Monthly Archives: June 2013

Reproduction Medieval Rosaries

Historic Enterprises sells all sorts of medieval clothing, camping accessories, and gewgaws. They also are now selling medieval paternosters and chaplets, styled after medieval examples and (in one case) Bl. Alanus de Rupe’s description of a fitting rosary for a penitent.

This is good stuff! And there’s tons of educational info!

The only disadvantage is that, back in the Middle Ages, they didn’t usually include a crucifix attached to the rosary. (Although painted or carved beads often, often included a crucifix depiction.) But there’s nothing stopping you from adding a crucifix should you want one, or painting one on.

Also, some of the reproductions are closer to the originals than others, in appearance and materials. So look very closely at the pictures of the ones actually on sale to avoid disappointment. These aren’t exact replicas but re-creations of the style.

The Chaplets of the Five Wounds or Passion Rosaries are really very nice, I have to say. I bet they’d also be excellent for the Divine Mercy devotion.


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“The Art of Effortless Singing” by Cecilia Nam

Cecilia Nam is a really great voice teacher and singer. Here’s her speech at the 2013 CMAA Colloquium, which should be helpful to singers in any style.

“The Art of Effortless Singing”

Basically, if you’re singing correctly and if you’ve practiced and learned the music, you shouldn’t have to kill yourself trying to breathe and hit notes and so forth. It should all come along in an “effortless” package. If you’re working too hard to do normal things, you might be doing something unhealthy; or you might not be getting the prior preparation and practice done.

So there’s a lot of talk about how things work, and some great freaky vocal exercises for your entertainment and improvement. There’s also a lot of mythbusting of bad voice advice.

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Megatokyo Webcomic: Kickstarter for Visual Novel

The Kickstarter just started four days ago, and it’s already kicked out pretty much every goal originally set up. $106,000 pledged already, and 26 days left to go.

So yeah, this visual novel adaptation of the Megatokyo webcomic is now going to include at least ten playable characters, including some that have to be unlocked. All sorts of original material, Easter eggs, secret codes, soundtrack, wallpaper… phew!

If you’ve never read Megatokyo, you might want to start.

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Listening to the CMAA Colloquium’s Music

This is your heritage of Catholic church music! Explore it!

You can listen to recorded pieces already performed at this website.

You can also listen live at to the following events from the Colloquium, at the Cathedral of the Madeleine (St. Mary Magdalene) in Salt Lake City:

Friday the 21st, 7:15 PM ET/5:15 MT — Mass for St. Aloysius’ Day.
9:45 PM ET/7:45 MT — Vespers.

Saturday the 22nd, 4:15 PM ET/2:15 MT — Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Sunday the 23rd, 1 PM ET/11 AM MT — Sunday Mass.

The Church Music Association of America is an organization of church musicians and those interested in church music. It is dedicated to serving God (and the Catholic Church) with good church music, teaching chant and polyphony, spreading music played on the organ and other fitting instruments, and encouraging contemporary composers to work inside the Church’s traditions and laws. (Among all sorts of other things.) Their website,, is full of free and public domain resources available to everyone.

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“The Angry Man”

A poem by Phyllis McGinley that I hadn’t seen before. It was copied onto a thread on today.

The Angry Man

The other day I chanced to meet
An angry man upon the street —
A man of wrath, a man of war,
A man who truculently bore
Over his shoulder, like a lance,
A banner labeled “Tolerance.”

And when I asked him why he strode
Thus scowling down the human road,
Scowling, he answered, “I am he
Who champions total liberty —
Intolerance being, ma’am, a state
No tolerant man can tolerate.

“When I meet rogues,” he cried, “who choose
To cherish oppositional views,
Lady, like this, and in this manner,
I lay about me with my banner
Till they cry mercy, ma’am.” His blows
Rained proudly on prospective foes.

Fearful, I turned and left him there
Still muttering, as he thrashed the air,
“Let the Intolerant beware!”

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Thick, Manly Vocal Muscles

It takes long, thick vocal muscles, and thus lots of testosterone, to produce this particular sound.

And it takes a pretty big voice cajon to do some stuff on national television!

Fun stuff here. Watch it all the way to the end.


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Parresia: Holy Freedom of Speech

Reading about the Origen homilies discovered last Holy Thursday, it turned out that Origen talked about “parresia,” which Perrone defined informally as “freedom of speech.” (Remember all those times when you read about various Biblical figures speaking out boldly? That’s “parresia.” It also implies being candid, not holding things back that people need to hear. There’s an alternate spelling, “parrhesia.”)

Anyway, Perrone talked about how Origen talked about how the imperative (command form of a verb) being directed to God in the “Our Father” was a consequence of the freedom of speech (parresia) accorded to the righteous as adopted children of God. Those who obey God are commanded by God to command Him, in a way. (Video of the lecture. Copy of the paper.)

Pope Francis mentioned parresia back on St. George’s Day.

It would seem that a lot of Christians do speak in a reserved or frightened or politically correct way, instead of using parresia.


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