PODCAzT 98: A chat with Fr. Finigan; a special Epiphany blessing

Here is a quick PODCAzT which includes a conversation over skype with His Hermeneuticalness himself, Fr. Timothy Finigan, parish priest in Blackfen, Kent.

Then I go on with multiple digressions about a special blessings in the pre-Conciliar Rituale Romanum for the feast of Epiphany.

So, in this project we talk quite a bit about indulgences and sacramentals.

The music at the beginning is from Respighi’s Roman Festivals.

A useful text:


V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Suscipe, sancte Pater, a me indigno famulo tuo haec munera, quae in honorem nominis tui sancti, et in titulum omnipotentiae tuae majestatis, humiliter tibi offero: sicut suscepisti sacrificium Abel justi, et sicut eadem munera a tribus Magis tibi quondam offerentibus suscepisti.

Exorcizo te, creatura auri, thuris et myrrhae, per Pa + trem omnipotentem, per Jesum + Christum Fiium ejus unigenitum, et per Spiritum + Sanctum Paraclitum: ut a te discedat omnis fraus, dolus, et nequitia diaboli, et sis remedium salutare humano generi contra insidias inimici: et quicumque divino freti auxílio te in suis loculis, domibus, aut circa se habuerint, per virtutem et merita Domini et Salvatonis nostri, ac intercessionem ejus sanctissimae Genitricis et Virginis Mariae, ac eorum, qui hodie similibus muneribus Christum Dominum venerati sunt, omniumque Sanctorum, ab omnibus periculis animae et corporis liberentur, et bonis omnibus perfrui mereantur.  R. Amen.

Deus invisibilis et interminabilis, pietatem tu per sanctum et tremendum Fulii tui nomen, suppliciter deprecamur: ut in hanc creatuuram auri, thuris, myrrhae bene + dictionem ac operationem tuae virtutis infundas: ut, qui ea penes se habuerint, ab omni aegritudinis et laesi incursu tuti sint; et omnes morbos corporis animae effugiant, nullum dominetur eis periculum et laeti, ac incolumes tibi in Ecclesia tua deserviant: Qui in Trinitate perfecta vivis et regnas Deus per omnia saecu1a saeculorum.  R. Amen.

Et benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Pa + tris, et Fi + lii, et Spiritus + Sancti, descendat super hanc creaturam auri, thuris et myrrhae, et maneat semper.  R. Amen.


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  1. Hans says:

    Not meaning to be impatient, but how long does it usually take for podcaZts to show up on iTunes?

  2. Hans: It showed up in my iTunes right away.

  3. cuaguy says:

    Thanks for another great PODCAzT Father!

  4. becket1 says:

    Great podcast Fr. Thanks!.
    Love it when you mentioned Vespers. In the Eastern Orthodox parishes I attend they have Saturday Night Vespers. It is great to have them. A great preparation for Sunday Mass/Divine Liturgy. It is doable if you have the right clergy, which sadly you don’t in most RC parishes in the world today. They all want to have Saturday Night Mass to cater to the needs of the people who don’t want to go Sunday. The Eastern Orthodox have no such problems.

  5. becket: Cathedrals and major churches really ought to have vespers. But smaller parishes could do this as well.

    And with the iPhone Liber Usualis app you could form a whole schola without having to have the books!

  6. Hans says:

    iTunes is giving me fits; it has finally showed up.

  7. Hans says:

    shown up

  8. Good to hear… so to speak.

  9. irishgirl says:

    Loved the PodCaZt, Father Z-especially hearing the voice of His Hermeneuticalness himself! He nearly sounded like my priest-friend from Salford Diocese whenever he phones me up!

    But somehow everything ‘froze up’ visual-wise. I got to ‘hear’ till the end, but the part that measures the time stopped, and then I couldn’t scroll down to follow the Epiphany blessing of the gifts of the Magi!

    Technology-sheesh-love it or hate it.

  10. Mariana says:

    Thank you, Father! But here’s another convert who doesn’t why we make the sign of the Cross with our thumb before the Gospel!

  11. Hans says:

    I enjoyed it once I heard it, Fr. Z.

    Long ago, Mariana, I was taught when making those crosses before the Gospel was read to pray, “May the Word of God be in my mind+, upon my lips+, and in my heart+”, crossing myself at the appropriate place with the appropriate words.

    Then again, I hear some people (loudly) saying, “Praise to you, Lord+ Jesus+ Christ+.”

  12. Mariana says:

    Thank you, Hans, but I see I’ve put it badly, what I meant was why with the THUMB?

  13. robtbrown says:

    Don’t know where this should go, but Msgr Graham Leonard died yesterday.

  14. Hans says:

    Ah Mariana, that’s a good question.

    I don’t know what the deeper symbolism is, though I the thumb is used specifically in a number of other occasions, such as at baptism and confirmation, and the ashes on Ash Wednesday.

    It just seems that doing it with the forefinger, for instance, would seem odd. There’s something about the forefinger pointing that would give it a different symbolism, perhaps.

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