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  • Church Calendar: Overview of the Pre-Lenten Season

    01/20/2019 12:44:52 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    Pre-Lenten Season Theme: Babylonian Captivity, Man’s Fallen State Color: Violet Mood: Penance Symbols: chains, tears, Jeremias Length: Septuagesima Sunday to Shrove Tuesday Septuagesima and Lent are both times of penance, Septuagesima being a time of voluntary fasting in preparation for the obligatory Great Fast of Lent. The theme is the Babylonian exile, the “mortal coil” we must endure as we await the Heavenly Jerusalem... The Sundays of Septugesima are named for their distance away from Easter: * The first Sunday of Septuagesima gives its name to the entire season as it is known as “Septuagesima.” “Septuagesima” means “seventy,” and Septuagesima...
  • The History of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'

    01/01/2019 2:19:46 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    CNA ^ | Fr. Calvin Goodwin
    The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Christmas carol. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the Church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. To fit the number scheme, when you reach number 9, representing the Fruits of the Holy Ghost, the originator combined...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sins of Priests

    11/13/2018 7:54:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins of Priests Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2018 • The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord presents a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case shows a body of evidence that is just as true today as it was then. God has plenty to say and we have much to hear, much of which to repent.As we consider the sins of the priests enumerated below, please...
  • DESTROYER: Pope to Celebrate New Rite of Mass at Youth Synod Closing

    10/21/2018 9:44:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Whispers of Restoration ^ | October 17, 2018 | unknown
    DESTROYER: Pope to Celebrate New Rite of Mass at Youth Synod Closing For those just now connecting the dots…Pattern of Liturgical Deviance Plenty of controversy now surrounds Pope Francis: his seemingly invalid election, his long pattern of heterodox teaching, the Viganň report implicating him in cascading sex abuse crimes, the ongoing Amoris Laetitia debacle, the Vatican sell-out to Communist China, pick your disaster.As this Pope’s penchant for “making a mess” shows no sign of diminishing to the peril of countless souls, we agree with Chris Ferrara’s assessment over at The Remnant, and his call (like Bishop Gracida’s) for an imperfect synod to defend the Church from Francis:...
  • On the Length of the Homily

    09/18/2018 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Length of the Homily Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2018 • During a recent day trip to Sicily, Pope Francis said that homilies should not last more than 8 minutes and that the entire Mass should be completed within 40 (although he may have been exaggerating on this second point). He has said similar things before.He is entitled to his opinion, of course, but I disagree. No sweeping generalization about sermon length is necessary. There are cultural and even local differences that come into play. In my own parish I offer two rather brief masses, on...
  • In Loud and Strident Times, the Sacred Liturgy Can Restore Us to Balance

    08/09/2018 8:26:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Loud and Strident Times, the Sacred Liturgy Can Restore Us to Balance Msgr. Charles Pope • August 8, 2018 • One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often-strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium of his works: Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2014, Vol 11).It hard to describe our times as anything but contentious....
  • The Call to Integrity in Worship

    07/17/2018 8:01:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Call to Integrity in Worship Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2018 • The first reading for Monday of the 15th week of the year is provocative, especially for those of us who hold the Liturgy in high esteem, as well we should. However, it is possible for us to distort even great things like the Mass and the sacraments.Let’s look at the reading and then draw a few teachings from it:Hear the word of the Lord, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, people of Gomorrah! What care I for the number of your...
  • At the name of Jesus

    06/23/2018 7:48:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1,130 replies ^ | 06-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the name of Jesus Bowing at the mention of Jesus’ name is an old practice that has since fallen into wide disuse Msgr. Charles Pope June 10, 2018 Question: I was taught to nod my head when the name of Jesus was spoken. I see some priests and congregants do it, but not most. What is the current practice? — Diane Garrett, via email Answer: Liturgically it is not required. This is a pious custom that, while less common today, is still observed by many. This is not only in the liturgy, but at any time the name of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Does the Holy Liturgy

    04/22/2018 4:08:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Eponymous Flower ^ | April 21, 2018 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Pope Francis Does the Holy Liturgy Pope Francis is to ordain 16 deacons to the priesthood on April 22 The Words of Consecration and the Pope (Rome) The Holy See yesterday published the texts and chants for the Pope's Mass on the 4th Sunday after Easter, which Pope Francis will celebrate on April 22 in St. Peter's Basilica. On this occasion, the head of the Church will consecrate several candidates to the priesthood.   The priestly ordinations Pope Francis will ordain sixteen deacons preparing for the priesthood as priests, sincethe 55th World Day of Prayer is celebrated  at the same...
  • Rachmaninof's Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

    03/12/2018 9:13:37 AM PDT · by redhead · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | Sergei Rachmaninif
    Middle of Great Lent. Lord bless us. Lord have mercy. Such sublime sounds.
  • Do the Creeds Still Matter?

    01/20/2018 9:22:33 AM PST · by tiredofallofit · 41 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 1/19/2018 | Robert Messner
    I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light... Do these words sound familiar? I hope they do. These words, which have been recited in liturgy, at church councils, in battles, and at dinner tables in hundreds of languages, echo to us today through nearly 17 centuries of continual use. This creed is what has united the church (except perhaps in 1054 when it...
  • [Catholic Caucus[ Cdl. Burke: Don’t Apologize for Church Teaching

    01/01/2018 10:49:04 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 1, 2017 | Christine Niles
    Cardinal Raymond Burke is saying the Church owes no apology for its teaching on sexuality. In an interview published December 21 in O Clarim, the former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura rejected the idea that the Church has discriminated against homosexuals. "What I can say is that this year I turned 69, and I have spent my whole life in the Catholic Church," he said. "I have never encountered discrimination against people who suffer from the homosexual condition." He went on to explain that same-sex attraction is "an abnormal condition: God has not created us to have sexual relations with people...
  • The Biblical Roots of the [Catholic] Liturgy

    11/27/2017 8:37:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 433 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Biblical Roots of the Liturgy Msgr. Charles Pope • November 26, 2017 • Catholics are often unaware just how biblical the Sacred Liturgy is. The design of our traditional churches; the use of candles, incense, and golden vessels; the postures of standing and kneeling; the altar; the singing of hymns; priests wearing albs and so forth are all depicted in the Scriptures. Some of these details were features of the ancient Jewish Temple, but most are reiterated in the Book of Revelation, which describes the liturgy of Heaven.The liturgy here on earth is modeled after the liturgy in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Müller: Francis Destroys Catholic Unity

    11/08/2017 3:07:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | November 8, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Cardinal Müller: Francis Destroys Catholic Unity Cardinal Gerhard Müller criticized Pope Francis for transferring the responsibility for liturgical translations to the bishops, “In case of doubt, the final authority cannot be with the bishops’ conferences. This would destroy the unity of the Church's faith, commitment and prayer.” Talking to the Passauer Neue Presse (November 9) Müller said that he has often seen the bishops' translators “watering down biblical or liturgical texts under the pretext of a better comprehensibility”.
  • A Sobering Reminder on the Liturgy from the Book of Leviticus

    10/06/2017 8:44:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-05-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Sobering Reminder on the Liturgy from the Book of Leviticus Msgr. Charles Pope • October 5, 2017 • There is a sobering passage in the Book of Leviticus that speaks to the need for priests to be faithful to the prescribed liturgical norms. While the offense described in this passage is complex, the main point is clear enough: The liturgy is revealed by God and is not the personal plaything of the priest or the congregation. Although some of the liturgical edicts of the Old Covenant have been fulfilled and are therefore no longer binding, only the Church,...
  • Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused ****

    09/13/2017 7:52:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects Msgr. Charles Pope • September 12, 2017 • I have been asked by a number of people what I think of Pope Francis’ recent decision to remand a lot of the task of translating sacred texts to regional bishops’ conferences. To be honest, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I share many of the concerns about how the norms will be applied and how consistently accurate translations will be assured, but on the other, I do not know if it...
  • BREAKING: Pope Francis gives local bishops more responsibility for Mass translations

    09/09/2017 7:24:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    American Magazine ^ | September 9, 2017 | The Editors
    Pope Francis today issued new instructions for the approval of liturgical texts, rebalancing the relationship between the Vatican and local bishops’ conferences in favor of greater local control. The pope's order, issued in a motu propio titled “Magnum Principium,” reverses the trend in recent years toward greater Vatican control over the texts used in the Mass. “In order that the renewal of the whole liturgical life might continue,” Francis wrote, “it seemed opportune that some principles handed on since the time of the [Second Vatican] Council should be more clearly reaffirmed and put into practice.”Editor's note: This story is developing and will...
  • MP "Magnum Principium" granting authority on liturgical translations to Bishops' Conferences

    09/09/2017 6:50:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 3 2017 | Pope Francis
    APOSTOLIC LETTER  ISSUED MOTU PROPRIO OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS MAGNUM PRINCIPIUM BY WHICH CAN. 838 OF THE CODE OF CANON LAW IS MODIFIED The great principle, established by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, according to which liturgical prayer be accommodated to the comprehension of the people so that it might be understood, required the weighty task of introducing the vernacular language into the liturgy and of preparing and approving the versions of the liturgical books, a charge that was entrusted to the Bishops.
  • Mass Gestures? [Catholic Caucus]

    09/02/2017 7:01:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | September-October | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mass Gestures? Q: I’ve read where outstretching our hands (like the priest at the altar) when responding in the Mass and when praying the Our Father are not acceptable acts. Are we to raise our hands at either of these times? Tricia, via emailMonsignor Charles E. Pope A: While the gestures of the priest at Mass are rather clearly prescribed throughout the liturgy, prescribed gestures for the faithful are minimal. There is an occasional directive to strike the breast at the Confiteor, or to bow at one point in the Creed. But there is no mention of particular gestures for...
  • Vatican rumblings: Pope Francis aiming to end Latin Mass permission

    07/26/2017 10:35:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 284 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 26, 2017 | John Henry-Westen
    Sources inside the Vatican suggest that Pope Francis aims to end Pope Benedict XVI’s universal permission for priests to say the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. While the course of action would be in tune with Pope Francis’ repeatedly expressed disdain for the TLM especially among young people, there has been no open discussion of it to date. Sources in Rome told LifeSite last week that liberal prelates inside the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith were overheard discussing a plan ascribed to the Pope to do away with Pope Benedict’s famous...