Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Just one question.....

It must be difficult being a media religious affairs and having to cover this story from Saudi Arabia while keeping a straight face. Luckily, female correspondents on Saudi TV don't have to worry about keeping a straight face on air, because no one will see their faces at all. Just one question though......if these women prefer not to be seen by men outside their immediate family, why not just ditch the "-vision" part of television and just broadcast the sound?

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Advent II

Here are one or two photos from the Mass of Advent II on Sunday.

The Asperges collect

The censing of the altar at the introit

Censing of the celebrant

The Gospel is proclaimed in the body of the church

During the Canon. As you can see, the Deacon wears a 'broad stole', representative of his folded chasuble worn over the shoulder, while he fulfills his diaconal duties at the altar.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Advent I

Just to share some quick snaps from the Sacristy after Mass last Sunday, where the new folded chasubles were premiered. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Aidan Harkers, assisted by Fr Philip as Deacon and Br Andrew as Subdeacon.

Just to steal an observation made by Rubricarius, as any Bishop who uses his vesting prayers should know, the dalmatic is the "garment of salvation, and the vestment of joy" and the tunicle is the "tunic of joyfulness". Surely then, the use of the Dalmatic and Tunicle in Advent is entirely inappropriate?