Daily Update: Saturday, January 9th, 2016

01-09 - Horatio Nelson's Funeral

Again a day with no Saints, but I bring you a funeral. On this date in 1806, Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, was buried with great pomp and ceremony in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Nelson was killed during his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 5th, 1805. The body was placed in a cask of brandy mixed with camphor and myrrh, which was then lashed to the Victory‘s mainmast and placed under guard. Victory was then towed to Gibraltar after the battle, and on arrival the body was transferred to a lead-lined coffin filled with spirits of wine for transport to England. After repairs to the Victory, she sailed with the coffin to England. Unloaded at the Nore, Nelson’s body was taken to Greenwich and placed in a lead coffin, and that in another wooden one, made from the mast of the French flagship L’Orient which had been salvaged after the Battle of the Nile in 1798, which had been won by Nelson. He lay in state in the Painted Hall at Greenwich for three days, before being taken up river aboard a barge, accompanied by Lord Hood, Sir Peter Parker, and the Prince of Wales. The coffin was taken into the Admiralty for the night, attended by Nelson’s chaplain, Alexander Scott. The next day, January 9th, a funeral procession consisting of thirty-two admirals, over a hundred captains, and an escort of 10,000 troops took the coffin from the Admiralty to St. Paul’s Cathedral; the funeral procession was so long that the head had reached St. Paul’s before the tail left the Palace of Whitehall. After a four-hour service attended by thousands of spectators Lord Nelson was laid to rest within a sarcophagus originally carved for Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (and which at one time King Henry VIII had considered using for himself). The sailors charged with folding the flag draping Nelson’s coffin and placing it in the grave instead tore it into fragments, with each taking a piece as a memento. This type of state funeral was a rare privilege for anyone under the rank of a duke, which shows in what esteem Nelson was held by his countrymen. (In the novel Hornblower and the Atropos by C.S. Forester, published in 1953, in his first duty as a Post Captain, Hornblower gets the luckless task of organizing the huge boat parade that took Nelson’s barge from Greenwich to the Admiralty, and stopped the barge from sinking by the Isle of Dogs when it sprang a leak. He also hung his pocket watch on the handle on the end of the coffin, so as to keep track that the parade was on schedule, forgot it, and had to go to the Admiralty the next morning before the funeral to retrieve it.)

Last night our New Orleans Pelicans lost their home game with the Indiana Pacers by the score of 86 to 91.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. After our Pre-Shift Meeting, Richard was on Macau Mini Baccarat; when that table closed he went to Mini Baccarat, which later by request from a player became the Macau Mini Baccarat table. I was on Three Card Poker, and spent most of my breaks working on transferring my data from my old Balance My Checkbook Pro app to my new Checkbook Pro app.

When we got home from work our newspaper was totally soaked on the driveway (we had had thunderstorms all morning). I set up my medications for next week (I have two prescriptions to renew on Monday). When I left the house in my car, I got a paper from the vending machine in front of the bakery, then went to the Adoration Chapel for my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. During my Hour I began reading the January 4th – January 11th, 2016 issue of my Jesuit America magazine. I then went to McDonald’s and ate my lunch. Our LSU Men’s Basketball team lost their afternoon away game with Florida by the score of 62 to 68; our Tigers will next play a home game with Mississippi on the evening on January 13th. When I got home I finished working on my project right at 5:45 pm, so now I will be using my Checkbook Pro app for keeping up with our expenses and such. Richard went to bed, and once I finish this Daily Update I will be joining him. The New Moon will arrive later this evening, at along about 7:31 pm.

We have no Saints to honor tomorrow, but tomorrow is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which is the last Sunday of the Christmas Season. (Monday begins Ordinary Time, which will last until Ash Wednesday.) Tomorrow is the last day of the current pay period at the casino, and we will work our eight hours. Our New Orleans Pelicans will play an afternoon away game with the Los Angeles Clippers, and our LSU Women’s Basketball team will play an afternoon home game with #13 ranked Texas A&M. And I will try to go to the 6:00 pm Mass.

Our Parting Quote this Saturday afternoon comes to us from Dom Anscar Chupungco, Filipino Benedictine monk, liturgist, and theologian. Born as Herminio Javier Chupungco in 1939 in Cainta, Rizal, he became a monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat in Manila in 1958 at the age of 19, at which time he was given the religious name of Anscar (Ansgar) after a great Benedictine missionary saint of the 9th century. He was ordained a priest in 1965. He earned his licentiate in philosophy and theology (both magna cum laude) from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and his doctorate in Sacred Theology, specializing in liturgy, from the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm, learning from the scholars in the field who had served as periti (expert consultants) during the Second Vatican Council. Chupungco became a member of the faculty of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Liturgy in Rome in 1973, the first Filipino to teach there. He was later chosen as the President of the Institute and Rector Magnificus of the Atheneum. He also established the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in the Philippines in conjunction with the then-Bishop of Malaybalay (later Archbishop of Manila and cardinal), Gaudencio Rosales. This faculty was to serve as a center for forming liturgists to serve throughout Asia. He was also one of the co-founders of the Maryhill School of Theology, together with four priests from the Missionary Fathers of the Immaculate Heart. As a leading expert in liturgy, Chupungco’s expertise was sought in all parts of the world. He also produced the Handbook for Liturgical Studies, which is the standard set of textbooks for liturgical education in the world. He was a board member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome. After Chupungco’s term in Rome, he returned to the Philippines and became secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. He was also chosen as Rector of San Beda College and the only person to become rector of three campuses of San Beda College: Mendiola, Rizal, and Alabang. Chupungco received two honorary degrees: in Humane Letters by the Ateneo de Manila University (July 31, 1996) and in Theology by the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago (June 5, 1997). The University of Santo Tomas honored Chupungco with the Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award in the year 2000. In 2010, he was conferred the Serviam Award by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious McManus Award by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions of the United States. He was a member of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy during the time it produced the first English language translation of the Roman Missal for use around the world. In his last years, Chupungco occupied himself with liturgical formation at Paul VI Institute of Liturgy and speaking engagements all over the world. At the time of his death, he had been scheduled to receive the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award from Pope Benedict XVI in a few weeks, to honor him for his decades of service to the Church (died 2013): “[The Liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council] is being put to task by a movement known as the “reform of the reform”. It carries an agenda that can have a regrettable impact on the liturgical gains of the council. Dark clouds are forming ominously on the western horizon. They move hurriedly and decisively toward the direction of the sun that burns radiantly in the sky. They cast upon it their somber shadows to hide it from view. Suddenly it is dusk before the appointed time. In reality however the dimness is caused by the passing clouds. I am confident that these cannot put the clock back to yesterday’s evening hours.”

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