Es information about Byzantine Rite music for use in his church, has started off more than he knew. I have had a remarkably full and informative postbag on this topic since I mentioned his request here. A letter this week from Dom Gregory Bainbridge, Denford Park, Hungerford in Berkshire, deserves a wider readership. I reproduce his letter in full, together with his very kind offer to help any reader who might wish to acquire some of the records he names. He writes: GRA VIOPHONE RECORDS OF BYZANTINE RITE CHURCH MUSIC. Greekt five 7in. 45-rpm records sung by the choir and precentor of the Orthodox Cathedral in Athens, Selections from the services for Christmas (I), Easter (ii), First Days of Holy Week (iii), Good Friday and Holy Saturday (iv), the Aliathislos Hymn to Our Lady (v). The five have since been assembled in one 10in. (?) record. This is the real Greek music and as such strange to Western ears, but to connoisseurs these records are a supreme joy. Rimier,: Apart from records in the Westminster catalogue, Studio SM in Paris also has at least two, one
by the Quatuor Kedroff and one by Piatorjinsky's choir. Then there are five discs sung by the Chevelogne monks in Belgium: raster, Dormidon (Assumption) of Our Lady, Lent and Holy Week, Various Officer (Profession, Ordination, etc.), and musical impressions of monastic life. A last record of quite special interest is the All-Night Watch by Sergej Rachmaninov sungt, by the John Damascene Choir of 101) voices (one 121n. disc),
likntinlan: two 12in. records containing the whole Liturgy (Mass) complete: deacon, priest, epistle, gospel, prayers before communion, communion formula— only the Words of Institution are omitted. Rumanian and Greek: a 12in record by the choir or Trajan Popescu. Paris.
Dom Gregory states that except for the Greek and Ukrainian records, which are mono only, all the above dine exist in mono and stereo or stereo-compatible ver sions. None of these records is available in England, as far as can be ascertained but should any readers desire copies they might make their requirements known to Dorn Gregory Bainbridge at the address I gave at the beginning. He kindly offers to see to ordering the records required.
HANKS to the work of the
T 200 members of the Catholic
Aviation Guild, London Airport will have three cribs this year. The third crib will be erected in the Number Three area, opened for passenger use earlier this year. It will supplement thr usual cribs in the central area (provided by the Guild) and in the BOAC building (provided by BOAC staff).
Dermot Doran, the Guild's honorary secretary. tells me that members plan a Christmas treat for orphaned children. The organiser, Mr. Gerry Duggan. can he he contacted at HOUnslow 4043 by anyone with old toys to spare.
THOSE readers who want to combine a stylish night out with an act of charity might be tempted to buy a couple of tickets for the Actresses Ball in the Savoy Hotel on December 18, The proceeds are in aid of the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council which has now 48 centres in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Chairman of the Ball will be Viscountess d'Orthez, better known to most of us stilt as Miss Moira Lister.
DID contributors to the controversy on corporal punishment on our letter page pause for a moment to think of the point of view of the punished . . .? This revolutionary thought struck me the other day as I read through a copy of Rendezvous, the fortnightly paper produced by Form 3C of St. Bernard's Secondary School in Rotherham,
Printed in two colours and running to eight pages, it is a very creditable publication. The Editor (who begins his editorial modestly: "I am quite prepared to admit that I am not the world's most interesting writer") knows the value of a good controversy, and his "Page Two" is stuffed with letters that would start an argument anywhere.
P. Cresswell and M. Rogers, two stalwarts from Form 45, put their views on corporal punishment this way: "Why don't the girls have the cane? We do not think it right that boys should have corporal punishment and the girls only lines. We do admit that boys are lougher than girls." Further ammunition for this battle between the sexes is provided by S. ['ram, of 3C, who writes: "I think that hair styles today are very nice, but there are a few girls who have it too high and it spoils their looks."
On a more down-to-earth note there is a letter from a contributor and a reply from the Editor which, I think, both deserve to be quoted in full;
"Sir, I read the Rendezvous each time it comes out and I think that it should cost twopence. It is worth twopence." P. Fortune, IC.
"(This time it will cost you twopence! Ed.)"
In The Underworld
HE November issue of "Worship", that excellent monthly American review devoted to the liturgical apostolate, provides me with an answer to a puzzle: "Why does the figure of Orpheus figure so frequently in the catacombs?" Anyone who has visited the catacombs will have noticed how often the son of Apollo, who tamed beasts and birds with his lyre, figures on wall paintings. In fact. paintings of Apollo rank second in frequency only to the Good Shepherd figure of Christ.
"Worship ' says that Orpheus was a favourite with early Christian writers and artists. Though engaged in a life and death struggle, they did not fear to "baptise" the Orpheus myth into a tlypethoefreCi m Christ. ris in. moral in this for the moral in this for the
present day? But my own explanation is a much simpler one. It is that the painting of Orpheus symbolised the early Christian's hopes that they, too, would soon be able to emerge from the underworld of the catacombs.
HOPE that the Pitt Street Settlenient will shortly have its own chaplain is expressed in the settlement's fiftieth annual report, which has just reached me. There is a chapel at the Camberwell centre at the moment, but its use is restricted to Prime and Compline.
This -spiritual side of things is allied to a noteworthy sense of the practical, and the settlement, under its Warden, Major Lisle Watson, M.B.E., is a remarkable witness to the fact that charity is essentially indivisible. Founded fifty years or so ago, and entirely self-supporting. the settlement now has at least eight different welfare schemes under its wing. In addition to its animal dispensary, which treated 10.000 cases last year, and a home for donkeys and ponies, the settlement runs a Scout Group, a branch of the Youth Hostel Association, an AngloAsian Brotherhood, a football club and a social centre for Camberwell's old people.