Category Archives: Mass and the Liturgy

Category: Mass and the Liturgy

Fr. Z: ‘If You Want Peace Prepare for War’

Sometimes Leon Trotsky is given credit for saying that you might not be interested in war but war is interested in you.  He didn’t say that, exactly, but it is nevertheless true. I have not infrequently challenged you readers to be ready and to get readier for sudden reversals of fortune and for what I think are inevitable long-term struggles, both on the general, human … More →

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The Sudarium and the Shroud, a Part of the Ancient Liturgy

This is an intriguing article explaining the liturgical significance of the altar linen and corporal in reference to the burial and resurrection of Christ. National Catholic Register, Edward Pentin: A German theologian and friend of Benedict XVI, drawing on the writings of a ninth-century bishop, appears to have made a historic and fascinating discovery, revealing how the Shroud of Turin and the sudarium (the Veil … More →

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Vatican Leaves Cardinal Sarah Out on a Limb. No Support

Catholic Culture: The Vatican has moved quickly to counteract a suggestion by Cardinal Robert Sarah that priests should celebrate Mass ad orientem. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, issued a statement on July 11 saying that Cardinal Sarah’s address to a London conference had been “misinterpreted,” and emphasizing that there were no new official directives regarding the ad orientem posture. More here. … More →

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Vatican Prefect for Liturgy Says Priests Should Not Face the People

Catholic Culture: Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Liturgy, has recommended that priests throughout the world celebrate Mass ad orientem, beginning at Advent. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Poland: First Nation to Be Granted Permission to Celebrate Feast of the Sacred Heart

Aleteia, Philip Kosloski: Guess which European country was the first to be given papal approval to celebrate a feast in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Was it France, where both St. John Eudes and St. Margaret Mary promoted devotion to Jesus’ heart? Nope. Was it Germany, where St. Gertrude the Great composed prayers to the Sacred Heart? Guess again. The first country to … More →

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Unworthy Communion: St. Paul Warning Text Not in Novus Ordo Readings

New Liturgical Movement: Instead, in keeping with a programmatic decision to avoid what they considered “difficult” biblical texts,[5] the revised Lectionary altogether omits 1 Corinthians 11:27–29. St. Paul’s “stern warning” against receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily, that is, unto one’s damnation, has not been read at any Ordinary Form Mass for almost half a century.[6] Read full article here. Share, Bookmark, Like: … More →

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The Lamentations of Jeremias: Art and Music

During the sacred Triduum, the Lamentations of Jeremias are sung as part of the Tenebrae ceremony, i.e., the liturgical office comprised of Matins and Laudes, and done in the dark, as its Latin name suggests. Each liturgical lesson from Jeremias ends with Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum (Jerusalem, return onto the Lord thy God) which is an adaptation of Osee 14:2). Below are two musical … More →


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Archbishop Schneider Objects to Priests Washing Women’s Feet

The Wanderer: Schneider made a clear statement about this matter, as follows: “As concretely to the innovation of washing the feet of women during the Holy Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday: This Holy Mass celebrates the commemoration of the institution of the Sacraments of the Eucharist and [of] the Priesthood. Therefore, the foot washing of women along with the men not only distracts … More →

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Lenten Ember Days, Today, Friday, and Saturday

Jennifer Miller has a very good article, republished today for Catholic Culture website, on the history and meaning on the Church’s Ember Days. She is the primary developer of CatholicCulture.org’s liturgical year section. Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture: This Wednesday, February 17, within the First Week of Lent marks the beginning of the traditional dates of the Lenten Ember Days. With the reorganization of the Liturgical … More →

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Bishop of Marquette, MI, Wants Gregorian Chant Sung in All Parishes

Catholic Culture: Therefore, the bishop said, all parishes in the Marquette diocese will be expected to teach chant to the faithful, and introduce the regular chanting of the Ordinary parts of the Mass. These steps, Bishop Doerfler said, “can be taken by the smallest parishes in the diocese.” He ordered that all parishes have chant programs in place by the end of the year 2020. More … More →

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Bishop Orders All Tabernacles Put Back in Center of Sanctuary

Patrick Gorman, director of the Office of Worship for the Madison diocese: “The idea is we’re going to put Christ in the most central place in the Church because that’s the position he has in the Church, in the body of Christ,” he added. “Of course Jesus Christ himself is in it, therefore standing at the head of our church.” Read CNA article here. Share, … More →

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O Antiphons Date Back to Eighth Century

National Catholic Register, Marge Fenelon: We’ve begun the “O” Antiphons. Every year from December 17-23, the Catholic Church sings what’s known as the “O” Antiphons, the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer. They’re called such because each antiphon begins with “O.” You’ll notice them as the Alleluia verse before the Gospel at Mass. The tradition itself dates back to the eighth century. … More →

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Advent Hymn: Drop Your Dew, Ye Clouds of Heaven

While I’m on the subject of Advent hymns, here is one written by Michael Denis in 1774 (the music that goes with is was probably written by Michael Haydn). The text is drawn from Holy Scripture, Old and New Testaments: Isaias 45,8; St. Paul to the Hebrews 10,9; St. Luke 1; and St. Paul to the Romans 13, 11-14. Drop Your Dew, Ye Clouds of … More →


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Maria Walks Amid the Thorn

Here is one of our favorite Advent hymns. It is sung in two parts, one of which is a haunting counterpoint. The carol comes from sixteenth century Germany (although it is probably much older) and commemorates the barrenness of the the Old Testament, the longing and waiting, and the flowering of sanctity and joy with the coming of the Messias. (“Kyrie eleison” is Greek for … More →


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Adelante La Fe’s Exclusive Interview with Monsignor Schneider: Vatican II, Communion in the Hand, Crisis, SSPX

With the gracious permission of the Spanish language web site, Adelante La Fe, we reproduce here their own English translation of their complete interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C.,  the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan and titular bishop of Celerina. His Excellency says many wonderful and edifying things here. Note: “Monsignor” is the proper form of address to a Bishop in most European languages. * * * * … More →

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