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Apr. 16th, 2009

Exultet

Some of the most beautiful words in all Catholic liturgy...

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This is our passover feast,
when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,
whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers.

This is the night
when first you saved our fathers:
you freed the people of Israel from their slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

This is the night
when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

This is night
when Christians everywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night
when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.

O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

Most blessed of all nights,
chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead!

Of this night scripture says:
"The night will be as clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy."

The power of this holy night dispels all evil,
washes guilt away, restores lost innocence,
brings mourners joy;
it casts out hatred, brings us peace,
and humbles earthly pride.

Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth
and man is reconciled with God!


(from the Exultet, the Easter Proclamation in the Easter Vigil Mass)

Oct. 23rd, 2007

MidOctober moments

There's a particular sort of feeling that only creeps up in October. I don't know if it is the full blown academic atmosphere I usually experience at the time, or the slow descent of the weather into frostiness, or the noticeable lack of light, but whatever it is, inside of me it makes me want to sit at home and drink hot chocolate with my book. 
That's the general feeling today.

It contrasts, I suppose, with the amount of things I have to do these days. It's a bit funny. But at least it makes one appreciate rest more.

Oct. 10th, 2007

Crazy October

It's starting to feel as if things are calming down, which is good, because I need some peace and quiet to concentrate on college work. 

Some interesting things happening in all sorts of places, both good and bad. It was great having my mum visit, and going to Dublin so she could meet the family. Had a really good weekend. 

Currently trying to come up with an essay about Shakespeare's Italy. Tutor's ordered me to read about 4 plays, which is  a bit unfair, but it could yield interesting results.

No travels planned in the near future.

Oct. 1st, 2007

Paris

Had a really wonderful weekend with fiance + others, I had never properly visited Paris before so did lots of turisty things and bought stuff.

There was also rugby happening (for the guys) and I got myself a shiny irish top. Love makes you do silly things, I guess. I don't even have a mexican one!

Back to London and RealLifeTM. Mum coming to visit this week. =)

Sep. 24th, 2007

on uni

the thought of having a bad tutor is almost as bad as the thought of a 'yet-to-be-defined' dissertation title.

Sep. 18th, 2007

(no subject)

My granny is on MSN. My 10 year old cousin also is. 
We've come to the pinnacle of civilization.

Sep. 6th, 2007

hmph

Moving is stressful

Aug. 28th, 2007

On a totally irrelevant aside....

Daniel Deronda is brilliant! If you haven't read it yet, go buy it or borrow it. It's not your typical Victorian novel (although it pretends to be. The book is fat.), since many of the themes seem quite romantic, in a sense. There's a lot about the discovery of identity, and the role of religion, or the sacred, and the finding of a people which in turn helps define identity. One of the most interesting parts is seeing the counterbalance between the development of the stories of the two main characters -- which go in totally opposite directions, and yet keep bringing them back together! 

Don't want to give away the plot, though.

Aug. 6th, 2007

(no subject)

all the studying and going to the library and reading weird books and listening to poetry in my sleep moderately paid off.

 

I went dress shopping the other day. I was successful.

Jun. 7th, 2007

High Summer

Well, turns out I've been more busy than I thought I would be. In fairness, not having to revise or anything leaves little excuse for staying indoors, so instead I've been wandering around London and other such pretty places. 

For those that care to know, my Old English exam went OK -- one part of it I did REALLY bad, but the rest made up for it I think -- and yesterday I was told I passed my two subjects (whoo!), so it's all good. My current project is working on the title for my dissertation (something which is turning out to be quite hard actually), and contemplating reading for my subjects next year, Shakespeare, Moderns II, and To Be Decided. I'm torn - or more like, lightly swayed - between The Romantic Period and the Restoration. Both sound a bit unattractive, but the other courses offered next year are even more boring. 

Been doing lots of extra stuff as well. Most people have started the process of Summer Leaving, and as usual some leave permanently, which makes this time a bit sad. I myself have less than two weeks left before going home, but until then there's so many people to see and things to do!

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