Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Friends of the Ordinariate, Cardinal Levada and St Wenceslaus

As mentioned elsewhere on the web, including in the Archbishop of Westminster's online diary and in several blogs, this evening, His Eminence Cardinal Levada will be present at an event held in the Archbishop of Westminster's Throne Room to boost and to launch formally the recently-created Friends of the Ordinariate.  Let us pray for the success of this event.  It is off to a good start, as it has become one of the hottest invitations in town - we must hope that those attending are inspired to dig deeply into their pockets to support this excellent cause, and to inspire others to do the same.

You can read about the work of the Friends of the Ordinariate here and here.

Please consider whether you can make a financial contribution of some kind to Friends of the Ordinariate, thereby supporting the work of the Ordinariate and helping directly to implement the plans of the Holy Father in his care for this country. 

Forms to set up a standing order and gift aid contributions can be found here, as well as bank details if you would like to make a direct transfer.

Today we commemorate St Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia, well known of course for a certain Christmas carol, but also revered as the Patron Saint of the Czech Republic (today is the National Day of the Czech Republic), and a martyr, killed on his way to church, who accepted his fate without a struggle, and who in his last words forgave those who had attacked him.

To mark today's Saint, here is a piece of baroque music from his homeland, the mammoth setting of the Te Deum by Jan Dismas Zelenka.  Although very long, the piece is a good showcase for Zelenka's skill for using many different styles, and indeed some sections are full of little surprises.

St Wenceslaus, pray for us.

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