A change of pace today, between the last Sunday of the liturgical year and the first Sunday of Advent!
I dissect a hymn in the Liturgy of the Hours for the Solemnity of Christ the King in the newer, post-Conciliar Liturgia Horarum, the Liturgy of the Hours. Changes were made to the focus of this feast. The date was changed from the end October to the end of the Church’s liturgical year, the Mass orations were altered and the hymns moved around and edited for content.
Then we hear a proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving from 1789. What a contrast to how people today try to shove god out of the public square!
Finally, we hear a guest, Martin of Scotland, reading a Scot language poetic version of the Roman poet Horace’s Ode 1.11, which contains the famous line "Carpe diem… Seize the day". This is written by the Scots poet Robert Fergusson (1750-1774). I posted on this on the blog on 22 November. Here is the text and some vocabulary. You can go to that entry for more background.
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Don’t Fash Your Thumb
Ne’er fash your thumb what gods decree
To be the weird o’ you or me,
Nor deal in cantrip’s kittle cunning
To speir how fast your days are running;
But patient lippen for the best,
Nor be in dowie thought opprest.
Whether we see mair winter’s come,
Than this that spits wi’ canker’d foam.
Now moisten weel your geyzen’d wa’s
Wi’ couthy friends and hearty blaws;
Ne’er let your hope o’ergang your days,
For eild and thraldom never stays;
The day looks gash, toot aff your horn,
Nor care ae strae about the morn.
ae: one, a single
blaws: blows (back-slappings?)
canker’d: gusty, stormy
couthy: agreeable, sociable
dowie: sad, melancholy
eild: age, time of life
fash: trouble, bother, fret (fash your thumb = care a rap)
gash: pale, dismal
geyzen’d: dried out
lippen: trust, have confidence
wa’s: ? The context requires something like weasand (Scots weason) = throat, but the only definitions I can find for wa’s are walls and ways, from which I can extract no satisfactory sense. Or could it be waes = woes?
weird: fate, destiny
I really enjoy when people call in and participate. Many thanks to Martin!
The Robe – opening credits
Praise to the Lord – Faith of our Fathers II
Spirit of America – US Army Old Guard
Te Deum – Maitrise de Notre Dame de Paris
Hymn to the Muse – Musique de la Grèce Antique
"The Condundrum" (2/4 march) into "Cabar Feidh" (4/4 strathspey) – Jori Chisholm – bagpipe
The iTunes feed is working. It stops and starts again… mysteriously. Beats me!
Some of the last offerings (check out the PODCAzT PAGE):
073 08-11-16 Augustine on Ps. 95(96) and Fr. Z on how to avoid going to Hell
072 08-11-11 The death of St. Martin; starlings, cuckolds, bell ringing and a skull
071 08-11-06 "Faith inscribed across your heart": Benedict on Cyril of Jerusalem & Cyril on faith, your treasure
070 08-11-01 Venerable Bede on All Saints; a collage; don Camillo (Part IV)
069 08-10-30 Augustine on Ps 103; Benedictines can sing!
068 08-08-04 Interview – Fr. Tim Finigan on the Oxford TLM conference; don Camillo (Part III)
067 08-07-29 St. Augustine on Martha, active v. contemplative lives; don Camillo (part II)
066 08-07-25 don Camillo (part I): VM – advice on getting TLMs & “pro multis”