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Daily Archives: 23 September 2008
So far 17 have dropped in though a couple had to go. Here are some images posted directly to the blog from my camera on the spot. UPDATE: All in all, last night some 25 people showed up. Some folks … Read More
I am out to lunch with Fr Blake at the Criterion at Piccadilly Circus. UPDATE: 24 Sept 8:50 London time: Here are a few more photos of the meeting with Fr. Blake. We met at the famous Eros statue in … Read More
UPDATE: (SUN 21 Sept: 7:34 London Time) HERE ARE THE PLANS: DAY: Tuesday, 23 September TIME: Evening – 6-8 pm PLACE: Buckingham Arms (see below) WHAT: Hang out, chat, buy your own refreshments, unless you have other plans WHO: Everyone, … Read More
Another question: Father, What do you say about the use of glass chalices in Mass? Is this practice allowed by the Church, and if not, why? I say that they are entirely forbidden, they may not be used, and … Read More
I got a question as a follow up to my QUAERITUR about blessings the other day. Your blog piece is timely indeed. Thank you.While looking at our local diocesan newspaper yesterday, there was a photograph of a Spanish Mass with … Read More
I received this nice note via e-mail from a seminarian in Rome: Dear Fr. Z, You will pleased to hear that you received a bit of a tip of the biretta this morning. At the first Fourth Year liturgical conference … Read More
Our friends at Rorate have reminded us that it has been a very long time since it was announced that there would be a clarifying document on the provisions of Summorum Pontificum. Here is what I know. I was speaking … Read More