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Why Do Some Sign Themselves during the Penitential Rite?

It is fairly common to see people making the sign of the cross when the priest says the words, “May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.” Yet, that sign … Continue reading

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First Blessings and Masses of New Priests

There is an urban legend out there to the effect that there is a plenary indulgence available to anyone who receives a “first blessing” from a new priest within a year of his ordination. This is false. No such indulgence is … Continue reading

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Is Père Hamel a Martyr?

Is Father Hamel a martyr? I would like to think so – and I have certainly thought so today. But in the end I cannot say for sure. I wonder if we may still need to pray for his soul also. … Continue reading

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Purificator Purity

I’ve recently, after a long hiatus, had occasion to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite – with its rubrics that are far more detailed and thought-provoking than those of the Ordinary Form. And doing so has revived in … Continue reading

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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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Can Deacons Bless a St. Benedict Medal?

What we are really talking about here is both exorcising and blessing the medal, but many people refer to the blessing alone when speaking about it. As you know, the St. Benedict medal is a very powerful sacramental that has, for … Continue reading

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Pyx Problems

A pyx is the sacred vessel that is used for transporting the Most Blessed Sacrament – usually to bring Holy Communion to someone who is sick. The purpose of this post is not to write about Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion or … Continue reading

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Seminarians Take Note: First Blessings

Seminarians who are preparing for ordination often wonder about how to give their first priestly blessings, both after their ordination and First Masses, and in other situations where people approach them – usually during the first year especially (for which, … 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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Tabernacle Safety

Recently we’ve heard the shocking news of the profanation of the Blessed Sacrament that took place in and around Ars, France. From the photos I’ve seen, many of the tabernacles involved were very old wooden ones that were hacked into. In … Continue reading

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Caring for Liturgical Linens

Earlier today I was laundering and ironing some liturgical linens over at Holy Rosary, and I posted this photo on Facebook: Among the comments it received, a brother priest suggested that I explain how to launder liturgical linens. Since I … Continue reading

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Murphy Bed

My rectory has a “Murphy Bed”, in what is now an office. That’s the type of bed that used to flip down out of a pocket in the wall, or in this case, a closet. This room used to be … Continue reading

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