Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after making confessions

A while back I posted prayers in Latin and English which a priest confessor might use before and after hearing sacramental confessions.  These prayers are from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are … Continue reading

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Before the ravages of liturgical chaos, before the degradation of our Catholic identity, there was…

I recently had a wonderful meal with two Good Friends close to the cusp of Midtown and Murray Hill.  We enjoyed superb Chinese and had a very Catholic reading during meal.  Rather than post a photo of the food, which I … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after hearing confessions

As I was rooting around for something I posted in the past, I found this which, by coincidence, I posted 3 years ago to the day. Here are the prayers I usually say before and after hearing confessions. They are taken … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hosts brought to altar at Communion, not before consecration

From a reader… Today at mass, after the priest had completed the Eucharistic Prayer, and we had moved past the Agnus Dei, one of the EMHCs noticed that the Chalices and Ciboriums with unconsecrated hosts (those meant for distribution to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis GOES TO CONFESSION!

I see at Vatican Insider that there was a penitential service at St. Peter’s Basilica.  We have once again the image of a Pope making his confession, not hearing confessions. Meanwhile, Francis addressed a gathering of the extremely-helpful annual workshop for … Continue reading

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An argument and call for ‘ad orientem’ worship

From the increasingly valuable Crisis Magazine with my emphases and comments: Re-turning to the Lord: A Call for Ad Orientem Worship FR. JACOB S. CONNER, V.F. [a priest of the Diocese of Lake Charles] Lent is a season of conversion. During this time, it’s common … Continue reading

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27 Feb – St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows: Patron of handgunners, marksmen, seminarians, novices

Today is the feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Gabriel Possenti, according to the calendar of the Novus Ordo. In the older, traditional Missal we find that 28 February was given to him.   27 February is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Faculties of the Missionaries of Mercy after the Year of Mercy

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Do the missionaries of mercy still have the faculty to remit censures arising from reserved delicts? I’m working with a priest who is worried (I think he’s ok actually). But if a trip to the missionary would be able … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t make Sign of the Cross when giving absolution

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Whether an absolution is valid if the priest prays the form of the sacrament correctly, but does not make the sign of the cross. This might just be scruples, but recently, I went to confession to … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP: Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and priests who can say them.

UPDATE 2 Feb: On this Candlemas, I’m bumping this to the top of the blog to remind you about an opportunity. Please take careful note of what I describe, below. ___ Original Published on: Dec 14, 2016 ___ Every once in … Continue reading

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A Forty Hours Devotion and Prayers for Priests. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I am in Denver, preaching for a Forty Hours Devotion following, of course, the Clementine Instruction in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. On Thursday we had a Sung Mass, after which I exposed the Blessed Sacrament, we had … Continue reading

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Serious priest taking it to the streets

Note that this priests says Mass for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri.  They’re apostolate is to pray for priests and bishops.  I hope they pray for me. They have wonderful discs of music.   Speaking of … Continue reading

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Fathers! You are the mighty enemies of our enemy, Hell!

GO TO CONFESSION! What a victory for the demons of Hell it has been to run down the Sacrament of Penance until it is barely thought of in some parishes. Fathers, if you are parish priests and have the obligation … Continue reading

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FEEDBACK and REQUEST from seminarian

From a seminarian: Thank you kindly for the biretta program you set up. Because of this program, another seminarian and I (both attending the same seminary) received our birettas. Please pass on my thanks to our beloved benefactors and our … Continue reading

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UPDATE: News about Philip Johnson… GOOD news!

As long ago as 2011 I’ve been praying for Philip Johnson, with a brain tumor and who underwent pretty horrible treatment.  Philip was a seminarian of the Diocese of Raleigh. He was a seminarian for Raleigh, but is no longer. Congratulations … Continue reading

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