All Souls Day

November the first is the Feast of all Saints.

All Saints Day is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored.

By the late fourth century, this common feast was celebrated in Antioch, and Saint Ephrem the Syrian mentioned it in a sermon in 373. In the early centuries, this feast was celebrated in the Easter season, and the Eastern Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, still celebrate it then.

The current date of November 1 was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741), when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and ordered an annual celebration. This celebration was originally confined to the diocese of Rome, but Pope Gregory IV (827-844) extended the feast to the entire Church and ordered it to be celebrated on November 1.

The vigil or eve of the feast, October 31, is commonly known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. Despite concerns among some Christians (including some Catholics) in recent years about the "pagan origins" of Halloween, the vigil was celebrated from the beginning—long before Irish practices, stripped of their pagan origins (just as the Christmas tree was stripped of similar connotations), were incorporated into popular celebrations of the feast.

There are more Saints in Heaven than we could ever imagine.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny


An exhibit of Russian Iconigraphy

This is an exhibit I would love to see. Vara at Voices of Russia has placed this in her blog...

Now Vara translates all this so that we non-Russian speakers can read the interfax communiques. Thanks Vara.

Moscow, 16 October 2008 (Interfax):

The Tretyakov Gallery is presenting an exhibition of 16 rare icons from its collection entitled “Two Museums, One Culture” at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton MA (USA). At the same time, some 150 items from the permanent collection shall be on display, as well. About 5,000 visitors, mostly from various European countries, came to the museum in 2007, Kent Russell, the Museum’s director, said in an interview published by the newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta (The Russian Newspaper) on Thursday. “Frankly speaking, many Americans thought that religion was banned in Russia, but, they are starting to change their minds, especially after visiting our museum”, he noted.

The museum holds various conferences and seminars; in addition, it shows films connected with Russia. What is most important, Mr Russell noted, “Americans gradually come to an understanding that the USA and Russia have much more in common than they differ. I’d like to mention our most frequent visitor. He is an American who adopted several children from Russia. He brings them here several times a year so that they can be reminded of their Motherland”, Mr Russell said. The Museum of Russian Icons in America is famous for the largest collection of Old Russian art outside of Russia. This last February, Archpriest Aleksandr Abramov, the secretary of the Representation of the MP in the USA, blessed the museum and its grounds.

The museum was founded in 2006 by the American businessman Gordon Lankton. He visited Russia for the first time in 1989, and he bought his first icon, depicting St Nicholas the Wonderworker, at the Izmailovsky Market in Moscow for 20 dollars (528roubles. 15 euros. 11.64 UK pounds). After this, he began to collect Russian icons from all over the world. One of the most ancient of his purchases now at the museum is an icon of the Holy Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist, which dates from around 1450. At present, the collection consists of 350 items, but not all are continuously on exhibition. Only after the completion of a new addition shall the entire collection be on public view. The icons were acquired at auctions in the USA and Europe, mostly coming from private collections. Several of the icons were gifts. The cost of one of the gift icons was conservatively estimated at 40,000 dollars
(1.056 million roubles. 30,008 euros. 23,280 UK pounds).

de Brantigny

A voting guide for Catholics

and also from Durandal Mark Amesse sends this missive...

Voting in Masonic Elections

Recently, I wrote regarding Mr. Ferrara’s claim that we are morally obligated to vote for Senator John McCain, and I have argued in the past that one is never obligated to vote, but my own pastor and confessor took a slightly different view on the matter, saying that one could, under certain circumstances, be obligated. What are these obligatory conditions?

The U.S. district of the S.S.P.X has put out a voting guide. While it does conclude that there are times when Catholics can be morally obligated to vote, it also makes clear that:

[I]n the rare case that there is a clearly, publicly Catholic candidate who supports the teaching of the Church, there is a strict moral obligation to vote, under pain of mortal sin. Where there is a clear gain possible from the correct use of a vote for some other candidate, it can be recommended or counseled. However, when there is no clear advantage it would be better to abstain, so as not to contribute even to a material participation. Mark Amesse

Mark has posted two comments on the above article they may be found here...

Thank you Mark, quite true.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

St Louis Statue, The Apotheosis of St. Louis

Mark Amesse whose correspondence has been prolific, recently sent this site to the Catholic monarchist group about the statue of St Louis. As many readers of my blog will note I am fascinated by St Louis IX. After Solomon he was the archtype of the Monarch, and reigns in the top ten of monarchs of all time. read more about him here...and here...

from the St Louis city government web site we find this...

Statue of Saint Louis, King Louis IX of France

"Apotheosis of St. Louis," the statue of Saint Louis, King Louis IX of France, was the original symbol of the City of St. Louis.

The statue is located on Fine Arts Drive, at the top of Art Hill in Forest Park.

The original plaster model of this statue was cast in 1903 by Charles H.Niehaus and stood at the main entrance to the 1904 World's Fair, where the History Museum now is located. (It is shown at left).

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company decided to have the sculpture cast in bronze and presented to the City of St. Louis as part of the restoration of Forest Park after the fair. They approached Niehaus, who offered to cast it in bronze for $90,000, a price so high that the project appeared to be over. A local firm, W. R. Hodges, proposed to complete the project for $37,500.

The commission accepted Hodge's offer and the statue was replicated but Niehaus protested and sued for ownership rights. Seven months after the dedication of the gift, Niehaus was awarded $3,000 in payment and the stipulation that the pedestal be inscribed "designed by C. H. Niehaus."

The statue was unveiled Oct. 4, 1906. It is inscribed on the north base, "Presented to the City of St. Louis by the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in commemoration of the Universal Exposition of 1904 held on this site."

The statue of King Louis IX is shown at left in a photo taken soon after its unveiling in 1906.

Both sides of the pedestal say, "Saint Louis." It became the symbol of the city until the Gateway Arch was built.

The statue is of the Crusader King Louis IX of France, clad in 13th Century armor and depicted going into battle with an inverted sword symbolizing a cross.

The statue is a symbol of the City of St. Louis. Pierre Laclede named the village he founded "Saint Louis" in April 1764 in honor of the reigning French King Louis XV, whose patron saint was Louis IX.

King Louis IX was born in 1214 in Poissy, France. He fought in two Crusades and was known for building Sainte-Chapel and the side chapels of Notre Dame de Paris and built hospitals, orphanages and schools throughout France. He established the Sorbonne and founded a court system where justice was based on evidence not on jousting duels. He is a symbol of Christianity, the Crusades and his throne, "shone like the sun which sheds its rays far and wide."

Note I have changed the photo from the original to this coloured post card, and corrected a grammarical error in the article. the original may be found here...

thanks and a ht of the beret to Mark who has a blog "Durandal" found here...

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

Madame Déficit

I have been gone for a few days. Work has been my first priority, and my wife and I went to a gathering of her clan this weekend at the Waxhaws Scottish Highland Games over the weekend so my blogging has been absent. Of course just because I couldn't get to a computer doesn't mean that some good article weren't published. My first redirect is from Elena-Maria on a scandalous calumny spread about Marie-Antoinette. The parallels between Marie-Antoinette and Sarah Palin become clearer to me. Not to say Sarah is equal to Marie-Antoinette, but the Jacobin left has really not changed the game plan since 1789.

Marie-Antoinette has become the symbol of extravagance and decadence of the ancien-régime. It is overlooked that from the moment of their succession in 1774, she joined her husband in desiring to cut back on the enormous expenses of the court. She refused to collect the customary droit de ceinture tax levied on behalf of the queen at the beginning of every reign. Moreover, her charities were quite extensive. more...

I have said this before and I will repeat myself, in all of the portraits of la Reine-Martyre one is hard pressed to find these jewels she was supposed to be in possession of.

Thanks again to Elena-Maria, remerci!

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny