He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III



Monday, May 05, 2014

Psalm 51, Catholic Style





This wonderful tune was composed by Gregory Allegri, about 400 years ago. The piece was composed for the Pope. The Pope was so impressed that he considered the music sacred. He kept it locked in a vault and would listen to it only on Ash Wednesday. Examining the manuscript was strictly forbidden.

Mozart went to Rome to listen to it, and he was able to copy the work from memory. That's why we can listen to it now.

I first heard Miserere at the Anglican Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City, where it was performed only on Ash Wednesday and the Wednesday during Holy Week.

Enjoy!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Happy Lent!

I won't be posting or commenting during Great Lent.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Glock 27 Update

Even though I have been in rehab for over six months, I have still been alert to opportunities.

My Glock 27, which I featured earlier, fires the wide and short .40 S&W round. This combination allows the shooter to carry a subcompact 9mm sized gun with ammo trending in the.45 ACP direction.

Here's even more good news. The Glock 27 will fire .357 Sig rounds after substituting a .357 Sig barrel. If you're wanting to hose something down, you must substitute a .357 Sig magazine as well.

Why is this good news? Some of us want the flexibility of shooting a high-velocity, slim bullet over long distances because of its flatter trajectory. Also, the .357 Sig hits HARD. Expect a loud blast and a bright flash, but no mechanical problems. The .357 Sig round hits just as HARD as the legendary .357 Magnum 125 grain hollow point. I'm used to shooting the .357 Mag round from a 2" snubbie, and I'm used to the flash and blast.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy Lent!

No blogging or commenting during Great Lent.


For zeal for thy house has consumed me,
    and the insults of those who insult thee have fallen on me.
10 When I humbled my soul with fasting,
    it became my reproach.
11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,
    I became a byword to them.
12 I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,
    and the drunkards make songs about me.

Psalm 69: 9-12 
RSV