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Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, ready war.

Sometimes Leon Trotsky is given credit for saying that you might not be interested in war but war is interested in you.  He didn’t say that, exactly, but it is nevertheless true. I have not infrequently challenged you readers to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: People say Mass prayers together with the priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been attending daily mass when I can at a particular parish. When at Mass I often hear some people in the pews who whisper to themselves every single word the priest says at mass. I would like … 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 Annibale Bugnini’s liturgical experts to be used in the Ordinary Form on Tuesday of the 2nd week of Lent.  Figure that one … Continue reading

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Bp. Zubik (D. Pittburgh): “The No. 1 priority has to be, ‘We need to make our worship better.’”

I was sent an article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about Bp. David Zubik and his view of, plans for the Diocese entrusted to his care. Apparently the horizon is pretty dark for the Church in Pittsburgh (as it is in … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: 15 August – Assumption Solemn Mass of Reparation for Sacrilege and Blasphemy

Tonight at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, minutes to the west of downtown Madison, we had a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Assumption (the parish’s patronal feast), which I offered in reparation for sacrilege and blasphemy, especially that … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 20th Ordinary Sunday: snatched up into invisible love

The Collect for the 20th Ordinary Sunday, found also in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary, is in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost. Deus, qui diligentibus te bona invisibilia praeparasti, infunde cordibus nostris tui amoris affectum, … Continue reading

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The biggest problem today is Mass “facing the people”

I’ve written about Prof. Robert Spaemann before (e.g., HERE).  Even though German theologians today set a low bar for clarity and orthodoxy, Spaemann is clearly the best working theologian among them.  And he is faithful.  He is quite close to … Continue reading

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D. Peoria: 24 Aug – Requiem for 1st Bishop

Here is some great news via Badger Catholic: Peoria IL Cathedral to celebrate beautiful new renovation with TLM August 24th The beautiful restoration work is nearly complete at St Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, IL (photos on their Facebook). To celebrate the … Continue reading

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Desecrated church reconcilied in Missouri

There are sacred places, things and persons.  Mistreatment of a sacred place, thing or person is the sin of sacrilege. By blessings and consecrations, places, things and persons are taken from the secular, temporal, profane realm and given to the … Continue reading

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“Gather Us In” made (almost) acceptable!

When life gives you challenges like lemons, make lemonade.  Right? When liturgists give you dreck like “Gather Us In”, make… toccatas. Remember: The Second Vatican Council gives pride of place to the pipe organ over all other instruments. Fr. Z … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 12th Sunday after Pentecost: FORWARD!

Today’s Collect survived the liturgico-surgical scalpels of the Bugniniites to live on in the Novus Ordo for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time.  The prayer is ancient, and results in the Gelasian Sacramentary as well as in the Veronese Sacramentary during … Continue reading

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A new priest hat to covet

I could kick myself for not getting a Spanish biretta when I was in Madrid.  Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.   I guess I’ll have to go back. That said, I spotted a new priest hat to covet. Here is an image … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 19th Ordinary Sunday: Trusting Audacity, Harrowing Consolation

The Collect for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time was not in previous editions Missale Romanum before the 1970 Novus Ordo. It has roots in the 9th century Sacramentary of Bergamo and thus is ancient text… sort of. Note that for … Continue reading

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5 August: Dedication of St. Mary Major – Our Lady of the Snows

Pope Liberius (352-366) was Bishop of Rome in difficult times. In 350 Constans was assassinated and Constantius became the sole Emperor by defeating Magnentius. Some bishops in the East who opposed St. Athanasius in Egypt appealed to Liberius to get … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Wherein Fr. Z makes suggestions to priests about “ad orientem” worship.

In an email exchange I had, and a conversation with a priest friend, a couple ideas came up. Context: Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made a plea to priests to begin offering Holy Mass ad orientem versus. … Continue reading

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