Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Permutations of the Novus Ordo according to options

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Your recent post on ways to enrich the Novus Ordo has brought to mind something I’ve wondered for a while, how many different ways can Mass be said validly in the OF given all of the different options? … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What can we do to get these men into seminary?

From a reader: I am a Youth Minister at a parish and have probably a dozen young men (age 12-19) who are discerning calls to the priesthood and are interested in seminary. I have young priests at the parish, but they are reluctant … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What’s so difficult about learning to say the Traditional Latin Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Maybe this question is too broad, but here goes: What is so difficult about saying/learning the EF? My pastor recently mentioned that he simply does not have time to learn the EF well enough to say it himself (he … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Proposals to priests to “enrich” the Novus Ordo from Tradition

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve recently come across an article on NLM titled “A Primer for aTradition-Minded Celebration of the OF Mass.” As you can assume, this article has suggestions for celebrating the OF Mass traditionally. My question is this: which of … Continue reading

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Approval from author’s superiors doesn’t mean a book is good.

Recent controversy has brought canonist Ed Peters to shed some light on the meaning of some technical terms which are being bandied about. Lately some dust has been stirred up by the homosexualist activist Jesuit Fr. James Martin, who published … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 4-5: Beautiful Masses

On Friday evening at Santa Maria sopra Minerva there was a beautiful Mass for which the ministers were of the Institute of Christ the King. There were a great many of the faithful present, including clerics… yes… they belong to the … Continue reading

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In the wake of the big storms: Prayers of THANKSGIVING!

In the wake of hurricane IRMA, many have written to say that they are well. My mother and her friends are fine. I advocated prayers before the storm. Now I recommend prayers of thanksgiving after the storm. From a priest… I am a priest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Resources to explain Collects in parish bulletin.

From a deacon: Let me begin by thanking you for your vocation and ministry. You have been a tremendous resource over these past few years, especially as I was in formation. The main reason I am emailing your today in light of a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: To make or not to make responses in the Traditional Latin Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Question: I have heard it said that during the Latin Rite Mass [Be careful with your terms.  “Latin Rite Mass” also means Novus Ordo.] the laity should NOT be heard in their responses. I really have no … Continue reading

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“People are fighting in the streets for what is left.”

Many times I have badgered and pushed you readers to do some basic “prep” in the case of natural or manmade disasters.  Were there to be some catastrophic event where you are, could you get yourself and loved ones to … Continue reading

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FLORIDA BISHOPS, PRIESTS: Pray the Litany against Hurricane #Irma – URGENT ACTION ITEM

Please retweet and share around. Hurricane Irma has been on my mind a bit.  Some think that it will do more damage in Florida than Andrew did in 1992.  Irma’s path will go straight up Florida, it seems.  My mother … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is the TLM / Usus Antiquior dead? Forever stuck in 1962?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In thinking about Benedict XVI’s teaching on the liturgy it wondered me if the TLM/Usus antiquior is a dead liturgy per se? If liturgy ought to grow (be reformed?) *organically* (as opposed to post-Vatican II “reform”), is the Tridentine … Continue reading

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READER REQUEST: Help to start attending the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I are interested in learning the Latin Mass so we can attend one here in Nashville. Is there a video or a book we could purchase that starts from scratch? Great blog – … Continue reading

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REQUEST: Old Roman Breviary & new Liturgy of the Hours – compare, contrast, discuss

Under another post this comment appeared: I ask Fr. Z if a discussion of the old breviary and the LOTH is a rabbit hole. If so, I ask him to post about a comparison between the old and the LOTH … Continue reading

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UPDATE: WORTHY Traditional Liturgy Project needs YOU and Mass in London 7 Sept

UPDATE 7 September 2017: I had this note from the Administrator at Corpus Christi in Maiden Lane, London. Hi Father, I just wanted to give you a quick update: we’re currently at £3840.20 of the £5000 we need – so … Continue reading

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