Monthly Archives: November 2008

A Sunday Aftermoon

On a Sunday afternoon, it is nice to visit a Museum. Here are some shots from the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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Benedict XVI’s 1st Vespers for Advent – some video

Here is a too brief clip from CTV of Pope Benedict’s vespers service in the Vatican Basilica for the beginning of Advent. [flv]08_11_29_B16_1st_vespers_advent.flv[/flv]

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Pope Benedict visits St. Lawrence outside-the-walls – video

Today the Holy Father visited the parish San Lorenzo fuori le mura, St. Lawrence outside-the-walls.  This is a Minor Papal Basilica, rather than a Major, but it is an extremely important church in the history of Rome and our Roman … Continue reading

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Seminarians and Gregorian chant in the Netherlands

From a reader: Hello Father Z First let me thank you for your wonderful work with your blog. I am an young woman living in a parish with, well, an “interesting” liturgy. Thanks to the many Catholic blogs out there like … Continue reading

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Thorny USA election trivia question

What would happen if a president-elect should die or be demonstrated definitively not to have been eligible for office under the requirements in the Constitution, before the electoral college meets? I am getting various answers. Anyone?   Something authoritative.

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1st Vespers of Advent with Benedict XVI – live

First Vespers of the 1st Sunday of Advent is on. This is the first liturgical ceremony of the new liturgical year.

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“defense against the dark arts

For fans of those books and certain movies:

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WDTPRS: 1st Sunday of Advent – Secret (1962MR)

An excerpt from this week’s article: In the TLM, the “Prayer over the gifts”, in Latin Super oblata in the Novus Ordo, is called the Secret because it was spoken by the priest in a low voice inaudible to the … Continue reading

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On the move

This weekend I will be in the Twin Cities to help with Masses for a priest who is under the weather.

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QUAERITUR: substantial bread and risk of profanation

From a reader: I have a BA in Catholic Theology and A MA in Religious Studies;  however, my background is not strong in liturgy.  I focused on pastoral ministry, youth ministry and world religions.   Could you help me answer a … Continue reading

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Mass alert

Mass is at the top of the hour today, 1800 GMT, 1300 EST. I will remember at the Memento of the living, you readers who have been so supportive of WDTPRS.  

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Mumbai

Please pray for the people in Mumbai.

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Rose for the coming Advent

Our friend Fr. Ray Blake, PP of St. Mary Magdalen parish in Brighton, has a great photo on his blog. He must be in Rome, for this is the window of the famous, and over-priced, Gammarelli, near the Pantheon. Note … Continue reading

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An album by Placido Domingo inspired by John Paul II’s poetry

From VIS: ALBUM BY PLACIDO DOMINGO INSPIRED BY POEMS OF JOHN PAUL II VATICAN CITY, 28 NOV 2008 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present a new album of songs … Continue reading

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“What’s wrong with this picture?”

Our friend John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus posted a photo worth a thousand words, asking “What’s wrong with this picture?” I believe this is in the Basilica of the XII Apostles, near P.za Venezia. 

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Detroit: An Assumption Grotto Theatrical Production!

From a reader… something really interesting! Apparently, the great Fr. Eduard Perrone, of Assumption Grotto Church in Detriot, has written the score for musical.  There will soon be performances of this musical.  Go here for the details. But here is … Continue reading

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S. Africa, Johannesburg – TLM alert

A reader send the following: I known that you have a number of South African readers and I would appreciate it if you could publicize this event on your blog. The Traditional Latin Mass will begin to be offered at the … Continue reading

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A poet remembered

Today is the anniversary of the death  8 B.C. of the ancient Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus – Horace.

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An intense Thanksgiving experience

During my years in Rome, especially before greater connectivity, there were times when I completely forgot the existence of Thanksgiving.  It would come upon me like an epiphany and I would often feel great isolation.  I was not part of … Continue reading

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I’m not lazy

Happy Thanksgiving!

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