A song honoring the Motu Proprio

Maybe you won’t be able to sing Te Deum and Non Nobis in a liturgical setting, but you can walk around yodeling this offering from our frequent contributor Tim Ferguson, Official Parody Songwriter of WDTPRS.

To the tune of “La donna è mobilefrom Verdi’s Rigoletto.

I am informed by the author that the mispronunciations and linguistic hijinx in this are…”if not intentional, not non-intentional”.

Summorum pontificum
Das ist bellisimum!
Dust off the altar rails,
Dove mi mani-pales?

Te Deum chantez-vous!
Pop out the Veuve Clicquot
Vo ist mein Sanctus bell?
A cappa for Cardinal Pell! [“Schnell!” to be shouted in the background on the downbeat]

Donde biretta?
Ecco! Perfetta!
What could be betta,
Than Mass with one voice!


For immediate distribution.
There is no embargo on this parody song.
You do not commit a disrespectful act of bad taste
by sharing it or singing it publicly, alone or with others.

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  1. laura says:

    Heehee, I sang it at the top of my voice (probably didn’t pronounce some of the words correctly) and very heartily to my 3 and 1 year olds while they were eating their mac and cheese. I thought I did quite well with no rehearsal, but they were NOT impressed.

  2. Barb says:

    As an opera lover, I just sang this to “La Donna e mobile” and found it worked very well. what fun! We should be in a pub somewhere and click mugs of beer, or for those more classically inclined, champagne. Either way, this is a hoot. Thanks for the post.

  3. techno_aesthete says:


  4. laura: but they were NOT impressed.

    That surprises me. I would think singing this aloud would certainly impress people!

  5. Theodoricus says:

    We will sing this song tomorow in an old 18th century pub in the centre of Amsterdam. The Veuve will be present!
    Cheers Father! I would like to thank you for all the work you are doing! Thanks and God bless!

  6. Great! Surely, Father, you will be singing it on your next PODCAzt?

  7. Legisperitus says:

    This song should be an appendix to the Motu Proprio!

  8. Alex says:


    So I am not the only Dutchman over here?

    Grote God, wij loven U.

  9. Ole Doc Farmer says:

    Father Z….I of course don’t want to offend your humility, but your anthem is sheer genius. I for one would like to see additional lyrics when you have a moment.

  10. Prof. Basto says:

    Just curious, Father: which Mass did you pray today?

  11. Theodoricus says:

    Oh no Alex,
    There are a lot of “Hollanders” here!

    Laten we morgen vieren Alex! De Vaticaanse vlag gaat uit!

  12. Jim says:

    Fr. Z,
    Just how do you account for the disappearance of the maniple? I am sure its use was no prohibited by the documents of VII. Was there some other legislative act that accpimts for its disappearance?

  13. Discipulus Romanus says:

    Father, the choice of the music is prophetic: because that’s just what we have in the MP!

  14. Alex says:


    Well tomorrow I will be in Flanders for festivities, but I will drink a glass of champagne on the MP, despite me being a cynical negativist extremist traditionalist pessimist. Vivum qui laetificat juventutem meam. Saint Paul speaks of wine as a good antidote to many diseases too.

    As for the maniple:

    Tres Abhinc Annos instructed in 1967 that the maniple was “no longer required”. The maniple was never formally forbidden even in the Novus Ordo rite, nor is e.g. the rationale of the Archbishops of Paderborn. But both paraments are no longer mentioned explicitly in liturgical instructions and standards of the “Novus Ordo” MR of 1970 (Paul VI). Some “High Church” “Novus Ordo” parishes still use it, though it is a sign of “traditionalist partisanism” in most of Western Europe since thirty years.

  15. Joe says:

    Father have you seen the supposed motu proprio leak on
    Whispers in the Loggia? I don’t think some people
    will be happy.


  16. Joe: That is not one of the blogs I follow very much.

  17. Ole Doc Farmer: Tim Ferguson wrote it, not I. He is the Official Parody Songwriter of WDTPRS.

  18. Brian says:

    Dion DiMucci will be singing this and other encomia to the motu proprio tomorrow afternoon at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Live Earth my foot!! Come to the Motu Proprio Celebration Concert featuring the aforementioned Dion, Englebert Humperdinck, the Asbury Park Schola, and emcee Helen Hull Hitchcock.

  19. Syriacus says:

    …If just Igor Stravinskij was alive!! …He would compose a perfect setting (maybe in the style of his “The Rake’s Progress”) of this text!

  20. Sid Cundiff says:

    This pope’s German, not Italian. How about some new lyrics to Elsas Eintritt (“gesegnet soll sie streiten”) from Act II of Lohengrin.

  21. PMcGrath says:

    Surely we can have more than one song tribute?

    Brush up your Latin
    Start chanting it now
    Brush up your Latin
    And the angels you will wow
    Just declaim a few lines from Mode VII
    And the choirs will lead you to heaven
    If your trout won’t respond recto tono
    Tell him Rome’s on line one on the phone-o
    And if Haugen is still on the menu
    Tell him Clear Creek will be his next venue
    Brush up your Latin
    And the chant will wow!

    Add to this or adjust it as you see fit.

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