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Dominic Mattos
Publisher, singer, eater, sometime writer, sometime voice artist.
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This blog is moving, as of 4th June (St Petroc) 2016... to foodforfeastdays.com First new post here: https://foodforfeastdays.com/2016/06/04/cornish-tea-st-petroc/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at One Fat Man
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Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day. That great excuse to let-up on the Lenten observances. St Patrick is the patron of Ireland and the day will be full of lots of Guinness and whisky-drinking, I'm sure. I’ve never really engaged much with St Patrick’s Day as I’m not Irish, but I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at One Fat Man
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St Agatha (d. 251 AD) is one of the virgin martyrs mentioned in the Canon of the Mass. Her breasts were cut off during her martyrdom. In Sicily -- from whence St Agatha hails -- they make this pert little pastry on her feast day. You join the dots. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at One Fat Man
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St Blaise was born in Sebastea in what used to be Armenia, but is now Turkey. He died in the 300s some time through having his flesh torn by hot metal combs, and then by being beheaded for good measure. Poor chap. Not nice at all. The medieval Greek 'Acts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at One Fat Man
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One of the more peculiar highlights of my year is my January trip to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where I have been privileged to give my 'dame' (in the traditional British Panto sense) four times now --- most recently as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. We always do the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at One Fat Man
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Yesterday was the feast of St. Lucy and to aid me in my blogging duties (which I'll admit I have not been attending to of late), the brethren of my spiritual home St Louis Abbey, MO., have set to it and baked St. Lucy Buns and sent me photographs of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at One Fat Man
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In Florence on 7th September the streets are lined with people in procession, heading towards Santissima Annunziata with paper lanterns. Summer is breathing its last breaths, and in the pale Tuscan moonlight this yearly pilgrimage is completed with great festivity. Mummers and minstrels line the piazzas and vendors peddle victuals... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at One Fat Man
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St James is traditionally associated with shellfish. The greatest sign of this is the scallop shell the pilgrims traditionally brought back from Santiago to prove that they'd completed the 'camino'. This shell has now become a general emblem of pilgrimage, a sign that someone is on a journey, or has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at One Fat Man
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Yesterday was St. Swithin's Day, the feast of that great harbinger of rain, a saint whose association with the weather firmly aligns him with everything that is truly and honestly British in spirit. But who on earth was he? Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester, a good and humble... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at One Fat Man
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[St Monica, praying] Yesterday was not only the feast of St Margaret the Barefooted. It was also the feast of St Monica... St Augustine's Mum. The fact that St Monica is St Augustine's Mum, and my tendency to interpret everything as a British panto, has often left me thinking of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at One Fat Man
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St Margaret the Barefooted, whose feast it was yesterday, is (a) patron of difficult marriages, and of brides. She is one of those country saints from the middle-ages who lived a very pious life, reaching out to the poor and needy (barefooted) and ended up being treated very badly for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at One Fat Man
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The 8th August was the feast of St Dominic (it's the fourth in the old calendar). I spent it at the IOSOT conference for work. IOSOT stands for International Organisation for the Study of the Old Testament. The society has a congress every three years, and this year it was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at One Fat Man
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We’re in the middle of the summer opera season. This is the time when English people put on evening dress and go into the countryside to have picnics in great formality, in the rain, and attempt to recreate their usual existences in the great outdoors. We take tables and chairs,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at One Fat Man
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Last Thursday was Ascension Thursday. The feast of the Ascension. Well, it was in much of the world, but not in England because the English bishops <insert grumblings about the English hierarchy here> transferred it to the following Sunday. Nevertheless, I felt determined to celebrate it. I took the day... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at One Fat Man
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Saturday was the feast of the English Martyrs. This is a feast that was approved really quite recently for 4th May. Only a couple of years ago, I think. Usually I use anything to do with the English Martyrs as an excuse to indulge in a little bit of Protestant... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at One Fat Man
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St George is awesome, and it's his feast day tomorrow. Whether he trampled a real live dragon or not we do not know. He may well have in some way stuck one to the very real dragon that is Satan. He may be an archetype, a character who exists to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at One Fat Man
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[Image of St Anselm from the Bodleian Library] Today in the Novus Ordo calendar it is Good Shepherd Sunday, a Sunday which has also come to be known as Vocations Sunday. It's also the feast of St Anselm, the great Abbot of Bec and Canterbury... and Archbishop of Canterbury. St... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at One Fat Man
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Happy Easter! I hope you had a lovely Easter, indeed I hope it’s still continuing as we will enjoy Eastertide for a few weeks more, until Pentecost. As you know, I spent Easter at St Louis Abbey, and I had a marvellous time. The Triduum was wonderful, but always underestimate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2013 at One Fat Man
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My friend Rose and I are known amongst our mutual friends for our deep and profound love of ham. This manifests itself most strongly in our Christmas discourse, when for a period of roughly three weeks our communications are either solely ham-related, or at least 50% of each communication is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2013 at One Fat Man
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Yesterday was Maundy Thursday. I had a lovely day, which began with Tenebrae. Fr Bede and I then collected flowers for the altar of repose – daffodils. This was a surprisingly beautiful experience, because St Louis has been covered with a foot of snow. It had all melted and the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at One Fat Man
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Easter is coming. Now, I tend to focus on Christmas quite a bit at Easter. I remember once having a conversation with an Anglcian friend of mine about the Incarnation. We were talking about whether humanity could have been saved by the Incarnation alone – that is, is the Incarnation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at One Fat Man
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A few Sundays ago we had the gospel of the prodigal son. Now, of course, I have been a prodigal blogger. It’s been a very busy start to the year and I’ve not spent it in the best of health. But it’s been a reflective time too. The ‘Pope shenanigans’... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at One Fat Man
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Yesterday was the Feast of the Chair of St Peter, a feast which tells us much about the authority of the bishop, and particularly of the Pope. There is an actual chair involved, it’s the one in the big chair-shaped reliquary by Bernini at the back of St Peter’s Basilica... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at One Fat Man
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Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. We won't dwell on that too much, lest we become like the hypocrites of Matthew 6. But, of course, many Catholics will not have eaten meat today. My own choice of Ash W sustenance has been greatly helped by the fact... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at One Fat Man
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First, an apology, I have not written for a very long time. It has been a very busy start to the year, and I've not been well. But I'm writing now, and I'm prompted by two things. The first, is that Fr Bede has done the work for me, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at One Fat Man