Monthly Archives: December 2006

Motu Proprio “soon”

I have been pretty tied up today with things like press conferences, a conference of the Acton Institute here in Rome, gett ready for a flight tomorrow and losing my glasses… so…. there is "Tridentine" news.
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Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace

I was at the press conference presenting the Holy Father’s Message for the World Day of Peace (1 January).
You might recall that I think last year’s was a foundational document for this Pontificate, as it spelled out many … Continue reading

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What did the Pope REALLY say to the Swiss?

Here it is.  This is what Pope Benedict told the Swiss bishops back in November.  Do you remember the flap about the Holy See issuing the wrong text.  EXCERPTS: (My emphasis)
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 11, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a Vatican … Continue reading

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2nd Week of Advent – Tuesday

Here is the Collect of Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Advent:
COLLECT:Deus, qui salutare tuum cunctis terrae finibus declarasti,tribue, quaesumus,ut nativitatis eius gloriam laetanter praesolemur.
The wonderfully apt verb praestolor, deponent (passive in form but active in meaning), is "to stand … Continue reading

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Presser on St. Paul’s Tomb: a relic for the Church of Athens

Along with the news (posted here) that the Patriarchal Basilicas are now to be called "Papal", there was an interesting bit of news that popped out.
His Eminence Card. Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, Archpriest of the Basilica, explained that some … Continue reading

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Presser on St. Paul’s Tomb: reporters belittled?

I see that there is a blurb going around from a Reuters story that His Eminence Card. Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, Archpriest of the Basilica, "belittled" reporters.
What happened in the conference was that one reporter after … Continue reading

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Four Major Basilicas of Rome no longer called “Patriarchal”

I attended the press conference today about the excavations of the tomb of St. Paul in the Basilica St. Paul’s outside the walls.
The presser was interesting, but there was nothing really earth shattering about the excavation.
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Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei” to have plenary meeting

La Repubblica had an article that the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" will meet in plenary session tomorrow (12 Dec) to discuss the derestricting of the older form of Mass. Here is my translation of the article:

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2nd Week of Advent – Monday

Here is the Collect for Monday of the 2nd Week of Advent
COLLECT:Dirigatur, quaesumus, Domine,in conspectu tuo nostrae petitionis oratio,ut ad magnum incarnationis Unigeniti tui mysteriumnostrae vota servitutis illibata puritate perveniant.
This prayer is in Rotulus 13 which is published together with … Continue reading

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Memories of San Nicola

Blogger John Sonnen at Orbis Catholicus as photos of an interesting Mass at the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere, in Rome.  I directed a Gregorian chant schola there years ago and was ordained deacon in that basilica.  Sonnen has … Continue reading

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While I was away…

I am back from my little jaunt to Tuscany, where there was good scenery, good food, less noise and far better air than Rome.  A priest friend from my residence and I rented a car and drove around for a … Continue reading

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2nd Sunday of Advent: COLLECT (2)

EXCERPT:
St. Augustine of Hippo (+430) beat up some Donatist heretics and dismantled their argument that all clerics ordained by a sinful bishop would be automatically stained in the same guilt. He used imagery like that of our prayer today (Ad Donatistas post collationem in CSEL 53:19.25, p. 123 my translation): “The sludge (lutum) their feet are stuck in is so thick and dense that, trying in vain to tear themselves out of it, they get their hands and head stuck in it too, and lingering in that sticky mess they get more tightly enveloped.” The Donatist argument was based in worldly, not heavenly, wisdom.

Sticky lutum is a metaphor of worldly life. Neglecting God, who speaks in the Church and our conscience, we weak sinners can convince ourselves of anything, over time: down becomes up, back is made front, black turns into white, and wrong is really right. We justify what we know, or knew, to be sinful. Once this becomes a habit, it is a vice in more than one sense of that word. Occasionally our consciences will struggle against the grip of self-deception, but quite often the proverbial “Struggle”, Novocain for the conscience, supplies permission: “I really ‘struggled’ with this, … before I did it!” If we go off the true path into the murky twisted woods, thoroughly mired in sticky error we will not escape the Enemy, the roaring lion seeking whom he might devour (1 Peter 5:8). Nor will we elude Christ the Judge, who will come through dark woods by straight paths. Advent reminds us to prepare for the coming of both the Enemy lion and the Lion of Judah who will open the seals and read forth the Book of Life (Rev 5:5). Continue reading

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2nd Sunday of Advent: SUPER OBLATA (2)

EXCERPT:
Salvation is a gift freely given by God through the merits of Christ’s Sacrifice, but salvation is not a free gift in the sense that we don’t have to do anything to obtain it. We must cooperate. Christ died “for all”. “Many” will be saved, thanks be to God. We have through Christ the free opportunity of salvation. Good works cannot merit salvation in themselves, but we are required to perform good works to merit salvation. In today’s translation I used the phrase “favorable points of merits” but never imagine God as a celestial accountant “up there” keeping books on what we do or haven’t done. Salvation is not based on a ledger’s bottom line. How God disposes all things is mysterious, though He has revealed something of His plan through the Catholic Church. Until our final judgment God alone knows what our good works merit and how they balance against our sins. In fact, the Church hazards to offer indications of only “partial” or “plenary” indulgences for works we perform. The only thing we can be sure of is that we must not become lax or presumptuous. If we want salvation, God must be appeased by our prayers, sacrifices and works, which all must be joined to Christ’s Sacrifice. At Holy Mass we join all we do and are to the Sacrifice being renewed in God’s sight by the priest. The priest raises the paten with host and then the chalice with water tinged wine. He prays: “In a spirit of humility and with a contrite heart may we be accepted by Thee, O Lord; and may this sacrifice today be of such a kind in Thy sight as to please Thee.” Place yourselves and your needs in that chalice, on that paten, to be transformed. Continue reading

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Advent vespers hymn: Conditor alme siderum

At Vespers during Advent we priests recite (or ought to) a hymn entitled Conditor alme siderum. This is perhaps from the late 6th or early 7th c. In Pope Urban VIII’s revision of the hymns of the Roman Breviary … Continue reading

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1st Week of Advent – Saturday

Here is out Collect for Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent:
This is an ancient prayer found in the Rotulus of Ravenna, which is included by Mohlberg in his edition of the ancient Veronese Sacramentary.
COLLECT:Deus, qui, ad liberandum humanum genusa … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday WDTPRS Blog!

Today is the 1st anniversary of the first entry on this blog.
What a year!  I might finally be getting the hang of things.
Thank you all for helping to make this blog a success.
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8 December at Dodici Apostoli

Here is shot from the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles in Rome, where there is a famous Novena before the Immacolata.  A bishop is about to celebrate Mass.

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1st Week of Advent – Friday

While today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, for the sake of being complete let us look at the Collect for Friday of the 1st Week of Advent:
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7 December: St. Ambrose of Milan

Today is the feast of St. Ambrose of Milan (+4 April 397), a titanic figure of the late 4th century who changed the shape of Church and State relations for a thousand years, who brought much of the wisdom of … Continue reading

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1st Week of Advent – Thursday

Here is the Collect for Thursday of the 1st week of Advent.
COLLECT:Excita, Domine, potentiam tuam,et magna nobis virtute succurre,ut, quod nostra peccata praepediunt,gratia tuae propitiationis acceleret.This prayer was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary and other sacramentaries. It was in … Continue reading

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