Thursday, August 19, 2010

Church
  • Patrimony: ah-MEN. Fowler’s says it’s an Anglican innovation, interestingly from the time Anglo-Catholicism started, and that RCs have always said ay-MEN like American evangelicals do. (At the first Tridentine Mass I heard, in the Leonine prayers afterwards they said ay-MEN.) Although mediæval English church pronunciation of Latin was as in English at the time (think Chaucer in school), not the fine Italian way today, I’m not sure I believe that as of course other European languages say ah. From here.
  • The ordinariates: groups and individuals may apply. I’m not taking sides in the apparent debate, just presenting information.
  • John, ’50s Catholicism has hats. That’s why you like it better. Fr T on the mighty biretta, a wonderful hat both in itself and as a sign of theology and churchmanship. More. Of course it’s the Italian cousin of the Canterbury cap (mediæval English choir dress along with cassock, surplice and black scarf, which the Anglicans kept — no reason why sarumophile Catholics in a Puginesque Gothic church can’t revive it) and the mortarboard (there’s a doctor’s biretta with red piping and four blades that’s not used in church). The corners and blades came about for the same reason my fedoras are pointed and dimpled in front, from how you naturally pick it up and hold it. Byzantine Riters have the skufia, same general idea and shape.
  • The word Mass and the Orthodox. Interestingly the Russians, who of course have the Mass, don’t often use the equivalent word (Литургия or in full Божественная Литургия, ‘Liturgy’ or ‘Divine Liturgy’), rather using the simple word low- and middle-church Church of Englanders (Anglicans) do, ‘service’ (служба). My theory is it’s the same reason the Orthodox have no defined doctrine about the Mass (at the ecumenical-council level, their means of so defining). Nobody seriously challenged the primitive teaching and practice of it so no need to stress a particular word for it (same reason they don’t have Benediction; in theory if you reserve, which they do, you can have it). 75-100 years ago there were born Orthodox speaking and writing in English, such as Tsar Nicholas and Fan Noli, who used Mass (not Romophobic as they had nothing to prove).
  • Meanwhile locally with the Russians, I have the day off for unrelated reasons so I got to go to Terce, Sext, Liturgy and освящение плодов (more). An impressive turnout on a weekday at a city church with no parking. Had a loverly basket (my small backup Easter basket) of apricots blessed. Thou wast transfigured on the mount, O Christ God...

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