Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Democracy of the Dead

So GKChesterton called "tradition."  Here's a reminder:

I heard Mass this morning in the Dominican rite at Leicester: same feast – SS Crispian and Crispianus – (they still keep it), same older Roman rite, same propers as in 1415, as the king and his soldiers waiting for battle would have heard it 594 years ago, with tiny exceptions...

Quoted from a reader at FrZ's place.  What else about St. Crispian's Day?

“He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’ ”
Henry V, Act 4

Yup.  Agincourt.


Badger Catholic said...

And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

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