Monthly Archives: April 2006

Good Friday

ORATIOReminiscere miserationum tuarum, Domine,et famulos tuos aeterna protectione sanctifica,pro quibus Christus, Filius tuus,per suum cruorem instituit paschale mysterium.
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What Does The Washing of Feet Really Say?

EXCERPT:
Each year there is recurring set of abuses of the people of God that take place during the Sacred Triduum.

First there is vile abuse of the people through illicit “general absolution”. That will need its own treatment. Second there is the silliness surrounding washing the feet of women during the Mass of Holy Thursday.

Finally tired of the blather about how “sexist” it is to wash only the feet of men, or how “meaningful” it is to wash the feet of females of any age, I figured it was time to give my explanation.

People get pretty emotional about this topic. Any priest who decides actually to obey the Church’s laws finds that he is being fried on the third rail. I know a few priests who have exercised their option not to have the rite at all because some angry women were carping at him about not being treated equally and there was no reasoning with them, no explanations possible.

However, it may also be possible that they really were not able to explain it clearly: they know the truth about this rite, but sometimes in the life of a busy pastor having a sense of something isn’t the same as theological clarity. They wind up unable to put thoughts into clear words.

Here is my explanation. Keep in mind I fully believe that just stating the law of the Church ought to be enough. Continue reading

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Holy Thursday or “Maundy” Thursday

The term “Maunday” or “Maundy” Thursday refers to Christ’s mandate (mandatum) in John 13:34 to His apostles in the service of the Church.  It is also called sometimes “Shere” Thursday, perhaps from “shere” indicating “tolerance” and “remedy”, in the sense … Continue reading

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New news on the Tridentine front

On the site of Archivum Liturgicum we read:
12 Aprile 2006La Liturgia romana non e’ mai stata abolitaDiverse fonti confermano … Continue reading

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Lampoon Lost

It looks like Lispers is lost to us. Perhaps the author thinks that his satirical project fulfilled its purpose. Continue reading

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Wednesday of Holy Week or Spy Wednesday

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This is an austere prayer, razor like, cutting to the heart of the matter. By our sins we are in the clutches of the enemy, who mercilessly attacks us. Christ freed us from dire consequences of slavery to sin by His Passion. Continue reading

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Tuesday in Holy Week

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The words peragere and percipere underscore the intensity with which we ought to participate in the sacred mysteries especially during this Holy Week. The per prefix suggests to us a thoroughness of our participation, the one per leading to the other per through the connect of the ita… ut. The peragere is an invitation to us to participate in the mysteries of Holy Week in a way that is “full, conscious and active”, especially in the interior sense. In this way we can more completely grasp in all senses of that word what the Lord has to offer to us. Continue reading

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The Tridentine Signs of the Times

Before an earthquake or volcanic eruption, seismographs pick up tremors.  Even in Jurassic Park you do your best to watch for shock tremors in puddles, right? Call them “signs of the times”, if you will. 
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Monday in Holy Week

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By this point in Lent, however, I am sure we have all been doing penance and, while it may be somewhat habitual now after all these days, we still are looking forward with great anticipation to the joy, and relief, of Easter.

In the meantime, do not forget (like The Redactors of the Novus Ordo perhaps did) that the Devil is real. The might of his powers and those of his fallen lot are angelic and by far surpass our own. They hate you and want to see you damned to an eternity of suffering and despair in flames and lonely torment of hell. Continue reading

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Card. Arinze strikes hard in London

 
The great Francis Card. Arinze, who is the titular Cardinal Bishop of the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni, recently (the diocese of the author) gave a speech recently in London, for the efforts of the ordinary their to engage in a … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: POST COMMUNION)

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Readers of WDTPRS well remember my explanation of how the document of the Bishop’s Committee on Liturgy called Built of Living Stones intentionally distorted the meaning of the GIRM 299. In spite of the fact that the Congregation for Divine Worship has previously explained to the world how to translate the Latin and clarified that that paragraph did not mean that it was preferable in any way for Mass to be celebrated “facing the people”, but rather concerned only the position of the altar in the sanctuary. I just looked at 299 in the newly released translation. They did not correct their flawed approach. They wrote: “The altar should be built apart from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever possible.” This sounds as if the GIRM is saying that it is preferable that Mass is celebrated “facing the people”. The Latin: Altare maius exstruatur a pariete seiunctum, ut facile circumiri et in eo celebratio versus populum peragi possit, quod expedit ubicumque possibile sit. What the Latin really says is something like: “The main altar should be built separated from the wall, which is useful/desirable wherever it is possible, so that it can be easily walked around and a celebration toward the people can be carried out.” The quod expedit refers to the main clause describing the position of the altar, and not Mass must be said. Now thousands of people will have to listen to liturgists and bishops use that paragraph to argue against celebrations ad orientem when the text says nothing of the kind. I suspect that more problems of this kind will emerge. Continue reading

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Saturday in the 5th Week of Lent

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The really hard phrase in this is pietas actionum. We have on many occasions in the daily Lent series talked about pietas, and how hard it is to get into English, since “piety” just doesn’t sound right to our modern ears. If you are steeped in medieval things, or at least archaic usage of English, and know something of heraldry, you might remember the symbol of the pelican “in her piety”. There is a symbol of Christ and His Church as a pelican who, in time of famine and drought, pierces her own breast with her bill to feed her chicks from her own blood. This sort of piety harks to the sense of pietas as “duty”. This is what she must do for her young. Continue reading

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Friday in the 5th Week of Lent

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Returning to the image of the loom, which is woven into today’s vocabulary, I have in mind the incredible phrase from the Book of Job: “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and come to their end without hope. Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.”

Our days are indeed like a shuttle. Some years ago I met a women who woven cloth with a large loom. She showed me how it worked. In her practiced hands, the shuttle lashed swiftly back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, while the loom packed the threads together. The cloth “grew” as it was woven, slowly, but surely. But the shuttle snapped back and forth with increasing speed as she found her rhythm and settled into it. Continue reading

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Thursday in the 5th Week of Lent

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We need clear doctrine, clear prayers, and clear willingness to adhere to them on the part of her duly appointed pastors. Hopefully the ongoing project of preparing a new translation of the Missale Romanum will be a contribution, not an obstacle. Continue reading

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Wednesday in the 5th Week of Lent

I am posting this at about "oh dark hundred" and, as it is posted, will be just about ready to catch a couple hours sleep before walking out the door to meet my ride for the airport. I am heading … Continue reading

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Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent

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My instant reaction to this prayer is rather bittersweet. The Church’s shifting demographics in wealthy countries reveals that, while more people may be identifying themselves as Catholic, the percentage of Catholics going to Mass remains steady or is falling. This means that we are going backward. Also, in European countries which were once Catholic countries, such as Italy, the birth rate is far below replacement rate. Yet “Eur-Arabia” is swiftly muliplying. Contraception and abortion is killing off one dimension of the life of the Church. The forces of the “Prince of this world” prevail in some places. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Archbp. Marini

An update on Archbishop Marini comes from Archivium Liturgicum.
2 Aprile 2006
Mons. Marini ristabilito da crisi cardiaca
Fonti accreditate riferiscono che S.E. Mons. Piero Marini si e’ gia’ ristabilito e domani potra’ essere al fianco del Santo Padre.
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Morto un papa, se ne fa un altro… *sigh*

In Rome we say, “Morto un papa, se ne fa un altro… one pope dies, so ya make another.” I am so very happy with our new Holy Father. But I do miss John Paul II. Continue reading

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Monday in the 5th Week of Lent

COLLECT Deus, per cuius ineffabilem gratiam omni benedictione ditamur, praesta nobis ita in novitatem a vetustate transire, ut regni caelestis gloriae praeparemur.
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Bishop Slattery again… better than ever

Bishop Slattery of Tulsa has posted a new contribution to his series on liturgical reform of his diocese.   This last piece resonated so much with what I have been writing for years that I must share it.  You can read … Continue reading

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