Tag Archives: Prayers

Holy Days of Obligation, 2019-2020 Edition

The task of figuring out which Holy Days are “of Obligation” each year can be confusing and frustrating. One of them — Ascension — is transferred to Sunday in most parts of the country, except for the states of Maine, … Continue reading

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The Churching of Women

Today, after our solemn Mass, a nice family that was visiting asked me if I would give the “Blessing of a Woman after Childbirth” from the traditional (1962) Roman Ritual — also known as “the churching of women”. Read the … Continue reading

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Can the Devil Read Our Thoughts?

I’ve seen various memes about us and the devil on social media recently, along the lines of the one displayed above. The purpose of them is obviously to give us a certain confidence in God and his power over evil; … Continue reading

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Learning How to Serve the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) – Unit 1 Home Study

I will soon be learning how to serve the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) myself — something I never learned to do; I only learned how to celebrate it. And I will also be training some boys how to serve. In … Continue reading

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Fat Priests

“The last thing the Church needs is more fat priests!” — a (now deceased) priest whom I had the privilege of knowing in college (when I weighed about 90 lbs less…) It’s easy enough for priests today to resign ourselves … Continue reading

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Some Problems with Whole Wheat Hosts

It didn’t take long after I was ordained for me to start disliking whole wheat hosts. For one, I noticed that when I fractured them, they tended to produce more crumbs or particles than regular white hosts. After communion, it … Continue reading

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Home Chapels

I posted almost two years ago to the day on the topic of home chapels: see the post, Having a Home Chapel. For those who have the space and the creativity, it’s a wonderful way to honor the Lord in one’s home … Continue reading

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The Options That Divide Us

There can be rather drastic liturgical differences between parishes — most of us have experienced this. Some of us have chosen to attend a parish precisely because of the way it “does liturgy”. But does that necessarily mean that the … Continue reading

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Blessing of Herbs for the Assumption

This evening, on the Vigil of the Assumption, I offered the traditional Blessing of Herbs that is affiliated with this feast day. This is the first time as a priest I had done so. This blessing has mostly fallen off … Continue reading

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[Through Christ our Lord. Amen.]

I remember following along in the missalette during Mass as a layman, and whenever the Roman Canon (the first Eucharistic Prayer) was used, wondering why there were words in red brackets that no priest (!) ever read: [Through Christ our Lord. … Continue reading

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Thank You – Breviaries

A couple of times over the past several months I have made available my “Vocations Wish List”, to invite those who wish to help purchase books that will support vocations. Most recently, this effort was to buy several copies of … Continue reading

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Unworthy Holy Communions: The Kiss of Judas

Consider this: making an unworthy communion — that is, a communion when one is in the state of mortal sin, not in God’s grace — is like giving Jesus the kiss of Judas again. When I was in seminary we … Continue reading

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