Happy Feast Day to us

Happy feast to us!

And many congrats to Gerry who has retired after 75 years (!) of serving at St Mary Magdalen’s

Hundreds of photo HERE of Mass followed by the parish party.

The choir are now on their summer hols so see you in September.

Prayers please

Please pray for Stella.

Stella was a member of our choir for over two years. She was in remission and the cancer has struck again. Please pray for her. Pray to Mother Riccarda. She is very young, she has a young son Chris who serves at the 10.30am.

Ave Maris Stella, Dei mater alma, atque semper virgo, felix caeli porta.

(Thanks to Meli for the photo who did a photographic study on some of the residents of Peacehaven,  including Stella. )

Hooray for Portsmouth!

Finally, a new bishop has been appointed for the Diocese of Portsmouth, Msgr Philip Egan. I have just rung my mother to tell her the good news. 

Poor Bishop Crispian can finally retire. 23 years. I remember him coming to visit our school shortly after his appointment to the diocese. We were in Chemistry at the time, a subject l loathed. He told our teacher we were not allowed any homework that day. I instantly warmed to him.

More in the Portsmouth Evening News if you want the local spin on it.

You call that a veil?

Fr Ray comments on how convenient it is that when the British press want to condemn the Vatican they dig out a traditional-ish looking nun with a veil and a polyester cardie. While the sisters of the LCRW prefer to kick the habit, I couldn’t help noticing that in Poland ( I was there last week) it’s cutting-edge fashion.

“Sisters are doing it for themselves…?'”

1. Even with a traditional habit you can accessorise

2. Habits are practical for shopping

3. You can wear one on a long walk. It’s all in the footwear.

4. You don’t even have to have a veil to look ‘traditional’

5. A habit for any occasion

6. And it’s not just the women.

7. Black is most definitely back

Charles Cole on Solesmes Old and New

If you have missed Charles Cole’s excellent paper delivered at the CMAA Colloquium, on the development of chant at Solesmes from Dom Mocquereau to the current day, it is well-worth reading. It is available for download on his website.

Cole focuses on the work of Dom Cardine, looking at the practical interpretation of Seminology. He highlights several very important techniques that are still regularly misinterpreted. The most crucial is arguably the change to the way we sing the Oriscus in a Salicus (group of three notes.) No, we don’t lengthen the middle note with the vertical episema anymore. He also looks at the horizontal episema and the liquescent.

There is a particularly enlightening section on the use of seminology and interpreting pitch using the Introit for the Epiphany Ecce Advenit.