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  • 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 diocese’s archive, located in St. Mary’s 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 laity’s 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 Stockholm’s 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 Judge’s 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 he’s not sure. He is aware of the Bible’s existence but cannot name all four Gospels and would not even be sure exactly where to find them in the book. He’d 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 God’s 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
                  I’d 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 bottom really 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 Weren’t 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 you’d say “Of course it is.” After all we are asking God’s 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 Sunday’s Mass via a video link from the Vatican. …
  • Why don’t 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:OBLATIONS The 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 country’s forests. Well, last weekend, here in America, our First Amendment Right of Religious Freedom was silenced by an edict from on high...

    10/05/2013 10:08:36 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 2 replies
    1. Salmagundi is a type of salad that contains a little bit of everything. 2. I have added several more essays to the “The One About…” page, including the one about Sharia Finance, the one about Jesus and Guns and the one about Jesus Christ: Economist. I’ll try to get some more up today. 3. YES, I SAW THAT THE OBAMA REGIME is threatening to arrest any priest chaplain who says Mass. Obviously, every Catholic priest chaplain should IMMEDIATLY go offer the August and Unbloody Holy Sacrifice in the most public way possible every single day and then force the...
  • Why Don't We Use "Yahweh" In Mass Any More?

    09/27/2013 7:11:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Aggie Catholic ^ | September 26, 2013
    Q - A few years ago, it was announced that the term "Yahweh" is no longer to be used (removed from all songs). It seemed like an odd decision and with all that is going on in the world, a huge waste of time to make a big deal about. Why did we do this? A - Thanks for the question! I know this is a point of confusion for many. I hope I can adequately explain the reasoning behind the decision, but let me first point out something else. Don't think the Church isn't doing those other more important...
  • Gay ‘married’ couple denied Communion in Rhode Island parish

    08/13/2013 6:28:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 92 replies
    Life Site ^ | Johanna Dasteel
    WOONSOCKET, RI, August 13, 2013 ( – Two Rhode Island men were told by their priest that, because of their same-sex “marriage,” he could no longer give them Communion, according to local news reports. Lew Pryeor and Pierre Laveillee were “married” in 2007 and have been parishioners at Sacred Heart for two years. Lew Pryeor and Pierre Laveillee However, Fr. Brian Sistare at Sacred Heart Church has challenged the couple to conform to the Catholic Church’s teaching, which says that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. The subject reportedly arose during a meeting Pryeor had requested...
  • 74% Rarely or Never Use Mass Transit

    08/08/2013 6:36:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 06, 2013
    just six percent (6%) of American Adults use mass transit services such as buses, subways, trains or ferries every day or nearly every day. ... three-out-of-four Americans (74%) say they rarely or never use mass transit
  • Franciscans of the Immaculate: Vatican Attempts to Reassure -- Reasoning Not Convincing

    08/03/2013 2:38:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | August 3, 2013 | Tancred
    (Rome) The unrest has not remained hidden among Traditional Catholics from the Vatican, that has developed from the treatment of the Traditional Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. The need to intervene and reassure. However, the justification offered here is hard to believe. . The exemplary Franciscans of the Immaculata, which was canonically erected in 1990, will, by a decree dated the 11th of July be placed under provisional administration by the Congregation of Religious. It was also arranged that all the priests, would celebrate the liturgy according to the New Rite. It is a serious attack against the...
  • Mass Confusion Hi- Caliber & G Ski Rocks

    07/16/2013 11:10:01 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 7/16/2013 | Hi- Caliber & G Ski Rocks
    Hip Hop song about the George Zimmerman - Trayvon Martin case. We focused on the racial aspect of the case, and we take issue with those who use tragedies like this to further their agendas, ( Sharpton, Holder, Black Panthers) A MUST SEE!!!
  • Cardinal Ranjith on Forming the Faithful to Live the Liturgy

    06/28/2013 8:39:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Zenit ^ | June 28, 2013
    The faithful must be taught the true meaning of the sacred liturgy: that it is “an instrument of communion with the Lord, allowing the Lord to take hold of you, and the Lord absorbing you into his divine mission, and making you experience what a great and privileged moment of communion this is.”These are the words of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, in an exclusive interview with ZENIT on the sidelines of Sacra Liturgia 2013, a major international conference in Rome this week. The cardinal, who was previously Secretary at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of...
  • Pope adds name of St. Joseph to Eucharistic prayers

    06/19/2013 3:06:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 6/19/2013
    In the first decree of a liturgical nature of this pontificate, Pope Francis has decided that name of St. Joseph should be added to the Eucharistic Prayers II, II and IV, as they appear in the third typical edition of the Roman Missal, after the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Below please find the text of the decree issued Wednesday by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments: DECREE Exercising his paternal care over Jesus, Saint Joseph of Nazareth, set over the Lord’s family, marvelously fulfilled the office he received by grace. Adhering firmly to the...
  • Pope Francis: Mass on Saturday Morning

    06/01/2013 7:50:37 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 6 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 6-1-13 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) “The Church is not a cultural organization,” but, “the family of Jesus.” This was the focus of Pope Francis’ remarks to the faithful gathered for Mass on Saturday morning in the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican. The Pope said that Christians should not be ashamed to live with the scandal of the Cross, and urged them not to be "trapped by the spirit of the world." Listen: Pope Francis took the question put to Jesus by the scribes and chief priests, “By what authority are you doing these things?” as his starting point. Once again, he...
  • Rail by rail! (priest explains why he installs altar rails at each parish where he serves)

    05/13/2013 6:31:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 13, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    One for the Brick by Brick file.I had a note from a friend in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, where the great Bishop Robert Finn presides.At St. Andrew the Apostle on the north side of KC, Fr. Vince Rogers has installed a new brand new Communion rail!My friend wrote: He has installed altar rails in most of not all of the parishes in which he has served over the past 15-20 years.He noted in his homily this morning, “So, why do I do this everywhere I go? It started when I was a seminarian at the NAC. Mother Teresa...
  • Why Pope Francis Doesn't Give (Distribute) Communion

    05/09/2013 5:06:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 82 replies
    Chiesa ^ | May 9, 2013 | Sandro Magister
    Because, he says, unrepentant public sinners could slip in among the faithful, and he does not want to back up their hypocrisy. The case of Catholic politicians who support abortion. ROME, May 9, 2013 – There is one particular in the Masses celebrated by Pope Francis that raises questions that have so far gone unanswered. At the moment of communion, pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio does not administer it himself, but allows others to give the consecrated host to the faithful. He sits down and waits for the distribution of the sacrament to be completed. The exceptions are very few. At...
  • QUAERITUR: Sister starts Mass and Father shows up around the Offertory

    05/06/2013 5:09:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say ^ | 5/6/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I generally like one question at a time, but this was so… bizzare that it needs more attention.From a reader: This weekend, Father was having a series of talks during his Masses which spanned about fifteen minutes, and so he was late for one at another Church.The parish sister started the Mass with the full (including greeting) introductory rites and Liturgy of the Word.Father arrived at the offertory and then Mass continued as normal.This is a common, though not weekly, practice. [?!?]1) Is it still Mass?2) Does it satisfy the obligation of the faithful (and myself) to attend Sunday Mass?3) Is...
  • Vatican may prohibit female alter (sic) service [Catholic Caucus]

    04/29/2013 7:50:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 88 replies ^ | October 14, 2003/Updated September 2012 | Amanda Michaels
    Vatican may prohibit female alter (sic) service By Michaels, Amanda Published: Tuesday, October 14, 2003Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:09   Only nine years after the Vatican gave women permission to serve beside their male counterparts at the altar, a new proposal threatens to force them back into the crowd. On Sept. 23, the Italian Catholic monthly, "Jesus," released advanced text of an article featuring excerpts from a draft document, or directive, written by the Vatican congregations for Divine Worship and the Sacraments and for the Doctrine of the Faith. Distributed on June 5, the document was an expansion on the papal...
  • SHOOTERS WERE DEMOCRATS (mass murders)

    03/24/2013 6:36:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    A Nation Beguiled ^ | March 16th, 2013 | posted by olddog
    Dear Editor. I know and appreciate Sen. Tim Johnson’s position on guns and the Second Amendment. I would ask him to ask the progressive liberals he is in contact with who are antigun and anti second amendment why is it the progressive liberals acquire guns, then kill [movie goers] and children in schools'? Why are no conservative NRA members involved in mass shootings? Ft Hood Shooter: Reg­istered Democrat and Muslim. Columbine Shooters: Too young to vote … both families were Registered Democrats and progressive liberals. Virginia Tech shooter: Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff. Registered Democrat....
  • Is Pope Francis a Liturgical Liberal?

    03/18/2013 3:31:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    >There have been some rumblings amongst traditionalist Catholics that Pope Francis is going to turn out to be a liturgical liberal. Apparently a few extremists are worried that Pope Benedict’s encouragement of the Latin Mass and his bringing back some of the older styles of clerical dress and papal customs are going to be thrown out in favor of happy clappy masses, clowns, balloons and big puppets.Everyone should stop and take a deep breath and get a sense of priorities. I am myself, on the more traditionalist side of the liturgy wars. I dislike anodyne, sentimental church music, a game...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LATIN, 03-07-13

    03/07/2013 7:55:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 0307-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LATIN Originally the Italic dialect of ancient Rome. It was the ordinary language of the Roman Empire at the time of Christ, and Latin translations of the Bible were made as early as the second century. The liturgy was also celebrated in Latin (along with Coptic, Greek, and Ethiopic) since apostolic times. Latin gradually became the official language of the Western Church, and from the time of Tertullian (c. 160-c. 220) was used extensively in theological writing. A historic change took place at the Second Vatican Council, which declared that "the use of the Latin language...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALTAR CARDS, 02-27-13

    02/27/2013 9:16:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 02-27-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALTAR CARDS Printed or manuscript cards placed on the altar and facing the priest during Mass. They were to help the memory of the celebrant when it was inconvenient to use the Missal. Three cards, center and two sides, were commonly used, though only one was prescribed. Still in use in some places, they are no longer required by the rubrics. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
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    10/27/2006 10:28:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 639+ views
    Curt Jester ^ | October 27, 2006
    L.A. Catholic's latest post on a The Tidings article reports on the "Missa Gaia"The print edition of the October 27 issue of The Tidings (the online edition is not posted on that paper's site, but you can click on this post's title tomorrow and presumably it will be) carries an article, "LMU Forum draws prominent environmentalists."The article is about this year's Bellarmine Forum, Oct. 29-Nov. 3, at Loyola Marymount U. in L.A. The theme is, "Earth to You: Do Something Now." The invitees include Bobby Kennedy Jr., Jean-Michel Cousteau and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), for whom the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RUBRICS, 01-16-13

    01/16/2013 9:23:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Catholic ^ | 01-16-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):RUBRICS Originally red titles of law announcements. They are the directive precepts or liturgical provisions found in the Missal, including the Sacramentary and lectionary, and in the ritual, to guide bishops, priests, or deacons in the Eucharistic liturgy, the administration of sacraments and sacramentals, and the preaching of the Word of God. Rubrics are printed in red and are either obligatory or merely directive, as the context makes amply clear. (Etym. Latin rubrica, red earth; title of law written in red; hence law instruction.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...