After a long hiatus, I am back with another PODCAzT. Travelling, being tried, tired, and problems with teeth have quieted me at the microphone. Even with this one, it was a bit of a chore. I also need to reacquaint myself with the tech stuff.
Today we delve into St. Augustine of Hippo’s 3rd Exposition of Ps. 103 (104). He has three sermons on this psalm, preached in Carthage, probably in 411. He uses an allegorical approach to interpreting the many elements. This is a psalm often associated with Pentecost and the Holy Spirit, having as it does the lines: "Thou shalt send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created: and thou shalt renew the face of the earth." So, we’ll drill into Augustine’s 103, 5-6. and hear the psalm 103 (104) as well.
I got into this psalm today because of the word caminus, which Augustine uses in the sermon. This one of the words for chimney. I just made an appointment for my chimney to be cleaned. Also, he speaks of birds, which we view at the Sabine Farm, and he talks of onagers and rocks and heretics!
By the way, in paragraph 4, just before this section Augustine in his allegorical approach interprets the wild asses in the psalm as being celibates, which his audience must have enjoyed enormously.
In Kansas City, Missouri recently I met the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles. They are very fine group of young women, happy and dedicated to prayer for priests. They have a CD of music, chant and their own compositions. We will hear one I found on their website. They sing as beautifully as they smile and bear their traditional habits.
Some of the tunes you will encounter along the way…
On the Air – Carrol Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orphaens
Emendemus in melius by Orlando de Lassus
Concerto for Oboe in D minor, Op. 9-2 – Adagio by Tomaso Albinoni
Ave Maria by the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles
Wandering Along – Carrol Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orphaens