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November 29, 2018
November 29, 2018
The Odyssey By Homer, translated by Emily Wilson, WW Norton, 593pp, £30/$40 The Odyssey – and The Iliad – are everything they’re cracked up to be: the great, early epics on whose shoulders Western European literature stands. But what are you supposed to do about them if you don’t read Greek? Emily Wilson provides the
November 29, 2018
Peter Hitchens visits Germany and Scandinavia
November 29, 2018
Eutyches (380-456) was a priest in Constantinople when last week’s heretic, Nestorius, became his archbishop. In response to his superior’s heresy that there were two persons in Christ (and that Mary, therefore, is not the Mother of God), Eutyches became quite militant – going so far as to say that the human and Divine had
November 29, 2018
Cryptic across 5 Let drugs into Hen night – that’s a bit hairy (9) 8 In favour of tea, they say, the garrison (4) 9 Wild spree from dissolute heirs apparent, being from this part of Iran (8) 10 He plunged from the sky, Iraqi, taking the first American motorized unit to invade (6) 11
November 29, 2018
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Sunday, December 2: The First Sunday of Advent Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36 Monday, December 3: St Francis Xavier Is 2:1-5; Ps 122; Mt 8:5-11 Tuesday, December 4: Weekday of Advent; St John Damascene Is 11:1-10; Ps 72; Lk 10:21-24 Wednesday, December 5: Weekday
November 29, 2018
Kneeling has always been a gesture of reverence; but the practice of genuflecting – touching the right knee briefly to the ground – is comparatively recent. “It appears to have been introduced and gradually to have spread in the West during the later Middle Ages,” says the Catholic Encyclopedia, “and scarcely to have been generally
November 29, 2018
So Advent begins again: the first great penitential season of the year. In the better monasteries it’s still a season of fasting. I am not sure we do much to avert to its penitential mood any more in the average parish beyond the purple vestments for Mass. After the excesses of Black Friday and with