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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib...

With temperatures dropping,
last Friday was spent preparing the winter stables.

(left click on the pictures to see them larger)

The ox knoweth his owner...
Jersey bull Joe was the first in
he was segregated into Nazareth stable away from the cows.

"Monk and hammer can do all things."
Soviet citizens will understand!

Straw being laid on the sheeps' side of Bethlehem stable.
The far side is for the cows.

The skies are threatening.
The sheep are on their way in for the winter.

Brother Yousef Marie with the first arrivals.

The ass knows its Master's crib.
The donkey to the left is Gloria,
named after the Gloria in excelsis Deo
first sung by the angels on Christmas night.

This one is Benedicta -
named after the Benedictus qui venit of Palm Sunday.

Donkeys and sheep with this year's lambs...
Surely a remote preparation for Christmas.

The ox knoweth his owner and the ass his master's crib...
(Isaias Ch. 1)

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan.
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter,
Long ago...

And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold:
them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice,
and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.
(Jn. 10:16)

What can I bring Him poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb...

The lane between the cells last evening.
Heaven cannot hold Him

Nor earth sustain;
Heav'n and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty
Jesus Christ.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Recommended Calendar

If you wish to purchase a copy in advance
(printing second part of November)
please click the relevant link:


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Papa Stronsay Calendar 2011 now available

The Papa Stronsay Calendar for 2011

is printing in the second part of November
and shipping thereafter.

If you wish to purchase a copy in advance
please click the relevant link:


Monday, November 01, 2010

All Soul's Day from New Zealand

Photos of the All Soul's Day morning mass from Our Mother of Perpetual Succour Monastery, Christchurch, New Zealand.

O Precious Blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and upon the poor souls in purgatory.

The Sacrifice is complete. Only God knows how many souls this august Sacrifice introduced into eternal glory!

Sixty Years Ago Today

Today 60 years ago,
Venerable Pope Pius XII proclaimed the
Dogma of the
Assumption of Our Blessed Lady into Heaven.
This little film clip gives one an idea of
the solemnity and beauty of the occasion.

(Click on the picture below to go to the clip
and once there click the button on the
bottom right of the film to see it more clearly.)

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