Helpful liturgical note for servers (and priests) for Ember Days Masses

ember daysAt the site of Romanitas Press there is a useful post with tips about how to serve Ember Days Masses.   On Ember Saturday there are a lot more things to do and a server can get scrambled around.

The tips could be helpful for priests too.  For example: “Note well, that the priest never goes to the center of the altar before saying “Oremus,” etc. before each Lesson.”

By the way, the Latin name for the four sets of Ember Days is Quatuor Tempora, Four Times.  There is a connection with Japanese food.

In the 16th c. Spanish and Portuguese missionaries settled in Nagasaki, Japan.  From their interest in inculturation and out of sensitivity for the ways of the people, they tried to make meatless meals for Embertide, which is a fast time.  They started deep-frying shrimp.  The Japanese ran with and developed it to perfection.  This is “tempura,” again from the Latin term for the Ember Days “Quatuor Tempora“.

Speaking of Japan and missionaries…


It’s a hard read.  Give it to a priest.  Scare him.

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  1. Charles E Flynn says:

    From Reading Silence for the first time, by Amy Welborn, for the Catholic World Report:

    Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece, the film adaptation of which will soon be in theaters, can be by turns profoundly moving, disturbing, and challenging. Here are some points to bear in mind while reading the novel.

  2. Andrew says:

    a masterpiece …

    I just finished reading the “Silence” in anticipation of the upcoming movie. My reaction to the book is much less enthusiastic.

  3. mysticalrose says:

    I read this over the summer. It was the most depressing, soul-killing book I have ever read . . . and I tend to like deep, existential literature, so that’s really saying something. This I couldn’t handle. I cannot recommend it.

  4. un-ionized says:

    Andrew and Mysticalrose, there does seem to be an attitude in it that is formed by the world’s way of looking at things. Christians are people of hope when there doesn’t seem to be any.

  5. QuietContemplative says:

    I’ll admit, I cheated and read a synopsis. I have to ask, Father Z, what did you feel about his choice at the end? I could see the reasons for it but in the end, personally, I couldn’t see the rightness of it. This doesn’t really cover my reaction, but any more detail would spoil the read for those that might get something from it.

  6. Matt R says:

    Also, stand at the Oremus and for the collect before sitting for the lesson, and kneel for the last collect(s) following the canticle of the three children.

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