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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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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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- #ASonnetADay – 74. “But be contented when that fell arrest…”
- LIVE VIDEO – 27 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – Votive Mass of Holy Angels (with Exorcism)
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- ASK FATHER: Use of a microphone during Traditional Latin Low Mass. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- #ASonnetADay – 73. “That time of year thou mayst in me behold…”
- ASK FATHER: Is a vote for “the lesser of two evils” still a vote “for evil”?
- ASK FATHER: Can einkorn flour be used for the Eucharist? It is lower in gluten.
- 28 October 2020 – Feast Sts. Simon and Jude: MASS FOR BENEFACTORS
- LIVE VIDEO – 26 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – Monday in 21st Week after Pentecost
- VIDEO: Autopsy of a really slick LIE
- #ASonnetADay – GUEST SONNET by John Donne – “Death be not proud,…”
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Christ the King (NO: 30th Ordinary) 2020 – POLL: Francis same-sex unions topic during homily?
- ASK FATHER: I don’t like Trump or Biden. Can I opt out and not vote at all?
- LIVE VIDEO – 25 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – Christ the King Sunday with Consecration of the Human Race
- #ASonnetADay – 72. “O, lest the world should task you to recite…”
- Sunday of Christ the King – Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- ASK FATHER: Recent comments about same-sex unions… a “slap in the face” of those trying to leave homosexual lifestyle?
- Venezuelan dictator Maduro cites Francis to promote same-sex marriage legislation
- LIVE VIDEO – 24 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – St Raphael, Archangel
- #ASonnetADay – 71. “No longer mourn for me when I am dead…” (with bell… not cowbell)
- FAIL! @JamesMartinSJ claims you can’t dismiss false teaching on same-sex unions because Francis developed doctrine. Wherein Fr. Z Rants
- ASK FATHER: “What prayers or novena for a Trump victory?”
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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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From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have recently begun to attend the Low Mass. Is there a rule that forbids the celebrant from using a small microphone so that his voice can be heard by the congregation? I know Latin and … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Einkorn is a variety of wild wheat that has a different gluten structure than modern wheat. Some people with gluten sensitivities can tolerate it better. Would it still be valid material for the holy eucharist? Here … Continue reading
Last year at this time I was in the Vatican gardens. I saw the “Peace Tree” where an Imam recited a sutra from the Koran intended to claim the Vatican for Allah. Nope. I said some very harsh things to … Continue reading
In my daily live-stream Mass today I added orations, as I often do, for various needs and purposes. One of the sets of prayer to which I often turn in the section in the traditional Missale Romanum, the Orationes diversae, are Ad … Continue reading
Above my private altar in the “Two Trinities Chapel” I have a high quality print of Murillo’s Earthly and Heavenly Trinities. From above God the Father and God the Holy Spirit hover over the Child who stands between Mary and … Continue reading
When I worked with the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” one of our office mates was a German religious sister who had survived Dresden and then bombing in the Wuppertal. She was one of the holiest people I’ve ever met and … Continue reading
At LifeSite there is a piece by Peter Kwasniewski which lays out new evidence which has turned up about the late Archbp. Annibale Bugnini being a Freemason. As you probably know, Bugnini played a role in the 1955 Holy Week … Continue reading
In my daily Masses, when I can, I add orations to the regular orations designated for the day. I take these additional prayers often from the Orationes diversae section. One of the set of prayers I select are “Pro tentatis et … Continue reading
The snippers and stitchers of the Consilium allowed this Sunday’s prayer to survive unscathed in the post-Conciliar editions of the Missale Romanum. The Collect still echoes the ancient sentiments of Holy Church wherever the Roman Rite’s Ordinary Use of Holy … Continue reading
People often ask me what they can do to help spread celebrations of the TLM or obtain them where they are. One way is to make sure you yourself are trained in the role that you can fulfill. Priests have their … Continue reading
The Collect for Sunday Mass this week in the Extraordinary Form wound up in the Ordinary Form Missale Romanum as the Collect for Saturday in the 4th Week of Lent. Go figure. It had an ancient source in the Gelasian … Continue reading
REVIEW: Spectacular old NEW books for children’s preparation for Confession and Communion. Beautiful, traditional!
Our forebears loved their Faith. They lovingly handed it on because of love.. for the Faith and for us. Some of things (including churches) have been abandoned or forgotten, though they still have real value. St. Augustine Academy Press has … Continue reading
The FSSP’s publishing arm, Fraternity Publications, has issued their 2021 Ordo for the Traditional Roman Rite. Every sacristy, every priest, needs an Ordo. Every priest, even those who do not (yet) say the older, traditional Form, needs a traditional calendar … Continue reading
In these USA and elsewhere, many people who have frequented the Traditional Latin Mass, for the first time or over years, have far and wide seen the “Red Book”. The Red Book was put together by the Coalition in Support … Continue reading
On the sidebar I have this quote: “Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it permissible for the catafalque to be used in an Ordinary Form Mass? The pandemic is making visits to cemeteries very difficult. I was wondering if the catafalque could be used in our November 2 … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Due to a new pastor at our parish, I’ve been hearing all sorts of novel things as Mass, and was particularly struck by the use of “May Almighty God bless US” instead of “YOU” at the … Continue reading
I recently received a pile of books from the nice folks at Romanitas Press. I’ll present them in due time. Speaking of time, however, here is their Ordo for 2021. An Ordo is indispensible. Every priest (at least!) and every … Continue reading
The Christus Vincit Foundation has launched a Traditional Latin Mass survey. HERE Some of the questions are… meh…. However, take the survey anyway. It’ll take just a couple of minutes. It doesn’t ask for many comments.
From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I’ve seen two sets of dates for the Ember Days this September. I thought they were supposed to be in the week after Exaltation of the Cross? So I say a tweet from Taylor Marshall who … Continue reading