The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Jerry Stack, CPPS is the former editor of the Cup and Cross, the newsletter of the Province of the Pacific. Now he puts together the International Magazine of the community, The Cup of the New Covenant. I edit the Cup and Cross now. It is finally finished and off to the printer. The International issue is printed first, and makes it on-line later. Here are the most recent issues:

The Cup Of The New Covenant
Cup and Cross

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 8:57 PM link
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O Clavis David
"O" Antiphon for December 20

sung in English today:
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posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 4:25 PM link
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I take thousands of photos. It is one of the benefits of the digital camera, I can take as many pictures as I want and never spend a dime on film or developing. As a journalist I know that in taking a multitude of pictures I may happen on one or two that really capture the moment. It is a practice that requires patient waiting and perseverance, a few Advent qualities.

Well, one picture I took this past summer appears all over the world now. It is an example of being in the right place at the right time. This picture now graces the cover of the CPPS address book, and our Moderator General has just produced a book called St Gaspar, Our Daily Companion and this picture graces the cover of that book. This book will not be available in the US until after the first of the year but I have an advance copy owing to the extravagent generosity of Father General.

All of this is said to introduce the new picture that now graces the heading of the New Gasparian.

[update] I should have described the picture: It is a bronze statue of St. Gaspar looking over the Umbrian Valley. The Statue stands in front of the Abbey of San Felice in Giano del Umbria in Italy, the Motherhouse where St. Gaspar and Companions founded the Missionaries of the Precious Blood on August 15, 1815. I had the great fortune to make a seven day retreat there this summer. The picture was taken July 28, 2003.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 4:13 PM link
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More on Chant

Interesting Article:
Twelve Latin Chants Every Catholic Should Know

I will have to develop my own list, since he leaves out a few I think are important. Thanks to Paul Rex for the link.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 2:52 PM link
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More on "O"

Cool reflection on the "O" Antiphons on this blog:
Rex Olandi Rex Cledendi

According to Professor Robert Greenberg of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, 'Tomorrow, I will come.'"

Today is "O Clavis David." As we get toward Evening prayer this evening, I will more than likely sing today's in English.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:37 AM link
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