Category Archives: Liturgy Science Theatre 3000

Especially for discussion of liturgical abuses and wacky ideas

POLL: St. Blaise Day Blessing of Throats – 2018

Today we traditionally have the blessing of throats in honor of St. Blaise. Since yesterday was Candlemas it is logical to associate the blessing with candles.
Did you receive a St. Blaise Day blessing of the throat?
You don’t have to be … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: D. Madison – Candlemas – Purification – Pontifical Mass

A sample of the music.  We had a great choir from Eau Claire.

A few snaps from beautiful Candlemas 2018.

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WDTPRS: Purification of BVM, Presentation DNIC, & Candlemas

Today is the final “peak” arising from the liturgical cycle of Advent/Christmas/Epiphany.  Today, called in the traditional way and according to the older Roman calendar the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Church would cease to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest paraphrases the Gospel – GUEST RESPONSE: Pope Francis

I recently had a couple questions from a reader about a priest who regularly paraphrases the readings, especially the Gospel.  He asks how he should handle this problem: should he approach the priest?
It’s hard to know how to counsel him.  … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Initial inquiry resources for priests who don’t know the Traditional Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I work at a faithful parish with a wonderful faithful priest. He has told me that while he doesn’t plan to say the TLM he does want to learn more about it so that he can beautify the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can’t Father say things louder at Mass? We can’t hear.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I know that certain parts are not, the secret etc. I am new to TLM. I live in ___ and do not have access to regular TLM, other than thru the computer (livemass.net). My diocesan priest does it once a month … Continue reading

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Candlemas Eve and Candlemas Poetry

Today is Candlemas Eve, and tomorrow is the Feast of the Purification.  We call it Candlemas because, with the references to light in the liturgy, we bless candles.
Here are some poems for Candlemass
First and foremost, making a reference to the removal … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a diocesan priest say Mass in an SSPX chapel?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is it OK for a diocesan priest to offer Mass in an SSPX chapel on a regular basis?
Interesting.
Let’s consider a couple points.
Can. 932 §1 states:
“The eucharistic celebration is to be carried out in a sacred place unless in a … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Ordinary Sunday: Billy loves bugs

Today’s Collect prayer for the 4th Ordinary Sunday (it’s Septuagesima in the traditional calendar) was not in the post-Tridentine editions of the Missale Romanum but it does have its origin in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary.
Were you to hear this prayer … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: BRING BACK PRE-LENT!

While in the new-fangled calendar Sunday is the 4th in Ordinary Time, and celebrated in green vestments,in the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter.
Already!
The Roman Station today is St. Lawrence outside … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest tells people to stand around the altar during Eucharistic Prayer

From a reader…
As an avid reader of your blog please first be assured of my prayers.
I recently attended an Engaged Encounter weekend in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the priest who said Mass had the couples surround him at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a bishop forbid kneeling for Communion?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:

I have a few sincere questions and I believe answers to them may help other readers, too.
For years I have heard it said that the “universal norm” for receiving Holy Communion is kneeling and on the tongue. Therefore, even … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Conversion of St. Paul: Comparison of Collects in 1962MR and 2002MR

In honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a rapid comparison of the Collects for today’s feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.
We’ll look first at the 1962 Missale Romanum and then the 2002 edition.
The Collect is … Continue reading

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We Are Our Rites! Wherein Fr. Z rants after reading Peter Kwasniewski

At NLM, PK has a good offering.  (“Ho hum!”, you are saying, because I have to write that so often.)
Starting with Nietzsche and his famous “God is dead”, he spins up a good argument about “modern” liturgy, liturgists, etc., who … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Would anything prevent a priest from always using the traditional formula of absolution?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
The reformed Rite of Penance added a whole bunch of stuff to the rite of confession—optional Scripture readings and so on—but I have never seen any of it used, even non-optional parts like how the priest should supposedly … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If I remember a sin after confessing, should I interrupt the priest and tell him?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If in Confession I forget a mortal sin (I do examine my conscience but my memory is bad), but then remember AFTER having told the priest that I have finished confessing, and he is talking, should I interrupt … Continue reading

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Who cares what libs think? Boldly recover and use great traditional items and vesture of yore.

At the newish blog LAJ, Shawn Tribe has a good post about boldness in regard to some traditional vesture and other items of yore.
In the 60s Paul VI abolished quite a lot of good things. That was a mistake. However, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: We want our children to have reverent Masses. Can we go to the SSPX chapel?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
We are in a desperate situation. We have looked very deeply into the matter, and feel very strongly that the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is the most reverent. We are morally accountable to bring our four beautiful … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I tell a noisy penitent that we can hear everything said in the confessional?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
There is a young lady who regularly takes a very long time in Confession (25-30 minutes, sometimes longer). She is not making a long confession, and it’s not the priest spending long amounts of time giving her counsel. … Continue reading

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14 Jan – Happy Feast of the Ass!

Tomorrow – 14 January – is the Feast of the Ass, the Festum Assinorum (in Latin, plural… inclusive!).
No, I am not talking about whom you think I’m talking about.  And, no, it’s not a special Jesuit feast.
The feast which became popular in … Continue reading

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