Monday, June 27, 2016

Dominican Ave Regina cælorum – II

Years ago, I blogged on the beautiful and little-known Dominican variant of the Marian anthem Ave Regina cælorum; here is a transcription made to match as closely as possible the Dominican chant thereof (I found a version, albeit with inaccuracies, elsewhere online, and have improved on it):

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Naughty Brits

I am more and more staggered by the way news outlets these days but mouth elite propaganda. Apparently, to paraphrase my betters, the Brits (well, the English and Welsh, or more particularly of those persons all ignorant peasants and poor fools, not the nice and rich overlords amongst them) have been very naughty to vote Leave, and now Nanny Reichskanzler will have to spank them. Let that be a warning not to permit referenda nor plebiscites, as they only lead to hate speech.

On a more positive note, the Scots, having voted throughout their realm to Remain, look likely to press for independence (in order to remain in the EU and give the English a bloody nose), and as I support both Brexit and an independent Scotland, I am happy. All I need now is for Scotland to pass a law whereby all those of Scottish descent can apply for a Scottish passport and I'll be content.

My predictions? In five years' time, England and Wales, possibly still referred to as the United Kingdom (but UKEW not UK), possibly still united to some or all of Northern Ireland, will be perfectly well-off and won't have slid into the sea. And the Kingdom of Scotland will also be quite content as a member of the EU.

Friday, June 3, 2016

A Sequence for the Sacred Heart

From the Mass of the Most Divine Heart of Our Lord, proper to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, comes this admirable Sequence in worship of that Sacred Heart (verses 1 to 14: 8.8.7.; verses 15 to 18: 8.8.8.7.; verses 19 to 20: 8.8.8.8.7.; verse 21: 7.7.7.7.7.7.):

1. Gaudeamus exultantes
Cordis Jesu personantes
Divina præconia.

2. Hæc est dies veneranda
In qua Patris adoranda
Laudamus præcordia.

3. Cor amandum Salvatoris,
Melis fontem et amoris,
Corda cuncta diligant;

4. Cor beatum summi regis,
Cor et vitam novi legis
Omnes linguæ concinant.

5. Sit laus plena, sit immensa,
Sit perennis, sit accensa
Ardoribus pectoris.

6. Laudet, canat orbis totus,
Colat, amet tota virtus
Et cordis et corporis.

7. Ora, manus, sensus, vigor,
Fides viva, parus amor
Cor divinum consonent;

8. Flammis sacris inflammata,
Corda, voces atque facta
Cor amoris prædicent.

9. Cor mirandum Redemptoris
Coadunans terram cælis,
Unitatis speculum,

10. Digna sedes Trinitatis,
Plenitudo Deitatis,
Amoris miraculum.

11. Amoris evangelium,
Puri cordis incendium,
Magna Dei gloria,

12. Cæli nectar vivificans,
Cordis manna deificans,
Amor et lætitia,

13. Cleri sacri præsidium,
Rector benigne cordium,
Nostra rege pectora.

14. Fons æternæ pietatis,
Ardens fornax caritatis,
Corda flammis devora.

15. Domus amoris aurea,
Turris amantum flammea,
Cœtus nostri lex ignea, 
Fons perennis gratiæ,

16. Cor thesaurus sanctitatis,
Abyssus humilitatis, 
Thronus Dei voluntatis
Et centrum clementiæ.

17. Paradisus beatorum,
Consolator afflictorum,
Pax et salus peccatorum,
Cor omnibus omnia.

18. O Jesu, raptor cordium,
Amore flagrans mentium,
Cor tuum trahat omnium
Mentes et præcordia.

19. O Cor summa benignitas,
Immensa liberalitas,
Incomprehensa caritas,
Cordis vera felicitas,
Cor esto supplicibus.

20. Fac nos Jesu flammescentem
Cordis tui caritatem
Et divinam pietatem
Summam quoque sanctitatem
Sanctis sequi moribus.

21. O beata Trinitas,
Cordis Jesu caritas,
Immensæ clementiæ,
Immensæ sint gratiæ,
Æterna est gloria,
Amen dicant omnia.
Amen. Alleluja.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Other Chants of the Mass of St Philip Neri

Having in my last post identified the musical source for the chant setting of the Offertory for the feast of St Philip Neri, I thought next to mention the melodic origins of the rest of the Proper of his Mass. 

To begin with, the Introit, Caritas Dei, is self-evidently taken from the Mass of Whit Saturday, omitting the first, internal alleluia (and the last two, except in Eastertide), raising the first note of per by a tone and replacing the Whit Saturday melody for the last word, nobis, with that of the last two syllables of the first (itself identical with the corresponding part of the last) Whit Saturday alleluia

Likewise, the Gradual Venite is taken without change from the Mass of the 7th Sunday after Pentecost.

The Alleluia and verse De excelso is set to the same melody as the first Eastertide Alleluia and verse for the feast of St Irenaeus (28th June), but it is unclear to me as to which is the original.

I have not yet found a source for the music of the second Eastertide Alleluia and its verse Concaluit.

Most interestingly, the Communion Cor meum is set to a very prominent chant – that of the Communion Viderunt of the Mass of Christmas Day. Doubtlessly this conveys something of the joy whereby the heart and flesh of such a saint do ever exult in the living God.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Musical Source of the Offertory for St Philip Neri


Having checked through the Offertoriale, it is clear that the chant for the Offertory for the feast of St Philip Neri is taken from that of the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, Si ambulavero, thus: 

1Viam1 2man2-3datorum tuorum cucurri3, 4cum dilatasti4  5cor meum.5 (T. P. Alleluja.) 
1Si am1-bulavero in medio tribulationis, 4vivificabis4 me, Domine: et super 2i2-ram ini-3micorum meorum extendes3 manum tuam, et salvum me faciet 5dextera tua.5 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Twenty-Nine Years in the Church of Rome

Today being Pentecost Sunday, I motored down to Hobart (as I usually do each first day of the week) and M.C.'d the Missa cantata at Sacred Heart. Today being Pentecost Sunday, I mark the anniversary of my Baptism, Confirmation and first Communion on this same beloved feast in 1987. While I have perhaps little to show for twenty-nine years in the Church of Rome, that is because of my sins and backsliding: but grace is greater than all, so I must give all glory to God for having blessed me so abundantly with the grace of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus our Lord. Te Deum laudamus!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sequences for St Peter Martyr and St Catherine of Siena

Having recently downloaded a pdf of the 1603 Dominican Missal (as one does), I have transcribed the Sequences for St Peter Martyr (whose feast was yesterday) and St Catherine of Siena (whose feast is today):

Sequentia S. Petri Martyris
1. Adest dies celebris, quo lumen de tenebris, exortum emicuit.
2. Nam ab infidelibus, Petrus dispar moribus, ortus mundo claruit.
3. Mundum mundus abjicit, ordini se subjicit Evangelizantium.
4. Fit salutis speculum‚ morumque spectaculum, vas virtutum omnium.
5. Сarnis pudicitiam, et baptismi gratiam, conservat viriliter.
6. Verbi semen seminat, errores exterminat, verbo pugnans fortiter.
7. Dum non cedit hostibus, resistens erroribus, justi sanguis funditur.
8. A profanis manibus Sanctus diris ictibus, invasus occiditur.
9. Сhristi factus hostia, cæli transit ostia, cum palma martyrii.
10. Sempiterna gaudia, possidet cum gloria, ter centeni præmii.
11. Мorbi, mors, dæmonia, Petri per suffragia, depelluntur penitus.
12. Credit plebs incredula, videns hæc miracula, fieri divinitus.
13. Nobis ergo veniam, det Deus et gratiam‚ Petri prece sedula.
14. Et post hanc miseriam, largiatur gloriam, per æterna sæcula. Alleluja.

Sequentia S. Catharinæ Senensis
1. Lux advenit veneranda, laus in choris jubilanda, piis cunctis cordibus.
2. Hujus læta lux diei, festum refert sponsæ Dei, dedicandum laudibus.
3. Hæc de Senis oriunda, virgo munda Catharina, justis ex parentibus.
4. Mundum, carnem, hostem fregit, et triumphum victrix egit, ornata virtutibus.
5. Matrem Christi venerandam, omni gradu salutandam, lustro primo didicit.
6. Multis sanctis circumcinctum, se benedicentem Christum, virgo sancta conspicit.
7. Virginalis vitæ votum, Deo spondet quam devotum, ætatis septennio.
8. Ob hoc virgo tribulatur, sed a Deo liberatur, columbæ indicio.
9. Regularis vitæ ritum amplexatur institutum, a sancto Dominico.
10. Hunc adepta virgo sancta, mox vita claret miranda, Deo placens unico.
11. O quam chara, quam accepta, Christo Regi est effecta, ob præclara merita!
12. Nam ab ipso visitari, et de cunctis edoceri, solebat frequentius:
13. Hinc in sponsam subarrhari, et in fidem desponsari, meruit cum gloria.
14. Quis condigne potest fari, quave lingua explicari, fletus et suspiria.
15. Quæ fraterna pro salute, Jesu sponso cum virtute, emittebat sæpius.
16. Ut peccanti creaturæ, et Redemptor suo jure, fieret propitius.
17. Christi corpus venerandum, sic ducebat frequentandum, magno desiderio.
18. Ut si sibi licuisset, omni die id sumpsisset, pro sui remedio.
19. Dulce signum charitatis, dum amator castitatis, cor mutat in virgine.
20. Quo sic flagrat, sic movetur, ut dilectum contempletur, in cælorum cardine.
21. A quo sane nulla sorte, nec in vita nec in morte, separari patitur.
22. Sed in eum tota rapta, et a terra sublevata, Deo vero fruitur.
23. Tandem Christus dulcis sponsus, pio cordi sic conjunctus, sponsæ suæ nobilis.
24. Claram miris prodigiis, sacris ornat studiis, vitæ donas gaudia.
25. Jesu bone, Jesu dulcis, qui ad lumen cæcos ducis, sponsæ tuæ precibus.
26. Nos purgatos a peccatis, fac regnare cum beatis, omnibus temporibus.
27. Tuque virgo Deo digna, mitis, clemens et benigna, precibus nos refove.
28. Nec oblita pietatis, ad conspectum Deitatis, populum hunc promove. Alleluja.

Monday, April 25, 2016

ANZAC Day 2016

For the first time in many, many years I went to the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph in Royal Park this morning. I was staggered to find nearly every parking spot in the Launceston CBD already taken – at 5:45 am! – and had to park opposite Holy Trinity (half a mile away), whence I walked smartly so as to arrive in time for the start of proceedings at 6 am.

The RSL chaplain took as his text Psalm 26(27):3-4, “If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. If a battle should rise up against me, in this will I be confident. One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple.”

After the short service (during which, sadly, the choir seemed virtually silent rather than leading the crowd of thousands – 7,500, so The Examiner reported the next day –  so the traditional hymn “O God, our help in ages past” and the National Anthem were both all but inaudible), I went to a nearby pub for breakfast, then walked back in the cold light of dawn through now-deserted streets.

In 1916, Tasmania had a population of 200,000; of those, 15,485 enlisted (38% of eligible men), and of those enlisted, 2,432 were killed – a 16% death rate.  In memory of the fallen, I have said the Dirge (Matins and Lauds of the Dead, so-named after the first antiphon at Matins, Dirige, Domine, Deus meus); at nine o’clock, I will join the choir at the ANZAC Mass at Apostles.

Entrance Antiphon (Cf. Rev 14:13)
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Let them rest from their labours, for their good deeds go with them.

Collect
Almighty everlasting God, who sent your Son to die that we might live, grant, we pray, eternal rest to those who gave themselves in service and sacrifice for their country. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Prayer over the Offerings
Grant, O heavenly Father, that the sacrifice of Christ, who laid down his life for his friends, may raise all those who have died in war to the victory of eternal life. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon (Cf. Jn 15:13)
Greater love has no one than to lay down his life for his friends, says the Lord.

Prayer after Communion
By our communion with this Sacrament, O Lord, grant us, we pray, fortitude in the cause of right, and may our remembrance of those who have died in war make us ardent defenders of your peace. Through Christ our Lord.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Our Best Yet

Attendance at our monthly 6 pm Missa cantata in Launceston was the best yet, and yesterday evening was marked also by the use and presentation to our nascent community of a new altar missal, recently purchased, in place of the battered old edition that we have previously used. This morning, despite being a public holiday, I had to rise well before dawn in order to get to St Francis again to serve the 7 am Low Mass. There is something so beautiful about the sacred silence.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Christmas and Circumcision, Epiphany and Baptism

It struck me yesterday, that just as the Octave Day of Christmas is (or was) the feast of the Circumcision (it still is, in the traditional Dominican Rite), so the Octave Day of the Epiphany is the feast of the Lord's Baptism: so the liturgy passes from Christ's Birth to his Circumcision, he being born a subject of the Law, and then on from the Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, to his Baptism, a baptism of repentance which he vicariously undertook on our behalf at the hands of his cousin the Baptist, which sanctified the waters of the Jordan, and presaged his later institution of sacramental Baptism for all nations, by the power of his Passion applied to souls through the laver of regeneration.

Drink Mystic Monk Coffee

Yester-day I finally got around to unpacking and setting up my new coffee grinder and drip filter machines, so I could process and taste the Mystic Monk coffee beans I was given in Bunbury last year. Many thanks to my friends in Bunbury, who are the family of a friend of mine who joined the Carmelite Monks in Wyoming some years ago.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Litany of the Three Wise Men, in English

Some years ago, prior to my visit to Cologne, its Cathedral, and a pious veneration therein of the relics of the Magi, I posted a Litany of the Three Kings. A commenter once asked for a translation: now, years later, I've finally made one, which I subjoin below:

LITANY OF THE THREE HOLY KINGS OR MAGI OF THE GOSPEL

Lord, have mercy.       Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.     Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.       Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,      Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,             Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,          Have mercy on us.

Jesu, King of Kings,    Have mercy on us.

1. Holy Mary, Queen of Queens,       Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, tutor of the King of all,             Pray for us.

Holy King Gaspar,     Pray for us.
Holy King Melchior, Pray for us.
5. Holy King Balthazar,          Pray for us.

1. Most Holy Three Kings,    Pray ye for us.
Most Holy Three Magi of the East,   Pray ye for us.
Kings of Tharsis,        Pray ye for us.
Kings of the Arabians and of Saba,     Pray ye for us.
Patriarchs of the faithful,        Pray ye for us.
6. First-fruits of the nations, Pray ye for us.
Princes of the peoples,           Pray ye for us.
Whose expectation was Jesus,            Pray ye for us.
Whose desire was Jesus,         Pray ye for us.
Whose perfect joy was Jesus,            Pray ye for us.
11. Most illuminated by faith,            Pray ye for us.
Most robust in hope,  Pray ye for us.
Most fervent in charity,         Pray ye for us.
Most splendid with the gold of love, Pray ye for us.
Most religious with the incense of devotion,             Pray ye for us.
16. Most incorrupt with the myrrh of patience,        Pray ye for us.
Most profound in humility,   Pray ye for us.
Strongest in constancy,           Pray ye for us.
Most abundant in gratitude,   Pray ye for us.
Most liberal in munificence,   Pray ye for us.
21. Mirrors of all virtues,       Pray ye for us.

1. Who, seeing the star, reverently admitted divine inspiration,        Pray ye for us.
Who by free will obeyed, prompted by efficacious grace,     Pray ye for us.
Who departed your land, relations and friends for love of the heavenly King,
            Pray ye for us.
Who nothing dreaded the troubles and difficulties of the journey,     Pray ye for us.
Who in Jerusalem sought the new-born King of the Jews,     Pray ye for us.
6. Who before Herod intrepidly confessed faith in Christ,    Pray ye for us.
Who were taught by the Scribes and Pharisees from the Scriptures about the place where the Messias was to be born,    Pray ye for us.
Who were sent away by Herod to Bethlehem,           Pray ye for us.
Who, the star again appearing, with great joy greatly rejoiced,          Pray ye for us.
Who followed the same preceding you, until it stopped above where the Child was,
            Pray ye for us.
11. Who entering the house, found the Child with Mary his Mother,           Pray ye for us.
Who falling down worshipped the Infant abiding on her virginal lap,            Pray ye for us.
Who opening your treasures offered gold, incense and myrrh to the Child Jesus,
            Pray ye for us.
Who by mystic gifts demonstrated your faith to the whole world,   Pray ye for us.
Who declared the Child Jesus by gold to be King, by incense to be God, by myrrh to be Man doomed to die,       Pray ye for us.
16. Who provided provisions for the Child Jesus to be conveyed to Egypt,
            Pray ye for us.
Who by your kneeling worship provided for us an example of all virtues,
            Pray ye for us.
Who taught us to offer to God the gold of charity, the incense of prayer and the myrrh of patience,          Pray ye for us.
Who after adoring the Lord and offering gifts, humbly saluted the Most Holy Virgin Mother and Joseph her Spouse,      Pray ye for us.
Who received from the same Most Holy Virgin Mary and her Virginal Spouse Joseph thanks with joy for the offered gifts,        Pray ye for us.
21. Who commended yourselves, and your kingdoms and the peoples of the nations to Christ, and to the Most Holy Virgin, and to her Spouse,           Pray ye for us.
Who departed from the same Most Holy Virgin and her Spouse with a most felicitous appreciation of all goods,             Pray ye for us.
Who, forbidden by angelic address in dreams to return to Herod, were returned by another way to your country,            Pray ye for us.
Who wisely deceived Herod by divine command,      Pray ye for us.
Who prudently delivered the Child Jesus from peril of murder,        Pray ye for us.
26. Holy Three Kings,            Pray ye for us.

1. We sinners,             We beseech you, hear ye us.
That you would obtain for us true and perfect contrition,     We beseech you, hear ye us.
That courteously you would assume patronage over us,       We beseech you, hear ye us.
That you would choose to reconcile, commend and present us to the King of Kings,
            We beseech you, hear ye us.
That you would brighten our souls with your virtues,          We beseech you, hear ye us.
6. That you would procure for us the gold of charity, the incense of devotion and the myrrh of mortification,      We beseech you, hear ye us.
That we may deserve ever to seek and find Christ the Lord our King with you,
            We beseech you, hear ye us.
That before heretics and infidels we may intrepidly confess the faith of Christ,
            We beseech you, hear ye us.
That to Herod, that is, the blandishments of the world and its noxious desires, where Christ is not found, we may never return,             We beseech you, hear ye us.
That finally we may return by another way with you to the heavenly fatherland,
            We beseech you, hear ye us.
11. That you would assist us in death's agony, and in abandoning all,
            We beseech you, hear ye us.
That you would enrich our poverty with your precious gifts,
            We beseech you, hear ye us.
That you would excite the Church militant, especially the [Holy] Roman Empire [i.e., Germany], to a more abundant love and cult towards you,         We beseech you, hear ye us.
That by your patronage you would safeguard, defend and protect your devout clients, and the place established for your cult, from the snares of adversaries, the tumults of wars, the insults of enemies, hunger besides and plague, and other perils,
            We beseech you, hear ye us.
That you would drive far off all pertinacious heretics from this province [i.e. of the Rhine],           We beseech you, hear ye us.
16. That you would procure for all those, whosoever are able to accomplish this, the help of efficacious grace,     We beseech you, hear ye us.
That persuaded by the prayers and good customs of the people, you would never desert that famous place [of your relics, i.e. Cologne],           We beseech you, hear ye us.
That you would obtain the grace of final perseverance for your votaries,
            We beseech you, hear ye us.
19. That you would vouchsafe graciously to hear us,            We beseech you, hear ye us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,          Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,          Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,          Have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father…
V. And lead us not into temptation.
R. But deliver us from evil. (Mt 6:9-13)

V. Three were the precious gifts.
R. Which the Magi offered to the Lord.
V. The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents.
R. The kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts. (Ps. 71:10)

Let us pray.

Collect. O God, who didst wondrously enlighten the three Magi of the East and Holy Kings Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, that they might visit and honour thy Son recently born in Bethlehem: grant, we beseech thee, that aided by their example and intercession, and in the darkness of this world illumined by the true faith, we may acknowledge thee, the eternal light, and advance securely between favourable and adverse things, until, all impediments being removed, we may readily attain unto thee, who inhabitest light unapproachable. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.