Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The New York Met. Puccini’s Heartbreaking Opera. Madama Butterfly.

Illustration: THE NEW YORK MET

"In Disgrace". Bessie Pease Gutmann.

"In Disgrace".
Artist: Bessie Pease Gutmann.
Date: 1935.
Illustration: E-BAY

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Bessie Pease Gutmann (8 April 1876 – 29 September 1960) was an American Artist and Illustrator, initially as Bessie Collins Pease, most noted for her paintings of putti, infants, and young children.

During the Early-1900s, she was one of the better-known Magazine and Book Illustrators in The United States. Her artwork was featured on twenty-two Magazine Covers, such as Woman's Home Companion and McCall's, between 1906 and 1920.

She also illustrated popular Children's Books, including a notable 1907 Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Although the commercial popularity of her art declined during World War II, there was renewed interest in her Illustrations from collectors by the Late-20th-Century.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Presentation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Feast Day 21 November.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

The Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
   Feast Day 21 November.


White Vestments.

English: The Presentation of The Virgin Mary (detail).
Titian (1490–1576).
Italiano: Tiziano. Presentazione al Tempio (dettaglio).
Date: 1534 - 1538.
Current location: Accademia of Venice, Italy.
Source: Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy.
(Wikimedia Commons)

After having Solemnised, on 8 September, The Nativity of The Blessed Virgin, and, four days later, The Feast of The Holy Name of Mary, a name given to her a short time before her Birth, The Cycle celebrates on this day The Presentation in the Temple of The Child of Benediction.

These first three Feasts of Mary's Cycle are an echo of The Christological Cycle, which, likewise, celebrates: The Birth of Jesus, 25 December; The Imposition of His Holy Name, 2 January; and His Presentation in the Temple, 2 February.

English: The Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple.
Italiano: Presentazione di maria al tempio.
Artist: Alfonso Boschi.
Date: 17th-Century.
Source: Giovanni Piccirillo (a cura di),
La chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano,
Becocci Editore, Firenze 2006.
Author: sailko.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Feast of The Presentation of Mary is founded on a pious Tradition, originated by two apocryphal Gospels, which relate that The Blessed Virgin was Presented in the Temple of Jerusalem, when three years old, and that she lived there, with other girls and the Holy Women, who had them in their care. Already in the 6th-Century A.D., the event is Commemorated in The East and the Emperor, Michael Comnenus, alludes to it in a Constitution of 1166.

English: Fresco of The Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary. 
The Monastery Church
of The Assumption, 
der Dillinger Franziskanerinnen in Dillingen an der Donau,
Fresko mit der Darstellung des Tempelganges Mariens.
Photo: 26 September 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: GFreihalter.
(Wikimedia Commons)

A French nobleman, Philippe de Maizières, who was Chancellor at the Court of the King of Cyprus, having been sent in 1372 as Ambassador to Pope Gregory XI, at Avignon, related to the Pope with what magnificence The Feast was Solemnised in Greece, on 21 November. His Holiness introduced The Feast at Avignon and Pope Sixtus V introduced it at Rome in 1585. Pope Clement VIII raised it to the Rank of Greater-Double and re-arranged The Office.

Mass: Salve, Sancta Parens.
Preface: Of The Blessed Virgin Mary: Et te in Praesentatione.



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Perkins Has Got Carried Away, Again !!!

Told Perkins we needed a new Charabanc and look what he brought back !!!
A 1908 Prinz-Heinrich Benz.
I think he's beginning to lose the plot !!!
Illustration: HEMMINGS DAILY

Monday, 20 November 2017

Saint Felix Of Valois. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 20 November.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Felix Of Valois.
   Feast Day 20 November.


White Vestments.

Saint Felix of Valois.
Illustration: ALCHETRON

Saint Felix of Valois Founded, with Saint John of Matha, The Order of The Most Holy Trinity for the ransom of captives. He belonged to the Royal Family of France and distinguished himself as a child by his compassion for those in trouble.

Wishing to put aside any claim to the Throne of France, he renounced all he possessed (Gospel) and retired to a desert, near Meaux, France, where he was joined by Saint John of Matha [Editor: Feast Day 8 February].

In consequence of a vision, they left their solitude and went to Rome. Pope Innocent III approved the Institute Founded by them for the redemption of captives (Collect). They were ready to suffer hunger and thirst and all sorts of ill-treatment to deliver their brethren (Epistle).

On their return to France, they presented themselves before King Philip-Augustus, who was most generous towards them. The Lord of Chatillion gave them a place called Cerfroi, where they Founded the Monastery which was the principal one of their Order.

Saint Felix gave his Soul to God in 1212.

Mass: Justus.

The 60s. The Crystals. Phil Spector. "The Wall Of Sound". The Shirelles.

"Then He Kissed Me".
Sung by: The Crystals.
Available on YouTube at

The Crystals.
The photo is part of an ad for the Teen Club, "Cinnamon Cinder",
which was owned by one of the KRLA disk jockeys; the ad has no copyright marks.
Date: 9 June 1965.
Source: KRLA Beat page 2. The paper was published
for KRLA Radio, 
Los Angeles, in the mid 1960's.
Author: Publisher-Beat Publications/Prestige Publishing-Cinnamon Cinder teen club.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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The Crystals were an American vocal group based in New York, considered one of the defining acts of the girl group era in the first half of the 1960s. Their 1961–1964 chart hits, including "There's No Other (Like My Baby)", "Uptown", "He's Sure the Boy I Love", "He's a Rebel", "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" and "Then He Kissed Me", featured three successive female lead singers, and were all produced by Phil Spector. The latter three songs were originally ranked #267, #114, and #493, respectively, on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Phillip Harvey Spector (born Harvey Phillip Spector, 26 December 1939) is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter, who developed The Wall of Sound, a music production formula he described as a "Wagnerian" approach to Rock and Roll.

Photo of Phil Spector,
taken from January 1965 "Billboard" Magazine.
Author: Billboard Magazine.

Spector is considered the first auteur among musical artists for the unprecedented freedom and control he had over every phase of the recording process. Additionally, he helped engender the idea of the studio as its own distinct instrument. For these contributions, he is acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in pop music history. Later in his life, Spector was reputed for his eremitic personality, and he grew notorious for the events surrounding his trials and conviction for murder in the 2000s.

"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow".
Sung by: The Shirelles.
Available on YouTube at

The Shirelles in 1962.
Clockwise from top: Addie "Micki" Harris, Shirley Owens, Beverly Lee, and Doris Coley.
Date: 24 November 1962.
Author: Scepter Records-from Scepter Records' Billboard ad which has no copyright marks.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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The Shirelles were an American girl group that achieved popularity in the early 1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Shirley Owens (later Shirley Alston Reeves), Doris Coley (later Doris Kenner-Jackson), Addie "Micki" Harris (later Addie Harris McFadden), and Beverly Lee.

Founded in 1957 for a talent show at their High School, they were signed by Florence Greenberg of Tiara Records. Their first single, "I Met Him on a Sunday", was released by Tiara and licensed by Decca Records in 1958. After a brief and unsuccessful period with Decca, they went with Greenberg to her newly formed company, Scepter Records.

Working with Luther Dixon, the group rose to fame with "Tonight's the Night". After a successful period of collaboration with Dixon and promotion by Scepter, with seven top 20 hits, the Shirelles left Scepter in 1966. Afterwards, they were unable to maintain their previous popularity.

The Shirelles have been described as having a "naive schoolgirl sound" that contrasted with the sexual themes of many of their songs. Several of their hits used strings and baião-style music. They have been credited with launching the girl group genre, with much of their music reflecting the genre's essence. Their acceptance by both white and black audiences, predating that of the Motown acts, has been noted as reflecting the early success of the Civil Rights Movement

They have received numerous honours, including the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and named one of the 100 best acts of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004. Two of their songs, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Tonight's the Night", were selected by Rolling Stone Magazine on its list of the greatest songs of all time.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Saint Elizabeth Of Hungary. Heilige Elisabeth Von Thüringen. Árpád-Házi Szent Erzsébet. 1207-1231. Feast Day 19 November.

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unless otherwise stated.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.
   Feast Day 19 November.


White Vestments.

English: Saint Elizabeth Church, Budapest,
A statue of Saint Elizabeth showing The Miracle of The Roses,
in front of the Neo-Gothic Church Dedicated to Saint Elizabeth,
at Roses' Square (Rózsák tere), Budapest, Hungary.
Árpád-házi Szent Erzsébet szobra a templommal.
Photo: 19 June 2008.
Source: Pasztilla.
Author: User:Pasztilla aka Attila Terbócs.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: Flag of the Kingdom of Hungary between 21 December 1867 - 12 November 1918.
Magyar: A Magyar Királyság zászlaja 1867. december 21. és 1918. november 12. között.
Date: 6 August 2008.
Source: Own work, based on Flags of the World - Hungary -
Angels are vectored from Hungary medium coa 1910.png.
Author: Thommy.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Elizabeth of Hungary, Third Order Of Saint Francis (T.O.S.F.), (German: Heilige Elisabeth von Thüringen, Hungarian: Árpád-házi Szent Erzsébet), 7 July 1207 – 17 November 1231, was a Princess of the Kingdom of Hungary, Landgravine of Thuringia, Germany, and a greatly-Venerated Catholic Saint.

Elizabeth was married at the age of fourteen, and widowed at twenty. After her husband's death, she sent her children away and regained her dowry, using the money to build a hospital, where she served the sick. She became a symbol of Christian Charity, after her death at the age of twenty-four, and was quickly Canonised.

Elizabeth was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Merania. Her mother's sister was Saint Hedwig of Andechs, wife of Duke Heinrich I of Silesia. Her ancestry included many notable figures of European Royalty, going back as far as Vladimir the Great of Kievan Rus.

Saint Elizabeth, spinning wool for the poor.
By Marianne Stokes (1895).
Current location: Private collection.
Source/Photographer: Own work, user:Rlbberlin.
(Wikimedia Commons)

According to Tradition, she was born in the Castle of Sárospatak, Kingdom of Hungary, on 7 July 1207. According to a different Tradition, she was born in Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary (modern-day Bratislava, Slovakia), where she lived in the Castle of Posonium until the age of four.

A Sermon, printed in 1497 by the Franciscan Friar, Osvaldus de Lasco, a Church official in Hungary, is the first to name Sárospatak as the Saint's birthplace, perhaps building on local Tradition. The veracity of this account is not without reproach: Osvaldus also transforms the Miracle of the Roses (see below) to Elizabeth's childhood in Sárospatak, and has her leave Hungary at the age of five.

Elizabeth was brought to the Court of the Rulers of Thuringia, in Central Germany, to become betrothed to Louis IV, Landgrave of Thuringia, a future bride who would reinforce political alliances between the families. She was raised by the Thuringian Court, so she would be familiar with the local language and culture.

English: Saint Elizabeth washing a beggar. A 15th-Century scene
from The High Altar of Saint Elizabeth's Cathedral, Košice, Slovakia.
Slovenčina: Svätá Alžbeta umýva žobráka, scéna z hlavného
oltára Dómu svätej Alžbety v Košiciach, 2. polovica 15. storočia.
Photo: 23 June 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Of.
(Wikimedia Commons)

In 1221, at the age of fourteen, Elizabeth married Louis; the same year he was enthroned as Landgrave Louis IV, and the marriage appears to have been happy. After her marriage, she continued her charitable practices, which included spinning wool for the clothing of the poor. In 1223, Franciscan Friars arrived, and the teenage Elizabeth not only learned about the ideals of Francis of Assisi, but started to live them. Louis was not upset by his wife's charitable efforts, believing that the distribution of his wealth to the Poor would bring Eternal Reward; he is Venerated in Thuringia as a Saint, though he was never Canonised by The Church.

It was also about this time that the Priest and, later, Inquisitor, Konrad von Marburg, gained considerable influence over Elizabeth when he was appointed as her Confessor. In the Spring of 1226, when floods, famine, and plague wrought havoc in Thuringia, Louis, a staunch supporter of the Hohenstaufen Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, represented Frederick II at The Imperial Diet held in Cremona, Italy. Elizabeth assumed control of affairs at home and distributed Alms in all parts of their territory, even giving away State Robes and ornaments to the Poor. Below Wartburg Castle, she built a hospital with twenty-eight beds and visited the inmates, daily, to attend to them.

Elizabeth's life changed irrevocably on 11 September 1227, when Louis, en route to join The Sixth Crusade, died of a fever in Otranto, Italy. On hearing the news of her husband's death, Elizabeth is reported to have said, "He is dead. He is dead. It is to me as if the whole World died today." His remains were returned to Elizabeth in 1228 and entombed at the Abbey of Reinhardsbrunn.

Saint Elizabeth Cathedral, 
Košice, Slovakia.
Date: July 2009.
Source: Originally posted to 
Author: Ville Miettinen.
(Wikimedia Commons)

After her death, Elizabeth was commonly associated with The Third Order of Saint Francis, the primarily Lay Branch of The Franciscan Order, though it is not sure that she actually formally joined them. It must be kept in mind, though, that The Third Order was such a new development in The Franciscan Movement, that no one official ritual had been established at that point. Elizabeth clearly had a Ceremony of Consecration, in which she adopted a Franciscan Religious Habit in her new way of life.

Very soon after the death of Elizabeth, Miracles were reported that happened at her grave in the Church of the hospital, especially those of healing. On the suggestion of Konrad, and by Papal Command, examinations were held of those who had been healed between August 1232 and January 1235. The results of those examinations were supplemented by a brief Vita of the Saint-to-be, and, together with the testimony of Elizabeth's handmaidens and companions (bound in a booklet called The Libellus de dictis quatuor ancillarum s. Elizabeth confectus), proved sufficient reason for the quick Canonisation of Elizabeth on 27 May 1235 in Perugia, Italy, — no doubt helped along by her family's power and influence. Very soon after her death, hagiographical texts of her life appeared all over Germany, the most famous being Dietrich of Apolda's Vita S. Elisabeth, which was written between 1289 and 1297.

English: The Saint Elisabeth Group. Sculpture in wood by Rudolf Moroder,
polychromed by Christian Delago, in the Parish Church of Urtijëi,
South Tyrol, Italy. Date: 1900.
Deutsch: Hl. Elisabeth-Gruppe in Holz geschnitzt,
gefasst von Christian Delago 
des Rudolf Moroder entstanden 1900.
Italiano: Gruppo scultoreo di Santa Elisabetta di Ungheria
scolpito nel legno da Rudolf Moroder,
policromia di Christian Delago del 1900.
Photo: 20 February 2009.
Source: This Photo was taken by Wolfgang Moroder.
Author: Rudolf Moroder Lenert †1914.
(Wikimedia Commons)

She was Canonised by Pope Gregory IX. The Papal Bull declaring her a Saint is on display in the Schatzkammer of the Deutschordenskirche in Vienna, Austria. Her body was laid in a magnificent Golden Shrine — still to be seen today — in Saint Elizabeth's Church, Marburg, Germany. Her remains were removed and scattered by her own descendant, the Landgrave Philip I "The Magnanimous" of Hesse, at the time of The Reformation. It is now a Protestant Church, but has spaces set aside for Catholic Worship. Marburg became a centre of The Teutonic Order, which adopted Saint Elizabeth as its Secondary Patroness. The Order remained in Marburg until its official Dissolution by Napoleon I of France in 1803.

Elizabeth is perhaps best known for her Miracle of the Roses, which says that, whilst she was taking bread to the Poor, in secret, she met her husband, Ludwig, on a hunting party, who, in order to quell suspicions of the gentry that she was stealing treasure from the Castle, asked her to reveal what was hidden under her cloak. In that moment, her cloak fell open and a vision of White and Red Roses could be seen, which proved to Ludwig that God's protecting hand was at work.

English: Saint Elizabeth's Church, Marburg, Germany.
Deutsch: Elisabethkirche Marburg, Elisabethstraße.
Photo: 24 April 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Megacity01.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.

Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew, King of Hungary, was given in marriage to Louis IV, Landgrave of Thuringia. She had three children, Herman, Sophia, and Gertrude. Her husband, who was a Saint, gave her the most entire liberty for her pious exercises and her Charity.

Like the strong women mentioned in the Epistle, she rose in the night to Pray, lavished Alms on the Poor, and spun wool to make warm garments for them. What most characterised her was her love for the sick and the lepers, whom she cared for with maternal tenderness.

At her husband's death, wishing to renounce everything to acquire at this price The Pearl of Eternal Life (Gospel), she put on a dress of course material and entered The Third Order Of Penance of Saint Francis, where she was noted for her patience and humility.

Her brother-in-law, having succeeded to the Title of Landgrave, expelled her with her children from the Princely Castle of The Wartburg and she, who was called The Mother of The Poor, could not find a hospitable roof as a shelter. She died at the age of twenty-four in 1231.

Mass: Cognovi.
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