Chillin’ the Veuve

Save The Liturgy Save The WorldFriday, 13 May… Our Lady of Fatima and Universae Ecclesiae.

Chill the Widow.


In the meantime… have some Mystic Monk Coffee…. or Tea! Their shipping is pretty fast.

In the meantime… remember this from the great Vincenzo?


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  1. Jon says:

    Okay, now I feel better.

  2. James Joseph says:

    Cliquot is the name of nearby village… down on route-109. It’s part of the misquito infested swamp that feeds the Charles River.

    Enjoy the vino.

  3. JohnE says:

    So important was it to come over right away after Mass that he even neglected to change out of his vestments!

  4. SonofMonica says:

    Politely, could someone please explain the connection between Universae Ecclesiae and this particular brand of champagne? Or am I reading too much into this post, and Cliquot just happens to be Fr. Z’s favorite brand?

  5. You are SUCH a riot. Best, edp.

  6. I must say that while my experience with Champagne is limited, that there is no comparison between Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin and such contenders for the title as Dom Perignon.

    Or, to quote the antient dude from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    You have chosen wisely.

  7. wanda says:

    Father Z.! I had no idea. LOL!
    Nice work from Vincenzo, I’ve missed his entries.

  8. nanetteclaret says:

    Father –
    Mr. Claret and I just happen to have a bottle in the fridge. Now we have an excuse to celebrate!

    I must also let you know how much we enjoy our Mystic Monk coffee every morning! We have some while we read the Daily Office Lectionary and pray Morning Prayer (Anglican Use). (And watch the birds out our bedroom window.) The Pascha Java is really, really fab. And so is the Midnight Vigils. Thank you for promoting their coffee. It’s way better than the coffee from that store which used to/possibly still does support Planned Parenthood.

  9. In addition to the Feast of our Lady of Fatima and the release of Universae Ecclesiae, Friday also is the day of my wife’s first mammogram since her mastectomy 15 months ago. Good results on that will make the perfect hat trick and even more of a reason to chill the Widow!

  10. albizzi says:

    I don’t think that the champagne, even a Veuve Cliquot-Ponsardin is authorized to celebrate mass by the Vatican’s hierarchy. But in the case there is no other wine easily available, why not?
    Possibly… according to the “spirit of the council” some priests already use it daily?

  11. bmccoy says:

    Might I ask, way is Holy Father reading the missal upside down?

  12. MissOH says:

    I will likely just be leaving morning mass here on the east coast at noon in Rome, if my memory serves me, but I may have to make an exception and have a mimosa or something.

  13. bmccoy: The Holy Father is waving. He is not reading the Missal. The person on the other side of the table is reading the Missal.

  14. bmccoy says:

    *why not way. Sorry about that.

  15. bmccoy says:

    Of, course. I don’t know why that hadn’t occurred to me.

  16. Centristian says:

    “The person on the other side of the table is reading the Missal.”

    In Latin, no less…but glass chalices? Really? Come on.

  17. Centristian: Just as not all rectangles are squares, not all celebrations are Masses.

    I assure you that the glassware is neither Murano nor has it ever been used for Mass. For celebrations, yes. Mass no.

  18. Centristian says:

    “Centristian: Just as not all rectangles are squares, not all celebrations are Masses.”

    I suppose you’ll tell me, next, that not all tables are altars. Well, at least they’re using an ombrellino; that’s a mercy, anyhow.

  19. Laura R. says:

    I’d enjoy Veuve Clicquot or Mystic Monk coffee for a celebration, but from what I’ve seen online lately, the Holy Father would be more likely to be sipping a glass of Orange Fanta.

  20. fieldsparrow says:

    In answer to the unasked question “Don’t you want a Fanta?” I must say I’d rather go for a glass of the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. Sometimes I miss those days of working in restaurants, when we got magnums of the stuff on New Year’s Eve just for showing up.

  21. Fanta is fine, but Cliquot is quicker.

    Should the Holy Father show up here on Friday, I will offer him Fanta, though I suspect he would have a glass of the Veuve.

  22. EWTN Rocks says:

    Works for me (my favorite champagne)!

  23. cyejbv says:

    hmm. Even after having perused the comments, no comprende. I did laugh, and out loud even, at Fr Z’s response about the (not) upside down Missal.
    Then I re-read the comments and looked at the picture again. Still nothin’.
    So, Fr Z:
    In addition to the many tremendous categories you have, I would like to respectfully request a new one. The ‘Let Me Spell It Out For You!’ category. Just in case those of us in your once-a- week-check-the-blog online flock have NO idea what the joke is, but want to.

    And Father, this new category could take a serious note when needed and enlighten those clergy (for whom I pray) unclear about, oh lets say- obedience to the Holy Father. For example.

    Anyway, please excuse me. I’m going to pet my cat and grab an Orange Fanta before I continue reading.

  24. At various occasions in the past (most memorably, before the release of Summorum Pontificum), Fr. Z has demonstrated through pictures that he has champagne (and Veuve Clicquot at that) in his possession and chilled, ready for celebration. These pictures continue the tradition. (And Veuve is called that because a widow lady owned the company.)

    Poor St. Servatius gets no love these days, except in Maastricht. But you know, it may well be that Papa Benedict is thinking about his childhood here. May 13 was the last of the “ice saints” or “ice kings” in Bavaria. No more snow and frost, come May 13.

    So may the Veuve be the only thing left that’s chilly!

  25. irishgirl says:

    I miss seeing Vincenzo’s work! I love that picture of the Holy Father ‘sitting’ at your table, Father Z!
    So, is the Instruction coming out tomorrow, I would venture to guess? Is that why you are saying, ‘break out the Widow’? [sorry, I’m not much of a wine expert-a strict teetotaler am I!]

  26. benedetta says:

    Funny that Fanta is preferred. We once had a lovely young lady from Hungary babysit when I had to work some evenings at a masters’ program for teachers. My son then a toddler had a Babar the Elephant, a small one, attired in his usual green suit with bow tie. Babar is a family favorite. I noticed that he would call the Babar, not Babar, as we did but “Fanta”…And I realized that this must have been the delightful suggestion of his sitter who was fluent in different languages. Anyway Fanta is relegated to a little niche now as he no longer receives the lavishing of love and affection of that age. But Fanta’s adventures (aka Babar) stay with us….

  27. EWTN Rocks says:

    I’ll be ready to celebrate tomorrow with the Holy Father (I’ve had a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in the fridge since Christmas), although he’s thousands of miles away and will probably raise a toast with Fanta!

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