Monthly Archives: December 2007

Jingle keys, jingle keys, jingle all the way

Remember my remark some time ago: "Did someone find the keys for the old dusty wardrobes?"
I think they did.

As Shouts points out, this chair, so much more dignified than the one we have seen for years in the Basilica, has … Continue reading

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Not Kilroy

BENEDICT WAS HERE!

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The Pope’s great miter for the Urbi et Orbi blessing

The Pope had a spiffy miter for his Christmas Urbi et Orbi blessing.

Where did it come from?
There is a clue!
Look at the papal stemma.

This is the coat of arms of Papa Luciani, John Paul I, the pope everyone forgets to … Continue reading

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Urbi et Orbi: Christmas 2007 – “true” peace and “sure” hope

Here is the text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi message.
But first, what is the Urbi et Orbi thing all about?
Urbi et Orbi means literally "to the City [In … Continue reading

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What are your Christmas customs?

Do have special customs you observe for Christmas?
Anything ethnic or cultural you do?  Special foods?  Music?  Practices?
Let us know a few of the things you do that make the celebration of Christmas special for you.

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An excerpt of the Holy Father’s Midnight Mass sermon: liturgical song

In the Holy Father’s Midnight Mass sermon there is a good and profound thought about liturgy, indeed, liturgical music. 
Watch the movement of the Holy Father’s thought.  He moves from the unification of God and Man in the Word … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Christmas – 3rd Mass “in die”

What Does the Prayer Really Say? Christmas Day – Roman Station: 1st and 3rd Masses – Basilica of St. Mary Major, 2nd Mass – St. Anastasia
ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2005
The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas, … Continue reading

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PRAYERCAzT 15: 3 Masses of Christmas – 1962 Missale Romanum

Welcome to another installment of What Does the Prayer Really Sound Like? 
Today we will hear the prayers for the three Masses for Christmas in the 1962 Missale Romanum.  I speak all the … Continue reading

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What’s going on for Christmas

I am presently in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I grew up in the Twin Cities. 
Christmas Eve has been busy.  I didn’t have a morning Mass, so I went over to the chapel as the 8 am was ending.  Someone … Continue reading

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Vigil of Christmas – Roman Martyrology

In the 2005 Roman Martyrology for Vigil of Christmas has a fascinating entry.  Here is the first entry of Christmas Eve day:
1. Commemoratio omnium sanctorum avorum Iesu Christi, filii David, filii Abraham, filii Adam, patrum scilicet, qui Deo placuerunt et … Continue reading

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