Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mad Padre


Look here, all of you. I don't do this, very much, so when I do you know it's serious. Check out the best Padre site you'd care to meet. Mad Padres Wargames. I think it's all about Canadian Army Chaplaincy. Respect.

Oh Yes. 

Padre, happy Easter! Great site.

Christus Resurrexit.


Happy Easter!

Holy Sepulchre

Happy Easter, Christ has risen!

Stay on the horse and God bless,


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Putin's Not Gay

totally not gay

All-round hard man, former KGB officer and ruler of Russia, Vladimir Putin has struck another blow for traditional values by banning gay couples from adopting Russian children.

According to Reuters, the decision to ban gay adoptions comes after an American lesbian entered into a legal feud with her estranged partner over Russian orphan Yegor Shabatalov. The Russian Foreign Ministry plans to evaluate possible "psychological damage" inflicted on the unfortunate orphan. 

Patriarchs say don't be gay

Unlike Putin, President Obama believes that children should be adopted by gay men and lesbians and Time magazine praised him as America's first gay President.


Russia does not allow U.S. citizens to adopt their orphans.

Go figure.

In the meanwhile, Christ lies in the Tomb.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Give Us Back Our Gold!

Rick "he may be a fool but he's our fool" Perry, is backing a bill to get our state's $1 billion out of the New York Fed and back in Texas, where it belongs.

In a statement to the Texas Tribune, Rep Giovanni Capriglione, sponsor of the bill, said, “For us to have our own gold, a lot of the runs on the bank and those types of things, they happen because people are worried that there’s nothing there to back it up.”

Team LSP says right on, get that gold back, before they steal it. Like in Cyprus.

Secede, unless you're Austin, in which case you get to move to San Francisco.


Country Life, Horsing About

I love Texas

There's been a bit here about God, guns and church but not much  about country life. Lately that mostly means climbing into the pickup and driving off to ride JB. I've been careful on her, not asking for too much all at once, because she hadn't been ridden for a awhile. 

rocky paths

So we've been practicing the slower gaits, walk, trot. Fine, I thought, she's doing well enough at those, nicely cadenced, attentive, I'll ask for a canter. Nothing that JB hadn't done many hundreds of times before. Easy. No. Not easy. 

bad mischief

The horse decided that was a perfect opportunity to perform a neat sideways up in the air buck. I stayed on, fortunately, and she was very nearly sent back from whence she came, harming no one... Happily for all concerned, the animal redeemed herself the following week with a decent controlled canter; I must start galloping her again. A whole lot of fun and fast as you like.

Norma's Car Park. Result!

Still, bearing in mind the time I have to ride, I'd like a horse that wasn't such a project animal and it'd be good to have another creature in case anyone else wanted to ride. Two's company, sort of thing. Maybe a Foundation Quarter Horse gelding? Trained for trails? Well, we'll see.

nice shades, LSP

In the meanwhile, here's one of my parishioners riding her horse Randy around a barrel. Verdict? Outstanding.

TM on Randy, outstanding

I've been fortunate enough to ride Randy in the arena and fear I charged about foolishly. Beautiful horse and a joy to ride. 

Ride on,


Good Friday

Here's a couple of Collects, by way of general Good Friday edification.

ALMIGHTY God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified; Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

MERCIFUL God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor desirest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live; Have mercy upon all who know thee not as thou art revealed in the Gospel of thy Son. Take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy fold, that they may be made one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

And while we're at it, spare a thought for Cyprus. I liked this, from SOLAS, which is a Christian advocacy group in Scotland.

Who knew there were any Christians left in Scotland?

God bless,


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Maundy Thursday

St. Thomas 5th Ave, Altar of Repose. Nice.

Some people think that the word Maundy comes from the Latin Mandatum, meaning commandment, or mandate. Perhaps it does and for a fact, Maundy Thursday sees Christ give several commandments, namely to "do this", instituting the Mass, and to "love one another as I have loved you." The faithful recall both this evening as they worship.

Well Done!

Some get it right.


Others get it disastrously wrong, like the Episcopal cathedral in Cleveland. Maundy Thursday for them meant a kind of potluck Eucharist meal. According to their website:

Hideous Disaster

"On Maundy Thursday, April 5, we commemorate the Last Supper Jesus shared with his apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion on Good Friday. At 6 p.m., all are welcome to Cathedral Hall for a ritualized potluck meal. We will break bread together and share Eucharist as a community. Following the meal, members of the Trinity youth group will lead us into the Cathedral where if you like, you may participate in foot washing, walk the labyrinth and view the Stations of the Cross exhibit."

Make Yewkrist

Well that's just great.

Tracy Lind, see above, Trinity Cathedral's notoriously lesbian Dean, keeps applying to be a bishop in a bad case of "I desperately want to be something I don't believe in anyway." She keeps getting turned down, you can read all about it in the Virtueonline archive.


Stay out of the labyrinth and have a blessed Triduum,


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Some Kind of Joke?

The Royal Kraal

Old Etonian Justin Welby has been enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury to the sound of beating drums and tribal dancing. Maybe the new rhythm will help reverse the Church of England's precipitous decline into irrelevancy. 


Maybe some ethnic-style liturgical dance will fill all those empty pews.

Fish Rising

Who knows, perhaps Justin's awesome fish vestments are going to bring the people in, just like the priestesses haven't. You just never know... In the meanwhile, Cyprus' banks appears to have run out money, quite unlike ours. 

Carry on.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Oh Dear.



well done

In other news, Mark of the Beast Daily reports that Cyprus is running out of cash. But there's nothing to worry about! No one will ever, ever, take your cash to pay for their debt. That'll never happen here. Ever. Sorted. Big sigh of relief.

So, take your money out of our rotten banks while you can. Maybe, you never know, it'll be worth something. Why? Just 'coz, or fiat.



Sunday, March 10, 2013

Are You Being Served?

boy bishop

For those of you who don't know, the Episcopal Church (TEC) is busy suing everything that moves, most recently the vaguely traditional Diocese of South Carolina. AS Haley has this to say about TEC's mindset:

"One can but marvel at the madness that drives megalomania. First of all, it knows no boundaries: no matter what the odds or the ultimate cost, everything can be sacrificed so long as the sacrifice is seen as advancing the goal, which is to annihilate anything that appears to be threatening, or that is not already under complete subjugation. And individual megalomania is as nothing compared to the institutional variety, which signals all too often the last stage of an institution's eclipse. For when the rank and file are too ensconced in their ways to see where their leaders' follies and delusions are taking them, then the outrages of those leaders grow in proportion as the institution itself declines."

crowd pleaser

Well said, Mr. Haley. 

TEC has apparently spent some $20 million in ongoing lawsuits against trads and is busy losing some 20,000 members annually.

Carry on.