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  • Time for a Truly Catholic Renovation

    01/08/2015 2:20:39 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | January 8, 2015 | Anthony ESOLEN
    O magnum mysterium,et admirabile sacramentum,ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,iacentem in praesepio:Beata Virgo, cuius viscerameruerunt portare Dominum Christum.What a great mystery,what a wonderful sign,that animals should see the Lord, new-born,lying in a manger!Blessed is the Virgin, whose wombwas privileged to carry Christ the Lord.      ∼  From the Roman Breviary, the Matins of ChristmasWe’re in Rome, in the year 1572. The great Pope Pius V has passed to glory. Just one year before, the naval forces of the Holy League had crushed the superior fleets of the ever-marauding Turks at Lepanto, giving maritime Europe a chance to breathe free...
  • The Meaning of the Mass - Venerable Fulton Sheen

    12/22/2014 8:47:41 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 3 replies
    Retreat by Archbishop Fulton Sheen ^ | Ca. 1975 | Archbishop Fulton Sheen
    Archbishop Sheen preaches on the meaning of the Mass.
  • A funeral Mass for Mayor Thomas Menino

    10/31/2014 2:10:50 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | October 31, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    The website notes that: "Since an abortive run for Congress in 1992 while still a City Councilor, Menino has supported legal abortion and the public funding of abortion. In his first campaign for Mayor in 1993, he indicated that he would continue the practice of taxpayer finance abortions at Boston City Hospital." See here. As Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino marched with homosexuals, promoted same-sex "marriage," and expressed his desire to keep the restaurant chain Chicj-fil-A out of Boston because of its adherence to Biblical values. See here.
  • Pope Francis denied the necessity of Holy Mass?

    10/24/2014 9:29:41 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 8 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | Paul Melanson
    "The Man who would one day be Pope Francis had come to hold a service far from the grandeur of the great cathedral of Buenos Aires. He had travelled taking the subway train and then the bus to arrive in one of the shanty-towns, which Argentines call villas miserias misery villages. He had picked his way down crooked and chaotic alleyways, criss-crossed with water pipes and dangling electricity cables, along which open sewers ran as malodorous streams when the rain came. There, amid ramshackle houses of crudely- cemented terracotta breezeblock, he fell into conversation with the middle-aged...
  • Creepy burglar lurks as people sleep, apologizing before leaving

    10/09/2014 10:30:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 12 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 9, 2014 | Susan Tran, WHDH
    A creepy crime in one Boston suburb has police unsettled: a burglar who breaks in while people inside are sleeping and then waits for them to wake up. Hes a creepy burglar accused of breaking into homes in the middle of the night. Police say he ends up in peoples bedrooms lurking and watching until the person wakes up. Then, police say he apologizes before taking off.
  • black mass nixed in oklahoma city

    08/22/2014 4:39:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    There was to be a Black Mass performance at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, using a consecrated Host. But after Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley succeeded in getting a judge to issue a restraining order, on the grounds that the Host had been stolen, the attorney for the Satanic group returned the Host to a Catholic priest. The archbishop then dropped his lawsuit. Here is how the story played out over the summer. When we learned of this scheduled performance, we issued a news release on July 2 calling attention to what a Black Mass entails. We...
  • Bishop Rozanski installed as ninth bishop of Springfield

    08/12/2014 5:31:03 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/12/14 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski was installed as the ninth spiritual shepherd of the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., during a solemn Aug. 12 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Michael. In his homily, he highlighted the responsibility of a shepherd to reach out and bring back lost sheep. Citing Pope Francis, Bishop Rozanski said all are called to welcome the alienated by our compassion, joy and witness to the love of God at work in our world. As your bishop, the 56-year-old Baltimore native said, I am keenly aware of the need to reach out to those who have stopped practicing...
  • Sign of peace at Mass: Vatican says it stays put, but urges education

    08/04/2014 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 28 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/4/14 | Cindy Wooden
    The sign of peace at Mass has not always led to serenity among liturgists or within the congregations gathered each Sunday in Catholic churches around the world. After nine years of study and consultation, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has told Latin-rite bishops around the world that the sign of peace will stay where it is in the Mass. However, the congregation said, if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly, it can be omitted. But when it is used, it must be done with dignity and awareness that it is not a liturgical...
  • Vatican Announces Desire for More Restrained Sign of Peace at Mass

    07/31/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 122 replies
    Vatican City, Jul 31, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for Divine Worship, in a recent circular letter, announced that the placement of the sign of peace within Mass will not change, though it suggested several ways the rite could be performed with greater dignity. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments pronounced in favor of maintaining the 'rite' and 'sign' of peace in the place it has now in the Ordinary of the Mass, Fr. Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, secretary general of the Spanish bishops' conference, related in a July 28 memo....
  • 'Mass Mob' in Detroit packs historic churches with 2,000 worshippers

    07/13/2014 6:44:25 PM PDT · by jr48154 · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Detroit Facebook Page ^ | July 13, 2014 | Archdiocese of Detroit
    Photo gallery from the city's third 'Mass Mob' this summer. Nearly 2,000 people packed an historic Catholic Church for a regular Sunday Mass. It's the third time it's happened, with the crowds getting bigger each time. (Detroit Free Press had a great article on it here, but won't let folks post excerpts, so you'll have to read the article at the link: )
  • Holy Smoke! Why do we use incense in worship?

    07/12/2014 3:53:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | July 11, 2014 | Fr. DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Our altar boys practically fight for the honor of being the thurifer. That's the name for the server who carries the thurible — the censer — in the procession at Mass.  They like being thurifer because they get to wear the more ornate lace surplice, and they know thurifer is the most complicated job and is reserved for the older, more experienced boys. The use of incense is optional for most Masses.  It's used to purify the coffin at funerals and to bless statues and images.  However, many Catholic priests choose not to use incense at Mass, and the...
  • Exorcist Speaks Out on Planned Oklahoma Black Mass

    07/05/2014 9:18:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 5, 2014 | John Burger
    Making black masses open to the public exposes people to serious evil, an exorcist warned this week in the wake of news that a satanic church plans to stage the ritual in a public venue in Oklahoma City. You cannot attend such an eventeven if one does so merely out of curiosity, and not with any firm desire to worship Satanwithout being adversely affected, the exorcist cautioned, in an exclusive interview with Aleteia. The mere fact that this black mass in Oklahoma City will be public lends it a certain legitimacy, and I suspect that some people will go...
  • Take This ChalicePlease

    07/03/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 32 replies
    Commonweal ^ | June 30, 2014 | Rita Ferrone
    The results of a recent survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate indicate that more than half the priests in the United States dislike the new Missal translation. A very large majority finds parts of it awkward and distracting. Many believe it urgently needs revision. Fr. Tony Cutcher, president of the Federation of Priests Councils, says its time to move forward with constructive criticism and changes. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said much the same thing recently at a conference in Florida. OK, Im ready. Can we change chalice back to cup now? The new translation retired the...
  • Women and Head Covering at Mass

    06/30/2014 6:23:36 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 34 replies
    Walkinginthedesert ^ | 06/28/2014 | Arturo
    History of Head Covering and ScriptureFor over 2000 years Christian women have covered their heads during Mass, sacred rites, as well as prayer and adoration. In most instances this was done by wearing a veil, as it tended to be the most convenient way. It was not until recently that many women stopped wearing the veil or any head covering for that manner. This is true especially during the post Vatican II epoch and during the womens lib movement during the 1960s and 1970s.Old TestamentIn the book of Genesis 24 when Rebecca meats Isaac she veils herself. Rebecca too looked...
  • Are We Willing to Die for the Mass?

    06/18/2014 9:32:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | June 18, 2014
    In light of recent religious persecutions, Chris Stefanicks latest video is bound to bring tears to your eyes. In a brief, two-and-a-half minute YouTube video entitled Mass, the well-known Catholic public speaker paints a powerful picture of what a privilege it is to attend Mass in freedom and how this can be so easily taken for granted.On one hand, Stefanick recalls a recent text from a friend of his in Iraq: Please pray for our church, where all the people are held captive by terrorists.A few hours later, another text followed: Lord have mercy. Shortly thereafter, everyone in that Catholic...
  • Report: Far More People Killed In Chicago Than In All Mass Shootings Combined

    06/12/2014 1:11:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 6/12/14 | Awr Hawkins
    While announcing that they would not longer give killers the opportunity at glory that comes from having their names mentioned and their photographs aired on television, Sun News also address the extremely low rate of "mass shootings" in America compared to the excruciatingly high rate of murder in gun-controlled Chicago. According to the Sun News, mass shootings around the world--including the U.S.--are so rare that news agencies make a mistake by seizing on them. Focusing specifically on the U.S., Sun News reported: "And in the U.S., they account for less than one percent of all gun-related deaths. Far more people
  • What Mass Killers WantAnd How to Stop Them

    05/26/2014 8:31:14 AM PDT · by ReaganberAlles · 39 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/08/2013 | Ari N. Schulman
    Rampage shooters crave the spotlight, and we should do everything possible to deprive them of it. How might journalists and police change their practices to discourage mass shootings? First, they need to do more to deprive the killer of an audience: Never publish a shooter's propaganda. Hide their names and faces. Don't report on biography or speculate on motive. Minimize specifics and gory details. No photos or videos of the event. Talk about the victims but minimize images of grieving families. Decrease the saturation.
  • Pope Francis Bombshell! Holy Father Excommunicates Austrian "We Are Church" Heterodox Leader!

    05/22/2014 3:23:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | May 22, 2014
    Die Welt [Summary: Pope Francis has excommunicated the Austrian president of the Catholic reform movement called We Are Church. A report in Tiroler Tageszeitung has confirmed that Martha Heizer and her husband can no longer participate in the sacraments. Excommunication is the most severe penalty the church can impose. The retired religious educator and her husband in their private home regularly celebrated with other believers but without ordained priests.] THE FOLLOWING TRANSLATION IS FROM GERMAN TO ENGLISH USING A TRANSLATION DEVISE, SO IT MIGHT NOT BE TOO GOOD FROM THE NEWS PAPER DIE WELT : Pope Francis, the Austrian...
  • Black Mass at Harvard Means the University Lost Its Soul

    05/11/2014 1:17:44 PM PDT · by ConernedAmerican
    TFP Student Action ^ | 05-11-14 | TFP
    The writer as a budding, young conservative, during his youth filled with happiness, in large part due to his liberal mother. Today is a day where sons and daughters throughout the world make up for the other 364 days where we either give our Moms sleepless nights of worry and indigestion for our recklessness and general ambivalence. It also gives us a chance to reflect on the impact our mothers have in our lives, our personalities and all that we are. On this Mothers Day I share the thoughts of a ultra-conservative son who is everything he is because...
  • Sunrise Service

    04/17/2014 4:20:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Growing up in rural Georgia, Easter meant not only the resurrection of Jesus, but also a new Sunday dress, a hat, gloves and more chocolate than I could eat, at least at one time. My sister Kathy and I would wake up before dawn, rush to our Easter baskets, eat a few bites of chocolate, get dressed in our brand new Easter dresses and head out for the sunrise service, with candy stashed in our purses. It seemed as though the services were more bearable since we were able to unwrap the candy during the service and pop it...
  • The reform that no one wanted: Communion in the hand

    04/10/2014 11:34:40 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 59 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/10/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    Over the winter break, I spent several days shifting through the survey results in the dioceses archive, located in St. Marys Seminary. The survey results could provide evidence for many articles, even books, but I was initially only interested in questions dealing with the liturgy. The simple answer to the laitys reception of the liturgical changes can be found in question 19: Changes in the Mass have harmed rather than helped me to worship and 27% agreed and 68% disagreed. These results confirm the standard narrative that the majority of Catholics preferred the new Mass with its use of English...
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Baldwinville and silence before Mass

    04/08/2014 8:18:17 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 8, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Those who are bent on making their own unauthorized changes to the liturgy or who otherwise promote or tolerate various liturgical abuses often fail to appreciate how such an endeavor can constitute grave sin. I know this because some have accused me of making a mountain out of a molehill for my opposition to various liturgical abuses. Dr. Germain Grisez explains: "There are many reasons why it is wrong for priests intentionally to make unauthorized liturgical changes. Two are especially important. First, such changes sometimes embody or imply deviations from Catholic faith; even when they do not, they often omit...
  • "Francis Effect" analysis: Confessions in sharp decline Why? Saint Thomas Aquinas explains

    03/07/2014 6:46:17 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 3/07/14 | New Catholic
    Rorate Caeli Parce, Domine, populo tuo + T. Quadragesimæ + TEMPUS QUADRAGESIMALE + T. Passionis + Regnavit a ligno Deus "Francis Effect" analysis: Confessions in sharp declineWhy? Saint Thomas Aquinas explains As we first reported yesterday, Pew's poll on the first anniversary of the new pontificate revealed several stagnant trends, both in Catholic self-identification and church attendance. Jeff Culbreath has a particularly sharp analysis of one trend that cannot be overlooked: one that went sharply down. Nearly six in 10 American Catholics in the poll said they expected the church would definitely or probably lift its prohibition on birth...
  • Occultism Under a Catholic Name

    02/26/2014 12:33:09 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 2/26/14 | The Eponymous Flower
    Minneapolis] Being a radical in touch with indigenous traditions is a kind of garden industry involving lots of consumer items, sage, special mystical rocks, weird confab liturgies, guest appearances at schools and other perks. Whether these practices are legitimately Indian, or have more pecuniary or nefarious purposes is at question. Supposedly, the personages involved in this type of activity is surrounded by a panoply of myths and various objects imbued with alleged magical properties. They provide an aura of authenticity for entrepreneurs, various groups of victims, particularly native Americans, who often hide their demands for special treatment, entitlements and subsidy...
  • Anti-Gun Violence State Rep. Jailed for Punching Woman Who Refused Sex

    02/06/2014 7:48:37 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 15th, Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence supporter and Massachusetts state representative Carlos Henriquez (D-5th Suffolk Dist.) was sentenced to six months in jail for punching a woman who refused to have sex with him.
  • Topless Feminists Interrupt Mass in Sweden to Protest Abortion

    02/06/2014 7:15:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Life News ^ | Pat Buckley
    In their latest sacrilegious public demonstration in support of abortion, the extreme neo-fascist feminist organization Femen interrupted evening Mass on January 30 in Stockholms Catholic Cathedral. Holy Mass was interrupted by three bare breasted women with messages painted on their breasts reading, my body my choice, FEMEN, abortion is sacred and never again. They also held up a banner with the text, Catholic Church out of my body. femenThe action was obviously planned in advance and they had photographers on hand to record the incident and their disgraceful behaviour. Since posting this Blog post the group has struck once more...

    02/01/2014 1:39:19 PM PST · by NYer · 72 replies
    EWTN ^ | February 1, 2014
    EWTN is providing live coverage of ... SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS IN THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM FOR THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD AT THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE 02/02 at 11:00 AM ET; 02/03 at 12:00 AM ET Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa celebrates Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the National Shrine of the Infant of Prague in Prague, Oklahoma. LIVE. Bishop Slattery on Prayer, the Mass and New Vocations You’ve made public statements about problems with the liturgy. What changes would you like to see? I would like to see the...
  • Arlington man arrested on warrant, taken into custody of immigration officials

    01/22/2014 11:45:36 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies ^ | Jan 21, 2014 | Wicked Local Arlington
    Arlington, Mass. Arlington Police arrested a Florence Avenue man just before 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, on a default warrant in connection with charges stemming from last November when he allegedly pulled up American flags round the Veterans Memorial in Arlington Center, and then urinated on the memorial. Edwin Argueta, 59, of Florence Avenue, was arrested Thursday on the default warrant for open and gross lewdness and malicious destruction of property valued at $250 or more, and then turned over to federal Immigration Customs Enforcement officials, who had an immigration detainer for him. Argueta was taken into custody...
  • Welcome to the Golden Age of the Liturgy

    10/15/2012 2:09:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A couple months back, I wrote an article asking, what What was the Golden Age of the Liturgy? For it would seem, that every period has had its challenges, and also, it’s good points. The question of what is the golden year, the paradigm, is most pertinent among traditional Catholics, who largely regard the Golden age of the liturgy to be at some point in the past.Though the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated according to the form it had in 1962, most traditional Catholics would set the ideal year, the Golden age, long before that. Yet, there is great debate...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion The Celebrant Goes to the Chair

    08/22/2010 10:15:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/25/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
    After reverencing the altar the celebrant goes to the chair. Now perhaps a word or two on the chair is called for. Some one may wonder why the priest has a chair of some prominence. Why does he not simply sit among the faithful and come forward as necessary? Here again, there is a history to know. In the ancient world, the Chair was a symbol of authority and office. We still have something of this today in the concept of the Judges Bench. The chair was also a symbol in the ancient world of teaching authority. It is...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion The Greeting by the Celebrant

    08/28/2010 3:08:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/30/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The celebrant standing at the Chair greets the assembled people in one of the following ways: 1. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.2. The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.3. The Lord be with you. 4. Peace be with you. (Only Bishops may use this greeting) In each case the people respond: And also with you.Here again, we hear it all so often we mis the point! But through his greeting the priest declares...
  • On the Problem of Arrested Spiritual Development(Religion Forum)

    09/26/2013 10:37:47 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Sept 25, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Consider a young adult, say 25, who had gone on to physical maturity, and even earned a college degree. ... ... Now, though thank God, he still goes to Mass, he is incapable of expressing much of anything about his faith. He knows there is a God and has heard about Jesus but does not know for sure if Jesus is God, he thinks so but hes not sure. He is aware of the Bibles existence but cannot name all four Gospels and would not even be sure exactly where to find them in the book. Hed eventually find them...
  • Recovering Our Musical Memory: Ten Mass Settings [Catholic Caucus]

    01/08/2014 7:33:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | January 8, 2014 | R. Jared Staudt
    Recovering Our Musical Memory: Ten Mass Settings by R. Jared Staudt on January 8, 2014 ·  We are in urgent need of greater cultural literacy today. Catholics have some of the most profound treasures in human history in its legacy and many of them are not being appreciated. I would like to point to one particular aspect of this legacy, musical settings for the Mass. This follows the great tradition of singing the Mass, which is so prevalent in Catholic history that we could speak of it as normative. Music has a natural power—rooted physically in the power of...
  • MSNBC Associates Duck Dynasty Gun Line with Mass Shootings

    01/05/2014 10:37:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | January 4, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    When MSNBC's Thomas Roberts announced the new line of Duck Commander guns on January 3rd, he was joined by Len Everett of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Everett claimed Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame, made his controversial comments to sell guns to conservative, middle-aged, white males and criticized the Robertson family for selling the kinds of guns used in mass shootings. Roberts used leading questions to guide Everett in making these points throughout the segment. For example, Roberts introduced Everett by pointing out that the new line of guns includes a "semi-automatic pistol" and "two semi-automatic rifles." Moreover,...
  • Adore the Lord in Holy Attire On Proper Dress for Mass

    05/25/2010 4:49:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies · 746+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/24/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Last week we had a discussion on the women wearing veils in Church. One of the themes that emerged in the comments was that the discussions about what to wear in Church should be broader than just a veil. More specifically BOTH men and women should consider how they dress when going into Gods house. Hence I would like to explore some background issues and enunciate some principles.You of course will be able to add to them.1. Scripture There is very little in Scripture that seems to spell out the proper way to dress for sacred worship. There...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion The Procession and Entrance Song

    08/19/2010 6:13:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/22/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Id like to begin a series on the Mass explaining the meaning and history of what we do each Sunday. It is amazing how little Catholics know about or reflect upon what we do every Sunday. This is an attempt to add insight and understanding to our celebration of the Sacred liturgy.The Procession and entrance song - Something very remarkable happens at the beginning of every Mass. It is so normal to us that we hardly think of it. As the priest is ready in the back of Church to begin the Mass the congregation suddenly comes to its...
  • Is the Bottom Really Falling Out of Catholic Mass Attendance? ..CARA Survey..

    12/21/2010 7:12:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 76 replies · 3+ views
    Archdiocese of ^ | December 15, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Dec15 Is the Bottom Really Falling Out of Catholic Mass Attendance? A Recent CARA Survey Ponders the QuestionBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Is the number of Catholics really dropping? Is the bottomreally falling out of Catholic Mass attendance? If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I have written several articles and cited several studies that detail an increasingly grave situation for the Church (e.g. HERE). Most of us are familiar with a significant number of Church closings, school closings and the like thought Catholic America. These surely strengthen the view that we are in an increasingly...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion The Penitential Rite

    08/29/2010 2:56:43 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/6/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The Penitential Rite in general - Let us recall that we have just acknowledged and celebrated the presence of Christ among us. First we welcomed him as he walked the aisle of our Church, represented by the Priest Celebrant. The altar, another sign and symbol of Christ was then reverenced. Coming to the chair, a symbol of a share in the teaching and governing authority of Christ, the priest then announced the presence of Christ among us in the liturgical greeting. Now, in the Bible whenever there was a direct experience of God, there was almost always an experience of...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion The Altar is Reverenced

    08/20/2010 5:57:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/23/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
    As the Entrance procession draws to its close something rather unusual happens! Upon entering the sanctuary, (the part of the Church where the Altar and Tabernacle are located) the priest and deacon enter the sanctuary and kiss the altar as a sign of reverence and veneration. Many of us who go to Mass all the time may hardly notice this gesture. But to someone observing Mass for the first time this gesture may seem quite unusual and raise questions. Why kiss an altar? Where did this gesture come from and what does it mean? The significance of this kiss...
  • We Werent Always So Secular: Recovering a Sense of the Presence of God

    07/20/2011 4:59:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/19/11 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The times in which we live are often described as secular. This word comes from the Latin saecula meaning world. Hence in saying our age is secular is another way of saying our times are worldly. We may think it has always been so but such is not the case. To be sure, it IS the human condition to be a little preoccupied with the world. But previous times have featured a much more religious focus than our own. The Middle Ages were especially known for way in which faith permeated the culture and daily experience. The Rose window to...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion The Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy)

    09/01/2010 6:45:12 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/6/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Now if I were to ask you if the Kyrie Eleison (Translated Lord Have Mercy) were part of the Penitential Rite most likely youd say Of course it is. After all we are asking Gods mercy. But interestingly enough it serves more as an acclamation of praise both historically and liturgically as we shall see.The History of the Kyrie - the Kyrie is often thought of as a part of the penitential rite but this is not necessarily the case. The General instruction describes it this way: After the penitential act the Kyrie Eleison is begun unless it has...
  • Mass held in Spain backs new (anti-)abortion law

    12/29/2013 1:30:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 29, 2013 11:34 AM EST
    Thousands of people have attended a Mass in Madrid to honor family values and support government moves aimed at tightening restrictions on abortion in Spain. [] Pope Francis gave his blessing for Sundays Mass via a video link from the Vatican.
  • Why dont as many men go to church as women?

    12/04/2013 2:17:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 82 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 12/4/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today is the 50th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium.What great fruits the liturgical reforms have produced! Jammed churches, long confession lines, full schools, lots of weddings and baptisms, convents bursting, seminaries churning out priests as fast as they can be ordained.Back in 1967 when the reformers were creating the Novus Ordo, an experimental Missa Normativa was celebrated for a groups of cardinals and bishops. After this Mass, Card. Heenan of Westminster remarked to the Synod of Bishops in Rome: At home, it is not only women and children but also fathers of families and young men who come regularly to Mass....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OBLATIONS, 11-22-13

    11/22/2013 7:30:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-22-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OBLATIONSThe offering of the bread and wine for consecration at Mass, expressed by the offertory procession of the faithful and the offertory prayers of the priest. Also applied to any other gifts presented by the people at Mass, either symbolically on special occasions or actually when the gifts are offered for the use of the clergy, the Church, or the poor. (Etym. Latin oblatio, offering.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Thoughts on the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass Not Really as Dark or Dreadful As Many Say

    11/13/2013 2:56:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/13/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Perhaps as a concluding post on funeral masses, this is my third post on the subject this week (omni trinum perfectum all things are perfect in three), I would like to re-post an article I wrote over a year ago.Many of the comments these past days mentioned the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass, which I have been privileged to celebrate many times in my 25 years. It is a beautiful and gentle liturgy, so consoling and yet also sober and mindful that someone has died and that we ought to pray.And while I do not say that everyone must like...
  • Is Reading More Scripture at Mass Always Better?

    11/11/2013 11:59:23 AM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | November 11, 2013 | PETER KWASNIEWSKI
    Is the multi-year Lectionary of the Novus Ordo, containing vastly greater quantities of Scripture, superior to the old one-year Lectionary of the usus antiquior? For a very long time, this question was hardly taken seriously, its answer being assumed to be a self-evident yes. It is therefore gratifying to see more and more people awakening to the seriousness of the question and undertaking comparisons and studies, rather than assuming, in a distinctively modern fashion, that bigger is better. Decades' worth of experience with both lectionaries has led me, in fact, to just the opposite conclusion: the new Lectionary is...
  • All Souls Requiem Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Phoenix, Az.

    11/02/2013 12:52:14 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 9 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 11-2-13 | Fr. Peter Carota
    If you go to Rome, you can visit the Piccolo Museo del Purgatorio. Google it and look at some more of the very interesting pictures. People have come back from purgatory to burn their hand prints into prayer books, and clothing. Talk about proof of the fire of purgatory. Yet most people do nothing for the souls of our loved ones suffering there. So today we had a Holy Latin Requiem Mass for All Souls.
  • Priest Returns From China -- Has Mass Blocked by US Government

    10/30/2013 7:52:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 30, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    "I had to say Mass in my room," says Father Ray Leonard, recalling the years he served in the Tibetan region of the People's Republic of China. In that country, where the Communist government has created a state-sanctioned facsimile of the Catholic Church and driven faithful Catholics underground, Father Leonard saw firsthand how totalitarians approach religion. "Everything is controlled," he told me in an interview. "If you are part of the public church, what is known as the Patriotic Church, the church which is for the most part governed by the Communist Party, they restrict everything. They restrict the times...
  • Have Barack Obama and Eric Holder Caused an Increase in Mass Murder?

    10/21/2013 10:18:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10/21/13 | John Hinderaker
    Attorney General Eric Holder said today, in a speech to a convention of police chiefs, that mass shooting incidents have tripled in the last few years: Between 2000 and 2008, the U.S. experienced an average of five mass shootings every year. Since then the annual average has tripled, Holder said. So far in 2013, there have been at least 12, he said. According to Justice Department figures on mass shootings, 404 people were shot and 207 people were killed from 2009 to 2012. From 2000 to 2008, 324 people were shot and 145 were killed. So Holder is telling us...
  • Denying Catholics the right to hold Mass was a despicable act even for Obama

    10/10/2013 10:43:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/10/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak out Because I was not Catholic, was the third stanza in a poem by Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp for seven years because he spoke against denial of religious freedom to worship as each individual sees fit. His theme centers around the Silence is Consent mantra of Germans who alleged they knew nothing about the gas fumes circling the countrys forests. Well, last weekend, here in America, our First Amendment Right of Religious Freedom was silenced by an edict from on high...