Monthly Archives: December 2007

Jingle keys, jingle keys, jingle all the way

Remember my remark some time ago: "Did someone find the keys for the old dusty wardrobes?" I think they did. As Shouts points out, this chair, so much more dignified than the one we have seen for years in the … Continue reading

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Not Kilroy

BENEDICT WAS HERE!

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The Pope’s great miter for the Urbi et Orbi blessing

The Pope had a spiffy miter for his Christmas Urbi et Orbi blessing. Where did it come from? There is a clue! Look at the papal stemma. This is the coat of arms of Papa Luciani, John Paul I, the … Continue reading

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Urbi et Orbi: Christmas 2007 – “true” peace and “sure” hope

Here is the text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi message. But first, what is the Urbi et Orbi thing all about? Urbi et Orbi means literally "to the City [In Latin Urbs is by default Rome] and to … Continue reading

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What are your Christmas customs?

Do have special customs you observe for Christmas? Anything ethnic or cultural you do?  Special foods?  Music?  Practices? Let us know a few of the things you do that make the celebration of Christmas special for you.

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An excerpt of the Holy Father’s Midnight Mass sermon: liturgical song

In the Holy Father’s Midnight Mass sermon there is a good and profound thought about liturgy, indeed, liturgical music.  Watch the movement of the Holy Father’s thought.  He moves from the unification of God and Man in the Word made … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Christmas – 3rd Mass “in die”

What Does the Prayer Really Say? Christmas Day – Roman Station: 1st and 3rd Masses – Basilica of St. Mary Major, 2nd Mass – St. Anastasia ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2005 The Solemnity of the Nativity of the … Continue reading

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PRAYERCAzT 15: 3 Masses of Christmas – 1962 Missale Romanum

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 … Continue reading

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What’s going on for Christmas

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 … Continue reading

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Vigil of Christmas – Roman Martyrology

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 … Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune: Praise, concerns over Latin masses in Berwyn church

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 … Continue reading

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“within days” the explanatory “Note” from the P.C. Ecclesia Dei?

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 … Continue reading

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Chinese state church ordains Vatican-approved bishop

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 … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Vigil of Christmas

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 … Continue reading

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“…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 … Continue reading

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The most incredible super-splediferous ecclesiastical HAT site ever!

You simply must check this out. This site has pictures of every ecclesiastical hat I have ever heard of and quite a few I haven’t. Amazing. I’ve gotta get me one of these!      

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Heirarchy round-up in the USA

I found a good post on the site David’s Ruminations: As the year wraps up, it seems a good time to take a look ahead at what changes in the Catholic hierarchy in the USA might be anticipated in the … Continue reading

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Bp. Morlino still stepping up to the plate

You might remember my entries about Bp. Robert Morlino of Madison, about how he changed his mind after Summorum Pontificum, about how he celebrated a Pontifical Mass recently. Now I read in a CNA story (my emphases):  Madison, WI, Dec … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Advent

We are now very close. Today’s Collect is the Post-communion of the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) in the 1962MR. Most of you who recite the Angelus know this prayer.  This time we also get the WDTPRS version since … Continue reading

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Back in St. Paul

I am in the Twin Cities for Christmas.  It is tough to leave The Sabine Farm for anything, but it is nice to come home. I will be at St. Agnes for the 10 am on Sunday, which is the … Continue reading

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