Don't stand on Ceremony

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary

According to the protoevangel of James, a 2nd century work that isn’t included in the Bible, Mary was presented at the temple by her parents at the age of three, to begin a nine year stay therein, in fulfilment of a vow. The corresponding feast began in the East, most likely in Syria, around the sixth century.

The feast was introduced into the West by Gregory XI, in 1372. As the belief in this feast is merely belief, and not a point of faith, the feast was suppressed by St Pius V; Sixtus V, however, re-introduced it into the Roman calender in 1585, and Clement VIII made it a greater double. The vestments worn are white.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Today I shall merely insert a few quotations that I enjoy. So, here they are;

'Angels can fly because they take themselevs lightly.'
G. K. Chesterton.

'Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.'
Henry Ford.

'A rash action is worse than no action at all.'
William Hartnell, Doctor Who

'Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables you to be wrong with authority.'
Patrick Troughton, Doctor Who

'Brigadier, a short line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.'
Jon Pertwee, Doctor Who

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Yesterday I read another chapter of my religion book, and this is the basic outline of what I read:
There being so many books in the old testament, I've not yet reached the new Testament, and yesterday I was reading about Israel as the divided kingdom. After the death of Solomon, the kingdom was split into two, Judah, and Israel. From that time on, both Israel and Judah had a fair share of both good and bad kings, with a bad king being defined as a king who lead the people away from God, and a good king doing just the opposite.

In particular I read about the King Ahab, with his wife Jezebel, and their intolerable persecution of those who spoke out against their worship of Baal. This murderous behaviour caused many of the prophets to fly, so God sent Elijah, one of the most well-known prophets in the old Testament. Elijah performed many miracles, and finally persuaded the people when he challenged the 445 prophets of Baal to a contest, to prove who's god was real.

Both parties built altars, and then they had to pray to their god to light a fire on the altar they had built. All day the prophets of Baal tried to get their god to light a fire on the altar, but with no results, all the while Elijah taunting them. When it came to Elijah's turn, he prayed once to God, and fire from heaven came down and burnt his altar. Seeing this, the crowd was converted, and they rose up against the false prophets of Baal.

Even after all this, though, the people continually turned away from God, right up until the time of Jesus.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Two weeks ago, I made some lovely enchiladas, and here's a photo

Epistle o the Ephesians 4:1-6

1. Obsecro vos ego vinctus in Domino, ut digne ambuletis in vocatione, qua vocati estis,
2. cum omni humilitate et mansuetine, cum longanimitate, supportantes invicem in caritate,
3. solliciti servare unitatem spiritus in vinculos pacis;
4. unum corpus et unus Spiritus, sicut et vocati estis in una spe vocationis vestrae;
5. unus Dominus, una fides, unum baptisma;
6. unus Deus et Pater omnium, qui super omnes et per omnia et in omnibus.

1. I beg you as one who conquered the Lord, that you walk worthily in the vocation, in which you were called.
2. with all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity;
3. moved to preserve the unity of spirit in the bond of peace;
4. one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6. one God and Father, who is over all and through all and in all.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Luke 9:18-22

18. Et factum est cum solus esset orans, erat cum illo discipulis, et interrogavit illos dicens: “Quem me dicunt esse turbae?”

19. At illi reponderunt et dixerunt: “Joannem Baptistam, alii autem Eliam, alii veri: Propheta unus de prioribus surrexit

20. Dixit autem illis: "Vos autem quem me esse dicitis?" Respondens
Pettrus dixit: "Christum Dei."

21. At ille increpans illos praecepit, ne cui dicerunt hoc,

22. dicens: "Oportet Filium hominis multa pati et reprobari a senioribus et principibus sacerdotum et scribis et occidi et tertia die resurgere."

18. And it happened when he was alone praying, his disciples were with him, and he asked them saying: "Whom do the crowds say I am?"

19. And they answered and said: "John the Baptist, however others say Elijah, others say: one prophet from earlier times has risen."

20. However he said to them: Whom however do you say I am?" Peter answered, saying: "Christ God."

21. And he made a noise and ordered them, lest they should say this to anyone,

22. saying: "It is necessary that the Son of Man suffer many things and to be rejected by the older and the chiefs of the priests and the scribes and to be killed and to rise on the third day."

Monday, July 30, 2007

Psalm 109, Dixit Dominus

Dixit Dominus Dominus meo: “Sede a dextris meis, donec ponam inimicos tuos scabellum pedum tuorum.”
Sceptrum potentiae tuae protendet Dominus ex Sion: “Dominare in medio inimicorum tuorum!
Tecum principatus die ortus tui in splendore sanctitatis: ante luciferum, tamquam rorem, genui te.”
Juravit Dominus et non poenitebit eum: “Tu es sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech.”
Dominus a dextris tuis: conteret die irae suae reges.
Judicabit nationes, acervabit cadavera; conteret capita late per terram.
De torrente in via bibet, propterea estollet caput.

The Lord said to my lord: “Sit at my right, until I might put you enemies as the footstool of your feet.”
The Lord will stretch forth the sceptre of your power out of Sion: “That you might rule in the midst of your enemies!
With you is pre-eminence on the day of your rising in the splendour of holiness: just as the dew before the morning star, I have begotten you.
The Lord has sworn and He will not regret it: “You are a priest in eternity according to the order of Melchisedech.”
The Lord is at your right: He will crush kings on the day of His wrath.
He will judge nations, heap bodies, He will crack heads widely through the land.
He will drink from the torrents on the way, wherefore He will lift up His head.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Carrying the World Youth Day Cross

This is me!