The Roman sunrise was at 6:46 and the sunset is due at 17:01. The Ave Maria is still slated for 17:30. It is the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost and the Feast of St. Felix, of happy memory, about whom St. Augustine wrote in his Expositions of the Psalms.
Thank you for this day, O Lord. It is my last full day in Rome.
What to post? People had questions about my chalice. I had brought it back to Rome to the shop where it was made, over thirty years of wear later.
I brought my chalice with me to Rome to have it restored. I was going to do this for my 30th anniversary but, you know, Covid and Vaxes and Masks, oh my. I took the precious thing to the shop where it was made.
Here are a couple of photos of them working on it.
In this, the goldsmith is opening up the settings of the stones on the node do allow more light to bring out their color.
This patently is work on the paten.
A based shot.
Years ago it was determined by the Sacred Congregation for Rites that the re-gilding of a chalice required re-consecration.
I found a bishop whom I highly respect to do the honors. I will now have the pleasure of thinking also of him when I use the chalice. We all win!
Things laid out and ready. I won’t show too much of the lace, because I know that it upsets some less-than-sturdy minds as being restorationizing backwardist nostalgia and therefore “YOU HATE VATICAN II!” stuff.
That’s one pretty chalice, all in all. Fully restored it is sump’n.
After the consecration, I immediately used it for Mass for the intention of the consecrating bishop, who was so kind.
In my conversation with the goldsmith about cleaning the chalice – FATHERS! SACRISTY PEOPLE! LISTEN UP! – I was told to use only very high percentage white alcohol to clean the chalice. Everything else will damage, “eat”, the gold. He told me that in the shop. I wrote a note to him to ask if anything else could be used, some sort of polish or soap and water.
“Pulire esclusivamente con alcool puro bianco. Tutto il resto potrebbe danneggiare la doratura… Clean exclusively with pure, white alcohol. Anything else could damage the gilding.”
This doesn’t apply to silver, but it WOULD apply to the gilding inside the cup of a silver chalice. It would apply to a monstrance or paten or pyx or anything else that is gilded.
So, there should be bottles of 90%+ alcohol in sacristies, and not just to make limoncello.
In the USA we have “Everclear” at 95%. There are other brands, too. I saw one in an Italian store the other day: 96%. I bought it and used it to clean the chrism and smudges from the consecration. It worked like a charm. I’ll leave this bottle with the sacristan at Ss. Trinità. They’ll either use it for chalice or The Great Roman™ will make limoncello out of it. Either way is a good way.
Meanwhile, I was supposed to go to see the Van Gogh exhibit in Rome at exactly the time when morons interfered. HERE Another one of these climate change idiocies. They threw vegetable puree at a painting and then glued themselves to the wall while shouting slogans about carbon and climate. The contempt I have for these nitwits is nearly complete now. How on earth did they get that stuff in there, given what has been happening? ANSWER: It was probably an inside job, someone on the inside letting them into the gallery with their stuff.
Here’s another kind of puzzle.
BLACK to move. You should get this one pretty quickly.
NB: I may hold comments with puzzle solutions a little longer than others so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.
Interested in learning? Try THIS.
Meanwhile, the mighty Robert Card. Sarah has a new book, Catechism of the Spiritual Life.
Chess and Card. Sarah. It’s a good day.