April 26, 2011


I absolutely love Easter.

Unfortunately I did not bring my camera to the Easter Vigil but the shroud removal was exceptional
this year. St. Anthony gave J and Abbe a little trouble, but I figure if we don't have any
falling statues or candle fires, we're good.

Since I am better with photos than I am with words (or, as the formally inestimable Steve Martin said, "Some people have a way with words.  Other people, oh, not have way.") I will now present to you my Easter day.

Waiting anxiously for the Easter egg hunt to begin.
The tension was palpable.

Oh!  A scale!
Should we see how our Lenten fasts went?

The sure face of victory.

I made the lamb cake.
For future reference, if you ever eat one of my lamb cakes beware
of the deadly toothpicks found in the ears.
I believe that is good beforehand knowledge.

I see an egg!

It's not a tumor!

The effort to find Easter eggs was quite lacking.

Well, she was trying, anyway.

The most appropriate response to Mickey's that I have ever seen.

Now if someone would just post on veiling my week would be complete!

April 21, 2011

Maundy Thursday, part deux

I am so glad I studied today's liturgy yesterday so I didn't have to turn to my daughter and ask, "Why are they going to town on the bells during the Gloria?" and "Why are they sounding that clapper instead of the bells?" and "Why are they going over to that decked-out altar over there?" and "Why are they stripping the main altar?"

And, now, for your viewing pleasure, a photo montage from tonight's mass.

Canapy over Holy Eucharist

Removing the candles

Removing altar cloths

The altar stripped

Just a shot of Our Lady's Altar

Side Altar

Side Altar and Adoration

April 20, 2011

Maundy Thursday

I received another tidbit via email:

On Holy Thursday the kiss of peace is not given at the Solemn High Mass because Holy Mother Church wants to prevent using the sign with which Judas betrayed the Lord on the evening of this day.


Mother Crab now.  That last tidbit led me to look in Dom Gueranger's The Liturgical Year. There I read a couple of more interesting things about Thursday's liturgy.
The Mass of Maundy Thursday is one of the most solemn of the year; and although the feast of Corpus Christi is the day for solemnly honouring the mystery of the holy Eucharist, still, the Church, would have the anniversary of the last Supper to be celebrated with all possible splendour.  The colour of the vestments is white, as it is for Christmas day and Easter Sunday; the decorations of the altar and sanctuary all bespeak joy, and yet, there are several ceremonies during this Mas which show that the holy bride of Christ has not forgotten the Passion of her Jesus, and that this joy is but transient.  The priest entones the angelic hymn, Glory be to God in the hightest! and the bells ring forth a joyous peal, which continues during the whole of the heavenly canticle: but from that moment they remain silent, and their long silence produces, in every heart, a sentiment of holy mournfulness. But why does the Church deprive us, for so many hours of, the grand melody of these sweet bells, whose voices cheer us during the rest of the year?  It is to show us that this world lost all its melody and joy when its Saviour suffered and was crucified.  Moreover, she would hereby remind us, how the apostles (who were the heralds of Christ, and are figured by the bells, whose ringing summons the faithful to the house of God), fled from their divine Master and left Him a prey to His enemies.

The holy Sacrifice continues as usual; but at the solemn moment of the elevation of the holy Host and the Chalice of salvation, the bell is silent, and outside the the church there is not given to the neighbourhood the usual signal of the descent of Jesus upon the altar...

Another rite peculiar to to-day, is the consecration of two Hosts during the Mass.  One of these the priest receives in Communion; the other he reserves, and reverently places it in a chalice, which he covers with a veil.  The reason of this is that to-morrow the Church suspends the daily Sacrifice.  Such is the impression produced by the anniversary of our Saviour's death, that the Church dares not to renew upon her altars the immolation which was then offered on Calvary; or rather, her renewal of it will be by fixing all her thoughts on the terrible scene of that Friday noon.  The Host reserved from to-day's Mass, will be her morrow's participation.  This rite is called the Mass of the Presanctified, because, in it, the priest does not consecrate, but only receives the Host consecrated on the previous day...

In every church is prepared a richly ornamented side-chapel or pavilion, where, after to-day's Mass, the Church places the Body of her divine Lord.  Though veiled from their view, the faithful will visit Him in this His holy resting-place, pay Him their most humble adorations, and present Him their most fervent supplications.
If you are learning all of this for the first time, welcome to my club.

April 19, 2011

The Passion according to St. John

I received the following email from someone who knows a thing or two about the liturgy.  He told me this little nugget and I thought I would pass it on.
Only one of the 4 Passions doesn't include the Last Supper and the Institution of the Eucharist - that would be the Passion according to St. John. The other 3 Passions start with the Last Supper and the celebration of the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and then continue to the Agony in the Garden and the rest of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But St. John's doesn't include the Last Supper and the Celebration. It starts with the Agony in the Garden.

Why do I tell you this?

The Passion according to St. John is sung on Good Friday, the one day when there is no Consecration of the Holy Eucharist.
Coincidence? I think not.

April 18, 2011

A Happy Birthday Photo Essay

The 1st photo I ever took of Canon W!

I had to include this for the nostalgia factor.

Relaxing at a party.

Goodbye for Canon Apple.
Summer at the Oratory.  I didn't win.

10 year ordination party.

Have I mentioned the tower leans?

Mass at choir camp.

This is NOT in Gricigliano.

Fixing ties at choir camp.

At SFdS football game.
I kind of stole this photo from Mrs. G.
Thanks, Mrs. G!!

April 16, 2011

The blogosphere

   Isn't it funny when someone you know is mentioned in the blog of someone you *don't* know?

I can see the Arch from here!

No comment.

April 8, 2011

April 6, 2011

Paint is our friend.

                  Sometimes we don't realize what good old fashioned work
looks like.  Voila! 






April 5, 2011

How many Abbés...

My friend, Mrs. H, sent me the following joke and photo.
I cannot help but notice there are EIGHT people surrounding the ladder.

Q: How many Abbés does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Only ONE if you are Awesome!

April 1, 2011

The retreat is over!

 These are a few of my favorite photos from the last 2 days.  Enjoy!