Monthly Archives: April 2006


A friend with whom I live here in Rome was gracious enough to translate the "Internet Prayer" into Vietnamese!  Kindly say a "Hail, Mary" for him right now.  The fellow who translated this for us asked me "Why St. Isidore?"  … Continue reading

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3rd Sunday of Easter: Collect (2)

Some of you are probably thinking, “Okay, Father, you have gone too far this time in making that connection.” Have I? I admit that we must always be careful in making our connections and avoid getting too creative, going too far afield. But, since I am writing a column and not actually making the official translation I suppose I allow myself some real latitude. After all, these articles are meant to draw you in, help you to love the prayers and pray them with full, active and conscious participation. Be that as it may, our prayers and especially the prayers having ancient roots, Christian as they undoubtedly are, all spring forth from a vast heritage formed and permeated in great part by two thousand years of Latin literature and culture. In previous centuries, people made rapid connections between texts, sometimes needing only a few words to provide the hook, sometimes requiring only a single unusual or surprisingly placed word. In the pages of Scripture we hear Our Lord constantly make allusions to the psalms and Prophets and His listeners caught those allusions immediately. Oral/aural cultures were and are better at that than we are today in modern Western society. So, the use of the word adoptionis together with exsultet would be sufficient for Latin speakers to make the connection between the prayers. Continue reading

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3rd Sunday of Easter: Post Communion (1)

For a true revival of any of these great liturgical arts to take place, the first great “art” that must be resurrected is the language of the Mass. We need far more Latin in the Latin Rite and we need truly beautiful and accurate translations. If we want new and grand forms of artistry for use in the liturgy, then we need language that reflects the reality of what the Church believes about the Mass. If we want vestments that look better than horse blankets or 1960 couch covers, buildings that don’t instantly remind you of juvenile detention centers, movie houses or bomb shelters, music that doesn’t cause you instantly to crave Campbell’s Soup or reruns of Gilligan’s Island, then the most fundamental element – the language – must change. Continue reading

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3rd Sunday of Easter: Collect (1)

Another thing that might be worth mentioning is a possible connection between the theme of restored “youth” and the Psalm that the priest would say always at the beginning of Mass: Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat iuventutem meam…. “I will go unto the altar of God, of God who makes my youth joyful.” In baptism we are made members of Christ’s own mystical Person. While there is a clear qualitative distinction between the priesthood of the ordained priest and that of the baptized laity, this idea of youthful and renewed priesthood is part of our Easter joy. All of us, ordained and lay, each in our own way must in the manner of a priest offer our spiritual sacrifices to the Father, uniting them to those of Jesus our High Priest. In Him, we therefore already share that eternally youthful life that will never age. We will one day be risen and glorious, with glorified bodies that will not know age or deficiency and will reflect the beauty of the purified soul. Easter and indeed our own baptism anticipate this glory. I do not think I would have eliminated the concept of glory from the English translation. Continue reading

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Will it be today?

So, will it be today? Continue reading

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Pratt-falls: Mormons about Catholics, Catholics about Mormons

I tip my biretta  o{]:¬)  to Defensor Veritatis for the link to Mormon 2 Catholic in which its writrix provides quotes she unearthed from under the rock of a Mormon site called Mormon Quotes.   Remember, folks, to put on your … Continue reading

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In The Light of the Message: a response (positive) to Dr. Peters

Over at the excellent blog In The Light Of The Law, Dr. Peter’s made the following observation:  Of those matters we know anything about (an important qualification when discussing papal activities), Benedict XVI’s letter to the Congregation for the Causes … Continue reading

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GIRM 299 has been mistranslated

I had some mail and comments about my entry on the Latin of GIRM 299 and the English translation. In one case I was asked by Paul B: "Just to play the devil’s advocate, … (c)ouldn’t the ‘quod’ be taken, … Continue reading

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Some software adjustments

I had to make a few software adjustments to the blog.  Lately a huge amount of spam is being submitted as comments to entries.  As a result I am tweaking some of the settings here to see if I can … Continue reading

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Requiescant in pace

So much attention is given to the fallen American troops in Iraq and elsewhere.  Let us not forget that there are troops from other countries who are also making sacrifices for the cause of freedom and the war on terror. … Continue reading

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What does GIRM 299 really say?

For those with too little time to read at length, let me give you a blunt summary: For decades the liturgical establishment has operated as if the Council required the abolition of Latin and the ripping out of versus Deum … Continue reading

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The Secretary of the CDWDS

It is rather hard to find on the web clear photos of His Excellency Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don (called generally Malcolm Ranjith) who is the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.  So, … Continue reading

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“Turning Towards The Lord”

Today I attended the presentation of a book.  The Italian edition of Uwe Michael Lang’s book Turning Towards The Lord (in Italian Rivolti al Signore: l’orientamento nella preghiera liturgica.  Cantagalli, 2006.  Ignatius Press originally published it in English in 2004.)  … Continue reading

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iPope, if you haven’t seen it yet…

Jay Leno (not to be confused with Latin leno) picked up on the fact that when Benedict XVI visited the offices of the Vatican Radio, he was given the gift of an iPod. So, Leno provided his viewers with the new “commercial” for the iPod.

If you haven’t yet seen this yet it is worth the effort. Continue reading

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Caption contest

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