Monday, April 30, 2007

ROMAN PROTESTANTISM

It's a new religion discovered by the Catholic Caveman. In fact, in this post, the Caveman exposes the common signs of whether or not you are a "Roman Protestant". Probably just as funny as those "you might be a redneck" jokes. Those signs of "Roman Protestantism" go something like this (NOTE: these are the Caveman's, not mine):

If you categorize yourself as a Catholic, plus....
1. If you consider the Eucharist to be a mere symbol of Jesus, you're a Roman Protestant.
2. If you consider the primary purpose of the Mass to be that of a communal meal/gathering, you're a Roman Protestant.
3. If you purposfully dress-down for Mass (shorts, flip-flops, a Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy t-shirt), and you present yourself more like your on your way to either the beach or a barbecue vice God's House, you're not necessarily a Roman Protestant. You're just a disrespectful slob.
4. If you hold/raise your hands during the Our Father because you consider doing such "the primary a sign of unity for Catholics", you obviously don't know what the purpose of the Eucharist is. And guess what? You're a Roman Protestant.
5. If you purposfully don't go to Confession, but go to Communion every Sunday... and your rationale is "I'm basically a good person. I don't commit any REALLY bad sins, and besides, I know God loves me just the way I am", you're a Roman Protestant.
6. If you stand during the Consecration instead of kneel because standing displays "fuller participation", that doesn't mean you're a Roman Protestant. But it does mean you should consider doing calisthenics during the Consecration. Could you even imagine how "full" your participation would be then?
7. If you think that Purgatory is just something that The Church invented during The Middle Ages to bring in money, you're a Roman Protestant.
8. If you prefer On Eagle's Wings over Hail Holy Queen, that doesn't make you a Roman Protestant. That just means that you have really, really bad taste in music.
9. If you think that the pope is nothing more than just another bishop, you're a Roman Protestant.
10. If you classify yourself as "Charismatic", technically you're not a Roman Protestant, but c'mon... who ya tryin' to bull$&!+?
In closing, to those who call themselves "Progressive Catholics" or "Reformed Catholics", let me tell you that Catholicism already has a word for folks like that... they're called Protestants.

Peace,
BMP

A TRIO OF NOTABLE POSTS FROM THE NLM

Some really good posts to check out at the New Liturgical Movement!

Jeffrey Tucker gives a very common example of how mediocrity is rammed down the throats of many Catholics.

In another post, Mr. Tucker links to a comment by church architect Duncan Stroik in this article about theater-style seating. Cripes! My former roundhouse church could have passed for a miniature version of the Providence Civic Center (now named Dunkin Donuts Center Providence - YUK! or by it's not so bad nickname, The Dunk). They were both built around the same time. The Dunk, around 1972-ish; the roundhouse church in question, 1970.

Finally, Shawn Tribe reports that Msgr. Peter J. Elliott, a vocal supporter of the reform of the reform, has been named Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne. Things are looking quite good in Australia these days, eh - first Cardinal Pell in Sydney, now Bishop-elect Elliott in Melbourne. Go Aussies!

Peace,
BMP

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton, RI
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 6, 2007

NETTLETON - God, we praise you! God, we bless you!
Chant, Mode V - Gloria VIII
Psalm Tone 8G - I will praise your name for ever, my King and my God
Chant, Mode II - Alleluia from O Filii et Filiae (verse of day sung to Psalm Tone 2)
HYMN TO JOY - Sing with all the saints in glory
Peloquin - Sanctus, Memorial, Amen, and Agnus from Mass of the Bells
Chant - Lord's Prayer (English)
Chant, Mode VI - Ubi Caritas (in Latin)
Chant, Mode VI - Regina Caeli (in Latin)
ASH GROVE - Let all things now living

We'll be teaching NETTLETON to the people just before Mass, as this tune is new to them. Rest assured that we will NOT "Sing a new Church into being". How about we sing of the ONE holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church instead.

Peace,
BMP

CHRISTUS VINCIT ANYWHERE! 79



You can listen below, or save the file by clicking here. (44:57/41.0 MB)

Today we continue on this new series, this week we're covering a few of the many different tunes used for the well-known Benediction hymn Tantum Ergo Sacramentum.

Feasts for the week:
St. Pius V; St. Joseph the Worker; St. Athanasius;
SS Philip and James. For more information: New Advent Website.

Christus Vincit Semi-Live at the Neighborhood Softball Field: We're semi-live from the softball field where my daughter plays. BTW, her team got smoked when we recorded, but we'll get'em before you know it! :-) We also discuss the music we used for the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

Music:
All People that on Earth Do Dwell (tune: Old Hundredth)
The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Five different tunes of Tantum Ergo Sacramentum (Chant, Mode III; setting by Samuel Webbe; tune: Oriel; Chant, Mode V; tune: St. Thomas)
Crowe Jam, by Charlie Crowe, brought to you by Podsafe / Charlie's MySpace

Commercials: St. Michael's RCIA Podcast, iPadre Podcasting Network, Disciples with Microphones
Hymnody in Inflationary Language: Alleluia, Alleluia, Hearts to (three) Heav'n and Voices Raise, brought to you by the Motu Proprio Pool.

CVA Interactive Corner

Friday, April 27, 2007

BROWN BUSTED???

I won't point fingers, but Bishop Tod Brown (Orange County, CA) is apparently being accused of molestation. Did he do it? I don't know, nor will I judge. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But here's the story in Orange County Weekly.

Red Sox cap tip to the Crescat.

I am NO FAN of Bishop Brown, especially in liturgical matters. But I won't judge him guilty or innocent in terms of the accusations, until the verdict is read. The Cannonball has noted also that the OC Weekly is not the most reliable in the world.

It will all come out in the wash, one way or another.
Peace,
BMP

Thursday, April 26, 2007

HELP WANTED!!!

Cats who can play the piano/keyboard/organ

Ask Charles at RPInet (just kidding Charles). Charles did post the link to one cute talented little feline. Here she is...



In the same thread, I had discovered that the above cat, named Nora, has some fierce competition from Eric, below...



Who will get the job as substitute at Charles' parish? (Man, I'm just torturing poor Charles here - I hope you know it's all in fun, hehehe!) It's votes that count, so leave your vote in our comments box please. May the best kitty get the job!

Peace,
BMP

(PS: Winning cat gets a free membership to NPM!)

FOR THOSE FANS OF THE GAME "ACROPHOBIA"

Got this from a visiting priest who was celebrant for the second of two funerals I played this morning:

Basic
Instructions
Before
Leaving
Earth

Peace,
BMP

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

ICEL/USCCB STRIKES AGAIN

Fr. Tim Finigan got a little slap from the folks over at ICEL over exposure of the January 2006 proposed translation of the Mass. Apparently, posting the translation on his blog is a "violation of ICEL's copyright".

Being the obedient priest that he is, Fr. Finigan removed the translation from his blog, and made it clear in his reply to the ICEL crew, but not without giving them a little slap of his own. KUDOS, Father!

Full text of letter from ICEL's Peter Finn and Fr. Finigan's reply here.

Coincidentally, the USCCB forbids use of the New American Bible for podcasting (remember - the USCCB and ICEL went hand and hand for a few decades now). This includes the Lectionary readings (the Psalms in the Lectionary are copyright ICEL; much of the rest of the Lectionary is copyright CCD). Brian Noe, who hosts the Verbum Domini podcast, was one who obediently stopped using the NAB translation upon demand from the USCCB. He has since switched to the RSV/2nd Catholic Edition (Ignatius Bible), and with no problem from them whatsoever. However, now the USCCB has their own podcast on the readings, in an attempt to compete with Brian Noe.

One fellow podcaster caught wind (I'm protecting this podcaster's identity here) and wrote the USCCB:
I am a podcaster among a group of faithful podcaster, both lay and clergy. As I was checking the readings for today's Liturgy, I saw the new podcast of the NAB, readings of the day. I am very saddened by this. How dare the USCCB chain the Word of God through copyrite, forbid good Catholic to use it in their podcasts and now duplicate what one podcaster has been doing for more than a year. If the USCCB would work with those responding to the New Evangelization call of John Paul II, there would be greater success and a lost less waste.

The best that the USCCB could muster for a reply was this:
Thank you for your recent email.
The USCCB administers its copyright so as to achieve the best possible balance between wide dissemination, the protection of the integrity of the text, and good stewardship.
I hope that you will take the time to listen to the new podcast. I think that you will find that it will be of great spiritual benefit to the faithful.

Protect WHAT??? Maybe their pockets, at best. HA!

I hope Fr. Finigan takes his missive as far as humanly possible. I'm behind you 100%.
Peace,
BMP

ARCHBISHOP FLYNN'S SUCCESSOR HAS BEEN NAMED

Heads could roll in Minneapolis

Red Sox cap tip to Gerald.

The story from The Pioneer Press states that Pope Benedict XVI has been named Coadjutor Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Most Reverend John Nienstedt, Bishop of New Ulm, Minnesota, has been named to succeed Archbishop Harry Flynn.

Roman Catholic Bishop John Nienstedt of New Ulm, Minn., a theological conservative who has taken on Hollywood, stem-cell research and people who make too much noise in church, was named Tuesday to succeed Archbishop Harry Flynn.

The announcement by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that Nienstedt, 60, had been named "coadjutor archbishop" ended months of speculation over who would succeed Flynn, who will step down when he turns 75 next year....

But Nienstedt's time as bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm has not been without controversy. While Flynn and others lauded him as an able administrator and liturgist, some of his actions have rankled his own priests and parishioners in the diocese he has led since August 2001.

Soon after being named bishop in New Ulm, he condemned some of the theological views of the man who had held the post before him for 25 years, Bishop Raymond Lucker, a noted progressive clergyman who died in 2001. Denouncing his predecessor's views was an "extraordinary step," the National Catholic Reporter noted in an article on the incident.

As bishop in New Ulm, Nienstedt prohibited cohabitating couples from being married in Catholic churches. He barred female pastoral administrators from leading prayers at a semiannualAdvertisement leadership event. He once disciplined a priest for holding joint ecumenical services with a Lutheran congregation after the Catholic church had been destroyed by a tornado.

Kenneth Irrgang, a retired priest who clashed with Nienstedt when he was bishop in New Ulm, predicted that Nienstedt will meet resistance among the 654 active priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

"I expect disaster there. I don't think those priests are going to accept him," said Irrgang, who now lives in St. Cloud. "He's a micromanager. He has to control everything. He hews the line from the Vatican without any question whatsoever. He's not a very good people person.

"But the Rev. Philip M. Schotzko of the Church of St. Peter in St. Peter, Minn., praised Nienstedt's abilities.

"Bishop Nienstedt is a consummate man of the church," said Schotzko. "He thinks with, prays with and loves the church with everything he's got. He just follows very carefully the teachings and all aspects of church theology and moral teachings. You'll get a very committed man in that way."

He said Nienstedt is "gifted in many ways as a liturgist" and considers him "a good organizer and planner and administrator."

Sounds like the $&!+ could hit the fan at certain parishes with gym Masses.

Peace,
BMP

THE MOVIE MEME

I've been tagged by the one and only Carolina Cannonball (as one of "the usual suspects" LOL).

It kinda goes like this:

- Go to IMDB.com and look up 10 of your favourite movies.
- Post five (5) official IMDB "Plot Keywords" for these 10 picks.
- Have your friends guess the movie titles.
- Then tag three people

Had it not been for reasearching answers to trivia questions that my mom sends in from the local newspaper, it would be questionable whether or not I had heard of IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base). But here we go...

1. Cult / Affair / Gross Out Comedy / Female Nudity / Chainsaw
2. Irish American / Courtroom Drama / Catholic / Hospital / Nurse
3. Rifle / Adoption / Bear / Birthday Party / Camping Trip
4. Drugs / Cannabis / Punk Rock Band / Music Contest / Surveillance
5. Bet / Police / Road / Southern U.S. / Speed
6. Parody / Car / Spying / Racer / Agent
7. Second Part / Sequel / Bad To The Bone / Flatulence / Babysitter
8. Fishing / Prank / Revenge / Rural / Seduction
9. Birmingham Alabama / Automobile / Stunt / Film Making / Friendship
10. Television / Painting / Snow Angel / Snowmobile / Granddaughter

Now - who do I tag??? Let's tag The Curt Jester, Domini Sumus, and Dad29.

Peace,
BMP

CATHOLIC CARNIVAL 116

...is up and running at Cause of Our Joy. We didn't post anything this week for it, but it's a good read just the same.
Peace,
BMP

LITURGICAL TRIAGE

Here's a small sampling. This isn't your ordinary triage.


Pope Johnny V. His thoughts on liturgy: No disassemble! That's bad liturgy!
Meet J5 and his cohorts at Alive and Young.


The Liturginator: Hasta la vista, liturgeista!
Meet him at Aggie Catholic.

If all else fails, pop one of these and call the above guys in the morning.

(also from Alive and Young).

Incidentally, these guys were commissioned by the Pontifical Order of Liturgical Police, who also gives us the pills, and this watch:

Consult this post at Alive and Young for instructions. And tell'em Canis sent you.


Peace,
BMP

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

MAXIMUM COMFORT FOR ANY MASS SETTING

The Curt Jester introduces La-Z-Pew, the pew that keeps you comfy in any liturgical setting. These new "pews" adjust to any and all positions, including kneeling. They also have pockets for hymnals, the Missal, and any other reading material you may need.


Click the link at the beginning of this post for more details.

This kinda reminds me of this Top Ten List from May 2006.

Peace,
BMP

Monday, April 23, 2007

SURPRISE, SURPRISE!

OCP Advertises Latin Book!

It's been out, but not pushed much. But I got this in my regular mailing from them:
OCP offers Latin resources to make Latin chant part of your community's Sunday worship.
Particularly, they show a supplement called Laus Tibi, Christe, a book chocked full of Latin hymns and chants. Although it was originally intended to supplement the latest JourneysongS hymnal, you could add it to just about anything. Their best product to date, IMO.

Peace,
BMP

AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

The 100th anniversary edition of Catholic Church Music, written by Richard Runyan Terry in 1907, is available for a free download at Musica Sacra. (Link is to more detail, as well as the download links.)
Red Sox cap tip to our good friend Joe from the RPInet boards.

Peace,
BMP

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton, RI
Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 29, 2007
(Good Shepherd Sunday)

ELLACOMBE - I sing the mighty pow'r of God
Chants from Jubilate Deo - Gloria VIII, Sanctus XVIII, Memorial, Amen, Agnus XVIII
Psalm Tone 8G - We are his people, the sheep of his flock (Psalm 100)
Mode II - Alleluia from O Filii et Filiae
(except 10:30) OLD HUNDREDTH - All people that on earth do dwell
(10:30 only) Vaughan Williams - The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune
Chant - Lord's Prayer in English
ST. COLUMBA - The King of love my Shepherd is
SALZBURG - At the Lamb's high feast we sing

Peace,
BMP

CHRISTUS VINCIT ANYWHERE! 78



You can listen below, or save the file by clicking here. (36:16/33.2 MB)

For the next two weeks, we'll be exploring Adoration hymns with multiple tunes, namely O Salutaris Hostia this week, and Tantum Ergo Sacramentum next week.

Feasts for the week:
St. George; St. Adalbert; St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen; St. Peter Chanel;
St. Louis de Montfort. For more information: New Advent Website.

Christus Vincit Semi-Live on I-93: Yes, I-93 in beautiful New Hampshire. I had the chance to take the family to FunSpot. Check out pictures and story at Christus Vincit - The BLOG! We also discuss the music we used for the Third Sunday of Easter.

Music:
At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing (tune: Salzberg)
Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless (tune: St. Agnes)
Four different tunes of O Salutaris Hostia (Chant, Mode VIII; setting by Abbe Dieudonne Duguet; tune: Melcombe; setting by Anthony Werner)
To Victory, by DJ Topshelf, brought to you by Podsafe.

Commercials: Catholic Family Podcast, iPadre Podcasting Network, Disciples with Microphones
Top Ten List: Top Ten Types of People I Wouldn't Trust to Distribute Holy Communion, brought to you by the New and Improved Our Father Holding Hand.
Additional Link: cyberhymnal.org

CVA Interactive Corner

Friday, April 20, 2007

A GRADUATION IN THE FAMILY

A big congrats to my daughter Jessica as she graduated with honors at the Sawyer School. Jessica took the program for Medical Assistant/Secretary there. Her eventual goal: coroner.

The ceremony took place at the historic Pawtucket Congregational Church in Pawtucket. The organist for the ceremony was an old friend of mine, Kevin Valentine.







Sharing in the joy with Jessica - sister Brittany and brother Brian










And joined here also by proud parents! And yes, that guy whose near bald in this picture is the same guy you saw with funky hair in my New Hampshire post. Ann gave me the buzz treatment just an hour and a half before the ceremony this evening.

I am one proud papa snark!

Peace,
BMP

THE GREAT NEW HAMPSHIRE GETAWAY

An off-topic pictoral

Yesterday for the first time in a couple of years, my wife Ann, my kids Brian and Brittany, and yours truly had a chance to get up to New Hampshire (as this welcome sign on I-93 pictured left indicates), particularly Fun Spot, on US Route 3 up in Weirs Beach, near lake Winnepesaukee.

Fun Spot is a three-story building billed as the largest arcade in the world. Hundreds of games (video, slots, pinball, and more), plus tenpin and candlepin bowling, mini-golf, an indoor simulated golf course, snack bar, and more. Click on these little pictures to get the big pictures.

Our first stop was on the second floor - the bowling alleys. You certainly didn't think we were going to bowl tenpins now, did you? After all, there's a tenpin alley just ten minutes from home. Why would I drive two states north for that? There are NO candlepin houses to be found in Rhode Island. The nearest candlepin house is in Franklin, Massachusettes - 30-40 minutes away. We bowled candlepins for the first time in about ten years.

Brian takes a shot here.







Now Brittany.







Here's a video that Ann took of me picking up a VERY RARE spare (I bowled like crap, but had a great time).


Meanwhile, in the slot room, my kids get caught gambling. Mind you, you can see these same machines at those big name casinos that only the mommies and daddies can enter.









Here's that simulated golf course. Of all the courses we selected, we picked some course somewhere in the middle of Utah. Our golfing was so bad that in our one-hour rental time, we just barely got past the front three (I went +17 in just the first hole alone). Hint: my favorite golfer is Happy Gilmore (as portrayed by Adam Sandler).

Brittany tees off - ball lands in the rough.







Brian tees off - ball lands in sand.







Yours truly tees off - ball lands in deep rough, near trees and a barbed wire fence - almost out of bounds.





Here are some tables I haven't seen since Rocky Point Park was open (they closed in 1995). Shown here are the bingo and poker versions on the first floor. On the second floor is the hi/lo version where you must score 15 and under or 27 and over to win (anything from 16 to 26 loses).


Finally, here are some sketches drawn by a sketch drawing machine. I thought this was way cool. In order: me, Brittany and Brian (goofing off), Ann.











We took the scenic route back to I-93. Ann got this really cool pic of a typical New Hampshire "skyline".

Peace,
BMP

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Easter III at the Cathedral

Prelude: Meditation No. 1 -- David Barton
Entrance: At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing / SALZBURG
Gloria: Andrews (Peter Jones at 9:30)
Psalm 30: Guimont
Salisbury Alleluia
Offertory: I Know that My Redeemer Lives / DUKE STREET
Anthem (9:30): With a Voice of Singing -- Martin Shaw
Sanctus/Mem. Acc. D/Amen -- Community Mass
Agnus Dei: Proulx in F
Anthem (9:30): Agnus Dei -- Sherri Porterfield
Communion: This is the Feast / FESTIVAL CANTICLE
Hymn: Go Make of All Disciples / ELLACOMBE
Postlude: Trumpet Tune in B-flat -- Michael McCabe

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

CATHOLIC CARNIVAL 114...

...is up and runnin' at To Jesus Through Mary. Though we sent nothing this week for the carnival, one might want to catch wind of this one - a beautiful historic church, St. Anne's in New Castle, IN (Indianapolis archdiocese) was destroyed by ARSON. May God have mercy on the son of a &!+(& that did that one. Story at 50 Days After.

Enjoy the Carnival!
Peace,
BMP

Monday, April 16, 2007

CHRISTUS VINCIT ANYWHERE! 77



You can listen below, or save the file by clicking here. (51:48/47.4 MB)
Today we finish talking about bits of our Holy Father's Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis. This is the last of three parts.

CV Semi-Live is in a casino, and we have come up with two brand new miscellaneous outbursts.

Feasts for the week: St. Anselm.
For more information, see the New Advent Website.

Christus Vincit Semi-Live at Twin Rivers Casino: While Shamus wins a lot of loot and blows it right back, we cover the music of Confirmation and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Music:
Come, Holy Ghost (tune: Lambillotte); Veni, Creator Spiritus (Chant, Mode VIII)
Sing with All the Saints in Glory (tune: Hymn to Joy)
Godhead, Here in Hiding (tune: Adoro Te Devote)
We Walk by Faith (tune: St. Anne); O Salutaris Hostia (Werner)
Power to Believe, by Johnny Proctor, brought to you by Podsafe.

Commercials: Divine Mercy Podcast, iPadre Podcasting Network, Disciples with Microphones
Hymnody in Inflationary Language: Today Shamus inflates Ye Sons and Daughters, brought to you by the Secret Society of the Spirit of Vatican II.
Additional Link: Sacramentum Caritatis on the Vatican II Website

CVA Interactive Corner

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton, RI
Third Sunday of Easter - April 22, 2007

At the Lamb's high feast we sing (Salzburg)
Gloria VIII
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me (Psalm Tone 8G)
Alleluia from O Filii et Filiae (Mode II)
Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless (St. Agnes)
Sanctus, Memorial, Amen, Agnus from Mass of the Bells (Peloquin)
Lord's Prayer (chant/English)
This is the feast of victory for our God (Festival Canticle)
All people that on earth do dwell (Old 100th)

Peace,
BMP

THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE SPIRIT OF VATICAN II

Be afraid! Be very afraid!

PBXVI, aka, The Catholic Warrior, mentioned this way-too-funny post of his own in his comment to my Name That Order post.
Enjoy!

Peace,
BMP
PS: Welcome to the CV Definitive Blogroll

Friday, April 13, 2007

HOME IMPROVEMENT: THE TAJ MAHONY

Matthew at NLM has a counter-proposal of how the LA Cathedral (Our Lady of the Angels) would have looked like under his watch, had he been commissioned to build it. Yes, it would have stuck out from US Route 101 as the current "edifice" does, only it wouldn't have been such a dang eyesore as it is now.

Compare this...

to this...


I choose Matthew's.
Peace,
BMP

BLOGGER'S CHOICE AWARDS

Red Sox cap tip (and big thank you) to Domini Sumus.

There's a new awards show going on these days - it's called the Blogger's Choice Awards. Unlike the Catholic Blog Awards from last winter, any and all blogs are nominated. There is a category for the Best Religion Blog. That's the category we're under. So, yes, we're out to try to get some votes. Please consider a vote for Christus Vincit at the Blogger's Choice Awards. If you can't, then perhaps consider one of the other Catholic bloggers, so that no athiests or pagans take victory in the Religion category.

BTW - right now Gerald is up there.

I'll have this cute little badge up on the sidebar as well.
My site was nominated for Best Religion Blog!

Peace,
BMP

Thursday, April 12, 2007

OFF-TOPIC: CANDLEPIN BOWLING

Picture this - rolling a ball that's a little bit bigger in diameter than a baseball, but a little bit smaller than a softball, aiming at really skinny pins. That's candlepin bowling, and I'm taking my wife and kids to do that one day next week. It's something we haven't done in years. My son Chris (he's going on 22) will be doing his first PBA gig some time in June (non-televised). But that's "normal bowling", the conventional "tenpin bowling". It's funny how they call the normal mode of bowling (with the big ball, up to 16 pounds) "tenpin", considering duckpin bowling (which used to be big in Rhode Island, there are only a handful of duckpin houses left) and candlepin bowling (none in Rhode Island, but big in Massachusetts and New Hampshire) both use ten (10) pins.

The house we're going to is called Fun Spot, up in the middle of New Hampshire, and has a huge arcade, indoor golf, bingo, and twenty lanes of bowling - ten candlepin and ten tenpin. You can bet I'm in it for the candlepins. Heck, I can go tenpins anywhere! There's a tenpin house less than ten minutes from my home. I want the real challenge.

For those who have never seen candlepin bowling before (mostly those who don't live in MA, ME, NH, or Nova Scotia, Canada), the idea is the same --- roll the ball and knock down ten pins. BUT--- you get three balls to do it instead of two. If you knock them all down on the third ball, it's scored simply as a "ten" - no more, no less. No waiting for the next frame to determine your score like in a spare or strike. Same applies to duckpins. Also, candlepin bowling is the only bowling where you DO NOT clear the deadwood. You must play it. That has its ups and downs. With deadwood played correctly, 7-10 split conversions are more common. However, a piece of deadwood in a certain spot can prevent you from picking up that single pin for a spare.

A typical male pro candlepin bowler averages somewhere around 120-130 (a typical PBA tenpin bowler averages about 100 pins more than that). Here's a YouTube video of the first five frames of a match where the champion, Paul Berger, shot a rare three-game total of 500 (158-149-193). Enjoy!

Peace,
BMP

SCHOLA CANTORUM SANCTAE CECILIAE IN CONCERT

I got this announcement from a family I'm good friends with.

The Schola Cantorum Sanctae Ceciliae of Northern Rhode Island, directed by Henri St. Louis, will offer a Concert of Sacred Music, April 27, at St. Anthony’s Church, 128 Greene Street, Woonsocket, RI. The group will be performing works of various composers dating from the early Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century. The concert will begin at 7:00 P.M. followed by refreshments in the church hall. A free-will offering to benefit St. Anthony’s Church may be given.

Henri St. Louis is a very well-known organist, singer, and choir director in the Northern Rhode Island area. The singers that he is directing and singing with here are all one family. The mother, Fran Garrepy, is also an established organist in Northern Rhode Island. Her father, the late Alcee Brodeur, was also a well-known organist in and around Woonsocket. Fran, Henri, and five of her sons make up the schola cantorum. Four of those five boys sang with me when I was at Holy Name. The youngest, Mark, was too young then. One of the boys, Michael, is studying organ with Henri St. Louis, and is doing quite well. I have heard this group in action on the local cable channel, and have a CD of their work. They are excellent.

Definitely an asset to the sacred music scene in the Providence diocese.
Peace,
BMP

The Hoffmann Gets A New Console


On Tuesday of this week (April 17), the technicians from Schantz will arrive in Lafayette to install the new 4 manual draw-knob console at Fatima Church. The old Organ Supply console ("made in Taiwan"), "stop tabs" and all will be scrapped. Stop Drooling, Nick and Brian. Check out all those pistons...sure beats the 10 (only ten, count 'em, ten) the old Matel console had (actually, it only had one that worked, #10, and I used #1 as the general cancel, since the contact in the actual general cancel had burned off so many times, there was only a tiny nub left under the piston cap). By the way, the picture at the left was taken a week ago or so in the Schantz workshop. No, this is not an NPM model for short hippie women who don't know how to play a pedalboard. There is a nifty pedal board, but it's just not shown here. In addition to the new console grooviness, the Schantz guys will be moving the Subbass 16' from the main chamber to the choir chamber in order to create a new, safe opening into the swell box that will access the swell reeds for tuning. At present, the opening is high on the back of the box, and the tuner has to lie prostrate on a plank and work almost entirely by feel. The console will be installed in the the organ's original console location, in the choir oratory just off of the sanctuary. The choir of course will also be located here, giving us singer and organist types a real front row seat on Calvary. Grooviness abounds. The Vadicun Too "Choir must partissipate in assemblage activity" funhouse play zone down in the nave will remain the home of the Schimmel baby grand to be used for concert events. We will be planning an Alte Kapelle style organ dedication in the coming months. Instead of the d minor Toccata and Fuge, the Bach "Wedge" is on tap. I'll post pictures of the new console in its new home after the installation is complete.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A NEW GAME SHOW ON PWTN

Name That Order!

Ah yes, good ol' PWTN! Anyhoo...
This morning I played a funeral in a nuns' chapel. Now, for a chapel that was built in 1960, it's not a bad looking chapel at all. After all, at that time the Mass was still in Latin. Nice baldacchino still intact, and an altar rail (albeit metal). Casavant organ, two manuals, about 14 ranks, German stoplist, built in 1962.

However, because the funeral was small, there was a table set about halfway up the aisle that was used for an altar. Despite that, the priest said Mass reverently. But...

Let's look at the music - something I couldn't change since the people were supplied with written programs...
In: Be not afraid
Ps: I have loved you (which isn't a responsorial Psalm to begin with)
Alleluia wasn't specified, so I used the one from O Filii et Filiae (hey, we're in the Easter Octave, right?)
Off: Suscipe (My God, I am yours for time and eternity...) by Sr. Dolores Nieratka
Massive Cremation
Com: All I ask of you (nice love song for Communion, eh - blech!)
Eulogy given by a nun, longer than the priest's homily (he didn't preach long either - probably about five minutes)
Commendation: Songs of the Angels (by Bob Dufford; the title is deceiving, making one believe it's really the In Paradisum)
Out: Beagle's Things

The deceased nun is pictured in the program wearing her habit (of course - she was 96 when she died). However, there wasn't a freakin' nun in the church with a habit (but there were a banana boat load of nuns).

Now, for a thousand points:
(besides the Water Buffalo Women's Auxiliary) NAME THAT ORDER!

Peace,
BMP

INSTANT HIGH ALTAR

Here's what happens when the FSSP visits a parish church with a modern style table altar. This is one of the coolest transformations I've seen, albeit only temporary. This was very likely taken in France.
Red Sox cap tip to Shawn at NLM.

Enjoy!
Peace,
BMP

THE MOTU PROPRIO AND THE DISSIDENT POPULATION

How will they deal with it?

Paul Nichols has a couple of examples. First there's this:



Here Paul asks:
Can you imagine one at St. Sabina's in Chicago? Or anywhere in Orange County (Home of the Barney Mass)? Or how about St. Bernadette's in Severn, MD, which bills itself as "gay friendly"? I shudder to think of what they'd do to it.

Or dare to imagine what would happen at the next MahonyFest (er, Religious Misedumacation Congress)! HEY, speaking of L.A., Paul also gives us this (even funnier than the first):


Perhaps that phone in question might be on that portion of US Route 6 in Nevada where it's only two lanes (one lane each way) and boasts a 70 MPH speed limit. (This is an actual scene on US-6 in Nevada. Photo courtesy of AA Roads).



Peace,
BMP

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

CHRISTUS VINCIT ANYWHERE! 76



You can listen below, or save the file by clicking here. (1:09:41/63.8 MB)
Today we're a day late, but not because of the computer this time. It's been one busy weekend, so not much got done. Many of the segments were recorded yesterday, and the dates given reflect that. We landed up moving choir rehearsal from today to yesterday this week (normally we rehearse on Tuesday nights), as we have our Confirmation Mass tonight. Plus, I got to see my daughter in a play yesterday in her afterschool drama club. She really did me proud, like all my kids do!

Feasts for the week: Monday-Saturday in the Octave of Easter.
For more information, see the New Advent Website.

Christus Vincit Semi-Live in the living room: Extensive coverage of our Easter Triduum music.

Music:
Our Blessing Cup (antiphon only) (written by yours truly); Ubi Caritas (Chant, Mode VI);
Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart); Pange Lingua Gloriosi (Chant, Mode III)
Father, into Your Hands (written by yours truly)
Sing, My Tongue, the Savior's Glory (Fortunatus/Neale text; Chant, Mode III)
O Sacred Head, Surrounded (tune: Passion Chorale)
Were You There (Spiritual, arranged by yours truly); Gloria (from Missa de Angelis)
Alleluia for the Easter Vigil (from O Filii et Filiae; Chant, Mode II; adapted by yours truly)
Jesus Christ Is Ris'n Today (tune: Easter Hymn); Ye Sons and Daughters (Chant, Mode II)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Let the Holy Anthem Rise (American, anon.)
Sing with All the Saints in Glory (tune: Hymn to Joy); Hallelujah (Handel, from Messiah)

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Shamus' Adventures in Classical Latin: Victimae Paschali Laudes, courtesy of FootWashing 2000.
Additional Link: Holy Ghost Church

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MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton, RI

Confirmation - April 10, 2007 (7 PM)

Administered by the Most Reverend Louis E. Gelineau, Bishop Emeritus of Providence

Come, Holy Ghost (Lambillotte)
Gloria of the Bells (Peloquin)
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Psalm tone 8G)
Alleluia from O Filii et Filiae (Mode II)
Veni, Creator Spiritus (Mode VIII)
Jesus Christ is ris'n today (Easter Hymn)
Sanctus and Agnus from People's Mass (Vermulst)
Memorial and Amen (Danish)
Lord's Prayer (chant/English)
Taste and see (Moore)
Ave Maria/As I kneel before you (Parkinson)
Sing with all the saints in glory (Hymn to Joy)

The CCD co-director and I agreed to stick a couple of Easter hymns in, since we are in the Octave, plus we're using the Liturgy of the Word from the Mass of the Day. We also agreed on English ordinaries to accomodate our non-Catholic visiting relatives.

Second Sunday of Easter - April 15, 2007
(Low/Quasimodo/Divine Mercy Sunday)

Alleluia, alleluia, hearts to heav'n (Hymn to Joy)
Gloria VIII
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love is everlasting (Psalm tone 8G)
Alleluia from O Filii et Filiae (Mode II)
(except 10:30) Godhead here in hiding (Adoro Te Devote/Mode V)
(10:30 only) Hallelujah (Handel, from Messiah)
Sanctus, Memorial, Amen, and Agnus from Mass of the Bells (Peloquin)
Lord's Prayer (chant/English)
Ye sons and daughters (O Filii et Filiae/Mode II)
(except 10:30) We walk by faith and not by sight (St. Anne)
(10:30 only) O Salutaris Hostia (Werner)
(UPDATE 4/16/07 7:55 AM) Adoration followed 10:30 Mass. At 3 PM, we had the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a talk by Father Finelli, and Benediction. For that reason, we moved the Hallelujah to the Offertory spot, and ended with the O Salutaris Hostia)

Peace,
BMP

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Easter Triumph!

And now, every organist, cantor, chorister, liturgical minister, bishop, priest, and deacon can join together and sing that great Easter hymn....


THE STRIFE IS O'ER, THE BATTLE DONE!


As our Eastern brethren say, "Christos Voskres!" (Christ is Risen!)
(in Cyrillic, "Xpuctoc Bockpec!")

~nb, who is going home to collapse...

Saturday, April 7, 2007

VIA CRUCIS

A slightly different path

It's not quite noon yet as I write this, so mellow mode continues here.

First, let's remind our readers of the traditional Stations of the Cross as many still know it:
1. Jesus is condemned to death
2. Jesus accepts the cross
3. Jesus falls the first time
4. Jesus meets His afflicted Mother
5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carries the cross
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7. Jesus falls the second time
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9. Jesus falls the third time
10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
12. Jesus dies on the cross
13. Jesus' is taken down from the cross
14. Jesus is laid in the Sepulchur

Here are the Stations, as led by Pope Benedict XVI yesterday in the Colosseum (and led by Pope John Paul II in 1991). It's a bit different, but not bad either.
1. Jesus in the Garden of Olives
2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested
3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin (#1 in traditional stations)
4. Jesus is denied by Peter
5. Jesus is judged by Pilate
6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns
7. Jesus takes up his cross (#2 in traditional stations)
8. Jesus is helped by the Cyrenean to carry his cross (#5 in traditional stations)
9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem (#8 in traditional stations)
10. Jesus is crucified (#11 in traditional stations)
11. The crucified Jesus, the Mother, and the disciple
12. Jesus promises his kingdom to the good thief
13. Jesus dies on the cross (#12 in traditional stations)
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb (#14 in traditional stations as well)

Red Sox cap tip to Gerald.

Peace,
BMP

Friday, April 6, 2007

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Ever wonder how some Solemnities got their names? Yeah, the Ascension, the Assumption, Ash Wednesday, All Saints, and Immaculate Conception are all self-explanatory.

Here in the States, many of us Catholics know Holy Thursday and Good Friday by those names. In my teen years, I had some friends who went to the local UCC church up the street from my house. It was from there that I had first heard the term "Maundy Thursday". Because the UCC folk were the first to expose that nomenclature to me, I had thought for many, many years that "Maundy Thursday" was a Protestant thing.

That was around 1981-82-ish. Let's fast forward to 1999, when I started work at Holy Name in Providence --- home of Rhode Island's only diocesan authorized Tridentine Latin Mass (there are two English Masses there as well each weekend). I landed up with two copies of the Liber Usualis --- one with French instructions and subtitles, and one with English instructions and subtitles (both succumbed to the infamous Pawtucket Mill Fire of 2003). In the English-subtitled Liber, sure enough... "Maundy Thursday". Still I had thought the name sounded kind of depressing (after all, it's during Holy Week). It turns out, "Maundy" actually comes from the Latin Mandatum (commandment, also where we get such words as "mandate", "mandatory"). Mandatum novum do vobis (I give you a new commandment). Red Sox cap tip to Argent, who cites Fisheaters.

Now, as for Good Friday. One would ask: What's so good about Good Friday? Jesus was just crucified, and died! Ah, true. But I think what makes it so "good" is the reason Jesus died. It was for OUR sins that he died, after all. Jesus was sinless. What else was "good"? Well, consider the obedience that Jesus showed along the entire journey, from his arrest right to his death. Red Sox cap tip to Domini Sumus, who also reminds us that the true translation from the Latin for this day is "Holy Friday". Such tongues based on Latin (French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian) translate it such --- from my memory of working with the French Canadians in Woonsocket, it was Vendredi Saint. Yup - Holy Friday. The Orthodox and Eastern Riters call it "Great Friday". But, they also celebrate it a week later. While we celebrate Easter this Sunday, those guys are in Passiontide.

UPDATE: In a return comment from Domini Sumus in her post, I just learned that the Eastern Rite/Orthodox folk are celebrating on the same days this year instead of a week late. That is RARE!

In the Peace of the Crucified Christ,
BMP

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHORTS

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi,
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Peace,
BMP

Thursday, April 5, 2007

LOCAL PRIEST ON THE 1962 MISSAL

This is from this week's Providence Visitor, our diocesean newspaper, written by Fr. John Kiley, in his weekly column, The Quiet Corner. Fr. Kiley is one who, like many of the typical Catholic blogger/blog reader these days, tilts to the right. You'll be surprised to see that he's not turned on by the Tridentine Mass. However, he has yet to see the Novus Ordo done right - the way it was REALLY intended. His take on the Novus Ordo and how it's been done over the last 38 years reminds me of some of the passages from Pope Benedict XVI in Sacramentum Caritatis.

Personally, I do appreciate the Tridentine Mass. After all, I played it for four years, and it's a happy memory for me. However, I would have no problem with the Novus Ordo in accordance with the wishes of Pope Paul VI, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, and (most currently) Pope Benedict XVI. The good Father here points out the weaknesses of the Tridentine Mass, at least as it was celebrated "back then". Of course, since the Indult by Pope John Paul II in the 1980's, those celebrating the "Old Mass" have been (on the most part) doing so with class, with High Mass being the norm. The "New Mass" can be done with the same high amount of class.

My personal point for: it's the traditional rite. My personal point against: it would be like the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer - Rite I and Rite II.

Anyhoo, without further ado, here is Father Kiley's column this week. Enjoy!
Peace,
BMP

PS: Emphasis is mine. So are the little blurbs in red.

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Pope Paul VI's New Order Mass should be embraced

If one can believe the conservative Web logs on the internet, every priest in Christendom will soon be offering the old Tridentine Latin Mass in parish churches and private oratories throughout the known world.
Episcopal permission be damned as celebrants don their maniples and join their thumbs and index fingers in deference to the Sacred Species. In spite of the reputation for traditionalism that the Quiet Corner has willingly fostered over the decades, the author is little attracted to a revival of the liturgical practices of his youth. I was 24 years old when the Mass switched from Latin into English and still in my 20s when the Novus Ordo of Pope Paul VI was fully implemented with parish altars reversed. Considering that I attended the old Latin Mass every day of my seminary years and that the Canon was still in Latin when I said my first Mass, the old Mass has held no interest for me.
If I might adjust a phrase from Chesterton, the trouble with the new Mass is not that it has been tried and found wanting; it really hasn't been tried at all. (This is reminiscent of a quote in Sacramentum Caritatis, section 40) The new rite of Pope Paul VI was introduced to the world precisely at a time when Western civilization was relaxing all its traditions and customs. Everything from marriage to manners, and not just the Mass, has suffered in the last 40 years. People forgot the rules and embraced the exceptions as their criteria for action. The ritual for the Mass became a backdrop for puppet shows (I do remember running into the infamous "puppet homilies" in the early 1980's - not a happy memory), interactive readings, balloons, birthday cakes, basketballs and the occasional ballerina. The very notion of ritual - repeated behavior - gave way to innovation - a new gimmick every week. Consequently the new Mass itself, the New Order of the Mass promulgated by Pope Paul, was left untapped. Since the authentic rite of the Mass remained ignored, the supporting actions of the Mass were free to exalt supposed relevance over neglected ritual. Gold chalices and silver patens gave way to ceramic goblets (and KoolAid pitchers - don't forget them) and straw baskets. The organ yielded to the guitar. Roman copes and Gothic chasubles were replaced by Mexican ponchos and third world stoles (and even vestments with rainbows). Panis Angelicus capitulated to "The Whole World in His Hands." (And the music became more "me-centered" instead of "Christ-centered") Everything was very folksy - which is exactly why the Tridentine Mass now evokes nostalgic appeal among many. People remember the old Latin Mass as being very majestic, very grand, very triumphant. Yet, was it as regal as some fondly recall?
The Tridentine Mass, for most of its history, was not the dialogue Mass of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Nor was every Tridentine Mass a solemn high celebration. In most parishes, parishioners knelt with their faces in their missals or their fingers on their beads, while the priest quietly offered prayers and supplications on their behalf to a God who was somewhere out in the middle distance beyond the marble and the frescoes. The old Mass was genuinely an act of faith in which most participation was interior. The well-meaning but often abused active participation of today - presentation of gifts, signs of peace, lay readings, general intercessions, Communion in the hand and under both Species, even concelebration - was unknown. Unfortunately, these ancient but recently-restored forms of participation overwhelmed the basic new rite itself. The fundamental rubrics have been neglected while the participatory parts have been over-indulged. Rather than resuscitate the old Tridentine Mass, the New Order Mass of Pope Paul VI should finally be allowed to see the light of day.
Cross and candles, incense and holy water, books and bells, genuflections and bows, gestures and vestments, ambience and appointments, even Greek and Latin acclamations, can be employed with equal reverence and equal effect in the new rite just as in the old rite. Nothing was drearier than the Tridentine Holy Week observances before Pope Pius XII revised their rituals in the 1950s - lonely clergy processing and praying in empty churches at the crack of dawn. These Tridentine holy days were more somnolent than solemn. Old did not mean better. The glory and grandeur that the Christian world will experience on this Easter Sunday can be echoed every Sunday and, at least faintly, even on weekdays if the new rite is embraced with faith, respect, compliance and an extra candlestick or two.

THE CAT GONE BAD...

Frisky was on his way to church one day, but not without his fix.



After his fix, however, he forgot one thing when he took to singing...



Such is the consequence he paid for forgetting that All Are Welcome was not welcome.

Peace,
BMP

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

MOTU PROPRIO ANTICIPATION...

...is making 1962 Missal sales skyrocket!

From Catholic World News: In expectation of the motu proprio, Catholic bookstores in Rome have begun selling copies of the 1962 Missal. Expecting brisk sales, publishing houses in Italy are reprinting the old Missal.

Eat your heart out, Ebay! :-)>
Hat tip to NLM correspondant Shawn Tribe.

On a lighter note, following the cue from Domini Sumus -

HAPPY SPY WEDNESDAY!!!

Peace,
BMP

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

CATHOLIC CARNIVAL 113...

...is up and runnin'...

over at Living Catholicism. This week's featured CV post is Nick's post about the nun that was healed of Parkinsons via the intercession of Pope John Paul II (could be Blessed John Paul II before you know it!)

Peace,
BMP

NOVUS ORDO: THE 38TH ANNIVERSARY

Actually - it's the 38th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's Apostolic Constitution, titled Missale Romanum, which set up the Novus Ordo Missae. And translator extraordinaire Father Z has an excellent post on it: the article itself (in English) and his own commentary.
An excellent post, I might add.

Peace,
BMP

Maundy Thursday at the Cathedral (and post #1200!)

Prelude: Le Banquet Celeste -- Olivier Messiaen
Entrance: Lift High the Cross (desc. Burkhardt)
Kyrie: chant
Gloria VIII
Psalm 116: Guimont
Verse before the Gospel: simple chant
Mandatum: This is My Commandment (ref. Erik Routley, vss. from By Flowing Waters)
Offertory: Ubi Caritas et Amor -- Maurice Durufle
Sanctus XVIII
Mem. Acc. B
Agnus Dei XVIII
Anthem: Thee We Adore -- T. Frederick H. Candlyn
Hymn: Take and Eat
Transfer of the Eucharist: Pange Lingua
Meditation: Stay Here and Keep Watch -- Jacques Berthier

Chrism Mass of the Diocese of Harrisburg

Monday, April 2, 2007
5:30 pm

Choral Introit: Tu es Sacerdos -- Aloys Desmet (in St. Greg Hymnal, orch. by NFB)
Entrance: All Justice You Have Loved and Taught / DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (from Tietze's "Introit Hymns...", orch. by NFB)
Kyrie: Iubilate Deo
Gloria: John Lee
Psalm 89: Gelineau
Lenten Gospel Acclamation: Proulx
Prayer of the Faithful: Trilingual Intercessions -- Mike Hay
Presentation of the Oils: O Redeemer -- Rev. J. Chepponis
Offertory: The Breastplate of Saint Patrick (composed and performed by Martin Doman)
Sanctus/Acclamation/Amen/Agnus Dei: Community Mass
Motet: Ave Verum Corpus -- Mozart
Communion: Take and Eat -- Joncas
Hymn: To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King / ICH GLAUB AN GOTT (orch. by NFB)
Postlude: Toccata (Symphony No. 5) -- Widor

Passion Sunday at the Cathedral

Blessing of the Palms: Hosanna to the Son (adapted from "Hymnal 1982")
Blessing of the Palms (9:30): Hosanna filio David -- Franz Schubert
Entrance Hymn: All Glory, Laud, and Honor / ST. THEODULPH
Psalm 22: C. Alexander Peloquin
Verse before Gospel: chant, adapted from Mass IX
Offertory Chant: All You Who Pass This Way -- Jacques Berthier
Offertory Anthem (9:30): When I Survey the Wondrous Cross -- Gilbert M. Martin
Sanctus XVIII
Pater Noster
Agnus XVIII
Communion Motet (9:30): Adoramus Te, Christe -- attr. G. P. da Palestrina
Communion Chant: #99 in "By Flowing Waters"
Silent Procession

Monday, April 2, 2007

THE FAILURE OF INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE

Revealed to us by a Jesuit

I got this e-mail a few days ago from Catholic Culture, and had been meaning to blog on it once I had the time. Lately I've been busier than a one-legged monkey in a butt-kicking contest. Now that I got the latest podcast up and running (with a little help from my wife's computer and my Olympus DS30), and finishing off my son's birthday yesterday, I managed to get a little time on my hands.

Most of the mailings I get from Catholic Culture ask for donations (this one does at the bottom of the post), but periodically they send me some really sensible stuff too. In this mailing they mention their dislike for inclusive language as well and speak thus:
When it comes to Scripture, we don't like inclusive language either. Apart from mere clunkiness, the full meaning of a text in Scripture is often obscured by substituting generic forms for masculine or feminine nouns and pronouns. This is very obvious, for example, in Old Testament texts with multiple layers of meaning, one of which might be to foreshadow Christ Himself. It's hard to foreshadow Christ with "people" or "them".
Ultimately, if language doesn't express the truth, it is useless. Any time we choose our words to favor social acceptance over truth, we erode the fundamental responsibility we have as human persons.

Not to mention in a good share of hymnody as well, Christ or God in masculine pronouns being replaced with using the same proper noun multiple times in one verse, resulting in very poor grammar, or re-writing a line of text, resulting often in changing the entire meaning of the text (sometimes creating an exact opposite).

Catholic Culture also gives us this article by Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ, which speaks of the failures of inclusive language, citing claims given by proponents of inclusive language, as well as Fr. Mankowski's well-thought-through counter-claims. He even uses a couple of "stick figure" no-littering signs to prove how the meaning of something can change with just one word. He also compares translations of select Bible passages. Doesn't it seem funny that we use RNAB in the US, other English speaking countries use NRSV, both which use inclusive language, for the Lectionary, but the RSV (i.e., New Ignatius Bible, RSV Second Catholic Edition), which conforms to the wishes of Liturgiam Authenticam, isn't used for the Lectionary at all?

Now Fr. Mankowski is one Jesuit knows where it's at!
Peace,
BMP

MUSIC FOR THE TRIDUUM

Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton, RI

Holy Thursday - April 5, 2007 (7 PM)

Lift high the cross - Crucifer
Gloria VIII
Our Blessing Cup - Page
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ - Tone 2D
Faith, hope, and love - Peloquin (from Lyric Liturgy)
Ubi Caritas - Chant, Mode VI
Sanctus XVIII
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine - Jubilate Deo
Single Amen (with slurred last syllable)
Lord's Prayer (chant/English)
Agnus XVIII
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
Pange Lingua / Tantum Ergo - Chant, Mode III

Good Friday - April 6, 2007 (7 PM)

Father, into your hands - Page
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ - Tone 2D
Sing, my tongue, the Savior's Glory - Pange Lingua (Mode III; Fortunatus/Neale text)
O Sacred Head Surrounded - Passion Chorale
Were you there - Spiritual

Easter Vigil - April 7, 2007 (8 PM)

Exsultet chanted by Father
Lord, send out your Spirit - Tone 8G
You are my inheritance - Tone 8G
Let us sing to the Lord - Tone 8G
You will draw water joyfully - Tone 8G
Gloria VIII
Alleluia from O Filii et Filiae (verses sung to tone 2D)
Litany of Saints - chant/English
I saw water flowing - Tone 8G/English
Jesus Christ is ris'n today - Easter Hymn
Sanctus XVIII
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine - Jubilate Deo
Single Amen (with slurred last syllable)
Lord's Prayer (chant/English)
Agnus XVIII
Ye sons and daughters, let us sing - O Filii et Filiae (Mode II)
Hallelujah - Handel (from Messiah)

Easter Sunday - April 8, 2007 (7:30, 9, and 10:30 AM)

Alleluia, alleluia, let the holy anthem rise - Holy Anthem
Gloria VIII
This is the day the Lord has made - O Filii et Filiae, adapt. Page
(7:30/9:00) Christians, to the Paschal Victim (Mode I)
(10:30) Victimae Paschali Laudes (Mode I)
Alleluia from O Filii et Filiae (verses sung to tone 2D)
I saw water flowing - Tone 8G/English
Jesus Christ is ris'n today - Easter Hymn
Sanctus XVIII
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine - Jubilate Deo
Single Amen (with slurred last syllable)
Lord's Prayer (chant/English)
Agnus XVIII
Ye sons and daughters, let us sing - O Filii et Filiae (Mode II)
(7:30/9:00) Sing with all the saints in glory - Hymn to Joy
(10:30) Hallelujah - Handel (from Messiah)

Rememer our eightysomething violinist from Christmas? I'm happy to announce that Mr. Conrad Briere, the eightysomething violinist in question, is going to be with us for the Easter Vigil and the 10:30 Mass on Easter Day.

Peace,
BMP

CHRISTUS VINCIT ANYWHERE! 75



You can listen below, or save the file by clicking here. (45:23/41.5 MB)
Woohoo! We're up on the Monday this week, like we should be. Still having problems mixing to an .mp3, but I was able to mix from my wife's computer, then upload from my own computer. How did the files get transported from one machine to the other without file sharing? My trusty Olympus DS-30 (at left), of course!

Today we continue talking about bits of our Holy Father's Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis. This is the second of three parts. CV Semi-Live is back on I-195, and we have two brand spankin' new miscellaneous outbursts.

Feasts for the week:
Monday of Holy Week; Tuesday of Holy Week; Spy Wednesday;
Holy Thursday; Good Friday; Holy Saturday. For more information: New Advent Website.

Christus Vincit Semi-Live on I-195: While on the highway doin' 70 MPH (that's five over the posted limit, btw), we cover the music of Palm Sunday.

Music:
Gloria, Laus, et Honor (antiphon only) (Chant, Mode I); Hosanna, Filio David (Chant, Mode VII)
All Glory, Laud, and Honor (tune: St. Theodulph); My God, My God (excerpt), (written by yours truly)
O Sacred Head, Surrounded (tune: Passion Chorale); Were You There (Spiritual)
Sing, My Tongue, the Savior's Glory (Chant, Mode III)
Prelude on Passion Chorale (written by Flor Peeters)
The Apostles' Creed, by Paul Lisney, brought to you by Podsafe.


CVA Interactive Corner

Sunday, April 1, 2007

ZENIT: Nun's Healing Attributed to John Paul II

This is taken from ZENIT's website.

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AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France, MARCH 30, 2007 (Zenit.org).- A smiling Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre told a group of journalists that she was cured of Parkinson's disease in an unexplainable way and thanks to the intercession of Pope John Paul II.

"All I can say is I was sick and now I am healed. Now it is up to the Church to pronounce itself and recognize if this is a miracle," the 46-year-old religious said today at a press conference.

Accompanied by Archbishop Claude Feidt of Aix-Arles-Embrun, she said she had no doubts about her cure: "I was healed, and this is the work of God through the intercession of John Paul II."

Sister Pierre, who belongs to the Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood, said that it was very hard to describe with words her experience.

"My body wasn't the same anymore and I was not the same anymore," she said, describing Parkinson's disease, with which John Paul II also suffered.

Completely transformed

"Since the death of our Holy Father John Paul II, the symptoms of the illness became more accentuated and more serious," she explained. On June 2, 2005, the two-month anniversary of his death, she asked to stop working in the Maternité de l'Étoile.

Sister Pierre's superior asked her to write the name of John Paul II, which she found to be almost impossible because of her condition. After writing some unrecognizable letters, she went to her room to rest.

She recounted: "And there, when I went into my room, I felt like writing, even if it was difficult for me. I had the impression of a voice telling me: 'Take the pen and write.' I wrote something" and then went to sleep, waking at 4:30 the next morning.

"I jumped out of bed, though getting out of bed had been something very difficult and hard for me to do," the woman religious continued. "I felt completely transformed, internally I was no longer the same.

"[It was] something I find very difficult to explain in words … It was too intense, too great. A mystery.

"Since that day I have stopped all therapy. … It was like a second birth for me, I felt I was rediscovering my body, rediscovering my arms and legs."

Thanksgiving

Sister Pierre recalled that she began that day, June 3, 2005, with a Mass in thanksgiving. She has since resumed work in a maternity ward in Paris.

"I work as a nurse with mothers and children in Saint-Félicité. And I can do all that my job requires," she said.

Her healing will be presented by the postulator of the cause of beatification, Monsignor Slawomir Oder, to the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

On Monday, the diocesan phase of John Paul II's beatification process will conclude. Sister Pierre will participate in this celebration.