Category Archives: Liturgy Science Theatre 3000

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Church Music: sacred and… not so much

I received the latest issue of Sacred Music today.  May I recommend that you subscribe?  HERE  There is so much good, artistic and sacred music that we could use in our liturgical worship.  Alas, so much of what we hear is unworthy of … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 22nd Ordinary Sunday: images of armies

The Collect for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time.  See also the 6th Sunday after Pentecost. COLLECT – (2002MR): Deus virtutum, cuius est totum quod est optimum, insere pectoribus nostris tui nominis amorem, et praesta, ut in nobis, religionis augmento, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 14th Sunday after Pentecost: healths, hands and the finger

This Sunday’s Collect for the Extraordinary Form survived the snipping and pasting of the Consilium and the late Rev. Annibale Bugnini’s liturgical experts to be used in the Ordinary Form on Tuesday of the 2nd week of Lent.  Figure that … Continue reading

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Diminishing Returns: Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist

Today is the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist. I consider this (also) my name day, and in so many ways it is more appropriate for me than the Nativity of John in June. Here is the Roman … Continue reading

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Down with pews! Away with them!

I have a recurring dream about having to build a church.  It’s Romanesque and open, uncluttered, especially by pews. My friend Fr. George Rutler is in Crisis.  He is talking about pews.   He has a few digressions – he … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to talk to other mothers about male only altar service?

From a reader… Our parish priest does not care for girl servers but allows it. Today we went to daily Mass and a new girl was serving (which was arranged by one of the moms, I don’t believe Father knew about it), … Continue reading

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Fr. Blake on “Manliness”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

My friend Fr. Ray Blake, PP in Brighton, made excellent comments about “manliness” on his blog.  HERE I have been at a major church three times recently for some pretty important occasions, and each time only women read, and every time … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 13th Sunday after Pentecost: “E ‘n la sua volontade è nostra pace!”

Today’s prayer survived the redactors to live on in the Novus Ordo as the Collect for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time.  It is an ancient prayer, found in the Veronese and the Gelasian Sacramentary. COLLECT (1962MR): Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, da … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time – When “virtues” are replaced by “values”.

Let’s look at the Collect for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time: Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis id amare quod praecipis, id desiderare quod promittis, ut, inter mundanas varietates, ibi nostra fixa sint corda, ubi … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to explain the Eucharist to a 3 year old?

From a reader… Father, My son is three years old. I’m looking for a very simple way to explain the Eucharist to him. I have been pointing out the host to him and saying, “See that’s Jesus that Father is … Continue reading

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