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Blessed John Henry Newman’s 1849 poem “Candlemas”

Blessed John Henry Newman’s 1849 poem “Candlemas”: THE Angel-lights of Christmas morn, Which shot across the sky, Away they pass at Candlemas, They sparkle and they die. Comfort of earth is brief at best, Although it be divine; Like funeral … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Easter (Novus Ordo): a candle is honey sweet summons

This Sunday, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is called the 3rd Sunday of Easter. Let’s have a look at the Collect. This Sunday’s Collect, it seems to me, reflects a conscious attempt on the part of Holy Church to remind … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass without proper gear? Pusillanimous stingy ignorant pride.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: can you have catholic mass without candles The THE GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL – says the following 307. The candles, which are required at every liturgical service out of reverence and on account of … Continue reading

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3 Feb: St. Blaise – special blessings of candles and of throats

  Today is the Feast of St. Blaise, about whom we know very little.   We have only this very brief entry in the Martyrologium Romanum:   Sancti Blasii, episcopi et martyris, qui pro christiano nomine Sabaste in Armenia passus … Continue reading

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POLL: St. Blaise Day Blessing of Throats – 2018

Today we traditionally have the blessing of throats in honor of St. Blaise. Since yesterday was Candlemas it is logical to associate the blessing with candles. Did you receive a St. Blaise Day blessing of the throat? You don’t have … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: D. Madison – Candlemas – Purification – Pontifical Mass

A sample of the music.  We had a great choir from Eau Claire. A few snaps from beautiful Candlemas 2018.

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ASK FATHER: Blessed candles for use at home

From  a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently purchased some beeswax candles which I want to have blessed in order to use them at home. My question is this: is there a preferable material for devotional candles? Is there a difference between, … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Candlemas Followup in the @MadisonDiocese with @BishopMorlino

Last night we had a beautiful Candlemas with the blessing of candles, a procession and Pontifical Mass at the Throne. Many heartfelt thanks and kudos to the Extraordinary Ordinary, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, for … Continue reading

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3 Feb: St. Blaise and the blessing of candles and of throats

Every time I get my throat blessed on St. Blaise Day, I get a sore throat or bronchitis.  Although… this year I have already had it, so I hope I’ve dodged for February. Ever the optimist, I keep going back … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Electric, battery powered … candles?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, We have, on occasion, attended Mass at a Novus Ordo parish when we cannot get to the distant Latin Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in our area. We were shocked to see young girl … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Candlemas

Today is the final “peak” arising from the liturgical cycle of Advent/Christmas/Epiphany.  Today, called in the traditional way and according to the older Roman calendar the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Church would cease to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What sort of candles can be blessed at Candlemas?

Here is an oldie question from a reader… QUAERITUR: If I bring personal candles to the EF mass on Candlemass, must they be made of beeswax? Can they be entirely made of non-beeswax (paraffin)? Not sure if the old regulations … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: None of your….

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was just wondering if there are any documents that specifically require the composition of liturgical candles to be made of beeswax. Quite often I see paraffin candles being used for the sacred liturgy, whether traditional … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s Sermon for the Easter Vigil: of creation, light, communication, community, and bees

Here is the Pope’s sermon for the Easter Vigil. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Easter is the feast of the new creation. Jesus is risen and dies no more. He has opened the door to a new life, one that no … Continue reading

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WDTPRS POLL: 3 February St. Blaise Day Blessing of Throats

Our liturgical calendar is packed with wonderful opportunties for spiritual benefits. Today there is a special blessing for candles (not just yesterday!) in honor of St. Blaise and then a blessing of throats. I once stood for hours in the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Why were the candles in echelon instead of in a line?

Under another entry, a commentator asked: Why [were] the altar candles sometimes in line (as for the Mass of 1 Jan) and sometimes in echelon (as at Christmas Midnight Mass). I think he was asking about putting the candles at … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: What sort of candles can be blessed at Candlemas?

From a reader: If I bring personal candles to the EF mass on Candlemass, must they be made of beeswax? Can they be entirely made of non-beeswax (paraffin)? Not sure if the old regulations about things like this still apply … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: altar candles… what can they be made from?

From a seminarian: It is becoming increasingly popular to use those fake candles with replaceable oil. Even the side-altars in St. Peter’s use these, and as we know, there are many priests who daily celebrate private Masses in the EF … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: unbleached beeswax candles

From a reader: My wife recently completed a course on how to make yellow beeswax candles.  My pastor has indicated he would love to receive them as a donation for requiem Masses, funerals, Tenebrae, All Souls, Good Friday, etc. (we … Continue reading

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Unbleached beeswax candles – where to get them?

Our friends over at NLM have a really good entry about sources for unbleached beeswax candles used for Requiem Masses. Here is the post: Sourcing Unbleached Beeswax Altar Candles One of our priestly readers wrote in with the question of … Continue reading

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