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Daily Archives: 24 December 2007
Welcome to another installment of What Does the Prayer Really Sound Like? Today we will hear the prayers for the three Masses for Christmas in the 1962 Missale Romanum. I speak all the prayers and readings and sing the Preface … Read More
I am presently in St. Paul, Minnesota. I grew up in the Twin Cities. Christmas Eve has been busy. I didn’t have a morning Mass, so I went over to the chapel as the 8 am was ending. Someone was … Read More
In the 2005 Roman Martyrology for Vigil of Christmas has a fascinating entry. Here is the first entry of Christmas Eve day: 1. Commemoratio omnium sanctorum avorum Iesu Christi, filii David, filii Abraham, filii Adam, patrum scilicet, qui Deo placuerunt … Read More
The Chicago Tribune has an interesting piece about the application of Summorum Pontificum Berwyn, IL. My emphases and comments. Praise, concerns over Latin masses in Berwyn church By Margaret Ramirez Tribune religion reporter December 24, 2007 When Pope Benedict … Read More
On the site Sacri Palazzi there is a splendid article by . It is in Italian. I will see if I can get it translated for you, because it is worth reading. However, these are not exactly empty days for … Read More
Chinese state church ordains Vatican-approved bishop Beijing, Dec 24, 2007 / 10:32 am (CNA).- On Friday the state-recognized Catholic Patriotic Association ordained a bishop with the approval of the Vatican, the Agence France-Presse reports. Father Joseph Li Jing, 40, was … Read More
We have come to the Vigil of Christmas. Let us look rapidly at the three prayers for that Mass with the 2002 Missale Romanum. For the Masses of Christmas, including the Vigil, we are instructed to genuflect at the words … Read More
“…if good music does not always save the soul, bad music never does.” – great article in National Review
The National Review has a very good article which all of you must read. My emphases and comments: Mysterious EncountersBenedict XVI resurrects the aesthetics of the Mass. By Michael Knox Beran In a recent address to the bishops and … Read More