Ithaca Model 37s: Form and Function!

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Different strokes for different folks, but I think these are just pretty! I like side-by-sides best, but classic old pump-guns like these Ithaca Model 37s are a close second. True examples of “form follows function,” from a time when both form and function mattered to the makers… these, to my mind, show the perfect blend of both!

Duke of Edinburgh: Rare new photo of Prince Philip and the Queen released to mark his 99th birthday | UK News | Sky News

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Source: Duke of Edinburgh: Rare new photo of Prince Philip and the Queen released to mark his 99th birthday | UK News | Sky News

The article points out that “The picture was taken on 1 June and shows the couple standing side by side in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle,” and rather pretentiously notes, “With the duke turning 99 on Wednesday [10 June 2020] and the Queen now 94, they look remarkably well, both standing up unaided as the photograph is taken.”

“Both standing up unaided”? Really? What cheek! Her Majesty was riding her favorite Dartmoor pony, just a week or two ago, I should hope she can stand unaided! And there’s no reason to think that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is ready for a walker or a wheelchair, either, 99 years of age or no!

At any rate, the article continues,

“Her Majesty is wearing a yellow floral-patterned dress, designed by her stylist and dresser Angela Kelly, with the Cullinan V diamond brooch.

“Prince Philip is wearing a blazer and his Household Division tie. Sky’s royal commentator Alastair Bruce [notes]: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh has frequently chosen to wear his Grenadier Guards boating jacket, which is the name given to a blazer in the Household Division.'”

God save The Queen! And God bless HRH Prince Philip. May God grant them both continued health and long life!

 

Mini Trooping the Colour 2020 will be held at Windsor for Queen’s official birthday | The Crown Chronicles

Source: Mini Trooping the Colour 2020 will be held at Windsor for Queen’s official birthday | The Crown Chronicles

“After the coronavirus pandemic put paid to this year’s Trooping the Colour, it has been confirmed a private and scaled-back version of the celebration will be held at Windsor [this] weekend.

“Trooping the Colour marks The Queen’s official birthday on the second Saturday of June, and is a parade of thousands of soldiers and hundreds of horses, marching and music. It is one of the highlights in Her Majesty’s calendar, so the mini version of the ceremony is sure to bring a smile to The Queen’s face!

‘There will be a small, brief military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark The Queen’s official birthday,’ a palace spokesperson has said.

“The Queen cancelled the event at the end of March due to safety fears, and of course, the lockdown.”

 

A time of great uncertainty, and a need to recharge

I can't believe it's riot season already. I still have my COVID ...

So, we segued right out of coronavirus and into race riots. Think I’m kidding? At least one television station broadcast guidelines – I’m not sure which state is represented – that stated no gatherings of more than 12 people, or protests with more than 100. Apparently there are different standards, depending on whether you are gathering for social or political purposes.

There is a lot that I could say about many of the things that have been and are going on right now, but I’m not going to say most of them. One cogent observation, however, is this: “We have reached a point where people are held responsible for things their ancestors did, or that people who look like them have done; but they are not held responsible for things they themselves are doing right now.”

For now, I’m going to leave it at that.

The reality is, I’m tired. I’m physically tired, because I’ve been stressed and I have not been sleeping well. But I am also mentally and emotionally tired by the non-stop battering of… pardon me, but crap, of various sorts, over the past few months. As I commented on Facebook, announcing that I was stepping back:

I think I need to step back from online engagement with the sociopolitical scene for a while. Getting myself all worked up over things over which I can’t change is not good for either my spiritual or my psycho-emotional health! *sigh*

That does not mean that I’ll not be speaking to specific issues if I feel called to do so. And it certainly does not mean I’m disengaging! But it does mean that I think I need to switch the primary field of my engagement from posting to praying.

This is a spiritual issue as much as (if not more than) a sociopolitical or metapolitical one, and as a man of the cloth, prayer is a fitting venue for my activity. And I pray for grace to trust in God, even as I offer Him my own fervent prayers. Lord, in thy mercy, hear my prayer!

All of the above applies here, as well. I haven’t stopped caring. Far from it. Maybe I care too much. I am running on empty, and I need to recharge.

Thank you for understanding.

 

A short quote on the Caroline Divines

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Source: A Saint Study: Charles Stuart, King and Martyr | The North American Anglican

“The English School of Theology experienced a renaissance of sorts under the ‘Caroline Divines,’ the theologians who delineated the manner in which the Church of England did and did not agree with the Reformation as articulated on the Continent; these Divines number among them Blessed Lancelot Andrewes, Blessed George Herbert, Blessed John Cosin, Blessed Thomas Ken, Blessed William Laud, Blessed Jeremy Taylor, and Richard Hooker. These men were most emphatic on demonstrating their adherence to the Fathers of the Church rather than to their own reading of Scriptures.”

— from “A Saint Study: Charles Stuart, King and Martyr,” by Raymond Davidson, May 15, 2020

 

“Angles at Play” – England in sport and spirituality | Crisis Magazine

 

“England is a strong land and a sturdy, and the plenteousest corner of the world… England is full of mirth and of game, and men oft-times able to mirth and game; free men of heart and with tongue.”

Source: Angles at Play – Crisis Magazine

An interesting take, from a Roman Catholic perspective, on the relationship between England’s “land of mirth and game,” and the English spirit, and spirituality – particularly as expressed in traditional faith and practice during the centuries of medieval catholicism, but continuing well into the modern era, especially in more rural (and thus, typically, traditional) areas:

“The English have a genius for play. Which other nation of Christendom has at the center of its villages not just a church but a field for sport? Along with the church and pub, the quintessential center of the English village is the cricket green…

“The origins of sport lie in the recreations and pastimes of pre-modern rural people. The agrarian and religious calendar shaped popular recreation as it did nearly every other aspect of English culture. From the land full of mirth and game, originated the primordial forms of many of the sports the world enjoys today.

“During the Middle Ages, the Church’s feast days were firmly embedded in England’s seasons of agricultural labor. Plough Monday, spring-time celebrations, harvest feasts, and autumn fairs were vital moments within the rhythm of organic English society. Robert Malcolmson notes how feast days were the occasion for festive leisure and for archaic forms of contemporary sports.

“Most of the saints’ days fostered in medieval England were tragically suppressed during the English Reformation, but many of the associated customs survived. Parish feasts (known as wakes) continued into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries while the principal holidays—Christmas, Shrovetide, Easter, May Day, and Whitsuntide—continued to be observed despite the best efforts of the essentially urban puritan movement.”

Well worth a read!

 

His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales, with a compassionate and encouraging message at this time of coronavirus.

As most watchers will know, HRH The Prince of Wales has recently recovered from what was fortunately a mild case of COVID-19, himself, so he is presumably especially empathetic to others suffering, or with anxiety because of, this pandemic. May God preserve Her Majesty and all members of the Royal Family. God save The Queen!

 

Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and Commonwealth on Sunday

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“On Sunday 5th April at 8pm (BST)‬ [3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time] ‪Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and the Commonwealth in a televised broadcast.‬ As well as television and radio, The Queen’s address will be shown on The Royal Family’s social media channels.”

One presumes that this will be in regard to the ongoing coronavirus situation. It is sad that Her Majesty has had to deal with so many crises and controversies in recent years, and now this. She’s 93 years old, for goodness sake! But as the comment above aptly noted, she is an inspiration to us all. God save The Queen! Health and long life to Her Majesty.

 

Glories of the West: Colonial Williamsburg from Above

From Colonial Williamsburg, which comments:

We’re loving this drone footage taken by one of the administrators of our Architectural Preservation and Research Facebook group, Director Matt Webster, for everyone missing the Historic Area. He says it was a little windy, so forgive the shifts in the video! We thought a little fife and drum soundtrack would go perfectly.

I agree: it does!

 

Glories of the West: Tchaikovsky’s “Hymn of the Cherubim,” with Beautiful Christian Churches

And not merely “Glories of the West” – the Glories of Christendom! East as well as West. Beautiful music, and a remarkable assemblage of magnificent European churches, in a variety of traditional styles. Lovely!