Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Today is the Feast Day of St. John the Apostle and I am blogging this from my brother, John's (no relation to the Saint) house in Columbus, Ohio. St. John died at Ephesus, where a church was erected over his tomb. The church was later converted into a Mohammedan mosque.
Many believe John is responsible for the Book of the Apocalypse which is ironic considering what happened to his church.
Monday, December 25, 2006
The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Another painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Mary visits Elizabeth, as painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494).
Today's Gospel according to Luke...
"Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Sing along, everyone!
- Rudolphus rubrinasus
Johnny Marks / Arr. Philip Brunelle
Rudolphus rubrinasus fulgentissimo naso,
vidisti et si eum dicas quoque candere.
Omnes tarandi ceteri ridebant vocantes nomina;
non sinebant Rudolphum interessa ludentes.
olim crassa nocte Christi, Nicolaus it dictum:
“Rudolphe, naso tam claro, agesne traham meam?”
Qui tum tarandis amor conclamantibus eum,
“Rudolphe, rubrinase descendes historia!”
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
I have an idea. Instead of building a new stadium and creating a soccer team, why don't they just buy the St. Louis Cardinals?
I guess Jeff Suppan already thought of this.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Does the Lenten season have an equivalent "joyful" Sunday?
We start most classes with a Hail Mary. We'll jump ahead to next Sunday's Gospel reading and find out where the words of the prayer came from.
The saint of the week is St. Peter Canisius, Doctor of the Church. And since there's no PSR next week we'll find out when the Feast of St. Steven is, on which day Good King Wenceslaus looked out.
And lastly - a reminder of the importance of attending mass on Holy Days of Obligation! Another hint...there are TWO coming up very soon!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
THE QUESTION IS: WHAT IS THE METAL CONTAINER CALLED?
Here's a hint. When I was an altar boy, I would occasionally carry this thing until the priest was ready to use it. An altar boy...er, server... who does so is called a thurifer.
Here's impressionist painter Claude Monet's take on the entrance to Rouen Cathedral. He painted a series of pictures of the entrance at various times of day. This one is called, "La Cathedrale Rouen, le portail et la tour Saint-Romain, plein soliel, harmonie bleue et or." Or " Rouen Cathedral, the west portal and St. Romain tower, full sunlight, haromony in blue and gold".
This is the magnificent entrance to the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rouen. Richard the Lionheart is buried here...well at least his HEART is buried here. The rest of him is scattered around France. For instance, his bowels are buried in Limousin at the foot of the tower from which the crossbow was fired that killed him. The town of Rouen (located in northern France) is where St. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. From 1876-1880, the cathedral was the talest building in the world.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This photo is "La Villa de la Guadalupe" in Mexico City. From the left: the new Basillica of Our lady of Guadalupe, the old basillica, a Capuchin church, and a bell tower. Today, thousands of pilgrims, many crawling on their knees for miles, will visit this site. St. Juan Diego's tilpa is here (behind bulletproof glass - someone tried to blow it up in 1921).
Monday, December 11, 2006
I don't know enough about it, but this is a beautiful church and it IS named for Our Lady.
We started with a discussion of the day's readings. We then talked about the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the holy day of obligation which was Friday the 8th. We looked back at feast days from the previous week: Sts. Nicholas, Ambrose, and Juan Diego. Of course, St. Juan Diego led us to discuss Our Lady of Guadalupe who we honor on Tuesday, December 12th. Our discussion of the Immacualte Conception led to a discussion not only of Original Sin, but briefly touched on the philosophers Thomas Hobbs and John Locke. Are we naturally inclined to want to sin?
I also brought up the recent news that the sarcophogus of St. Paul has been restored after being buried when Emperor Theodoseus rebuilt the Church of St. Peter in the year 390 A.D. Theodosius was a friend and benefactor of St. Ambrose! The general consensus of the class is to take a peak inside...
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
In the heart of Manhattan, St. Patrick's in not only beautiful but also historic. It's construction was begun in 1858 but because of the Civil War, the doors didn't open until 1879. It is the oldest decorated gothic-style cathedral in North America.
There are 8 deceased archbishops of New York City buried here, 6 of whom were Cardinals. Three of them - Terence Cooke, Fulton Sheen, and Pierre Toussaint - are candidates for sainthood.
I probably visited St. Patrick's once a year (at least) for most of my childhood, mainly because it's a few hundred feet from Rockefeller Center, which has the big Christmas Tree (see above photo) and Radio City Music Hall. Radio City has an annual Christmas show which to this day includes a living nativity - with real camels walking across the stage!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
WHAT IS IT CALLED?
"In the Roman Catholic church, the right to wear the this is confined by Canon law to the Pope, cardinals, bishops and abbots.
Three types of of this kind of hat are worn by Roman Catholic clergy for different occasions:
- The simplex ('simple', referring to the materials used) is made of undecorated white linen or silk and is worn most notably at funerals and on Good Friday. It is also worn by concelebrant bishops at a Mass. Cardinals in the presence of the Pope wear one of white linen damask.
- The pretiosa ('precious') is decorated with precious stones and gold and worn on Sundays and feast days. This type is rarely decorated with precious stones today, and the designs have become more varied and original.
- The auriphrygiata is of plain gold cloth or white silk with gold or silver embroidered bands."
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
When a Cardinal dies, his galero is suspended above his tomb and left there until it turns to dust - a reminder of how earthly glory is temporary.
There are a few cathedrals in the United States where you can see a galero hung from the ceiling over the tomb of a Cardinal, or galeri over the tombs of several. The nearest one is the Cathedral Basillica of Saint Louis. One of the Cardinals entombed there is John J. Glennon who was Archbishop of the the St. Louis diocese from 1903 until he died in 1946. He "received the red hat" on February 22, 1946. On the way home, he took a detour to his native Ireland - and died.
Other cathedrals to see suspended galeri include St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, and the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Of course, since today begins Advent we'll begin a more in-depth discussion of the season (time permitting).
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Today is the Feast Day of St. Andrew, the Patron Saint of fishermen and of Scotland. Why Scotland?
From this website:
"St. Andrew is said to have been responsible for spreading the tenets of the Christian religion though Asia Minor and Greece. Tradition suggests that St. Andrew was put to death by the Romans in Patras, Southern Greece by being pinned to a cross (crucified). The diagonal shape of this cross is said to be the basis for the Cross of St. Andrew which appears on the Scottish Flag.
St. Andrews bones were entombed, and around 300 years later were moved by Emperor Constantine (the Great) to his new capital Constantinople (now Istambul in Turkey). Legend suggests that a Greek Monk (although others describe him as an Irish assistant of St. Columba) called St. Rule (or St. Regulus) was warned in a dream that St. Andrews remains were to be moved and was directed by an angel to take those of the remains which he could to the "ends of the earth" for safe-keeping. St. Rule dutifully followed these directions, removing a tooth, an arm bone, a kneecap and some fingers from St. Andrew's tomb and transporting these as far away as he could. Scotland was close to the extremities of the know world at that time and it was here that St. Rule was shipwrecked with his precious cargo.
St. Rule is said to have come ashore at a Pictish settlement on the East Coast of Scotland and this later became St. Andrews. Thus the association of St. Andrew with Scotland was said to have begun."
Monday, November 27, 2006
This is interesting, from Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson :
“We will ask Our Lady of Fatima to intercede for the pope during this journey,” Anderson continued. “Mary is regarded with special esteem by people of the Islamic faith, and this is especially true under her title Our Lady of Fatima, since Fatima was the name of the prophet Mohammed’s daughter.”
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Not exactly. The hat is called a "camuaro" and was commonly worn during mediaeval times to keep warm. It's made of red wool or velvet with ermine trim. The camuaro has been part of the papal wardrobe since the 12th Century. Cardinals also wore camuaros (without the trim) until 1464 when it became exclusively a papal lid. The last Pope to be seen in public wearing the camuaro was Pope John XXIII in 1963 until Pope Benedict XVI revived the tradition last year.