Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Music of Civilisation

On the Pilgrimage the wonderful Max (when we had finished singing Mfumue) started singing the Our Father in Swahili... as you do.

This is the same Max who preferred to learn the Dies Irae in Latin and the Russian National Anthem (in Russky) instead of studying for his A-Level, so this should not be a surprise.

However, to me, it was the theme tune of a computer game called 'Civilisation'. It was around when I was an Undergraduate (fondly called 'Civ'), and eventually I got a copy and this was the theme tune.

Now Max is seldom wrong (not that he admits anyway) so I looked it up, and it is the Our Father in Swahili, composed by Christopher Tin for the computer game. Wiki here.

The version here is by Brigham Young University choir. Latter day Saints (Mormons to me and you). The site for their uni is pretty damned impressive. I wish we could get Catholics with such fervour. This is my favourite version to date (I have listened to far too many).

And it is bound to be sung on the Chartres Pilgrimage next year, so come along and hear a bunch of scouts and a demented chaplain abroad singing it!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Non soli scouti, sed sacerdotes

Priest with Biretta at rakish angle. 
OK, Mr Squires my Latin teacher would be squirming as we speak. But, I care not!

Priests and brothers of the friars
Behold, Anglophone priests on the Chartres Pilgrimage...

An Australian, a Benedictine and a Norbertine walk into a bar...

...only to find the Norbertine had already been there, so there were no crisps left!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

So long ago ...

It seems an age that I was on the Chartres Pilgrimage.

Since then I've been giving a paper on Gender theory in the South of France (yes it was a real conference!) and am now back with work on the thesis and getting to grips with the idea of Our Lady Saint Mary Glastonbury.

But I found a picture on my phone of a member of the Institute of Christ the King (they wear blue pompoms).

He was such a nice chap.So I took a picture of him. He seemed worried at the prospect of appearing on a blog by a chaplain abroad - So I will not use his name, and no one will ever know its him!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Off to Glastonbury

My Bishop appointed me as Parish Priest of Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury, and of St Michael Shepton Mallet, when I saw him last week.

We priests always look to the dedications of parishes to see who we've got to work with - rather I suspect in the same way that parishioners trawl the internet to find out about their new Parish Priest!

So I am delighted to have the Archangel Michael, the one who we pray will thrust down Satan and his wicked spirits to Hell. The Devil is prowling around, and who better to have on your side than a time-served Devil-fighter.

And Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury! Our Diocesan shrine (of which I will become the Rector), which is the oldest (I think) to Our Lady in England, possibly further afield, is a place of pilgrimage for generations.

So I am more than lucky with the two patrons of my new parishes.

I will pray for my new parishioners as I prepare to take over the parishes in mid September.

If you are one of them... then pray for me!

Friday, 2 June 2017

First stage to Chartres

Well, we're an hour behind but that's ok.

The weather is good and supposed to be not so bad for the walking tomorrow.

Boats, boats, boats. There are lots of people in flash cars doing a canonrun. Don't really know what that is all about. I just hope they are not going from Paris to Chartres across fields. Or rather if they are that they will give a lift to a chaplain abroad, abroad.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

My New Parish

young people craning their necks to hear where Fr Rowe is going
will be announced this weekend.

I saw My Lord, the Bishop of Clifton on Wednesday and he told me where I am going.

It will be announced to the Parish this weekend, so I cannot say anything at the moment, but as I'm off to Chartres today, I won't be able to put anything up about it until next week. I'm very excited!

So... if you are my new parishioners, and have found your way to this blog, then ...


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