Sunday, January 31, 2010


I was downtown with the family yesterday, doing some shopping and hanging out, and I went to (What used to be) Jacob's music. And guess what I found. Music paper.But not just regular music paper, music paper with FOUR LINED-STAVES. Yes! It's apparently a mistake, and it was all going to be taken back, but I had to buy some.No more making my own staved for my chant booklets! Woot!

And yes, I know there's chant written on five-lined staves, and one of my books on medieval manuscripts has quite a few 14th-15th century examples. But I've never used that before.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Daily Psalm.

Psalm 67, Westminster Abbey choir.

Joe is a bad Catholic.

Because today, on my way to mass I saw that next month's Shonen Jump* had arrived, instead of leaving it there, I put it in my bag to read on the way there and the way back.
*Sigh*, at least there's another for the collection.**

*I really don't know why we keep receiving issues.Our subscription was only until December, but we've got issues till March apparently.

**I should probably do something about that.Even though it's perfectly normal to have five and a half years worth of Jump collecting in your room***, I think it might be a fire hazard.

***If your a nerd, that is.Normal people need not apply.

****This is the last one, I swear.No more footnotes.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I'm so glad I decided not to go to school in California.

And here's your antidote.

Aside, I love Jean Langlais, but I wouldn't attempt one of his pieces even if my life depended on it.

Well, I've found them.

The lyrics and music the choir member asked me to find for the first Friday mass. Here's the lyrics, and Here's the music. It sounds like This.

As you can see, the lyrics while certain not a Fr.Faber masterpiece are okay, but the music....It's your typica; 1940's S.Gregory Special. Kind of dated and it sounds like a bar song, but oh well, I have to be charitable, so I have to include it.
But since we're no longer relegated to picking songs from the parish's hymnal* , you know what I'm using next. And then This at communion, sung to The Real Tune, not that dirge in the S.Gregory Hymnal.(Though I obviously don't have the resources for such a lovely setting.*Sigh*)

And I'm sad that there's apparently no recording of the hymn tune 'Narenza' anywhere on the web.I'll just have to find out how it goes at my next organ practice.

*As good as that hymnal is.

And now,

A musical interlude.

Best version on the web.* <3

Don't worry, Pierre Couchereau's version comes second. Cavaille-Coll FTW.

Every day, at 3:00

Tuesday through Thursday is when I have my one hour of organ practice. Okay, do you get it? It's every day at 3:00. And yet, I get a phone call, every day at 3:00 from my parents wondering where I am.Every day, at 3:00. No dad, I can't help you find your LPs. Because I'm not at home, I'm a few blocks away at the church where I have organ practice every day at 3:00. No mom, I can't help you bring in the groceries, because I'm at organ practice. No brother, I can't play Ratchet:Deadlocked with you, because I'm the same place where I am every day at 3:00. Do you guys know where that is? Just in case, I'll let you know: It's organ practice. At 3:00. Every day.Tuesday-Thursday. So please do not call me every day at 3:00. Joe is not available every day at 3:00, because he's away at organ practice. Every day. At 3:00.


* Gets the scotch tape*

*Tapes up messed up pages in Liber usualis*

I just checked my e-mail* and Apparently, I've been invited to occasionally join the schola and sing vespers at S.Clement's. I can't go next Sunday, since the server's practice for the patronal feast day is at 2:00 that day. I'm free on the 7th**, but the 14th is the Altar Server's mass at the Cathedral-Basilica, and I don't know what time it's at.

*As proof of my stupid, I've been going to Yahoo! every day and thinking that I don't have any mail. I was'nt loggged in.*Facepalm*

**And I'm serving the 9:00, so I get (almost) the whole day free.

*Dies repeatedly*


I'm sure my brother would die from this.He already has a Stratocaster, but it's not in great condition. But since I won't have the money till Saturday, this isn't going to happen.* There's always this. And then there's THIS deal, which will be there on Saturday.

(Joe, who really isn't going to buy a bass until the school debts are payed off.)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I finally found where I found Vagaggini's proposed secondary Eucharistic prayer, which after editing became our Eucharistic prayer III. I was talking to one of the brothers about it a while ago, but could'nt find it. If he still wants to see it, Here It Is. You can see the obvious parallels to the Roman canon. If only rather than having 20 something eucharistic prayers and leaving it up to the priest to decide what he wants to use, they could've left the Roman canon unaltered and added the proposed prayer as an alternative on weekdays.
Maybe some day all this tinkering around can be fixed.


I wonder how it is that priests and religious can say compline from memory. I can't do it. I know, you're going to say "But they use an invariable compline!" Well, thanks to the Consilium, so do I. I only use the compline from Sunday after II vespers, just like the pre-Pius X breviaries had. But even still, I remember everything but the psalm 'Qui habitat in audiutorio Altissimi' and the short reading. I guess that's okay, but I'm missing the most important part.

And now,

A musical interlude.

Part of me almost wants to contact them and let them know that people are listening to their music without their permission again, and see what happens.

Can I also say again that I love Pandora? Free music, and they made my playlists and stations Perfect.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Considering what happened at the solemn mass this morning, I think we can officially call Lourdes a "nosebleed high" parish. [/reallybadjoke]

And yes, there's a story behind this.You're welcome to hear it if it is'nt self-evident.



I can't believe I'm reading this! Why would they sign Blanton for 3 years-24 million dollars? I don't think he's worth it. I'm saying this as a fan who followed Blanton for two seasons, but seriously- the last I heard was $10 million, and even then. It's not like he's some amazing pitcher- and ERA of 4.05, 1.32 WHIP- He's just average. Sure, he had some bright spots and good streaks during the season, but the rest was just average.
And then there's Duckworth, which I'm still a little confused about.

I did it.

Yay me! I finally mastered* the Buxtehude prelude. I played it on Saturday without mistakes. (even after I added the ornaments the aren't in the music.) Now I just have to get down the fugue. Sure I could just play it without the fugue, but the prelude really runs into the fugue.Even with the ending from the Chaconne, it seems a bit wrong.Besides, it's too short without the fugue, and I don't get an excuse to go from the 9' piston to the 10'piston. And I really want to use the 5' and 7' pistons, with the diapasons and Koppelflote. Then I need to get the middle section from Kingsfold down. The Franck chorale is done.

*I know, I know, it's like a really simple piece except for maybe some of the pedal parts. But I've made it a bit more difficult.

Heads up!

February 11, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, there's a procession and Solemn High mass at 7:30. I was talking to Br.David about it this morning, and he told me about they twice asked Canon Reid if they could borrow some vestments from St.Clem's (Once for midnight mass, and the second time for this patronal feast day) Both times, the vestry said no. Now they're trying Good Shepherd,Rosemont. Since I know he'll be reading this eventually, I would suggest St.Mark's as well. They have quite a few high quality gothic sets. Now, If they're very polite and nice, I hope they can borrow the Comper high mass set. I love Comper's work, and I especially love that set. There's regretably very little of it in the U.S. But yeah, I hope they can get it.


Nothing much happenned Thursday night, just vespers and dinner as usual.

Friday morning, we went to Lourdes for the 6:30 mass, then back to the monastery for a light breakfast.We hit the road at 8:40-ish and said Lauds in the van. The trip probably wasn't very long, but it took forever for me, because I hadn't had any caffeine in over 48 hours and I was getting a headache. We drove to Falls Church, where Br.Justin is from, and left the car there. We rode the Metro into D.C.*, and set up our sign a few blocks from the mall. The march was a bit late, and it was a bit cold and it was raining. Patrick, the postulant, Br.Daniel, and I gave out holy cards of St.Raymund Nonnatus** while we all waited for the march to begin. And this really did take forever. And it was crowded, and there was nowhere to move. But while we were waiting, we did meet some nice people. There were Students from Father Judge high, here in Philly, and Fr.Trigilio was there.We also met a very kind Dominican nun (In the old full habit) who gave us some snack bars to tide us over. We met someone from Lourdes who's soon to enter a monastery of Carmelite nuns when the moving started. We also met more people known by the brothers and priests than I can count (including some people and a Priest from Fr.Matthew's hometown and a group from St.Petersburg where Fr.Joseph was.) Two of my friends were there (One from Roman, here in Philly, and another a friend who moved down south) but They were both way ahead of us in the march.
After the mass, we stopped at a food court for dinner (A post about That later) Then we went home, and then bed.

Saturday was a day of recollection, so no media was allowed (TV,computer, music, etc.) Things were just quiet. There was also a large funeral at the parish, for a lady of the parish whose son was a priest. There were lots of bishops and priests in attendance, including Cardinal Rigali. There was a guest choir and organist that the priest brought from his parish out in the suburbs.Things were kind of chaotic and not very well put together. I practiced my music after mass. Vespers, dinner, and compline were later. After compline, we played a game that I've never heard of. Then I went home.

Then today I started writing this post about how during my weekend nothing much happenned on Thursday, just vespers and dinner as usual.
And then on Friday morning, we went to Lourdes for the 6:30 mass, then back-

Oh wait, I did this part already.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

And now,

A musical interlude.

I have a confession.I know it does'nt really matter, and I'm no longer in my Purist stage anymore, But It annoys me that he uses his heels there.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Away till Sunday.

My weekend at the monastery starts Thursday afternoon.I'll be going with the brothers to the March for Life on Friday, if things go well. And hopefully, I'll get working on the sanctus and agnus of my mass setting.

Program change.

Yeah, I'm not doing the Dupre variations after mass.Firstly, I lost my manuscript. Secondly, I want to play BuxWV 137.That's of course, the best version on the web. His playing kind of reminds me of Ton Koopman, but he does'nt play as fast as Koopman. (Who I think sometimes uses a few too many ornaments and plays them so quickly you can't tell what they are.) I'm Only doing the prelude and fugue, since I never learned the Ciaconna. I'll just take the ending of the Ciaconna and add it to the fugue.

And speaking of music, I'm so happy I borrowed that Liber Usualis last year. At first, It took me a week to barely learn the proper chants for Sundays. But now, I can do it in about an hour and a half. The offices are much easier though.The tones for psalms and chapters are common, so once you've learned the beginning and the meditation, you just need the use the convenient numbers and letters for each tone to tell you which ending to use. And the antiphons are'nt very difficult usually.
Mostly because I've noticed that there are a lot of, I'll say 'common' tones, that simply get re-used over and over again. For exmaple, the antiphons Rex Pacificus and Magnificabitur of Christmas first vespers are musically the same as the antiphons of the same names from Christ the King. And the antiphons Ecce veniet of the first Sunday of Advent, Apud Dominum of Christmas II vespers, Laeva eius of the common of the Blessed Virgin are all the same. The antiphons Iacob autem genuit of the feast of S.Joseph and Tecum principium of Christmas I vespers are the same. And then, all the 'Hodie' antiphons seem to be related.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Novena in Honour of S.Peter Nolasco

Starts today.This one is easy: Just the following prayer every day for the next nine.

O most Glorious and blessed redeemer, thou didst endue thy servant Saint Peter Nolasco with thy most ardent charity for the redemption of souls enslaved and oppressed: Look with pity, we beseech thee, upon all men who, blinded by sin, serve under the oppresive yoke of Satan. Through the prayers of St.Peter, our Patron, fill us with that same charity, that we who enjoy the glorious liberty of the sons of God may ever work for their redemption, who suffer the slavery of mind or soul. Behold thy servants, kneeling before thy Eucharistic throne, and as thou didst choose him for the redeeming of thy servants chained by the Saracen, by his merits, deign to free those made captive to error and sin.

V. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, and greatly delighteth in his commandments:
R. His children shall be mighty upon earth,the generation of the just shall be blessed.

O God, who didst guide blessed Peter by the example of thy own love, to enrich thy church with a new order for the ransoming of captives: Release us from the slavery of sin through his intercession, that we may enjoy the eternal freedom of our heavenly home.Amen

V. Grant that I may praise thee, O hallowed Virgin!
R. Give me strenght against thine enemies.

O God, who through the glorious mother of thy Son didst enrich thy church with a new congregation for the freeing of Christians from the slavery of the heathen: As we venerate Mary as the foundress of this institution, may we through her merits and prayers be freed from our sins and the slavery of the Devil. Through the same Christ our Lord.Amen.


Between one ceremonial and another.They exist, it seems. The Confraternity says that at the gospel, for example the thurifer should not swing the thurible. The Baltimore Ceremonial says that he should swing it, to keep the coals alive. The Ceremonial also says that the acolytes bow low during the celebrant's communion, but the Confraternity makes no mention of it. Then there are little things (The Ceremonial and Baldeschi say who folds the chalice veil at the offertory, while the Confraternity doesn't. It does say who helps the subdeacon with the humeral veil though.) And none of these make mention of a Crucifer, or what he does. But since a lot of that may have been up to local custom, I guess it does'nt really matter.

Monday, January 18, 2010

I want to apologise...

..and also give you some hope!

I haven't written a good, solid political post in a while. But I have a really good excuse: I've been reading actual, solid books. I don't want to just link to other articles, because It means that I probably don't know what I'm talking about. Honestly, I probably couldn't hold my own in a serious debate as well as I can in just about any of the many other subjects that interest me.(eg.choral technique, guitar tuning, liturgy, modern rock bands, etc.) Because I have'nt read (m)any primary or secondary sources on subjects like the market or different systems of government. So, I read a short little book of lectures by Mises, Economic Policy:Thoughts for Today. It was'nt reccomended to me, but it was free and it was by Mises, which were two good enough reasons to take it (Besides, it's only 120 pages long.). What was reccomended to me was Power and Market by Murray Rothbard and The Anatomy of the State, by the same.(The latter being a mere 30 pages long in my edition.) Now these are good for me, but I'm hoping to find a good read of The Other Side's views, something objective and unbiased. I'll continue till I either find something I like or get a recommendation.

Hopefully, I can make a trip to the main branch of the Philly Free Library and see what I've got to work with there.(And see if the music department is open so I can get a technically-illegal-but-so-what copy of Vierne's 24 Pieces en Style Libre, Widor's 2nd Symphony and Bach's preludes and fugues 540-546. )


I finished the pencil sketch for the first chapter of my manga a LONG time ago, but I can't ink it and upload it to me deviantArt page until I get screen tone. There are no stores around here that sell it, and Deleter (my preferred company) can only ship it from Japan, or special order from a store in New York. There are digital screen tones, but I don't have Photoshop or MangaStudio.

Them's the breaks, I guess.

I just want to make an announcement:

I love Richard Proulx, the second most awesome church composer of the modern era .
His music is great, it's underperformed,but of high quality (example*) He, Ritter, Msrg. Schuler, and Mawby are my four inspirations that keep me from giving up on Catholic music.

*And this super awesome mass setting is in some of Lourdes' choir books, and we NEVER use it! Why not?! It's so amazing!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

[ Another post about cooking]

There was no pepper in the house. I went food shopping yesterday with my dad and oldest brother, and put everything on my list except seasoned salt and pepper. I did pick up some flounder and mahi mahi at reading terminal, and some ground chuck and a couple of good steaks. I was going to buy some kaiser rolls so I could make cheesesteaks for dinners (real ones, mind you. I learned how to make them from my dad, who learned from his dad, who learned from his friend who worked at the original Jim's steaks ( which is literally around the corner from my house) when it opened. I have a pedigree on this, I know what I'm doing.) Only my brother wanted stir fry for dinner. So I made a trip to Trader Joes to buy soy sauce and basmati rice. I bought the soyaki rather than soy sauce, because I think it has a richer flavor (and it does'nt get a burnt flavor when you let it simmer) I did'nt tell anyone it was soyaki rather than simple soy sauce. Since there's most of the bottle left, I think I'll make this fish soup recipe I saw on Alton Brown's show during Advent II. (But without the shrimp, because I can't eat shellfish.)

And now,

A musical interlude.

And I'm so happy I was introduced to this band.

Ritual Notes. (II Sunday of the Year)

Or Per Annum if you wish. Anything by the ghastly phrase 'Ordinary Time'*

The only things I'll note are:

Hey you guys who were supposed to serve mass with me: Thanks for not showing up and not giving me a call first. I appreciate how you all took time out of your day to not tell me you weren't coming.

The music was all of my favorite music for Ordinary Sundays*:"Praise, my Soul, the King of Heaven" (Lauda Anima) as the entrance, Richard Proulx's 'A Community Mass',"Father, we Thank Thee who Hast Planted" (Rendez a Dieu) at the offertory, part of the fugue from BWV532 (Played on soft stops) at communion, and "Now Thank we All Our God"(Nun Danket) as the recessional. Bach's 'St.Anne' fugue as the postlude.

And it's probably wrong, but I'm only reciting lauds and vespers today, not singing them. I had everything planned for my vesperal 'Per Annum', but then I realised there's no paper and neither Walgreens nor Rite aid have the kind I need.

As you can see,

I've started to put my links back up. I've only gotten my recommended religious orders list up at the moment, But I saved all my other blogs and links and should have them back up by Tuesday.

Is it just me....

....Or do these two statements completely and totally contradict each other?

"178. For vernacular celebration, the conferences of bishops may adapt the Latin hymns to suit the character of their own language and introduce fresh compositions, [13] provided these are in complete harmony with the spirit of the hour, season, or feast. Great care must be taken not to allow popular songs that have no artistic merit and are not in keeping with the dignity of the liturgy."

-General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, chapter III.


"Because the hymns of the office are meant to be sung during the common praying of the hours, popular songs well known to Americans for morning and evening prayer have been incorporated."

-Instruction on the Hours, American Interim Breviary.

Because it seems like the bishops of the United States completely ignored a direction of the Vatican and decided to use popular songs anyway, and now all English-speaking countries have been forced to use popular songs rather than the actual hymns of the breviary*. And that obviously can't be true. I mean, would a bishop of the church ever ignore a liturgical directive based on his own preference and what he likes? Of course not!

*Hymns, which, by the way were written by saints and doctors of the church:St.Ambrose, St.Gregory, St.Augustine, St.Hillary, St.Bernard, St.Thomas Aquinas, St.Pius X, St.Prudentius,St.Robert Bellarmine, etc. Thanks guys! You threw out thousands of years of hymnody for songs that are at the moment, already old and outdated.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

*Sigh* Round III

It's good news. I've been told that I'm COMPLETELY in charge of the music for the first Friday mass in February. Since I'm without restraints, I'm doing a couple rather radical things. This is my set list:

Mass setting: Missa simplex (unaccompanied Latin chant)

Entrance: All ye who seek a Comfort Sure, (Kingsfold)

Alleluia: Mode VII, Verse sung to tone 3a2, simple Gradual (English Chant)

Offertory: O Jesu, Joy of Loving Hearts (Wareham,organ descant on last verse)


Amen: Simple.

Communion: Chorale in Bb, II movement, Cesar Franc, Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless (St.Agnes)

Recessional:Holy God, we praise thy Name.(Grosser Gott, descant on last verse*)

Postlude: Toccata-Prelude on Cogitationes eius, Dupre.**

I've been asked if I can learn one old St.Gregory Hymnal classic (You might know exactly what type of hymn I'm talking about). If I can, I'll use it instead of Shepherd of Souls. In which case, rather than the Chorale, I'll use a chorale prelude I found written by some English guy based on the same tune, St.Agnes. The only things that I haven't been playing for years are the entrance hymn, communion hymn, and benediction hymns. Most everyone knows the mass setting by heart, and with three cantors, I doubt it will drag. The alleluia is a bit iffy, but I know it by heart. I just need to know if the celebrant is celebrating St.Agatha, or whether he's going to say a votive mass of the Sacred Heart. I'm hoping he says the votive mass, that way I won't be badgered into learning some saint's hymn at the last minute.

*I'm so totally doing that crescendo on the last verse, just like that. I know, I'm not supossed to use tutti when I play, but that's so awesome. Also, the 1964 Catholic Book of Worship where I get my hymn harmonies from has the tune transposed to G, whereas in Worship III, it's in F. I'm certainly not learning it in a new key. And speaking of this hymn, I really wish a hymnal would print the ENTIRE version. (Scroll down, the hymn is at the bottom.) I used to know the whole thing by heart, but I only know bits and pieces now.

**Or at least purportedly by Dupre. This is really easy, but it has a LOT of dissonant notes and some seeming dead ends.



They're finally going back to side-scrolling, 2-d Sonic! almost all of the Sonic games after Sonic Spinball (The last really good Sonic game) have been worthless crap. They're 3-d with silly sound effects, voices,weird enemies, and some even have Sonic using a weapon (i.e., The Black Night.)

I'm so excited! I can't wait for this to be released!

In other games news, I bought the first Ratchet and Clank game today. I've basically played them in reverse order ( Deadlocked,Up Your Arsenal, Size Matters, and now the first one.) I really, really want to get ahold of Ratchet and Clank Future: Weapons of Destruction, but it's only on the PS3 right now. I say 'right now' because a ps2 version is supposed to be released early this year, I just don't know when.


Stupid internet connection.Verizon seems to have decided that I really don't need that service that's already been paid for,so the connection decided not to work since Wednesday night. I'm trying this new Clear that they've started offering here in Philly. It seems to work well, but I need to eventually get off this Dinosaur and get back to my old computer.
Now my novena is messed up.
And I've (legally, mind you) downloaded some episodes of Oofuri, since even with broadband and the fastest computer in the house, Funimation's website is glitching up on me and the sound and video are out of synch.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Novena to the Holy Name, day IV


Efficacy of the Name of Jesus.

Consider, devout soul, the efficacy of the adorable name of Jesus for the purpose of offering prayers pleasing to God, and of obtaining all that we ask of him. This name opens for us the way to arrive promptly at the feet of the Most High, and to have our prayers heard at once. The Gospel also attests that the prayers of Jesus himself have always been heard by virtue of his great name, and that he authorizes us to say, when speaking to God, "Our Father, who art in heaven." In consideration of the name of Jesus, God looks with a favorable eye upon our petition ; he accepts it kindly and grants it, because he sees that it bears his seal and is marked with the precious blood of the Lamb that was immolated for us. For this reason Jesus exhorted the Apostles, and exhorts all, that we should ask in his name all that we ask of his Father, in order to be sure that we shall obtain it: If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you. (Jn 16:23) It is enough for him to hear the petition, and he will bestow upon us the favors that have been asked of him in the name of his beloved Son, with whom he is well pleased, and who, in order to satisfy his offended justice, has shown himself obedient ever unto death. We should, then know how to profit by the efficacious power of the holy name of Jesus; being sure that our prayers will be heard we should, often, every hour of the day, repeat our prayers to the Eternal Father, and we shall advance in perfection on the road of the divine precepts, until we attain the happiness of seeing and possessing him for all eternity in heaven.

O Sweet Jesus, our love and our hope! since You have deigned to assume mortal flesh, in order to open to us the gate of pardon, and to render our prayers efficacious by virtue of Your glorious name, grant that, in order to obtain from the heavenly Father graces and gifts, our prayers for perseverance may be heard, so that, faithful to the divine law to the end of our lives, we may, with Your holy name on our lips, pass from this valley of tears to the glory of' paradise.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, etc., nine times, in honor of the efficacy of the name of Jesus.

V.Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

R.From henceforth and for evermore!

Let us pray.

God, who did appoint Your only-begotten Son Savor of mankind, and did command that he should be called Jesus, mercifully grant that we may enjoy the vision of him in heaven, whose holy Name we venerate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


You all probably already know of the devastating earthquake that happened in Haiti. Death tolls are in the THOUSANDS, and the archbishop of Haiti is reported to be dead.I live in the Haitian-Italian part of West Philly, And some of my friends have relatives living in Haiti (some living in Port-Au-Prince). I haven't spoken to them yet, But I hope and pray that they haven't lost anyone.

And a note: If you're going to donate any money to help those in Haiti, Please make sure you you're using a reputable group! There are already scam donation sites going up! Only use an organization you're familiar and comfortable with.

Office of the Dead.

The Septinarium (Seven days of prayer for the dead, to St.Nicholas of Tolentine.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

[A post about cooking]

One good thing about mom and dad being so busy these past few weeks is that I get to cook breakfast and dinner every day. That means I get to pick what gets made. Usually,because there are things certain people won't eat or try (i.e., mom does'nt eat red meat,my brother does'nt eat anything spicy,I don't really like fish,etc.) Choices are limited.

But in the past two weeks, I've tried making a lot of different things. Before this, I only ever made desserts and pastries.(And I make a mean checkerboard cake. Strawberry-Raspberry cheesecake too.)I made Spanish Rice tonight (a recipe I got from my super-best-friend at school)The night before I made steak and potato pie( With way too thin sauce. I should've reduced it longer.Sorry!) The Friday before, I made grilled breaded salmon fillets.But since I forgot that I absolutely hate salmon, I gave them all to my brother and made whiting for myself.*
Tomorrow is Shepherd's Pie, but I'll have to buy potatoes.(And this time I won't leave them all unseasoned and disgusting.Yuck.)

*I absolutely hate, hate, hate making whiting because it's impossible to get the skin off without breaking the fish into teeny-tiny pieces. That is, unless you skin if frozen, in which case you risk snapping the fish in half.)

[A post about cooking.]

Novena to the Holy Name, day III

Day Three: The Salutary Operation of the Name of Jesus

Consider, devout soul, that the name Jesus signifies nothing else than Savior; and St. Peter (Acts 4:12) assures us that the Eternal Father has not given to men any other name by which they may be saved amidst the snares of this deceitful world, than the adorable name of Jesus. It is this name that makes the truth of faith shine everywhere, and that calls all men from the depths of darkness to the adorable light of the Gospel. It is by virtue of this adorable name that the Apostle gave light to the blind, made the lame walk, healed the sick, raised the dead to life, and filled the whole world with astonishment. And if the Angel at first announced that Jesus would bring life into the world by delivering it from the cruel slavery into which Adam had plunged it, this good Savior confirmed this promise himself when he declared (Jn 10:10) that he had come so that his sheep might have life, and might have it more abundantly. By virtue of his name we see idolatry overthrown, to the great confusion of the pagan princes and priests, who did all in their power to maintain it. We see the Synagogue vanquished,... who with threats of punishments had forbidden the Apostles (Acts 4:17) to preach and invoke this powerful name. Ah since in this world there is no good that is not due to the efficiency of the name of Jesus, let us acknowledge with humility and with love the source of all these riches; and if in the past we have been unfaithful, let us once for all put an end to our ingratitude, and let us endeavor to repair all the wrong that we have done, and say: O amiable and holy name of Jesus! may the seraphim of heaven give to You for me suitable thanks, and never cease to praise You by forever repeating that You do merit all glory, all honor, and all power. My sweet Savior, I hope to obtain, by virtue of Your name, the salvation of my body and soul ; I hope that with this glorious name in my heart and on my lips, victorious over the world and the flesh, I shall have the happiness to sing Your praises and to bless the august Trinity for ever and ever.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, etc., in honor of the salutary operation of the name of Jesus.
Versicle and prayer:

V.Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

R.From henceforth and for evermore!

Let us pray.

God, who did appoint Your only-begotten Son Savor of mankind, and did command that he should be called Jesus, mercifully grant that we may enjoy the vision of him in heaven, whose holy Name we venerate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Novena to the Holy Name, day I

I almost forgot that January is the month dedicated to the Holy name of Jesus. Had January 3rd not been a Sunday (And I hadn't been sick) It would've been the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, and I would've made my novea then. But I'll make it now,and say a votive office tomorrow or some other ferial day. This is from St.Alphonsus Liguori's book, "The Incarnation, Birth, and Infancy of Jesus Christ."

Day One

The Giving of the Glorious Name of Jesus.

Consider, devout soul, that the holy name of Jesus is not a name invented by man, but it comes from God, who wished it to be made known by the archangel Gabriel, as St. Luke testifies: His name was ca/led Jesus... by the angel.(Lk 2:21) St. Bernard also says that this name is not a simple figure of things, a shadow without reality, but it is a palpable truth. Jesus is a name that expresses perfectly the hypostatic union of the divine nature and of the human nature. The world could not have been saved by a pure God, because God is impassible, nor by a pure man, because man is limited and finite. This is the reason why the holy name Jesus, which signifies the same as Savior, as the angel declares, (Mt 1:21) has been given to the Son of God, made man through Mary, in order to show that both as God and man he accomplished the redemption of mankind by delivering them from the slavery of sin at the same time. In short, Jesus is a name that comprises infinity, eternity, immensity, wisdom, justice, mercy, and all the adorable perfections of God. What happiness for us to be reconciled with the eternal Father through the merits of this divine Mediator who has had the goodness to pay our debt at the cost of his precious blood.

Adorable Jesus if You have sacrificed Yourself to deliver Your people from the hands of their enemies in order to acquire an eternal name, it would be but fair that this name should surpass and eclipse every other name, even that of the seraphim, as St. Paul says: Being made so much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. (Heb 1:4) And if the eternal Father has wished that this name should be that of his Son, may You grant that, having experienced on earth its happy effects, we may arrive at the complete happiness in heaven to praise You and to bless You for all eternity.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, etc., nine times, in honor of the giving of the glorious name of Jesus. We finish with the following versicle and prayer:

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

From henceforth and for evermore!

Let us pray.

God, who did appoint Your only-begotten Son Savor of mankind, and did command that he should be called Jesus, mercifully grant that we may enjoy the vision of him in heaven, whose holy Name we venerate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

[Rant On Copyrights.]

They're destructive. Copyrights are effectively a destructive medium. In a perfect society, copyrights would work only to protect the unfair use of another person's intellectual property.They would keep person 'A' from wrongfully claiming the credit for the work of person 'B'. Unfortunately, this is not how copyrights work. We have all seen in recent years of the extremes to which people will go to protect their copyrighted material.
In Catholic America, they are used to limit the use and distribution of the very divine Liturgy itself.
Thanks to copyright, only the Big Guys with lots of money and legal protection are able to produce mass settings and liturgical music. ICEL copyrighted the missal, the breviary, and the bible, and anyone wishing to set these texts to music must pay ICEL's royalties and abide by their rules.
What if you're like me and you can't afford that?
Too bad. You should belong to a corporation supported* by your Bishop's Conference.
Said Corporation routinely publishes music of dubious orthodoxy and orthopraxy, and also demands royalties of you for including your music in their collections. These sort of laws restrict the publishing of sacred music only to the fat cats who can afford it, and creates a system where Catholics will hear and be able to use only the same music year after year after year.
No one benefits from this except the publishers.

The same applies to just about everything.
Bands are begining to copyright their music by the measure, so God forbid that you come up with a rift based on something you heard on a CD. You can play it, but don't record it any way.You'll be sued, and you'll possibly lose your song. So the musician and his band are at a disadvantage.
Some popular authors are restricting their works so that any derivitive work may not be published without their consent and the appropriate fee. Not even so much as quoting, but even simply referencing the work requires permission first, and cash later.
Let's say you're an artist, and you want to use a photograph you found on a website as a model for a painting or sculpture. Well, that's all fine and good, but you can't publish or sell your work.
Because it's a derivitive work, and those are unacceptable, even to so-called royalty free stock photo sites. So the artist and the appreciator of art are at a disadvantage.

Despite the claims, these restrictive regulations do not protect the integrity of the texts. Indeed, the most over-used mass setting in the U.S. has a plethora of removed, substituted, and added words, made in order to get around ICEL's restrictions. Rather than prevent the bastardisation of texts, retsrictive copyright policies encourgae them. Why go through the trouble of of finding a publisher, getting permission, and paying royalties over, and over, and over again in a book where you quote an author, when you can just re-word or re-write the entire text and quote freely without the trouble? Hence, most psalm settings here do not use the official text, rather, the composers amended the texts themselves (and then copyrighted them) so that the hassle of copyrights could be avoided.

In the effort to protect one's own intellectual property, the rights of others to the use of that which they legally own is often infringed on. OCP states that the use of their musical material is legal only for the calendar year. After that, they must be destroyed. Any and all use of the materials after that date is illegal, and punishable by law. A book is bought for by you, and you may not use it as long as you would like. You are the legal owner, but thanks to copyrights, you get no say in how you may use it.

Copyrighters even go so far as to limit the use of materials which they did not write. The company that publishes the sheet music that I often use has copyrighted the typeface of the notes and staves, as well as the page numbers and titles. So while they cannot claim rights to the music. (Because it was written by Bach,Buxtehude, Vierne and Dupre:Composers dead for centuries) They find another way to claim rights to the notes. Thus, it is not legal to scan and distribute the music of these composers because other people have found a way to claim the rights to the music. So music students and those unable to afford sheet music are at a disadvantage.

And this doe'snt apply only to music. It seems that people often are finding any way to copyright otherwise public domain material. Hence, books written long ago have minor corrections made, and are newly copyrighted. Poems and essays written before the advent of copyright laws are copyrighted, because a period is put where there used to be none, and a semi-colon is replaced with a colon.

Those who make money from copyrights certainly do benefit, but most others do not. The free spread of ideas is prevented, artistic creativity hampered, education made imposible or done without license, all in the name of Intellectual Property.

[/rant on copyrights.]

Thursday, January 7, 2010

This is the Future.

"I purposefully used the word continuity, a word very dear to our present Holy Father. He has made it the only authoritative criterion whereby one can correctly interpret the life of the Church, and more specifically, the conciliar documents, including all the proposed reforms contained in them. How could it be any different? Can one truly speak of a Church of the past and a Church of the future as if some historical break in the body of the Church had occurred?"

-Msrg. Guido Marini, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies.


I'm hoping for the day when people will stop thinking of the church as if there were two churches. As if, there were a church before 1969 whose faith and practices hold no meaning for us, a church to be ignored or looked at only from a distance. Meanwhile, we have a new church totally different from the former. This is wrong in my opinion. We shouldn't build a wall between our faith and that of those who came before us, discounting what they did is 'primitive', of 'pious', or 'sentamentalist'. We hear so often of those who speak of a 'pre-Vatican II spirituality', who throw the thousands of years of prayer and teaching that nourished the doctors and holy fathers into a chest, not to be touched. They 'renewed' their churches, having thrown out the thelogy of the fathers, they throw out their altars, their images, their music as well. but for what reason?

In the quest for moderninity, they forget that the church transcends time. They forget that she was already present in the Father's heart at the beginning of the world, and that she will continue until her glorious completion at the end of the world. It would only be right and proper that nothing of the church's faith and devotion be consigned to the dustbin. If we really beleive that the church was foreshadowed at the creation of the world, called forth long before before our life and that long after our death, she will continue, (As the Catechism and documents of the Second Vatican Council do say) why set up arbitrary walls?
The church of today really is continuous with the church of yesterday. Rather, there is no church of yesterday. The faith does'nt become outdated because truth is eternal.

And if we believe that, we should be nothing but proud to revel in those practices that remain from the past, because it's a statement of our beleif in the church's catholicity, her unity of faith and continuity with the past. If we beleive that, we should rejoice to hear the chants that our fathers prayerful wrote to accompany and teach in the liturgy.Priests should be honoured to use the same vestments, the same prayers, and even as occassion calls for, the same form of mass and office that nourished those who founded out parishes, dioceses, and religious orders. We who are laity should be glad to take part in those same songs, prayers, and devotions that built the communities that we inherited.

Sadly, it is'nt so. People still want to "Sing a new church into being", and the vast majority of Catholics go around with a historical disconnect with the past, having no knowledge of the spiritual practices that we should have inherited, but were stolen as it were, from us. So children grow up without having prayed the rosay, or seen a scapular, and the lives of the saints go untaught, Eucharistic processions do not take place, confessions are not heard, even the pious traditions of the liturgical year go unpracticed. Pray for the day when the full expression of the church's identity will be allowed! Pray for the day when clergy (especially bishops) will be truly Liberal, in the good sense, and allow even those things which they worked actively to suppress, because the good of the community may call for them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Epiphany!

I just got back from the missa cantata. It wasn't what I expected. I figured it'd be low key: a cantor, three servers, M.C and celebrant, and that's it. There were four servers, some priests in choro, and the choir sang the Missa Secunda by Hassler in it's entirety again. Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium at the offertory and his Ave Maria as the communion anthem. The proper communion antiphon was sung with psalm verses again. I forget which publication it is that has the psalm verses for the introit and communion antiphons. I don't think it's the Graduale Triplex. I was conscripted into helping take up the collection, and missed most of the offertory. After mass, the recessional/postlude was the Gravement from BWV 572. Veneration of the bambino at the altar rail after mass. Same vestments as in the picture I posted for the announcement.

One qualm: I really wish that the booklets would print the directions for the postures at high mass. I did the low mass ones, because that's what we use and it's our default, but others don't know that.

One more qualm:
Is Christmas really technically over? We're only halfay through the octave in the new calendar, so we've got till the octave day on Sunday, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord to celebrate Christmas. Or, you could wait till the purification.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

This is a post about the Cat.

My cat Ginger, specifically. I know cats are supposed to lack the use of a will like humans,and that's what makes them animals, but she comes really, really close to making me think she has intellect and will. She's figured out that there are ways to get what she wants from people, and the best way is annoyance.

When she's hungry and I won't give her a snack between meals, she ruffles papers, knocks things over, and sits on books I'm reading and snaps at me if I try to move her. And she does'nt just ruffle any papers: she purpousely uses her paws to ruffle my drawing on manga paper, which wrinkles and creases them and makes a loud slapping sound.

She also tries pity. She'll go find a fake plant and wait for someone to come past and 'let us catch her' eating the flowers. Of course, the family falls for it and gives her a treat because they think she's starving. I only feed her to keep her from eating the flowers and hacking up hairballs on my rug.(She only does it in my room. If she's anywhere else and feels a hairball coming, she runs to my room.)
She's a very nice cat us at least. She avoids strangers, but she's extremely friendly and affectionate with us (As long as she's had her meals and naps, and no one's removed the towel from the radiator where she likes to sleep.) even though my brother still thinks I should've gotten either the fat orange tabby or the little grey and white kitten that was happily running into the walls of his cage like a schizo. Right now she's halfway asleep under the covers on my bed, staring at me because I kicked her off my desk chair.

And she'll be ten years old come March 10.

Vigil of the Epiphany.

A homily of S.Augustine:

"Our Lord Jesus Christ, dearest brethren, who in eternity is the Creator of all things, was as at this time born of a mother and became our Saviour. It was as at this time that he willed to be born for us in earthly time, so as to lead us to the Father's eternity. God is made man, that man may be made as God. That man may eat Angels' food, the Lord of Angels was as on this day made man.

Now is fulfilled that prophecy : Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness : let the earth open, and bring forth a Saviour. He who made all things is therefore himself made, that those who are lost may be found. It is even as man is made to testify of himself in the Psalms : Before I was humbled, I went wrong. Man sinned and became guilty. God is born man, that the guilty may be delivered. Man fell, but God descended. Man fell miserably, God descended mercifully. Man fell by pride, God descended with grace.

O my brethren, what a miracle! what a wonder! The laws of nature are changed concerning man : God is born, a Virgin conceiveth without an husband ; the Word of God is wedded to one who knoweth no man ; she is at once Mother and Virgin. A Mother, yet ínviolate : a Virgin having a Son ; knowing no man, ever sealed, yet not unfruitful. For he alone was born without sin. He alone was born without human embrace, begotten not of the will of the flesh, but of the obedience of the mind."

"In praesepio iacebat, et in caelis fulgebat; ad nos veniebat, et apud Patrem manebat."
"In the manger did he lay, and in the height shone bright as day: He did come to us, and yea, with the Father did he stay."

-Benedictus antiphon, Lauds.

"Grant, to thy people, we beseech thee O Lord, an inviolable firmness of faith: That, as they confess thine Only-begotten Son with thee eternally in thy glory, and truly born of our flesh of the Virgin Mary, they may be delivered from present adversities, and so attain the joys which remain."

Late, I know, but I had some bad congestion today and didn't feel well. The good news is that I don't have to watch my five obnoxious,rambunctious little anklebiters
five lovely, well-behaved nieces and nephews tomorrow like I thought. The bad news is that I'll probably be so congested and coughing so much, I'll have to stay home. The cough medicine I used today worked well enough, but I'm out and the only store that sells it is halfway across the city in University City.

Monday, January 4, 2010

...Wha now....?

Mr.2 "Bon Clay" is officially the weirdest character I've ever come across in a manga. I mean, he was always weird, what with thinking he was a swan, the makeup, crazy outfit, and the strange affection for pirates. Now, I'm reading One Piece 530 in this month's issue of Shonen Jump and I come across the following lines sung by him as Luffy, Mr.3, and Buggy the Clown are racing through Impel Down to get Luffy's older brother, Ace:

"This world is made for men and women..But if you're me, you're both a man and a woman! That's why...I'm the Strongest! The strongest! The strongest! Strongest! The strongest! "(Repeated ad nauseam..)

And If you don't believe me, It's been scanlated here at One Manga. ( The scanlators at One Manga have to use alternate translations and transliterations to get around copyright restrictions, unfortunately, so the dialogue and translations are different)

Oh, but it gets better!

See, we finally find out that Mr.2 like drag queens. In the near-to-last page of chapter 532, Luffy asks him who he's trying to see. He says that it's a man called Iva, the queen of the Kamabakka queendom, and that all the queens of the world look up to him as the World's Greatest Drag Queen.
And if you don't believe That, it's here are One Manga. (An okama is a drag queen. Like I said, the scanlators at One Manga have to use alternate translations and transliterations to get around copyright restrictions, so the dialogue and translations are different.)

I keep forgetting that Shonen Jump is supossed to be a manga collection for children. I think this might be why.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fine weather here lately.

Yes, indeed. Today it was 19 degrees with a wind chill of only minus 2 degrees below. (-2)

You guys know that petition?

That online petition against the forthcoming translation of the revised Roman Missal?

It's a Fake.

It must be. For the first time since I heard of it, I decided to click the link and scroll past the names, and some of them are fakes. How do I know this? Well, I see the Blackwells of Philadelphia have signed it for one. Yes, the non-Catholic family of Democratic politicians from Philly have all signed it. The founder of the famous Moeller organ company (who has also been deceased for quite a while) has also 'signed the list'. Dead popes, saints, politicians, doctors, and fictional characters have signed it as well. There are the names of people who would most certainly NOT sign the list .(Eg., Bishop Martino, a staunch supporter of the new translations.)I'm surprised that a certain Dr. John-Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt, PhD.* Has'nt yet signed it.

On another note, I'm rather sad (but not at all surprised) that most of the signees** from Philadelphia are women from a certain nameless order. Sad, but it is what it is.

*Or should that be rather Msr. J.J. Jingleheimer-Schmidt?

**Or should I say, "alleged".


There's going to be a missa Cantata HERE at 7:30 on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Allergies,Part II.

Part I, with the itchy,watery eyes,the sneezing, and the Nose Fountain is done. I missed all the offices from vespers on Dec.31 to first vespers last night, and Missed all the masses too. I think I can make it to mass for Epiphany,but I Might have to go to an incense-free mass since incense make my nose burn when my allergies flare up.

I'm noticing a strange pattern that whenever these big feasts come around, I get an allergy attack (Last year, I got one on Jan.1,the first Sunday of Lent, Good Shepherd Sunday, and S. John the Baptist.)

Darn. I'm scheduled for the 10:30.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Well, it's well intentioned at least.

JP II restoring the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus to the kalendar.
I'm happy it's there again, but it's wrong. It's all wrong. Because he classes it as a 'memorial', when the best you can do with the texts given is have a commemoration. According to the rubrics, at lauds and vespers for memorials, you use the ferial psalmody, and take the hymn, reading, responsory,Benedictus/Magnificat antiphon, and the intercessions (preces) from the appropriate Common, unless a proper text is provided.
There's no common of feasts of the Lord. There is'nt. So you'd expect that they would provide this stuff as propers, right?


They don't provide anything but Ben./Mag.ants and a collect. That's it. There's no hymn,no reading, no responsory, and no Preces provided. So where do you get them from?
Hey, your guess is as good as mine.
It's a bit silly. They could've taken this stuff from other sources. They could've even given proper antiphons and psalms (It's not like there's a dearth of offices of the holy name in existence. There are several from several uses of the Roman rite, and some dioceses had their own office for this feast way back before Pius V got rid of all the cool variations.)
So I'll do something slightly illegal and use the portions of the hymn 'Iesu, dulcis Memoria' given for the feast of the transfiguration, since whoever did this could'nt bear to actually restore the feast when they were restoring it.
They only half restored it.

And in other vital news, I have an allergy attack today, just like I did on this date last year. Whoop-de-doo.

Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

"Rubum, quem víderat Móyses incombústum, conservátam agnóvimus tuam laudábilem virginitátem. Dei Génetrix, intercéde pro nobis."
"As the bush, which Moses saw unconsumed, even thus preserved we know is thy glorious virginity:O mother of God, intercede for us."
Third antiphon, Vespers.

"For by the singular gift of Him who is our Lord and God, and withal, her own son, she is to be confessed most truly and most blessedly--The mother of God 'Theotocos,' but not in the sense in which it is imagined by a certain impious heresy which maintains, that she is to be called the Mother of God for no other reason than because she gave birth to that man who afterwards became God, just as we speak of a woman as the mother of a priest, or the mother of a bishop, meaning that she was such, not by giving birth to one already a priest or a bishop, but by giving birth to one who afterwards became a priest or a bishop. Not thus, I say, was the holy Mary 'Theotocos,' the mother of God, but rather, as was said before, because in her sacred womb was wrought that most sacred mystery whereby, on account of the singular and unique unity of Person, as the Word in flesh is flesh, so Man in God is God."

-Vincent of Lerins, Commonitory for the Antiquity and Universality of the Catholic Faith, 15

"And so you say, O heretic, whoever you may be, who deny that God was born of the Virgin, that Mary the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ ought not to be called Theotocos, i.e., Mother of God, but Christotocos, i.e., only the Mother of Christ, not of God. For no one, you say, brings forth what is anterior in time. And of this utterly foolish argument whereby you think that the birth of God can be understood by carnal minds, and fancy that the mystery of His Majesty can be accounted for by human reasoning, we will, if God permits, say something later on. In the meanwhile we will now prove by Divine testimonies that Christ is God, and that Mary is the Mother of God."

-John Cassian, The Incarnation of Christ, II:2

Here's a medieval hymn, the mirror image of the popular "Stabat Mater Dolorosa":
Stabat Mater Speciosa.
And it's really hard to pick one section of today's office to quote, the whole thing is so beautiful So, If you're good for it, Here's the whole office according to the typical version.

Te Deum......