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Monthly Archives: December 2019
People are asking for my reaction to the terrifying church shooting in Texas. A man was acting oddly in the church during the service. The church had some trained people at the service who noticed him and then watched him. They … Read More
Several readers have asked whether or not the Holy Family were refugees. Some are reacting to “nativity” scenes, showing them in cages, and so forth, which is an obvious manipulation of the Nativity narrative to score cheap political shots, at … Read More
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. For … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I’ve done some reading on whether Novus Order orders are truly valid or not and am confused. Would love to get your learned comments on the matter. Thanks for your work. You ask if ordinations … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Every year since so returned to the Church I dread the Feast of the Holy Family. I don’t come from a pious family, nor am I married, but instead chose to live a life of perpetual … Read More
More Vatican lunacy. There was a concert in the Paul VI Audience Hall for Christmas. On YouTube. It was broadcast on Mondovisione. In fact, it was a fundraiser for something earth saving. The broadcast was punctuated with pictures of deforestation, … Read More
As my old pastor put it perfectly, liberal is from the word for “free”. A liberal is is one with whom you are free to agree. Scratch one and beneath the veneer you find a nazi. Check out the Catholic … Read More
From a diaconal reader… QUAERITUR: I have begun serving Solemn High Masses, at local parishes near my assignment for a couple of years now. The experience of serving at the Latin Mass has enriched my diaconal ministry in ways that … Read More
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Christmas Mass Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must … Read More
Terriffic News! Card. Cupich approved the Constitutions of the Canons of St. John Cantius in Chicago
Merry Christmas! This is from the site of the Canons of St. John Cantius in Chicago: Cardinal Cupich Approves Constitutions of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius On December 23rd, the Feast of St. John Cantius, the documents and … Read More
Better late than never, for those priests out there who are going to, or want to, chant the annual Christmas Proclamation, or Kalenda. The nice folks at Cappella Gregoriana Sanctæ Cæciliæ olim Xicatunensis have a PDF again this year. Here is … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Your article, “ASK FATHER: Altar boy notices priest skipped the consecration of the Precious Blood” states that Mass is not celebrated until the priest consumes both species of the sacrament. Since our congregation receives under both … Read More
I am being bombarded by questions from readers, priests included, about Francis’ 2019 Address to the Roman Curia for Christmas. Here are a few notes. First, let’s contextualize the speech, which I think is important as it probably signals what’s … Read More
Today is the final full day before the Vigil of Christmas. In the last days of Advent before the Vigil, the Latin Church sings the O Antiphons for the Magnificat of Vespers. The song O Come O Come Emmanuel is … Read More
A continuation of our look at the O Antiphons for these last few days before Christmas… LATIN: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. ENGLISH: O King … Read More
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. So, … Read More
We continue our look at the O Antiphons. LATIN: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis. ENGLISH: O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a couple of questions regarding something that happened recently at a weekday TLM. Our good and reverent priest was distracted during Mass one morning and completely forgot to consecrate the Precious Blood. After consecrating … Read More
We continue our look at the O Antiphons with today’s O Clavis David Again we hear the theme of Christ as the Liberator. LATIN: O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: … Read More