Tag Archives: Beauty

Preparing the Chalice: A Detail

Have you ever noticed the priest wiping the inside of the chalice with the purificator after pouring in the wine and water, and wondered why? I first noticed this being done in the televised Mass on EWTN many years ago. … Continue reading

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Concluding our 125th at Holy Rosary

This evening we had a special Mass for the parish feast day at Holy Rosary, concluding our 125th Anniversary Year. Those who may not have been following all of this may read this post to learn more about the special indulgence that … Continue reading

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Today’s Collect

This Sunday’s collect (opening prayer) is one of the most beautiful of the liturgical year: Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you, pour out your mercy … Continue reading

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On the Feast of St. Anne

July 26 is the feast of St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus and mother of the Blessed Mother. PRAYER TO ST. ANNE Good St. Anne, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, … Continue reading

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Please Help the Nuns

I’ve posted here before about a lovely, small community of cloistered Dominican nuns located in the center of Alabama, in the town of Marbury: St. Jude Monastery (here, here, here, here, and here). Many of you helped them financially in … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI on Music, Liturgy, John Paul II

Our pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, gave a speech yesterday at Castelgandolfo (the papal summer residence), where he received doctorates honoris causa from two Polish universities. Even though he has gone on record saying that he would not write any more theological … Continue reading

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A Gem on Beautiful Churches

I attended a talk by Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco this morning, and he had a very interesting statement to make about the cost of building beautiful churches. The story went that the San Francisco Cathedral was started in 1963 … Continue reading

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May Crowning

Did your parish have a May Crowning this morning? Here is the result from one of my parishes, St. Barnabas:   The Memorare Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy … Continue reading

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Tríbue, Dómine

I had the good fortune of attending a concert by the world-renowned Tallis Scholars tonight, right here in Birmingham, Alabama. It was wonderful. The final piece on the program was entitled “Tríbue, Dómime”, and is a prayer attributed to St. Augustine … Continue reading

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Ciborium Veil

A few months back a kind individual gave me a ciborium veil that his wife had made. I was finally able to put it into use on Holy Thursday. (For various reasons which I won’t get into here, we will … Continue reading

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A Holy Thursday Gift

For several months now I’ve been undertaking a transformation of the rectory chapel here at St. Barnabas, to change it from the guest room that it used to be to a room that looks like a chapel and is a … Continue reading

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Mass Ad Orientem for the Annunciation

This morning I celebrated Mass ad orientem for the Solemnity of the Annunciation, on our historic high altar at Holy Rosary Church. The Mass (which was a Novus Ordo in English) was offered for all the deceased of the parish: for those … Continue reading

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