Archive for December, 2010

Gloria in excelsis deo“Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept.”—Isa. xxx. 29

Suppose that now we were to go out into the town, in the chilliness and darkness of this evening, and were to find a poor man and a poor woman asking from inn to inn whether they could have lodgings for to-night; both of them worn out and exhausted by the long journey, and the one clearly just about to become a mother. By-and-by we may hear that they had been obliged to take up their lodgings in a barn: and next morning we might be told that at midnight, in all the coldness and uncomfortableness of such a place, a baby had been born. (more…)


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Caravaggio - The Incredulity of Saint ThomasFor the more Confirmation of the Faith.

The Festival of S. Andrew, which we recently commemorated, is the first Saint’s Day in the Christian year, because, as you doubtless remember, he was the first to proclaim that he had found the Messiah. This present Feast of S. Thomas stands next in the Kalendar, not because he was the second Apostle who confessed our Blessed Lord to be the Christ; but because he was the last of them to believe in His Resurrection from the dead. (more…)

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O Sapientia

O Wisdom, Which earnest out of the mouth of the Most High, and readiest from one end to the other : mightily and sweetly ordering all things ; Come and teach us the way of prudence.

The nine days before Christmas have always been kept more especially holy by the Church. Their importance is emphasised by Antiphons, used before and after the Magnificat as on Double Feasts, which all begin with the letter O, and which, in different ways, and under different titles, look forward to our Lord’s Birth on Christmas Day.

‘O Sapientia,’ the title of the first, is retained in the Kalendar of the Book of Common Prayer, indicating that their use was not intended to be dropped. (more…)

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[Begins December 16th : Ends December 24th]

Antiphon: The earth is the Lord’s, and all that therein is: the compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.

V. Glory to God in the highest.
R. On earth peace to men of good-will.

O God, Who makest us glad with the yearly expectation of the birth of Thine only Son Jesus Christ; grant that as we joyfully receive Him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold Him when He shall come to be our judge; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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The second in the series on S. Clement’s Vestments will deal with the All Saints’ White High Mass Set, one of the 2 original white High Mass Sets. This set was made by the All Saints Sisters at their Convent in Orange Grove, Maryland. The embroidery is of the most exquisite workmanship and design, but as peculiar to the time in which it was made, the colours are all very light and delicate. These Vestments are most beautiful when viewed close by, but when observed from the pews during Mas the embroidery becomes very indistinct. The author of this article found these Vestments still in use then he arrived in the Parish in the early 1970’s. Unfortunately the silk body fabric had deteriorated so badly that it had split in many areas and should not have been worn in such disrepair. (more…)

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