Come on everyone – a tonic for papally-induced melancholy

This day is going to be sad. Let’s beat the melancholy with a good old sing-along.  If you are on a bus or train, at your desk at work, in the smallest room in the house (and I know for a fact this blog assists people during bowel evacuations) – embarrassment be damned, let’s sing together:

4 thoughts on “Come on everyone – a tonic for papally-induced melancholy

  1. As the time count down on Pope Benedicts last remaining hours I shall be joining many in prayer for him. To step down and remain at the foot of the cross strikes me as a very humble and difficult task, how apt that, like his namesake, the remainder of his life will be dedicated to ” the work of God”. It is both a sad and joyous day, as we watch a humble man step aside from great power to follow Gods will in this way. May His example of sacrifice in the service of Our Lord speak to many.
    May God bless Pope Bebedict XV1


  2. Salve Pater,
    I thoroughly enjoyed the sing song. Very ultramontane ! Of course, we learned this hymn as schoolchildren, and sang it with gusto. Years later, I remember trying to translate it into Latin in such a way that the words would continue to fit the tune. I was not in the “smallest room”. As I recall, the idea came to me in the bath ! I don’t remember ever getting further than the first verse, which, began, I think, “In medio cordis Romae“. Fortunately, I can’t remember the rest of my translation, an early example of “dynamic equivalence”, if you will. Not very Ciceronian !

    I hope Father had an opportunity to see at least some of the papal departure from the Vatican to Castelgandolfo. I thought the television coverage was quite magnificent. Even the Italian weather co-operated, a perfect Roman day. Most poignant, I thought, was the way the sunlight faded from St. Peter’s Square after the Pope’s helicopter had departed. The travertine stone of the great buildings suddenly looked cold and grey. The TV cameras caught the final moment of poignancy from Castelgandolfo as the setting sun declined in the clear Italian sky, and Pope Bendict XVI, serene as ever, disappeared from public view for the last time.

    Well, in half an hour’s time, we will all be sedevacantists, so to speak.

    Lord, save us all, lest we perish.

    Pax et bonum



    1. Dynamic equivalence in reverse! It was a noble aspiration, and maybe you should return to the project.

      Thankfully I was too busy today to watch the proceedings live. I do not think I could have borne it. I will try to find a good summary video online tonight and watch it when it has become history. I have just read the Vatican bolletino recording the event and that was bad enough!

      Lest we perish indeed…. Kyrie eleison.

      Pax nobiscum.


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