Daily Archives: 3 June 2009

PODCAzT 87: Veni Sancte Spiritus – The Pentecost Sequence dissected

I started this one thinking that I could make a fast audio project and then move on.  Ha! In this PODCAzT I dissect the Pentecost Sequence, Veni Sancte Spiritus, also used during the Octave of Pentecost in the traditional Roman … Continue reading

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Politics and worship

In the wake of the Notre Dame scandal, I have been having discussions lately with a friend about the nexus of liturgy and politics under the eyes of St. Augustine of Hippo. What we saw at the Notre Dame commencement … Continue reading

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waste not want not

From a priest reader: Finally, a good use for a glass chalice.   Thanks, Father!  And Cheers!

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Dropping the Pentecost petals

I had posted about the dropping of rose petals through the oculus of the Pantheon on Pentecost Sunday. A few people alerted me to other places where this custom is observed. This is from a reader, with photos of St. … Continue reading

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Georgetown Jesuit makes Pres. Obama into America’s Pope

There is a particularly disgusting article in the Jesuit-run America Magazine by John W. O’Malley, S.J., of the theology department at Georgetown University. While this is sort of old news now, I think it deserves a fisk. Before continuing, please … Continue reading

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Pray for the Subprior of Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma

From a reader: The Subprior of Clear Creek, Dom Francois de Feydeau, recently underwent an operation in which the doctors removed three cancerous brain tumors.  The guestmaster, Father Bethel, has told me on more than one occasion that he does … Continue reading

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IN THE WILD! Roman Vestment Sighting

From a reader: In the window at Orpheum Cleaners, Grand Blvd & Wyoming St , St. Louis, MO on Tuesday morning.

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I received this fun e-mail from a reader: Dear Fr. Z., The brood of black-capped chickadees in our bird box fledged on Pentecost Sunday. Four of them fledged within a 10 minute period. The fifth and last one delayed another 25 … Continue reading

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