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Monthly Archives: March 2016
I refer the readership to some lucid and sober comments about the pedilavium, the foot washing, that can occur as an option in both uses of the Roman Rite. Fr John Hunwicke makes some keen and, for liberals sobering, observations. I expunged … Read More
One of my favorite portrait artists is Giovanni Battista Moroni (+1579). Not one was he Catholic, in a serious sense, he was both in Trent when the Council was being held and was influenced by it. One of Moroni’s more famous … Read More
This year for the first time it is licit that women’s feet be washing during the entirely optional “Mandatum” in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday. NB: Before this year, those who were doing so, did so in violation … Read More
My native place has finally received an official appointment of its next Archbishop. He has already been there for a while, the former Coadjutor of Newark, Archbishop Bernard Hebda. He had been the Adminstrator. He is staying as Archbishop. This … Read More
I recently posted about TENEBRAE – Where? When? Today I received photos from a favorite place of mine, Wyoming Catholic College. Prof. Peter Kwasniewski writes: Last night we held our fifth consecutive Tenebrae service at Wyoming Catholic College. (We always sing, … Read More
UPDATE 24 March: There was another attack today. ____ There was a DNS attack on the blog today. There were 383 pages of log entries from one IP address making multiple queries per second. Just so you know… the devil … Read More
There is a piece at Vatican Radio that this Holy Thursday, 24 March, will be the “feast day” of Bl. Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran Archbishop who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980. It seems to be the Church’s day … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: One of the precepts of the Church states we are to receive Holy Communion at Easter. I always wondered if that meant Easter Mass or during the Easter season. My 1962 Missal say Easter (period) but … Read More
Because Easter is a special time for baptizing, I hereunder assemble some observations from past ASK FATHER Question Box responses about baptism and validity. INITIAL RANT: Bishops would do well to quiz priests, and seminarians before ordination as deacons, about how to … Read More
This year on 17 May the 12th National Catholic Prayer Breakfast will be held in Washington DC. The keynote speaker is the great Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. A special guest speaker has also been … Read More
From a reader… My daughter and son-in-law (a Lutheran, and a good man finding his way home) are taking classes in preparation for the baptism our granddaughter who will be born in April. She has been told that all baptisms are … Read More
Friends, just because you have some anonymity in these interwebs, that doesn’t give you free reign to be all crabby, and, you know, go at each other with knives in the combox. It’s the Star Trek fight music that does … Read More
During Holy Week, in the traditional Roman Rite we read or sing all four Gospel accounts of the Passion of the Lord. Tomorrow, Spy Wednesday, we read or sing the whole Passion according to Luke. Mass can get a little … Read More
In the online pages of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, there is an interesting piece which you should know about. It might inspire you. Why thanking our priests has become a Holy Week tradition When we saw … Read More
From a reader… In our parish we have a woman who is a Eucharistic minister at some masses. Whenever she does not serve, she will get out of the pew and cross over so she can receive from the presider only. If … Read More
We must all work in a concerted effort to revive the singing of all of Tenebrae, whole and entire, from the older, traditional Office. Not some truncated version of ditties and so forth, as if it were Advent Lessons and … Read More
PODCAzT 142: It’s Nazi Germany, it’s 1937, you are Catholic, and you are afraid. Mit brennender Sorge!
Fr. John Hunwicke, at his fine blog Mutual Enrichment, reminds us all that on this liturgical day, Monday of Holy Week, in 1937… … the Gestapo raided diocesan offices and presbyteries all over Germany. The previous day, Palm Sunday, when the churches … Read More
I am often asked for a good Examination of Conscience resource, or Examen. Some time ago my good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, had posted on the website of his former parish 3 good PDFS for a small trifold … Read More
A few more… from the Solemn Mass I celebrated with the gracious participation of Deacon and Subdeacon… The celebrant begins in a red cope and the other ministers are in red dalmatic and tunic. After the procession and final prayer after the … Read More
From reader… QUAERITUR: My son is Catholic and woman he will marry is Lutheran. Her father is a minister and will be doing the ceremony. May a Catholic priest be present to bless the marriage? What is the rule? The Church requires … Read More