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Tag Archives: Novus Ordo
From a Jesuit priest… QUAERITUR: I have a question regarding purification: In the Vetus Ordo, it is customary to purify the paten with the thumb and index finger. What is the correct way to purify a ciborium? In the Novus … Read More
PODCAzT 182: New Book on the TLM; Response to a question: “How do we know the Novus Ordo isn’t evil?”
In this PODCAzT I offer some thoughts, and a brief reading from, the prolifically indefatigable Peter Kwasniewski, a copy of which recently arrived: Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass US HERE – … Read More
It has been 50 years. 50 long years. Some might say, “Only 50? It seems longer.” Note the bizzare photo of a Novus Ordo being celebrated in the Sistine Chapel. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the going-into-effect of Paul … Read More
I have often commented that the cutters and pasters who glued the Novus Ordo orations together on their scholarly desks systematically excised certain concepts, such as sin, guilt, propitiation, etc. You know, the “scary” stuff that might make people feel … Read More
This last week saw the 50th anniversary of the “birth” of the Novus Ordo – after an unnaturally swift gestation – on 3 April 1969 when Paul VI promulgated the Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum. Today I read for you, and I … Read More
Precisely 50 years ago today the “God of Surprises”, through his permissive will and his vicar Paul, allowed us to experience a brand new version of Mass. The Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum was promulgated by Paul VI on 3 April … Read More
From a reader… I have a question about the GIRM. If I’m reading it correctly everything except from the Offertory through Communion Rite must be done from the chair, and the missal and chalice placed elsewhere except for those times. … Read More
My morning coffee with homemade scone and my side-wise viewing of the Stage 4 of the Tour was enriched by the reading of Fr. Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment. He, also in stages, has been commenting on aspects of the Roman Canon … Read More
At NLM, PK has a good offering. (“Ho hum!”, you are saying, because I have to write that so often.) Starting with Nietzsche and his famous “God is dead”, he spins up a good argument about “modern” liturgy, liturgists, etc., … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: If a lay person is presented with the option to attend either a Novus Ordo Mass or a Traditional Latin Mass, and, in turn, (a) believes that the TLM is more substantively and consistently reverent to … Read More
Have you followed the tennis match back and forth that has resulted since Card. Sarah’s suggestion in La Nef that the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Forms of Mass should have a coordinated Lectionary? Some were cool about that suggestion and … Read More
From the useful Crisis with my emphases and comments: Worship Worthy of God MICHAEL J. ORTIZ July 7 is [already!] the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, a decree that allows priests to celebrate the form of the … Read More
From a reader: In light of your rather depressed email correspondent [HERE], I want to share a more uplifting story. […] I have again become a Roamin’ Catholic. After decades as a “Novus Ordo Catholic,” I have thrown in the … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a Novus Ordo be ad orientem with Latin, chant, a subdeacon and deacon in traditional vestments? Not only can the Novus Ordo be celebrated ad orientem, it ought to be. The rubrics indicate that this is the standard, … Read More
Summorum Pontificum was a tremendous gift to the whole Church. It was certainly one of the most – if not the most – important achievements of Benedict XVI, part of what I cal his Marshall Plan. It is a great … Read More
From a reader… and please note that when I get emails with strings of questions I usually delete them instantly. Answering this is an exception to the rule, which I indicate clearly on the ASK FATHER form. If ya’ll want me … Read More
I was sent a link to a video of the Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form celebrated at the Proto-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Seattle in Vancouver, WA for their Patronal Feast of St. James the Greater. At this parish … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am engaged to a girl who was raised attending a SSPX chapel her entire life. We will be married by a diocesan priest in the traditional form. She is unsure whether she can receive communion … Read More