Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thorn of the Crown bleeds with Good Friday and Annunciation fall together

God is great.
Apropos my post about Lady Day and Good Friday falling together, which won’t happen again for over a hundred years.
From CNS:
Andria, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 06:38 pm (CNA).- A single thorn held to have been taken from … Continue reading

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Why aren’t feminists angry at Francis for his foot washing changes?

Today I muse about why catholic feminists (an oxymoron – emphasis on moron –  I know, but bear with me) are not vexed by Pope Francis and his dramatically public choice to wash the feet of non-Christians.
Think this through for them.
What … Continue reading

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A Tenebrae excerpt: “O my people! lament, like a virgin”

The Lamentations of Fr. Z include verses on the loss of the singing of Tenebrae, whole and entire in its proper language.
The ordering of the psalms is not particularly profound, but the antiphons and responsories are simply incomparable in the … Continue reading

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Lady Day and Good Friday – Of the Angels’ ‘Ave’ and the ‘Consummatum est’.

Today, 25 March 2016, is simultaneously the Feast of the Annunciation and Good Friday.  Liturgically we celebrate the Annunciation later.
In ancient times there was a tradition that Christ died on the 8th day before the Kalends of April: 25 March.  The … Continue reading

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25 March 1991: Archbp. Marcel Lefebvre – R.I.P.

On this day in 1991 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre died.
Lefebvre was a great churchman, an astoundingly effective missionary.
I learned of Lefebvre’s death in an interesting way. I was that morning opening up our office (the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“) because I was … Continue reading

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Good Friday 3 April AD 33 – Lunar and Solar Eclipses as Christ died on the Cross

The fellow who made the video about the Star of Bethlehem (a compelling argument, I might add), also did some research about what happened in the heavens on Good Friday.
Let’s break it down.
Passover begins on the 14th day of the … Continue reading

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Washing Feet – observations

I refer the readership to some lucid and sober comments about the pedilavium, the foot washing, that can occur as an option in both uses of the Roman Rite.
Fr John Hunwicke makes some keen and, for liberals sobering, observations. I expunged his … Continue reading

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25 March: Feast of St. Dismas – The Good Thief

Today should be Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation.
Because today is Good Friday, Lady Day is transferred.
However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas!
Could there be a more appropriate coincidence?
Luke … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Pontifical Red Vestments from @Gammarelli for @MadisonTMS

One of my favorite portrait artists is Giovanni Battista Moroni (+1579).  Not one was he Catholic, in a serious sense, he was both in Trent when the Council was being held and was influenced by it.
One of Moroni’s more famous paintings … Continue reading

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POLLS: Holy Thursday Foot Washing – What happened where you are?

This year for the first time it is licit that women’s feet be washing during the entirely optional “Mandatum” in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday.
NB: Before this year, those who were doing so, did so in violation of … Continue reading

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Congratulations Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: New Archbp. HEBDA

My native place has finally received an official appointment of its next Archbishop.
He has already been there for a while, the former Coadjutor of Newark, Archbishop Bernard Hebda.
He had been the Adminstrator. He is staying as Archbishop.
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TENEBRAE 2016: Photos

I recently posted about

TENEBRAE – Where? When?

Today I received photos from a favorite place of mine, Wyoming Catholic College.  Prof. Peter Kwasniewski writes:
Last night we held our fifth consecutive Tenebrae service at Wyoming Catholic College. (We always sing, in full, the … Continue reading

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Blog down for a while… why?

UPDATE 24 March:
There was another attack today.
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There was a DNS attack on the blog today.
There were 383 pages of log entries from one IP address making multiple queries per second.
Just so you know… the devil and his agents hate this … Continue reading

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24 March: Bl. Oscar Romero, martyr

There is a piece at Vatican Radio that this Holy Thursday, 24 March, will be the “feast day” of Bl. Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran Archbishop who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980. It seems to be the Church’s day … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How long do I have to fulfill my Easter Duty?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
One of the precepts of the Church states we are to receive Holy Communion at Easter. I always wondered if that meant Easter Mass or during the Easter season. My 1962 Missal say Easter (period) but I have … Continue reading

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