Friday, 1 July 2016

May They Rest In Peace. Requiéscant In Pace.

Saint Benedict Ornate Wall Crucifix.

1 July 1916, the first day of The Battle of the Somme,
was the worst day in the history of the British Army.

British Army casualties for the day were 60,000.

The Battle of the Somme lasted from
1 July 1916 until 18 November 1916.

In total, there were more than 1 million casualties.

Leyton Orient Football Club
Supporters visit The Somme Battlefields,
July 2011.
Available on YouTube at

Soldiers of the Australian 4th Division, 10th Field Artillery Brigade, on a duck-board track,
passing through Chateau Wood, near Hooge, in the Ypres salient, 29 October 1917.
The leading soldier is Gunner James Fulton and the second soldier is Lieutenant Anthony Devine.
The men belong to a Battery of the 10th Field Artillery Brigade.
Source: This image is available from the Collection Database of the
Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: E01220.
Author: Frank Hurley.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Frank Hurley.
(Editor: Frank Hurley was the photographer, who took the
photo (above) of Australian troops passing through Chateau Wood.)
Date: 1914.
Source: Scanned from The Endurance by
Caroline Alexander ISBN 074754123X.
Author: Frank Hurley (1885-1962).
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Battle of Passchendaele
(or Third Battle of Ypres or "Passchendaele")
July 1917 - November 1917.

In total, there were, approximately, 1 million casualties.

Battle of The Menin Road.
"Australian wounded on The Menin Road, near Birr Cross Road,
on 20 September 1917".
(Caption source: National Library of Australia, n.d. (1 June 2014).
Date: 1917.
Source: State Library of New South Wales file:a479035.
Author: Frank Hurley.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Accrington Pals.

11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington),
East Lancashire Regiment.
Better known as
'The Accrington Pals' Battalion.

"Accrington Pals",
near Hyndburn Park School, Accrington, Lancashire, 1914.
[Accrington Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, B Company, No. 1 Platoon.]
Photo kindly provided by Robert and Tony Robinson.

A month after the outbreak of war,
the "Accrington Observer and Times" reported,
on 8 September 1914, that an offer by the Mayor of Accrington, 
Captain John Harwood, to set up a Battalion,
had been accepted by The War Office.

As the recruitment began, on 14 September 1914, 104 men were drafted during the first three hours. Brothers, friends and
work-mates reported together. On 24 September 1914,
The Accrington Battalion had reached a full strength of
36 officers and 1,076 men.

About half of the Battalion were recruited from Accrington and the surrounding area; the remainder were recruited from the neighbouring towns of Burnley, Chorley, and Blackburn.

The 'Accrington Pals' Battalion is probably the most famous of
The "Pals" Battalions, which were erected in the early months of
World War I, in response to Kitchener's call to form a Volunteer Army.
It was formed by men from all walks of life from Accrington, Lancashire, and the surrounding area.

Groups of friends - "Pals" - came forward together, in anticipation of a great adventure. In its first major battle, the Battalion suffered devastating losses in the attack on Serre, France, on 1 July 1916, the first day of
The Battle of the Somme.

The losses were hard to bear in a community where everyone had a close relative or friend killed or injured.

Although the Battalion fought again,
the "Pals" concept was forever lost.

May They Rest In Peace.
Requiéscant In Pace.

"Dies Irae".
The Sequence in a Requiem Mass.
Available on YouTube at

Feast Of The Most Precious Blood Of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Feast Day 1 July.

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

Feast of The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Feast Day 1 July.

Double of The First-Class.

Red Vestments.

“Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium”.
Used with Permission.

The Liturgy, that admirable summary of the history of The Church, reminds us every year that, at this date in 1849, thanks to the French Army, the Revolution which had driven the Pope from Rome was vanquished.

To perpetuate the memory of this triumph, and to show that it was due to The Saviour's Merits, Blessed Pope Pius IX, at the time a refugee at Gaeta, Italy, instituted The Feast of The Precious Blood. Pope Pius XI, in 1934, raised it to the Rank of a First-Class Feast.

The Heart of Jesus has made this Adorable Blood circulate in His limbs; wherefore, as on The Feast of The Sacred Heart, the Gospel presents to our view the thrust of the lance which pierced the side of The Divine Crucified, Blood and Water gushing forth. [The Office of Matins speaks of The Blood which Christ shed at The Circumcision, and in The Garden of Olives, and The Flagellation (Scourging) at The Pillar, and The Crowning of Thorns, and on The Cross.]

Thus become united the two testimonies which The Holy Ghost bore to The Messias, when He was Baptised in The Water of The Jordan and when He was Baptised in Blood on The Cross (Gradual).

Let us do homage to The Precious Blood of Our Redeemer, which the Priest offers to God on the Altar.

Mass: Redemisti nos.
At Low Masses: Commemoration of The Octave Day of Saint John the Baptist.
Preface: Of The Cross.

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New York Central Railroad Locomotive.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Mediaeval Stained-Glass Window. Merton College, Oxford. Circa 1379-1406.

Mediaeval Stained-Glass Window.
Merton College, Oxford, England.
Date: Circa 1379-1406.
Photographer: Hesketh-Roberts, M.
Image Date: 2002.
Copyright: EnglishHeritage.NMR

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Matthaeus Is Back Up And Blogging.

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Matthaeus is back up and Blogging 


Zephyrinus notes that Matthaeus refers to Zephyrinus as
"ZEPHY" in the Comments Box of his latest Post
Obviously, he is still on medication, poor chap !!!
Welcome back, Matthaeus.
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Adagio For Strings And Agnus Dei. Both By Samuel Barber.

Devastated German City
during World War II.
Available on YouTube at

"Adagio for Strings"
by Samuel Barber.
Available on YouTube at

"Agnus Dei"
by Samuel Barber.
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A 25-Year Guarantee Clinched The Decision To Re-Roof Westminster Cathedral In Asphalt.

Abutments to the copper domes and brick parapets were the biggest challenge.

Abutments to the Copper Domes and Brick Parapets
were the biggest challenge.
Illustration: RIBAJ

This Article can be read in full at RIBAJ

When Westminster Cathedral’s roof was first asphalted, back in 1903, it would have utilised naturally-occurring asphalt deposits dug up from an overseas lake.

These days, things are done a little differently. Instead, IKO’s Permaphalt – a polymer modified mastic asphalt – was specified for the extensive re-roofing of the Roman Catholic Cathedral by Cathedral Architect, Michael Drury from St Ann’s Gate Architects.

Illustration: RIBAJ

‘Asphalt had worked well for the Cathedral in the past and there was no reason why it shouldn’t again,’ he says, adding that the new roofing’s twenty-five-year guarantee clinched the decision for a like-for-like replacement.

Drury had identified the need to replace the roof surface as a priority, in his quinquennial inspection of the Cathedral, which was designed in the Early-Byzantine Style by J. F. Bentley. Although the roof had been repaired over the years, the report detected cracking in the surface and up-stands and the presence of moisture within.


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