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Our Rich Traditions of Ember Wednesday of Advent – The Missa Aurea, Golden Mass

In the old Julian calendar before the Gregorian reform, 13 December was about the darkest day of the year (= Greg 26 Dec). Hence, St. Lucy, whose name is from the Latin lux… “light”, reminds us who dwell in the … Read More

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New free video series for Advent from the (traditional) Fraternité Saint-Vincent-Ferrier ( @FSVR-Chemere )

Here is a marvelous initiative from the Fraternité Saint-Vincent-Ferrier that I was tangentially involved in. I think this is going to be really helpful. Sign up! HERE I’ve had a preview of one of the still unlisted videos about Communion … Read More

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WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 20 December – O Clavis David – The Key to everything

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

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 4th Sunday of Advent “Rorate” – 2020

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was. Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to … Read More

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Advent and “Rorate” Masses

Advent is just days away.   Another liturgical year closes, another begins. Advent burgeons with beautiful customs.  One of the loveliest is the Rorate Mass. These Masses are generally offered during Advent on Saturdays, which is the customary day of the … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 4th Sunday of Advent – 2019

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

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Advent: The childlike dash

We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”, the first word of the Introit chant. This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent, just Laetare Sunday does … Read More

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VIDEO: Bp. Hying of @MadisonDiocese – “Let Advent Be Advent”

Bp. Donald Hying of Madison posts brief videos each day on a range of topics. Today, he speak about Advent.

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ADVENTCAzT 2019 02: When a friend harms you, it hurts all the more.

Here is ADVENTCAzT 02, for Monday in the 1st Week of Advent. Today Bp. Schneider talks about how Christ’s friends make Him suffer, Fulton Sheen reflects on how God would work in us and the Lord describes something of the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Lighting Advent wreath during Mass – REVISITED

From a reader some years back. QUAERITUR: Father, is it appropriate to replace the penitential rite with the lighting of the advent wreath? No. Just… no. The longer explanation is, course, Nooooooooo. Attention to the wreath during Mass seems like … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Pastor says “Gaudete Sunday, is no more”

This greeted me in my email today. I pray that you are well. I am a permanent Deacon.  I began my homily today … making mention that today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, or “Rejoice Sunday.” After Mass my pastor approached … Read More

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The “Golden Mass” tradition for Ember Wednesday of Advent

Do you remember the little mnemonic poem:  “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”? Or else “Fasting days and Emberings be Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie.” The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the Feast of St. Lucy are the Advent Ember Days. In … Read More

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Advent: The childlike dash

We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”, the first word of the Introit chant. This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent, just Laetare Sunday does … Read More

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Your RORATE MASSES – UPDATES

Some of you have written asking about “Rorate Masses” during Advent. This is a beautiful custom – making a come back thanks to the spread of tradition – whereby Mass is celebrated illuminated only by candlelight. They are usually before … Read More

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WDTPRS 2nd Sunday of Advent: “we escape neither the Enemy lion nor the glorious Lion of Judah”

Our Collect (once called the “Opening Prayer”) for the 2nd Sunday of Advent was not in the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum but it was in the so-called Rotulus (“scroll”) of Ravenna, dated perhaps as early as the 5th century. Omnipotens et … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is Advent a penitential season? Also, Advent Blue Vestments… NO! ANNUAL SONG ALERT!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In my 14.75 years as a Catholic, I’ve heard that Advent: 1) Is a penitential season 2) Is a semi-penitentials season 3) Is no longer a penitential season but was before Vatican II 4) Never was … Read More

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Another parish goes ‘ad orientem’ at Advent

A while back I posted about the first TLM celebrated in decades at a famous North Side Chicago Church, St. Stanislaw Kostka.  HERE Now I’ve received additional good news about that same church. They will have ad orientem worship beginning in … Read More

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Stir Up Sunday and Advent is coming! GET READY!

Advent is upon us soon.  The Last Sunday of the Year is 26 November.  That is “Stir Up Sunday“, when you should prepare your Christmas puddings. Think about getting your Christmas shopping done early. First, remember always… always… to use … Read More

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CD of ADVENT music by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

First, even as Advent draws nearer and nearer, fix it in your mind to do your online shopping using my search box on the side bar!   Time flies.  I like to get my shopping done well in advance so … Read More

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Advent (TLM): Mass is a glimpse of heaven

We are drawing close, though because Christmas falls on Sunday we still have a week to go. COLLECT (1962MR): Excita, quaesumus, Domine, potentiam tuam, et veni: et magna nobis virtute succurre; ut, per auxilium gratiae tuae, quod nostra peccata praepediunt, … Read More

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