Monday, 16 June 2014

Good Old Irish Song

There has been a bit of banter going on over the last few weeks between Zephyrinus, myelf, and an Irish priest who regularly attends the EF Mass at Blackfen. This has largely centred round once-popular Irish standard songs.

Seeing Fr. Tim's photo (reproduced above), and also a reference to a window in his soon-to-be parish church, dedicated to the Tenor, John McCormack, put me in mind of this old song (I have included the lyrics, as the 1906 recording in the video is showing its age). It dates from a time before scandals and a rotten minority did so much damage to the esteem in which the Irish clergy, most of them fine, holy and decent chaps, were held. Let's hope that the standing of priests in Ireland once again.


Of priests we can offer a charmin variety,
Far renownd for learnin and piety;
Still, Id advance ye widout impropriety,
Father OFlynn as the flowr of them all.
cho: Heres a health to you, Father OFlynn,
Slainte and slainte and slainte agin;
Powrfulest preacher, and tenderest teacher,
And kindliest creature in ould Donegal.
Dont talk of your Provost and Fellows of Trinity,
Famous forever at Greek and Latinity,
Dad and the divils and all at Divinity
Father OFlynn d make hares of them all!
Come, I venture to give ye my word,
Never the likes of his logic was heard,
Down from mythology into thayology,
Truth! and conchology if hed the call.
Och Father OFlynn, youve a wonderful way wid you,
All ould sinners are wishful to pray wid you,
All the young childer are wild for to play wid you,
Youve such a way wid you, Father avick.
Still for all youve so gentle a soul,
Gad, youve your flock in the grandest control,
Checking the crazy ones, coaxin onaisy ones,
Lifting the lazy ones on wid the stick.
And tho quite avoidin all foolish frivolity;
Still at all seasons of innocent jollity,
Where was the playboy could claim an equality,
At comicality, Father, wid you?
Once the Bishop looked grave at your jest,
Till this remark set him off wid the rest:
  "Is it lave gaiety all to the laity?
Cannot the clergy be Irishmen, too?

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Fr. Tim goes to the seaside



I am conscious that I haven't got round to posting my congratulations to Father Tim on his appointment to become Parish Priest of St. Austin and St. Gregory's, Margate, even though it is with some sadness at losing this great priest from our own parish of Blackfen.

I am sure that Father will do great work in developing the spiritual life of the people of Margate. The parish church that he will inherit looks rather nice, as is evident from the photos Father has posted from his recent visit. I have copied one below to give an idea.



Surprisngly, no-one seems yet to have picked up on this song from back in the '80's': I'm sure there's some scope for writing a more apt set of lyrics pertaining to Father's new appointment, but feel this is probably a job for someone more skilled in such matters than I.

Best wishes, Father. Ad multos annos.

Trinity Sunday

Happy Feast!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Pentecost Sunday

Veni ,Sancte Spiritus,
Reple Tuorum corda fidelium
Et Tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
Emitte Spiritum Tuum et creabuntur,
Et renovabis faciem Terrae.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus - Sequence for Pentecost Sunday
(Also known as the 'Golden Sequence')
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