Monday, January 25, 2010

On the Lighter Side of Things: Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Adrian Fortescue

Our readers may appreciate, if they are in the mood to step back from the serious business of saving the liturgy, a little bit of humor I posted over at the other group weblog which I frequent, which I admit has been a bit quiet of late. It was inspired by the (very real) advice I once got from a veteran liturgist who had been a server before the Council: "Whenever you don't know what to do, walk to the center of the altar, genuflect, and go back to your place, and by the time you're back, the problem will most likely have resolved itself." Naturally, such advice is applicable to life as well as liturgy, so I have found pertinent quotes for, among other things:

Fortescue on Anger Management:

“At solemn Mass (of the living) and Vespers distinguished laymen are incensed.” --The Faithful at Mass, p. 247

Fortescue on Things Thomas Aquinas Thought About When Really, Really Bored:

“The position of the stole at the back is a disputed question.” --Low Mass Said by a Priest, p. 65

Have a look, and have some fun--for one thing, who else appreciates bizarre jokes about dead British rubricians?

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