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Friday, July 09, 2010

Feast of our holy diocese of Aberdeen.

Today, 9 July,
Feast of Our Lady of Aberdeen.
The First Class Feast of the Patroness of the Diocese.

The Coat of Arms
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.
He is
Jesus Christ (IX),
Son of God (ΘΥ),
Saviour (Σ).

But back to our "Ichthus-es"
on Papa Stronsay ...

... As you guessed,
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!

Br. Alfonso packs the fish for the freezer.
The question is:
How many were caught?

Br Martin Mary cuts into delicious Mackerel.
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:
202 Mackerel!
(St. Augustine might tell you the signification of this number!)
but as anyone knows
53 Coley fish
in honour
of the numbers of Aves in the Rosary.

Of course
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.


Peter Simpson said...

It is such a joy to many of us on the mainland part of the Diocese to see you celebrating this Diocesan Feast with such enthusiasm. You put us to shame!

By the way, our Sacristan at St Columba's Culloden informs me that she spotted some of you at the local Tesco. Don't tell me that you are now supplying them with fish!

carlo said...

Happy Feasday!

Reinier said...

Not only do you catch real fishes, but also really becoming fishers of men. Save more souls!

May God bless your most holy institute!


Anne B said...

I am blessed to know that the day on which my dear husband was laid to rest (R.I.P.) it was the Feast of Our Lady somewhere n the world; namely at Aberdeen. Lucky you are not in Australia where limits are laid on the number of fish allowed to be kept.

Anne B said...

... actually, I have just realised it was the Vigil of her Feast - 8th July.

Holly Hall said...

Many thanks to Jesus and Mary for the great blessing you received on this Feast of Our Lady of Aberdeen. It's a joy to learn about Our Lady under Her many different Titles and Patronages. May She continue to watch over each and every one of us now and always.

kitchen tables said...

I am so blessed that I found this blog. I wish I was one of the helper in that very special event. Serving for our lady is overwhelming.

Coffee Catholic said...

I saw the coat of arms and I said, "WHOA! What incredibly realistic fish!" I thought they were a painting hah!

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