SUNDAY ~ July 14th – all from the Ordinary & Psalter, and the Proper of the Season. Comemoration of St. Bonaventure (Table 8 & Collect from Proper of the Saints). At Matins: no notice is taken of the Feast of St. Bonaventure. At Lauds: no Preces, Collect of Trinity IV & commem. of St. Bonaventure, no … More Ordo Trinity IV & Week following (UK)
… I last paid any attention to this blog. There is a reason for this. The past year or so I have been working with and on the Breviary as used and published by the Society of St. Margaret during the latter part of the 19th Century. This Breviary was, in substance, given to them … More Its been a while since …
Amalarius (or Amalar) of Metz mentions that the Church celebrates four offices during the day and four during the night. The latter four he also calls “vigils.” This pattern of four per part of the day are biblically grounded via Nehemiah 9 vs. 1-3: “1.And in the four and twentieth day of the month the … More Amalarius and the biblical roots of the Divine Office (i)
“David is first, midst, and last.” This phrase is (erroneously) attributed to St. John Chrysostom and can be found cited in St. John Mason’s Neale’s Commentary on the Psalms (Vol. 1). The importance of Psalmody for Christians can be easily deduced from the the old Psalters. The entire book of Psalms is recited once every week … More The Psalms, are first, midst and last.
The pre-Pius X Breviary largely distributed the Psalter over Matins and Vespers throughout the week. Most of the Psalms from Psalm 1 to 109 were read at Matins and most of the Psalms from 110-147 were read at Vespers. This arrangement of the Psalter emphasizes the continuous reading of the Psalms. The Psalms are read prety … More Reflecting on Continuous Psalmody in the Anglican Breviary
Another way of approaching the subject addressed in the Allegory of the Cave is that of the Divided Line. The latter, in fact precedes the former in Plato’s Republic: “Conceive then,” said I, “as we were saying, that there are these two entities, and that one of them is sovereign over the intelligible order and … More Plato’s Dualism (iii) ~ The Divided Line
There are two famous expressions of Plato’s supposed dualism: the allegory of the cave the allegory of the divided line It is time we addressed these famous expression of the theory of forms and its apparent dualism. This post will contain a long quote from Plato’s Republic where Socrates is explaining forms to Glaucon using the … More Plato’s Dualism (ii)~ the Cave
Parmenides provided us a view of reality where there are only two choices: something either is or is not. In his view it makes no sense to speak of “levels of being” it is preposterous. Plato, however, recognizes an “in between” which is situated between is and is-not between Being and non-being. How is that possible one might … More Levels of Being
Today is the XVth Sunday after Trinity or Trinity XV. As most Sundays Trinity XV is a Semidouble. The liturgical color is green. The Octave of the Nativity of the BVM is Simple so that nothing is said of the Octave (except on the Octave Day itself). The Universal Kalendar commemorates St. Gorgonius and in … More Sunday Trinity XV
In raising up our thought from the apprehension of the intelligible whatnesses that these things have, we ourselves are transcending temporality. Eric D. Perl, Thinking Being, p. 33. Sometimes an objection to forms is raised that askes this question. But to ask the question is to misunderstand what form is. The question is therefore unanswerable. Form … More Can a Form exist at a time it has no Instances?