måndag 22 maj 2017

Cult of ugliness

Compare and contrast. The former seems to have been inspired by the latter, but which is the more elegant?
Fatima shrine.
German bunker, Jersey, built 1942.

Orthodox ordination yesterday

I attended an ordination yesterday, of a man who is probably the first-ever Swedish Orthodox priest. The bishop had come all the way from Paris. The parish, which is attached to the Patriarchate of Antioch, is a mixture of Swedes and Syrians, and the liturgy was in Swedish, Arabic and English. This of course,  contradicts the claim that the Orthodox are divided into national groups.

There was a party afterwards, in which the Bishop emphasised that the most important thing for a Christian was to hold to the love of Christ.

There was a fair sprinkling of Church of Sweden clergy but none of the dozen or so Catholic priests in and around Göteborg came; in fact, apart from myself, there were only two other Catholics present. I wonder if they were invited or knew that the event was occurring?

fredag 12 maj 2017

80 years ago today - 12 May 1937

The 12th of May 1937 - 80 years ago today - was the day of the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It was commemorated by this attractive postage stamp, at a time when the British Post Office issued just one or two commemoratives a year.

söndag 7 maj 2017

Tridentine Mass hanging on

I went to the Tridentine Mass this morning. It was better attended than usual. We are fortunate in having a choice of two - one in town on Saturday evenings, and another on Sunday mornings at a Franciscan house about ten minutes out on the commuter train. The Saturday evening one draws about fifty, the Sunday morning one about a couple of dozen. Both are said by dedicated priests; the celebrant for the Sunday morning Mass is in his mid-seveties and had a stroke earlier in the year. It is a great effort for him to say it, as well as a Novus Ordo Mass earlier in the day.

To have two Tridentine Masses most weeks looks good, but in truth it is hanging on by a thread. The overwhelming majority of Catholics are uncomfortable with Latin and want their Mass in the vernacular, with plenty of the Lutheran hymns that most of them were brought up with; this, the prevailing form of Mass, is hardly even recognisable as Catholic. Those of us who prefer the traditional form find it hard to accept that we are at the margin of the margin but that is the reality. It will be a miracle if the Tridentine Mass is still around in these parts in five years time.

Cult of ugliness

Compare and contrast. The former seems to have been inspired by the latter, but which is the more elegant? Fatima shrine. German bunker, J...