Author Archives: Father Jerabek

A Coherent and Complete System

A priest who begins to learn about the old Rituale Romanum, with its collection of Blessings, may be surprised to notice that no blessing is provided for purificators. There is a blessing for palls (the stiff square that goes on top … Continue reading

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Pray for LEOs

I had a good conversation tonight with one of the several police officers who regularly help us here at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Many of these men are quite impressive: their lives are truly on the line daily in … Continue reading

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Resurrection and the Rising Sun

In my homily for Easter Sunday (PDF download) I reflected on the theme of “memory” in connection with Resurrection faith. As part of this I told the story of the Church in Japan, “the Land of the Rising Sun” — … Continue reading

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Blessing of Paschal Foods/Easter Baskets

In some places there is an old tradition of blessing the food that will be eaten on Easter morning (thereby breaking the traditional Lenten fast). These foods are usually brought in a nicely-decorated basket to the church on Holy Saturday … Continue reading

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Altar of Repose 2019

I wanted to share this photo of this year’s Altar of Repose in my parish, the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Birmingham, Alabama. This year’s variation includes sheaves of wheat and bunches of grapes (beside and on the candlesticks), as well … Continue reading

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The Mothers of Lu

On this Holy Thursday we consider the two sacraments our Lord instituted this day: the Holy Priesthood and the Holy Eucharist. They are intimately connected – no priests, no Eucharist; no love and reverence for the Eucharist, no priests. In … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Sorrows in Passiontide

Today — Friday before Palm Sunday — is traditionally the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in Passiontide; also known as “St. Mary in Passiontide”, “Our Lady in Passiontide”, or “Our Lady of Seven Sorrows”. This feast is found in … Continue reading

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Trust the Church of God

An important and helpful quotation from Cardinal Newman — who is due to be canonized later this year: Trust the Church of God implicitly, even when your natural judgment would take a different course from hers, and would induce you … Continue reading

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How Much Water in the Wine?

During the preparation of the chalice (see HERE for another interesting post on this topic), the deacon or priest who is doing the preparation is supposed to add some water to the wine. This is done …as the Council of Trent … Continue reading

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Passiontide Veiling & Unbleached Candles

This morning, after our Saturday morning Mass, our crew of employees and volunteers did the annual veiling of the images and setting out of unbleached candles that we do during Passiontide. (Since we are celebrating a Year of St. Joseph … Continue reading

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Does Friday Penance Bind Gravely?

Today, when this is being posted, is a Friday of Lent — a day of abstinence from meat for all Catholics who have completed 14 years of age. But is it really a sin if one chooses to eat meat anyhow … Continue reading

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The Realism of Moral Manuals

84. Night prayer is the last prayer of the day, said before retiring, even if that is after midnight. That norm, from the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, implies that the prayer of Vespers (Evening Prayer) shall … Continue reading

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