Sunday, 21 September 2014

Fr. Philip Graystone, S.M., R.I.P. - Past Headmaster of St. Mary's Sidcup

It is with sadness that I received this evening a text from one of my friends, informing me of the recent death of Fr. Philip Graystone, my old headmaster from my own school days. Father passed away at Dorrington House Car Home, Wells-next-the-Sea, at 11.30 pm on Monday 15 September, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

I am sure that there are many other old boys of St. Mary's Grammar School, Sidcup from the 1960's and '70's (and, indeed some past pupils of St. Joseph's Convent Grammar School, Abbey Wood, and of the amalgamated school which the two formed in 1979) who remember Fr. Graystone with some fondness. Father was also active in the Parish of St. Lawrence, Sidcup, when he was Head of the school.

I understand that Father's Requiem will take place at Walsingham on Tuesday, 30th. September. Sadly, I will be unable to attend, but offer my prayers for Father's soul.

Requiem aeternum dona ei, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat ei:
Requiescat in pace.

Virgo Dolorosa, ora pro ei.

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour for those affected by changes in Blackfen

I anticipate that the majority of my readers are already aware of the recent changes that have taken place at Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen.

I am aware that other bloggers who have been directly affected by this have maintained a dignified silence, and I, too, do not wish to become involved in discussion of the matter in the blogosphere at this time.

May I, however, suggest making a Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (or Perpetual Help), for those who are bearing crosses as a result of the changes. I suggest Our Lady under this title, as there are undoubtedly those who are seeking comfort, help and guidance at this time, and also because the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour was apparently originally in the Church of San Mattaeo (my patron) in Rome, and it would seem apt as I am beginning this Novena on his feast.

There appear to be various Novena prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour - the follow, which I suggest, as it seems very apt, is taken from those used at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at Baclaren in the Philippines, and further prayers can be found on their website .

Novena Prayer

Dear Mother of Perpetual Help from the cross Jesus gave you to us for our Mother. You are the kindness, the most loving of all mothers. Look tenderly on us your children as we now ask you to help us in all our needs especially this one…
(Pause to recall your petitions - I will leave readers to use their own words here)
While you were on earth, dear Mother you willingly shared in the sufferings of your Son. Strengthened by your faith and confidence in the fatherly love of God you accepted the mysterious designs of His Will. We too have our crosses and trials. Sometimes they almost crush us to the ground. Dearest Mother, share with us your abundant faith and confidence in God. Make us aware that God never ceases to love us; that He answers all our prayers in the way that is best for us. Strengthen our hearts to carry the cross in the footsteps of your Divine Son. Help us to realize that he who shares the cross of Christ will certainly share His resurrection. Dearest Mother, as we worry about our own problems let us not forget the needs of others. You always love others so much; help us to do the same. While praying for our own intentions and for all the intentions of all here present at this Novena we earnestly ask you, our Mother, to help us comfort the sick and the dying give hope to the poor and unemployed, heal the broken-hearted lighten the burden of the oppressed, teach justice to their oppressors and bring back to God all those who have offended Him. Dearest Mother, help us to avoid sin which separates us from our heavenly Father and from one another. Full of trust in you, we place ourselves under the mantle of your maternal protection and confidently hope for your powerful help.

Feast of St. Matthew

Today is the Feast of St. Matthew, whose name I took at my Confirmation and, in its Latinised form, use as my identity in the blogosphere, and who is, therefore, one of the patrons of this blog.

Happy Feast!

This is quite a tough time for me to celebrate this feast, as Our Lord has lately seen fit to send me a number of crosses.
May I request, of your Charity, your prayers for the former TLM community of Blackfen, now being scattered, and also for my elderly father who is currently ill in hospital.

Sancte Matthaee, ora pro nobis.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

Sancte Augustine, ora pro nobis

Happy Feast!

Also my Birthday, so going to have something nice to eat (and probably also to drink) today.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Chasuble Shapes

I recently came across this rather interesting image while googling for a picture of a Roman vestment. It shows the development of chasubles (I assume the numbers in Roman numerals under each picture refer to the century from which it dates). This may be helpful to those readers not familiar with different forms of chasuble. Some of the regional variants of the 'fiddleback' shape are worth noting.

When you have finished your perusal, you might want to pop over to The Rad Trad's Liturgical Boutique with your wish list :-)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

More Irish Music

As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is some ongoing banter between myself, Zephy, and a priest acquaintance, over Irish songs.

I was going to send them the link to this little piece, but decided it was worthy of sharing with a wider audience. It seemed quite apt as this is a Bank Holiday weekend in England, considering what experiences of travel at these times are often like ;-)

The song was written by the great Irish singer-songwriter and artist of the early 20th. Century, Percy French, apparently as a response to being unable to get to one of his concerts due to delays on the West Clare Railway. The story goes on that the railway attempted to sue French for libel, so he responded with a countersuit for loss of earnings. I understand that both suits were dropped, and the song now remains as a delightful piece of Irishness (it has been said the Irish language has several words roughly equivalent in meaning to the Spanish manana, however none expresses quite the same sense of urgency :-) ).
Percy French

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Prayers for the Holy Father and his family

I have just read on Fr. Z's blog the sad news that the wife and children of Pope Francis' nephew have been killed in a road accident, and the nephew himself, Emanuel Bergoglio was seriously injured. Please remember the Holy Father in your prayers, and also pray for his family, and for the repose of the souls of those who died.
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