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Weekend 505.2

A crazy weekend trip to Morecambe for some League One football. It’s a bear to get to from London BUT a night in the Midland Hotel and a Shrimps WIN made it less arduous. Sunday Mass and Rosary was at St. Mary’s. (1) Morecambe 2-0 Shrewsbury (Sky Sports) (2) The Midland Hotel Morecambe – Art […]

Weekend 505.1

“The New Year waits, breathes, waits, whispers in darkness.” – T.S. Eliot

Weekend 505.0

Finished The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy on a rare day-off. I was also at the British Museum today but only for the Medieval Europe (AD 1050 – 1500) Gallery. Some BIG adventuring this weekend for football (League 1 and shades of Sportverein Eintracht Trier 05) and architecture. (1) Should I Take Risks? […]

Weekend 504.1

“lyke tru and fayghthefull crystyn pepyll this was restoryd to this churche by the wyche doyngis hyt schowyth that they dyd lyke good catholyke men.” – Sir Christopher Trychay I’m almost finished with The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy. It’s such an exquisite work, and whilst academic, has some very lovely prose (e.g. […]

Weekend 504.0

Arrived early enough to Southampton to say my Rosary at St. Edmund’s. I think many fans left St. Mary’s this afternoon thinking the club is going to get relegated if they don’t find some firepower to replace the injury prone Ings. They looked like a Championship club today against Athletic Bilbao. Those dark clouds in […]

Weekend 503.0 (Three Cups Walk)

Spent the weekend in Ely/Cambridge. The highlight was The Stained Glass Museum in Ely. I’ve started an album on Flickr and will publish a proper post in the not so distant future. Amazingly there were NO references to E.W. Twining at the museum. My two favorite stained glass windows from the collection were Christ The […]

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, […]