The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Be careful about blaming the devil for anything: faults are internal. Yes, I pray the St. Michael prayer at every Mass, but I give it no further thought, and you will find few words on the devil in the blog, nor will you find much on prophecy or predictions.
If you need an exorcism, go to a Catholic priest. That’s all I have to say. The lines are known by almost everyone, but few recognize Shakespeare’s recusancy in Julius Caesar. Good writers disguise their thoughts.
Marcus Junius Brutus, born c. 85 BC, died 42 BC, COD suicide, murdered Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC.
(Oremus Let us pray, related word oration)
Mark Antony's Oration over the Body of Caesar
George Edward Robertson (1864–1926)
Hartlepool Museums and Heritage Service
Date: c. 1894–1895
Medium: oil on canvas
Measurements: H 134 x W 193 cm
Accession number: HAPMG: 1920.55
Acquisition method: gift, 1920
Mark holds Caesar’s will, and the only man who looks at the body and is truly horrified is the hooded monk standing behind Mark and hiding from the crowd. The monk holds himself up with a hand on Mark’s right arm and stands at his right hand. Who is at God’s right hand?
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
Caesar hortatus milites et proelium [battle] commisit.
Caesar encouraged the soldiers and committed them to battle.
Root: derived from the Latin verb cavillari, to raise silly objections. Usage: “Tradition-minded Catholics, let us not cavil with each other.”
“Although the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity is a supernatural mystery-a truth which we cannot discover by reason nor understand in the present life-we believe it because it has been made known to us by God who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
“Even in natural things there are many mysteries which we accept on the testimony of our fellowmen. We believe what the astronomers tell us about the stars and the planets, although we cannot prove these truths ourselves. Not even the most learned scientist understands fully the nature of the force we call electricity; yet we all know that there is such a force and we unhesitatingly accept the information that scientists give us about it.
“How much more willing should we be to believe the marvelous truth which God Himself has made known to us-that He is one in nature and three in Persons-even though we cannot perceive this truth by our own reason nor understand how each divine Person can be identical with the divine nature, yet really distinct from the other two Persons!”
Someone commented that the Baltimore Catechism is not valid anymore. Is it logical for a catechism to suddenly lose validity simply because another comes along?
I’m not an armchair theologian. I quote the Bible, Catechism, popes, and saints. When I make a comment, it is usually an emotional reaction. Some devalue emotions, but without art, literature, music, film, and the Bible, the world would be a sorry place.
What do you think the confession box is for? Joyful moments?
A father-son relationship develops between priest and altar boy, and that builds confidence in a boy, seen here at an FSSP parish (Ash Wednesday last). Why repetition in three? Three Persons in One God. “O dissenter, release your complaint to the wind.”
We save the palm leaf all year and return it to be burned, and that is where the ashes come from for the forehead.
People laid palms to cover Jesus's path as he arrived in Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), just days before he was crucified (Good Friday).
Because the palms have been blessed by a priest, instead of throwing them out, they are saved until the next year to create ashes for Ash Wednesday. Sacramentals like the blessed palm leaf must either be buried or returned to be burned.
Catholic priests started putting ashes on foreheads every Ash Wednesday at least as early as the 8th century, when the practice can be found in the Gregorian Sacramentary (a book with directives for the liturgy).
That’s simply the earliest recorded date for doing so—it’s likely a much earlier tradition.
Fr. Curtis, FSSP, said that only the catechumens received ashes in the beginning, but already-baptized Catholics liked the practice and petitioned the hierarchy. One side of the church had a perfect cross on the forehead. Fr. Schwab, FSSP, has a talent for dusting.
When the priest marks the sign of the cross on your forehead, he says...
Latin root for pulverize is pulvis, dust.
Eight million listen.
Cityscape - St. Petersburg, Russia
Countertenor - Andreas Scholl
Composer - Venetian Vivaldi
Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum
Ecce hereditas Domini filii mercis fructus ventris.
For he brings rest to those he has chosen
Behold, they are a legacy and a testament of the Son of God.
The foot of the altar is the foot of the cross.
I post primarily for the video thumbnail so that all Catholics can see Padre Pio (Father Pius) saying the Latin Mass and the Prayers at the Foot of Altar, which is where Mass begins. The text overlay is a word-for-word reproduction of the Prayers.
The slashers of the 1960s removed all of this.
When I heard, “I will go to the altar of God: to God Who giveth joy to my youth,” memories came rushing forth, and this occurred before I rediscovered the Latin Mass in 2020.
I will never return to that old Mass, the one called the New Order. Ha-ha. It isn’t.
The first Confiteor is said by the priest. The second is said by the altar boy(s). S is an abbreviation for the Latin servo, which means I serve; thus, it is the altar boy part.
Farya Faraji is the creator. He has the assistance of Luke Ranieri. Luke’s YT channel is called polýMATHY. According to Farya, the instruments used are the Greco-Roman lyre, aulos, pan flute, bagpipe, frame drum, and tambourine, all of the period.
I subscribe to his channel and Ranieri’s. Theirs is classical pronunciation.
Catamite has either of two meanings, neither praiseworthy.
A fellow from Discord Nicklas ToryShire sent me the video on Aquinas.
Sung at St. Willibrord. Willibrord, Bishop of Utrecht, died in 739. Mozart died in 1791. Both were fluent in Latin.
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Laudate eum, omnes populi
Quoniam confirmata est
Super nos misericordia eius
Et veritas, veritas Domini manet, manet in aeternum
Gloria Patri et Filio
Et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat in principio
Et nunc, et semper
Et in saecula saeculorum
Amen, Amen, Amen
Praise the Lord, all ye nations,
praise him, all ye peoples.
For his loving mercy
has been bestowed upon us,
and the truth of the Lord endures for eternity.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
After Vatican II, Utrecht wanted to sell and demolish the Gothic revival church built in the years 1875-1877. Lay people and Father Winand Kotte (Assumptionists) bought the building and kept the interior intact.
The SSPX offers the Latin Mass every Sunday at 5 pm, in a country where Catholicism is practically dead. Between 2008 and 2011 the number of parishes went from 326 to 48. Attendance at Sunday Mass was 13% in 2021 and, following COVID, is now 2.5%.
And still the cardinal there thinks the drop has nothing to do with Vatican II. In the real world, he would get the boot.
Septuagesima is the ninth Sunday before Easter, the third before Lent, known among the Greeks as “Sunday of the Prodigal” from the Gospel, Luke 15, which they read on this day, also called Dominica Circumdederunt by the Latins, from the first word of the Introit of the Mass.
Circumdedérunt is a verb meaning, “surround”, and is in the Introit for yesterday, Sunday: Circumdedérunt me gémitus mortis... The groans of death surround me... The line is the beginning of Psalm 17, and a personification. A psalm is said by the priest as he approaches the altar.
Father Schwab pointed out that the Greeks of Corinth knew all about the Olympic games. Paul was in the city for four weeks, and the Epistle was a letter sent to Catholics after the citizenry ejected him.
Artifact is a combination of two Latin words, arte, meaning “by skill,” and facere, meaning “to make.” Usually, the word is used to describe something crafted and used for a particular purpose during an earlier time.
“Earlier this month, newly revised regulations surrounding the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (Nagpra) went into effect, mandating that museums and other institutions obtain consent from tribes in order to showcase or research human remains or cultural items. The new guidelines also give institutions five years to prepare all human remains and related funerary objects for repatriation while giving more authority to tribes throughout the process.” -The Guardian (British daily)
The American Museum of Natural History in New York is taking steps to comply with recently updated federal regulations under Biden regarding the display of American Indian artifacts. -Conservative Institute (non-profit)
The museum is closing two halls.
Nativist activists in DC are at it again. This, while real problems go unaddressed. I would be honored if a family artifact, had I one, were in a museum, and I’m sure American Indians are.
The first Amerindians are postulated to have come from Asia over the Bering land bridge between 30,000–12,000 years ago based on cultural, morphological, and genetic similarities between American and Asian populations. -National Institutes of Health
The Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326, restricts certain federal employees from involvement in partisan political activity. Partisan political activity is any activity directed toward the success or failure of a partisan candidate, political party, or partisan political group. Justice Department https://www.justice.gov/jmd/political-activities
Upon employment, employees are given a pamphlet explaining what are restricted activities. Moreover, ignorance of the law is not a defense. In law, ignorantia juris non excusat (ignorance of the law excuses not), or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (ignorance of the law excuses no one), is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely by being unaware of its content.
I post because certain employees in favor of Biden and against Trump in 2020 came under scrutiny for engaging in restricted activities.
About 2 1/2 hours from Prague is the Cistercian monastery at Vyšší Brod, and the best place for school. The ideal plan would be reordering every diocese and its schools, and independent Catholic schools, around a monastery as the center.
Did you know of two inventions, the interim Mass (1967) followed by the new Mass (1969)?
Oremus: let us reverse and renew our direction.
Altovadum: ford, high or above
If God is calling you to monastic life, say, "Yes," even if you can't sing. I'm told you learn.
26 And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. AMDG
HIDDEN God, devoutly I adore Thee, truly present underneath these veils:
all my heart subdues itself before Thee, since it all before Thee faints and fails.
Not to sight, or taste, or touch be credit hearing only do we trust secure;
I believe, for God the Son has said it- Word of truth that ever shall endure.
On the cross was veiled Thy Godhead's splendor, here Thy manhood lies hidden too;
unto both alike my faith I render, and, as sued the contrite thief, I sue.
Though I look not on Thy wounds with Thomas, Thee, my Lord, and Thee, my God, I call:
make me more and more believe Thy promise, hope in Thee, and love Thee over all.
O memorial of my Savior dying, Living Bread, that gives life to man;
make my soul, its life from Thee supplying, taste Thy sweetness, as on earth it can.
Deign, O Jesus, Pelican of heaven, me, a sinner, in Thy Blood to lave,
to a single drop of which is given all the world from all its sin to save.
Contemplating, Lord, Thy hidden presence, grant me what I thirst for and implore,
in the revelation of Thy essence to behold Thy glory evermore.
All this translating is the result of the Tower of Babel, which makes ever more amazing that the Apostles could communicate to everyone. That is the meaning of 'speaking in tongues', not shaking, hissing, and rolling. Thanks.
Television series: Rome Power & Glory: Grasp of Empire
“Killing an Auxilary? That’s a strangling. Killing a Legionary? That’s a butchering. Killing an Auquilifer and almost causing the eagle standard to hit the ground? That’s a crucifixion.” -YT commenter AD 70
Scuta is the plural of the Latin word scutum and means shields.
Is the USA Rome, or not? Well?
The New Jerusalem? China
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards (MMXXIII)
Ball of Pu for him (plutonium)
I’m going to sneak in a little Latin, my winner of the most beautiful language, to make this post worthwhile.
Spes means hope, and that brings peace, and see how spes is like peace? Say it. Only the vowel sound changes from short e to long e.
In German, Holy Ghost is Heiligen Geist. So, holy derives from heiligen, not sanctum. Therefore, it is inconsistent to pair holy with spirit, and that could persuade English speakers to recite the Creed in Latin for it being the more concise and poetic original language.
Vincit qui se vincit. He conquers who conquers himself.
The XIV reasons to learn Latin
*NT New Testament
English is rich in vocabulary and has continued borrowing throughout its history. About 60% of English words are of Latin origin as a result of borrowing. (truman.edu)
Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Dreamworks / Universal / Kobal / Shutterstock
Aut cum scuto aut in scuto.
Either with a shield or on a shield.
(i.e. don’t give up. -Sparta)
Happy New Year! Start off on the right foot. Buy the Father Lasance Roman Missal 1962. Your English will improve by learning Latin, and you won’t even need a Bible. The Missal incorporates the Douay-Rheims, the first Bible in English. The Church decided which parts of the Catholic Book should go into the daily Mass. At the end of 2024, you will send an email thanking me for your retrofit. Deus vult!
The Missal is a faithful reprint of the 1945 edition with two Nihil Obstats (nothing contrary to the Catholic faith, doctrines, and morals) and two Imprimaturs (“Let it be printed.”), the first set in 1935 and the second set in 1945, artwork by the Benziger Brothers, 1,852 pages, gold-trimmed. Though a Missal is not absolutely necessary, you will value the translations if you list poetic or even dramatic.
What Is It that makes the Latin Language so pure & beautiful?
“With minor exceptions, Latin pronunciation is as straightforward as is possible. There are precisely five key vowels and predictable consonant sounds that once learned can be replicated across the near entirety of the language.
“English, for example, is not like this at all; we are rife with different rules and applications of those rules, because of our strange but endearing development as a language, which was a complicated process of mixing over the centuries.
“But it’s a good starting point for consideration that, in the providence of God’s overarching, mysterious sovereignty and His absolute knowing of beauty’s value for the souls He created, He saw fit to allow such a pure language to develop in precisely the right moment for the birth of the Church.”
The omnipresence of letters m and n, the humming letters, and qu, the beautiful kw sound, make the language most melodious. In the 12/29/2023 entry, Thomas Becket, find the marvel quemadmodum, accent on ad, translated as as!
Incubus Ante Natalem
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This is a 1993 American stop-motion animated musical directed by Henry Selick and produced/conceived by Tim Burton. Is the film a Halloween story or a Christmas story? I think it is a rare-for-Hollywood allegory—Resurrection.
Creator and Chief, Scorpio Martianus, aka Luke Amadeus Ranieri, classical Latin and Greek whizbang, funny and poetic.