Tag Archives: Lent

Altar of Repose

This year I had a traditional altar of repose set up in my parish, the Cathedral of St. Paul. A local carpenter constructed the backdrop and shelf assembly that was erected in front of our statue of the Blessed Mother, … 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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Potato Onion Oil Egg Salt

Tonight I tried my hand at a great meatless meal, Spanish Tortilla. It is nothing like the tortilla we know in the USA, made from flour or corn. This one, rather, is made from eggs and potatoes (and oil, onion, … Continue reading

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Some New Altarware

Our new altar candlesticks, crucifix, and missal stand arrived recently for Holy Rosary parish – one of the fruits of the fundraiser that I had. (Side note: another Mass for benefactors will take place soon.) Here are two photos: You’ll … Continue reading

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A Time of Martyrs

I said to some priest friends at dinner tonight that after I was ordained nearly seven years ago, whenever I preached about martyrdom I would do so in terms of “white martyrdom” (suffering for the faith, not dying for it), saying that … Continue reading

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Fat Tuesday’s Excesses

In the Catholic world, the time leading up to Lent has traditionally been known as “carnival”, from the Latin words for saying farewell to meat (“carne vale”); during this time people would clean out the larder in their homes – … Continue reading

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Lent Is Upon Us

While I’ve had some blogging ideas lately, I’ve not had the time actually to post them. In any case, I did want to put the link back up for the Lenten Reading Plans. So those of you accessing the blog from a desktop … Continue reading

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Needed: Lenten Almsgiving Alternatives

In many places it’s a tradition by now to save one’s pocket change for Operation Rice Bowl, a program run by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). However, CRS unfortunately continues to make bad decisions about how it will use its funding, so … Continue reading

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Christ in the Tomb

The city of Naples, Italy leaves much to be desired; however, should you ever find yourself there, you must go to the Sansevero Chapel museum to see this life-sized sculpture of the Veiled Christ. I visited it several months ago. It is … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday – The Harrowing of Hell

FROM AN ANCIENT HOMILY FOR HOLY SATURDAY Read in the Office of Readings in today’s liturgy What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth … Continue reading

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The Crucifixion

Consider how your Jesus, after three hours of agony on the Cross, consumed at length with anguish, abandons Himself to the weight of His Body, bows His Head, and dies. O my dying Jesus, I kiss devoutly the Cross on which … Continue reading

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