Saturday, December 30, 2006

Christmas Presents

Sorry for anyone who got confused. I don't think the text came through for some reason.
Anyway, here's what that lost post was supposed to say.
Concerning what we got for Christmas!!!!
My List is on my blog, Ibid's Freaking Awesome Blog ( Now You Must Post! You too can list what you have received for Christmas, either from relatives, parents, or some random guy who wears red all the time.

Its up to you, psychopaths!!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Reply of Replies

PQ was close to it. My church that I was supposed to write my HIST 301 paper on (that’s the Art and Architecture class) was Santa Anastasia. So why Anastasia on Christmas? Well it is her feast day on December 25, although I think that Christmas was declared on that day before her feast. But anyway, Anastasia was a girl who was martyred in Sirmium, not Rome, where her Church is. In fact, her body isn't even in Rome, but rather is in Istanbul (formally Constantinople). So why the celebration on Christmas? As the Catholic Encyclopedia says, "This martyr enjoys the distinction, unique in the Roman liturgy, of having a special commemoration in the second Mass on Christmas day. This Mass was originally celebrated not in honor of the birth of Christ, but in commemoration of this martyr, and towards the end of the fifth century her name was also inserted in the Roman canon of the Mass." Traditionally, the second Mass on Christmas day is in her honor. Again, the Catholic Encyclopedia says: "The commemoration of St. Anastasia in the second Mass on Christmas day is the last remnant of the former prominence enjoyed by this saint and her church in the life of Christian Rome."
What is special about this saint and her church can not be summed up in one post, but I can give some info on it. Anastasia was killed and buried in Constantinople, and there she stays, but as with many saints a church was built in her honor, ironically or not, over the house belonging to a Christian woman apparently named (you guessed it) Anastasia, who had allowed her house to be used as a church in the early days. Weird. So they built the church there, and it like most of the other churches built over house churches was called a titular church. Those who were in charge of the titular church were the forerunners of our modern pastors, and titular churches were like modern parishes. Cardinals run these churches, and since it is said that he said Mass there, St. Jerome is called the first titular cardinal of Santa Anastasia (even though he was only a priest in real life). That is why he is pictured sometimes with a cardinal hat.
Anastasia is an important church in that it unites East and West, for it is where the Byzantine emperor used to attend Mass, and where a side chapel commemorates a New World saint. I wrote more on this in my paper, which I could gladly email you, if you really want. Its kinda 7 pages long.

So that’s the big deal on St. Anastasia, one of those martyrs that people just seem to pass over now a days.

Make Sense?

Monday, December 25, 2006

Its time. . .



Why do I post on such a saint you ask? Well, its quite simple. I was in Rome and ....

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

An update!!!

Something needs to happen on this blog so I decided to happen.

I sit here at work right now with no current assignements and just the opportunity to serf the net. That's good, in a way. It means that I'm making money for doing something that I do anyway! Booyah! That is fun. It also means I have to find some real work to do or my employers will decide I'm unproductive. T'well.

Well, I do have something I could do. The company set up a wiki for a company knowledge base. I just introduced a nice crappy article on how to use the vi. Wiki's are fun.

Speaking of which, all you liberal arts students should go get an account on Wikipedia and make sure your favorite are properly represented. It's no good being a liberal arts student if it doesn't make you a know-it-all and a renaissance man/woman.

In other knews, I hear that the trad mass is now becoming permissable everywhere. This is horrible news and I'll tell you why! I never got to take advantage of the indult! I was in Italy the entire time and now going to an trad mass won't be special anymore! It won't be as elite! T'well, It's not like it matters in the long run.

In yet other news, my younger brother has come home from West Point for the break. He has a number of stories to tell and he yaks my ears off untill three in the morning. This is entirely unlike his pre-West Point self where getting him to speak was like sticking a hot coal up his anus. Very difficult and laden with guilt. Interesting note, he has the shiniest shoes in the service acadamy. This earns respect. There crazy up there.

Well that's about it. All you need to know. Goodbye. Go to Hell. And, God Bless.

Thursday, December 07, 2006




The Quia, Jerico, and CO are here in NY with the Peach.

They have enjoyed their stay and would like to share this with tthe 8oc.

Ciao for now