Ex ore infantium… perfecisti laudem!

An alert reader sent this tweet:

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
This entry was posted in Just Too Cool, Lighter fare, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Charles E Flynn says:

    Is this the first mug-able tweet?

  2. incredulous says:

    And why is he in the other room behind the bongo player and electric bass guitar?

  3. YorkshireStudent says:

    They will be no questions like that at our church (a Cathedral) … The Tabernacle is in a separate Chapel and (despite almost all of the Chapel being visible from the Nave) out of view. Being built in the ’80s it’s of peculiar geometry: The Nave is one large sector (i.e. it looks like a cake slice), with the Sanctuary being a smaller sector within the Nave (no choir was provided, they usually take the pews nearest the organ). Then the Chapel is another sector attached to the NE wall of the Nave. That wall has large glass panels running almost the entirety of it – however, given that both the Sanctuary and the Tabernacle are both in the corner of their sectors, the best you can glimpse is a Deacon genuflecting in front of something…

  4. JBS says:

    Even if he doesn’t promote ad orientem, I do wish the Holy Father would kindly restore the practice of genuflecting during the Mass.

  5. LarryW2LJ says:

    Genuflecting. It’s the right thing to do. Always.

  6. Sonshine135 says:

    That is an astute young man. Also, why is Father in the center of the sanctuary instead of Jesus?

  7. Uxixu says:

    I think versus populum COULD be done reverently but genuflections are extremely important to acknowledge the Real Presence. If clergy aren’t doing it, why would laity?

    Of course all the little things from tabernacle veils to altar rails to signs admonishing silence and not dressing casually all also contribute but I never see any encouragement in that direction in most parishes other than those that do the TLM.

  8. MarkG says:

    Most of our local Churches have moved the tabernacle to some of the most obscure, strange, often inappropriate places that frequently require a major search to find.

  9. CordiaGrace says:

    It is saddening, disheartening, and extremely frustrating to enter into a Catholic church or chapel and not see the tabernacle in its proper place, or sometimes to not see it at all! I sometimes feel like St. Mary Magdalene…”They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him”.

  10. Reconverted Idiot says:

    LOL. I did wonder for a few minutes, prior to mass starting, how the priest was going to fit behind the altar. Now I struggle when I visit a church and it isn’t ad orientem, even if the mass is celebrated with all due reverence otherwise. I do chafe at the sight of people with no physical difficulty doing a quick “dip n’ flick” – as I’ve taken to calling it – a performance which is neither a genuflection nor a sign of the cross, but an almost absent-minded semi-action in memory of two real acts, prior to taking a pew. Come on people, are you embarrassed or something? Either mean it and therefore do it, or don’t bother. On the other hand, when I see an old person struggle themselves down and up, often with the help of a stick, and then kneel in prayer prior to mass, I’m moved to include them in my prayers, both in thanksgiving for their example and in the desire for the easing of their physical difficulties. Of course, when a person with such physical limitation can only get half way down, well done them for getting as far as they can!

  11. Reconverted Idiot says:

    ^first line typo, should have read “…prior to mass starting in my first ad orentem experience…”

  12. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    Reunite the tabernacle with the altar and everything else will fall into place.

Comments are closed.