“Virgin and martyr, patroness of church music, died at Rome.
This saint, so often glorified in the fine arts and in poetry, is one of the most venerated martyrs of Christian antiquity. The oldest historical account of St. Cecilia is found in the “Martyrologium Hieronymianum”; from this it is evident that her feast was celebrated in the Roman Church in the fourth century.”
David Clayton, professor at Saint Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH, discusses the Christian perspective on art, cosmic beauty, first principles, and the Transcendentals. Part Two next week-end.
In honor of his feast day, November 13, which I neglected last week.
A good documentary on St John Chrysostom–the Golden-Tongued–Doctor of the Church and author of the Orthodox liturgy, which has taken place every Sunday in every Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Rite Catholic church—regardless of country, regardless of language—for the last 1500 years. It is a condensed version of the Liturgy of St Basil and is composed almost entirely of text directly from the Bible. The music varies depending on local tastes, but the text remains identical.
Here’s a shortened version of St John’s Liturgy by Tchaikovsky to give you a taste (the actual liturgy takes a couple of hours):
St John is also known for his tender and stirring Paschal Homily, read at every Eastern Orthodox Pascha (Easter) celebration.
Head to your polling place—take a sick-bag with you, if necessary—and vote. If you don’t have the opportunity to vote for your own cause, then at least vote against the Devil’s cause—don’t let the Perfect be the enemy of the Good.
It is true that silence gives consent. Do you really want your own inaction to contribute to the furtherance of public policies with which you vehemently disagree?