Sunday, June 03, 2012

Sunday Mass notes
  • My ’57 hand missal has the commemoration of the First Sunday After Pentecost, a case in the traditional Mass where you stack collects and other propers. Must not be in the ’62 book, the official one.
  • The Holy Ghost symbolically appeared a week late: a bird flew into the church and flapped around the sanctuary ceiling. A feather fell on the altar rug. Among my thoughts: the marksmen at St Paul’s Cathedral who routinely take care of that problem (I wonder if Swiss Guards do that at St Peter’s Basilica) and, in case something worse than a feather came down, the practical reason for the pall covering the chalice especially in our late-Victorian sanctuary with no baldacchino protecting the high altar. Hooray for the Tridentine Mass.
  • By the way our sanctuary, though it has Gothic details, isn’t really Gothic but an exposition chapel as someone once explained to me about a similar church. No rood screen or choir stalls but a relatively short nave and very short chancel so everybody can see the big high altar with its mini-baldacchino usually showing the crucifix but obviously for a monstrance sometimes.
  • No Lorica hymn today: the processional was ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ and the recessional was something to the tune of the Old Hundredth (‘Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow’), with the pipe organ playing (great postlude; I’ll post it if I find it). I call it the American Anglo-Catholic Alumni Effect (what the ordinariates are supposed to do for the rest of the church) on my corner of traditionalism (which is mostly cradle Catholics). Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
  • Venerating a relic of St Raymond Nonnatus, a friar of the order that runs the parish.

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