Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday thoughts
  • Mass: Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus: jubilate Deo in voce exsultationis. (No applause; we don’t mean that literally!) Our organist wasn’t there today so we got good and ‘early church’ musically (no Anglican processional or recessional hymns this week): plainchant a cappella. Love it. I know it’s only the Missa de Angelis but I like it. My parish church is a lace-curtain Irish sanctuary, a faux-Gothic exposition chapel with fiddleback chasubles and white-gloved altar boys ringing sanctus bells in stereo, which of course is great but today I enjoyed having it sound like a thousand years ago, just voices bouncing off stone walls.
  • Modestinus on today’s epistle.
  • ‘If the priest is a saint, his people will be holy. If the priest is holy, the people will be good. If the priest is good, his people will be fair. If the priest is fair, his people will be mediocre. If the priest is mediocre, his people will be bad. If the priest is bad, his people will be sinful.’ Ex opere operato, Donatism’s wrong (the priest’s unworthiness doesn’t take the grace out of the sacraments he gives) and Catholic parishes are normally so big the priests and laity don’t really know each other (I like my pastor’s Mass – he does the main, Tridentine one, normally the only one I go to – and sermons but don’t know him; I attend but otherwise don’t get much involved with the church) but this has a point. Good priests are probably under seige from hostility and temptation, the demonic trying to derail them both personally and professionally.
  • Regarding yet another liberal on why Christianity must change or die. Secular society and the church both laugh.
  • Mentioning the Episcopalians, nothing more.
  • Happy feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel tomorrow. Lodato sempre sia il bel nome di Gesù e di Maria.

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