From a reader…. it is clearly peony season!
One of these would be perfect for new priests. … older priests too, come to think of it.
Ah peonies…. in the back yard of one of the many places I lived as a kid there was a long bank of peonies.
Here is a Chinese poem by Tang dynasty poet Bai Juyi (+846) to enjoy while looking at the mug shot.
On that note, saying the black and doing the red is at times a bit tricky.
I will show you why with two photos of red and black problems from Holy Mass yesterday.
Yesterday was Ember Day of Pentecost. It was the last day of the Octave of Pentecost (yes, this is the traditional Roman way).
I used the shorter form for the Ember Day and was amused to find a red/black screw up in the book.
According to this typographical error, the priest would not say the name of the reading, which he ought. And he will if he is paying attention while saying Mass.
The Octave has special Communicants and also Hanc igitur. You can in most editions of the older Missale Romanum turn to a page that has the whole thing as it is should be said without having to switch pages back and forth.
If the priest is not paying attention to what he is saying, he might wind up reading a rubric because of the typo.
Since the priest is saying the Canon silently at this point no one would know.. right?
Just the priest… and all the choirs of angels.
So… by all means… Say The Black and Do the Red.
The publishers of our books also need to PRINT the Black and PRINT the Red … correctly.
"But Father! But Father!", some of you will be saying. "I can’t stand this! What does that Chinese poem mean? I don’t read Chinese!"
I’m saddened by the peonies before the steps, so red,
As evening came I found that only two remained.
Once morning’s winds have blown, they surely won’t survive,
At night I gaze by lamplight, to cherish the fading red.
The peony in Chinese poetry and art was a favored subject. While peonies often had to do with virginity and red peonies trended to more erotic imagery. But Bai Juyi also used an ancient style for poems with political overtones. Flowers and colors meant things in poems. Usually sad things.
But rubrics and texts make us happy!
So… buy some mugs and give them to priests.