Monthly Archives: December 2009

Pope Benedict’s Urbi et Orbi Message for Christmas 2009

Urbi et Orbi Message for Christmas 2009:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world,
and all men and women, whom the Lord loves!
"Lux fulgebit hodie super nos,
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Woman Who Lunged at Pope Tried Same Thing Last Year

About that attack on the Pope last night… this comes from Hell’s Bible (aka New York Times):
Woman Who Lunged at Pope Tried Same Thing Last Year
By RACHEL DONADIOPublished: December 25, 2009
ROME — The woman who leapt at Pope Benedict … Continue reading

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A little audio from midnight Mass in Manhattan

I haven’t had time to clean up the audio, but here is the Preface and Sanctus from the Mass tonight.
I am told that this is the first Solemn Mass for Christmas Midnight in some 40 years.

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NYC – Manhattan – Christmas Midnight TLM with music

If you are in or near Manhattan….
There will be a Solemn TLM for Midnight Mass (yes, midnight, Christmas) at Holy Innocent’s in Manhattan.
The undersigned is celebrant for the Mass.  Here is the music line up:
Prelude Music (starting at 11:30 PM)

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Pope Benedict knocked down by woman before Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

This isn’t the first time someone tried to get at the Pope, but this one actually got to him.
Here is a story from AP:
Pope Knocked Down by Woman at Christmas Mass
Thursday, December 24, 2009
VATICAN CITY —  A woman jumped … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Benedict XVI’s Christmas Sermon: liturgy is the first priority

The shepherds teach us a priority: hasten to worship.  Everything else comes later.
In his sermon for Christmas Pope Benedict shows his mystical side.  He is a liturgical mystic.  That is to say, for Benedict, worship is an occasion for the … Continue reading

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Live stream of the Holy Father’s Mass

I am tuned in to the broadcast of the Holy Father’s Mass from St. Peter’s.
The Sistine Choir is still pretty bad.
During the Holy Father’s entrance I caught a glimpse, I am sure, of my friend and blogger John Sonnen of … Continue reading

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Vigil of Christmas – (2005) 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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Nuncio says Rome has more interest in internet than a “terna” his sends

My friend Fr. Ray Blake of Brighton’s St. Mary Magdalen has this interesting piece:
Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, the Apostolic Nuncio [in the UK] has given an interview to The Tablet, apparently. Why such a good man should not choose a … Continue reading

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Fr. Schillebeeckx… RIP

I just learned that Fr Edouard Schillebeeckx died today.
Fr S had many erroneous ideas but at one point did some good theological work.
May God be merciful to him now.

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The Cloisters

Today I jouneyed up the west side to the Cloisters.
On the last stretch I stopped for a moment where Washington stopped on the heights above the river.

The the short walk the rest of the way.

There are splendid medieval holdings here … Continue reading

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Holy See Press Office comment on Decree of heroic virtues of Ven. Pius XII

From the Vatican Press Office comes this, with my emphases and comments:
NOTE CONCERNING DECREE ON THE HEROIC VIRTUES OF PIUS XII
VATICAN CITY, 23 DEC 2009 (VIS) – Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. today issued the following … Continue reading

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USCCB: Senate health care bill “deficient”

From the USCCB:
BISHOPS CALL SENATE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL ‘DEFICIENT,’ ESSENTIAL CHANGES NEEDED BEFORE MOVING FORWARD Seek to retain federal policy on abortion funding and conscience protectionWant to protect access to health care that immigrants have now, remove barriers to accessNeed … Continue reading

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Christmas Masses – An “omnium gatherum”

Under this entry you can post your Christmas Mass plans.
Do you have a midnight Mass?  Music?  Special events?
Let us know.

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Benedict XVI to Roman Curia for Christmas… some liturgical observations

The other day Pope Benedict addressed the Roman Curia for the annual exchange of Christmas greetings.
You might recall his foundational speech in 2005 which defined much of the work of his pontificate.
This year, the Holy Father reviewed the year, spending … Continue reading

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Wonderful photos, not to miss

My friend John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus has some great photos from the recognizable Gesu e Maria on the Corso in Rome, where the older form of Mass is celebrated on Sundays.
Long time readers will remember I that I had … Continue reading

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Did Shakespeare study for the priesthood… in Rome?

Fr. Longenecker has an interesting post about Shakespeare:
The literature on Shakespeare being a Catholic keeps mounting. Clare Asquith’s book Shadowplay along with the scholarship of Fr.Peter Milward started the ball rolling, then Joseph Pearce’s excellent, The Quest for Shakespeare gathered … Continue reading

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The turning point

Did you notice that as of yesterday, in the northern hemisphere at least, it is now winter?
We reached the turning point in our spiral through space and time.
I always think of the ancient neo-Platonic idea of exitus and reditus with … Continue reading

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Working on the road to NYC

Working on the road requires light gizmos! I can usually work from my phone. Now I am trying an old netbook someone recently gave me loaded with Ubuntu… which I still don’t really know how to use.

UPDATE:
And after … Continue reading

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