Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday with four churches, brisket and a swamp

Rocky was took a rare Saturday off from work so we decided to take a road trip to Southern Maryland. We went to Prince Frederick County, home of the Battle Creek Swamp. If you enjoy birding this is a lovely spot. They have a spy window in the visitor's center that looks out on a huge feeder. You can sit in comfort and get a good look at even the most timid birds because they can't see you. I counted five species that I haven't seen this year.

We went to St. John Vianney Church for their annual Christmas bazaar. It was great. They have serious artisans there with high quality goods. It was worth the trip and I'll go back next year. The church is okay at first glance until you look at the windows. Seeing  Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Merton in stained glass as if they were saints is a head shaker. Next we drove to Immaculate Conception  in Solomons Island and said a decade of the rosary.  We were repulsed by their Resurrection crucifix. Our Lord did not lift off the crucifix like a firecracker. He stayed on His throne of pain until His work was finished and then He commended His soul to God. Our Lord did not have 1980s hair.   We decided that we weren't coming back later for the vigil Mass. After lunch at Mission Barbeque we went over the bridge to St. Mary's County and enjoyed looking at the waterfowl and boats. Evening rolled around and we scouted around  for a place to go to Mass. The clostest chruch to our location was  Our Lady Star of the Sea but  as we were walking up the path a woman came blasting out of the door with a disgusted look on her face. She was a big, sturdily built country lady so we stepped aside and watched her head to her car.  Once inside we looked around.  listened to the choir and got an idea why the lady fled. Bless their hearts, I'm sure they were sincere but it was like being sucked back into 1974. I checked my phone and saw that St. Cecilia's had a 4:30 vigil. We decided to make a run for it.

St. Cecilia's was beautiful. It is this tiny chapel sized church in the woods of St. Mary's City with an energetic priest. Inside feels like being in the wooden chapels that the first priests in Maryland built. Mass was just fine.    Afterwards we headed home with a few stops on the way.


4 comments:

newguy40 said...

For scheduling reasons, I had to attend the earliest Sunday Mass this week. Unfortunately, it was in a NO parish that keeps it's tabernacle behind the sanctuary and hidden behind frosted glass walls. I should have know better to go there but I did anyway.

Like so many NO priests, Fr started out by telling everyone that the Feast of Christ the King was enacted to help European kings prop up their positions. "Kings are old fashioned" and we can't really related to them. So, we should look on Christ as our leader. I'm not kidding. Christ the Leader. I sorta knew where he was going with it but it was so obvious that he was winging it. It was pretty ugly. I felt very discouraged afterwards as I have been for some time now.

Dymphna said...

I'm sorry. If these men only knew how much harm they do with their tongues.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Like so many NO priests, Fr started out by telling everyone that the Feast of Christ the King was enacted to help European kings prop up their positions.

When it was introduced by Pius XI to remind governments that their sovereignty is just relative, they are (under whatever title) vassals of God?

Many states in Europe had ceased to be monarchies back then, many of the remaining ones were on top of that Protestant!

"Kings are old fashioned" and we can't really related to them.

Yeah, right.

Richard Lionheart, John Lackland, Robin Hood are old fashioned, so was lady Marion.

No one can relate to them, that is why Walt Disney made a movie on them and why another one included Errol Flynn.

And Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Mordred, who cares?

Disney made another movie, which I saw after my gramp's death, based on a novel which is first of four by a socialist Marxist writer (which however doesn't come into it very much, except his positive evaluation of Merlin).

Mark Twain had linked Camelot to Connecticut Yankees; A Broadway musical is called Camelot. Another film is called First Knight - and about Lancelot.

In Germany no one can relate to kings like G√ľnther or Etzel (Attila of the Huns versus Gunthari of the Burgundians) and no one could ever think Die Nibelungen could become a hit ... sure, we can't relate to kings, they are old fashioned.

Ask Terence Hill why he played one of the minor characters in that film ... and yes, recently another one was a box office hit, it was called The Return of the King, but one anonymous priest on Rorate blog (I promised Zuhlsdorf to correct my suspicion it was he) thinks it's Gnostic.

If these men were boys rather than ordained priests, I'd give them such a thrashing for uttering that nonsence!

"So, we should look on Christ as our leader. I'm not kidding. Christ the Leader."

C S Lewis once said "back in the old days the spoke of rulers, now it is leaders, of rulers we asked clemency and justice, of leaders we are asking to be dynamic" (and I think he said so when leaders like Dukes Adolf and Benito - duke means "leader"! - were either still on the stage or very fresh memory.

"I sorta knew where he was going with it but it was so obvious that he was winging it. It was pretty ugly. I felt very discouraged afterwards as I have been for some time now."

Ditch that priest and don't be discouraged!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Nonsense!

It is from negation plus Latin sensus!

My bad!