Mass last Sunday was a cappella. The organ had to be covered with a ginormous tarp because of plaster work being done in the loft.
I have to say, it was lovely. It really is my preference, no offense to all the musicians out there. A chanted monastic liturgy, Eastern Christian liturgies resonating with the human voice…yes. Seems to me it’s the way it should be.
At one point, I presented the worship aid, with the words of the Gloria, in Latin, closer to my 9-year old’s face. He waved it away and whispered, “We had to learn it in schola.”
Well. My bad.
Speaking of music in our cathedral, this past Monday the cathedral hosted the debut performance of a new (independent) music group in town, the Highland Consort, specializing in Renaissance Polyphony. It was a stunning performance. We sat in the rear of the main center aisles, which were full, it seemed to me.
Speaking of stained glass, our weekly jaunt took Michael and me up to Huntsville. I wanted to revisit the science center that we frequented last fall when the older boy was doing First Lego League. It’s moved and I wanted to check out the facilities…we were disappointed to see that it really wasn’t an improvement and everything looked, in fact, a little more tired.
So after a very short visit, we headed over to Lowe Mill, an old mill (obviously) that has been transformed into studio space for artists. Not a lot of artists were working (I’m guessing more of them of present on weekends), but we could peek through windows at quite a bit of interesting work. One fellow who was in was working on this:
…for a church in Kentucky, and we got a bit of instruction on his technique, which is…painstaking.
I exercise regularly, but I decided this week to revisit the Couch to 5K program which I’d done and finished several years and, it seems, lifetimes ago. This time I started at week 4, which was no trouble and really just the right spot. Now, I didn’t know there were lots of different versions of Cto5k you can download, and the first one I randomly downloaded was…not my style of music. It was sort of weird. But then I stumbled upon the versions produced by the ever-helpful NHS, and, well…if you want…entertaining encouragement, I highly recommend giving this version a try. I mean, what is more helpful than a woman urging you in a gentle British accent Well done! and Off you go!
Speaking of British people talking in my ear while I walk and run in circles, Melvin Bragg is back in business with a new season of In Our Time, which I once again, as is my wont, encourage you to try out. I’ll admit that the first two topics were challenging for me – I couldn’t tell you much more about the number “e” now than before I “listened” to the program, and the next one, on a very important 7th century battle between Arabs and Chinese lost me after fifteen minutes. BUT…the third episode was on Rudyard Kipling and it was really good, giving a thorough and fair treatment of his life in India, his business-savvy writing career, his time in America, how he felt about America, World War I, his verse. Good stuff.
Nothing like waiting until exactly a month before you leave the country to renew your passport. Good job, me!
Next week, I’ll be spending a lot of time with Jim and Joy Pinto!
Monday, I’ll be on their EWTN radio show, which airs at 2 eastern, and then Thursday, I’ll join them on the television at 3 eastern – the times they’re repeated are at the links. I’ll be talking mostly about Adventures in Assisi, of course, but also about my other books on saints, since it’s that time of year.
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