31 January 2008

Book Meme

Picked up from Scuffulans hirsutus

Book Meme Rules
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people

"'Oh, good Lord, no!'" Uncle William spoke vehemently and shut his mouth with a snap, glancing at his escort with furtive blue eyes. Marcus turned to Campion, betraying that he had given up the idea of persuading Uncle William to open the proceedings. 'Look here,' he said."--Police at the Funeral, by Margery Allingham

Rather than tagging people, I think I'll let my readers pick it up as they please. There probably aren't more than five of you anyway. Leave a link in the comment box so I can see what you come up with!

28 January 2008

Long-haired Chihuahua at Prayer

No, I'm not kidding. The dog imitates the pose of Buddhist monks (based on the article I guess he's owned by a Buddhist monastery). Check it out.

27 January 2008

Draw us in the Spirit's tether

Draw us in the Spirit's tether;
For when humbly, in thy name,
Two or three are met together,
Thou art in the midst of them:
Alleluya! Alleluya! Touch we now thy garment's hem.

As the faithful used to gather
In the name of Christ to sup,
Then with thanks to God the Father
Break the bread and bless the cup,
Alleluya! Alleluya! So knit thou our friendship up.

All our meals and all our living
Make as sacraments of thee,
That by caring, helping, giving,
We may true disciples be.
Alleluya! Alleluya! We will serve thee faithfully.

Text by Percy Dearmer
Tune "Union Seminary" by Harold Friedell

17 January 2008

Cool Desktop Wallpaper

Looking for a new backdrop for your computer? Checkout the Vladstudio Cathedrals Wallpaper Pack now available for download. It includes regular and widescreen versions of sepia-toned sketch-looking pictures depicting the cathedrals of Barcelona, Cologne, Florence, Milan and Moscow.

Their website has some other nice wallpapers too, mostly more abstract than the cathedral pictures.

16 January 2008


Last semester, one of my students wrote me a paper on chant, arguing that music students today ought to study chant more closely. I was curious to note that most of his citations came from the Catholic Encyclopedia and the writings of Justine Ward. Once again this semester he is in the class I am assisting with, and I have noticed him reading First Things before the start of class. I now assume that he must have been the one who finished the "Gloria Patri" in Latin last semester when the professor couldn't remember the end of it.

I wonder if I should have a chat with him. I wonder where he goes to Mass.

13 January 2008

New Blog

My husband and I have started a new blog called "Requiescat in pace," dedicated to praying for the dead by posting prayer cards from funerals. Check it out. If you have a prayer card to contribute, please scan it and send it along to requiescat.blog@gmail.com, or email us and we'll give you an address where you can send a photocopy or an original card.

This will not impact the irregularly scheduled service from Catholics, Musicians, Students that you, our three or four dear readers, have come to expect.