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Sunday, November 16, 2008
In the Sight of the Angels
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Dear friends,

It is with great pleasure that I can announce a new liturgical blog, "In the Sight of Angels". This blog hopes to focus on the liturgical year, taking Dom Prosper Guéranger, and his magnum opus "The Liturgical Year" as its inspiration.

Named after a remark of the self-same Guéranger, "In Sight of Angels" hopes to offer material for the major feastdays of the Roman calendar, as well as insights from Dom Guéranger and other authors on the liturgical year. We hope to describe the liturgy of the Catholic Church throughout the liturgical year, including the Mass and the Divine Office. It is also hoped to feature biographies of saints and their liturgies on their feast days. (The blog will use the liturgical calendar of 1962 as its basis, though may, at times, comment on later developments.)

Posting proper will commence on Advent Sunday (Sunday 30 November), with posts being made 24 hours, or thereabouts, in advance to account for time zone differences. Until then we will feature a précis of the General Preface to "The Liturgical Year" and some other short pieces. After that date, there will be posts for all 1st and 2nd class feasts; the Collect will be given in both Latin and English and relevant links, commentaries, and other materials.

The blog can be accessed at the following Internet location:
http://sightofangels.blogspot.com/

As a minor collaborator and general gopher on this blog, I must crave your indulgence for any assumptions, errors and omissions, all of which will likely be mine. Your suggestions, comments, and continued prayers for this are ever welcome and sought. Please do not hesitate to pass this message on to those who will be interested, as well as emailing me if you spot any errors!

Best wishes, and God bless,
Mark

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Armistice Day: 90th Anniversary
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The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month at the Eleventh Hour...

Before Omaha Beach, D-Day (June 1944)

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be

During World War I (1914 - 1918)

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

Funeral Mass (Date Unknown)

A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers blest by the suns of home.

Mass on the Battlefield (Date Unknown)

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thought by England given;

Mass on the Battlefield (Date Unknown)

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English Heaven

Source: "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915)

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Senator John McCain (R - AZ) Concedes to Senator Barack Obama (D - IL)
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I did not anticipate Senator John McCain to defeat Senator Barack Obama for the Presidency, but I am still very disappointed in this turn of events. Taxes, Health Care, the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pro-life Issues, etc will all be adversely affected over the next four years. From this point forward, I will attempt to post on political issues in addition to religious issues.

But, I will continue to love my country. I will continue to echo the words of the McCain Campaign: "Country First". God help our nation!
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Election 2008: Social Issues
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A proposed ban on same-sex marriage in California — widely seen as the most momentous of the 153 ballot measures at stake nationwide — remained undecided early Wednesday.

The proposed constitutional amendment would limit marriage to heterosexual couples, the first time such a vote has taken place in state where gay unions are legal.

Sponsors of the ban declared victory early Wednesday, but the measure's opponents said too many votes remained uncounted for the race to be called.

Even without the wait, gay rights activists had a rough day Tuesday. Ban-gay-marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and gay rights forces suffered a loss in Arkansas, where voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. Supporters made clear that gays and lesbians were their main target.

Elsewhere, voters in Colorado and South Dakota rejected measures that could have led to sweeping bans of abortion, and Washington became only the second state — after Oregon — to offer terminally ill people the option of physician-assisted suicide.

A first-of-its-kind measure in Colorado, which was defeated soundly, would have defined life as beginning at conception. Its opponents said the proposal could lead to the outlawing of some types of birth control as well as abortion.

In California, the night had started out optimistically for many who believed that a large Democrat-voter turnout would help defeat the state's proposed ban on same-sex marriage.

With 90 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, the ban had 4,922,675 votes, or 52 percent, to 4,577,453 votes, or 48 percent, against.

Late absentee and provisional ballots meant as many as 3 million ballots were left to be counted after all precinct votes were tallied.

Similar bans had prevailed in 27 states before Tuesday's elections, but none were in California's situation — with thousands of gay couples already married following a state Supreme Court ruling in May.

Spending for and against the amendment reached $74 million, making it the most expensive social-issues campaign in U.S. history and the most expensive campaign this year outside the race for the White House.

Source: LISA LEFF, Associated Press Writer
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