Monthly Archives: December 2006

Year end Te Deum and Benedict is “on time”

During the annual Vespers of Thanksgiving and singing of the Te Deum the Holy Father in Rome gave a wonderful reflection on time. I had the chance to read it ahead of time but couldn’t post until now. First, he … Continue reading

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Latin Foxtrot

The cartoon Foxtrot has some Latin this morning!

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Holy Family – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas: COLLECT (2)

What Does the Prayer Really Say? Holy Family – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2004 A liturgical “octave” is an eight day period following and including the feast. In a way, the Church … Continue reading

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Holy Family – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas: POST COMMUNION (2)

What Does the Prayer Really Say? Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2006 Today is simultaneously the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, Holy Family, and, … Continue reading

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Sic transit

It is amazing to contemplate the contrast of the lying in state of the late President, the Honorable Gerald Ford with the demise of the late … Saddam Hussein.

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ANSA: Petition AGAINST “Tridentine” Mass a “flop”

There is a report on ANSA today that the internet petition AGAINST the derestriction of the "Tridentine" Mass has been a flop. UPDATE: The instigator of the petition against the old Mass is Fr. Paolo Farinella, a very visible and … Continue reading

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Donation gratitude

My special thanks are due to kind souls who fired off the last couple donations to keep the blog going.  You have my gratitude and my biretta tip: o{]:¬)

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Would you like to elect a Pope? Check this out and participate!

The Frankfurter Allgemeine is having a poll for "person of the year". You can vote for Benedikt XVI, who is presently winning in the poll! Wer ist Ihr Mensch des Jahres?   18. Dezember 2006 Das zentrale Ereignis des Jahres … Continue reading

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Sabine snow

Here at The Sabine Farm we are having a bit of snow.  How is this for a contrast to my window back in Roma? The chapel last night, ready for the post supper visit to the Blessed Sacrament. We had … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s onomastico.. well…one of them

Tonight I had two exquisite friends at the Sabine Farm. Tonight, my onomastico (I claim both John the Baptist and the Evangelist), I made supper from coniglio in umido, some superb mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with parmiggiano, mixed greens salad … Continue reading

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Zzzzzzzz

Fr. Z is pretty tired today.  I am just checking in.

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Latin of the Urbi et Orbi

His Eminence Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos read the text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi address aloud in Latin.  One might think that the Dean of the College of Cardinals would have read the message, if the Pope himself … Continue reading

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Greetings to the lonely on Christmas

Many years ago I had "hotwired" the phone of the office I working in in Rome so that I could dial out past the Vatican operator and get on Compuserve (Oh… how we thought that was cutting edge at the … Continue reading

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Translation coordination

Sometimes you have to wonder how the translations of major texts are coordinated between the different offices that cover language groups. Here are the headers for the langauge texts of the Holy Father’s Christmas sermon. ITALIAN:"Salvator noster natus est in … Continue reading

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24 December revisited

I want to make a brief visit back to 23 December for a moment and give you what I think is a fascinating entry in the Roman Martyrology for the day.  I was pretty busy and didn’t get it posted.   … Continue reading

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