Monthly Archives: June 2012

Quartetto Gelato

Quartetto Gelato is a classical music quartet from Canada that includes an accordion and an opera singer. They play fun music (which isn’t to say that they are doing easy music or playing sloppily). They also do some freaky fun staging. They have been known to do a lot of Italian music (hence the name).

I’ve had their second album, Rustic Chivalry, for ages, and there are times I’ve just played it nonstop. Their lineup has changed since then, but the group itself seems to be going strong.

They’ve got a fair number of pieces up on YouTube, so check them out.

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Ancient Hymns for St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day

“Apostolorum passio” (The passion of the Apostles) by St. Ambrose of Milan. Translated by Kathleen Pluth.

“Aurea luce et decore roseo” by Elpis. Another version sung in Rome in 2009. A translation by me.

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Old Irish Litany of the Blessed Virgin

Hunt the scriptural references and the Irish poetic expressions!

O great Mary, o Mary the greatest of Marys, (Response: Pray for us.)
O most exalted among women,
Queen of Angels,
Empress of the Heavens,
Woman replete and overflowing with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
Blessed and thrice-blessed,
Mother of eternal glory,
Mother of the Church heavenly and earthly,
Mother of Love and Mercy,
Mother of the golden effulgence,
Honor of the sky,
Harbinger of peace,
Gate of Heaven,
Golden Ark,
Couch of charity and indulgence,
Shrine of the Divinity,
Beauty of the virgins,
Lady-chief of the tribes,
Fountain of the gardens,
Cleansing of sins,
Purifying of souls,
Mother of the orphans,
Breast of the infants,
Refuge of the poor,
Star of the sea,
Handmaid of God,
Mother of Christ,
Abode of the Godhead,
Graceful as the dove,
Serene as the moon,
Resplendent as the sun,
Thou who dost cancel Eve’s disgrace,
O Renewer of life,
Perfection of women,
Head of the virgins,
Garden enclosed,
Fountain ever-refreshing,
Mother of God,
Perpetual Virgin,
Holy Virgin,
Prudent Virgin,
Comely Virgin,
Chaste Virgin,
Temple of the Living God,
Royal Throne of the Eternal King,
Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
Virgin of the root of Jesse,
Cedar of Mount Lebanon,
Cypress of Mount Zion,
Crimson rose in the land of Jacob,
Blooming like the palm,
Fruitful like the olive,
Glorious son-bearer,
Light of Nazareth,
Glory of Jerusalem,
Beauty of the world,
Noblest born of the Christian fold,
O Queen of life,
O Ladder of Heaven, (Pray for us.)

From The Catholic Prayer Book and Manual of Meditations, ed. by Cardinal Archbishop Patrick Francis Moran of Sydney, Australia. Dublin, 1883.

There’s actually a ton more to this prayer, but I’ve probably shocked somebody out there’s sensibilities already….

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Fortnight for Freedom: Day Nine

Well, yesterday kinda stunk for the US. But today’s the day to get back on the horse and pray some more.

Happy Ss. Peter and Paul’s Day! Turn upside down and lose your head! 🙂

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The Oxyrhynchus Hymn

A Christian hymn to the Trinity in Greek from the 200’s, found with musical notation on a scrap of papyrus, in the famous trash heaps of Oxyrhynchus, Egypt.

Here’s a nice YouTube video reconstruction. The bits that didn’t have music notation on the papyrus are spoken.

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Things Come in Threes

Caroline John passed away, Ubu Roi had a stroke, and Ric Locke was diagnosed with lung cancer.

A heckuva week for the good guys.

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St. Robert Bellarmine and State Authority

Bellarmine did a lot of interesting theorizing and teaching on natural law and so forth. Here’s a review of a book about him and a translation of a book by him, both by the same person.

The article also has an interesting comment about Pius XI adopting papal concordats as a kinder, gentler alternative to the interdict. Which sheds a whole new light on what Pius XII thought he was doing.

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