Sunday, 23 October 2016

Agnus Dei. Samuel Barber.

This little lamb was on 
the Film Set of "The Passion of the Christ",
the Film of Christ's Last Twelve Hours, Directed by Mel Gibson.
Illustration: PINTEREST

"Agnus Dei"
(Lamb of God).
Adagio for Strings.
By Samuel Barber.
Available on YouTube at

Samuel Barber.
Photo: 11 December 1944.
Photographer: Carl Van Vechten.
This image is available from The United States' Library of Congress's
Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID van.5a51697.
Author: Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964).
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia.

Samuel Osmond Barber II (9 March 1910 – 23 January 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the
20th-Century: music critic Donal Henahan stated that "Probably no other American composer
has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent, and such long-lasting, acclaim."

His Adagio for Strings (1936) has earned a permanent place in the concert repertory of orchestras. He was awarded The Pulitzer Prize for Music twice: for his opera Vanessa (1956–1957) and for the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1962). Also widely performed is his Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (1947), a setting for soprano and orchestra of a prose text by James Agee. At the time of his death, nearly all of his compositions had been recorded.

A Little Levity To Lighten Your Day.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

KAPOW !!! Take That All You Cunning People Trying To Undermine Christ And His Church !!!

This Article is taken from 18 October 2015 on Fr John Zuhlsdorf's Blog, FR. Z's BLOG

Illustration: PINTEREST

URGENT: Romanian Greek Catholic Doctor’s speech to Synod !!! Members (all) get a serious talking to !!!

The entire Synod of Bishops (and the fancy people running it) received a marvelously cold slap in the face with the wet towel of real “reality” in a speech by a lay woman from Romania.  She didn’t waste time or words, but laid right into them.
My emphases and comments:
The following intervention was made by Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea,  President of the Association of Catholic Doctors of Bucharest (Romania), at the Ordinary Synod on the Family on Friday.
Your Holiness, Synod Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, I represent the Association of Catholic Doctors from Bucharest.
I am from the Romanian Greek Catholic Church.
My father was a Christian political leader, who was imprisoned by the communists for 17 years. My parents were engaged to marry, but their wedding took place 17 years later.

My mother waited all those years for my father, although she didn’t even know if he was still alive. They have been heroically faithful to God and to their engagement.
Their example shows that God’s grace can overcome terrible social circumstances and material poverty.
We, as Catholic doctors, defending life and family, [that is, actually doingsomething] can see this is, first of all, a spiritual battle.
Material poverty and consumerism are not the primary cause of the family crisis. [BAM!]
The primary cause of the sexual and cultural revolution is ideological.  [BIF!]
Our Lady of Fatima has said that Russia’s errors would spread all over the world. [Do I hear an “Amen!”?]

It was first done under a violent form, classical Marxism, by killing tens of millions.
Now it’s being done mostly by cultural Marxism. There is continuity from Lenin’s sex revolution, through Gramsci and the Frankfurt school, to the current-day gay-rights and gender ideology[Naming names, too!]
Classical Marxism pretended to redesign society, through violent take-over of property.
Now the revolution goes deeper; it pretends to redefine family, sex identity and human nature.
This ideology calls itself progressive. But it is nothing else than the ancient serpent’s offer, for man to take control, to replace God, to arrange salvation here, in this world.
It’s an error of religious nature, it’s Gnosticism[KA-POW!]

It’s the task of the shepherds to recognize it, and warn the flock against this danger.[OORAH!  Is that what the Synod Fathers are doing?  I’m just asking.]
“Seek ye therefore first the Kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The Church’s mission is to save souls. Evil, in this world, comes from sin. Not from income disparity or “climate change”[Do I hear an “Amen!”?]
The solution is: Evangelization. Conversion.
Not an ever increasing government control. Not a world government. These are nowadays the main agents imposing cultural Marxism to our nations, under the form of population control, reproductive health, gay rights, gender education, and so on.
What the world needs nowadays is not limitation of freedom, but real freedom, liberation from sin. Salvation.

Our Church was suppressed by the Soviet occupation. But none of our twelve Bishops betrayed their communion with The Holy Father. Our Church survived thanks to our Bishops’ determination and example in resisting prisons and terror 
[I guess they were culture warriors.]
Our Bishops asked the community not to follow the World. Not to co-operate with the Communists.  [Can we hand The Synod over to this gal ?  Please ?]
Now we need Rome to tell the World: “Repent of your sins and turn to God for The Kingdom of Heaven is near”. [Is this what you are hearing from your Pastors these days ?  Or are you getting a bunch of half-mumbled, mealy-mouthed temporising ?]
Not only us, The Catholic Laity, but also many Christian Orthodox are anxiously Praying for this Synod. Because, as they say, if The Catholic Church gives in to the spirit of this World, it is going to be very difficult for all the other Christians to resist it.  [THWACK!]

Forward this to everyone.
God Bless Dr. Cernea!
I have an imagine of some of the Bishops, especially those from a certain Country, blinking faster and faster as the speech goes on and, perhaps, pawing the ground with one of their feet while their hands work, aimlessly.

No Insurance. No Road Tax. No MOT And No Licence. Erratic Driving After Having Drunk "A Couple Of Bottles". Under-Age Driver Was Breathalysed By Traffic Police. And Released !!!

Traffic Police take a Breath-Test from the suspect.
The Breath-Test proved negative and the driver was allowed to go on her way.
Illustration: BBC NEWS

An underage motorist who was stopped by Police for her erratic driving was let off - even though she had consumed "a couple of bottles" and had no Licence, Insurance or MOT.

Fortunately the "young offender" was a nosy toddler who had trundled up to Police Officers in her pink plastic car to see what was going on.

The Officers had been trying to seize a genuinely uninsured vehicle at the time in Runcorn, Cheshire.

Playing along, the Officers pretended to take a Breath Test from the girl, after asking her parents if she had been drinking that morning.

"She's had a couple of bottles," they quipped.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "Thankfully, the tot's Breath-Test Reading was clear and she was free to go."

God Bless The Little One.

A Four-Year-Old boy
scores a scintillating solo try
against The Queensland Legends.
Available on YouTube at

Ensure You Are Sitting Down. Get A Large Glass Of Something Bubbly. Make Yourself Comfortable. And Begin To Read . . .

English: Roman Breviary. Summer. Paris.
Latin: BREVIARIUM ROMANUM, Pars Aestivalis Parisiis.
Date: 1647.
Author: Un frontispice par C. Errard gravé par G. Rousselet répété quatre fois.
(Wikimedia Commons)

This Article is taken from NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT
By Gregory Dipippo.

One of the changes made to The Breviary, in the Revision of 1960, regards the arrangement of the months from August to November. One of the oddest effects of the new system will take place this year in regard to The Readings in November.

On the first Sunday of each of these months, The Church begins a new set of Scriptural Books at Matins, with their accompanying Antiphons and Responsories; their arrangement is part of a system which goes back to the 6th-Century A.D. In August; The Books of Wisdom are read; in September, Job, Tobias, Judith and Esther; in October, The Books of The Macchabees; in November, Ezechiel, Daniel, and The Twelve Minor Prophets. (September is actually divided into two sets of Readings, Job having a different set of Responsories from the other three Books.)

The “First Sunday” of each of these months is Traditionally that which occurs closest to the first Calendar Day of the month, even if that day occurs within the end of the previous month. This year, for example, The First Sunday “of August” was actually 31 July, the closest Sunday to the first day of August.

English: Roman Breviary made of Brown Calf Leather.
Nederlands: Inhoud: Brevarium Romanum.
Date: 1557-1563.
Made in Paris, France.
Source/Photographer: Source page at the
(Wikimedia Commons)

In the 1960 Revision, however, The First Sunday of the months from August to November is always that which occurs first within The Calendar Month. Therefore, The First Sunday of August was
7 August. This change also accounts for one of the peculiarities of The 1960 Breviary, the fact that November has four weeks, which are called The First, Third, Fourth and Fifth. [Editor: Therefore, NO Second week.]

According to the Traditional calculation, November has five weeks when The Fifth Week of the month falls on a Sunday; otherwise, it has four. In those years when it has four (most of them), The Second Week is omitted. Ezechiel is read on The First Week, and The Second Week, if there is one; Daniel, on The Third Week, and The Twelve Prophets on The Fourth Week. The system is designed to maintain the Tradition that at least a bit of each of The Prophets would always be read in The Breviary.

According to the newer calculation, November may have three or four weeks, but never five; The Second Week was removed from The Breviary, since it is never used. However, the older nomenclature was retained; it is hard to imagine why this was thought either necessary or useful, since a great many other terms were changed, such as the entire system of classification of Liturgical Days. Therefore, the four weeks are called First, Third, Fourth and Fifth.

English: Breviary of Saint Michael's Abbey, Chiusa, Italy
(see image of the Abbey, below).
Italiano: Breviario di San Michele della Chiusa
Date: 8 April 2015 (original upload date).
Source: Transferred from it.wikipedia to Commons.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: Saint Michael's Abbey, Chiusa, Italy.
(see image of Breviary from the Abbey, above).
The Sacra di San Michele, sometimes known as Saint Michael's Abbey, is an
complex built on top of Mount Pirchiriano in Piedmont, Northern Italy.
Founded between 
the Late-10th-Century and Early-11th-Century, the Abbey is located
along The Pilgrimage 
route that joins Monte Sant'Angelo, in Southern Italy, to
Mont Saint-Michel, in Northern France.
Italiano: La sacra di San Michele è un complesso architettonico collocato sul
monte Pirchiriano 
in Val di Susa,Piemonte. Fondata tra la fine del X e l'inizio
dell'XI secolo, l'abbazia si trova 
lungo la via di pellegrinaggio che unisce
nel nord della Francia.
Photo: 18 January 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Elio Pallard.
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
(Wikimedia Commons)

states that this is the Inspiration for the Benedictine Abbey and
Aedificium in Umberto Eco’s great novel "The Name of The Rose".

In the older system, November would have four weeks this year, The First Sunday “of November” being 30 October, since it is closer to the first day of that month. In the new system, The First Sunday “of November” will be the first Sunday within The Calendar Month, 6 November.

However, the last Sunday of November, the 27th, is The First Sunday of Advent, this year, and so November only has three weeks. Therefore, this year, Ezechiel is dropped entirely; The Readings from Daniel begin on 6 November, Hosea on 13 November, and Micah on 20 November.

Things are slightly complicated by the fact that, in 1960, a Sunday is completely omitted when it is "Impeded" by a Feast of The Lord. (Previously, Sundays were always Commemorated if they were Impeded.) Thus, all of The Liturgical Texts assigned to Sunday, 30 October, are dropped this year in favour of The Feast of Christ the King.

English: Breviary for the Diocese of Strängnäs, Sweden.
Svenska: Breviarium för Strängnäs stift.
Date: Book from 2008. Document from Late-15th-Century.
Source: Kari Tarkiainen: Sveriges Österland, p. 77.
Author: Uppsala universitetsbibliotek.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The calculation of The Sundays after Pentecost also calls for a note, here. (The discrepancies between The Missals of Pope Saint Pius V and Pope Saint John XXIII are very slight in this regard, and have no bearing on the end of this year.)

The number of Sundays “after Pentecost” assigned to The Missal is twenty-four, but the actual number varies between twenty-three and twenty-eight. The “Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost” is always Celebrated on the last Sunday before Advent. If there are more than twenty-four Sundays, the gap, between The Twenty-Third Sunday and Twenty-Fourth Sunday, is filled with The Sundays after Epiphany that had no place at the beginning of the year. The Prayers and Readings of those Sundays are inserted into The Mass of The Twenty-Third Sunday (i.e., the set of Gregorian "Propers".) The Breviary Sermon on The Sunday Gospel and the concomitant Antiphons of The Benedictus and Magnificat also carry over in The Divine Office.

The remaining Sundays of The Year are, therefore as follows, in 1960:

23 October.    Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Fourth Week of October in The Breviary);
30 October.    Christ the King (Fifth Week of October in The Breviary);
6 November.   Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (Third Week of November);
13 November. Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (Fourth Week of November);
20 November. Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Fifth Week of November);
27 November. First Sunday of Advent.

In The Breviary and Missal of Pope Saint Pius V, they are as follows (with the addition of Christ the King):

23 October.   Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Fourth Week of October in The Breviary);
30 October.    Christ the King (First Week of November in The Breviary. Commemoration of The                                   Fourth Sunday after Epiphany);
6 November.   Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (Third Week of November);
13 November  Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (Fourth Week of November);
20 November. Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Fifth Week of November);
27 November.  First Sunday of Advent.

A page from The Psalter of The Aberdeen Breviary of 1509.
From the Copy in The National Library of Scotland.
Date: 26 February 2008.
Source: National Library of Scotland.
Author: Andrew Myllar, Walter Chepman.
(Wikimedia Commons)

If this all seems a little complicated, bear in mind that the oldest arrangement of The Mass Lectionary, that we know of, was even more so. The oldest Lectionary of The Roman Rite, a Manuscript now in Wurzburg, Germany, dates to circa 750 A.D., and represents the system used at Rome about one hundred years earlier.

It has a very disorganised and incomplete set of Readings for the period after Pentecost; the Sundays are counted as two after Pentecost, seven after Saints Peter and Paul, five after Saint Laurence, and six after Saint Cyprian, a total of only twenty. There are also ten Sundays after Epiphany, even though Septuagesima is also noted in the Manuscript, and the largest number of Sundays that can occur between Epiphany and Septuagesima is only six.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Forty Hours Devotion. Saint John Cantius, Chicago. Come And Spend Time With Our Eucharistic King.

Forty Hours Devotion.

19 October to 23 October.

Forty Hours Devotion is a Graced time for our Parish Family every year.
It is a time for us to come before The Blessed Sacrament and Thank God
for his Graces, to make reparation to Him for our past sins, to Pray for the sick
and to beg God’s protection of our Nation.

Friday, 21 October.

6:30 a.m. — Matins and Lauds (Morning Prayer)
7:00 a.m. — Conventual Mass (English Mass)
8:00 a.m. — Tridentine Low Mass 
9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. — Continued Adoration
11:45 a.m.— Chanted Midday Prayer
12:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. — Continued Adoration
4:30 p.m. — Rosary and Chanted Vespers
5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) — Continued Adoration

Saturday, 22 October.

12:00 a.m. (Midnight) to 7:00 am — Continued Adoration
7:00 a.m. — Reposition
7:55 a.m. — Matins and Lauds (Morning Prayer)
8:30 a.m. — Tridentine Low Mass 

Sunday, 23 October.

12:30 p.m. — Solemn High Mass - 
(Closing Mass of Forty Hours Devotion).
Resurrection Choir and Orchestra.
Procession with The Blessed Sacrament
and Solemn Benediction.

Saint John Cantius is a unique Church in
The Archdiocese of Chicago — helping many discover a profound sense of The Sacred through Solemn Liturgies and Devotions, treasures of Sacred Art, and Liturgical Music.

The historic Baroque Church is one of the best examples of Sacred Architecture
in the City. Located in the heart of Chicago, the landmark Church
is easily accessible by car, bus, or subway.

Saint John Cantius Church
825 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, Illinois 60642-5499.
Phone: 312-243-7373.
Fax: 312-243-4545.
Photo: 23 March 2015.
Source: Own work.
Author: Sjcantius.
(Wikimedia Commons)
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