The Cloisters. Basilica Of Saint Paul-Without-The-Walls, Rome. Author: Dnalor 01. Licence (CC-BY-SA 3.0). Wikimedia Commons.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Zephyrinus Is Off To Scotland To Visit Friends In The Highlands. He Travels Overnight On “The Coronation Scot” And Leaves Perkins To Look After The Motor Car.

The “Coronation Scot”.
Illustration: PINTEREST

The “Coronation Scot”.
Available on YouTube at

The National Railway Museum's former London Midland and Scottish Railway Locomotive. It is a “Stanier 7P¨ 4-6-2 Coronation-Class Locomotive (Number 6229) “The Duchess of Hamilton”. On display in The Great Hall at The National Railway Museum, York. This is a Streamlined Coronation-Class Locomotive, used for The Coronation Scot Service. The first five Locomotives were painted Blue, with Silver Lines; the next fifteen Streamlined Locomotives were painted Crimson and Gold, as shown here.
Photo: 1 June 2009.
Source: FLICKR
(Wikimedia Commons)

The “Coronation Scot”.
Available on YouTube at

The “Coronation Scot”.
This was one of the first tunes I remember hearing on the wireless, I was about three.
“Coronation Scot” was the the theme tune to the detective series called “Paul Temple”, and was the most requested piece of music on the BBC between 1949 and 1951. When I grew up I tried to buy the record, but it wasn't available, so I recorded my own at Strawberry Studio in about 1980. I just found it on an old cassette (a bit wobbly), I think I still have the master tape, must be in the attic.
Available on YouTube at

Paul Temple and The Madison Mystery.
(With “The Coronation Scot” as the Theme Tune).
Available on YouTube at

The Coronation Scot was a named Express Passenger Train, of The London, Midland, and Scottish (LMS) Railway inaugurated in 1937 for The Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, which ran until the start of World War II, in 1939.

It ran on The West Coast Main Line between London (Euston Station) and Glasgow (Central Station), stopping at Carlisle for a Crew Change and to pick up and set down Passengers to and from London, only.

The Service was designed to compete with the rival Services on The East Coast Main Line, for prestigious London to Scotland traffic. It was scheduled to complete the journey from London to Glasgow in six hours and thirty minutes.

The Streamlined Coronation Class Locomotives were specially developed for the Service, and were amongst the most powerful Steam Locomotives to operate on British Railways. On a Press Run, preparatory to the introduction of the Service, in June 1937, London, Midland, and Scottish Railway's Princess Coronation Class 6220 “Coronation”, newly-built, achieved a speed of 114 miles per hour (183 km/h) near Crewe.

Three Train Sets were formed from existing Carriages and given a Blue Livery, similar in colour to that previously used by The Caledonian Railway (The LMS' normal Livery was Crimson Lake of the former Midland Railway). The first five of the Coronation Class “Pacific Locomotives” were also turned out in Blue, with Silver “Cheat Lines”.

The Coronation Scot Train ran only on weekdays and during Summer weekends. Two of the Carriage Sets were used on other Trains. The spare Set was kept at LMS's Wolverton Works.

All Passenger Cars were equipped with air-conditioning ventilation, adjustable by individual Passengers to give any desired temperature within the provided range.

A popular piece of Light Orchestral Music, celebrating this Train, was composed by Vivian Ellis. This was used as the Theme Tune for The BBC Radio Programme, Paul Temple.

“The Coronation Scot”.
Illustration: FINE ART AMERICA

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Saint Bartholomew. Apostle. Feast Day, Today, 24 August.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Bartholomew.
   Feast Day 24 August.

Double of The Second-Class.

Red Vestments.

Saint Bartholomew.
Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

English: Saint Bartholomew the Apostle. By Pierre Le Gros the Younger.
The Nave of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Italy.
Français: Saint Barthélemy par Pierre Le Gros le Jeune.
Photo: 7 September 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Jastrow
(Wikimedia Commons)

Bartholomew, or, the son of Tholomy, is, according to common opinion, the Disciple whom Saint Philip brought to Our Lord , under the name of Nathanael, and whom The Master praised on account of his innocence and the simplicity of his heart.

["Philip met Nathanael and said to him: The one of whom Moses has written in The Law, and whom The Prophets have announced, we have found: It is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said to him: Can anything good come from Nazareth ? Philip said to him: Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him and said of him: That is a true Israelite, in whom there is no guile. Nathanael said to Him: Whence knowest thou me ? Jesus answered: Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the Fig Tree, I saw thee. Nathanael replied: Rabbi. Thou art The Son of God. Thou art The King of Israel." John i, 45-49.]

Saint Bartholomew Monastery, Armenia, at the site of the Apostle's Martyrdom.
Date: Pre-1913.
Source: Bachmann, Walter (1913) "Kirchen und moscheen in Armenien und Kurdistan",
Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs, pp. 119-123
Author: Bachmann, Walter.
(Wikimedia Commons)

For the Gospel of Saint John, never mentioning Saint Bartholomew among The Apostles, says that Philip and Nathanael came together to Jesus, and that he was among the Disciples to whom The Saviour appeared after The Resurrection on the shore of The Sea of Galilee. The other Gospels never use the name of Nathanael, but, after Philip, they always mention Bartholomew.

Born at Cana, in Galilee, he was placed by Jesus among The Twelve (Gospel) and he was a witness of the principal actions of Jesus upon the Earth. "The first gift vouchsafed to The Church by The Holy Ghost," says Saint Paul, "is the Grace of The Apostleship" (Epistle).

English: Church of Saint Bartholomew, Gyöngyös, Hungary.
Français: Eglise baroque Szent Bertalan de Gyöngyös.
Magyar: Szent Bertalan nagytemplom.
Română: Biserica barocă Szent Bertalan / Sfântul Bartolomeu din Gyöngyös.
Photo: February 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Venusz
(Wikimedia Commons)

He Preached The Faith in Arabia Felix: According to certain Traditions, he was flayed alive. He is thus represented in the beautiful White Marble statue, by Cibo, in Milan Cathedral, Italy.

His Relics are Venerated at Rome, in the Church of Saint Bartholomew, on an island formed by The River Tiber. His name is mentioned in The Canon of The Mass among The Apostles.

Let us joyfully Celebrate The Feast of Saint Bartholomew, who, in Heaven, Praises God, among The Glorious Choir of The Apostles (Alleluia), and let us ask God to grant to His Church to love what he believed and to Preach what he himself taught (Collect).

Every Parish Priest Celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

First Vespers (23 August): The Common of Apostles.
Commemoration: Saint Philip Benizi.
Antiphon: Hic vir.
Versicle: Justum.

Mass: Mihi autem.
Preface: Of The Apostles.

Second Vespers: The Common of Apostles.
Commemoration: Saint Louis.
Antiphon at The Magnificat: Similábo.
Versicle: Amávit.

“Sub Tuum Præsidium”. The Oldest Extant Preserved Hymn To The Blessed Virgin Mary. To Be Said After Confession.

“The Virgin At Prayer”.
Current location: National Gallery, London.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art
(Wikimedia Commons)

When going to Confession, the “Sub Tuum Præsidium” is a Prayer to The Blessed Virgin Mary, which one can worthily say, and one is encouraged to say, after having made your Confession.

“Sub Tuum Praesidium”.
Available on YouTube at

Sub Tuum Præsidium confugimus,
sancta Dei Genitrix:
nostras deprecationes ne despicias
in necessitatibus (nostris);
sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.

We have recourse to thy protection,
Holy Mother of God:
reject not the Prayers
we send up to thee in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O, Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

“Sub Tuum Præsidium”.
Available on YouTube at

The following Text is taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Beneath Thy Protection (Greek: Ὑπὸ τὴν σὴν εὐσπλαγχνίαν; Latin: Sub Tuum Præsidium) is the oldest preserved extant Hymn to The Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos God-Bearer).

This Marian Hymn is known by heart in many Catholic Countries and is often used along with The Salve Regina.

The earliest Text that is known of this Hymn was found in a Coptic Orthodox Christmas Liturgy of the 3rd-Century A.D. It is written in Greek and dates to approximately 250 A.D. It is used in The Coptic Liturgy to this day, as well as in The Byzantine, Ambrosian, and Roman Liturgies. It was part of Sulpician custom that all classes ended with a recitation of this Prayer.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Annual York Pilgrimage In Honour Of Saint Margaret Clitherow (The Pearl Of York) And The York Martyrs. Saturday, 31 August 2019. 1030 hrs.


This Article is taken from, and can be read in full at, LATIN MASS SOCIETY

The Annual Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Margaret Clitherow and The York Martyrs takes place on Saturday, 31 August 2019.

10:30 Assemble at The Bar Convent, Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ (Near Micklegate Bar), where there will be an opportunity to Venerate The Relic of Saint Margaret Clitherow, in the Chapel.

10:45 Procession, with the statue of Saint Margaret Clitherow, moves off and will pass Ouse Bridge (the place of her execution) and The Shambles (stopping at the house where she lived).

11:45 (approx) Arrive at Saint Wilfrid's Church.

12 noon High Mass followed by Solemn Benediction.

This Pilgrimage is always a great witness to The Catholic Faith and a testament to the devotion of English Catholics to Saint Margaret Clitherow and The York Martyrs. Do come and join us !!! Please help publicise the Pilgrimage by distributing our Poster, which can be downloaded HERE.

Travel by Train.

Both The Bar Convent and Saint Wilfrid's Church are about 10 minutes' walk from the Railway Station.

Travel by Car.

Use of Park and Ride Service is recommended. Please note, the service from Grimston Bar does NOT go to the correct part of York, the others do.

Alternatively, Nunnery Lane Car Park is near The Bar Convent.

When ?

31 August 2019, 10:30.


Saint Wilfrid's Church,
Duncombe Place,
York YO1 7EF.

The Vigil Of Saint Bartholomew. Apostle. Today, 23 August.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

The Vigil Of Saint Bartholomew.
   23 August.

Violet Vestments.

Saint Bartholomew.
Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

English: Saint Bartholomew the Apostle. By Pierre Le Gros the Younger.
The Nave of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Italy.
Français: Saint Barthélemy par Pierre Le Gros le Jeune.
Photo: 7 September 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Jastrow
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Feasts of The Apostles are spread throughout The Liturgical Cycle, as if to show that The Apostles are The Foundation on which the whole Church rests.

Saint Bartholomew is the sixth in The List of The Twelve Apostles, as given by The Evangelists.

Like the other Apostles, he learned the secrets of The Divine Law and made them known to the World, confirming them by his Martyrdom (Gospel). On this day, The Liturgy prepares us for his Feast of tomorrow (Collect).

Mass: Ego autem.

Saint Philip Benizi. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 23 August.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Philip Benizi.
   Feast Day 23 August.


White Vestments.

Saint Philip Benizi.

Saint Philip Benizi.
Available on YouTube at

We honour on this day a Saint to whom The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, to announce to him that he was to enter The Order of Servites, whose object is to honour The Sorrows, through which The Virgin attained the Glory that we have rejoiced in (Editor: The Assumption) during the last eight days.

Born at Florence, Italy, of the illustrious family of Benizi, Saint Philip gave signs from the cradle of his future holiness. The Order of The Servants of The Virgin Mary, called The Servites, had been instituted fifteen years before. The little Convent was not far from his town. There, while hearing Mass on The Thursday in Easter Week, Saint Philip was struck by the words of the Epistle, addressed by The Holy Ghost to Philip The Deacon.

As he bore that name, he applied to himself the Scriptural Text, and, feeling himself invited by The Holy Ghost to enter that Order, he left everything to purchase the Imperishable Treasure of Heaven (Gospel). Entering as a Lay Brother, he was, later on, Ordained a Priest, and became General of The Servites.

English: Statue of Saint Philip Benizi on The Charles Bridge, Prague, The Czech Republic.
Čeština: Sousoší Svatého Filipa Benicia na Karlově mostě.
Date: 31 July 2006 (original upload date).
Source: Originally from cs.wikipedia; description page is/was here
Author: Zp, slightly cropped by Diligent
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Cardinals, assembled at Viterbo, wished to Elect him Pope, but, out of humility (Collect), he refused the honour and hid himself in the mountains. There, he flourished like the Palm Tree and grew like the Cedar of Libanus (Introit). God then called him to evangelise Italy, France, and Germany. On his return, he was confirmed in his Office for life.

He tried to calm the animosity which existed between the Guelfs, partisans of the Pope, and the Ghibellines, partisans of the Emperor, and ran serious danger to which the Epistle alludes.

He was seized by a burning fever on Assumption Day, and died at Todi, in 1285, on The Day of The Octave, contemplating The Crucifix.

Let us ask God to grant us the humility of Saint Philip Benizi, so that, despising, as he did, the riches of the World, we may always seek the riches of Heaven (Collect).

Mass: Justus.
Commemoration: The Vigil of Saint Bartholomew, from The Collects of The Mass: Ego autem, of which the Gospel is read at the end of Mass.

Saint Philip Benizi.
One of the 140 Saints on The Colonnade of Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy.
Statue created 1671.
The statue is part of a group of sixteen that were installed between August 1670 and March 1673. It was made immediately after the statues of Saint Cajetan and Saint Philip Neri, and simultaneously with Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Charles Borromeo.
Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli.
The Saint, in the Habit of The Servite Order, holds a Crucifix in his Left hand.
At his feet, is the Papal Tiara that he shunned.
Philip Benizi, a Florentine physician, became the fifth Superior-General of The Order of Servites. The story is that he tried to become a Lay Brother by pretending to be illiterate, but was found out and told that he could only remain in The Order if he were Ordained.
When an influential Cardinal named him as a possible Papal candidate, Philip was so distressed by the idea that he hid in a cave until the Papal Election was over.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Thousands Of Australians Protest A Bill, Outside Parliament, To De-Criminalise Abortion In New South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Catherine Lennon picks up a Heart Beat of a Pre-Born Baby,
at a rally outside the New South Wales Parliament
to oppose The Abortion Bill, 20 August 2019.
Photo Credit: Mary Chaghoury / Facebook Screen Grab.
Illustration: LIFE SITE NEWS

This Article is taken from, and can be read in full at, LIFE SITE NEWS

SYDNEY, Australia, 20 August 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — As the Winter night fell in Sydney, thousands amassed in the heart of the City, protesting a radical proposed new Law permitting Abortion On Demand until birth.

The rally began in Martin Place, a Pedestrian Mall in the centre of Sydney’s business district, at 6 p.m., and lasted until 9 p.m. Thousands of protesters marched from Martin Place to the front of New South Wales Parliament buildings, where legislators in the State’s Legislative Council, or Upper House, were debating the Bill.

Paul Hanrahan, of Family Life International Australia, told LifeSiteNews that he thought close to ten thousand Pro-Life advocates attended. There were speeches by The Archbishop of Sydney and other Religious Leaders and Politicians, as well as an ultrasound demonstration, that amplified the sound of the beating heart of an Unborn Baby over the large crowd.

Saint Timothy. Saint Hippolytus. Saint Symphorian. Martyrs. Feast Day 22 August.

Text from The Saint Andrew's Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Timothy. Saint Hippolytus.
   Saint Symphorian. 
      Feast Day 22 August.


Red Vestments.

English: Martyrdom of Saint-Symphorian.
Français: Le Martyre de Saint-Symphorien.
Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867).
Date: 1824-1834.
Current location: Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autun, Autun, France.
Source/Photographer: Centre national des arts plastiques.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Timothy of Antioch came to Rome in 310 A.D. and was Martyred in 311 A.D. He was cruelly beaten and quicklime was sprinkled over his torn flesh. At last, he was beheaded.

Also on 22 August, at Ostia, Italy, Hippolytus, Bishop of Porto, was thrown into a hole filled with water and received The Crown of Martyrdom about 225 A.D.

Again on 22 August, about 180 A.D., under the reign of Emperor Aurelian, Symphorian, who was still a young man, was beheaded at Autun. While he went to execution, his mother said to him: "My son, my son, remember Eternal Life; look up to Heaven and see The One Who reigns there; life is not taken from thee, it is exchanged for a better one."

Mass: Salus autem.

The Immaculate Heart Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Feast Day 22 August.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

The Immaculate Heart of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
   Feast Day 22 August.

Double of The Second-Class.

White Vestments.

The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Illustration: WALLPAPER CAVE

The Blessed Virgin Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven by Her Beloved Son.

“Regina Caeli”
(Queen of Heaven).
By Marco Frisina.
Available on YouTube at

According to a Tradition, sanctioned by authority, it was at Jerusalem, near the room of The Last Supper, at the spot where now stands a Church committed to the care of The Benedictines, that Mary breathed her last (Secret).

And it is at the foot of The Mount of Olives, in a place where, about 1130, a Monastery of The Benedictine Monks of Cluny was built, that her mortal remains were laid and "she was carried up to Heaven" (Alleluia).

The Pilgrimages, made to this tomb, originated The Feast of The Assumption, which was already Solemnised in The East at the end of the 6th-Century A.D. At the beginning of the 7th-Century A.D., The Feast was also Solemnised at Rome, and it spread with The Roman Liturgy over The West. Pope Leo IV instituted The Octave in 847 A.D.

The Virgin and Infant with Angels.
Artist: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905).
Date: 1900.
Current location: Petit Palais, Paris, France.
Source/Photographer: Art Renewal Centerdescription
Copied from the English Wikipedia to Commons.
(Wikipedia Commons)

"We have accompanied thee with all our Prayers, when thou didst ascend towards thy Son," says Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, "and we have at least followed thee at a distance, O, Blessed Virgin ! May thy goodness make known to the World, the Grace bestowed on thee by God: Obtain by thy Holy Prayers, the forgiveness of the guilty, health for the sick, strength for weak Souls, consolation for the afflicted, help and deliverance for those in peril.

O, Mary, Queen of Clemency, on this joyful Solemnity, may thy humble servants, who praise and invoke thy sweet name, be overwhelmed with Graces by Jesus Christ thy Son, Our Lord, Who is The Sovereign God, Blessed throughout the ages. Amen." [Fifth and Sixth Lessons at Matins.]

Let us honour Mary with special confidence during these Feasts, which Celebrate her Triumph.

Mass: Adeámus.
Commemoration: Saints Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian. Martyrs.
Creed. Is said.
Preface: The Blessed Virgin Mary: Et te in Festivitáte.

The Virgin and Infant of The Lilies.
Artist: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905).
Date: 1899.
Author: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905).
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Liturgical worship of "The Most Pure Heart of Mary" was suggested by The Fathers who commented The Canticle of Canticles; it was first joined to that of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the 17th-Century, by Saint John Eudes; however, it was only at the beginning of the 19th-Century that Pope Pius VII allowed some places to keep a Feast in its honour, on The Sunday after The Octave of her Assumption.

Blessed Pope Pius IX granted it a Proper Mass and Divine Office (Mass: Omnis Gloria).

In other places, it was kept on the Sunday, or, rather, (since the present Edition of The Roman Missal, made in 1920 in the spirit of Pope Saint Pius X) [Editor: This Text is from the 1945 Edition of The Saint Andrew Daily Missal] on The Saturday after The Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“Regina Caeli”
(Queen of Heaven).
By Marco Frisina.
Available on YouTube at

On 8 December 1942 [Editor: The Feast Day of The Immaculate Conception], during the terrible World War, Pope Pius XII Consecrated the whole of mankind to "The Immaculate Heart of Mary"; consequently, he extended The Feast to The Universal Church and gave it a new Mass and Divine Office by Decree of 4 May 1944.

That Feast, of The Immaculate Heart, is fixed, not to a Sunday, but to the very Octave-Day of The Assumption: Mary in Heaven goes on interceding lovingly on our behalf. Her Heart is the symbol of the ardent love, which she fosters first for God and for her Divine Son (Epistle), but also of her maternal care for all human Souls, which Jesus entrusted her when He died (Gospel, Communion).

We exalt the particular Holiness of her Heart (Gradual, Offertory), and we Pray her (Introit, Collects) to obtain "Peace for all Nations, freedom for The Church, conversion for the sinners, and for all Faithful, love for Chastity and the practice of all Virtues" (Decree 4 May 1944).

The Blessed Virgin Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven by Her Beloved Son.

The following Text is from DRUMCREE PARISH

In the midst of The Second World War, Pope Pius XII made an Act of Consecration of The Church and The Whole World to The Immaculate Heart on 31 October 1942, which was then Solemnly proclaimed on 8 December 1942.

Two years later, by a Decree of 4 May 1944, The Holy Father extended The Feast of The Immaculate Heart of Mary to The Universal Church.

[Editor: Prior to which, 22 August had been "The Octave Day of The Assumption". Greater-Double. White Vestments.]
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