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Tag Archives: We Are Our Rites
“The liturgical reform was ‘sold,’ so to speak, on a mighty promise of the countless wonderful blessings it could not fail to bring to the Church.”
I read a story at CNA about a diocese in the Netherlands where the wonderous springtime of Vatican II has revolutionized all of Catholic life. So successful has the Vatican II reform been, that the Diocese of Roermond has said … Read More
ASK FATHER: A priest asks, “Is it okay to learn how to say the Traditional Latin Mass?” Wherein Fr. Z rants.
From a priest… QUAERITUR: Is it okay to learn how to say the Traditional Latin Mass? Where are we at with the whole overblown, skewed notion of obedience and authority today that it would enter into a priest’s mind that … Read More
The following was penned by a Lutheran at the blog Pastoral Meanderings: The Random Thoughts of a Lutheran Parish Pastor It is packed with items for reflection. One in particular caught my eye. My emphases and comments. The glory of Rome. . . … Read More
Daily 5 minute podcast to encourage you in your Lenten discipline. Collect Church: NONE Station: St. Mary “in Domnica” or “alla Navicella” Today: We find out why there is no Collect church assigned. Then, an amazing insight from Bl. Idelfonso … Read More
ASK FATHER: Does the commingling of the piece of the Host with the Precious Blood merely signify the Resurrection or is it a mystical reality?
On Sunday during ZedNet a question came up about the fraction rite at Mass with the commingling and how it signifies the resurrection of the Lord by the fact that it is the rejoining of the Body with the Blood … Read More
I always enjoy the photos and videos of young boy playing Mass. Children are naturally liturgical. Of course Holy Church breathes with both lungs, East and West. This is terrific. “Divine Liturgy” according to the young. WE ARE OUR RITES
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Holy week includes the Sacred Triduum. The principal ceremonies of the Palm Sunday Mass include the blessing of palm branches (or olive branches in some parts of the world, such as Rome) … Read More
At Crisis there is a piece by Paul Krause which knocks one out of the park. He writes about reverence in worship. His starting point is a Christological view of anthropology and, therefore, the virtue of Religion (though he doesn’t … Read More
ASK FATHER: “If a priest blesses something without following the ritual, is it really blessed? (BAD NEWS!)
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Well, basically that: if a priest were to bless something without following the ritual, assuming he has the intention to bless it, says “I/God bless you”, it’s done in the Holy Name of the Trinity, etc: … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Peace and good times, Father Z. [Right now, I’d settle for okay times.] May the blessing and distribution of ashes be done at home in this time of pandemic? Our Archdiocese (in the Philippines) and the … Read More
From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I saw the really good posts that Father Tim Finigan and Father John Hunwicke put on their blogs and the comments. Why, Father Z, do you think people today freak out so much over the idea … Read More
No one can give what they don’t have. In fun-Latin, nemo dat quod non ‘got’. And yet the universal vocation to evangelize is predicated on what we have, what we have received. We haven’t been evangelizing well. Rather, we seems to … Read More
There is a good article at Crisis today, which all of you should both send by email and print out and hand to or send by mail to both your local priests and your bishops. This is time sensitive. As … Read More
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 … Read More
GUEST POST from a priest: “The Holy See has become a dumpster fire, and the boldness of the Gospel is wanting.”
GUEST POST: From a priest reader of this blog… I am grateful that your ministry serves as a voice for many faithful and Traditional Catholics. I have come a long way from hostility to the usus antiquor to being convinced … 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
PODCAzT 180: Kwasniewski on how Vatican II reversed the order of priority, exalting “active participation” over proper liturgical worship of God
I found a great article at LifeSite by Peter Kwasniewski which screamed to be made into a podcast. Sometimes I do this with good articles to make sure the content is more available to those who are pressed for time … Read More
New gear came from Rome, today. I had a pair of vimpae made with Bp. Hying’s coat-of-arms. These are used during Masses with bishops by the ministers who hold the miter and the crosier. Also, there are silver shoe buckles. … Read More
D. Grand Rapids – Priest denies Communion to Lesbian judge married to a woman. He’s now under attack.
UPDATE 2 Dec 2019: This story has now thudded into a hardly surprising new phase. HERE She went to a Methodist “inclusion” gathering and tool their “communion”. I like the bit in the video where she says, “It’s not about … Read More