My View For Awhile: Home again, home again

As my time here in Louisville draws to a close, I want to share some shots of the beautiful altar cards we used at the Solemn Mass.


The nice lady who makes these and has the little cottage industry SPORCH (sometimes with an ad on the sidebar of this blog… right now, as a matter of fact) was at the conference and Mass. I had a chance to speak with her briefly.


Some details.


And then there was this after the 8 AM Mass.



Off we go again.


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  1. mschu528 says:

    I’ve never seen the German s-set in a Latin context before…

  2. JustaSinner says:

    Big Boy! OH BOY!!!

  3. lsclerkin says:


    …and, yeah, Big Boy. :)

  4. Vecchio di Londra says:

    Those altar cards are exquisite works of art. Their maker is obviously highly gifted.
    How inspiring it must be to read from them at Mass.

  5. HighMass says:

    Humm, just think all what is shown in the pictures were the norm when the Mass in Latin was said, no N.O. at the time…..

    But bugnini took care of doing away with all of it! Wow, What power he must have had…..

  6. tzard says:


  7. Jack007 says:

    @mschu528: I may be mistaken as I’m no expert in Germanic script, but I believe what we’re seeing is the “long S” that was common until the turn of the 19th century. Look in any 18th century or older Missale for example, and you’re more likely to see “Miffale” (I’m using lower case F (f) but its really a stylized S. Then around 1800-1810, it just disappears as though some international convention on style was enforced; certainly in printing.

    While I’m speaking of print, I have numerous documents written in past centuries and the handwritten S is also stylized. I believe, and the Latinistas here can chime in, there was also a rule as to whether it was a double S or when the S occurred in the middle of a word or at the end of one. Personally, I love to see these archaic fonts.

    All said, Judy has been turning out very nice reprints for years.
    Jack in KC

  8. JonPatrick says:

    HighMass, Abp Bugnini (God rest his soul) would not have had that power if Paul VI and the progressives that had swept into power after Vatican II had not been behind him.

    I have been reading Roberto De Mattei’s book The Second Vatican Council. The section I just finished relates as to how the progressives almost succeeded in imposing a collegial style of government on the Church making the Pope essentially a figurehead, which was only beaten back at the last minute by the supporters of tradition. We came that close to becoming essentially the Anglican Church with the Pope as a kind of Archbishop of Canterbury with no real power.

    Those altar cards are gorgeous. There is nothing like walking into a Chapel and seeing cards like that propped up on the altar and knowing that you are about to pray the Mass of the Ages.

  9. HighMass says:


    Thanks for your response, but lets face it. bugnini played both ends against the middle.
    Paul VI, wanted the liturgy to appeal to the protestants, instead a mass exit of attending Mass occured, THANK GOD for Pope Benedict, he was smart enough not to impose new changes, or correct the N.O. he always suggested and lead by example.

    It is said Paul VI found out bugnini was a Mason, (we will leave that for God to judge), and after the information about bugnini came to Paul VI attention he sent him to the middle east, were bugnini died…..this group caused havic in the church that is still there today….piero marini????

    We lived through that time and it was horrid…..praise GOD we are slowly going back to what the new liturgy is suppose to be…not there yet but moving that way….thank GOD also for the new generation of Priests….we have two dynamite ones in my area….truly they are over the top!

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