Category Archives: Catholic Culture

Christ, You are the King of Glory

We don’t get to hear many Te Deums these days, even after the reform of the reform. This is the last Sunday, the Solemnity of Christ the King,  that we can hear a Te Deum before Advent commences, when a … Continue reading

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Ave Maria

Time is running out on us for the Month of the Holy Rosary. Offered by some of the gents of the young Catholic Australian liturgical singers, Prima Luce. From memory it’s Jacques Arcadelt’s quite ‘umble and merciful Ave Maria, if … Continue reading

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The Brisbane Oratory in Formation

  And now for something slightly different. Some may be surprised that the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri never made it to the Botany Bay penal settlement ever since that day when Captain (later Governor, later Admiral) … Continue reading

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Making of an Icon

Our post for Trinity was illustrated with a beautiful icon of the Holy Trinity by Ann Chapin. On her own website, the artist has a description of the process of painting the icon, which can be found here.  She also … Continue reading

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The speech of angels is song

Christianity has always understood that the speech of angels is actually song, in which all the glory of the great joy that they proclaim becomes tangibly present. And so, from that moment, the angels’ song of praise has never gone … Continue reading

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Philip Jenkins on dissident Catholics

  Professor Philip Jenkins, Welsh-born Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University in the United States, may be quite well known to many for his contributions to research in Christian history and criminology (no pun intended!). Long, long ago in … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Catholic Culture, Church History, Church Politics, Interreligious relationship, Mission, Pope Francis, Saints | 21 Comments

Rorate Sunday

Desert dew  A little study on my part has revealed that yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, has been sometimes called Rorate Sunday in times past and even present. This is to be distinguished from Rorate Masses, which refer to Votive Masses of … Continue reading

Posted in Advent, Biblical Reflection, Catholic Culture, Catholic Music, Catholic Prayers, Devotion, Hymns, Latin, Liturgy, Music, Sacred Scripture, Spiritual Life | 8 Comments

The Church is Holy

A little vid which might cheer some of us up a bit, with some help from Gustav Holst. It did me, just a moment ago. The church, of Our Lady of Lourdes, is that built in 1928 by French priests … Continue reading

Posted in Catholic Culture, Church Teachings, Living Catholic lives, Rosary, Sacraments | 28 Comments

Honouring Our Lady of Fatima

Last Sunday was Fatima Day at “The Dome of Home” on the Wirral. The day began with a sung Tridentine Mass after which a beautiful statue of Our Lady was crowned. In a moving ceremony the faithful who had each … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 5

  And from Thy cross embrace me with arms outstretched to save.  (From the translation by Monsignor R.A. Knox of words attributed to St Bernard) The Epistle of the Mass of Passion Sunday, 5th Sunday of Lent, in the 1962 … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 4

“There is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.” This coming Fourth Sunday of Lent is still often referred to as Laetare Sunday, “Rejoice Sunday”, after the first word in the traditional introit of Mass on that day – Laetare, Jerusalem: … Continue reading

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New Personal Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman, Melbourne

Tomorrow, 28 March 2014, will mark the canonical establishing of the Personal Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia. The parish will serve all those in the Archdiocese, which is Australia’s largest, wishing to worship in the … Continue reading

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A symbol of our times

Franz von Rohden – Crucifixion The Herald reports that a work of art, hailed as a masterpiece by experts, was hung in a chapel at Ushaw until the 1970s, when it was put in cupboard (no doubt replaced by something … Continue reading

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Malaysia’s Appeals Court denies Malay-speaking Christians the freedom to write “Allah”.

On Monday 14 October 2013, a panel of three Muslim judges of the Court of Appeal of Malaysia quashed the 2009 judgement of the High Court that the Catholic Church in the capital city could use the word “Allah” in … Continue reading

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The papal earth-quake

Ches sums up the impact of the Papal interviews: The most visible wreckage lies in the confusion, disillusion and demoralization of faithful men and women – small ones and those at the very top of the Church’s life – whose … Continue reading

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