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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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- Semper Gumby: God bless Cdl. Sarah. Phil 2: 6-8 indeed.
- David L Alexander: “My experience of permanent deacons is that they are often well intentione d men who receive very little serious theologica l or liturgical formation. They often cause more...
- Uxixu: The extreme inconsiste ncy from diocese to diocese in formation to handling of deacons is just short of scandalous . Every parish should have them. They should wear dramatics in every Mass...
- David Collins: I agree with AdrienneP. If yoga can open you up to demons, why not “bap tize” ; it, so to speak, and use it to open yourself up to Jesus? Just not in the sanctuary.
- Imrahil: Dear padredana, but, honestly speaking, and with all due respect for charitable activities and management , let’ s look at the things from a practical standpoint . (I could give some...
- Ave Maria: The deacon must be obedient to the pastor. He may seek to ask the bishop, if he thinks the bishop will not just go right back to the pastor to let him know the deacon asked him about...
- HeatherPA: @acardnal Home Econ has been cut from our local high school and Industrial Arts is only offered in 9th grade for one 9 week quarter. These cuts were excused due to required testing from...
- padredana: ThePapalCo unt, there is a reason that priests are so hesitant about deacons. My experience of permanent deacons is that they are often well intentione d men who receive very little...
- Fr. Gabriel, OP: It is my contention that the rubric permiting the Deacon to lay aside the Dalmatic is a specific instance of the OF trying to accommodat e multiple traditions (albeit in a ham-fi...
- SenexCalvus: Father Z, have you gathered your WDTPRS commentari es into a single resource that the laity can use throughout the liturgical year? If so, where is it? Do you write new commentari es...
- Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda: Father, various commenters have expressed Rite specific norms. What is normative, by Rite, for the Deacon?
- Ave Crux: Its rather astounding . That’ ;s not a simple dance by any means and they’ ;re all in perfect unison. I found it amazing. If the Faith could but harness the fervor and enthusi...
- Blackfriar: I like to see dalmatics worn, and would encourage them in the ordinary form. However, readers should be aware that in the extraordin ary form of the Dominican Rite – and perhaps...
- Quanah: “Glo ria has to do with man’s recognitio n of God as God. Gloria is a characteri stic of God which He will share with us so as to transform us throughout eternity.& #8221; What a...
- Suburbanbanshee: (I think the reason you always see Victorian people exercising in white clothes is that you could bleach white clothes more easily. Of course, maybe they wore other colors when...
- Suburbanbanshee: First off, nobody should be doing anything in the sanctuary that involves exercises. Obviously. Second, all that hatha yoga stuff is actually something that late 19th and early...
- mcferran: A response based upon liturgical law might be more helpful. The GIRM states (338 Canada): “The vestment proper to the Deacon is the dalmatic, worn over the alb and stole; howev...
- tho: In my lifetime, the Host, and any altar cloth, or for that matter anything material or human that touched the Host, without consecrate d hands, had to be scrubbed by a priest, who was the only...
- robtbrown: In the above comment “def initive 221; is a Latin adverb meaning definitive ly.
- robtbrown: Addendum: Acc. to Cardinal Ratzinger& #8217;s explanatio n, the Infallibil ity of Ordinatio Sacerdotal is lies in its status within the Ordinary Universal Magisteriu m. As I noted above,...
- Fr_Sotelo: Just when I think I’ve read it all, seen it all. Telling the deacon not to wear the dalmatic? I think the deacons look great in the dalmatic!
- ThePapalCount: It seems that many priests are apprehensi ve about having deacons around. I know of a priest who refused to allow a deacon to preach for over a year, despite the fact that the deacon...
- AndyMo: “In the Third Millennium , the argument from authority is no longer sufficient . There are too many educated Catholics. ” First of all, chronologi cal snobbery is hardly more...
- frjim4321: Very clever idea. The public school where we have our religious ed classes has something a little simpler on the door jambs; a metal plate; I not sure how it works. I would also like to...
- TonyO: Pretty nice invention. Good job, Justin. Of course, it does have limitation s. First, it depends on making base plates that match with the specific door jamb and wall location, so it cannot...
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- Card. Sarah: return to Communion directly on the tongue while kneeling
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- BRAZIL: Did these bishops allow women to concelebrate Mass?
- Promoted by @JamesMartinSJ – Jesuits have yoga in church sanctuary at a school
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- LENTCAzT 2018 08 – Wednesday in the 1st Week of Lent: Never ending combat
- 20 Feb – Feast of Sts Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Monthly Archives: December 2006
Here is the Collect for 19 December, duing this period of intense preparation before Christmas:COLLECT:Deus, qui splendorem gloriae tuaeper sacrae Virginis partum mundo dignatus es revelare,tribue, quaesumus, ut tantae incarnationis mysteriumet fidei integratate colamus,et devotio semper obsequio frequentemus.
This is from … Continue reading
Here is the Collect for Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent:
COLLECT:Deus, qui novam creaturamper Unigenitum tuum nos esse fecisti,in opera misericordiae tuae propitius intuere,et in adventu Filii tuiab omnibus nos maculis vetustatis emunda.This was in the Gelasian Sacramentary, but … Continue reading
In these final days of Advent preparation, the Church prays with great intensity. Here is today’s
COLLECT:Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus,ut, qui sub peccati iugo ex vetusta servitute deprimimur,expectata Unigeniti tui nova nativitate liberemur.
This was in the 1962MR on Ember Saturday … Continue reading
Here is the Collect for the Monday of the 3rd week of Advent.
COLLECT:Voci nostrae, quaesumus, Domine,aures tuae pietati accomoda,et cordis nostri tenebrasgratia Filii tui nos visitantis illustra.
This was in the 1962MR on the 3rd Sunday of Advent. It was also … Continue reading
This offertory embodies a word pair describing the attitude of Advent: joyful penance… penitential joy. With the last two weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s of Ã¢â‚¬Å“rushingÃ¢â‚¬Â in our prayers and doing good works, we have now the added image of eager and unrestrained joy, an almost childlike dash towards a long-desired thing. Have earthly fathers watched this scene all of a Christmas morning? Even so should we be in our eager joy to perform good works under the gaze of a Father who watches us, a Father with a plan. This lame duck ICEL version captures little of the impact of the Latin prayer, that is, God the Father is patiently watching his people as we go about the Advent business of doing penance and just works in joyful anticipation ChristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming. But perhaps you will be good enough to respond with an eager and joyfully penitential Ã¢â‚¬Å“AmenÃ¢â‚¬Â when you hear it pronounced even as you long for a better translation in the future. Continue reading
We have come to the last days of the Church’s preparation for the feast of the Nativity of the Lord.
COLLECT: Deus, humanae conditor et redemptor naturae, qui Verbum tuum in utero perpetuae virginitatis carnem assumere voluisti, respice propitius ad preces … Continue reading
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prayer was, as we read above, among those used to admonish people to fast during the seventh month. We have ancient sermons about this September fast time as well as the Advent fast of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“tenth monthÃ¢â‚¬Â (time was calculated a little differently then because the calendar had little by little drifted). For example, we have the wisdom of Pope St. Leo I (+461), nicknamed Ã¢â‚¬Å“the GreatÃ¢â‚¬Â, about the Advent fast: Ã¢â‚¬Å“What can be more salutary for us than fasting, by the practice of which we draw nearer to God, and, standing fast against the devil, defeat the vices that lead us astray. For fasting was ever the food of virtue. From abstinence there arise chaste thoughts, just decisions, salutary counsels. And through voluntary suffering the flesh dies to the concupiscences, and the spirit waxes strong in virtue. But as the salvation of our souls is not gained solely by fasting, let us fill up what is wanting in our fasting with almsgiving to the poor. Let us give to virtue what we take from pleasure. Let abstinence of those who fast be the dinner of the poor.Ã¢â‚¬Â Another great saint with the nickname Ã¢â‚¬Å“the GreatÃ¢â‚¬Â, St. Basil of Caesarea (+379) hammered home the urgency of Advent almsgiving: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The command is clear: the hungry person is dying now, the naked person is freezing now, the person in debt is beaten now Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and you want to wait until tomorrow?Ã¢â‚¬Â In the ancient Church fasting from good things was closely connected to good works of mercy for the poor, especially almsgiving. Do not forget this, O Catholic reader. Continue reading
What Does the Prayer Really Say? 3rd Sunday of Advent “Gaudete” – Station: St. Peter in the Vatican
ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2006
I have had interesting correspondence with a scholar of Latin, Claudia Wick, who works for the Munich … Continue reading
Biretta tip to blog participant Cathy of Alexandria for alerting us to a letter of support published in the French daily Le Figaro in favor of the restoration of the "Tridentine" Mass. They actually says, "Gregorian Mass", which we must … Continue reading
Many Old Testament figures are accounted as saints by the Catholic Church.
Today is the commemoration of St. Haggai, one of the twelve prophets of the Old Testament.
Here is his entry in the Roman Martyrology:
1. Commemoratio sancti Aggaei, prophetae, qui, tempore … Continue reading
Here is the Collect for the 2nd Week of Advent.
This prayer has its roots in Rotulus 19 published with the Veronese Sacramentary. It is also in Gelasian Sacramentary. It was not in any edition of the Missale Romanum before the … Continue reading
There is a little-known fact about the order of these ancient O Antiphons. This is not apparent in English, but it can be seen clearly in the official language of the Roman Catholic Church: Latin. The Latin … Continue reading
Some time ago I made a little webpage about the O Antiphons.
If there is any interest I could also do a Patristic O Antiphon Project as I did with the Mysteries of the Rosary.
Here is the Collect for the 2nd Week of Advent.
This prayer was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary but not in any edition of the Missale Romanum before the Novus Ordo.
COLLECT:Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, plebi tuaeadventum Unigeniti tui cum summa vigilantia … Continue reading
Here is a story from Aci Prensa. They are reporting that the Motu Proprio might come after Christmas.
Motu Proprio despuÃƒÂ©s de Navidad, ExhortaciÃƒÂ³n ApostÃƒÂ³lica en Enero
REDACCIÃƒâ€œN CENTRAL, 14 Dic. 06 (ACI).- Fuentes cercanas al Vaticano informaron a ACI … Continue reading
I reported the other day that the Holy Father would give links of the chain that bound St. Paul to the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens.
Here is the speech, so far in the French version (which is the language it was … Continue reading
Here is the Collect for Thursday of the 2nd Week of AdventCOLLECT:Excita, Domine, corda nostraad praeparandas Unigeniti tui vias,ut, per eius adventum,purificatis tibi mentibus servire mereamur.This was in the 1962 Missale for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. Centuries before, … Continue reading
I know you have seen this already, but we should have some dicussion about it.
You know that right wing politics in France is tied to the older form of Mass is. Now Italy?
The story is from CWN. If you … Continue reading
Departing for the USA…
Here is the Collect for Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent.
COLLECT:Omnipotens Deus, qui nos praecipisiter Christo Domino praeparare,concede propitius, ut nullis infirmitatibus fatigemur,qui caelestis medici consolantem praesentiam sustinemus.This prayer is ancient, from Rotulus 6 published with the Veronese Sacramentary.
Notice … Continue reading