Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

"Pulcherrima Rosa". The Most Beautiful Rose. 15th-Century Motet.

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Illustration: PINTEREST

Holy Cards For Your Inspiration: April 2008:

"Mon Jésus, Je Vous Aime, et me donne á Vous pour toujours."
"My Jesus, I love You, and give myself to You for always."
Illustration: PINTEREST

"Pulcherrima Rosa"
(The Most Beautiful Rose).
By The Hilliard Ensemble
and Jan Garbarek.
Available on YouTube at

Pulcherrima rosa de spina floruit
Ex flore germinosa lilium genuit
Servans pudorem ex virgineo more
Peperit factura factura factorem.

Virgo singularis te nulla dignior
Fulgens stella maris luna lucidior
Sic succuristi regina mundo tristi
Eve matris sic quae noxam que solvisti.

Esto nobis grata tis aput filium
Mater advocata post hoc exilium
Nos per iuvamen pater natus ac flamen
Tuum mater virgo solvat omnes.


Latin Text: CPDL

Most Beautiful Rose blooming from a thorn
From the budding flower, a lily born
Serving modestly and in a Virginal way
The created one bore The Creator

Unique Virgin, no-one is worthy of you
Gleaming Star of the Sea, Light and the Moon
Serving modestly and in a Virginal way
The created one bore The Creator
Such succour Queen of this sad World
And Mother of Eve who lightens our punishment

Serving modestly and in a Virginal way
The created one bore The Creator
Freely for us, beside your Son, Mother and witness
After this Earthly exile
Serving modestly and in a Virginal way
The created one bore The Creator.

English Text: DATAB.US


Illustration: PINTEREST

"My mother was our strength" Silvia Busi says of her nine months in wheelchair when Silvia's mother was strengthened by a prayer group devoted to the Virgin Mary

"Rosa Mystica" (Mystical Rose) is one of Our Lady's beautiful titles.
It is included in the recitation of The Litany to Our Lady (The Litany of Loreto).

"I Don't Mind If You Don't Like My Manners. I Don't Like Them Myself. They're Pretty Bad. I Grieve Over Them On Long Winter Evenings."


1949 Packard Station Sedan.
Illustration; HEMMINGS DAILY


by Artie Shaw.
[The perfect Intro to . . .
you know whom.]
Available on YouTube at

ADD A DAME . . .

Lauren Bacall.
American Actress.
Illustration: THE NEW YORK TIMES



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using CommonsHelper. Author: Original uploader was Zoicon5 at en.wikipedia.
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Screenshot of Humphrey Bogart
from the trailer for the film Invisible Stripes.
This File: 15 February 2008.
(Wikimedia Commons)

by Artie Shaw.
[The perfect Finale to . . .
you know whom.]
Available on YouTube at

Illustration: BUZZQUOTES

Monday, 23 November 2015

Saint Clement I. Pope And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 23 November.

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

Saint Clement I.
Pope and Martyr.
Feast Day 23 November.


Red Vestments.

+ 23 November +

Saint Clement, a successor of Saint Peter, is named third in The Canon of The Mass, after The Apostles.

The Letter of Saint Clement to The Corinthians is one of the most precious documents of the earliest Christian Centuries.

Following the affirmation of Origen, The Roman Breviary confuses this Saint with another Clement, an auxiliary of Saint Paul. Wherefore, the Epistle chosen is that in which The Apostle speaks of the Clement who worked with him for the Gospel and whose name is written in The Book of Life.

On the testimony of The Greek Acts of Saint Clement, dating from the 4th-Century A.D., The Roman Martyrology likewise declares that "relegated to Chersonese during Trajan's persecution, he at last won the glorious Crown of Martyrdom, having been cast into the sea with an anchor attached to his neck." "His body," it adds, "was carried to Rome, under the Pontificate of Pope Nicholas I and Solemnly laid in the Church which had been built in his memory."

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English: Basilica of Saint Clement, Rome.
Italian: Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
Photo: May 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Berthold Werner
(Wikimedia Commons)

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Interior of the Basilica di San Clemente,
Rome, Italy.
Photo: March 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Sixtus
Permission: GFDL
(Wikimedia Commons)

This Church, where The Station is held on The Monday of The Second Week in Lent, is one of the most interesting in Rome, because it most faithfully represents the ancient Plan of a Roman Basilica. It has, in front, an Atrium, or Courtyard, surrounded by Porticoes, with the Fountain in the centre, where the Faithful cleansed themselves before entering The Holy Building, and which is recalled by our Holy Water Stoups and Baptismal Fonts at the entrance of our Churches.

The Interior comprises three Naves, separated by Columns; the central Nave contains the Ambos, or Pulpits, where the Epistle and Gospel are read. The Lateral Naves were reserved, one for men, the other for women.

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Ceiling of the Basilica of Saint Clement, Rome.
Photo: May 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Berthold Werner
(Wikimedia Commons)

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bring the body of Saint Clement to Rome.
11th-Century fresco in the Basilica di San Clemente, Rome.
Source/Photographer: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Behind the Altar, at the back of the Apse, stands the Bishop's Chair, around which was grouped the Clergy. It is the only Church which gives such a clear account of the distinctions made among Christians.

In the first precinct, were admitted Catechumens and Penitents, who could only be present at the first part of The Mass (from the Introit to the Offertory), thence called Mass of the Catechumens. In the second part were the Faithful, who heard the second part of The Mass (from the Offertory to the end), thence called Mass of the Faithful. In the Apse, was the place reserved for Priests, whence it is called Presbyterium. Christian architecture thus showed forth the hierarchy established by Divine Right in The Church.

MassDicit Dóminus.
Commemoration of Saint Felicitas.

Ely Cathedral.

The Choir,
Ely Cathedral,
Cambridgeshire, England.
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The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Ely Cathedral has its origins in 672 A.D., when Saint Etheldreda built an Abbey Church. The present building dates back to 1083, and Cathedral status was granted it in 1109. Until The Reformation, it was the Church of Saint Etheldreda and Saint Peter, at which point it was re-Founded as The Cathedral Church of The Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely, continuing as the principal Church of The Diocese of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England.

It is the Seat of The Bishop of Ely and a Suffragan Bishop, the Bishop of Huntingdon. Architecturally, it is outstanding, both for its scale and stylistic details. Having been built in a monumental Romanesque Style, the Galilee Porch, Lady Chapel and Choir were rebuilt in an exuberant Decorated Gothic Style. Its most famous feature, however, is the central Octagonal Tower, with Lantern, above, which provides a spectacular Internal space and, along with The West Tower, gives a unique Exterior landmark that dominates the surrounding landscape.

The Lady Chapel,
Ely Cathedral,
Cambridgeshire, England.
Photo: 29 July 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Diliff.
Attribution: "Photo by DAVID ILIFF.
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0".
(Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Saint Cecilia. Virgin And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 22 November.

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

Saint Cecilia.
Virgin and Martyr.
Feast Day 22 November.


Red Vestments.

Saint Cecilia.
Church of Saint Cecilia, Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
In the sculpture, by Stefano Maderno (1576-1636), Saint Cecilia extends three fingers with her right hand and one with her left, testifying to The Trinity. The sculptor attested that this was how the Saint's body looked when her tomb was opened in 1599.
Photographed at the Church of Saint Cecilia,
Trastevere, Rome, Italy, by Richard Stracke.
Please credit the photographer and the Church.
Date: 26 September 2011 (original upload date).
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by
(Wikimedia Commons)

Born at Rome, of the illustrious family of the Coecilli,, Cecilia, as a child, consecrated her Virginity to God. When she was forced to marry Valerian, a young pagan, she said to him on the night of the wedding: "Valerian, I am placed under the guardianship of an Angel, who protects my Virginity; therefore, do not attempt anything which may bring down on thee God's anger."

Valerian dared not approach her and declared that he would believe in Jesus Christ if he saw the Angel. Cecilia assured him that this was impossible unless he was first Baptised, and sent him to Pope Urban I, who lived hidden in The Catacombs, on account of the persecutions.

Pope Urban I Baptised him and Valerian saw, near his Virginal Spouse, an Angel, brilliant with a Divine Light. Cecilia also instructed Tiburtius, the brother of Valerian, in the Faith of Jesus Christ, and Tiburtius, having been Baptised, also saw Cecilia's Angel. A short time after, both brothers were Martyred under the Prefect Almachius.

The Church of Saint Cecilia,
Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
The body of the Saint lies beneath The High Altar.
The Station on The Wednesday in
The Second Week of Lent is held here.

Finally, the last-named arrested Cecilia and ordered her to be put to death in her house. This was about 230 A.D.

Her body was discovered in 1599 by Cardinal Sfondrati, just as it was at the moment of her death. Stefano Maderno sculptured a famous reproduction of the body, which is seen under The High Altar of her Church in Rome.

Her house was transformed into a Church, where her body lies. For many Centuries, a number of Virgins of The Order of Saint Benedict have watched over this treasure. The Church is one of the two ornaments of The Trastevere, the other being Saint Mary's. Here is held The Station on The Wednesday in The Second Week of Lent. The name of Saint Cecilia is mentioned in The Canon of The Mass (Second List).

"To the sound of musical instruments," says The First Antiphon at Vespers, "the Virgin Cecilia sang to God in her heart." On this account, she has been chosen as The Patroness of Musicians.

Mass: Loquébar de testimóniis.



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