Tag Archives: Advent

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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O Radix Jesse

Apropos of today’s O Antiphon, O Radix Jesse, I’d like to share this photo of a beautiful altar found in a large side chapel of the Basilica of Our Lady, Help of Christians, in Wisconsin. Delicately carved into its travertine … Continue reading

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Bishop Says: Let’s Face Christ Together

I have written various times on the topic of Mass celebrated “ad orientem”, or “facing liturgical East” – i.e., the way Mass was celebrated for the majority of the Church’s 2,000 year history. (See here, here, and here, for some … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the O

Historically, December 18th was an interesting feast day in former times: known in the area of Spain/Portugal as the Feast of Our Lady of the O, it was more officially called the Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin … Continue reading

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Getting Ready in Rome

Here are some photos I snapped this afternoon and evening around Rome, showing how the city is getting ready to celebrate Christmas. The Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square. There were a lot of Italian families out this Sunday all … Continue reading

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Gaudete Sunday or Insecurity Sunday?

Happy Gaudete Sunday! Today the rose (pink) candle on the Advent wreath is lit; today hopefully you will see the priest wearing rose (pink) vestments in church. Our rose chasuble here where I live is unfortunately about the same color … Continue reading

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Do Whatever He Tells You

Marriage is the vocation to which the majority of men and women are called, and it is so great a calling that Christ made it the occasion for working His first public miracle. The happy newlyweds are seated in the … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Guadalupe – ¡Qué Viva!

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! ¡Feliz Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe! “Am I not here, who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception

Today, December 8th, is ordinarily observed as the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, usually a Holy Day of Obligation, and in any case, the national feast day of the United States of America. Since the early part of the 19th … Continue reading

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Our Lady of ______________

“We have… this instinct about our Blessed Lady, that she is not merely the Mother of all our fallen race, but Mother of each individually; not our Mother, but my Mother. Protestants sometimes laugh at us because we address ourselves, … Continue reading

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When Will Christ Return In Glory?

There has never been a shortage of people who think they can predict His return. But they are wrong, and they lead others astray. Here is what St. Ephrem the Deacon, writing some 1,650 years ago, had to say about … Continue reading

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Advent Is Upon Us

With first vespers of this evening, we enter the season of Advent. As usual, it’s hard to believe it’s already here! The liturgical color of Advent is purple/violet, and this is because it is one of the penitential seasons of the … Continue reading

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