Thursday, 31 December 2009


Guess where I was yesterday...

...that's right, I was in London; a friend of mine is home for Christmas so I thought I'd pop over to London for a visit; we went to Westminster Cathedral (it seems to grow on me each time I visit), the Brompton Oratory, Harrod's and the National Gallery; for an exhibition "the Sacred made Real".

We stayed for Mass in both churches and I know which I preferred; both were in English but, as my friend said; it's the ad orientem which is the major difference; and it adds to the reverential aspect of the Mass.

Both churches are truly beautiful in their own ways! But there was something breath-taking about the Oratory; it is truly a House befitting the Lord!

The exhibition was, as another friend pointed out; a specialist exhibition. Meaning if you went without any interest in religion then they would just have been paintings, but for those who believe there was another aspect to them, the life size crucifixion made us feel like we were there!

All-in-all I had a very enjoyable day, concluding with dinner at Wagamammas... the portions are huge, and delicious!

Also, Harrod's was... interesting.

Saturday, 26 December 2009


Well, I’ve only just sat down; it’s been quite a manic 24/48 hours!

Merry Christmas to all!

I hope you all had a truly blessed day! But let us not forget that Christmas continues all the way until the feast of the Epiphany.

Alas, I had to work today and therefore took part in the over commercialisation which makes me weep how sad is it that people queue up outside shops waiting for the post-Christmas sales to begin? Actually how wrong is it?

For the secularists in our society Christmas is just one day; the 25th December, for some ‘Christians’ it is the same, it truly makes me sad.

In the sacristy before Midnight Mass I was told of and shocked by the unprovoked attack on the Holy Father and Roger Cardinal Etchegaray; they both need our prayers, whilst the Holy Father may not have physical injuries like Cardinal Etchegaray, he must have been shaken, to say the least! Let us also pray for the woman who carried out the attack, there is obviously something not quite right with her and therefore she is in need of our prayers.

I also bring joyous news of an engagement; my brother proposed to his girlfriend of 2 years on Christmas Eve; they need your prayers as well!

I shall leave it there for now, as we look forward to the New Year let us look on it as a ‘fresh start’ and make resolutions that we know we can keep!

In Domino

Monday, 21 December 2009


you may remember a recent blog post about my need for a crucifix, well it was solved recently during a conversation with a very good priest-friend of mine. Whilst we were having a cup of tea I told the priest in question how I was "in the market" for a crucifix; he then told me that he had one upstairs I could have, he ran off to get it and came back with this:

I had to polish it about but I think it came out quite nicely! I might have to 'go over' the crucifix again but for the time being I am happy.

The crucifix now hangs on one of my bedroom walls, it will be the first thing I see when I rise in the morning; as well as the crucifix I have quite a nice icon that I bought on my trip to Poland:

Our Lady of Częstochowa
pray for us

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Papal Vespers...

I first noticed this during Solemn Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, but it also occurred during Vespers with University Students in St. Peter's Basilica. I was wondering if any liturgists out there in the blogosphere could tell me why there were two Deacons incensing the Altar during the Magnificat?

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

The journey...

...I might have gone a little crazy today and put up the crib a little early in my flat, well I say crib... usually you have the 'shed' as well... I don't.

Anyway, all the figures are out and around the living room apart from the child Jesus, of course! I have set the three wise men in a location on the other side of the room of the actual Nativity scene, they will be moved closer on Christmas day and then will take the final move to the nativity scene on 6th January. Here are a couple of pictures I took earlier:

Yes those are the Harry Potter books *awaits smiting*

And the FRIENDS dvds...

On a side note, the crucifix, candles, and statues (of Our Lord and Lady) are usually atop the bookcase currently dominated by the Nativity scene.

In Domino

*I should have used my more impressive camera*

Monday, 14 December 2009


I thought I'd changed the layout for the second half of Advent, there will be a new one for Christmas as well!

I thought you might like this video:


Gaudete! Gaudete indeed!

In Domino.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Help required...

I require a crucifix to hang on the wall of my bedroom (I have an icon of Our Lady.)

It must be fairly traditional in design. Please leave a comment with a URL of a website which has one you think might be appropriate...

In Domino

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

What a feast!

What a day! Three major events all in one day! Two of them regarding the Church and the other is more personal.

Let us begin with a little reflection on the most of important of today's events; the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

There is one thing that I get asked often by non-Catholics especially around the 8th December, mainly from people who don't understand what 'conception' is; the 'statement' is "You Catholics are strange; you believe either that Mary had the shortest pregnancy in the history of man, or that Jesus was late by over 3 months!"

Now I don't care who asks this question but they do get a look off me that is usually reserved for small animals and children, the look of "are you serious?!"

I then explain to them that the 'conception' is not that of Jesus, but of Mary. The feast commemorates her conception! On it we honour Mary without whom (if we look at Mary as co-redeemer) our redemption would not be possible.

After explaining that and going further to explain that Mary could only have borne Jesus unless she was sinless they then ask "but how? she was only human!" I am then reminded of the passage from Luke, when Gabriel visits Mary and announces to her that she will bear a Son; Gabriel salutes Mary with "full of grace" therefore making it impossible for us to deny that Mary was conceived without sin, or at the very least that Mary had been 'cleansed' of her sins. To be in a state of grace is to be without sin.

Pope Pius IX in Ineffabilis Deus states;
The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.
Mary was chosen by God to bear His Son she is the first human to receive the grace of redemption, because as Pius IX made clear; God gave Mary this special grace and privilege so that she would be able to carry Himself incarnate.

Ave Maria!

Onto the second event of today. A joyous event in the Archdiocese of Birmingham!

Today was the installation of Archbishop Bernard Longley as Archbishop of Birmingham! Let us pray for him in his new position!

The third and final event of today is that I have finally caught up with the modern age and have a new mobile phone, no, not an iPhone... I went with the Blackberry Bold 9700 instead!

In Domino