29 June 2014



During these summer hours I invite you to listen to RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE and be blessed by the inspiring music of the Great Tradition of Christian Music wherever it may be found around the world. 

RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE is an apostolate of Our Lady of Walsingham Institutes of Catholic Culture Studies in Houston, Texas.

24 June 2014

Pope Francis Hymn Book


The inspired and inspiring folks at Corpus Christi Watershed (ccwatershed.org) have published another valuable traditional musical resource for the Catholic Church and Catholic Schools entitled

I hope my readers will buy the   Pope Francis Hymn Book   not only for themselves and their families but also for their priests and musicians in their home congregations, parishes, or missions.  

[Also, be sure to buy copies of the masterful 

  Pope Francis Hymn Book   is a wonderful way to invite the Church of today to participate in making beautiful music for the Lord of Hosts, but it is even more important so that the Faithful have theologically well-crafted hymn texts to sing that are in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The following is a listing of editions from the Corpus Christi Watershed website:

Purchase the Pope Francis Hymn Book: …now available! 

Forty-five (45) new hymns have been combined with the complete hymns from theVatican II Hymnal, along with nineteen Gregorian Masses and six Creeds. 

May God bless Jeff Ostrowski and all of the talented people of Corpus Christi Watershed with good health, long life, and continual inspiration from the Lord in all of their efforts for Holy Mother Church.

23 June 2014

20 June 2014

Divna: Blazhen Muzh


Blazhen Muzh from Divna's new album "In Search of Divine Light":

Blessed is the Man


15 June 2014

Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided

Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral

One Church, One Faith, One Lord

10 June 2014

A Catholic Version of "Bread of the World"

The following is my Catholic reworking of the hymn "Bread of the World" sung to the tune 'RENDEZ-A-DIEU':
Click on the image above for larger version

Gesù sacramentato: Sweet Sacrament Divine

 An old favourite I should like to hear again some day...


Syriac Orthodox Hymn

Praying for Mosul, Iraq and the Christians who live there.

Remember us when Your kingdom comes.

Fr Ray Ryland's Conversion Story


“How can you go into that darkness, once you have known the light?” In deep anguish, my mother-in-law asked my wife and me this question when we told her we were going to enter the Catholic Church. 
There was a time when the thought of becoming Catholics would have caused us even greater distress than our news caused her. Now, however, we were near the end of a sixteen-year pilgrimage. We could finally see the Tiber ahead, and we were eager to cross.

The conversion story of the late Fr. Raymond Ryland is well worth reading for those considering entry into the Catholic Church. I also suspect there will be some encouragement here for those who wonder if they have made a mistake in joining the Catholic Church because of difficulties encountered along the way.

Please read the rest of Fr. Ray's conversion story at Marcus Grodi's website "The Coming Home Network" by CLICKING HERE.

Below is a picture of Fr. Ray with the Sisters of Reparation:


Pray for Christians in Mosul, Iraq

ISIL terrorists seize Mosul
Please stop what you are doing right now and pray to the Lord for the Christians of Mosul, Iraq who are in grave danger now that their city has been captured by a well-organised terrorist movement in Islam now calling itself the 'Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.'

Pray for all people and especially those in Nineveh to be delivered from this scourge.

Criss at the Southern Border

Very few in the USA seem to be taking seriously the crisis at the U.S. southern border where children without parents are being sent across the border in belief that an amnesty is coming that could make them U.S. citizens.  

Click here to read an article from the Christian Science Monitor that relates the issues perhaps more fairly than other media outlets in the USA.

08 June 2014

Veni, Sancte Spiritus


Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, No. 4 Veni Sancte Spiritus

Princeton Pro Musica perform the Lauridsen's Veni Sancte Spiritus in the Princeton University Chapel with Frances Fowler Slade conducting and with a most brilliant organ performance by Eric Plutz. 


07 June 2014

Veni Sancte Spiritus: Mozart, J.M. Neale

A musical setting of Veni Sancte Spiritus by W.A. Mozart, and a translation into English by the sainted J.M. Neale:

Come, thou holy Paraclete,
and from thy celestial seat
send thy light and brilliancy:
Father of the poor, draw near;
giver of all gifts, be here;
come, the soul's true radiancy.

Come, of comforters the best,
of the soul the sweetest guest,
come in toil refreshingly.
Thou in labor rest most sweet,
thou art shadow from the heat,
comfort in adversity.

O thou Light, most pure and blest,
shine within the inmost breast
of thy faithful company.
Where thou art not, man hath nought;
every holy deed and thought
comes from thy Divinity.

What is soilèd, makes thou pure;
what is wounded, work its cure;
what is parcèd, fructify.
What is rigid, gently bend;
what is frozen, warmly tend;
strengthen what goes erringly.

Fill thy faithful who confide
in thy power to guard and guide,
with thy sevenfold mystery.
Here thy grace and virtue send;
grant salvation in the end,
and in heaven felicity.

Translation byThe Revd Dr. John Mason Neale
Tune: Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Metre: 777 D
Veni, Sancte Spiritus 

05 June 2014

Jesus and Peter: John 21:15-19

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” 

He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” 

He said to him, Feed my lambs.

16 A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” 

He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” 

He said to him, Tend my sheep.

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” 

Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” 

And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” 

Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.

18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.”

19 (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) 

And after this he said to him, Follow me.

The Gospel According to St. John 
Chapter 21:15-19
Revised Standard Version 
Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Met. HILARION: Divine Order, Demons and the Saviour

A brief excerpt from a paper delivered by Metropolitan HILARION:

We may describe in brief the patristic or liturgical picture of the world thus: God, being beyond all things, created matter from nothing and through the act of his divine will brought forth matter from chaos (disorder) into the state of the cosmos (order, beauty). 

Russian Orthodox Metropolitan
HILARION (Alfayev)
with Hungary's
Péter Cardinal Erdő
The divine order, through the mystical world of the ranks of angels, extends to the material world. Divine grace, through the heavenly hierarchy and through the hierarchy of the Church in a single Liturgy of doxology, acts throughout the universe as the binding and structuring principle. 

From this element of order and source of becoming there arose the models of ordering society. Thus states and whole civilizations are formed. 

The demons, the ‘evil spirits of the underworld’, along with people under the influence of these spirits, were opposed until a certain time to the divine order. Set against God and his order, the action of the devil sows chaos, anarchy, sin and death. 

Yet the Saviour, the Son of God, God who became a human person, came to people and redeemed the human person from the power of the devil through his suffering and death, with his death he vanquished death and opened up to humanity the way to salvation.”

Metropolitan HILARION (Alfayev)
Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
Uppsala, Sweden, 14 May A.D. 2014


03 June 2014

The Pentecost Novena

The Novena to the Holy Ghost

COME, O HOLY GHOST, the Lord and Lifegiver; take up thy dwelling within our souls, and make of them thy sacred home. Make us live by grace as adopted children of God. Pervade all the energies of our souls, and create in us fountains of living water, springing up unto eternal life.

COME, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to our souls the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, and power, and beauty. Teach us to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Show us the way by which we may be able to attain to them, and possess them, and hold them hereafter, our own forever. 
COME, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation, and may merit at last to see the eternal light in thy light; and in the light of glory to have the clear vision of thee and the Father and the Son. 

COME, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide us in all our ways, that we may always do thy holy will. Incline our hearts to that which is good, turn them away from all that is evil, and direct us by the path of thy commandments to the goal of eternal life. 

COME, O Spirit of Fortitude, and give courage to our souls. Make our hearts strong in all trials and in all distress, pouring forth abundantly into them the gifts of strength, that we may be able to resist the attacks of the devil.

COME, O Spirit of Knowledge, and make us to understand and despise the emptiness and nothingness of the world. Give us grace to use the world only for thy glory and the salvation of thy creatures. May we always be faithful in putting thy rewards before every earthly gift.

COME, O Spirit of Piety, possess our hearts, and incline them to a true faith in thee, to a holy love of thee, our God. Give us thy grace, that we may seek thee and find thee, our best and our truest joy.

COME, O Spirit of holy Fear, penetrate our inmost hearts, that we may set thee, our Lord and God, before our faces forever; and shun all things that can offend thee, so that we may be made worthy to appear before the pure eyes of thy divine Majesty in the heaven of heavens.

COME, O Holy Comforter, and grant us a desire for holy things. Produce in our souls the fruits of virtue, so that, being filled with all sweetness and joy in the pursuit of good, we may attain unto eternal blessedness.

Daily the Novena concludes with the collect below:

O GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen. 

Veni, Sancte Spiritus by Morten Laurdisen

02 June 2014

Anglican Patrimony: Dismissal of the Catechumens


The reason for this post is the matter of the Catechumenate and related liturgical forms in the Anglican Communion and the sad fact that some who should know better seem opposed to or are simply unaware of these forms, liturgies, and materials as well as those for Holy Baptism and Confirmation.  For the sake of illustration and brevity I will only quote an older Anglican form in English for the Dismissal of the Catechumens in the liturgies of Central Africa.

There are indeed a number of divergent forms for the Catechumenate, some of which draw on rituals and materials from the Orthodox East and others from the Latin West.  Some have been created entirely from language borrowed from the Prayer Books together with the Authorised Version of the Holy Bible. All of them have merit.
St Peter's Anglican, Likoma, Malawi
And all have been used at one time or another when missionary conditions required a form for the making of the new Christians from non-Christians. The transitional period of their instruction called the Catechumenate saw to their admission to a period of serious discernment and learning as well as taking the first formal steps toward Holy Baptism.  

Once they became Catechumens, they were no longer to be reckoned as heathen and would be given a Christian burial should sudden death come upon them and prevent them from completing the Catechumenate and receiving Holy Baptism.

The following Dismissal of the Catechumens comes from Anglican liturgies employed in the former Dioceses of Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia.  The Dismissal at the end of the Mass of the Catechumens (Liturgy of the Word) was to be used in its entirety on Sundays, but at other times a collect of dismissal would suffice.  These liturgies were Anglo-Catholic in spirit and form and were translated and adapted into many of the local languages of Central Africa:


Priest. You Catechumens, pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Priest. You Christians, pray for the Catechumens.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them.

Priest. Make them to know thy truth.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them.

Priest. Reveal to them the Gospel of Righteousness.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them.

Priest. Grant them a new heart and a prepared spirit.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them.

Priest. Lead them into thy Holy Church.
People. Lord, have mercy upon them.

Priest. You Catechumens, worship the Lord.

Thou art our God; and we praise thee.
Thou art our God; and we praise thee.
Thou art our God; and we praise thee.

Priest. Let us pray.

Almighty God, who dost daily give to thy Church new Children; grant to these Catechumens that they truly increase in knowledge and in faith, till they are born again in Holy Baptism and made thy children by adoption and grace; through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

Priest. You Catechumens, depart in peace.

[The Mass of the Faithful continues with the Creed.]

Ann B. Davis, R.I.P.


The actress Ann B. Davis is well known to people around the world through her television performances on The Brady Bunch as the housekeeper Alice.  

She was a most devout Episcopalian who communicated truths of the Faith to many who would never have heard or learned of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Anglican tradition received it. 

She was living with retired Episcopalian Bishop Frey and his wife in San Antonio, Texas when she died after a fall at home. She was a living embassy of God's joy.  

May she rest in peace and rise in the glory of the Risen Christ.