some personal views
O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae. O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the most High, and reachest from one end to another, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.Tomorrow Advent takes on its final phase and the great "O" Antiphons begin. I have posted this ( a preview from Godzdogz, via NLM) for those of you who want to prepare for Vespers at home, now remember the rubrics, while it is being sung the Tower bell (singular) should also be rung and for the Rorate Caeli the Cantors should kneel wearing, as it is Laetare Sunday tomorrow, rose coloured copes. NLM has an interesting article on the nature of the colour rose, which isn't pink but rather a slightly faded red. Now being cruel Sean Tribe is Canadian, I don't think our native European wild rose, the Dog Rose (is that the Eglatine?) grows in Canada its colour is actually pink rather than the rather nicer, more masculine, dull red he suggests is rose.
You could also have a look at the Archbishop of Cnaterbury's St Anselmo Lecture, which is well worth a read.
I have my rose coloured cope ready, well actually it is a bedspread and cellotape to hold down the door chime button but I think I might use the rather wonderful Scott Turkington, O Sapaintae and Magnificat whilst I incense the coffee table and the cat. It is just below the video on NLM, beautiful masculine sound.
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