Quia Non Erit Inpossibile apud Deum Omne Verbum

A l’impossible nul n’est tenu.  (No one is bound to do what is impossible.)

— 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 601.

A Tremulous Blessing

A Kinemetrics Seismograph.

This has to be the weirdest blessing from the Rituale Romanum:


(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Feb. 13, 1924)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, whose very gaze causes the earth to tremble, pour out your blessing + on this seismograph; and grant that the signs of the earth’s tremors may be precisely recorded by it, and then rightly interpreted by man, both for the benefit of your people and for the greater glory of your name; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

O Virgin Mary, in view of your own sorrows take pity on us and pray for us.

St. Emidius, pray for us, and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, protect us and also this seismograph from the terror of earthquakes.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

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Tradition holds that Bishop Emygdius (Emidius), a convert pagan from Trier and elevated to the episcopate by Pope Marcellus I, having performed numerous miracles, was martyred under Emperor Diocletian.

The cult of Saint Emygdius is ancient, documented by churches dedicated to him since the eighth century.  The translation of his relics from the catacomb of Sant’Emidio alla Grotte to the crypt of the cathedral happened probably around the year 1000 under Bernardo II, bishop of Ascoli.

In 1703, a violent earthquake occurred in the Marche but did not affect the city of Ascoli Piceno.  The city’s salvation was attributed to St. Emygdius and he was thenceforth invoked against earthquakes.

On Target!

Tropical Storm Isaac.

Gearing-up for my mental hurricane party!  I hope the Republicans are ready in Tampa.

Limited by the Plain Sense and Intention of the Instrument

From the Virginia Report of 1799:

That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the Federal Government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting that compact; as no farther valid than they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights, and liberties appertaining to them.

Designed Especially for the Instruction of the Slaves

In 1862, under the auspices of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America, there was printed by the Office of “The Church Intelligencer,” a special catechism to be administered and answered orally by those who could not read (slaves).

Can you spot the typo?

From Lesson One:

Quest. WHO made the world?

Ans. God.

Q. Who?

A. God.

Q. What did God make?

A. The world.

Q. Yes, God made the world. Did He make any thing else?

A. He made all things in the world.

Q. What are some of the things in the world?

A. Water, trees, cattle, and men.

Q. What?

A. Water, trees, cattle, and men.

Q. Yes, God made the world, and all things in the world:–Who then made you?

A. God.

Q. What were you made of?

A. “Of the dust of the ground.”

Q. How do you know this?

A. God has told me so.

Q. Where has God told you so?

A. In His own book, called the Bible.

During the course of the War, the Southern Book of Common Prayer — virtually identical to the 1789 book with minor changes to the prayers for the President and Congress necessitated by the new national government — was printed thrice at London. Two of the printings were intercepted by the Union Naval Blockade, making this a very rare book both then and now.

The Church in the CSA also made available abridged and adapted forms of the Prayer-Book for the soldiers fighting in the Confederate forces.

The Root of All (Political) Evil

From Federalist No. 78 (emphasis mine):

If it be said that the legislative body are themselves the constitutional judges of their own powers, and that the construction they put upon them is conclusive upon the other departments, it may be answered, that this cannot be the natural presumption, where it is not to be collected from any particular provisions in the Constitution. It is not otherwise to be supposed, that the Constitution could intend to enable the representatives of the people to substitute their will to that of their constituents. It is far more rational to suppose, that the courts were designed to be an intermediate body between the people and the legislature, in order, among other things, to keep the latter within the limits assigned to their authority.

[W]henever a particular statute contravenes the Constitution, it will be the duty of the judicial tribunals to adhere to the latter and disregard the former.

Spes Scotorum

O Sancte Columba, spes Scotorum, ora pro me ad Jesum per Maria.