30 January 2010

It guttered

As I was finishing Mass this morning (having even said that marvellous Sequence about Bl Charles Stuart) one of the altar candles started guttering ... it proved to have burned down to what within the Patrimony we call the Spike.

I'm sure readers - and not only Tasmanian ones - will be able to explain to me the symbolism of this.

7 comments:

Br. Stephen, O.Cist said...

Last week was the Feast of St. Alban Roe. He was something of a prankster...

bob said...

Laud his name and Laud his story!

Fr John Hunwicke SSC, said...

Good on yer, Bob!

Joshua said...

Why did the C. of E. not raise Laud to the holy tables as well?

It seems a bit ungrateful to one who died for what he believed.

(I'll try and be good, Fr H. - this post gave me a good laugh.)

JamesIII said...

I was music director at St. Andrew's parish on a Sunday when bishop Robert Rusak, late bishop of Los Angeles, made his pastoral visit. His sermon was on righteous Christian anger and centered on the story of Christ and the money changers.

After the sermon and the collection had been placed on the altar, the church was hit by a freak wind. The doors flew open and the tornado-like wind extinguished the candles and sent the paper money from the collection flying about the chancel.

When things had settled the bishop looked at the choir and asked, "Can I preach or can I preach?"

Joshua said...

Paper money in the collection? Now that's a part of the Patrimony that would be most welcome trans-Tiber.

motuproprio said...

Two sounds pleasing to the Almighty; the creak of the confessional door and the rustle of notes in the collection.