Weekend 567.1

For you have given your children a sacred time for the renewing and purifying of their hearts, that, freed from disordered affections, they may so deal with the things of this passing world as to hold rather to the things that eternally endure.

(1) This Week at Westminster Cathedral: From the Chaplains

As depicted in our English Saints Chapel, England’s original patrons were Pope St Gregory the Great, who sent St Augustine of Canterbury to convert the Angles and Saxons (see the Latin as you enter), St. Edmund Martyr, a king of East Anglia who was cruelly put to death by invading Vikings when he refused to renounce Christ, and St Edward the Confessor, who was king of England shortly before the Norman conquest.

(2) The Eternal Shakespeare (The Imaginative Conservative)

Insofar as Shakespeare’s works are good, true and beautiful, which of course they are, and in so far as they are the fruits of God’s presence in the creative process, which is indubitable, those works will be enshrined with Shakespeare in eternity.

(3) Colour Study¹:

¹Scan is from Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History.

(4) Quotes from Bermuda’s Story by Terry Tucker:

But before we hear of the adventures of Governor Richard Moore and the sixty Bermuda settlers, I must tell you something about the second, very different kind of people, who had at once believed in all the magical stories of this far-away shores—the writers and poets. When you are older, you will read the works of poets, most of whom never came here, whose imaginations were greatly stirred by the beauty and the strangeness of all that they heard. Most notably, William Shakespeare was inspired to write The Tempest, his last and most magical play. Although his plot is not laid in Bermuda, not only are these islands mentioned, but the descriptions of the dreadful storm and of the wreck are very much the same as the story told by Strachey in his letter which was almost certainly written to the Countess of Bedford. Even the very wording is similar. Shakespeare surely must have read the letter. Like Somers, he had been born in Elizabeth’s reign, and was forty-five years old at the time the Sea Venture was wrecked. He was to live until 1616 and hear much about these islands.

Each tribe was named after a big shareholder in England and contained fifty parts or subdivisions: altogether that made 400 shares of twenty-five acres each. These eight tribes, together with St George’s, now correspond to our nine parishes.

Let us begin with the west end of the islands:

SOUTHAMPTON after Henry Wriothesley (pronounced Rocksley), THIRD EARL OF SOUTHAMPTON

Faith of Our Fathers: A History of True England by Joseph Pearce (Pg. 184)
Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt

Significant Dates / Holidays – Part 1

March 29Battle of Towton
April 23Coronation of James II
April 26Shakespeare Baptized
May 10Death of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson
June 15Magna Carta Signed
July 03Pickett’s Charge
July 28Somers Day
September 13Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar
September 19Battle of Saratoga
October 7Battle of Lepanto
October 12Columbus Day
October 13Feast Day of Edward the Confessor
December 15Bill of Rights Day
December 22The Dominican Order Founded
December 29Feast Day of St. Thomas Becket

Weekend 566.0 (Black Umbrella)

(1) Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Vinyl LP Box — Translated Yoko Shimomura Interview (KH13 · for Kingdom Hearts)

(2) Why Did It Take 13 Years To Build The Elizabeth Line? | The Trouble With Crossrail | Spark (YouTube)

(2a) London’s railway of the future is finally here (Engadget)

(2b) Elizabeth line: London’s brand new railway has finally arrived (YouTube)

(3) Notre-Dame Cathedral Will Reopen by 2024 (Smithsonian Magazine)

(4) Bermuda “Hogge Money” Coin Sold For $96,000 (Bernews)

(4a) A quote from Bermuda’s Story by Terry Tucker:

“It was at that stage, millions of years ago, when the great winds blew our little limestone hills into the shapes they are to-day: the highest is only about 260 feet above the present sea-level. The so-called coral of which the islands are formed is in reality a true aeolian (windblown) limestone, formed of wind-driven shells and sand, with a small admixture of coral materials.”

(4b) The Earl of Southampton – Shakespeare’s Patron (No Sweat Shakespeare)

(4c) A poem by Nathaniel Tucker

Beneath my bending eye, serenely neat,
Appears my ever-blest paternal seat.
Far in the front the level lawn extends,
The zephyrs play, the nodding cypress bends;
A little hillock stands on either side,
O’er spread with evergreens, the garden’s pride.
Promiscuous here appears the blushing rose,
The guava flourishes, the myrtle grows.
Upon the surface earth-born woodbines creep,
O’er the green beds the painted ‘sturtians peep.
Their arms aloft triumphant lilacs bear,
The jessamines perfume the ambient air.
The whole is from an eminence display’d
Where the brown olive lends his pensive shade.

Easter Weekend 2023

“The place of God’s power is an empty space, and in his story of absence and longing, we learn that most of life is lived on this threshold between emptiness and meeting, between fear and hope, between darkness and noon, between Golgotha and Galilee. We learn that it is not knowledge that counts, but faith.”

(1) The Brilliant Darkness of a Friday Afternoon (Imaginative Conservative)

(1a) Blessed Easter! (Sisters of Carmel)

“We pray it may soothe the sorrows that burden your lives and rekindle in your hearts the hope of His glorious victory, a defeat only in appearance. Suffering and death belong to this transitory world. On this day, Our Lord transformed them into the gateway to life everlasting.”

(2) Jane Austen and the Tudor Terror (Imaginative Conservative)

(2a) Where is Mary Queen of Scots buried? (History Scotland)

(2b) Jane Austen in Southampton (Jane Austen’s World)

Weekend 565.0

In all our photography, working in a two-dimensional medium, we try as much as we possibly can to light for a third dimensional result having roundness or stereoscopic effect.
— Karl Struss

(1) April 2023: The Boulevard Montmartre at Night (The National Gallery)

(2) Benedict XVI and the History of Art (The Imaginative Conservative)

“…no art of any real value, either sacred or profane, can come from such isolated and alienated subjectivity. Ultimately the beautiful is inseparable from the good and the true. If we will not have virtue and verity, caritas and claritas, we will not have beauty either. The truth does not only set us free, it also enables us to see; without it, we will not behold the beauty of the cosmos as made manifest in the music of the spheres; we will see nothing but mere matter.”

(3) The amazing life of Karl Struss. How have you spent yours?

(3a) Scan from Karl Struss’ Bermudian Journey

Weekend 562.0

(1) A Role Model for Bishops (The Catholic Thing)

“Although our situation is still much better than that of Christians in Syria, Iraq, and many other parts of the world, it is fast deteriorating. For that reason, it is so important for bishops today to study the example of St. Thomas Becket and so many other martyrs, many of them members of the episcopacy. For the faithful Christian, the best always lies ahead, since heaven awaits us.”

Weekend 561.1

(1) The English Way (The Imaginative Conservative)

“One of my favorite current Christian Humanists, Canadian Michael O’Brien, has argued in his own masterful novel, Sophia House, that every book that enters the world is akin to the human soul. Some do well, some do ill, and many—simply through the beauty of creation—reflects bits and pieces of divine grace. In essence, when art, a book might very well magnify the Lord.”