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Weekend 502.1

This weekend I said the Rosary at Notre Dame de France in Leicester Square. The church features a chapel designed by Jean Cocteau and was included in 100 Churches 100 Years published / commissioned by the Twentieth Century Society. I also went back to St Paul’s Bookstore which is by Westminster Cathedral.

Weekend 502.0 (“Romly” traditions)

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for a while.” – Mk 6:30-34 (1) More quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “Well might conservatives lament that ‘these new preachers now-a-days…have made and brought in such divisions and seditions among us as never was seen in this realm, for the devil […]

Weekend 501.0 (ex opere operato)

“in surety of salvation we be felowes with angels.”– Thomas More More quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “Four times a year the parish priest solemnly pronounced the Greater Excommunication or General Sentence to his parishioners. This formidable curse listed a comprehensive range of offences against the Church, its personnel, and precepts…Since […]

Weekend 500.0

“wher soo ever the devyll…doo see the syne of this crosse, he flees, he byddes not, he strykys not, he cannot hurte.” (1) Quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “If prayers like the “Fifteen Oes” or the “Obsecro Te” take us into the mainstream of late medieval affective piety, and the centrality of […]

Weekend 499.0 (July 4th)

(1) Fig. 37 (cutline for the “Sir Galahad’s Vision” panel) – This is from The Art and Craft of Stained Glass by E.W. Twining. (2) Embarkation of King Henry Fifth at Southampton. A.D. 1415 (Horizon Magazine) (3) NY Islanders postscript from Lou Lamoriello (4) Source content 1 and 2 for Weekend 498.1 colour swatch (5) […]

Weekend 498.2

My library is password protected because in the words of Christopher de Hamel¹, “we all know what a lot you can tell about any person by looking at the book they own”, and in an era of cancel culture, censorship and persecution publishing this list would be dangerous. One book that is in my library […]

Weekend 498.1

You rulers, do you render justice? Do you judge your people impartially? No! You devise wickedness in your hearts, and your hands bring about violence on the earth. – Ps 58:2-3 Reflection: The truth cannot be denied. And the truth is that human leaders often play favorites and frequently care little for fairness; rather, they […]

Weekend 498.0 (mirror of divine clarity or omniscience)

(1) Quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “Market forces dominated, a fact which permits some degree of confidence in using the resulting compilations as indicators of lay opinion. Lay people wanted prayer-books which, in addition to the core materials of Little Office and ‘Dirige’, enabled them to say their morning prayers, helped them […]

Weekend 497.0

(1) The Guennol Triptych The colours in the swatch were inspired by the Guennol Triptych which was included in the Becket Exhibit at the British Museum. “The importance of reliquaries in the church is witnessed by their place in the liturgy, and by the requirement of holy relics for the consecration of an altar and, […]

Weekend 496.1 (Thomas Becket Exhibit)

“Chosen before the foundation of the world in Christ, Saint Thomas in his propitious birth lit up the capital of the British Isles, London.” – Edward Grim, Life of St Thomas Becket 1171-2 I spent a day at Westminster Abbey earlier in the week and have started to post photos on Flickr. This afternoon I […]

Weekend 496.0

Weekend 495.0 (Now is thus)

(1) The Battle of Towton (1a) The Towton Ring (British Museum) (2) “Now is the winter of our discontent” – Richard III by William Shakespeare (2a) King Richard III had the ‘Princes in the Tower’ murdered, historian finds (Live Science) (3) A quote from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “Under both the […]

Weekend 494.1

(1) A quote from The Art and Craft of Stained Glass by E.W. Twining: “To be able to design for glass, in colour, a beautiful figure, perfectly proportioned, gracefully posed and draped in a suitable setting is a fine thing. To be able to do the same with a number of figures grouped in a […]

Dover via Canterbury

At Dover CliffsScarce hear the surge that has for ages beat,Sure many a lonely wanderer has stood;And whilst the lifted murmur met his ear,And o’er the distant billows the still eveSailed slow, has thought of all his heart must leave― William Lisle Bowles¹ Take a walk at the White Cliffs of Dover (Map from the […]

Weekend 494.0

(1) France’s Great Debate Over the Sources and Meaning of Muslim Terror (Tablet) “During the electoral campaign of 2011, the Muslims of France, appalled by the populist-nationalist campaign of President Sarkozy—for whom they had voted in large numbers in 2007—had massively rallied behind Sarkozy’s opponent, the socialist candidate Hollande, who based his own campaign on […]