31 January 2016

Good Night, Radio Walsingham


After 10 years of broadcasting, RADIO WALSINGHAM will cease broadcasting on Sexagesima Sunday, 31 January A.D. 2016.  

Our carrier Live365.com is going out of business because it can no longer afford to operate under the high licensing fees demanded of small broadcasters of recorded music in the USA and Canada.  

At the moment we are studying options for the future, but it looks like it is time for a final "Laudetur Jesus Christus" from RADIO WALSINGHAM as a bereaved staff bid you "Good night, and God bless!"

update: We have set up a Memorial Page of sorts on Pandora for Radio Walsingham.  You may gain access by registering with Pandora, and the link to our 'Radio Walsingham on Pandora' is http://www.pandora.com/station/play/292375303292767981

We hope that for those missing Radio Walsingham that this will bring some consolation.  We do not have direct control over the station, but we have suggested the kinds of music we would play on Radio Walsingham at this time of year and into the Lenten Season for Padora to choose to play via the link above.

Update 15 April A.D. 2017: 
Unfortunately, there has been no way to continue Radio Walsingham at this time.  Sadly, the Pandora memorial site has become almost unusable for the purposes intended. Pandora regularly adds content to the Pandora Radio Walsingham broadcast that is inappropriate for what we were attempting to do with the apostolate.  In spite of all vigilance Lent has been filled with Easter and Christmas music as well as "Christian pop".  Be advised and forewarned.

30 January 2016

Sexagemisa: Introit


Gregorian chant notation from the Liber Usualis (1961), pp. 504. 
Sung by the Benedictine Nuns 
of Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation, Le Barroux.


23 January 2016

"Do not despise matter, for it is not despicable"


I found an article on Orthodox "veneration" on the blog "Glory to God for All Things" exceptionally helpful and well written and wish to commend it to you, dear Reader, for your perusal.  

Veneration of the Holy Cross of Christ
What follows below is the closing of the article ... which I know is a no-no — I can hear an old friend saying 'Let them read and work through it!'— but for those of you who cannot take time to read or visit the other website, it will give you something fruitful to chew upon and to take into your sacred ruminations this fine day. 

But if possible, do visit the other blog and read the entry in full.  It is well worth it, my friends.

Father Stephen Freeman writes:

The world is icon and sacrament. But it cannot be known until we see it face to face. Listen to these sweet words from St. John of Damascus (7th century):

I honor all matter, and venerate it. Through it, filled, as it were, with a divine power and grace, my salvation has come to me. Was the three-times happy and blessed wood of the Cross not matter? Was the sacred and holy mountain of Calvary not matter? What of the life-giving rock, the Holy Tomb, the source of our resurrection — was it not matter? Is the holy book of the Gospels not matter? Is the blessed table which gives us the Bread of Life not matter? Are the gold and silver, out of which crosses and altar-plate and chalices are made not matter? And before all these things, is not the body and blood of our Lord matter? Either stop venerating all these things, or submit to the tradition of the Church in the venerating of images, honoring God and his friends, and following in this the grace of the Holy Spirit. Do not despise matter, for it is not despicable. Nothing that God has made is. Only that which does not come from God is despicable — our own invention, the spontaneous decision to disregard the law of human nature, i.e., sin.

To read the blog article in full please click this link.


21 January 2016

Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War - Sr. Rosalie Bertell, PhD


Sr. Rosalie Bertell, PhD of blessed memory was a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart.  The following video was recorded as she was waiting to testify before the United Nations.  This is simply a conversation and not a lecture, but it touches on the dangers overhead in the skies that most everyone takes for granted but should regard with as much alarm as the armies of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh at the gate:

If, dear Reader, you use YouTube, look up the name "Rosalie Bertell" and there are a number of videos of lectures and conversations throughout her professional life.  It is almost impossible to purchase her most important book "Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War " -- a book that remains tremendously relevant for studying the degradation of the atmosphere and the destruction of Earth by military actions and black ops experimentation.

I found almost everything Sr. Bertell testified concerning or lectured upon to be a great shock. I found that I simply did not want to hear because it was too horrifying. I could not imagine how to deal with it or how to make it stop.  Most of us go through a period of feeling numb and helpless when we learn about these things, but then it becomes clear that it is time to take action to do what one can.

Part of what I can do is to introduce her to you through this video recorded very late in her life.  You then can view her other videos or read her writings.  I recommend that you get her book "Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War" -- it can usually be imported from the UK or elsewhere if you live in the USA.  Sometimes copies pop up on eBay.  At the moment there are a number of used copies for purchase via Amazon.com.

The following are the last video recordings of Dr. Bertell before her falling asleep in the Lord.  She believed deeply in the power of the People of God and simply the People gathered together to take down those who are destroying our planet for power and greed.  She believed God wanted us to wake from slumber, unite, and get busy in defunding the programmatic efforts of the militaries and the black operations of national governments as well as the illegal activities of transnational corporations.  

Since her death, everything has gotten worse, and the USA has continued to use uranium tipped munitions which are a fundamental crime against humanity and planet.  The spin-meisters love to speak of "depleted uranium" —as if that makes it safe to use but it is still uranium and is a horror from hell for anyone exposed to it.



20 January 2016

The Abbess Euphrosinia of St. Elisabeth's, Minsk


I had to share this from Abbess Euphrosinia (Laptik) from St. Elisabeth's Convent in Minsk, Belarus.  (The Russian Orthodox community of nuns derive their charism from the religious community  founded by St. Elisabeth the New Martyr.)  The Abbess said:

I had a very illuminating experience not long ago. I learned the Saviour's words, "I was in prison, and ye came unto me. . . I was hungry, and ye gave me meat" (Cf. Matthew 25:35-40) from my own experience. I was driving and I saw a man indicating that he needed a ride. He was visibly drunk. Several cars had driven past him. I stopped and thought, "Wow, I've stopped!" (Laughs) 
Our ride was short. He talked all the time; he almost wept and asked me to pray for him. You know, people often feel inclined to repent after drinking some alcohol, and besides, I was wearing the habit... When he got out of my car, I felt as if it was Jesus who had visited me in such an unfathomable way. The feeling was so vivid! I had never had such an experience, even when I visited the hospital unit. I was so surprised! Even though that person was drunk and talked nonsense… Christ is near, and you spend your life without noticing him.

December 18, 2015

St. Elisabeth the New Martyr
(Grand Princess Elisabeth of Russia)


19 January 2016

Please Help the FSSP Parish in Los Angeles


The FSSP were invited to Los Angeles a little over a year ago by Archbishop Gomez.  Their new parish is raising funds for their own building in which to celebrate the parochial liturgical life of the Traditional Latin Mass and all the riches of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite.  

If they can raise US$ 65,000 dollars by 11 February A.D. 2016, then a very generous donor will likewise donate US$ 65,000 to the building fund.  This is a huge opportunity for them and for the larger Church.

It is extremely important that this parish exist in Los Angeles and that they have a home of their own.  

Please, of your charity if you able, donate to the Building Fund by going to this link on the FSSP LA website and then click on the green Donate button in the upper right hand corner of their homepage.  You will then be taken to a Donation page where you should click on the link for the Building Fund.

Many thanks indeed.
Merci beaucoup beaucoup.


16 January 2016

Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker


Brorson's hymn Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker is far more than a Christmas hymn. Sadly, I have never found a recording with all of the verses sung. The following video from  is of Norway's Sissel Kyrkjebø singing the profound section of that hymn regarded as the Christmas text:

And being put into a retrospective Christmas mood, I share with you now the most beautiful rendition of "O Holy Night" that I have ever heard ... sung in one of the Norwegian languages by Sissel:

God bless us, every one!


12 January 2016

09 January 2016

Be Still, My Soul


Finlandia: "BE STILL MY SOUL"

Sung by Finbar Wright


07 January 2016

J. Edgar Park: “We Would See Jesus”


Today I was thinking of a hymn written by J. Edgar Park (1879-1956) entitled "We Would See Jesus".  (For some the tune is permanently linked with a tune named CUSHMAN, and as one would expect, others wish there were another tune altogether.) I tend to think of this as a hymn sung in the mid-20th century by Presbyterians, Methodists, and Congregationalists in the USA.

Today I am interested in the text as one for rumination and prayer this day in Epiphanytide:

We would see Jesus, lo! His star is shining
Above the stable while the angels sing;
There in a manger on the hay reclining;
Haste, let us lay our gifts before the King.

We would see Jesus, Mary’s Son most holy,
Light of the village life from day to day;
Shining revealed through every task most lowly,
The Christ of God, the Life, the Truth, the Way.

We would see Jesus, on the mountain teaching,
With all the listening people gathered round;
While birds and flowers and sky above are preaching
The blessedness which simple trust has found.

We would see Jesus, in His work of healing,
At eventide before the sun was set;
Divine and human, in His deep revealing
Of God made flesh, in loving service met.

We would see Jesus, in the early morning,
Still as of old He calleth, “Follow Me!”
Let us arise, all meaner service scorning,
Lord, we are Thine, and give ourselves to Thee.

Mark Mallett: "Ascetic in the City"

I wish to commend to you, dear Reader, a recent article by Mark Mallett on his blog. It is entitled "Ascetic in the City", and I think he gives good advice to all of us who find ourselves still part of Christendom yet surrounded by the cesspool of a broken society and an increasingly diabolical civilisation. The following is a brief excerpt from his work:

The question is how we can live faithfully in contemporary society surrounded by so many goods, so many intrigues, technological advancements, comforts and pleasures? The answer today, at this hour, is in some ways not too unlike the Desert Fathers who literally fled the world into caves and solitudes. But how does one do this in the city? How does one do this within the context of family, soccer clubs, and the workplace?

Maybe we need to ask the question how Jesus entered pagan Roman times, dining with prostitutes and tax collectors, and yet remaining “without sin.” [2] Well, as Our Lord said, it is a matter of the “heart”—where one sets his eyes.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light. (Matt 6:22)
And so, here are ten simple ways that you and I can refocus our spiritual and physical eyes, and become ascetics in the city.


06 January 2016

Julian Calendar Nativity: С Рождеством Христовым


In Old Church Slavonic

God is with us.

Divna and Melodi • Serbian Nativity Hymn 'Slava' "Glory"

Ukrainian Christmas carols (rec.1947) Ivan Kozlovskiy
Українські Різдвяні пісні-колядки (1947 р.)
Іван Семенович Козловський
Украинские Рождественские песни-колядки ( 1947 г.)
Иван Семёнович Козловский


03 January 2016



Although few still keep the Twelve Days of Christmas, we are still observing Christmastide on RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE.  

The hymns and carols are sung in many languages from English and Welsh to Catalá and Romanian.  And starting this week we will be adding Russian, Serbian and other carols for Julian Calendar Nativity on the 7th of July.

We will continue with Christmas music for Julian Calendar Christmas on the 7th of January, and along the way we will be adding in music for Epiphany and Theophany. 

As we come to the Feast of the Epiphany on the 6th of January, may we all renew our self-offering to the Christ Child in the company of the wise and Holy Three Kings.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

Christina Rossetti

Susan Boyle with Libera 


02 January 2016

Blessed New Year: some notes, articles, a video


I hope the new year has begun happily for you, dear Reader.

We should remember that the new year in England once was in relation to Lady Day, but calendars change, people change, churches change.  But our God changeth never and is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Our Lord Jesus Christ —who was and is and is yet to come— is at hand.  So let us remember in 2016 that in Christ alone is the eternal New Year of Hope and Mercy. In Christ alone is our safety and security.  In Christ alone is our hope of Heaven and eternal life as we follow Him day by day by day.

Much too soon all of us in the Church and in this world will learn what it is like to live in the time "after Divine Mercy".  

In the time of Judgement, it will be very important to find ourselves on the side of the Just Judge-whose-Coming-is-Soon rather than to find ourselves on the wrong side of God-the-Word-made-flesh.  Amen?  

Amen and Amen.

As Padre Pio Santo says to us, "Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry."  (He would also tell you to get rid of your television.)

And as my sainted Sunday School teacher of yesteryear Mrs. Daisy Wegner would say, Little children, turn to Jesus.  No matter what happens in life, little children, turn to Jesus.

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I note a strong article in First Things, the 2015 Erasmus Lecture of Ross Douthat:


There is also some important information not to be missed in a post at Ecclectic Orthodoxy by Father Kimel:

And if you are needing an intravenous quadruple Espresso, here is a speech of several years ago by Harry Oldfellow:
entitled "Tradition Betrayed: The False Prophets of Modernism" at the Sacred Web Conference on "Tradition in the Modern World" held in Edmonton at The University of Alberta, September 2006.