Random Items

Extreme busyness continues–I need to catch up on emails but haven’t had a chance…

  • Don’t miss Heavenfield’s introduction to St. Adomnan. I do wonder a little how far I’d want to push the lawyer thing. What would seal the case for me (so to speak…) would be a clear presentation of how the three books of the Life of Columba fit into the categories of stasis theory—the “official” lawyerly way of arguing according to period texts like Cicero, the ps-Ciceronean Rhetorica ad Herennium, and Quintillian.
  • LP’s got a new call! I’m happy for him—and worried at the same time. This will be a huge challenge both professionally and in juggling a growing family. Many prayers for Mrs. LP too!
  • Continued prayers are requested for M’s job search, of course…
  • bls has an article on a renewed push on Confession.
  • NLM has some links that clarify the place of music in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass that are helpful for both students of the liturgy and current practicing church musicians.
  • Great question from bls on Why Saturdays on the Ember Days. Wednesdays and Fridays were traditional fast days for Christians going back to the Didache. So why Saturdays? Good question… My most recent thought on the matter is that I read an expectation in the fifth through eighth centuries that Western Christians would be at mass on those days. My logic is based on what we see in the lectionaries—proper Gospels are ideally provided for Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I say “ideally” because the manuscript evidence is mixed. Sometimes all three ferial days are provided, sometimes only the Wednesdays and Fridays. For instance here’s a page where the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany has a reading for Sunday (EBD V), Wednesday (FR IIII), Friday (FR V), and Saturday (FR VI) But the following two weeks only have readings for Wednesday and Friday. Very fascinating is this page from the same lectionary for the time after Pentecost where there are blank spaces for the ferial Gospels under the appointed Gospels for the Sunday. The scribe knows that these readings *ought* to be there—but he seems not to have the readings… There was a major push to fill all of this in that only hits English lectionaries in the tenth century or later (Lenker’s Type 3 alt.). I’m not sure what happens to these ferial readings after this point…

4 thoughts on “Random Items

  1. lutherpunk

    we will take all the prayers we can get…most especially that mrs lp finds a job soon and that our house sells quickly and for something close to the asking price.

  2. bls

    There are collects for Friday and Saturday in every version of both MP and EP in the 1979.

    Here are the ones for Rite II MP:

    A Collect for Fridays

    Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but
    first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he
    was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way
    of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and
    peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

    A Collect for Saturdays

    Almighty God, who after the creation of the world didst rest
    from all thy works and sanctify a day of rest for all thy
    creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties,
    may be duly prepared for the service of thy sanctuary, and
    that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the
    eternal rest promised to thy people in heaven; through Jesus
    Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Here’s the one for Saturday in Rite II EP:

    A Collect for Saturdays

    O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending
    day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you,
    our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give
    you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    (I like that “on the morrow,” don’t you? Never noticed that one before…. ;-) )

  3. Derek the Ænglican

    The first two you mention are new–the Friday one is from William Reed Huntington and dates to the 1880’s, the Saturday was penned by the ABC in the 1880-90’s. The EP one is said to be adapted from a Sarum source (all these per Hatchett). That the latter is Sarum makes sense–the Sarum rite was very fond of celebrating First Vespers. And every Saturday Evening Prayer is properly the First Vespers of Sunday. (Which is why the Collect of the Day on Saturdays is that of the next Sunday per the directions on page 158 which, essentially, permits First Vespers for Sundays and Holy Days.)

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