Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Don't beat a dead horse.

"If you realize that you have been unable to correct mistaken ideas in a conversation, you must pass on to another subject." — St. Francis de Sales

Once I realize a person is not amenable to rational discussion, I shut up, and change the subject if possible.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

How to Lose a Fight

One of the more interesting episodes in military history is the British defeat at the Battle of Castlebar in 1798. Maj. Gen. Hutchinson, with 6000 troops was defeated by the French general, Humbert, with 1000 French and 1000 Irish rebels. The defeat was the result of Hutchinson's rushing into battle, against the advice of Lord Cornwallis (the Viceroy, and the former commander of the British forces at Yorktown), impelled by the urgency of the situation, without taking time to rest, consider the state of his forces and the disposition of the enemy, and make proper plans. It is one of the most shameful defeats in British history, and a lesson in the dangers of letting passion overrule reason.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The unlawful deposition of a monarch

The Roman Pontiff has, so far as I can tell, unlawfully, deposed a fellow monarch, the Prince Grand master of the Order of Malta, and engage in an unlawful takeover of this sovereign entity.  This wickedness has left me speechless.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Behold the Lamb of God..."

The Mass of St. Gregory the Great, by Adriaen Ysenbrandt (1480–1551)

"However much I may be absorbed or employed in other duties; however much I may succeed in them, yet my labour will be lost time and my success a failure if it does not include the Mass devoutly offered and the Divine office devoutly recited." 
—Mgr John Moyes, the second Canon Administrator of Westminster Cathedral.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Octave of the Epiphany and Baptism of Our Lord

The Baptism of Christ" by Pietro Perugino, 1483. 

Today is the traditionally the octave day of Epiphany, and the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. People commonly ask why Our Lord was baptized, since he was sinless, and, indeed, God. The answer is that it was not to wash away his sins and make him holy, but rather that he might sanctify the water, and make it holy. Thus he began the process of sanctifying the creation, which had been corrupted by Adam's sin, and so water became the means whereby our sins were washed away, and we begin a new life as children of God. 

Today is traditionally also the last day of the Christmas-Epiphany feast.* Tomorrow the liturgy goes back into "ferial," or ordinary, mode.

*The 1662 Book of Common Prayer (like the 1928) celebrates the Octave, but has no provision for celebrating the Baptism today.  The 1979 BCP puts the Baptism on the Sunday after Epiphany, but makes no provision for the Octave.  The full restoration of the Octave with the celebration of Our Lord's Baptism is most desirable, for theological reasons especially .

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Latin Communion Service at Oxford

The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford
Today, the first day of Hilary term, as at the beginning of every term, The Holy Communion is celebrated, in Latin, in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford.  The service is at 8 a.m., and is attended by members of the University in their gowns.

The Service is here: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/Latin1662/Latin1662_Communion.htm

And Fr. Hunwicke has an interesting post on this here: http://liturgicalnotes.blogspot.com/2017/01/latin-liturgy-at-oxford.html