Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Gaudete" - a Swedish carol

This is a Swedish tune, with Latin words.  It is a beautiful song, which dates from at least as far back as the 16th century (first published, as far as I know, in 1582).  It would be most fitting for Christmastide, but since its name reminds us of the third week in Advent, and since that is only a couple weeks away, I will dare to post it now.  (Yes, that excuse is a lot of nonsense.  I just like the song, and feel particularly undisciplined today; plus, I fear I would forget to post it if I waited till Christmas.) 

Oh yes, and I must say, the third stanza is especially noteworthy, for it shows that the traditional reading of the closed portal of the Temple in Ezekiel 44 in light of the Mary's ever-virginity is not mere classroom speculation, but part of the traditional piety of the Christian.

Catechism of the Day

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism continued


Thirdly. How can water do such great things?

It is not the water indeed that does them,
but the Word of God which is in and with the water,
and faith which trusts such Word of God in the water.
For without the Word of God the water is simple water,
and no Baptism.
But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is,
a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Ghost,
as Saint Paul says, Titus, chapter third:

According to His mercy He saved us
by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost,
which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior,
that, being justified by His grace,
we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
This is a faithful saying.

Tertium. Qui potest aqua tam magnas res efficere?

Aqua certe tantas res non efficit,
sed verbum Dei, quod in et cum aqua est,
et fides, quae verbo Dei aquae addito credit.
Quia aqua sine verbo Dei est simpliciter aqua et non est baptismus,
sed addito verbo Dei est baptismus, hoc est,
salutaris aqua gratiae et vitae
et lavacrum regenerationis in Spiritu Sancto,
sicut Paulus ait ad Titum:

Secundum suam misericordiam nos salvos fecit
per lavacrum regenerationis ac renovationis Spiritus Sancti,
quem effudit in nos opulenter per Iesum Christum, Salvatorem nostrum,
ut iustificati illius gratia heredes efficeremur iuxta spem vitae aeternae.
Filedis hic sermo est.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Veni Redemptor gentium

Incidentally, this is pretty much what I look like when I read the paper in the morning.

Catechism of the Day

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism continued


Secondly. What does Baptism give or profit?

It works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil,
and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this,
as the words and promises of God declare.

Which are such words and promises of God?

Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Mark:
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Secundum. Quid praestat aut confert baptismus?

Operatur remissionem peccatorum, liberat a morte et a diabolo
et donat aeternam beatitudinem omnibus et singulis, qui credunt hoc,
quod verba et promissiones divinae pollicentur.

Quae sunt illa verba et promissiones divinae?

Ubi Dominus noster Iesus Christus dicit Marci ultimo:
Qui crediderit et baptizatus fuerit, salvus erit.
Qui vero non crediderit, condemnabitur.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Milwaukee School of Pipes and Drums Concert 2008

Catechism of the Day

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

As the head of the family should teach it in all simplicity to his household

First. What is Baptism?

Baptism is not simple water only, but it is the water comprehended in God’s command and connected with God's Word.

Which is that Word of God?

Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Matthew:

Go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

Sacramentum Baptismi

quomodo de eo paterfamilias suam familiam simplicissime docere debeat

Primum. Quid est baptismus?

Baptismus non est simpliciter aqua, sed est aqua divino mandato comprehensa et verbo Dei obsignata.

Quod est illud verbum Dei?

Ubi Dominus noster Iesus Christus dicit Matthaei ultimo:

Euntes docete omnes gentes, baptizantes eos in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

prayer book preview

Traditional Irish Music on Fiddle and Concertina

A little Irish music today. This performance took place at Irish Fest, the world's largest Irish festival (and surely one of Milwaukee's top fifteen festivals in terms of coolness and fun).  Ciaran O Maonaigh on the fiddle and Caitlin Nic Gabhann on the concertina.

Caechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

Conclusion

Amen.

What does this mean?

That I should be certain that these petitions are acceptable
to our Father in heaven, and heard;
for He Himself has commanded us so to pray,
and has promised to hear us.
Amen, Amen, that is, Yea, yea, it shall be so.

Conclusio

Amen.

Quae est huius vocabuli significatio?

Amen significat idem quod certe, ut scilicet ego sim certus,
eiusmodi petitiones Patri nostro caelesti esse acceptas atque ab eo
exauditas, quia ipse nobis mandavit, ut ad
hunc modum oremus, promisitque se nos exauditurum esse.
Amen, Amen, id est, vere, certe, haec ita fient.

from "Jackson Cage"

Here are a few lines from Springsteen's "Jackson Cage," one of the twenty songs that ended up on the double album, The River, in 1980.  Comparing the setting in which the characters live, in this case a town called Jackson, to a prison, is a brilliant poetic move.  As fatalist and cynical as the song may seem, it captures well the frustration felt by many in the working class who have had to settle for a certain type of life. 

You can try with all your might
But you're reminded every night
That you've been judged and handed life
Down in the Jackson Cage
Every day ends in wasted motion
Just crossed swords on the killing floor
To settle back is to settle without knowing
The hard edge that you're settling for
Because there's always just one more day
And it's always gonna be that way
Little girl, you've been down here so long
I can tell by the way that you move you belong to
The Jackson Cage
Down in Jackson Cage
And it don't matter just what you say
Are you tough enough to play the game they play
Or will you just do your time and fade away
Down into the Jackson Cage

Monday, November 22, 2010

airport indecency

What's going on at our airports?  You can now get randomly chosen to have your rights, and body, violated by means of the full body scan, or opt to have your rights, and body, violated by the hands of the blue shirted agents.

Currently the number of body scanners is far outnumbered by the number of lines that will be filled with travellers this week, so is this all the "making of a mountain out of a molehill," as one interviewer put it, since an estimated 80% of air travellers will not have to go through these measures?  I don't think that the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a molehill of an issue. 

Reports keep coming in, telling of the extremes to which the government will go to invade our persons and our dignity. 

The seal on a man's urostomy bag was broken during a feel up session in Orlando.

The ordeal endured by author Erin Chase in Dayton could only be described as sexual assault.

A young boy has his shirt removed as he is examined by agents.

A woman is made to remove her prosthetic breast in the course of a "pat down."

A three year old girl is brought to tears as she goes through the "pat down."

The corrupting nature of the new powers of the TSA agents has some of them making pronouncements on the "appropriateness" of a woman in Austin deciding to breastfeed her child.  The agents lost any moral authority to tell anyione what is appropriate when they began assaulting out wives and children.

ABC News says that TSA administrator John Pistole is "beleaguered."  Poor guy.  It's nice that the media is so sympathetic to his perspective.  What the press should do is stand up vigilantly for the rights of the American people, and against the corruption in our government. 

Those trained to be good, loyal defenders of institutions, like some Lutheran "church work" graduates, will tell us that this is all a lot of sensationalizing of a few incidents.  Men like that will go far, but I'm not sure I would trust my spiritual life, or my wife, with them. 

Fr. Larry Beane at Gottesdienst Online, shared an international incident he had recently.  This reminded me of my own family's recent experience with air travel.  And while this is not a confessional blog (relax Lutherans, I don't mean that in the theological sense, but in the sense of autobiography) I will now confess in brief what happened.  In August my wife flew to Salt Lake City, and I was apprehensive, because news of these new measures had already come to my awareness by then.  Nevertheless, I allowed it, because I was brought to the understanding that the body scan was strictly optional.  Now what I failed to realize was that you could be chosen, at random, for the scan, and if chosen, you could then opt for the physical harassment instead.  My wife was never chosen.  The trip happened without incident.  Nevertheless, I ought to have made myself more aware of the procedures at the time.

It seems that in the last couple months, however, things have only worsened.  The number of incidents has increased, and the stories are getting more outrageous.  Is the modesty of our women worth the effort to stand up for our rights?  I say it is.  Is the innocence of our children worth it?  I say it is.  Is a man's dignity worth standing up for our rights?  A man might choose to make certain costly sacrifices, for his family, or for his country, or for others, but ultimately, his dignity must also be taken into account. 

I think many people say they are opposed to the violations, but will walk right through the line, to make the trip to the in-laws this week for Thanksgiving go as smoothly as possible.  I hope we will all beware of what we are giving up, and of what we are accepting as a people.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

a snippet of O'Connor dialogue

"She says it's ten million more like them, Displaced Persons, she says that there priest can get her all she wants."

"She better quit messin with that there priest," Mr. Shortley said.

"He don't look smart," Mrs. Shortley said, "-kind of foolish."

"I ain't going to have the Pope of Rome tell me how to run no dairy," Mr. Shortley said.

"They ain't Eye-talians, they're Poles," she said.  From Poland where all them bodies were stacked up at.  You remember all them bodies?"

"I give them three weeks here," Mr. Shortley said.

(From one of the early scenes in "The Displaced Person")

Friday, November 19, 2010

It should be illegal to be that fat

Part of being a good restaurant host (not that I am one, try as I might) is welcoming people as they arrive, and being cordial and responsive to their concerns, complaints, or whatever they want to express, as they wait to be seated, or are on their way out the door, while of course he keeps track of everything else at the podium.  Recently circumstances presented the opportunity to test these very aspects of the job in a way I would not have predicted.

A couple was sitting in the waiting area, as their family was arriving; they were celebrating forty years of marriage, with their children and grandchildren, at our restaurant.  When the time came, I informed that couple and their family that their table was ready upstairs, and sent them up to the second floor dining room.  A woman from another party, who had noticed the anniversary couple, then said to me, "It should be illegal to be that fat."

She was filled with visible indignation and disgust.  I told her it was an inappropriate thing to say, but she went on to give me a minor lecture on cholesterol and heart disease, etc.  Soon her car was brought around, and she was gone.  The woman surely had a couple of drinks in her.  When Milwaukeeans drink they tend to celebrate with each other, but when some of them drink they prefer to turn on each other. 

Quite aside from the asininity of theories of government controlling the nutritional content of our food, and other such public health measures, and also quite aside from the fact that there is a complex variety of factors that leads to obesity (it is possible, eg., to eat moderately and be overweight due to wacked out metabolism), the incident brings to light the self-righteous attitude that leads a person to say such a thing about someone else. 

If legalities could solve problems, maybe we should say that it should be illegal to go out in public with an obnoxious personality.  In fact, such an approach would itself be obnoxious.  Gentlemen, and ladies, in a civilized world act kindly to those they meet in public.  Nor should it be merely an act.  We ought to truly see others as having a beauty and a dignity the full story of which we cannot fully appreciate by meeting them for a moment on the street.  Our children will learn from this example; and as a bonus, the friendly nature of our city will be more fully realized.

Catechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The Seventh Petition

But deliver us from evil.

What does this mean?

We pray in this petition, as the sum of all,
that our Father in heaven would deliver us from every evil
of body and soul, property and honor, and finally,
when our last hour has come, grant us a blessed end,
and graciously take us from this vale of tears
to Himself in heaven.

Septima Petitio

Sed libera nos a malo.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Oramus hac precatione tamquam in summa,
ut Pater noster caelestis liberet nos ab omnibus malis ac periculis
corporis et animae, bonorum et honorum, et ut tandem,
cum hora mortis venerit, felicem vitae exitum nobis largiatur,
nosque pro sua gratuita bonitate ex hac miseriarum valle
ad se in caelum recipiat.

Springsteen. Pay me my money down

Here is a little taste of the work Springsteen did as an extended tribute to Pete Seeger, and the American folk music tradition. The band he put together he called The Sessions Band, and I highly recommend the album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Catechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The Sixth Petition

And lead us not into temptation.

What does this mean?

God indeed tempts no one;
but we pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us,
so that the devil, the world, and our flesh
may not deceive us
nor seduce us into misbelief, despair,
and other great shame and vice;
and though we be assailed by them,
that still we may finally overcome and obtain the victory.

Sexta Petitio

Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Deus quidem neminem tentat,
sed tamen petimus hac petitione, ut ipse nos custodiat et conservet,
ne Satanas, mundus et caro nostra nobis
imponant et nos a recta fide seducant et in superstitionem, diffidentiam, desperationem atque alia gravia scelera
et flagitia coniiciant,
et ut maxime eiusmodi tentationibus sollicitemur, ne succumbamus,
sed ut tandem vincamus ac triumphemus.

Jim Liban at Filisko Harp Bash 9-26-09

Lil Rev, who is a master harmonica player by any standard, once told me, "There are a lot of great blues harmonica players in Milwaukee, but Steve blew them all away."  He was referring to Fr. Stephen Wiest; we were chatting during a break in his set one night over at Linnemans, and reminiscing about our mutual departed friend.   I considered that to be high praise, even though Rev is surely biased.  Nor does such a statement take anything away from great Milwaukee bluesmen, like the one I want to highlight here.  When I hear Jim Liban blow harp I hear my late pastor, along with all the passion and richness of the tradition of the blues.  Here is just one example of the work of Jim Liban:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Catechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The Fifth Petition

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

What does this mean?

We pray in this petition
that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins,
nor on their account deny our prayer;
for we are worthy of none of the things
for which we pray, neither have we deserved them;
but that He would grant them all to us by grace;
for we daily sin much
and indeed deserve nothing but punishment.
So will we also heartily forgive
and readily do good
to those who sin against us.

Quinta Petitio

Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Petimus hac precatione,
ne Pater caelestis velit respicere et examinare peccata nostra
et propter ista nostram orationem repudiare;
quandoquidem nullis rebus,
quas petimus, digni sumus, nec quidquam mereri possumus;
sed ut velit nobis sua gratia et bonitate donare omnia,
quia quotidie multifarium peccamus
et nihil nisi poenas meremur.
Vicissim autem ex corde condonabimus,
quidquid in nos peccaverint alii,
et pro maleficio libenter reddemus beneficium.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Catehism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The Fourth Petition

Give us this day our daily bread.

What does this mean?

God gives daily bread
indeed without our prayer,
also to all the wicked;
but we pray in this petition
that He would lead us to know it,
and to receive our daily bread
with thanksgiving.

What, then, is meant daily bread?

Everything that belongs to the support
and wants of the body,
such as food, drink,
clothing, shoes,
house, home, field, cattle,
money, goods,
a pious spouse, pious children, pious servants,
pious and faithful rulers, good government,
good weather, peace, health,
discipline, honor,
good friends, faithful neighbors,
and the like.

Quarta Petitio

Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Deus dat quidem omnibus panem quotidianum,
quamvis non petamus,
etiam malis hominibus.
At nos precamur hac petitione,
ut agnoscamus hoc beneficium,
atque ita panem nostrum quotidianum
cum gratiarum actione accipiamus.

Quid autem significat panis quotidianus?

Significat omne, quod ad vitae nostraenecessitatem
ac sustentationem pertinet,
videlicet cibum, potum,
vestes, calceos,
domum, aream, agros, pecudes,
pecuniam, divitias,
probam coniugem, probos liberos, probos servos,
probum ac fidum magistratum, bonum reipublicae statum,
salubrem aerem, pacem, sanitatem,
modestiam, honorem,
bonos amicos, fidos vicinos
et id genus alia.

The Litany

Below you will find a form of the classic Litany which differs in some ways from the form it tends to take in modern Lutheran books.  It has been very useful to me, and I commend it to any who might find it likewise useful.

Kyrie:
Eleison.

Christe:
Eleison.

Kyrie:
Eleison.

O Christ:
Graciously hear us.

O God, the Father in heaven:
Have mercy upon us.

O God, the Son, Redeemer of the world:
Have mercy upon us.

O God the Holy Ghost:
Have mercy upon us.

O Holy Trinity, One God:
Have mercy upon us.

Be gracious unto us:
Spare us, O Lord.

Be gracious unto us:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From all sin:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From all error:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From all evil:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the crafts and assaults of the devil:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From sudden and unexpected death:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From pestilence and famine:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From war and murder:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From sedition and rebellion:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From lightning and tempest:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From everlasting death:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By the mystery of Thy holy incarnation:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy holy nativity:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy baptism, fasting, and temptation:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thine agony and bloody sweat:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy cross and passion:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy precious death and burial:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy Resurrection:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy Ascension:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By the advent of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter:
Deliver us, O Lord.

In all time of our tribulation:
Deliver us, O Lord.

In all time of our prosperity:
Deliver us, O Lord.

In the hour of death:
Deliver us, O Lord.

In the day of judgment:
Deliver us, O Lord.

We sinners:
Beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to rule and govern Thy Holy Catholic Church:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to illuminate all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of Thy Word, and that both by their preaching and life they may set it forth and shew it accordingly.
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve all orders of the Church in holy religion:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to put an end to all schisms and causes of offense:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred and are deceived:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to trample Satan under our feet:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to send faithful laborers into Thy harvest:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant to all hearers increase in the word and in the fruit of the Spirit:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to lift up the lapsed and to strengthen those who stand:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to comfort and help the weak-hearted and the distressed:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to direct and protect the President (or “King,” “Queen,” etc.) and his counselors:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and protect our magistrates and people:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to regard and deliver the afflicted and those in danger:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve all who travel:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant a safe delivery to pregnant mothers, and healthy babies to those who nurse them:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to cherish and guard the infants and the sick:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to liberate those wrongfully held captive and imprisoned:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to protect and provide for the orphans and widows:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to take pity on all men:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to convert them:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to graciously hear us:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

O Son of God:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Grant us Thy peace.

O Christ:
Graciously hear us.

Kyrie:
Eleison.

Christe:
Eleison.

[All] Kyrie eleison. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our Daily Bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Badlands (Bruce Springsteen Live in Barcelona)

Catechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The Third Petition

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What does this mean?

The good and gracious will of God
is done indeed
without our prayer;
but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

How is this done?

When God breaks and hinders every evil
counsel and will
which would not let us hallow God’s name
nor let His kingdom come,
such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh;
but strengthens and preserves us steadfast
in His Word and faith unto our end.
This is His gracious and good will.

Tertia Petitio

Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Bona ac misericors Dei voluntas
fit quoque
sine nostra oratione;
sed rogamus hac petitione, ut etiam apud nos fiat.

Qua ratione fit istud?

Cum Deus frangit ac impedit omne malum consilium, voluntatem et conatus,
qui obstant, quominus nomen Dei sanctificemus,
regnumque eius ad nos, pervenire possit,
ut est diaboli, mundi et carnis nostrae voluntas;
deinde cum confortat et conservat nos fitmiter
in suo Verbo ac fide usque ad finem vitae nostrae:
haec est misericors ac bona ipsius voluntas.

how cats drink water

In this morning's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel there is an interesting article on how engineers have captured something that is too fast for the human eye to see, a cat drinking water.  The Journal Sentinel picked up the article from the New York Times, so I am sharing with you the Times link: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/science/12cats.html

My only criticism of the reporting in the article is that the swipe against dogs is unnecessary.  Dogs, also, are God's creatures, and have their own charm.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Albanian Folk Iso-polyphony

the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Kyrie:
Eleison.

Christe:
Eleison.

Kyrie:
Eleison.

O Jesus, hear us:
O Jesus, graciously hear us.

O God, the Father in Heaven:
Have mercy upon us.

O God, the Son, Redeemer of the world:
Have mercy upon us.

O God, the Holy Ghost:
Have mercy upon us.

O Holy Trinity, one God:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Son of the living God:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Splendor of the Father:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, King of Glory:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Sun of Justice:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most amiable:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most admirable:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, the mighty God:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Father of the world to come:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Angel of Great Council:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most powerful:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most patient:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most obedient:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Lover of Chastity:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, our Lover:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, God of Peace:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Author of Life:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Model of Virtues:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, zealous for souls:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, our God:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, our Refuge:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Father of the Poor:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, good Shepherd:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, true Light:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, eternal Wisdom:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, infinite Goodness:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, our Way and our Life:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, joy of the Angels:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, King of the Patriarchs:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Master of the Apostles:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Strength of Martyrs:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Light of Confessors:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Purity of Virgins:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Crown of all Saints:
Have mercy upon us.

Be gracious unto us:
Spare us O Jesus.

Be gracious unto us:
Graciously hear us, O Jesus.

From all evil:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From all sin:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From the crafts and assaults of the devil:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From the spirit of fornication:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From everlasting death:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From the neglect of Thy inspirations:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Nativity:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Infancy:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy most divine Life:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Labors:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Agony and Passion:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Cross and Dereliction:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Sufferings:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy precious Death and Burial:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Resurrection:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Ascension:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Joys:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Glory:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Spare us, O Jesus.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Graciously hear us, O Jesus.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus.

O Jesus, hear us:
O Jesus, graciously hear us.

Kyrie:
Eleison.

Christe:
Eleison.

[All] Kyrie eleison. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our Daily Bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Let us pray:

O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast said, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"; mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the grace of Thy most divine love, that we may love Thee with all our hearts, and in all our words and actions, and never cease to praise Thee.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy name, for Thou never failest to govern those who Thou dost solidly establish in Thy love. Thou who livest and reignest, world without end.

Amen.

Jon Stewart Speaks About Bruce Springsteen At the Kennedy Center Honors

Catechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The Second Petition

Thy kingdom come.

What does this mean?

The kingdom of God comes indeed without our prayer, of itself;
but we pray in this petition that it may come unto us also.

How is this done?

When our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit,
so that by His grace
we believe His holy Word and lead a godly life,
here in time
and hereafter in eternity.

Secunda Petitio

Adveniat regnum tuum.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Regnum Dei venit etiam per se, sine nostra oratione;
sed petimus hac precatione, ut ad nos quoque perveniat.

Qua ratione fit istud?

Cum Pater caelestis dat nobis suum Sactum Spiritum,
qui efficit gratia sua,
ut sancto eius Verbo credamus ac pie vivamus,
cum in hoc tempore,
tum postea in aeternum.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Catechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The First Petition

Hallowed be Thy name.

What does this mean?

God's name is indeed holy in itself;
but we pray in this petition
that it may be holy among us also.

How is this done?

When the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity,
and we, as the children of God,
also lead a holy life according to it.
This grant us, dear Father in heaven.
But he that teaches and lives otherwise
than God’s Word teaches,
profanes the name of God among us.
From this preserve us, Heavenly Father.

Prima Petitio

Sanctificetur nomen tuum.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Nomen Dei per se quidem sanctum est;
verum nos oramus hac petitione,
ut apud nos quoque sanctificetur.

Qua ratione fit istud?

Cum Verbum Dei pure ac sincere docetur,
et nos secundum illud, ut filios Dei decet,
pie vivimus.
Quod ut fiat, dona nobis, mi Pater, qui es in caelis!
Qui vero aliter docet vel vivit,
quam Verbum Dei docet,
ille nomen Dei inter nos profanat.
Ne autem hoc accidat, tu prohibe, mi Pater caelestis!

one of my favorite baptismal fonts

Definitely one of my favorite baptismal fonts in Milwaukee is the one at Saint Anthony's RC Church on 9th & Mitchell.  Having seen old pictures of Saint Stephen's, by the way, I can tell you that we also at one time had a tall, beautiful, gothic style font.  It was eliminated in the 1950s.  Thank you, mid-20th century Lutherans, who got tired of style and beauty.  Way to go.  Of course I must say here, for the record, that the modernist bug was as rampant in the RC Church as anywhere else.  These problems are cross-denominational.  Thank God, however, that there are churches, like St. Stephen's as well as Saint Anthony's, where we can still see the classic beauty of ecclesiastical architecture to match the classic beauty of the liturgy.  In the case of Saint Anthony's, I am particularly impressed, because it is a lively parish that has openly resisted the strong post-Vat. II impulse to renovate.  These are some pictures I recently took of that font.

Gregorian chant - Circumdederunt me

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Holy Scripture is Not Self-explanatory

If the following commentary makes any preacher feel I am picking on him, please be assured that I am picking on no one in particular.  More than once over the years I have heard preachers begin the homily with words similar to these:

Today's Gospel reading is self-explanatory.

If this were true, then what the preacher should do after saying this is descend the pulpit, and sit back down, so we can get on with the Mass, and not waste our time with what will evidently be a superfluous sermon.

Holy Scripture is not self-explanatory.  God sent us preachers, not so they can tell us how unnecessary they are, but so that by their work the Word of God may be administered to the people, liberally, but also carefully, like a physician administering his medicine in just the right way, in the manner that is precisely needed in a given community, and for a given sinner. 

I suppose that often times a preacher will fall into a certain routine, or rut, so that he lets things remain in the final draft of the sermon, and then escape from the pulpit, which otherwise would not have passed the first draft.  So my comment is meant only as an encouragement to preachers to redouble their efforts, and to be ever vigilant in the holy calling of the teaching of the Gospel.  Some people are listening to your sermons, or trying to listen.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Catechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer

as the head of the family should teach it in all simplicity to his household

Introduction

Our Father who art in heaven.

What does this mean?

God would by these words tenderly invite us to believe
that He is our true Father,
and that we are His true children,
so that we may with all boldness and confidence ask Him
as dear children ask
their dear father.

Oratio Dominica

quomodo paterfamilias eam suae familiae simplicissime tradere debeat

Introductio

Pater noster, qui es in caelis.

Quae est horum verborum sententia?

Deus amanter nos hac praefatiuncula invitat,
ut vere credamus eum nostrum verum Patrem
nosque eius veros filios esse,
ut eum confidentius pleni fiducia invocemus,
quemadmodum videmus liberos certa fiducia
aliquid a parentibus suis petere.

Nearer My God to Thee, Mississippi John Hurt

My friend Mike Carter has posted this song at his facebook page, and I wanted to post it here as well. For it got me thinking, not only of how much I love and appreciate the old bluesmen, but also of the irony of those who cry that classic English forms of speech, such as the pronouns thee or thy, cannot be apprehended by "ethnic" subcultures, or those who do not have PhDs after their name. The modern Church needs to be about the business of reaching people with the Gospel; she also must, however, stop insulting people with what amounts to elitism and racism by sending the message, in so many ways, that the best is just not for some people.

Milwaukee at Sunrise

Here are some pictures I took this morning at the Lakefront, mostly between the Marina and the Art Museum.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

J S Bach: Motette "Singet dem・・・(1)BWV 225 - AGU Choir, Tokyo

Catechism of the Day

The Creed Continued

The Third Article: Of Sanctification

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church, the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean?

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength
believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him;

but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel,
enlightened me with His gifts,
sanctified and kept me in the true faith;

even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies
the whole Christian Church on earth,
and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith;

in which Christian Church
He daily and richly forgives all sins to me and all believers,
and will at the Last Day raise up me and all the dead,
and give unto me and all believers in Christ eternal life.

This is most certainly true.

Tertius Articulus: De Sanctificatione

Credo in Spiritum Sanctum,
sanctam ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem,
remissionem peccatorum,
carnis resurrectionem et vitam aeternam. Amen.

Quae est huius articuli sententia?

Credo me propriis rationis meae viribus Iesu Christo,
Domino meo, fidere, aut ad eum accedere et pervenire nullo modo posse;

sed Spiritus Sanctus per evangelium me vocavit,
suis donis illuminavit,
in recta fide sanctificavit et conservavit;

quemadmodum solet totam ecclesiam in terra
vocare, congregare, illuminare, sanctificare
et in Iesu Christo per veram ac inicam fidem conservare;

in qua ecclesia mihi et omnibus Christianis omnia peccata quotidie
benigne remittit et nos omnes in extremo die a morte
suscitabit ac mihi et omnibus in Christum credentibus vitam aeternam dabit.

Hoc certissime verum est.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tölzer Knabenchor - J. S. Bach - Jesu, meine Freude excerpts

Catechism of the Day

The Creed Continued

The Second Article: Of Redemption

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God
the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

What does this mean?

I believe that Jesus Christ,
true God, begotten of the Father from eternity,
and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary,
is my Lord,

who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature,
purchased and won me from all sins, from death,
and from the power of the devil;
not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood
and with His innocent suffering and death,

that I may be His own, and live under Him in His kingdom,
and serve Him in everlasting righteousness,
innocence, and blessedness,
even as He is risen from the dead,
lives and reigns to all eternity.

This is most certainly true.

Secundus Articulus: De Redemptione

Et in Iesum Christum, Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum,
qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine,
passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus et sepultus,
descendit ad inferna, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis,
ascendit in caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei,
Patris omnipotentis,
inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.

Quae est huius articuli sententia?

Credo, quod Iesus Christus,
verus Deus, a Patre ante saecula genitus,
idemque verus homo, natus ex Maria virgine,
sit meus Dominus,

qui me perditum et damnatum hominem redemit
et ab omnibus peccatis, a morte,
a potestate Satanae liberavit,
non quidem auro et argento, sed suo sancto ac pretioso sanguine
suaque innocente passione ac morte,

ut ego essem totus ipsius, et in regno eius sub ipso viverem
ac ei servirem in perpetua iustitia,
innocentia et beatitudine,
perinde ac ipse a morte surrexit,
vivit et regnat in aeternum.

Hoc certissime verum est.