My View For Awhile: I VOTED!

Snapshots of my Election Day.

From Matins…

Ant. Remove, O Lord, * thy scourges from me.
Psalm 38 [9]
38:1 I said: I will take heed to my ways: * that I sin not with my tongue.
38:2 I have set guard to my mouth, * when the sinner stood against me.
38:3 I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence from good things: * and my sorrow was renewed.
38:4 My heart grew hot within me: * and in my meditation a fire shall flame out.
38:5 I spoke with my tongue: * O Lord, make me know my end.
38:6 And what is the number of my days: * that I may know what is wanting to me.
38:7 Behold thou hast made my days measurable: * and my substance is as nothing before thee.
38:8 And indeed all things are vanity: * every man living.
38:9 Surely man passeth as an image: * yea, and he is disquieted in vain.
38:10 He storeth up: * and he knoweth not for whom he shall gather these things.
38:11 And now what is my hope? Is it not the Lord? * And my substance is with thee.
38:12 Deliver thou me from all my iniquities: * thou hast made me a reproach to the fool.
38:13 I was dumb, and I opened not my mouth, because thou hast done it: * remove thy scourges from me.
38:14 The strength of thy hand hath made me faint in rebukes: * thou hast corrected man for iniquity.
38:15 And thou hast made his soul to waste away like a spider: * surely in vain is any man disquieted.
38:16 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and my supplication: * give ear to my tears.
38:17 Be not silent: for I am a stranger with thee, * and a sojourner as all my fathers were.
38:18 O forgive me, that I may be refreshed, before I go hence, * and be no more.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. Remove, O Lord, * thy scourges from me.

And ….

V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Famíliam tuam, quaesumus, Dómine, contínua pietáte custódi: ut, quæ in sola spe grátiæ coeléstis innítitur, tua semper protectióne muniátur.
Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

Commemoratio Ss. Quatuor Coronatorum Martyrum
Præsta, quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, qui gloriósos Mártyres fortes in sua confessióne cognóvimus, pios apud te in nostra intercessióne sentiámus.
Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

And because I want to be in a sunny mood… sunny up with hot sauce and rye toast.

The lines were very long at the polling place this morning, and I got there 15 minutes after it opened.  Happily, there are more than one ward at this polling place and I am in the smallest, so our line was relatively quick.  Quite a few of the people I saw struck me as being “blue collar”.

I may go to a movie today (on Tuesday’s all movies and all times only $5 and you get free popcorn), and perhaps take in a shop not out of keeping with my chapeau.

Tonight, I’ll probably watch the returns with clerics of my acquaintance.


I refuse to be down about the possible election results.   So, I’ve gone to the talkies.


I enjoyed the talkies: Doctor Strange… which was strange, but it did the trick in that I didn’t think about the election.

I had an great experience of a stranger doing me a good turn, and I had a dreadful experience with two gas station employees (who may have defied the Peter Principle).

And now, having picked up dry cleaning, I can start packing for a trip on Thursday.

As far as the news is concerned, I have my fingers in ears and I’m humming Gregorian chants.

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  1. Lucas Whittaker says:

    Not to sound like the Grimm Reaper, or anything … But I predicted a negative outcome for this election before Trump even campaigned. In a country where the ability to reason is uncommon we must come to expect unreasonable outcomes where people are involved. When it comes to the Church, it is receptive suffering that brings about (historically, and after the example of our blessed Lord) the greatest number of conversions. Nobody wants to suffer. But it is–always–a blessing in the end. Pray God that our suffering will be delayed. Yet, such a delay would take a miracle in our milieu.

  2. gracie says:

    At some point, I hope you get to see “Queen of Katwe”.

  3. The Masked Chicken says:

    Our college is giving free tacos to everyone who voted. Talk about subliminal campaigning!

    The Chicken

  4. The Masked Chicken says:

    Okay, maybe the food truck just wanted to be nice, but why couldn’t it be an ice cream truck??

    The Chicken

  5. The Masked Chicken says:

    Oh, it is a Mexican food truck. so I guess, in charity, I have to assume they are just being nice, but why Mexican on today, of all days :(

    The Chicken

  6. hwriggles4 says:

    Fr. Z:

    Not to change the subject, but in order to help get my mind off the election (and like you I did vote), the last two Saturdays I went to the movies. Hacksaw Ridge was worth seeing (you would make a fine Chaplain for the Wisconsin ANG) and so was the Sully movie. These two films were also about men who took action and didn’t worry too much about the outcome. I recommend both films, particularly for men to see.

  7. Huber says:

    Father, did you (surreptitiously) exorcise and bless the polling place?

  8. acardnal says:

    “Doctor Strange” I presume.

    Those eggs look magnificent. Lots of pepper. And nice and crispy around the edges.

    I bet some voters in your ward didn’t appreciate your hat. LOL. I did though.

  9. capchoirgirl says:

    Looks like a Marcus Theatre! That’s what we have here and I love them, not only for $5 movie day, but because they caption every movie!

  10. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    “I have my fingers in ears and I’m humming Gregorian chants.” De Profundis? Exsurgat Deus?

  11. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Speaking of movies: did you ever discuss Hail, Caesar, and I miss it? I’ve run into some interesting observations about it, online (where and by whom, I don’t remember…), and am not sure whose intention is showing, where, but (spoiler alert) I like it that it ends with the Pater Noster in Church Slavonic (not Stravinsky’s setting, though).

  12. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    The Masked Chicken,

    Perhaps Hispanic Trump enthusiasts, playfully recalling the Demonized Taco Bowl?

  13. RichR says:

    I’m curious what kind of comments you get from people who see a Roman collar and a Glock hat. You already know my thoughts. I’d give you a high five.

  14. Lucas Whittaker says:

    I have never been so happy to be wrong [in my above prediction]. May God be praised for leading us into a brighter future than we otherwise faced. Wisconsin: I am impressed that you voted for the GOP nominee. Maybe four years from now Minnesota will follow your lead, coming to its senses.

  15. JARay says:

    I must share my delight that my prayers have been answered. Although I have no direct concern about whoever is elected in the USA ( I am an Australian) I must say that my prayers, this day, have been answered. I begged Almighty God not to allow that evil woman become the POTUS. Thank you Almighty God.

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