Monthly Archives: November 2011

To kick off Advent…


What is, quite possibly, the most ghetto Advent wreath I’ve ever seen… and I went through Catholic school my whole life, so I’ve made my fair share of fireless candles.


Welcome to the Third Edition of the Roman Missal!


I’ve been going to the Latin Mass for a couple years now (I can’t remember exactly how long) and I must admit that these new English translations have made me ecstatic.  It reads almost exactly like the right-hand side of the Latin-English Missal!  It’s beautiful.  I admit that today was a little slow–all of us are adjusting, so we’re sort of stumbling through the Mass–but it will eventually be beautiful.  And maybe the chant will encourage churches to do more of the propers IN LATIN.  I’m such a sucker for a Latin Credo.  Or Sanctus.  Or Agnus Dei.  Or… you get the idea.  (Actually, my personal favourite–and my sister’s–sung Credo is Palestrina’s Credo from Missa O Magnum Mysterium.  Liturgical music nuts, correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it is a polyphonic tune for… four voices?  I think four.  But can be done with more.  Don’t quote me on that, ask a liturgy nerd.  My normal go-to liturgy nerds are at Mass right now.)

I’m not going to post a whole list of the changes–you can find those online, or at your local Catholic church now that it’s Advent–but I would like to remind everyone to respond, “And with your spirit”!  (Maybe it would be easier if we just switched back to Latin?  I don’t know.)

Also, something lovely I noticed–I can still sing the Sanctus in Latin.  And the current English setting of the Holy, Holy, Holy is the plainchant for the Latin.  This makes me happy.  Now I need to learn the Credo…

Oh!  One more thing.  To anyone who says that changing “We believe” in the Creed to “I believe” ruins the community identity, a few things:

1. “Credo” is first person.  Looks like Spanish, doesn’t it?  “Tengo,” “hablo,” etc.  Spanish (like French, Portugese, Italian, and Romanian) is a Romance language–it is derived from Latin.  So the Latin is saying “I believe.”

2. I really don’t see how you can say that the community identity is ruined when a hundred voices all say the same words together.  The Pledge of Allegiance is in first-person too, and schoolchildren all over the nation say that in unison. “I pledge allegiance to the flag…”

3. It’s kind of pretentious, in this day and age of modernistic relativism, to assume that everyone believes what you believe–even at your own church.  I’ve run into too many dissenters in the past to say, “Well, WE believe X, Y and Z” and have switched to referring to myself alone for the simple fact that many “Catholics” don’t understand the True Presence.  (I know not all, but I’m from Rochester.  Sadly this kind of an experience can make a young Catholic a bit jaded, I’m afraid.)

Anyway, enjoy the beautiful new translations!  Maybe you want to invest in a new Roman Missal… or a Latin-English missal.  You never know when someone may decide to switch it up on you! 😉

On the Naming of Inanimate Objects


I’m supposed to be working, but I can’t focus right now and have too many non-architecture-related thoughts bouncing around my head.  I’m not sleeping tonight anyway… maybe I’ll take a short nap after my second or third sheet of drawings.  I miss drafting geometries.  But none of this has ANYTHING to do with the post I wanted to write.

I have a strange habit of naming almost everything.  My laptop’s name is Valerie (my house’s network is Princess Bride themed)… my sewing machine is named Barbara.  My umbrella, an eight-colour rainbow (I have ALWAYS wanted one) is named Roy (ba-dum-kssh) and my Mayline (parallel ruler for drafting) is named Michael.  One of my architecture friends taped a nametag to Michael: “Hello I am Michael the Mayline!!!”  After seeing it every day for a while now (I lose track of time so easily), I realized–every time I see its name, I think of Saint Michael.  Upon Googling, I realized that both Valerie and Roy are saints as well.  I discovered Barbara to be the patron saint of architects after I had named my sewing machine.  I see a trend here… a trend in saints.  The names I assign to my objects remind me of the Communion of Saints on a regular basis–this often reminds me to check in with them, pray, say a Hail Mary–to connect with them in some way.  So I think everyone ought to name their objects and use the names to remind them of their patron saints, or saints with whom they would like to have a special relationship.

Please forgive me if this entire post is incoherent–it is far later than I am willing to admit in a place where my mother can see it.