There have always been short Missals available for people to use during Mass if they haven’t their own. For years they were either red or green (depending on how old they were), but a while ago they all disappeared and black ones came in their place.
I hadn’t realised that these have some nifty illustrations in!
Please excuse my lopsided thumbnail. I had an accident whilst chopping veggies.
First page with an introduction to the Holy Mass.
The Te igitur. Note our stage directions at the top! ‘Gelovigen knielen’ literally means ‘Believers kneel.’
Adoration, Benediction and Mass
I have no idea what’s going on, but we’ve started singing so it must be some kind of celebration!
The Assumption is called Maria ten Hemelopneming in Dutch. The church looked stunning, but I didn’t really get any photos of it. What I do have, I can share!
The Mary Altar was all decked out, and the statue even more so.
Before the evening Mass we had a Holy Hour, with a procession, Adoration, with Rosary and lots of Marian hymns.
(Sorry for the blurry)
The details on the Mary Altar caught my eye especially yesterday. The, the – I don’t know what they’re called – show scenes from the life of Our Blessed Lady, beginning with her Immaculate Conception (deftly portrayed with SS. Joachim and Anna having a bit of a smooch) and ending with her Glorious Coronation.
Parental smooch top left, Coronation bottom right.
A (belated) happy feast to you all from this poor blogger!
Fr. Kn’s off on his travels – every now and then We the Parishoners let him out – which means I could leave putting up photos until today without being threatened with eternal torment about it.
I didn’t take many photos…and the ones I did take aren’t brilliant. Oh well – sometimes you just get days like that, I suppose. Fuzziness everywhere, which is annoying.
There’s fuzziness, and then there’s incense. Maybe it’s something in the charcoal, but sometimes looking at the Sanctuary is like trying to peer through a cloud atop a mountain; come to think of it, that’s probably part of having incense anyway, after the usual Psalmist reference.
(Tip: if you haven’t already done so, read Dom Guéranger’s book On the Holy Mass, and die happy)
Meanwhile, no, I really wasn’t kidding about the incense.
More hellfire and brimstone; false spirits and deceit and ahhhhhhhhhh I don’t pray the Rosary enough.
After which, Mass continues as normal.
Praising God in His holy courts.
Saturday 29th June
St. Agnes’, Amstelveenseweg 163, Amsterdam.
There’s gonna be VESPERS. Oh yeah!
It might look like this:
But even if it doesn’t, it’s going to be VESPERS which means it’s going to be great.
So great, in fact, it gets its own page on AKU, and also has an event thingy on Facebook.
Come and pray! Bring people!
‘Agnieters’ is a word someone made up once to refer to the parishoners at St. Agnes’. It sounds less lame in Dutch.
Your artless blogger somehow got in on Michael Voris’ visit to the Netherlands. It wouldn’t really be blog fodder for AKU, were it not for the fact that Fr. Kn was the person who got me in.
And he also led the shindig that was Vespers. I didn’t take many photos, because I was singing my little heart out. Vespers is awesome – but more on that later.
The church where we had Vespers was St. Jozef op den Heuvel, lit. ‘St. Joseph’s on the Hill’. I didn’t take any particular note of the surrounding geography, but it can’t be a serious hill… Howsoever that may be, this church is stunning.
Captions are invited for the following:
One last photo from Fribourg, and then it’s onwards to Ascension back at St. Agnes’!
Today your artless blogger was back in church, got pointed in various directions, and was told to look after himself and Not Get In The Way™ of the important stuff going on.
Ok. I can do that.
There’s this rather spectacular Nativity scene at the back of the Basilica. It’s normally covered by screens; in order view it you put some coins in. Like Christmastide (and beyond) Pay-Per-View.
The detail is wonderful.
Meanwhile, the priests were busy getting things ready for Sunday.
But then we had the Bling-Bling Room:
The Basilica is a stunning building. I think I should hassle Fr. Kn about a parish trip😉