Category Archives: Liturgy Science Theatre 3000

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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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PHOTOS: Pontifical Requiem at the Throne 1 August – Month’s Mind

Last night the Extraordinary Ordinary, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, sang a Pontifical Requiem at the Throne as a “Month’s Mind” for Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer, a beloved priest of the diocese. Here are some images. … Continue reading

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A new priest opines on “Extraordinary Ministers” and people with only minor sins after several years.

From a priest, on two points: For our vigil Mass, we had our extraordinary ministers failed to show up.  I also did not have a deacon.  I preached about a 12 minute homily, used the Roman Canon, and distributed Holy … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 11th Sunday after Pentecost: We pray as Holy Church directs, bending our will to hers

With a minor variation this week’s Collect was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary.  It survived the cut to live on in the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum as the Collect on the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Ordinary Form Mass very much in the Roman style

I was sent a link to a video of the Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form celebrated at the Proto-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Seattle in Vancouver, WA for their Patronal Feast of St. James the Greater. At this parish … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 18th Ordinary Sunday: cold, clear reality

When the priest, alter Christus, says our prayers during Holy Mass, Christ, Head of the Body, speaks. His words have power to form us. Formed according to the mind of the Church, we Catholics then go out from Mass to … Continue reading

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1 August – Madison, WI – Pontifical Requiem at the Throne, “Month’s Mind”

His Excellency Most Reverent Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, the Extraordinary Ordinary, regularly celebrates Holy Mass also in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The next Solemn Pontifical Mass – a Requiem – will be offered by Bishop Morlino … Continue reading

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The ULTIMATE GIFT for a priest revisited: Portable altar from St. Joseph’s Apprentice

I have written before about the ULTIMATE gift for a priest: the marvelous portable altars by St. Joseph’s Apprentice.  In 2014 HERE and in 2015 HERE With each iteration, these altars are being perfected.  He has taken some of my past suggestions … Continue reading

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BRICK BY BRICK: A Communion rail restored in a major, historic church

I just received something interesting from a reader in Chicago, for your Brick By Brick file. Perhaps you have at some time driven down the Kennedy Expressway.  Suddenly the Interstate bends sharply around, and very close to, the rectory of … Continue reading

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Z-SWAG: HOLY MASS – TURN TOWARDS THE LORD AGAIN!

UPDATE 25 July: I just received one of my new mugs!  This is one with both English and Latin.  They are spiffy! As the GIRM WARS heat up over the catalytic movement in favor of ad orientem worship, I thought it might … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 10th Sunday after Pentecost: Mercy does not mean turning a blind eye to Justice

The Collect for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost in the Extraordinary Form survived, sort of survived, to live in the post-Conciliar, reformed Missale Romanum!  You can find it, somewhat wounded, for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form Missale … Continue reading

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GIRM WARS: Another front opens in Iowa

When the 2000 GIRM was issued (now usually cited as 2002 GIRM because it is in the 2002 Missale Romanum), a question was put to the Congregation for Divine Worship: Can a bishop, in his role as moderator of the Sacred Liturgy in … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 17th Ordinary Sunday: Sin-Teflon and Demon-Kevlar

The 1962MR places today’s Collect at the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost though it is a little different from the newer version, to wit: sic transeamus per bona temporalia, ut non amittamus aeterna. Historically the prayer has roots in the ancient … Continue reading

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22 July: Happy FEAST of St. Mary Magdalene

Today in the Ordinary Form calendar is the (recently elevated) Feast of St Mary Magdalene.  I wrote the following for my column in the print version UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald – which is availble in its entirety in digital form. … Continue reading

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Why aging liberals are so nasty and so frightened

At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is an analysis piece by a writer for First Things, Matthew Schmitz. He writes about the angst libs are experiencing, as they cope with the ticking clock: Pope Francis isn’t moving fast … Continue reading

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