Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Hunt for the Lesser-Spotted Alb


After a month in my new digs, and still with several boxes to unpack, the long lost alb has been found. It was in a chest which once belonged to my parents, and my mother shipped over to me a couple of years ago. It is a beautiful piece of furniture, dark wood, around 1790 (almost as old as the rebellious Colonies!). Obviously - or not - I had not opened it since I arrived, it was sitting in the bedroom that I will be moving into when I get a bed. Well, the bed arrived, (mattress this week, hopefully) - so I opened the chest. Lo and behold - alb, my biretta, saturno and my police hat - with assorted other goodies. That was a good end to the week of flea bites and a Fed Ex big rig (lorry to readers of the Queen's English) backing into my car and smashing the front. Thanks to the kindess of my Undertaker, I am currently driving aound in a big, black, Funeral Home Cadillac, looking somewhat akin to Don Corleone. The big event of the coming week is the first celebration of the Rite of Blessed John XXIII in the Diocese by our Bishop, on the evening of the Assumption. I will be attending in Choir, so it's lucky I found the biretta. It will be interesting to see what the turnout will be - a party is going from my two parishes. More news later!

7 comments:

Fr John Boyle said...

Congratulations on finding the alb. I hope you have dark glasses to match the limo.

M. Alexander said...

We'll be there Fr.! My two sons will be serving Mass- I hope you get to meet them- my tip- they are Indian aka tall, dark and handsome! St. Joseph's was our parish when my husband and I were first married and living around the corner- that was 19 years and 8 kids ago!

gemoftheocean said...

Congrats: You are now listed as
"Fr. Finally Found His Alb, Vermont" on my blogroll as opposed to
"Fr. Can't Find His Alb, Vermont"

SEE. I TOLDJA. I managed to mention the words "trunk" "your mum" and "really important things" and "police" all in the same post under "fleas" the other week. See. St. Anthony WAS trying to tell you something through me!

Sorry your car got damaged...but as for the funeral car. Wow. Talk about cutting out the middle man and building a vertical market....

DO have someone take a picture of you...with the sunglasses. If you're real nice one of your Vermont neighbors will loan you an AK-47 too. Just, strictly, for photo-op.

Liz said...

We'll be there as well. We're planning on getting there early because we figure there's going to be a crowd. Maybe a big crowd will encourage the bishop to encourage our priests to celebrate the John XXIII Mass on a regular basis.

canon1753 said...

How was it tonight? CAX had a good story w/ a cynical ending "With lowering attendance will going back to Latin help attendance?"

Liz said...

The choir did a great job, Father. I hope the bishop was encouraged by the attendance. We certainly were impressed with his homily. We have declared it the best homily we've heard since becoming Catholic. All in all it was a wonderful evening.

Philip Andrews said...

Very nice blog. Glad you found your alb. Regarding the mafia car, will you be wearing a birretta or carrying one (for the purpose of "rubbing out" the opposition?). It's the pompom that makes it a deadly weapon!