Thursday, March 25, 2010

Friday of Sorrows

At Sub Tuum blog Br. Stephen points out that today is the commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows on the calendar of the Extroardinary Form. That's no longer the case in the modern Roman Rite (Ordinary Form), it is commemorated on September 15, but in my family we still call today Viernes de Dolores or "Friday of Sorrows". Appearantly traditions are still observed on this day in some places such as this procession in Huelva, Spain.

Br. Stephen has a photo collection of Sorrowful Virgins and Pietas here.

Friday of Sorrows

At Sub Tuum blog Br. Stephen points out that today is the commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows on the calendar of the Extroardinary Form. That's no longer the case in the modern Roman Rite (Ordinary Form), it is commemorated on September 15, but in my family we still call today Viernes de Dolores or "Friday of Sorrows". Appearantly traditions are still observed on this day in some places such as this procession in Huelva, Spain.

Br. Stephen has a photo collection of Sorrowful Virgins and Pietas here.

The Feast of the Annunciation

Today is the the Feast of the Annunciation. A bit about today’s holy day from ChurchYear.Net.

All About the Solemnity of the Annunciation

Some of the chants for today’s Mass are the same as those for the 4th Sunday of Advent. Among them, the Introit, or entrance chant, Rorate Caeli:






The antiphon and psalm verse are taken from Isaiah 45:8 and Psalm 18 (Vulgate numbering):

“Skies, let the Just One come forth like the dew, let him descend
from the clouds like the rain. The earth will open up and give
birth to our Saviour. V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and
the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.”


The Communion, or communion chant, Ecce Virgo:






The antiphon is also from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 7, Verse 14:

“Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name
shall be called Emmanuel.”

This recording also adds the corresponding verse from Psalm 18 (“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims the work of his hand”, same as in the introit).

Also in honor of tdoay, from the Rosary Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Biber:

Rosary Sonata #1, The Annunciation

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rondeñas de Alcázar

A bit of Spanish folklore, contemporary style, from the region of La Mancha:

Rondeña de Alcázar


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rejoice

Today is the 4th Sunday of Lent, "Laetare Sunday". Live mp3 of today's introit here, from the monks in Sao Paulo. Notation here. Translation:

"Rejoice O Jerusalem and come together, all ye that love her;rejoice for joy, all ye that have mourned: that ye may be glad, and be satisfied with the breasts of your consolation.

I was glad when they said unto me; We will go into the house of the Lord. "

( from Isiaiah 66: 10-11, and Psalm 121(122) )

Rest of today's propers here.

More about Laetare Sunday:

Old Catholic Encyclepedia: Laetare Sunday
What is Laetare Sunday? from About.com
Reflections on today's readings from Salvationhistory.com

Thursday, March 4, 2010