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  • Rdr James
    From Italian news agency ANSA: A country priest s only possession is his church. It does not matter if it is not a part of the history of architecture, if it
    Message 1 of 3 , May 30, 2012
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      From Italian news agency ANSA:

      A country priest's only possession is his church. It does not matter if it is not a part of the history of architecture, if it does not include major masterpieces. Every statue, every piece, is, as it were, a part of town. Father Ivan Martini, 65, for nine years parish priest in Rovereto, one of the towns of the lowlands of Modena most affected by [today's] earthquake, died this morning in his collapsed church. ... 
      Don Ivan loved his church, and all that was inside it. The parish church of Santa Caterina had been damaged and had been condemned following the previous earthquake, but a search was needed in order to remove some objects that had been left inside. Therefore, this morning, joined by two firemen, he entered the church to try to salvage some statues, in particular one of the Virgin of which many of his parishioners were especially fond. This is where the strong quake found him. Don Ivan was hit by the fall of a stone or of a beam, and he could not escape. The two firemen who were with him were unharmed and were able to return to safety. Rovereto, then, in the midst of so many structural damages, cries for its only victim, its parish priest, loved by the town. 
       
      Requiescat in pace!
    • David J Strang
      The latest newsletter from Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, USA shows a clerical procession entering the sanctuary of the new Abbey Church.  The Abbey is only
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 1, 2012
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        The latest newsletter from Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, USA shows a clerical procession
        entering the sanctuary of the new Abbey Church.  The Abbey is only half completed, and there
        is a temporary roof in place.  Still, it looks quite impressive, and I'm sure is an improvement over
        the crypt church the monks had been using.
         
        I was struck by the very long vestments for the entire clergy party, including the Abbot, who
        appeared to be wearing a very full and long chasuble.  There aren't any ankles showing
        anywhere.   The habits of the Benedictine monks in their stalls/seats are also very long, and
        appear to be touching the floor.
         
        The Abbot is wearing a smallish mitre and is carrying a crozier.  The mitre is unlike the rather
        tall mitres favored by RC diocesan bishops.  Does a mitred abbot pontificate liturgically?
         
        Are these monastic habits characteristic of the Benedictine Order, in particular those descended
        from Solesmes and Fontgambault?
         
         
        David Strang.



      • Douglas Cowling
        ... French liturgists were promoting a return to the fuller patristic styles of vestments long before the Second Vatican Council. Viz Matisse¹s chasubles for
        Message 3 of 3 , Jun 1, 2012
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          Re: [liturgy-l] Mitred Abbot? On 6/1/12 6:43 PM, "David J Strang" <davidjstrang@...> wrote:

          Are these monastic habits characteristic of the Benedictine Order, in particular those descended from Solesmes and Fontgambault?
           
          French liturgists were promoting a return to the fuller patristic styles of vestments long before the Second Vatican Council.

          Viz Matisse’s chasubles for St. Paul-de-Vence.
          http://dvoloshinov.selfip.net/pictures/MATISSE/index_2.htm

          The French have always had fuller vestments: you see the monks of St. Benoit-du-Lac wearing the same habits.

          I think it’s French couturier sensibility. My wife and I were vastly amused at the Easter Vigil at St. Jean-de-Malte in Aix-en-Provence. Each of the baptismal candidtes was dressed in white albs which were impeccably cut and tailored to suit each person.

          Doug Cowling
          Director of Music
          St. Philip's Church, Etobicoke
          Toronto

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