of the holy
Diocese of Aberdeen:
Three fish forming a triangle on a blue field
(These three fish were caught by the confrères this afternoon
and laid out in honour of
Our Lady of Aberdeen.)
The first early Christian symbol of the Fish is taken a stage
further by combining three fish within a basic triangular shape.
Each letter in Greek for "fish" (ἰχθύς)
(or in capitals ΙΧΘΥΣ
pronounced Ichthus like IK-THUS)
represented a key word related to the
identity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ (IX),
Son of God (ΘΥ),
But back to our "Ichthus-es"
on Papa Stronsay ...
the kitchen was busy again this evening.
An even larger catch than our last one,
the haul of
just three crewmen
and two fishing rods!
Since from the time of the Apostles
catches of fish have been counted,
we must do the same,
it's a tradition.
Tonight were counted:
(St. Augustine might tell you the signification of this number!)
but as anyone knows
53 Coley fish ...
of the numbers of Aves in the Rosary.
we did not count the number of fish
that were washed overboard in the rough seas,
nor the Cod of unreported dimensions
snatched away by a ferocious sea fowl
just as it was being hauled aboard!
O Our Lady of Aberdeen
Thank you for this festive day!
Best wishes from Papa Stronsay
to all in our holy diocese!
Happy Feast day to all our readers.