I am quite unable to understand the fuss made by High Church people on this matter. To begin with, what have they got to do with it? No one asks them to use our devotions, although a great many do use them, expurgated, revised, and corrected. Our friends seem to be under the impression that […]

“I Learned It By Watching You!”

Yet, from letters which some of you have sent, and from many other sources, We learn that discordant practices have been introduced into the sacred liturgy by your communities or provinces (We speak of those only that belong to the Latin Rite). For while some are very faithful to the Latin language, others wish to […]

First Vespers of St. Ninian in Aberdeen Breviary

In Festo Sancti Patris nostri Niniani Episcopi et Confessoris. Breviarium Aberdonense, pars. aestiv., fol. CVII. I. In primis Vesperis. Antiph. Ovans agat hæc concia | Niniani solemnia. Trinæ vocis tripudio | laudum sonat obsequia, Ut mens, lingua, et actio | pari concordent gloria; Placebit sic laudatio | Deo, reddenti præmia. Ps. Laudate pueri. Ant. Ille Pictorum tenebras | fugat, […]

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 […]

Of Columcille and Pope Gregory

Brandubh was killed on the morrow, and demons carried off his soul into the air. And Maedhog [abbot of Ferns] heard the wail of his soul as it was undergoing pain, while he was with the reapers. And he went into the air, and began to battle with the demons. And they passed over Hy; […]

The Three Marys of Great Reknown

Respóndens autem Angelus, dixit muliéribus: Nolíte timére: scio enim quod Iesum quǽritis, allelúia. Antiphon from Vespers during the Octave of Easter And when the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome had bought spices, to come and anoint Jesus. So they came to the tomb very early on the […]

Nativitas Est Hodie Sanctæ Mariæ Virginis

Nativitátem hodiérnam perpétuæ Vírginis Genetrícis Dei Maríæ solémniter celebrémus, qua celsitúdo throni procéssit, allelúia. Ant. ad Ben. from the Office of the Nativity of the BVM.

The Nard of Bernard’s Sanctity

  Iam Regína discúbuit, Sedens post Unigénitum: Nardus odórem tríbuit, Bernárdus, tradens spíritum. The Queen of Heaven reclines, Seated after the Only-Begotten Son. Bernard, yielding up his spirit, Proffers her the perfume of spikenard. Dulcis Regínæ gústui Fructus sui suávitas: Dulcis eius olfáctui Nardi Bernárdi sánctitas. Sweet to the Queen’s taste Is the fruit of […]

As an Army Set in Array

Quae est ista, quae ascendit sicut aurora consurgens, pulchra ut luna, electa ut sol, terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata? Ant. ad Ben. from the Office of the Assumption of the BVM (Cant. vi. 9.).

Vocavit Columbam de Foraminibus Petre

Jesus, wishing to relieve sighing in favour of a song, called forth Columba from the holes of the rock, from the hollows of timber. This dove returned to the ark, bearing, moreover, the sign of God’s mercy in his mouth. — Responsory Volens Jesus from the Office of St.Columba; Inchcolm Antiphoner.

Customary Collect for St. Columba

The very first item I checked in the new Customary was the Office for St. Columba, my patron. The Collect from that office follows. ALMIGHTY God, who didst fill the heart of Columba with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and with deep love for those in his care: grant to thy pilgrim people grace […]

Customary of OLW

My copy of the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham just arrived. I look forward to inspecting it in great detail in the coming days. As I understand it, the book, though it bears the Imprimatur of Msgr. Keith Newton, the Ordinary, is a private work, not permitted for public worship, nor was it compiled […]