Monthly Archives: December 2011

“The rediscovery of Gregorian chant is a sine qua non condition to give back dignity to the liturgical music.”

When thinking and writing about music appropriate for liturgical worship I have always gone back to what the late Church musician Msgr. Richard Schuler correctly asserted: since sacred liturgical music is NOT an add-on in worship, since it is … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! POLL ALERT! “Are religious rights being trampled on by government?”

Perhaps other blogs will pick this up and help.
An article from the ultra-liberal New York Times (“Hell’s Bible”) is posted on the even more liberal MSNBC.
The article concerns the objections of the USCCB against pressure from the Obama Administration and/or states to force … Continue reading

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Fortune Cookie Report: Completely Stunned Edition

I’m flabbergasted! It’s actually a fortune and not a platitude!

For the rest, the Xiao Long Bao attained a 5, and Chongqing Ji a 7. Nice service, however. Not at all the usual surly indifference you deal with … Continue reading

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The Feeder Feed: Venetian Christological Goldfinch Edition

At the Met in NYC there is a nice exhibit of paintings and drawings of the Venetian school.
Here is a Madonna and Child Enthroned by Lorenzo Veneziano (+1372), obviously a Venetian painter.

There are touches of the byzantine in this portrayal.

Here … Continue reading

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Something amazing and revolutionary during the Holy Father’s Midnight Mass … which I missed.

Something remarkable occurred during the Holy Father’s Midnight Mass.
I had a note from a long time reader about this.  I didn’t see the broadcast of the Mass this year, but it is archived and it can be viewed on demand.
In … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Childermas – Holy Innocents

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.
O sisters too, How may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling,
For whom we do sing,
By by, lully lullay?
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: A priest says he offers confessions, but there are long lulls.

From a priest:
Blessed Christmas to you. Thanks for your response today to the person asking about writing the bishop about having priests here more confessions.
“However, don’t forget to ask the parish priest, the pastor of your parish, to hear confessions … Continue reading

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Wheatless Hosts… Noooooooooooo.

Holy Church’s Canon Law closely follows Holy Church’s infallible teaching when it comes to discipline of the sacraments.
The Church’s doctrine holds that valid matter for the Eucharist is a form of bread made from wheat.  In the Latin Church this … Continue reading

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Of Atheists and Inebriation. Fr. Z rants with the help of the Catholic League. A great book recommendation.

My visit yesterday to the Catholic League’s Nativity Scene on 5th Ave and 59th (by Central Park) reminded me of their advice for attending parties at this time of year.  In case you didn’t see their excellent suggestions, here they … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Ringing bells during Mass

From a priest:
I’m looking for the reference, which I once read, about the option of ringing a bell as a signal for receiving Holy Communion during the Mass. In the past, I’ve always instruted the altarboys to ring the bell once when the … Continue reading

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