Category Archives: Ad Hoc

The Roman Canon and Children

In seminary we were given some sort of vague familiarity (or at least knowledge of) the so-called “Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children” that had been composed as an option for the Novus Ordo at Masses where the majority present … Continue reading

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Blessings for Ordinary Things

The Church has many wonderful blessings to enrich and enhance our daily life. Every priest should have a copy of the 1962 Rituale Romanum, which contains these blessings, many of which were not carried over to the post-conciliar “Book of Blessings”. … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on Preaching

My friend Fr. Lambert Greenan, O.P. (RIP) once told me about how in Ireland, “back in the day” (he lived to be 101…), it was not uncommon for bishops to issue a syllabus each year to the priests of their … Continue reading

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How to Incense the Altar

123. The Priest goes up to the altar and venerates it with a kiss. Then, if appropriate, he incenses the cross and the altar, walking around the latter. That’s the extent of the directions the General Instruction of the Roman Missal … Continue reading

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A Change of Rubrics

The Church teaches that the faithful have the right to the liturgy celebrated according to its laws — according to the rubrics — for they express the mind of the Church and are a guarantee of the catholicity of our … Continue reading

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A Thought on the Mantilla or Chapel Veil

On my Spanish-language Facebook page, someone recently requested that I explain the meaning of the mantilla or chapel veil. More and more ladies are wearing them now, re-discovering the old traditions, as it were. It tends to be controversial for some… … Continue reading

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Non-Penitential Fridays 2019

Code of Canon Law, canon 1250: The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent. Code of Canon Law, canon 1251: Abstinence from meat, or from some other food … Continue reading

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Epiphany Home Blessing

The traditional Rituale Romanum (Roman Ritual) has a surprising number of blessings connected with the Feast of the Epiphany. As you may know, in many countries that were historically Catholic, Epiphany was sort of a bigger day than Christmas itself: for … Continue reading

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Coming Up: Blessing of Wine

This Thursday, December 27, is the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. And the Roman Ritual gives us a special blessing connected with his feast day: the blessing of wine! I’m happy to share here a PDF that I created with … Continue reading

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Rorate Mass

At the kind instance of a parishioner, I scheduled a Rorate Mass this year. Not only had I never been to one of these Masses; I had not celebrated one either. I did it as a High Mass (Missa Cantata), … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings for the Popes, Current and Emeritus

I posted a couple of years about how to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; those posts have always been very popular. I’m happy to share this information again, in case you want to include … Continue reading

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Where should the priest look during Mass?

What is a priest supposed to do with his eyes during the celebration of Mass? The question probably seems trifling and frivolous to many, but the answer to it can greatly affect the experience of those assisting and praying at … Continue reading

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