Tag Archives: Beauty

Benedict XVI on Music, Liturgy, John Paul II

Our pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, gave a speech yesterday at Castelgandolfo (the papal summer residence), where he received doctorates honoris causa from two Polish universities. Even though he has gone on record saying that he would not write any more theological … Continue reading

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A Gem on Beautiful Churches

I attended a talk by Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco this morning, and he had a very interesting statement to make about the cost of building beautiful churches. The story went that the San Francisco Cathedral was started in 1963 … Continue reading

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May Crowning

Did your parish have a May Crowning this morning? Here is the result from one of my parishes, St. Barnabas:   The Memorare Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy … Continue reading

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Tríbue, Dómine

I had the good fortune of attending a concert by the world-renowned Tallis Scholars tonight, right here in Birmingham, Alabama. It was wonderful. The final piece on the program was entitled “Tríbue, Dómime”, and is a prayer attributed to St. Augustine … Continue reading

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Ciborium Veil

A few months back a kind individual gave me a ciborium veil that his wife had made. I was finally able to put it into use on Holy Thursday. (For various reasons which I won’t get into here, we will … Continue reading

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A Holy Thursday Gift

For several months now I’ve been undertaking a transformation of the rectory chapel here at St. Barnabas, to change it from the guest room that it used to be to a room that looks like a chapel and is a … Continue reading

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Mass Ad Orientem for the Annunciation

This morning I celebrated Mass ad orientem for the Solemnity of the Annunciation, on our historic high altar at Holy Rosary Church. The Mass (which was a Novus Ordo in English) was offered for all the deceased of the parish: for those … Continue reading

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Potato Onion Oil Egg Salt

Tonight I tried my hand at a great meatless meal, Spanish Tortilla. It is nothing like the tortilla we know in the USA, made from flour or corn. This one, rather, is made from eggs and potatoes (and oil, onion, … Continue reading

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Some Beautiful Modern Vestment Work

My friend David Gardiner has a vestment for sale at his web site right now that really catches my eye: Here’s a detail of the 90-year-old embroidered vesica (medallion), in pristine condition: Great price for it too! (See details on … Continue reading

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Some New Altarware

Our new altar candlesticks, crucifix, and missal stand arrived recently for Holy Rosary parish – one of the fruits of the fundraiser that I had. (Side note: another Mass for benefactors will take place soon.) Here are two photos: You’ll … Continue reading

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A Preview

Just in time for our benefactor’s Mass at Holy Rosary in the morning, a little preview of what has just recently arrived: Thank you again!

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Our Humility Expressed in Beauty

A quotation has been making the rounds on Facebook from a recently-published book which, thanks to the goodness of some friends, I now own: Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis. I would like to share this quote here as well, because not … Continue reading

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