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As the Blessed Sacrament is returned to the tabernacle and the priest and servers prepare to leave it is customary to sing a recessional. Adoremus in aeternum is the most commonly used, but there are lots of suitable pieces. Antiphon: Adoremus in aeternum, sanctissimum Sacramentum. Psalm 116 (the shortest one in the Book) Laudate Dominum ...continue reading "Adoremus in aeternum"

V. Panem de caelo praestitisti eis. (T.P. Alleluia) R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem. (T.P. Alleluia) Oremus: Deus, qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili, passionis tuae memoriam reliquisti: tribue, quaesumus, ita nos corporis et sanguinis tui sacra mysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tuae fructum in nobis iugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. R. Amen. ...continue reading "Tantum ergo part 3"

This hymn usually comes right before the actual Blessing of the Blessed Sacrament - or Benediction for short. We all kneel down - the English words run: Down in adoration falling this great Sacrament we hail ancient types have long departed newer rites of grace prevail faith for all defects supplying where the feeble senses ...continue reading "Tantum ergo – part 1"

Now we're up to the last part of the Litany. I'll treat the collect separately. There are a few title in honour of her mercy on poor sinners then the regal titles of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Lastly there is the three-fold invocation of the Lamb of God, Mary's Son. I won't ...continue reading "Litany of Our Lady – part 3"

Continuing on from part one. We've gone through the beginning and we just finished all the Maters. Now into the Virgos and then the really beautiful titles. Which one is your favourite? Very amazing imagery. When you write this out you might like to add illustrations.

Writing lessons as blog posts + quizzes seems to be the way to go for now. Later these lessons can be arranged into Namaste lessons if need be. There are a few handy ways to structure a course out of the disparate lessons. One is to make the availability of a quiz depend on completing ...continue reading "Collecting quizzes"

Martin Joseph Kerney writes a great outline of history in A Compendium of Ancient and Modern History. The quotes below all come from that book. If you'd like to read the rest, I have made a newly typeset excerpt here. AMONG the various nations of antiquity, Greece deservedly holds the most distinguished rank, both for ...continue reading "Ancient Greece"

A thought for this evening - does the lesson and course structure part make it more difficult. The other way is to just post posts and use quizzes. There isn't a way to submit assignments like that, though that could be done by email or contact form. The Namaste LMS assignment system is a bit ...continue reading "Does the lesson system make things more difficult?"

Where do I start? I grew up reading hymnbooks and music books for fun. We always had a piano and I knew enough to decode tunes from the piles of music which grew close by. I would be leafing through books of anthems, lieder, pop music and anything else. A fairly sizeable chunk was in ...continue reading "Interlinear texts"