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Archive for October, 2007


Posted: Monday, October 29th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Prayer, Saints, Time After Pentecost | 1 Comment »

All Hollow’s Eve, All Saints Day (a.k.a Hollowmas), and All Souls Day comprise Hollowtide (it’s not an official liturgical designation though). In the late 15th century Pope Sixtus IV made All Saint’s an octave feast, but that was removed in 1955. Nevertheless it is customary to pray for the poor souls on all eight days […]

Feast of Christ the King

Posted: Thursday, October 25th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Feast of Christ the King

This Sunday is the feast of Christ the King on the Old Calendar. It comes in close proximity to the celebration of Christ’s saints on November 1. It is indeed appropriate to celebrate Christ the King, before honoring those who attained holiness by making Christ the King of their own lives. It is paramount for […]

All Souls Novena

Posted: Thursday, October 25th, 2007 @ 10:21 am in Prayer | Comments Off on All Souls Novena

I am a day late with this, but better late than never. Normally a Novena related to a feast day ends on the feast day, so this one should have started on the 24th. But anyway: O God, the Creater and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Thy servants and handmaids […]

Bland Culture

Posted: Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 @ 9:51 pm in Culture | 1 Comment »

I have been thinking a lot about traditional culture recently, spurred on by recently attending a really good Oktoberfest (by good I mean it was very cultural centered, not frat-party beer drinking centered), and a Greek festival at the local Orthodox church. At both events there were people dressed in traditional clothes, especially at Oktoberfest. […]

Templars Exonerated

Posted: Friday, October 12th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm in Church Issues | Comments Off on Templars Exonerated

Well, it’s about time.  The short story is, the Templar’s involvement in coordinating efforts during the Crusades put them in control of a lot of money.  Charges of heresy were brought against them to suppress them for their money.  The Pope caved under pressure from France.  Now the record is being set straight.  There is […]

Statistically Improbable Phrases

Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2007 @ 9:52 pm in Personal | Comments Off on Statistically Improbable Phrases

I am often amused by Amazon’s statistically improbable phrases it includes with the book descriptions.  I often think of it when my kids spout their own “statistically improbable phrases.”  Any parent knows they are likely to come up with a few of their own when dealing with the wee ones.  In recent days several doozies […]

Feast of St. Bruno

Posted: Monday, October 8th, 2007 @ 9:45 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Saints, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Feast of St. Bruno

The 6th was the feast of St. Bruno, founder of the Carthusian order. Bruno was man of great learning, and taught theology at Rheims. One of his students went on to become Pope Urban II. After suffering the laxity of the local clergy, including the bishop, he retired to the mountains with six friends and […]


Posted: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 @ 9:33 pm in Bible, Church Issues | Comments Off on Machabees

I am reading the book of Machabees and it struck me that the lamentation of Mathathias (Judas Machabee’s father) could apply to the Church today almost word for word (except for the part about the old men being murdered). From 1 Machabees 2:7-14: And Mathathias said: Woe is me, wherefore was I born to see […]