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Monday, September 05, 2005

Maronites; Heavy Metal; Books; Trad Benny

Took in a solid Maronite liturgy this weekend. Don't forget about them! There may be a parish near you.


Incidentally, what is it with Mediterraneans and jewelry? The Lebanese at that church wear almost as much gold as Italians do. What about Greeks? Actually, they don't wear much. Maybe it's a Catholic Mediterranean thing.

We Scandinavians don't wear a lot of jewelry. Then again, when you're the most naturally beautiful people on earth, you don't have to. *cough*


T&A Literary News:

Finished up: A biography of Rasputin. A solid easy-reading account of the crazy Slav. Have you ever bought a serious book published by Borders or Barnes & Noble? Typically, these titles run on par with The History Channel - this one is slightly better.

In the Middle Of: The Sword of Honour Trilogy. Your correspondant's first taste of Evelyn Waugh. How did I ever get my Evil Trad License and never read Waugh?

This brings a thought to mind:


Who wants an Evil Trad License? We could get Spencer's to sell them next to the "Bikini Inspector" and "Certified Dirty Old Man" cards.

I imagine a scene, a la Benny Hill, with the "Yakety Sax" theme playing, where an Evil Trad Benny Hill is running around a church replacing all the felt banners with bas reliefs, and the Novus Ordo pastor is chasing him around. The Altar Girls, college seniors in skimpy cassocks, bound about in circles not knowing what to do.

Just as Trad Benny is putting the altar rail back up, the pastor catches up to him and grabs him by the collar. The pastor looks down his nose, through his round John Lennon glasses, at Trad Benny, shaking his fist angrily.

He's about to give Our Man a good pop in the jaw, when Trad Benny whips out his Evil Trad License. Oh no! There's nothing the pastor can do! The bloke is licensed.


Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

There's nothing like sportin' a little bling bling. It always helps me feel Catholic.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 1:56:00 AM  
Blogger GFvonB said...

Unfortunately, that "solid" Maronite liturgy you assisted at is the Lebanese version of the Novus Ordo. The Maronites, with their unfortunate ties to France, followed the Latin Church into madness after the Council...

P.S.: We're working on a comment for your decidedly un-Traditional post on Monarchy. ;-)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

What's a good one for the Eastern rites? I've seen the Ukrainian DL and liked it, and I've heard others say that that's one of the better ones to attend. Any others?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 1:57:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I like the idea of an EvilTrad license. Can we get the benefits of being a double-oh as well, ie., it's legal for us to terminate neo-Cath apologists with extreme prejudice, and drink our Martinis shaken, not stirred?

The Benny Hill imagery is creeping me out though. How am I going to sleep tonight?

Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:30:00 AM  
Blogger Sprezzatura said...

gfvonb - problem is, the current Maronite liturgy comes in two flavours. The first is a highly Novus Ordo-ised versus populum version. The second is a highly-restored Syrian-style version, which is much more Maronite than the pre V2 monstrosity called the Maronite Rite.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 12:24:00 AM  

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