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Homily given at Quarr Abbey, Wednesday 17 July by the Prior of Pluscarden

We began our Mass today with a very fine Introit, set in the Third mode. This is the “tonus iratus” – the angry mode – or the anguished mode – or the mode of heightened emotion. Dum clamarem ad Dominum exaudivit vocem meam – When I cried to the Lord he heard my voice; he saved me from those who surrounded me. The text is from…