I recently had a wonderful meal with two Good Friends close to the cusp of Midtown and Murray Hill. We enjoyed superb Chinese and had a very Catholic reading during meal. Rather than post a photo of the food, which I have been known to do on occasion, I’ll share the reading. After all, for verbivores books are banquets as well.
Good Friend One shared something from an old book he found and had read: Open My Heart: Travel Sketches By A Pilgrim Priest by Fr. Michael Andrew Chapman. (Bruce, 1930).
Though Good Friend One read us just a couple of paragraphs, I felt a powerful bond with this priest writer, also a pilgrim in many respects.
Fr. Chapman was the author of the delightful duo – and long longed-after by me, by the way – Peregrinus Gasolinus: Wandering Notes on the Liturgy (1921) and Peregrinus Goes Abroad (1931). The next time I am in Indianapolis, where Chapman served, I must visit Father’s grave. He died in 1960, and so, happy, he did not witness the liturgical chaos that so ravaged the Church and the identity of millions, to the great detriment of our entire society and to the enduring degradation of our culture.
The passage that Good Friend One read follows hereafter. I snapped photos of the pages with my phone’s camera so that I could share the passage with you. At this point in the tale Father is on an ocean liner, which is how one crossed the Atlantic in those days. He is about to say Mass for passengers:
I felt quite like a bishop as I vested at the little altar – a breach of ceremonial law which had only necessity to justify it. The Italian style vestments felt a bit strange, and the book and chalice looked very small. And there were no steps to go up and down. But I moved off the rug before the altar, blessed myself and began – Introibo ad altare Dei. Imagine my surprise when practically the entire congregation answered! Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam. Of course, they were Italians, and Latin is a very like their own beautiful language. Besides, practically every Italian lad learns to serve Mass, and in Italy you are more likely to have some old man from the congregation come hobbling up to answer the prayers than to find a boy in cassock and surplice to serve for you.
So the Mass went on, the people sitting or standing, kneeling at the proper time, though even the slight motion of the ship made that difficult and many quite properly excused themselves from kneeling except during the consecration. Surely it was not a distraction when I thought, during a pause in the prayers, how wonderful a creature of God is this Catholic Church of ours, spreading all over the earth, covering even the sea, bringing men and women of every land and tongue to kneel before one common altar. Here was I, an American priest, with the merest smattering of any foreign language, starting on a journey which would take me to several countries, yet quite at home at this altar in mid-ocean, as I would be at every altar in every country I would visit. The same arrangements, the same book, the same prayers, the same ceremonies everywhere, with only such minor and unessential differences as would make the study of the ecclesiastical customs of various places interesting without being distracting. Surely, I thought, no other religion can show such a proof of divinity as this.
Priests were/are generally not to vest at an altar. That is generally reserved for bishops. However, in circumstances such as those described (and on my private altar, I might add), this is done without harming the cosmic order.
He used a Roman vestment rather than the fuller “gothic” style and he was not so familiar with it. That’s interesting because in the 1920s the Congregation for Rites issued a decree that the fuller style wasn’t to be used except with permission. I don’t know if, perhaps, permission had been given for these USA. Maybe one of you readers knows this. However, if not, then there was a widespread liturgical abuse in the 20s and 30s! His dictis, that’s one I could live with, just as I will live with the blue vestments for Pontifical Mass we will make. But I digress.
Steps: Catholic altars should have an odd number of steps.
He, an American, was surprised by the congregation, presumably mainly Italians responding to the prayers. In 1930 that was not done very much.
Note the lack of concern about people not kneeling or standing because of the ship’s motion. We have always been practical.
And, of course, the main point: universality of practice and identity. He revels in the bond with those people on the ship. WE, however, can revel in the same bond with THEM, our forebears. The Mass I say, is the same as the Mass he said. That priest and those passengers would be just as “at home” in the parish church where I said Mass on Sunday. That isn’t the case with the Novus Ordo… anywhere. Would that more priests would, wake up to this point and claim their patrimony for themselves and for their flocks!
Two more notes.
I think it would be a great experience to cross on a ship someday.
Sometimes, when I have to transcribe longer passages, I use a program called Dragon Naturally Speaking. US HERE – UK HERE It is of enormous help when I am dealing with long passages or I am translating on the fly. I’ve learned to regulate my speech so that it picks up and recognizes what I say with very few errors. That works, of course, until I have to read something in another language embedded in the English text. When I came to the moment the priest in the story spoke the Latin of the prayers at the foot of the altar, the program heard me say:
Intro evil on alt.a day odd dayroom belatedly cut you’ve into 10 Mayon.
I wonder if that’s how ICEL did some of their work? In conjunction with Google Translate, perhaps?
This …. fellow… jumped around in a church like a testosterone impoverished squirrel to the words “credo negli essere umani… I believe in human beings”.
I’d also like to point out that this is a Franciscan and not a rather-more-expected Jesuit. Surely not all Franciscans have this… proclivity! Please, tell us it isn’t so!
To you good, sensible Franciscans out there, can’t you do something about guys like this? Among yourselves?
Dear readers, if your priest does this sort of thing, or anything like it, subdue him with a net, medicate him, place him in restraints, and have him assessed by a trustworthy professional.
On further reflection, do you suppose that this was an audition video for the LA Religious Ed Conference (aka Three Days of Darkness)? It has many of the qualities the organizers and choreographers must crave.
I received photos from Gammarelli. They are cutting the fabric.
And so the process has started!
UPDATE 14 Feb: The next phrase
I just finished, with the help of the Vocations Director and his assistant, the unfurling, cutting, and folding of the last bolt of fabric that remained here in The Cupboard Under The Stairs. As you may remember, I sent a huge amount to Rome through the kind intermediary of a seminarian. This batch is going with the VD on his way to visit our guys at the NAC.
This means that Gammarelli will now have plenty of fabric to work with, even to make all the extra chasubles and dalmatics for ordinations, etc: an additional 23m!
Many thanks to all of you who contributed money to this Vestment Project!
Don’t worry… I’ll be back for more!
We still have to make sets in black and rose… and the famous blue. The vestments in those sets won’t be as numerous, however.
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I’ve exchanged email with Gammarelli. I told them to GO AHEAD and to begin making the vestments!
I hope to receive even more donations so that we can have matching copes made for the servers who bear the instruments for the bishop (miter, bugia, etc.). We could then use these copes for Solemn Vespers, etc.
ALSO:I am thinking about having two over-sized dalmatics made. XL. That can give us more flexibility about whom we can vest. So… kick in some cash!
A priest friend is going to Rome in February and he will deliver another large quantity of the same white fabric. Hopefully we will be able to make additional chasubles and dalmatics for ordinations. We saved a lot of money by providing our own fabric.
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We will have the coat of arms of the Diocese embroidered on the dalmatics and cope. Bp. Morlino’s (aka The Extraordinary Ordinary) coat of arms will be on the chasuble. And, yes, I will have a chasuble made for myself with my arms.
Because the diocesan arms will go on the dalmatics, I may have them made all as dalmatics including stoles for each one so that they could be used for ordinations to the diaconate. Maybe… maybe… Otherwise, I would have 3 dalmatics made and 2 tunics, but with one diaconal stole only. And, of course, the maniples.
Once again, we will get everything, down to the last bit: gremial, antependium, extra trim so we can make tabernacle veils (for Solemn Masses), buskins, gloves, the works.
I have a big Pelican case for transporting an entire set for when we need to take it on the road, as it were. It’s heavy, but super tough and water proof. Here it is filled with the red set.
What sorts of things are we doing?
Here are a few shots.
In the future I want to have made a full set in ROSE. I suspect there aren’t make of those around. Also, we have a black set, but it is less than optimal. I very much want to replace it. This last year we used it twice, once for All Souls and once for the Requiem of a wonderful priest. There will be more opportunities in the future to donate. But NOW is a really good time!
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As I was rooting around for something I posted in the past, I found this which, by coincidence, I posted 3 years ago to the day.
Here are the prayers I usually say before and after hearing confessions.
They are taken from a small, old prayer book for priests from 1935.
We need new editions of these old prayer books for priests!
I have used these prayers during my whole priesthood now, over a quarter century. They say it all. You could do a lot worse, Fathers, than to adopt them as your own. They provide a realistic view of the gravity of the office and work of the confessor. They hold up ideals… ideals – which back in the day – we were expected to attain without namby-pamby excuses. They are a mirror in which we can scrutinize ourselves as confessors. They are at the same time sobering and consoling.
In the following, I added accents to help your pronunciation. Over time, they become old friends. The Latin, frankly, is richer in content then the translations, below. I provide a recording of the prayers in Latin, at the end.
ORATIO SACERDOTIS ANTEQUAM CONFESSIONES EXCIPIAT
Da mihi, Dómine, sédium tuárum assistrícem sapiéntiam, ut sciam iudicáre pópulum tuum in iustítia, et páuperes tuos in iudício. Fac me ita tractáre claves regni caelórum, ut nulli apériam, cui claudéndum sit, nulli claudam, cui aperiéndum. Sit inténtio mea pura, zelus meus sincérus, cáritas mea pátiens, labor meus fructuósus. Sit in me lénitas non remíssa, aspéritas non sevéra; páuperem ne despíciam, díviti ne adúler. Fac me ad alliciéndos peccatóres suávem, ad interrogándos prudéntem, ad instruéndos perítum. Tríbue, quaeso, ad retrahéndos a malo sollértiam, ad confirmándos in bono sedulitátem, ad promovéndos ad melióra indústriam: in respónsis maturitátem, in consíliis rectitúdinem, in obscúris lumen, in impléxis sagacitátem, in árduis victóriam: inutílibus collóquiis ne detínear, pravis ne contáminer; álios salvem, me ipsum non perdam. Amen.
PRIEST’S PRAYER BEFORE HEARING CONFESSIONS [Touched up – 29 March]
Grant to me, O Lord, that wisdom seated beside Thy throne, that I may know how to judge Thy people with justice, and Thy poor ones with discernment. Make me so to use the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, that I may open the gates to no one upon whom they should be closed, nor close them upon any for whom they should be opened. May my intention be pure, my zeal sincere, my charity patient, my labor fruitful. Let there be in me a gentleness which is not negligent, a severity which is not harsh; let me not look down upon the poor, nor let me fawn upon rich. Make me pleasant for attracting sinners, prudent in questioning them, resourceful in directing them. Grant, I beseech Thee, ingenuity for drawing them back from sin, earnestness in confirming them in good, diligence in urging them to better things. Grant me mature judgment in responses, rectitude in advice, light in obscure matters, wisdom in complications, victory in adversities. Let me not be delayed in useless conversations, neither let me be stained by perversities. Let me save others, and let me not lose myself. Amen.
ORATIONES SACERDOTIS POSTQUAM CONFESSIONES EXCEPERIT
Dómine Iesu Christe, dulcis amátor et sanctificátor animárum, purífica, óbsecro, per infusiónem Sancti Spíritus cor meum ab omni affectióne et cogitatióne vitiósa, et quidquid a me in meo múnere sive per neglegéntiam, sive per ignorántiam peccátum est, tua infiníta pietáte et misericórdia supplére dignéris. Comméndo in tuis amabilíssimis vulnéribus omnes ánimas, quas ad paeniténtiam traxísti, et tuo pretiosíssimo Sánguine sanctificásti, ut eas a peccátis ómnibus custódias et in tuo timóre et amóre consérves, in virtútibus in dies magis promóveas, atque ad vitam perdúcas aetérnam: Qui cum Patre et Spíritu Sancto vivis et regnas in saecula saeculórum. Amen.
Dómine Iesu Christe, Fili Dei vivi, súscipe hoc obséquii mei ministérium in amóre illo superdigníssimo, quo beátam Maríam Magdalénam omnésque ad te confugiéntes peccatóres absolvísti, et quidquid in sacraménti huius administratione neglegénter minúsque digne perféci, tu per te supplére et satisfácere dignéris. Omnes et síngulos, qui mihi modo conféssi sunt, comméndo dulcíssimo Cordi tuo rogans, ut eósdem custódias et a recidíva praesérves atque post huius vitae misériam mecum ad gáudia perdúcas aetérna. Amen.
PRIEST’S PRAYERS AFTER HEARING CONFESSIONS [Touched up – 29 March]
Lord Jesus Christ, sweet lover and sanctifier of souls, I pray Thee, through the infusion of the Holy Spirit, purify my heart from every corrupt feeling or thought and, through Thy infinite compassion and mercy, deign to make good any transgression whatsoever made by me in my service due to my negligence or my ignorance. I commend to Thy most lovable wounds all the souls whom Thou hast drawn to repentance, and whom Thou hast sanctified by Thy Precious Blood, so that Thou mayest preserve them from every sin, keep them in Thy love and in Thy fear, promote more virtues in them each day, and lead them to eternal life. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, accept this ministry of my obedience with that surpassing love with which Thou didst absolve Saint Mary Magdalene and all sinners flying to Thee for refuge, and deign Thyself to supply and satisfy whatsoever in the administration of this Sacrament I performed negligently and less than worthily. I commend to Thy most sweet Heart each and every person who has just now confessed to me, begging that Thou mayest guard them and keep them from backsliding and, after the misery of this life, that thou mayest lead them with me to joys everlasting. Amen.
I used good ol’ “Thou” and retained something of the flowery style of yesteryear because, after all, there’s really nothing wrong with that at all.
I have turned on the combox moderation. I will accept comments from priests or bishops, which I receive in the combox or in email, and I will even anonymize them on request. I will more than likely not – not – post any comment made by a lay person or a permanent deacon. I am not really talking to you. Go ahead and call it clericalism: you are merely being permitted to listen in because, given that this is a blog, I can’t stop you. Read HERE if you want my defense. I might… might… post something of a transitional deacon or a seminarian (still laity)… might. Make it really good. Impress me.
Finally, lay people, please pray for your priests. Pray that they will soften and hear confessions if they don’t or won’t. Pray that they will be good and faithful confessors who will use good judgment, will not not use false charity or false compassion, will not fake in order to be liked, and will always do his best with the help of God’s grace.
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I am a university student who attends daily mass at the college parish. Every day, the priest does not purify the vessels, leaving them with the Sacred Species out for sometimes hours or all night after mass. The pastor insists that the sacristan is permitted to purify vessels, though it’s clear that one must be at least an acolyte to do so. I’ve petitioned the bishop to institute me so that I can purify them licitly, since the sacristan does a sloppy job in doing so, all to no avail. Should I purify them to avoid sacrilege?
There’s a scene in the movie The Mission in which the priest takes the Blessed Sacrament in procession, followed by women and children, while they are under assault by the Spanish military, sent to suppress the Reducciones. The soldier hesitate at first, but then, goaded by their officers, they shoot priest who falls to the ground. A young woman picks up the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament and continues the procession as the gunfire continues.
Of course, some readers out there might at this point suggest that a layperson should never carry the Blessed Sacrament in procession. Yet, (and recognizing that this film is, while quasi-historical, a work of fiction) one cannot fault the young fictional woman for showing respect and honor to Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar, attempting to avoid sacrilege, and giving witness to her faith.
History abounds with stories of circumstances which excuse what would be in normal circumstances violations of liturgical discipline.
Sticking to movies for a moment, in that classic The Cardinal – which has great liturgical moments – we vicariously relive the horrific riot in October 1938 when a Nazi mob of 5000 stormed the palace of the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna. In a rush, the clerics seek to protect the Blessed Sacrament from desecration. In an entirely un-liturgical way they consume the Hosts, not without reverence. They were clerics, of course. But you get the point.
They purified the vessel, too! How apt.
Firstly, we should all stop and say a prayer for this priest. The disrespect he shows to the Blessed Sacrament and the neglect he demonstrates for his priestly duties may indicate deeper problems. Priests are, every day, under assault from Satan. God’s grace sustains and strengthens us, but temptations are real. Priests are weak human beings. Whether this priest struggles with doubts of faith, laziness, pride – or he was appallingly poorly trained – does not matter: pray for him.
Next, it sounds you have done what should be done. You asked the priest and found out that he, wrongly, believes the sacristan can purify the sacred vessels. You asked the bishop to institute your as an acolyte, so that you can licitly purify the vessels, and the bishop has not acquiesced. It seems to me that – given the extraordinary circumstances – you can in good conscience care for the sacred vessels and the Blessed Sacrament quietly, unobtrusively, and without fanfare. Don’t to go about telling everyone that “Father’s not doing his job so I have to step in and do it for him”. That would be bad for many reasons.
Meanwhile, were you to write a brief, respectful, factual, wholly objective letter to the bishop to explain the situation with a copy of the letter to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, it is possible that there could be down the line some movement in this regard. Be sure of the facts before you write.
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I received notice that a 1 year anniversary Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, 28 March in New York City at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the late Fr. John E. Halborg.
I met Fr. Halborg only a few times. He sometimes said Mass at Holy Innocents. However, I was moved to post about his death last year not just because he, like me, was a convert, but also because of the pretty awful way the living handled his funeral. They pretty much completely disrespected his clearly written wishes.
So, if you are in the area, please consider attending the Requiem.
In any event, please stop and say a prayer for this priest. Priests need prayers after their earthly lives, too.
Today at mass, after the priest had completed the Eucharistic Prayer, and we had moved past the Agnus Dei, one of the EMHCs noticed that the Chalices and Ciboriums with unconsecrated hosts (those meant for distribution to those at Mass) had not been placed on the altar. Instead they had been on a table to the back left of the priest who presumably had no idea they were there (he looked quite shocked when the EMHC went to move them to the altar). They then proceeded to distribute communion as normal with those hosts and chalices that had not been on the altar during the consecration. My question is: were those hosts consecrated, being behind the priest, and not on the altar? Would it matter whether he knew they were there?
I abstained from receiving lest I receive what was passed off as, but not really, the Blessed Sacrament, but I wondered what I should do.
Also, now that the leftover unconsumed hosts have been placed in the Tabernacle, what do I do if I return to Mass at the same Church. With my knowledge, must I be wary of receiving those possibly unconsecrated hosts, being passed off as the Eucharist? Thank you for your response!
Priests are trained, or ought to be trained, to have the intention, at least the moral intention, to consecrate the elements that are placed on the corporal upon the altar. Priests have it drilled into them, and they drill it into themselves, that if it is on the corporal, it gets consecrated. They don’t have to have a specific immediately conscious intention about each and every single host. A general, or moral intention is adequate.
The practice of priests making a act of intention before they go out to celebrate Mass should be revived. I warmly urge every priest (and bishop) who reads this to learn the Formula of Intention and even to print it, frame it, and locate it near where you put on your vestments. There are other good prayers for the priest’s preparation to say Mass, but I think this is the most important and basic. The Formula can be found in every copy of the traditional Missale Romanum. I also found it in the Latin 2002 Missale Romanum. I don’t happen to have to hand an English volume, but I’ll bet a translation is in the appendix. Here is the text:
Ego volo celebrare Missam, et conficere Corpus et Sanguinem Domini nostri Iesu Christi, iuxta ritum sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae, ad laudem omnipotentis Dei totiusque Curiae triumphantis, ad utilitatem meam totiusque Curiae militantis, pro omnibus, qui se commendaverunt orationibus meis in genere et in specie, et pro felici statu sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae.
My purpose is to celebrate Mass and to confect the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the rite of the holy Roman Church to the praise of almighty God and all the Triumphant Church (in Heaven), for my good and the good of all the Church Militant (on Earth), and for all who have commended themselves to my prayers in general and in particular, and for the favorable state of the holy Roman Church.
Gaudium cum pace, emendationem vitae, spatium verae paenitentiae, gratiam et consolationem Sancti Spiritus, perseverantiam in bonis operibus, tribuat nobis omnipotens et misericors Dominus. Amen
May the almighty and merciful Lord grant us joy with peace, amendment of life, room for true repentance, the grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit and perseverance in good works. Amen.
Back to the specific question.
In my opinion, the priest did not validly consecrate the hosts in the ciboria that were left on the credence table.
It might have mattered should he have know about them, remaining on the credence table, but then he ought to have had them brought to the altar. In your description, you say that he was “quite shocked” when the ciboria were brought up, which indicates that he didn’t know of them and, therefore, didn’t intend to consecrated them. Hence, they were not consecrated.
It is possible that the priest then spoke the words of consecration over those hosts. However, even in the context of Mass that’s not good. A priest mustn’t consecrate one species apart from the other. What he should have done, in my opinion, is simply explain to the people that the ciboria were left on the table, they were not consecrated and there would not be enough consecrated Hosts for everyone. He should explain that, yes, they were at Mass because he had consecrated and consumed his Host and Blood from the chalice and that they had fulfilled their obligation and he his obligation to say Mass for the intention offered. Done. That could have been a learning experience for many.
However, there is such a mania today that everyone must always go to Communion at every Mass, that Father was psychologically driven to do something else.
If the priest did not consecrate those hosts, and they were distributed, he would have committed a grave sin. Please, Lord, I hope he didn’t do that. Furthermore, if he put unconsecrated hosts into the tabernacle then he would cause people – albeit unwittingly – to commit acts of idolatry were they to venerate them. Please, Lord, I hope he didn’t do that. And he would sin again, sacrilegiously, by leaving them there and – quod Deus avertat – distributing them at another Mass! If Father knows for sure which ciboria are in question, he should take steps to correct the situation.
In any event, it is better simply to explain what happened and learn from it than too do something imprudent and, potentially, scandalous.
For your part, I would refrain from receiving Communion for a few days, at least if you see that hosts from the tabernacle are being distributed. Also, you would not be out of line to contact the priest and ask him about what you saw. Be calm, respectful, factual, and listen carefully to his explanation.
Today we get a hard message from a wise old abbot.
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech
Thee, O merciful God, that She, being
gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may
be in no wise troubled by attack from her
O God, who by sin art offended and by
penance pacified, mercifully regard the
prayers of Thy people making supplication
unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of
Thine anger which we deserve for our sins.
Almighty and Everlasting God, in
whose Hand are the power and the
government of every realm: look down upon
and help the Christian people that the heathen
nations who trust in the fierceness of their
own might may be crushed by the power of
thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world
without end. R. Amen.
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“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”
"One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting."
- C.S. Lewis
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“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
Francis Card. George
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Charles Pierre PéguyNotre Patrie, 1905
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St. Gregory Nazianzus
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