Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pictures from Tenebrae 2011

Everything is ready. 

60 seconds of Tenebrae

After singing Tenebrae, a group shot in the sacristy.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday, Apr. 20: Tenebrae

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Man of Sorrow, Albrecht Dürer, 1511, woodcut

Wednesday, April 20, 19:00 (7 P.M.)
the Office of Matins and
Lauds of Maundy Thursday

Hebdomadary: Rev. Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A.

Please join for this year's Tenebrae. This will be the 11th consecutive (counting the first one), and tenth annual Gregorian Tenebrae for Chorus Breviarii and the Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego.

UPDATE: We invite our readers to download, print, and distribute the flier for this event.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Package from the Mystic Monks!

...or, Carmelite Coffee from Wyoming. The editor of this blog recently heeded the encouragements of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (of "What does the Prayer Really Say" blog-fame) and ordered two packages of Mystic Monk Coffee. This was done out of the necessity of preventing the dilatory effects of caffine withdrawal, as well as out of a desire to contribute something to a magnificent spiritual undertaking, that being the proposed Carmelite monastery which the friars are undertaking to build in the classic gothic style in the mountainous wilds of Wyoming. It is true that the coffee is a trifle more expensive that one might find in the store, yet its reputation is growing among conisseurs. I waited...waited upon the monks, with ever heightening anticipation. And then one day (Thursday, in fact)...

A package arrived. Pokey was there to meet it. "What could it be? And who do I know in Wyoming?" he thinks to himself.

Lots of paper to play with later is a good sign!

It's coffee, from the Mystic Monks! "Is there more paper?" thinks Pokey.




"No, no more paper," confirms Fumeé.

But lots of mystical smells!


Straight into the kitchen...

...and away to the Office!

Mystic Monk Coffee. "A Real Attention Grabber!"

Indeed, far from any sense of critical qualification, much less disappointment, the "Hermit Bold" coffee is one of the mose delicious cups I've ever brewed. No, I think it really is the best! 100% Arabica coffee, roasted by the monks themselves, and I even used a tablespoon less than I normally use, this time three tablespoons for one Bodum cafetiere, when I usually use four. How do the friars get their coffee so rich, full and even?'s a Mystery, which is just the way I...just the way WE like it!