"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Away Days: Apotropaic Prayer


“And the darkness comprehended it not..”


(This chant sounds musically far more Orthodox than Catholic to me…)

Picture taken in Milan Cathedral

10 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    Warding off evil?

    No idea about Orthodox and Catholic differences. I am a lost cause!

    June 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    • Sorry, it was the difference in the music to which I was referring. The psalm being sung is common to both traditions, but the harmonies in the clip sound like those heard in Greek or Russian Orthodox Churches.

      As for lost causes, just keep repeating nil desperandum, it workks for me!

      June 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      • Toffeeapple

        Thank you for the explanation. But I don’t despair, at least, not all the time…

        June 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        • I’m delighted to hear that… and will light a candle for you!

          June 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

  2. S. Etole

    “and the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it …”

    June 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  3. I’m not a photographer, but I’m guessing that it isn’t easy to take a good photograph with such lighting….so I reckon you’ve done a wonderful job of this.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:54 am

    • Thanks for the kind comment. I am very much an amateur – but fortunately have an extraordinarily clever canera!

      June 4, 2013 at 4:02 am

      • Well, it wasn’t the camera that decided what should be in the picture and, indeed, that a picture was worth taking. I’m sure a clever camera does help a lot too!

        June 4, 2013 at 4:21 am

        • In that case I must graciously accept your kind comment!

          June 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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