Yesterday at early o'clock (6.20am as it goes,) I wiped the ice off my bicycle seat and sped off in the dark to the station. Of course I knew that when I got to Ryde it would be sunny, because the weather is always good when we go to the IOW. Even when the fog descended as I approached Portsmouth.... all sunny on the seafront in Ryde.
This time we looked at the Introits for the four Sundays of Advent.
I reacquainted myself with the Triplex, which I am gradually covering in tiny pencil writing. Eventually, I will not only have written all over it, but I might have got a bit more of a hang of the squiggles as well as the squares.
From today's Introit, Ad te levavi we get the emphatic idea that those negatives are very important; 'let me NOT be put to shame; do NOT allow my enemies to laugh at me.
We also came away with an Advent shopping list of psalms to read; 24, 79, 84, for starters.
Sister, chanting all the psalms weekly, has only to sing a phrase to be transported into the whole psalm and a whole world of meaning.
The mix of modes, source notes, knowledge of the texts and the greater contexts of the texts is fantastic, so it's always a shame when the bell goes and it's time for her to disappear again.
In other news I was very pleased with Mass XVII and Rorate Caeli. People have been taking their books home to practise.
We also had a mighty sing of Adeste fidelis after Mass.
Puer natus in Bethlehem, here we come.
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Location:Ryde, Isle of Wight