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All the short histories of Rome skip to the Punic Wars, so I wanted to read about Pyrrhus by the end of the week. In Charlotte Yonge's Book we read through chapters 13-16 today. There were lots of incidents to act out with much drama and enthusiasm. One contrast came between Manlius breaking ranks to ...continue reading "More wars: Samnites and Pyrrhus"

We read chapters 7 and 8 of Charlotte Yonge's book Young Folk's History of Rome. This described the developing political structure of the Roman Republic. There are many, many diagrams to try explain the structure, but as the structure changed over time it is probably a good idea to make your own. Then we printed ...continue reading "Ancient Rome – government"

We have looked at: O salutaris Hostia the lesson Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis part 1 part 2 part 3 Tantum Ergo part 1 part 2 part 3 Adoremus in aeternum the post Although the custom of praying the Litany of Our Lady during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is not so widespread in Australia, ...continue reading "Benediction Conclusion"

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"

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.

This is a really long one! I'll cut it up into three parts—no strict reason for the division, just to make it easier to handle. First part The Greek bits: Testing google fonts Then the rest is in Latin: Phew! That's enough for now. You can write these on paper as you did before. Maybe ...continue reading "Litany of Our Lady – part 1"

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"