Daily Archives: 22 December 2008


The number of Twitter followers has grown a bit. We are up to 279 – very sloooow growth. I have a sense that not many of you use Twitter. It is strange, I admit.

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WDTPRS – 22 December COLLECT (2002MR)

We are closing in on our goal.   Let’s look at the Collect for 22 December in the 2002MR.  The Roman Station today is the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles. COLLECT: Deus, qui, hominem delapsum in mortem conspiciens, Unigeniti tui adventu … Continue reading

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O Antiphons – summary

Years ago, I made a little webpage for the O Antiphons.  It might be useful. Also, on this blog 17 December – O Sapientia 18 December – O Adonai 19 December – O Radix Iesse 20 December – O Clavis … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 22 December – O Antiphon – O Rex gentium

A continuation of our look at the O Antiphons for these last few days before Christmas… LATIN: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. ENGLISH: O King … Continue reading

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The enduring message of a rosary

I have known a couple people who make rosaries.  The finest I have seen, used and given as gifts to newly ordained were from Queen of Peace Rosaries.  However, there is a blog called Paternosters, which is a truly fascinating … Continue reading

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NCRep’s John Allen on the Pope’s annual address to the Curia

My friend the nearly ubiquitous Mr. John L. Allen, Jr., the fair-minded former Rome correspondent for the ultra-lefty National Catholic Reporter has a good article on the today’s annual "state of the Church" address by the Holy Father to the … Continue reading

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Speaking of “brick by brick”…

… there is also "stone by stone", though in a more literal and less metaphorical sense. Not everything in the National Catholic Reporter is worthy of vituperation. I just found an article on attempt to reconstruct a 12th-century chapter house … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: music for a Low Mass

From a reader: I have been asked to coordinate the creation of a Schola Cantorum at a church in our diocese that plans to offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass beginning on First Friday in February. (They have not … Continue reading

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Need a TLM Ordo for 2009?

There is an Ordo for the older, traditional liturgy of the Roman Rite available online and in book form through Rinascimento Sacro. The Ordo Missae celebrandae et divini Officii persolvendi secundum antiquam vel extraordinariam ritus romani formam for 2009 looks … Continue reading

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Archbp. Marini: Pope Benedict… Joseph Ratzinger!  I am Piero, descendant of Bugnini.  I challenge you! Mons. Marini: No! You’ll fight me. I am Guido, descendant of Siri.  I challenge you to Immortal Kombat!

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Benedict XVI’s Christmas address to the Roman Curia

I’ll give you more on this later, but I am just starting to read the Holy Father’s address for Christmas to the Roman Curia. As you know, his address in 2005 was pivotal for his whole pontificate. That was the … Continue reading

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The Roman “Bambinello” … Baby Jesus stolen

My friend Greg Burke, Rome correspondent for Fox News, has a great little video piece on the famous Bambinello, the small olive wood statue of baby Jesus so venerated in Rome.  It was stolen in 1994 from the church Ara … Continue reading

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More casulties of climate change

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