Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dutch city turns church into a luxury experience

It has been a while since I've enjoyed going to church so much.

As a lapsed Catholic I tend to keep my church attendances to Christmas and, if I'm feeling quite a lot of guilt, Easter. (Cathcon- guilt because you are no longer practising- don't forget those other sins).

However, I would happily go to 'church' at Maastricht's Kruisherenhotel on a daily basis.
A former gothic church and monastery dating from the 15th century, the buildings have been beautifully renovated to welcome"

The moral of the story- liberal, lapsing Catholics feel more comfortable when churches are no longer churches.

Catholic Anglican Use Requiem Mass


Pastoral Provision by Pope John Paul II.

Wednesdays- dedicated to the Honour of St Joseph

CAELITUM, Ioseph, decus, atque nostrae
certa spes vitae, columenque mundi,
quas tibi laeti canimus, benignus
suscipe laudes.

JOSEPH, the praise and glory of the heavens,
sure pledge of life, and safety of the wide world,
as in our joy we sing to thee, in kindness
list to our praises.

Te, satum David, statuit Creator1
Virginis sponsum, voluitque Verbi
te patrem dici, dedit et ministrum
esse salutis.

Thou by the world's Creator wert appointed
spouse of the Virgin; thee He willed to honor
naming thee Father of the Word and guardian
of our salvation.

Tu, Redemptorem stabulo iacentem,
quem chorus vatum cecinit futurum,
aspicis gaudens, sociusque matris2
primus adoras.

Thou thy Redeemer, lying in a stable,
whom long ago foretold the choir of Prophets,
sawest rejoicing and thy God adoredst
humble in childhood.

Rex Deus regum, dominator orbis,
cuius ad nutum tremit infernorum
turba, cui pronus famulatur aether,
se tibi subdit.

God, King of kings, and Governor of the ages,
He at whose word the powers of hell do tremble,
He whom the adoring heavens ever worship
called thee protector.

Laus sit excelsae Triadi perennis,
quae, tibi insignes tribuens honores,3
et tuis nobis meritis beatae
gaudia vitae.

Praise to the Triune Godhead ever-lasting,
Who with such honor mightily hath blest thee;
o may He grant us thy blest petition
joys everlasting.

Feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs


Much more information here.

Latest Catholic video news!


The Polish Pope

Attacks in India


Pope Benedict Bookstore