Thursday, 30 October 2014

Basilica Of The Benedictine Abbey Of Santa Maria De Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain.

English: Interior of the Basilica of the Benedictine Abbey of
Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain (founded in 1025).
Santa Maria de Montserrat is located on the mountain of Montserrat,
in Monistrol de Montserrat, in Catalonia, Spain.
The current Basilica is from the 16th-Century.
The rest of the Abbey buildings are from the 18th-Century.
Català: Monestir de Santa Maria de Montserrat, situada a la muntanya homònima,
al municipi de Monistrol de Montserrsat (Bages)
Photo: Toni Genes / SHUTTERSTOCK

Feast Day of Santa Maria de Montserrat.

English: Monastery Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain.
Deutsch: Kloster Montserrat in Katalonien (Spanien):
Ansicht von Südosten.
Photo: 21 July 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Misburg3014.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: The Cloisters of the Monastery of Santa Maria of Montserrat, Spain.
Català: Monestir de Santa Maria de Montserrat (Monistrol de Montserrat).
Photo: 12 May 2013.
Source: Flickr: Claustre gòtic, segle XV, Monestir de Montserrat.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: Choir of the l'Escolania de Montserrat
in the Basilica of the Abbey of Montserrat,
Catalonia, Spain.
Français: Choeur de l'Escolania de Montserrat
dans la basilique de l'abbaye de Montserrat,
Catalogne, Espagne.
Photo: 21 September 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Bernard Gagnon.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Cantores Missae.

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Cantores Missae is a consort group of singers comprising some of the UK's leading soloists. The members sing regularly in major concert halls and houses around the world, and with the world's leading ensembles, including The Monteverdi Choir, The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, The Royal Opera House, Westminster Cathedral Choir, The Choir of St. Bride's Fleet St, and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The experience and skill of the members ofCantores Missae enable them to perform as an organic and totally integrated ensemble. 

Cantores Missae has become known particularly for its performances of music for th
Old Catholic Mass, the Tridentine Rite, but they also sing in Anglican and other Protestant
churches. Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to motets and hymns from the
19th and 20th Centuries, but their reputation has been built on performances of the
music of the Golden Age of Polyphony, the 16th Century, including composers
such as William Byrd, Palestrina Victoria, Guerrero, Lobo and Esquivel. 

Their new CD, “Praise to the holiest” comprises much loved Gregorian Chant, hymns and motets from the 16th to 20th Centuries, including works by Croce, Elgar, Mozart, Attwood and Bruckner. It is an eloquent and persuasive document of the group’s great versatility, encompassing as it does so many differing musical styles with equal sensitivity and conviction. 

The group employs only one voice to a part, allowing the individual musical line and
texture of the music to be heard with the utmost clarity. This has become a
hallmark of Cantores Missae and has led to their continued success.

Now recognised as one of the leading ensembles of its kind,Cantores Missae provides music of the highest level of performance excellence for Weddings, Funerals Masses, Requiems, Vespers and other services, both as a full polyphonic ensemble and also, when required, with just the lower voices singing Gregorian Chant. With the release of 'Praise to the Holiest', Cantores Missae is extending its activities to giving concerts both in this country and abroad.

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"Woodbine Willie".

Text from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

"Woodbine Willie. An Unsung Hero of World War One",
by Robert Holman.
Available on

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, MC (27 June 1883 – 8 March 1929), was an Anglican Priest and poet. He was nicknamed 'Woodbine Willie' during World War I for giving Woodbine cigarettes along with spiritual aid to injured and dying soldiers.

Born in Leeds in 1883, Studdert Kennedy was the seventh of nine children born to Jeanette Anketell and William Studdert Kennedy, Vicar of St Mary's, Quarry Hill in Leeds. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he gained a Degree in Classics and Divinity in 1904.After a year's training at Ripon Clergy College, he became a Curate, in Rugby, and then, in 1914, the Vicar of St. Paul's, Worcester.


On the outbreak of World War I, Studdert Kennedy volunteered as a Chaplain to the Army on the Western Front, where he gained the nickname 'Woodbine Willie'. In 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross at Messines Ridge, after running into No-Man's Land to help the wounded during an attack on the German Front Line.

He wrote a number of poems about his experiences, and these appeared in the books "Rough Rhymes of a Padre" (1918), and "More Rough Rhymes" (1919).

During the War, he supported the British Military effort with enthusiasm. Attached to a Bayonet-Training Service, Chaplain Kennedy toured with boxers and wrestlers to give morale-boosting speeches about the usefulness of the Bayonet.

"Woodbine Willie"
Source and Author of Illustration: Unknown.

He wrote a number of poems about his experiences, and these appeared in the books "Rough Rhymes of a Padre" (1918), and "More Rough Rhymes" (1919).

During the War, he supported the British Military effort with enthusiasm. Attached to a Bayonet-Training Service, Chaplain Kennedy toured with boxers and wrestlers to give morale-boosting speeches about the usefulness of the Bayonet.

After the war, Studdert Kennedy was given charge of St Edmund, King and Martyr in Lombard Street, London. Having been converted to Christian Socialism and Pacifism during the War, he wrote "Lies" (1919), "Democracy and the Dog-Collar" (1921) (featuring such chapters as "The Church Is Not a Movement, but a Mob," "Capitalism is Nothing But Greed, Grab, and Profit-Mongering," and "So-Called Religious Education Worse than Useless"), "Food for the Fed Up" (1921), "The Wicket Gate" (1923), and "The Word and the Work" (1925). He moved to work for the Industrial Christian Fellowship, for whom he went on speaking tours of Britain. It was on one of these tours that he was taken ill. He died in Liverpool.

Woodbine cigarettes,
which "Woodbine Willie" gave
to Front-Line troops.

He is mentioned in the Divine Comedy song "Absent Friends": "Woodbine Willie couldn't rest until he'd/given every bloke a final smoke/before the killing," and in Finnegans Wake by Irish author James Joyce: "tsingirillies' zyngarettes, while Woodbine Willie, so popiular with the poppyrossies".

Studdert Kennedy was awarded the Military Cross (MC) during World War I. His Citation read:
For Conspicuous Gallantry and Devotion to Duty. He showed the greatest courage and disregard for his own safety in attending to the wounded under heavy fire. He searched Shell Holes for our own and enemy wounded, assisting them to the Dressing Station, and his cheerfulness and endurance had a splendid effect upon All Ranks in the Front Line trenches, which he constantly visited.

The Museum of Army Chaplaincy also honours Kennedy with a large display about his life. Furthermore, in February 2013, John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, unveiled a Commemorative Plaque, in Ripon, North Yorkshire, to honour the Ripon Clergy College and Studdert Kennedy

Studdert Kennedy is Commemorated with a Feast Day in the Liturgical Calendars of the Church of England and the Episcopal Church (USA), on 8 March.

War! Lies! And a Packet of Fags!
A Stage Play.

The Great War and its aftermath — the true story of
“Woodbine Willie” (Studdert Kennedy).


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A Little Levity To Get You Through The Day.


Gravesham Borough Council, Kent, England,
are advertising for a Grave Digger.

The advert points out that the successful applicant
will ideally have had 
"experience of Grave Digging".

Presumably, not as a hobby !!!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Saint Evaristus. Pope And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 26 October.

This Feast has been Translated to 27 October, due to Sunday, 26 October, being the First-Class Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King, which always falls on the last Sunday of October.

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

Saint Evaristus.
Pope and Martyr.
Feast Day 26 October.


Red Vestments.

Image of Pope Evaristus in the Roman Basilica of Saint Paul-without-the-Walls.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Evaristus, a Greek by birth, was unanimously elected Pope when the Holy See became vacant at the death of Pope Anacletus I (also known as Cletus I).

It was Pope Evaristus who divided Rome into Titles, or Parishes, appointing to each a Priest. He prescribed that seven Deacons should surround the Bishop when he Preached, for the greater honour of the Word of God and of the Episcopal dignity.

Saint Evaristus was condemned to death under Emperor Trajan, 109 A.D.

Mass: Statuit, for a Martyr Bishop.

English: Pope Evaristus statue in the Sistine Chapel, Rome.
Nederlands: Paus Evaristus I.
Muurschildering uit de Sixtijnse kapel, Rome.
Date: 25 April 2004.
Source: Uploaded to Dutch Wikipedia by nl:Gebruiker:Robbot.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland.

Text and Illustrations from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

English: Einsiedeln Abbey Church,
Photo: 29 November 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Roland zh.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: Interior of Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland.
Français: Vue Intérieure.
Photo: 8 August 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Caro.ray.
(Wikimedia Commons

Einsiedeln Abbey is a Benedictine Monastery, in the town of Einsiedeln, in the Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland. The Abbey is dedicated to Our Lady of the Hermits, the Title being derived from the circumstances of its Foundation, for the first inhabitant of the region was Saint Meinrad, a Hermit. It is a Territorial Abbey, and, therefore, not part of a Diocese, which is subject to a Bishop. It has been a major resting point, on the Way of Saint James, for Centuries.

Saint Meinrad was educated at the Abbey School, on Reichenau Island, in Lake Constance, Switzerland, under his kinsmen, Abbot Hatto and Abbot Erlebald, where he became a Monk and was ordained a Priest. After some years at Reichenau, and at a dependent Priory, on Lake Zurich, he embraced an eremitical life and established his Hermitage on the slopes of Etzel Mountain. He died on 21 January 861 A.D., at the hands of two robbers who thought that the Hermit had some precious treasures, but, during the next eighty years, the place was never without one or more Hermits emulating Meinrad's example. One of them, named Eberhard, previously Provost of Strasbourg, erected, in 934 A.D., a Monastery and Church there, of which he became the first Abbot.

English: Nave of the Abbatial Cathedral Saint Mauritius, Einsiedeln,
Canton of Schwyz, Central Switzerland.
Deutsch: Langhaus der Abteikathedrale Sankt Mauritius, Einsiedeln,
Kanton Schwyz, Zentral-Schweiz.
Photo: 29 January 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Zairon.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Church was miraculously Consecrated, so the legend runs, in 948 A.D., by Christ Himself, assisted by The Four Evangelists, Saint Peter, and Saint Gregory the Great. This event was investigated and confirmed by Pope Leo VIII and subsequently ratified by many of his successors, the last ratification being by Pope Pius VI, in 1793, who confirmed the acts of all his predecessors.

English: Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland.
Einsiedeln, Switzerland.
Photo: 26 January 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Roland zh.
(Wikimedia Commons)

In 965 A.D., Abbot Gregory, the third Abbot of Einsiedeln, was made a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire by Emperor Otto I, and his successors continued to enjoy the same dignity up to the cessation of the Empire at the beginning of the 19th-Century. In 1274, the Abbey, with its dependencies, was created an Independent Principality by Rudolf I of Germany, over which the Abbot exercised Temporal as well as Spiritual jurisdiction. It continued as an Independent Principality until 1798, the year of the French invasion. The Abbey is now what is termed an Abbey Nullius, the Abbot having quasi-episcopal authority over the territory where the Monastery is built.

For the learning and piety of its Monks, Einsiedeln Abbey has been famous for a thousand years, and many Saints and scholars have lived within its walls. The study of Letters, Printing, and Music have greatly flourished there, and the Abbey has contributed largely to the glory of the Benedictine Order. It is true that discipline declined somewhat in the 15th-Century and the Rule became relaxed, but Ludovicus II, a Monk of St. Gall, who was Abbot of Einsiedeln 1526-1544, succeeded in restoring the stricter observance.

English: Choir of the Abbatial Cathedral St. Mauritius, Einsiedeln,
Canton of Schwyz, Central Switzerland.
Deutsch: Chor der Abteikathedrale St. Mauritius, Einsiedeln,
Kanton Schwyz, Zentral-Schweiz.
Photo: 29 January 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Zairon.
(Wikimedia Commons)

In the 16th-Century, the religious disturbances, caused by the spread of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland, were a source of trouble for some time. Zwingli, himself, was at Einsiedeln Abbey for a while, and used the opportunity for protesting against the famous Pilgrimages, but the storm passed over and the Abbey was left in peace. Abbot Augustine I (1600–1629) was the leader of the movement, which resulted in the erection of the Swiss Congregation of the Order of Saint Benedict, in 1602, and he also did much for the establishment of stricter observance in the Abbey and for the promotion of a high standard of scholarship and learning amongst his Monks.

Einsiedeln Abbey,
Photo: 27 July 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Markus Bernet.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Pilgrimages, which have never ceased since the days of Saint Meinrad, have tended to make Einsiedeln Abbey the rival even of Rome, The Holy House of Loreto and Santiago de Compostela, serving as a major stopping point on the Way of St. James leading there. Pilgrimages constitute one of the features for which the Abbey is chiefly celebrated. The Pilgrims number around one million, from all parts of Catholic Europe or even further. The statue of Our Lady, from the 15th-Century, enthroned in the little Chapel erected by Eberhard, is the object of their devotion. This Chapel stands within the great Abbey Church, in much the same way as The Holy House at Loreto, encased in marble and elaborately decorated.

14 September and 13 October are the chief Pilgrimage days, the former being the anniversary of the miraculous Consecration of Eberhard's Basilica, and the latter that of the Translation of Saint Meinrad's Relics from Reichenau Island to Einsiedeln Abbey, in 1039. The millennium of Saint Meinrad was kept there with great splendour in 1861, as well as that of the Benedictine Monastery, in 1934.

The great Church has been many times rebuilt, the last time by Abbot Maurus between 1704 and 1719. The last big renovation ended after more than twenty years in 1997. The Library contains nearly 250,000 volumes and many priceless Manuscripts. The work of the Monks is divided chiefly between Prayer, work and study. At Pilgrimage times, the number of Confessions heard is very large.

St Meinrad Arch-Abbey,
United States of America.
Photo: 23 June 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Chris Light.
Attribution: Chris Light at en.wikipedia
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Meinrad Arch-Abbey in Spencer County, Indiana, USA, was founded by Monks from Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland on 21 March 1854, and is home to approximately ninety-eight Monks. It is one of only two Arch-Abbeys in the United States and one of only nine in the world.

The Benedictine Community, at Saint Meinrad Arch-Abbey, consists of men who dedicate their lives to Prayer and work. They gather in Community five times a day — for Morning Prayer, Mass, Noon Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline — to Pray for the Church and the world. Guests often join the Monks in Prayer in the Arch-abbey Church.

Gregorian Chant is sung in the Canonical Hours of The Monastic Office, primarily in Antiphons, used to sing the Psalms, in the Great Responsories of Matins, and the Short Responsories of the Lesser Hours and Compline. The Psalm Antiphons of The Office tend to be short and simple, especially compared to the complex Great Responsories. In addition, the Monks spend private time reading spiritual and religious material. They live under the Rule of Saint Benedict, the 6th-Century instructions for Community Living, written by Saint Benedict.

This is a representation of the Coat-of-Arms of
Saint Meinrad Arch-Abbey in Saint Meinrad,
Indiana, United States of America.
Blazon: Azure, a Ship with one Sail, Argent, the Mast terminating in a Cross, the Sail charged with the Greek letters Chi Rho, Sable, resting on a Sea Barry Wavy of six, Argent and Azure; on a Chief, Or, two Eagles (Ravens ?) rising to Dexter, Sable. [1].
Date: 6 August 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Alekjds.
(Wikimedia Commons)

In 2013, the Community numbered 60 Monks. Attached to the Abbey are a Seminary and a College for about 360 Pupils, who are partially taught by the Monks, who also provide Spiritual Direction for six Convents of Religious Sisters.

In 1854, when the Monastery was again facing suppression, a colony was sent to the United States, from Einsiedeln, to minister to the local German-speaking population and to develop a place of refuge, if needed. Daughter Houses began to be Founded, the first being Saint Meinrad, Indiana, and, in 1881, these were formed into the Swiss-American Congregation, which, in 2013, comprised fourteen Monasteries from Canada, in the North, down to Guatemala, ten of which were directly founded from Einsiedeln. In the Fall of 1887, Einsiedeln Abbey sent eight Novices, and one Professed Monk, to Subiaco, Arkansas. The Reverend Father Gall D'Aujourd'hui, O.S.B., is considered to be the co-founder of Subiaco Abbey and Academy.

English: The Nave,
Einsiedeln Abbey,
Photo: 26 January 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Roland zh.
(Wikimedia Commons)

One of Einsiedeln Abbey's Apostolates is a School (Gymnasium), for the seventh- to twelfth-grades, which has existed in its present form since 1848. It is the continuation of a tradition of education that dates to the Early-Middle-Ages. Its distinguished Alumni include: Gall Morel; Franz Fassbind; Philipp Etter; Hans Hürlimann, and his son, Thomas Hürlimann; Bruno Frick; and Anatole Taubman.

Located in separate Cantons, Einsiedeln Abbey and Fahr Abbey, a Community of Benedictine Nuns, form a Double Monastery, both under the authority of the Abbot of Einsiedeln.

Einsiedeln Abbey's Library contains the Versus de scachis, the earliest mention of Chess in Western Literature.

Einsiedeln Abbey,
Photo: 27 May 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Roland zh.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Feast Of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King. Feast Day The Last Sunday Of October.

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

Feast Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King.
The Last Sunday of October.

Double of the First-Class.

White Vestments.

English: Christ the King, a detail from the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck.
Deutsch: Genter Altar, Altar des Mystischen Lammes, obere mittlere
Haupttafel, Szene: Thronender Gottvater.
Artist: Hubert van Eyck (1366–1426).
Date: Before 1426.
Current location: Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.
Notes: Auftraggeber: Joducus und Isabelle Vyd, urspr. für die Johannes dem Täufer gewidmete Seitenkapelle in St.-Bavo in Gent, Wandelaltar, in Zusammenarbeit mit Jan van Eyck entstanden.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Insignia of the Vendean Insurgents (Royalist Insurgents), during the War in Vendée, 1793, who fought against Suppression of The Church in the French Revolution. Note the French words
" Dieu Le Roi ", beneath the Heart-and-Cross, meaning " God The King ".
(Wikimedia Commons)

In his Encyclical of 11 December 1925, His Holiness Pope Pius XI denounced the great modern Heresy of Laicism. This Heresy refuses to recognise the Rights of God and His Christ, over persons and peoples, and organises the lives of individuals, families, and of Society itself, as though God did not exist.

This Laicism ruins Society, because, in place of the love of God and one's neighbour, it substitutes pride and egoism. It begets jealousy between individuals, hatred between classes and rivalry between nations.

The world denies Christ, because it ignores His Royal prerogatives. The world must be instructed on this subject. Now, "a yearly Feast can attain this end, more effectively than the weightiest documents issued by Ecclesiastical authority".

The Feast of Christ The King.
Available on YouTube

The Holy Father has instituted this new Feast to be a public, social, and official declaration of the Royal Rights of Jesus, as God the Creator, as The Word Incarnate, and as Redeemer.

This Feast makes these Rights to be known and recognised, in a way most suitable to Man and to Society by the Sublimest Acts of Religion - particularly by Holy Mass.

The Magnificat
for First Vespers
of The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King.
The Tallis Scholars: Magnificat for Four Voices.
(Thomas Tallis, 1505 - 1585).
Available on YouTube at

In fact, the end of the Holy Sacrifice is the acknowledgement of God's complete Dominion over us, and our complete dependence on Him.

And this Act is accomplished, not only on Calvary, but also through the Royal Priesthood of Jesus, which never ceases in His Kingdom, which is Heaven. The great reality of Christianity is not a corpse hanging from a Cross, but the Risen Christ Reigning in all the Glory of His Triumph in the midst of His Elect, who are His Conquest (Epistle).

And that is why the Mass begins with the finest vision of the Apocalypse, where the Lamb of God is acclaimed by Angels and Saints (Introit).

The Holy Father has expressed his wish that this Feast should be celebrated towards the end of The Liturgical Year, on the Last Sunday of October, as the Consummation of all the Mysteries by which Jesus has established His Royal Powers and nearly on the Eve of All Saints, where He already realises them in part, in being "the King of Kings and the Crown of All Saints " (Invitatory at Matins); until He shall be the Crown of all those on Earth whom He saves, especially by The Mass.

It is, indeed, principally by The Eucharist, which is both a Sacrifice and a Sacrament, that Christ, now in Glory, assures the results of the Victorious Sacrifice of Calvary, by taking possession of Souls through the application of the Merits of His Passion (Secret) and thereby unites them as Members to their Head.

The end of the Eucharist, says the Catechism of the Council of Trent, is "to form one sole Mystic Body of all The Faithful" and so to draw them in the cult, which Christ, King-Adorer, as Priest and Victim, rendered in a bloody manner on The Cross and now renders, in an un-bloody manner, on the Stone Altar of our Churches and on the Golden Altar in Heaven, to Christ, King-Adored, as Son of God, and to His Father, to Whom He offers these Souls (Preface).

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