Sunday, September 12, 2021

A Collect for the Day that's in it

 KEEP, we beseech thee, O Lord, Thy Church with Thy perpetual mercy: and, because the frailty of man without Thee cannot but fall; keep us ever by Thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Nine-Eleven, 20 Years On

"Just as they did at Buckingham Palace twenty years ago to show solidarity with the US, the Band of the Welsh Guards this morning played the US National Anthem at changing of the guard."

Thus sayeth the explanation at Youtube.  If I recall correctly, I think the band on 9/11/2001 was that of the Coldstream Guards.  But whatever band,  it was a beautiful tribute as is this one.

Monday, September 06, 2021

The Standard on the Braes o' Mar

 On this day, the 6th of September in 1715 John Erskine, Scotland's 6th Earl of Mar, unfurled the standard of the old Pretender at Braemar.  Thus began the first of the Jacobite risings supporting King James III and VIII as the legitimate king.

There is much about Jacobitism on the web, not all of it, shall we say, worthwhile.  You could make a very good start here though.


Saturday, September 04, 2021

Dropping in for a Quick Word

 I resolved this morning to try and be a bit more regular in minding The Inn.  I even made some preparatory notes at breakfast.  And now as I sit here at the keyboard the notes go one-by-one into the waste paper basket.   Every one seems trite, not very original and every topic treated better elsewhere.  It seems I'm not cut out to be a topical commentator.

So far as Traditiones Custodes, that half-baked little exercise in bullying, goes, I suggest a visit to Fr Z's site  (say here or here or here) for useful treatment.  And he's a lot  nicer about the whole thing than I would be.  And don't overlook Rorate Cæli and 1Peter5 either.

And since we're being topical, can Afghanistan be avoided?  Not entirely, I suppose.  But instead of a diatribe of which there are plenty everywhere you look, I leave  you with a votive collect adapted from the Ordinariate Daily Office book:

Almighty and everlasting God, regard, we beseech Thee, the prayers of our persecuted brethren and afflicted Christians throughout the world, and especially in these times in Afghanistan:  Comfort those who suffer violence and intimidation and deliver them from their oppressors, console those who mourn the dead, convert those who have taken up arms against the faithful, and protect the peace-makers; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

So . . . is there going to be some regular posting going on here?  Possibly.  That's the plan.  But you've heard it before, haven't you.  But if I come across something that I find interesting, or funny, or relevant, or helpful . . . then,  possibly.