(1) SOD'S LAW: I know there are unbelievers ... sodslawdeniers ... out there. I don't know how much evidence you people need. This morning, I got all set-up to watch and listen to the Chrism Mass.
At three minutes to eleven, a fuse blew.
By 11.15, I had rectified matters and was back on track. An hour or so later, the audio link from the Bavarian Chapel Royal failed.
So I missed what looked like a Second Homily at the end of Mass, when Archbishop Claudio gesticulated eloquently at an non-operating mike.
Or should I simply assume that Providence does not want me to know what he said?
(2) SUPPLICES TE ROGAMUS ... During this Prayer in the Canon, His Excellency said, not "by the hands of thy holy Angel", but "by the hands of thy Holy Spirit".
I am hoping ... nay rather, I am praying ... that this was just a little slip, like a weeny parablepsis, revealing nothing more than that Archbishop Claudio has not often used, or heard used, or had a look at the text of, the Roman Canon/Eucharistic Prayer. This is true of many clergy in today's Church. God bless them all.
What I am afraid of is that this might be the sign of some new daft fad whereby the text of this august and venerable Prayer is corrupted in order to smuggle a byzantinising reference to the Spirit into a euchological context in which it most definitely has no place whatsoever. Not in a million years.
This sort of thing can happen nowadays. Example: those invalid forms of Baptism which the CDF tracked down last year. Father A has some absolutely spiffingly brilliant idea which he shares with Father B and, before you know where you are, Father C has spread it all through his seminary year group. It's more infectious than Covid.
I hope somebody can assure me that I'm paranoid.
(3) ENCAENIARE: A few days ago, at Mattins, S Augustine informed his congregation that this verb is 'still' used when one puts on a new tunic.
A doctis tantum hoc rogo: does he mean that in his own North African Latin, the verb encaeniare existed with that meaning; or is he saying that the Greeks 'still' use egkainizesthai in this way?