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Pange Lingua Gloriosi

Pange Lingua Gloriosi

Following tradition, we will be singing this acapella as we leave the cathedral tonight, when, after Holy Communion, the Blessed Sacrament is carried in a candle lit procession across the campus to a garden-like altar of repose. It is a time of profound worship, sorrow and gratitude for our Lord’s love and sacrifice. “This extraordinary(…)

Lenten Journey 2014, Days 1-2

Lenten Journey 2014, Days 1-2

As we approached the Lenten season, one of my internet friends posted a challenge for anyone who wanted to join in taking up a new practice of daily bible reading. Now it’s pretty embarrassing to admit that I haven’t yet formed that very excellent habit, especially considering the great examples and formation with which I(…)

A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

I love going to mass. On so many levels, it is nourishment to my soul, whether I am singing or participating in worship with the congregation in the pews, I am blessed no matter what.  But some days are more … interesting… than others. Yesterday we started out on an unusual footing, since I had(…)

January 12: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 12: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

  From CatholicCulture.org Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord’s second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to(…)

Christmas Season Lasts Until *When*?

Christmas Season Lasts Until *When*?

Early in our marriage, my husband determined that the time to put up the Christmas Tree was not until the day after Thanksgiving (no leap-frogging the holidays!) — and all the decorations came down sometime within the next week, for certain by January 1st or 2nd.  Those were the days when, though we were aware(…)

Back to School!

Back to School!

Oh happy day!! It’s the first day back to school at the Heidmann Academy of the Arts and Sciences. Our table is laden with reading materials (history, Lewis, Tolkien, Didache, Science, Arch Books and Dr. Seuss) and the students are engrossed in their respective literary assignments. I am blogging from my customary position at the(…)

The Hollow Crown: Richard II

The Hollow Crown: Richard II

One lovely gift to our family from my Shakespeare-loving little brother this Christmas was the DVD set The Hollow Crown – a BBC mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, and Henry V.  We watched Richard II as a family, and I was riveted, partly because I am(…)

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

From CatholicCulture.org Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Epiphany. “The Lord and ruler is coming; kingship is his, and government and power.” With these words the Church proclaims that today’s feast brings to a perfect fulfillment all the purposes of Advent. Epiphany, therefore, marks the liturgical zenith of the Advent-Christmas season. — Pius Parsch(…)

The Universal Prayer (attributed to Pope Clement Xi)

The Universal Prayer (attributed to Pope Clement Xi)

I saw this prayer posted today in the comments at Called to Communion, and had to share it. This prayer is attributed to Pope Clement Xi, and written in 1721. I find it a salutary supplication at this, the beginning of a new year.     Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith. I(…)

The best laid plans…

The best laid plans…

The best laid plans of mice, men, or musicians, can oft go awry… Our plans for today were carefully laid.  Geneva’s teacher, “Mr. Will,” has been working with her for this first year of her musical education on a variety of classical and pop repertoire, honing her improvisational and accompaniment skills as well as coaching(…)

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