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ASK FATHER: Best practices for following a Mass which is live-streamed on the internet or broadcast on TV

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What are your thoughts about what to do during streamed Masses? I tend to think that in this time where it is impossible to attend Mass, it is at least beneficial to be united with one … Continue reading

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Wherein a seriously annoyed Fr. Z rants – UPDATED

UPDATE Concerning something I ranted about below, I read this at CNA: Updated: Springfield, Mass. diocese rescinds policy permitting nurses to anoint Thanks be to God. One hour after the publication of the story below, the Diocese of Springfield informed … Continue reading

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25 March: Feast of The Good Thief, St. Dismas… who stole heaven

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Fulton Sheen famously quipped of this thief-saint that he “stole heaven”.  A good thief … Continue reading

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CDF DECREE: New PREFACES for the Extraordinary Form (TLM) liturgical calendar

Today the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (which absorbed my old office, the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“) issued a decree making it possible to celebrate saints canonized after 1906 using the traditional Missale Romanum.  HERE In another decree … Continue reading

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Of bells and virus bell curves. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

You would be surprised at how long and complex the rite is for the consecration of a bell.  They are “baptized”, as it were, by a bishop.  They are washed with holy water, anointed with the Oil of the Sick … Continue reading

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POLL: Did you watch a live stream of Mass for Laetare Sunday 2020?

In this time of coronavirus, when people are closed in and Masses have been cancelled, in most places the obligation to hear Mass has been lifted. Otherwise, because of circumstances, you do not have an obligation that you cannot fulfill. … Continue reading

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LAETARE Sunday 2020 Rose Vestment POLL

Did you see rosacea vestments today (hopefully not baby-rattle pink)? Anyone can vote, but only registered and approved users can add comments. What did you see and how did you see it?

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Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship concerning, dates, rites of Triduum and Easter during COVID-19

The decree is self interpreting. HERE

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LENTCAzT 2020: 24 – Friday in the 3rd Week of Lent: You might be in trouble if the world likes you

It’s Friday in the 3rd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Lorenzo in Lucina, where you find the grate upon which Lawrence was burned. Today the late Archbp. Alban Goodier connects our discipleship and whole way of life … Continue reading

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Tinkering with hymns = avoidable disaster

My old pastor used to lament both the deeply awful translations of Scripture used at Mass and changes to standard, traditional hymns. As Christmas rolled around each year he would line both up and say, “Imagine singing, ‘Away In A … Continue reading

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19 March 2020: Feast of St. Joseph – Hope of the sick,  Patron of the dying,  Terror of demons,  Protector of Holy Church! 

Glorious St. Joseph. Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying, Terror of demons, Protector of Holy Church,  Back in 2009 I made a PODCAzT – ELEVEN YEARS AGO?!? – about the hymn sung in the Liturgy of Hours in … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2020: 23 – Thursday in the 3rd Week of Lent: “The sick are an image of ourselves”

It’s Thursday in the 3rd Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Sts. Cosmas and Damian, doctors, martyrs, twins, who were martyrs in the time of Diocletian. We hear about how these twins were, as twins, significant in Rome.  Fr. … Continue reading

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In time of Coronovirus a priest foolishly suggests confession by phone. FAIL!

I read an INCREDIBLY IRRESPONSIBLE comment from an Italian priest, unhappily now a prof at my “alma mater” the Pontifical Lateran University. In a story at CNS, Fr. Giorgio Giovanelli, suggested that Francis could – and should – give permission … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 181: The Latin of “A Prayer In Times of Epidemics” from the Rituale Romanum – PRAYERCAzT

In this PODCAzT I read for you the Latin version of the extract from the traditional Rituale Romanum of A Prayer In Times of Epidemics (RR Tit. IX. Ch. X). It really should be done in Latin. These devotions and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to gain a plenary indulgence if I can’t receive Communion? PRIESTS! BISHOPS! PAY ATTENTION!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can you please clarify the conditions to gain an indulgence? My diocese thankfully has not yet closed churches but my archbishop has forbidden communion on the tongue. In obedience, my TLM pastor is continuing to say … Continue reading

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