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Matthew Olson
A blogging Catholic convert for more cooperation between Church and State.
A blogging Catholic convert for more cooperation between Church and State.
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"The bishops now brought the royal sword. All in turn placed their hands upon it and intoned: 'Accingere gladio tuo super femur tuum, potentissime' (psalm 44:4 'Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most mighty'). Each time the King answered: 'Observabo'. The sword was then conveyed to the high altar, from where the King caused it to be redeemed at the traditional price of a hundred shillings, indicating that virtue and his power came from Holy Church."

See also: http://www.britannia.com/history/docs/johncon.html
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"In olden days, the Roman missal wasn’t made of paper, but of parchment. The more you touched parchment with you bare hands, the more it could actually corrode the pages. And so what they used to do was to make these items that would turn the pages so you didn’t have to touch them. So they would just go and turn the pages with a page-turner. This one is from the pontificate of Leo XIII."
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