Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)

WDTPRS: Pentecost Sunday (2002MR): Our holy selvage and our salvation

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 perfect number … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a penitent “release” priest from Seal of Confession?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, as a follow up to your recent post on who is bound by the seal of confession, I have two more related questions:
1. Can the penitent release the priest from the seal? I would think not, so as to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The timing of announcments in the Novus Ordo

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our Pastor has recently decided not to make announcements after the final blessing because, he says, it isn’t part of the liturgy. I say that after the final blessing, the Liturgy is finished and can say what ever … Continue reading

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INTERNET PRAYER: CZECH and SERBIAN

New readers here may not know that The Internet Prayer, which I wrote in Latin a zillion years ago now, has been put into many languages. I have gathered all that I have found onto one page. Some … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! “Officer Down!”

I am reposting this after learning of the death of a woman officer in Omaha who was scheduled to take maternity leave.  HERE  She was killed in a shootout with a fugitive.  She recently gave birth to a daughter, and was stepmother … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Getting waxen “Agnus Dei” from schismatics

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I recently obtained several Agnus Dei from Sisters in a traditional, cloistered order here in the U.S. They supposedly procure a smaller amount of the blessed wax from an original Agnus Dei from the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII. The items … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The proper way for women to wear a chapel veil?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have noticed at the Traditional Latin Mass I attend that the women cover their heads with their veils once their sit down in their pews. [?!?] I was told by a friend that the norm years ago was … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Latin deacons in Eastern Divine Liturgy

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When Latin priests concelebrate at a Divine Liturgy, they are are to wear Latin Vestments (cf. Instruction for Applying The Liturgical Prescriptions of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, #68).
The Deacon in the Divine Liturgy uses his Orarion … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can’t find a confirmed godparent within the family

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My wife and I are going to have our third child in November. We are having a hard time finding someone in the family to be our child’s Godparents when we baptize him/her.
THE PROBLEM
Our main problem is basically … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Jiggity Jig Edition

I completed all my tasks except one and I am on my way home.  
Zipping to the airport we had a couple last sights.
The church in which I was ordained a deacon.
 
This is also where we had the Pontifical Mass … Continue reading

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