The Envy of Angels

“A discipline of conduct was a reality at cathedral schools.  We know some of its central values and virtues: love, friendship, and peace that make possible the cultivation of gentleness and humane kindness; elegance and beauty of manners, composed bearing , restrained and moderated conduct in gesturing, walking, eating, laughing; joviality, charm, grace, and good humor.  We know that these concepts made their way outward from the schools to influence conduce and its pedagogy in other areas of society.”

pg. 327, The Envy of Angels: Cathedral Schools and Social Ideal in Medieval Europe, 950-1200


Cyfarchaf i Dduw ddwywawl weini

Cyfarchaf i Dduw ddwywawl weini
Cyfarchwel a ddel ei ddaioni
Cyferyw cyfrwydd cyfred a’m awydd
Cyfarwydd i’m llwydd i’m llwyr deithi

I address to God sacred service:
May the protection of His goodness come.
Vigorous, convergent, there joins with my desire
counsel for my success in my whole character.

Wisdom 10:10-14

When the righteous fled from his brother’s wrath she guided him in right paths, shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of holy things, made him rich in his travels, and multiplied the fruit of his labours.

In the covetousness of such as oppressed him she stood by him, and made him rich.

She defended him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those that lay in wait, and in a sore conflict she gave him the victory; that he might know that goodness is stronger than all.

When the righteous was sold, she forsook him not, but delivered him from sin: she went down with him into the pit,

And left him not in bonds, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: as for them that had accused him, she shewed them to be liars, and gave him perpetual glory.

Olaf II of Norway: +July 27, 1030 A+D

Almighty, eternal God, you are the crown of kings and the triumph of martyrs. We thank You for the bold confession made by Your blessed martyr, Ólafr Haraldsson. We praise your greatness in his death and we pray You give us the crown of life that You have promised those who believe in Your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

I can play at Tafl…

I can play at Tafl,
Nine skills I know,
Rarely forget I the runes,
I know of books and smithing,
I know how to slide on skis,
Shoot and row, well enough;
Each of two arts I know,
Harp-playing and speaking poetry

— Earl Rognvaldr Kali

Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar

And there was the merrye curtall frere,
His name was Fryar Tucke;
No man of all bold Robin’s band
Could better kyll a bucke.

Or at a bout of quarter-staffe
Could by kewise better playe;
Or run, or wrestle, synge, or laughe,
Or even better praye.

In addition to the 3 Creeds…

I believe that God is God, and that we are not.

I believe that Jesus is our Savior, and that we are not.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is our wisdom, and that we are not.

I believe that Jesus died under the wrath of God for our sin, and that He was raised from the dead because God was so pleased with Him. Because of that death and resurrection, God was just as angry with us and just as pleased with us as He was and is with Jesus.

I believe the heavens declare the glory of God, as do the buttercups.

I believe that the Bible is offered to Christians as the smoothest bourbon ever distilled, and that we are supposed to drink it straight.

I believe in the law of identity, the law of non-contradiction, and the law of the undistributed middle, world without end, amen.

I believe that God is directing all of human history to a glorious culmination, and that He is doing so through a recurring pattern of high action death and resurrection adventure stories.

I believe that the material creation is saturated with His kindness, and that we are called to squeeze everything we can out of it.

I believe that the only way to squeeze out that kindness effectively is by taking hold of the impulse to be cool and crucifying it daily.

I believe that we are charged to conserve everything that the Spirit has done in history, and that we are to progress toward everything He intends to do.

I believe the foundation of our lives should be the cornerstone of worship on the Lord’s Day, as we gather in response to His call, in order to confess, sing, pray, hear, eat, and drink. We then receive the blessing and go.

I believe that the kingdom of God is like an endless river, like a sawtooth mountain range, like whole milk, like a cultivated plain, like a marble city with gardens, like a marbled steak on the grill, like aged cheese, like smart phones, like a high mountain meadow, like the laughter of family at the table, like the way of a man with a maid, like a moonlit ocean, and like a warrior crying high defiance. The kingdom of God is like everything.

I believe.

Tuck’s Jubilation

The turbulent tumults is a bittersweet agony that brings sorrow overwhelmed by joy. And if joy be a virtue then I’m the most virtuous man in this land abounding therein. And if yearning be a vice then I’m the most vicious man as well. A love overflown by stars springs up like a newly tapped well in a land long parched. All this jubilation is what drives me after having been caught up in much acacia. Happening upon these outlaws, these renegades and rogues has been very beneficial to me as it has been to them.