Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Ecumenical Corpus Christi Procession in Erfurt
Preacher carrying Bible next to the Blessed Sacrament.
I was reminded of Dom Bede Jarrett's anecdote in his History of the English Dominicans.
King Henry II of England was "in worldly affairs imprudent, but in Spiritual affairs most devout." It is the pious side of the King's character that is of most interest. For example, he notes that daily the King heard three sung Masses (cum nota, i.e., chanted to plain song) and several low Masses. To him Saint Louis of France urged one day, when the two lay encamped in France, in half-scandalized banter, that it was also a good thing to hear sermons, which Henry apparently avoided. The Saint's rebuke was answered with " courtly humour," says the chronicler (with deep mystic insight we would further add):
"I would rather see my Friend than hear another speak ever so well of Him."