In Vigilia Nativitatis Domini

Octavo Kalendas Ianuarii Luna quinta decima Anno 2015 Domini. Anno a creatione mundi, quando in principio Deus creavit caelum et terram, quinquies millesimo centesimo nonagesimo nono; a diluvio autem, anno bis millesimo nongentesimo quinquagesimo septimo; a nativitate Abrahae, anno bis millesimo quintodecimo; a Moyse et egressu populi Israel de Aegypto, anno millesimo quingentesimo decimo; ab […]

Caput Apri Defero

The Boar’s Head at Oxford. The ancient ceremony of serving up a boar’s head in the hall of Queen’s College, Oxford, at Christmas, is still observed with much pomp and ceremony. The boar’s head is borne on the shoulders of two of the college servants, preceded by the Provost and Fellows of the society, and […]

Glastonbury Thorn

THE CHRISTMAS THORN.– A friend of mine met a girl on Old Christmas Day, in a village of North Somerset who told him that she was going to see the Christmas Thorn in blossom. He accompanied her to an orchard; where he found a tree, propagated from the celebrated Glastonbury Thorn, and gathered from it several […]

In Cold Virginia Earth

Is there indeed a door, Where the old pastimes, with their lawful noise, And all the merry round of Christmas joys, Could enter as of yore? Would not some pallid face Look in upon the banquet, calling up Dread shapes of battle in the wassail cup, And trouble all the place? How could we bear […]

Firmly, Resolutely, from the Depth of Our Being

The Eucharist is the central dogma of our religion. It is called the generating dogma of Catholic piety. It is not the papacy, as you seem to think. The Papacy is nothing other than the word-bearer of Christ.  Thanks to the Papacy, the faithful keep the dogma and morality taught by Jesus Christ intact. It […]

The Five Articles of Perth

That the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper should be received kneeling, and not in a sitting posture, as hitherto. That the communion might, in extreme cases, or to sick persons desiring it, be administered in private. That baptism also might, when deemed necessary, be privately administered. That children, or young persons, should be confirmed by […]

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY OF DECEMBER In the 5199th year of the creation of the world, from the time when God in the beginning created the heaven and the earth; the 2957th year after the flood; the 2015th year from the birth of Abraham; the 1510th year from Moses, and the going forth of the people […]