Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

PODCAzT 140: Paul VI’s 1966 Letter Sacrificium laudis on the use of Latin and Gregorian chant by religious

It has been quite awhile since I made a PODCAzT, over a year, if you don’t count the offerings during Advent and Lent. I was inspired to get back into it by something I saw at the website of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should women say “Domine, non sum digna”?

From a readerette: Could you answer this for both the EF and the OF? Is the “Domine non sum dignus” a part of the Ordinary of the Mass that pertains to Sacrosanctum Concilium 54, and so would be something that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why is a baptismal certificate so important for annulment process?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Trying to get an annulment. Can’t find his baptismal record. Why is it so important? Well! That was pithy. There is a Latin adage from ancient Rome: Verba volant, scripta manent… Words merely spoken fly away, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Chapel veil at school Masses

From a readerette: I’m a sophomore in high school, and this past summer I was inspired to wear a veil. I recently obtained one and I suppose I’ll wear it at school Masses now. The thing is, I go to … Continue reading

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Divine Praises … sung

On Sundays at my home parish in my native, St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN, the hour of Vespers has been sung in Gregorian Chant, using the Liber Usualis, at 3 pm for some 40 years… at least.   Vespers followed by Benediction … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: People “dunked” the Host in the chalice

From a reader… QUAERITUR: During Holy Communion at Mass on Sunday I observed two individuals who took (not received) the blessed sacrament in hand then proceeded to an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion an we’re allowed to “dunk”. the host … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: House cassocks

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is a house cassock and what is the general etiquette regarding their use? Clerical decorum has nearly completely broken down. All you have to do is look at a group of concelebrants. There are hardly … Continue reading

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Weigel on improvising priests. Fr. Z rants.

We had an honorable mention in a piece by George Weigel today, not by name, but pretty much everyone knows what’s what. In First Things, Weigel is rightly worked up about priests who, contrary to law and good sense, impose … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick. TLM by TLM.

There is a bit of head scratching going on in traditional circles about whether attendance at TLMs has either hit a plateau or, like Sisyphus’ rock, is rolling backwards. Here is post from the charming and erudite Prof. Joseph Shaw of England’s … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why should we use black vestments for All Souls Day or funerals?

From a priest: My pastor said to me, “if you give me a good enough reason why I should wear black vestments on All Souls’ Day, I will do it.” What, exactly, would you recommend I tell him? My mind … Continue reading

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