We deny to claim "any Superiority to ourself
to defyne, decyde, or determyn any Article or Poynt
of the Christian Fayth and Relligion,
or to chang any Ancient Ceremony of the Church
from the Forme before received and observed
by the Catholick and Apostolick Church."

Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
Click image for original | © Vitrearum (Allan Barton)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Last Chance Lost

I saw this picture and thought "So much Roman Catholicism is really over the top but this is actually quite nice and very restrained." Of course, it turns out to be the Lady Chapel at what used to be the most hard-core of the hard-core American AC parishes; which is, of course, now merely "Aff Cath." I visited (probably about 1981) but what I remembered most was the very bad neighbourhood (at the time) where it stood.

This led me (ultimately) to this Tumblr. How the mighty have fallen!

Quomodo Sedet Sola Civitas.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

"The Original and Best"

I'm not very bright and I never ever was quick. I must, as Nietzsche commended, ruminate. Amazingly, après Bruxelles, I find much to say. Only ... I ... just ... can't ... say ... it.

Who, precisely, decorated these apartements?
Looks like a lot was picked up at Napoleon's family's jumble sale.

From Patrick Sheridan:

Cut flowers are dead, and soon wither. I wonder what stage we're in now? If only the Orthodox churches of England put away ethnic isolationism and political prejudice they might attract more converts. I have no interest in Slavic culture! But like the crypto-Orthodox of the deep English past I yearn for the sacraments and the communion of the Church. Am I, a sinner with the little green book, to be thrown out to compost with the rest of my countrymen?

Desire, despair, desire,
So many monsters.

I'm so Eighties. I have to push, I have to struggle.

Noli me tangere

John 20: 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12 and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Now my head hurts

Well, I can't continue the prior project now. But I have compiled some concordances in the following table. Now if I only knew what it all meant.

As usual, click to enlarge, then context click on "view image." Click the magnifying glass to enlarge again.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Die älteste abendländische Evangelien-Perikopenliste

This important paper Die älteste abendländische Evangelien-Perikopenliste, vermutlich von Bischof Fortunatianus von Aquileja († nach 360) by Klaus Gamber, from MThZ 13 (1962), is available here.

The list begins with Lent, so we will start there. Near agreement with the Tridentine lectionary marked in red; the Ambrosian pericopes in green.

  1. DOMINICA IN QUADRAGESIMA, Ductus est dns ihs in desertum (Mt 4,1-11) [Mt 4.1-11]
  2. IN [CAPUT] QUADRAGESIMAE, Nolite timere pusillus grex [quia complacuit] (Lc 12,32-48 oder 59)
  3. IN TRIGESIMA [DE SAMARITANA], [Dns ihs fatigatus ex itinere sedebat super puteum] (Jo 4,6-42) [Jn 4.5-29]
  4. IN UIGESIMA [DE ABRAHAM], Ego sum lux mundi sequitur me non ambulat (Jo 8,12-59) [Jn 8.31-59]
  5. ITEM SEQUENTI DOMINICA [DE CAECO], Praeteriens dns ihs uidit hominem caecum (Jo 9,1-38) [Jn 9.1-17]

  6. DOMINICA ANTE SIMBOLUM [DE LAZARO], Erat homo quidam infirmus nomine lazarus (Jo 11,1-45) [Jn 11.1-44]
  7. IN SIMBOLO, Cum adpropinquaret dns ihs hierusolima (Mt 21,1-9)
  8. IN SIMBOLO SUPER OLIUO (PARABULA PRIMA DE AUTENTICA), Cum uenerit dns ihs hierusolima (Jo 12,12-26) [Jn 11.55-12.11]
  9. SECUNDA FERIA (PARABULA SECUNDA DE AUTENTICA), Conlegerunt pontifices et pharisei consilium (Jo 11,47-52)
  10. TERTIA FERIA [DE AUTENTICA], Nescitis quia post biduum pasca fiet (Mt 26,2-16)
  11. IIII FERIA [DE AUTENTICA], Nunc enim anima mea turbata est (Jo 12,27-38)
  12. IN CENA DNI AD MATOTINOS, Cum acciperet dns linteum [praecinxit se] (Jo 13,4-27a)
  13. IN CENA DNI [AD MISSAM], Prima [die] azimorum [accesserunt discipuli] (Mt 26,17-75) [Mt 26.17-75]
  14. SEXTA FERIA, Mane facto consilium [inierunt omnes principes] (Mt 27,1-66)
  15. IN NOCTE MAGNA, Uespere sabbati [quae lucescit in prima sabbati] (Mt 28,1-15) [Mt 28.1-7]

  16. DOMINICA IN PRIMA PASCHA, Prima autem sabbati maria magdalena (Jo 20,1-18) [Jn 20.11-18]
  17. AD FONTES, Undecim discipuli abierunt in galilaeam (Mt 28,16-20)
  18. SECUNDA FERIA IN ALBAS, [In principio erat uerbum et uerbum erat] (Jo 1,1-14)
  19. TERTIA FERIA IN ALBAS, Una sabbati ualde diluculo uenerunt ad monumentum (Lc 24,1-12)
  20. QUARTA FERIA IN ALBAS, Ecce duo ex discipulis dni ibant in castellum (Lc 24,13-35) [Lk 24.13-35]
  21. QUINTA FERIA IN ALBAS, Stetit dns ihs in medio discipulorum suorum (Lc 24, 36-43)
  22. SEXTA FERIA IN ALBAS, [Ualde mane una sabbatorum ueniunt ad monumentum] (Mc 16,2-8) [Mk 16.1-7]
  23. SABBATO POST PASCHA [IN ALBAS], Surgens dns ihs apparuit mariae magdalene (Mc 16,9-14)
  24. IN OCTABAS PASCHAE, DOMINICA [IN] ALBIS DEPOSITIS, Cum sero esset factum et ianuae essent clausae (Jo 20,19-31) [Jn 20.19-31]

    16 = Thursday in Octave of Easter [T]
    17 = Friday in Octave of Easter [T]
    20 = Monday in Octave of Easter [T, S]
    21 = Tuesday in Octave of Easter [T, S]
    This dislocation in the periods which must have been fixed quite early shows how far the lectionary has drifted from its earliest arrangement.