WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: that strong stable edge

The Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, for the Jews commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in fire, fifty days after the Exodus.  Fifty days after Our Lord’s Resurrection, the tenth (perfection) from His Ascension, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and first disciples to breathe grace-filled life into Christ’s Body, the Church.

The Spirit descended as “tongues of fire”, on the day they memorialized the descent of God like fire on Mount Sinai.  They would also have thought of the vision of the temple in the Book of Enoch, made of tongues of fire.  So, this Pentecost event would have really got the the attention of the multitudes, perhaps a million people, thronging Jerusalem for the feast.

This magnificent Sunday (which in the Roman Rite’s Extraordinary Form retains its Octave along with the special Communicantes and Hanc igitur) has in the Ordinary Form a Collect rooted in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary.

Deus, qui sacramento festivitatis hodiernae universam Ecclesiam tuam in omni gente et natione sanctificas, in totam mundi latitudinem Spiritus Sancti dona defunde, et, quod inter ipsa evangelicae praedicationis exordia operata est divina dignatio, nunc quoque per credentium corda perfunde.

I like that defunde and perfunde.  Spiffy.

Cor is “heart” and corda “hearts”.  Sacramentum translates Greek mysterion.  Sacramentum and Latin mysterium are often interchangeable in liturgical texts.  Defundo means “to pour down, pour out”. Perfundo, is “to pour over, moisten, bedew”, and “to imbue, inspire” as well as “to dye”.

Exordium means “the beginning, the warp of a web”. Exordium invokes cloth weaving and selvage, the cloth’s edge, tightly woven so that the web will not fray, fall apart. Exordium, also a technical term in ancient rhetoric, is the beginning of a prepared speech whereby the orator lays out what he is going to do and induces the listeners to attend.  From Pentecost onward Christ the Incarnate Word, although remote by His Ascension, is the present and perfect Orator delivering His saving message to the world through Holy Church. “He that heareth you, heareth me”, Christ told His Apostles with the Seventy (Luke 10:16).  Much hangs on exordia.


O God, who by the sacramental mystery of today’s feast do sanctify Your universal Church in every people and nation, pour down upon the whole breadth of the earth the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and make that which divine favor wrought amidst the very beginnings of the preaching of the Good News to flow now also through believers’ hearts.


God our Father, let the Spirit you sent on your Church to begin the teaching of the gospel continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe.


O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers.

Unity and continuity are keys to this Collect.

The Holy Spirit pours spiritual life into the Body of Christ.

The Holy Spirit wove the early Church together through the preaching of the Apostles and their successors and, in the Church today, extends their preaching to our own time.

The Holy Spirit guarantees our unity and continuity across every border and century.

The Holy Spirit imbues and infuses, tints and dyes the fabric of the Church as He flows through it.

When the Holy Spirit’ fire poured over the Apostles, they poured out preaching in public speeches to people from every nation.  I think they were not in the “upper room” but in the Temple, as the Law required Jewish men.  In Greek, oikos can mean “temple” or “house of God”, not just “house”.  That makes greater sense of the immediate reaction they received.

The Holy Spirit, in the preaching of the Apostles, began on Pentecost’s exordium to weave together the Church’s selvage, that strong stable edge of the fabric, through the centuries and down to our own day.   Also, for Shavuot, Pentecost, the Jews at harvest were commanded by God to leave the edges of the fields unharvested for the sake of the poor.

The bonds of man and God symbolically unraveled in the Tower of Babel event, when languages were divided (Gen 11:5-8).

Ever since the Pentecost exordium’s “reweaving”, though here and there and now and then there may be rips and tatters, Holy Church’s warp and weft hold true.

Let our hearts and prayers be raised for unity. Sursum corda!

In our Collect we pray that our corda may be imbued with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Sacrum septenarium!

Let them be closely woven into, knit into Holy Church and even over-sewn with her patterns, not ours.

Let our hearts be bounded about by her saving selvage, dyed in the Spirit’s boundless love.

Let us also pray for the unwitting agents of the Enemy of the soul, hanging onto Holy Church’s edge but in such a way that they tear at and fray the Church’s fabric.

Pardon my homographs, but though they be on the fringe, they endanger necessary threads, precious souls of our brothers and sisters who through their work of unraveling can be lost in the fray.

When we mesh with the Successor of Peter and remain true in the Faith and charity, our holy selvage and our salvation will not be undone.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard to fulfill your Pentecost Sunday obligation?

Let us know.

I may have a recording of mine, later.

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BACK IN PRINT! The Heresy of Formlessness

I am delighted to report that The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (Revised and Expanded Edition) by the great Martin Mosebach is in print again… by the increasingly excellent Angelico Press.

May I warmly urge everyone to read this important book?



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My View For Awhile: Creston Edition

I’m on my way to Assumption Grotto in Detroit for Pentecost Sunday Mass.

May I just add that I am reaching my saturation point with airports? The TSA fellow investigated my collar as if it were … I can’t even imagine what it might have been.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing my friends in Detroit. Wonderful people. And another priest friend will have an overlapping visit there too. It should be grand.

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“I used to think hosts found on floors was Traditional Catholic hyperbole…”

From a reader…

I used to think hosts being found on the floors in churches was just something Traditional Catholics talked about in hyperbole and not something that actually happened. Low and behold, I walk into church to make a Holy Hour before Mass and something white and circular on the floor next to the pew in the front caught my attention. Upon closer examination I identified it as Our Lord on the floor, and He’s been there all day and no one noticed.

I called our priest who came and consumed it and purified the carpet and made Acts of Reparation, but this just saddens and angers me.

Ironically enough we’re only a week away from Corpus Christi. A Feast that once had its own Octave because of its significance and where people lined the streets in Processions of the Blessed Sacrament. How far we’ve descended into our lack of reverence and respect for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  For Shame.

Let’s all work together to increase reverence and belief and love for the Lord in Eucharist.

Fathers: Adjust your ars celebrandi and teach!  Put in Communion rails.

Bishops: Take a cue from some other bishops and ask for First Communion on the tongue while kneeling, curtail Communion services, advocate Exposition and participate in it along with Benediction, put tabernacles back in the center of churches, etc.

Faithful: Stop receiving Communion in the hand.

Speaking of Reparation…. HERE


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Monday after Pentecost: Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – TEXTS

People are sending me email about what to do on the Monday after Pentecost. Pope Francis designated that day as Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

NB: In the traditional Roman calendar that day is, of course, Monday in the Octave of Pentecost, 1st Class, which cannot be bumped or substituted.  I don’t think the weight of the day allows for the doubling up of orations.

Here is a PDF from the Congregation with the LATIN texts for the Novus Ordo. HERE

As far as I can tell, the Mass formulary is essentially Votive Mass #10 of the BVM: Our Lady, Mother of the Church but with new proper readings.

First Reading – Genesis 3:9-15, 20
The mother of all the living.
or: Acts 1:12-14
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7
R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
Gospel Acclamation
O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
O blessed mother of the Church,
you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
Gospel – John 19:25-34
Behold, your Son. Behold, your mother.


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Bp. Schneider’s terrific talk in Rome – ACTION ITEM!

This is an ACTION ITEM.  I want you all to listen to this.  I want you all to act on what you heard.

His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider recently gave a terrific talk in Rome at the Angelicum entitled:

The Church on Earth and Its Essentially Militant

I captured the audio and “remastered” it a little, to make it a bit easier to understand.  I included the Q&A also with Fr. Clovis.

The first two paragraphs:

When there is no battle, there is no Christendom. When there is no battle, there is no true Church of God, no true Catholic Church. The Second Vatican Council teaches us: “The whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God’s grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity” (Gaudium et spes, 37). This dramatic situation of “the whole world [which] is in the power of the evil one” (1 Jn 5:19; cf. 1 Pet 5:8) makes man’s life a battle (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 409).

The Word of God teaches us: “Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life whereunto thou art called” (1 Tim. 6:12). The Christian life is indeed a warfare. Saint Paul wrote that “we wrestle” against the powers of darkness. “Our battle is not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).


The whole text (without digressions) can be found at LifeSite: HERE.  They are terrific for providing this.  The video (a bit static) is HERE, also through LifeSite.

In my opinion, Bp. Schneider’s talk is important.  It might mark a kind of turning point for the battle-weary or the supine.  It is certainly an encouragement to those who have been striving to build the wall, swords girt.

Listen to the Q&A, too.


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ASK FATHER: As a lay woman, should I have a “Mass kit” in my “Bug Out Bag”?

From a readerette…


I am thinking of what to put in an emergency kit/ bug out kit and wondered if I as laity and as a female could have a Mass kit in my “bag” in case of emergency or natural disaster.

Thanks for your question, which clearly shows that you hold Holy Mass as a high priority, to the point of associating it with survival.

Opinions will vary on what a “bug out bag” – BOB – should have.  Much depends on your own physical abilities to carry weight for a while in adverse conditions.

Some BOBs are for different reasons.  For example, you might need a “get home bag” at work or in the trunk of your vehicle (maybe with a compact, folding bike).  This BOB would supplement your EDC (every day carry) choices.  Otherwise, a woman might need a BOB to get her (and kids) fast out of her dwelling because of the return of an angry husband or boyfriend.  Other BOBs are, as you mention, for emergencies such as a tornado or even, quod Deus avertat, TEOTWAWKI events.

Also, much depends on your state in life: e.g., if you are a parent, you need things for your children that you would not need if you are on your own.  A priest has a different state of life which could prompt him to provide also for Mass, again, in adverse conditions.  He might choose to take the barest essentials.

Also, much depends on how much you have perhaps pre-positioned, stashed somewhere.  Thus, your BOB could be designed especially to get you to your stash or your “retreat”.

Also, are you bugging on foot?  In a vehicle?  There are lots of scenarios.

Also, much depends on how much you have networked and planned with others before hand.  Would that network include a priest?  That would be a pretty good idea.

For a woman, I would suggest – others will have ideas – the basics for food, purification of water, warmth, med supplies including painkillers, navigation tools (if you haven’t done trial runs to your objective), tools for fire and shelter, extra socks, good light sources, etc.  Also, if you can’t carry a semi-automatic rifle, such as AR-15 carbine or AK-47 systems and extra magazines, then a lightweight compact semi-automatic pistol like a Glock 19 (or maybe an FN 57?), with extra magazines, with which you have trained and trained and trained.  Women need a force multiplier even more than men do.  Rifles don’t exclude the handgun, and one handgun doesn’t exclude a backup.  Again, training.

Also, consider a radio of some kind, or transceiver.  Ham radio practice could be helpful, especially if you are networked.  Otherwise, information could be critical for your choices.

Training.   Keeping everything fresh and up to date in the BOB is important.  Knowing where everything is in the BOB, so that you can get at it in the dark, is important.  Making sure that moving the BOB doesn’t create too much attention drawing noise (clinking, etc.).

Should you pack a Mass kit?  You can’t say Mass.  If you don’t have a priest in your network, or a reasonable expectation that you will find one, I think I would opt for the essentials.  By all means take a Rosary or other devotional object.

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@JamesMartinSJ can also amuse

The loony liberal Left had a predictable meltdown concerning something Pres. Trump said.   “Yawn”, right?  The sun also rose in the East today.   It’s turns out POTUS did not call call immigrants “animals”, but rather members of MS13.

However, the context-challenged libs pounced, claiming that Trump the Nazi was dehumanizing people.  Never mind that most of those who criticized Trump for dehumanizing people also promote abortion… or other animalistic things.  I digress.

I was seriously amused by this Twitter exchange between Stephen Herreid of Catholic Vote and Jesuit homosexualist activist James Martin.

First, Martin’s tweet.

Now Herreid’s response.

I am reminded of how God excluded from Gideon’s victory the men who acted like animals rather than men by lapping water like dogs.

I am reminded of how – more than once – Our Lord called people “snakes… vipers” and linked them to Hell.  Matthew 23:33 & Matthew 12:34.

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I have bad news and good news: Scouts and Troops

A couple of great institutions have committed seppuku by conforming themselves to the worst trends of a secularist society.  Stick a fork – or a tanto – into the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts.  I was a Boy Scout, so I’m pretty angry about what they’ve done.

One a happier note, I read that Bp. Michael Olson of the Diocese of Forth Worth has given recognition to the Troops of St. George as a Catholic apostolate.

Troops of St. George approved as official Catholic apostolate

Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson congratulates apostolate

KELLER, Texas — Thousands of young men and their fathers across the country found their prayers answered yesterday when Most Rev. Michael F. Olson, bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, officially endorsed the Troops of St. George as a Catholic apostolate.

“After a careful review of the program and its contents, including its mission statement, curriculum, pedagogical structure, letters of Ecclesiastical approval, and statement of mission that faithfully reflects and adheres to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, the Troops of Saint George is hereby approved as a Catholic Apostolate of the Diocese of Fort Worth,” the bishop wrote in a letter, dated May 16, 2018.

National Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Lustig thanked Bishop Olson for approving the apostolate and for his enthusiasm for the Troops’ work. “Bishop Olson has been enthusiastic about our work from the beginning, so we’re thrilled to have his official approval of our ministry.”

Brian Squibbs, National Director of Communications and Recruitment, said the Troops of St. George is needed in our day now more than ever.

“With the growing amount of gender confusion in our world today, the Troops of St. George offers Catholic boys and their dads a deep, fully Catholic experience in the outdoors with sacraments, adventure, and authentic masculinity.”

Visit www.troopsofstgeorge.org or like Troops of St. George on Facebook.

“Troops” already appeals.

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