Monthly Archives: April 2009

QUAERITUR: when to turn to the people when saying Mass “ad orientem”

From a priest reader: I have been working towards implementing some liturgical changes here, to include ad orientem since my sanctuary allows for adjusting the altar’s location to accommodate it.  What I am looking for is some rubrical aid.  At … Continue reading

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Prayer request for Card. Cañizares

Apparently Card. Cañizares, Prefect of the CDW, has been hospitalized with thrombophlebitis.  Given that he is in hospitalized in Rome, would you stop now, and in your charity, say a prayer for his swift and complete recovery?

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Ziegelstein auf Ziegelstein

From a reader: I’m happy to pass along to you something in the brick-by-brick category. The administration of the International Theological Institute, an ecclesiastical theological faculty in Austria, invited a priest of the congregation Servi Jesu et Mariae to offer … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: substituting for a subdeacon

From a seminarian reader, rewritten for anonymity: I was told that having a layman (including a seminarian/acolyte) serve as a sub-deacon constitutes an abuse. Sed contra, the FSSP regularly has seminarian sub-deacons. Do you know of any official documents which … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: I was supposed to love the TLM, but I hated it!

From a reader with my emphases and comments: I’ve been following your blog quite attentively for a few months now and all my reading convinced me that I needed to give the Extraordinary Form of the Mass a try ASAP. … Continue reading

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Prayer request

Please stop now and pray for Fr. "J", who is in need.

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WDTPRS congratulates Amb. Glendon

I congratulate former the US Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon for her decision to decline Notre Dame’s Laetare medal. She has set a good example at a serious moment of decision for Catholics in the United States. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: a proper genuflection

From a reader: I happened to note in O’Connell, II, 1940, p. 23: "… the Celebrant, when genuflecting at the foot of the altar (especially when genuflecting on the step), must not turn sideways, but directly face the tabernacle."   … Continue reading

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Dies non

Sometimes you need a calm day.

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Springfield, IL: TLM comeback

From the Springfield Journal Record with my emphases and comments. Mass trend: Latin making a comeback locally By STEVEN SPEARIECorrespondentPosted Apr 26, 2009 @ 12:00 AMSPRINGFIELD — Early on a Saturday morning under the watchful gaze of archangels and the … Continue reading

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A CALL TO PRIESTS who implemented ad orientem worship

Here is a call to priests who have implemented ad orientem worship in their parishes. The renowned liturgical scholar Fr. Klaus Gamber – who influenced also the liturgical theology of Joseph Ratzinger – thought that perhaps more than any other … Continue reading

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A great image

Archbishop Burke in Lourdes

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His Hermeneuticalness reviews a review

His Hermeneuticalness reviews a review.  Let’s have a look at the great Fr. Tim Fingan’s latest interesting entry. A recent book by John Baldovin SJ, "Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics", published by the Liturgical Press of Collegeville, … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can I attend an SSPX ordination

From a reader (edited):      I wanted to ask you about attendance at relative’s ordination.  My relative is going to be ordained a priest for the SSPX.       We have not gone to the weddings which have been in the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Communion in time of epidemic

From a reader in Mexico City on the Swine Flu outbreak. My emphases and comments. As you are probably aware by now, there is a very serious influenza (also called swine flu) outbreak in Mexico City, since yesterday we are … Continue reading

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