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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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- ACTION ITEM – POLL: New possible vestment for ADVENT for live streamed Masses
- LIVE VIDEO – 25 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St Catherine of Alexandria (Exorcism re: election/vote results)
- Daily Rome Shot 05
- #ASonnetADay – 99. “The forward violet thus did I chide…” (weird)
- WARNING! THIS VIDEO IS NOT RATED!
- LIVE VIDEO – 24 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Holy Angels (Exorcism re: election/vote results)
- This is as evil as anything I’ve seen in a long time.
- Daily Rome Shot 04
- CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio in Advent? ZedNet is ACTIVE! Weekly net?
- What might a … different White House look like?
- #ASonnetADay – 98. “From you have I been absent in the spring…”
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- Go ahead and tell me that it can’t happen again! Go ahead!
- Advent and “Rorate” Masses
- LIVE VIDEO – 23 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St. Clement, Pope and Martyr (Exorcism re: election/vote results)
- The next target: ROCKS MUST GO!
- Daily Rome Shot 03
- #ASonnetADay – 97. “How like a winter hath my absence been…”
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 24th and Last after Pentecost (NO: Christ the King) 2020
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- It’s “Stir Up Sunday” and Advent is coming! GET READY!
- LIVE VIDEO – 22 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – 24th & Last Sunday after Pentecost (Exorcism re: election/vote results)
- Wherein Fr. Z offers a plea to priests and bishops. Lay people are not forgotten.
- LIVE VIDEO – 21 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Presentation of Mary (Rosary & Exorcism re: election/vote results)
- #ASonnetADay – 96. “Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness…”
- Daily Rome Shot
- Reacting to article titles
- @JamesMartinSJ attacks Justice Barrett, Laura Ingraham replies, @FatherZ adds more.
- LIVE VIDEO – 20 Nov – 1200h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Mass in time of pandemic (& Exorcism re: election/vote results)
- St. Robert Bellarmine on priests (Jesuits) who don’t learn to celebrate Mass and don’t follow the rubrics
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Monthly Archives: May 2017
I won’t acknowledge Ascension Thursday Sunday. Yesterday was the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord and Sunday is, in the Ordinary Form, the 7th Sunday of Easter. Let’s look at the Collect for the 7th Sunday of Easter. Supplicationibus … Continue reading
The editorial at the beginning of this week’s print edition of the Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly.
Today is the feast of the great co-patron of Rome with St. Peter: St. Philip Neri. From a couple weeks ago. The tomb of the saint in the Chiesa Nuova. Here is his… COLLECT: Deus, qui fideles tibi servos sanctitatis … Continue reading
On 31 May, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, we will have a wonderful Pontifical Mass at the Throne at 6 PM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona, WI. The Extraordinary Form Mass is organized by the … Continue reading
In Islamic Saudi Arabia… In the audience with the Holy Father… So, in the Arab Muslim country where women have to cover their heads, nothing. In Rome, where it is the custom of women to cover their heads for audiences … Continue reading
We have lovely customs in our wonderful Roman Catholic Church, including special blessings on certain feast days, often tied to the changing of the seasons… in Rome, that is. It’s the Roman Church, after all. Today, the Feast of the … Continue reading
Star Wars premiered 40 years ago today, 25 May 1977. Time flies… doesn’t it.
I haven’t read much about this in the news, have you? The Religion of Peace is at work in the Philippines. From a reader… The reason for the email is a story coming out of the Philippines. Muslims kidnapped a … Continue reading
Here is something I wrote a loooong time ago – 2006 – for an WDTPRS article in the print version of The Wanderer. I had a column there for 11 years. …(I)n some places the Feast of the Ascension, which … Continue reading
Along with being the Vigil of Ascension THURSDAY, today is the feast of Mary, Auxilium Christianorum…Help of Christians. Here is the Secret, in Latin, from the 1962 Missale. Let’s see what you can do. For WDTPRS pieces, I try to find … Continue reading
CRUX is funded by the Knights of Columbus. CRUX posted this image on Twitter concerning the meeting of Pope Francis and Pres. Trump. Link to Tweet HERE Knights of Columbus… is it time to cancel your insurance? Moderation queue is ON. … Continue reading
My heart goes out to the people harmed in the recent terror attack in Manchester, England. As the usual reportage goes on, I’ve been getting messages on my phone from a friend which underscore something important not being well addressed … Continue reading
Stepping aside from things churchy for a moment, here’s a spiffy video spotted at Astronomy Pic of the Day. EXPLANATION FROM APOD: What would it look like to approach Jupiter? To help answer this, a team of 91 amateur astrophotographers … Continue reading
Be clear before reading: It is not complimentary toward Pope Francis (which might bother some) or toward Card. Kasper (which shouldn’t bother anyone). That aside, the useful piece includes background on the dispute between Card. Ratzinger and Card. Kasper with … Continue reading
From a reader… I was at Mass today at a parish with exceptionally reverent liturgies, communion received at the communion rail kneeling and on the tongue, male-only altar servers and EMHC, but something kept catching my eye and distracting me-one … Continue reading
The brilliant Anthony Esolen (how I envy his prose) makes a point – with napalm – at the increasingly useful Crisis today. The post confirmed me in my desire never to be on his bad side. He begins… Don’t Let A Foolish … Continue reading
From a reader… Today at our new parish, we had the Bishop administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. Among the girls, 2 took the name Sebastian, 3 took Luke, 1 took John, 2 took Raphael, 2 took Francis, with one Michael. … Continue reading
SSPX Bishop and Superior Bernard Fellay recently made comments in a video interview which caught my attention. At about 15:20 listen for him to say: “Last year, I received a letter from Rome, telling me you can freely ordain your … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been to Solemn High Masses where a seminarian (perhaps having been instituted as an acolyte) was acting as Subdeacon (a “straw” subdeacon, I think, since he’s not ordained). Other than ordained men, who can act … Continue reading