Mary Magdalen, Apostle To The Apostles, to all Readers.

It can be found at CRISIS MAGAZINE at

"Saint Mary Magdalene" by Ben Aker.
“How beautiful […] are the feet of Him who brings The Gospel.”
Isaiah 52:7

Lancing College Chapel. "Beati Mundo Corde". "Blessed Are The Pure In Heart".

The Nave,
Lancing College Chapel,
Sussex, England.
Photo: 15 August 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Diliff.
Attribution: "Photo by DAVID ILIFF.
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0".
(Wikimedia Commons)

Lancing College Motto:
"Beati Mundo Corde"
(Blessed are the pure in heart).
This File: 22 October 2013.

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Lancing College (formerly College of Saint Mary and Saint Nicolas), Lancing, Sussex, England, is a Co-Educational English Independent School in the British Public School Tradition, Founded in 1848 by Nathaniel Woodard.

Woodard's aim was to provide education "based on sound principle and sound knowledge, firmly grounded in The Christian Faith." Lancing was the first of a family of more than thirty Schools founded by Woodard (others include Hurstpierpoint College, Ardingly College, Bloxham School and Worksop College).

The School is a Member of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Girls were first admitted in 1970. The School is dominated by a Gothic Revival Chapel, and follows a High Church Anglican Tradition.

Lancing College Chapel,
Lancing, Sussex, England.
Photo: 15 August 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Diliff.
Attribution: "Photo by DAVID ILIFF.
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0".
(Wikimedia Commons)

The College of Saint Mary and Saint Nicolas (as it was originally known), in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, was intended for the sons of Upper-Middle-Classes and Professional Men; in time, this became Lancing College, moving to its present site in 1857.

The School's buildings of the 1850s were designed by the architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter, with later buildings by John William Simpson.

Lancing College educates circa 550 Pupils between the ages of thirteen and eighteen; the

Co-Educational ratio is circa sixty:forty Boys to Girls. Roughly sixty percent of Pupils are Boarders, at a cost of £32,910 per year; circa forty percent are Day Pupils, at a cost of £23,130 per year. Occasional overnight stays are available to Day Pupils at an additional cost.

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Patronal Feast Of Saint Ann On Wednesday, 26 July 2017. 2000 hrs. Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Palo Alto, California.


Saint Praxedes. Virgin. Feast Day 21 July.

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

Saint Praxedes.
   Feast Day 21 July.


White Vestments.

The Basilica of Santa Prassede 
(Saint Praxedes), 
Rome, Italy.
Photo: 18 April 2015.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Feast of Saint Pius I, on 11 July, recalled to our mind Saint Pudentiana and her sister, Saint Praxedes, who placed their house at the disposal of this Holy Pontiff. Saint Pudentiana's Feast Day appears in the Cycle on 19 May, under the Reign of The Risen Lord, and Saint Praxedes's Feast Day is today, under the Reign of The Holy Ghost.

On the Tuesday of The Third Week in Lent, The Station is held at Rome in the Titular Church of Saint Pudentiana and on the Monday in Holy Week at the Titular Church of Saint Praxedes.

Pope Paschal I depicted in a mosaic in the Basilica of Santa Prassede, Rome, Italy.
He is presenting a model of the Basilica to Christ, and wears a square Halo,
which means he was alive at the time of the mosaic.
This File: 16 August 2005.
User: Marcus Cyron.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Praxedes, a daughter of the Roman Senator, Pudens, Consecrated her Virginity to God (Epistle), and renounced her great wealth in favour of the Poor and of The Church. She thereby acquired the Treasure and precious Pearl of The Heavenly Kingdom (Gospel, Communion).

The Religious Ceremonies, which took place in her mansion, attracted the attention of the pagans. Many Christians were arrested there and led away to death.

English: The Apse, 
Basilica of Santa Prassede, Rome, Italy.
Deutsch: Santa Prassede, Rom; Triumphbogen und Apsis.
Photo: 13 May 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Welleschik.
(Wikimedia Commons)

She died under Emperor Antonius in the 2nd-Century A.D., after having besought God to deliver her from the sight of such woeful scenes. Her body was laid by that of her father and sister in the Cemetery of her grand-mother, Priscilla.

Let us Celebrate joyfully The Feast of the blessed Virgin Praxedes, in order to obtain thereby feelings of loving devotion (Collect).

Mass: Loquébar.



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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Neo-Gothic. Gothic Revival.

The Lady Chapel of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott,
overseen by  
G F Bodley. The Lady Chapel was the first part of the Cathedral to be completed in 1910 and retains many of the Gothic features of the original design.
As Scott grew in confidence, the rest of the Cathedral was redesigned and streamlined
to arrive at a much more massive, austere style of architecture
Photo: 4 December 2005.
Source: Own work.
Author: © Andrew Dunn.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Gothic Revival campus of The University of Mumbai, India,
the Rajabai Clock Tower still under construction in 1878.
Source: Original Photograph currently with The British Library.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

Gothic Revival (also referred to as Victorian Gothic, Neo-Gothic, or, Jigsaw Gothic, and, when used for School, College, and University buildings, as Collegiate Gothic) is an Architectural Movement that began in the Late-1740s in England.

Its popularity grew rapidly in the Early-19th Century, when increasingly serious and learned admirers of Neo-Gothic Styles sought to revive Mediaeval Gothic Architecture, in contrast to the Neo-Classical Styles prevalent at the time.

Gothic Revival draws features from the original Gothic Style, including Decorative Patterns, Finials, Scalloping, Lancet Windows, Hood Mouldings, and Label Stops.

Illustration: ENCYCLOPEDIA2.

The Gothic Revival Movement emerged in 19th-Century England. Its roots were inter-twined with deeply Philosophical Movements associated with a re-awakening of High Church or Anglo-Catholic Belief concerned by the growth of Religious Non-Conformism.

Ultimately, the "Anglo-Catholicism" Tradition of Religious Belief and Style became widespread for its intrinsic appeal in the Third-Quarter of the 19th-Century. Gothic Revival Architecture varied considerably in its faithfulness to both the ornamental style and principles of construction of its Mediaeval original, sometimes amounting to little more than Pointed Window Frames and a few touches of Gothic Decoration on a building otherwise on a wholly-19th-Century Plan and using contemporary materials and construction methods.

The unifying style of Parliament Hill
Ottawa, Canada, is Gothic Revival.
Photo: 16 August 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Digging.holes.
(Wikimedia Commons)

In parallel to the ascendancy of Neo-Gothic Styles in 19th-Century England, interest spread rapidly to the Continent of Europe, in Australia, South Africa and to The Americas; indeed, the number of Gothic Revival and Carpenter Gothic structures built in the 19th- and 20th-Centuries may exceed the number of authentic Gothic structures that had been built previously.

Photo: 8 August 2011.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Gothic Revival was paralleled, and supported, by "Mediaevalism", which had its roots in antiquarian concerns with survivals and curiosities. As "industrialisation" progressed, a reaction against machine production and the appearance of factories also grew. Proponents of the picturesque, such as Thomas Carlyle and Augustus Pugin, took a critical view of industrial society and portrayed pre-industrial Mediaeval society as a Golden Age. To Pugin, Gothic Architecture was infused with the Christian values that had been supplanted by Classicism and were being destroyed by industrialisation.

An example of Russian Gothic Architecture.
Date: 2007.
Author: Сергей Ильин-Михальский (Sergey Ilyin-Mikhalski).
(Wikimedia Commons)

Gothic Revival also took on political connotations; with the "rational" and "radical" Neo-Classical Style being seen as associated with Republicanism and Liberalism (as evidenced by its use in The United States and, to a lesser extent, in Republican France), the more Spiritual and Traditional Gothic Revival became associated with Monarchism and Conservatism, which was reflected by the choice of styles for the rebuilt Government Centres of The Parliament of The United Kingdom in London and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
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