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How Many Intentions Per Mass?

I’ve written before about the Mass “for the people” (pro populo) that pastors are bound to offer on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligations for the sake of their parish(es). But at the other Masses each week, For how many intentions … Continue reading

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The Best Incense

Incense is a topic that, in some places, can be almost as divisive as the subject of sacred music. In many parishes it is no longer used — period. In some places, it is only used once or twice a … Continue reading

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Where May the Blessed Sacrament Be Reserved?

I’ll never forget the time, many years ago in a far-off place, when an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion who visited the sick told me about the “stash” of the Blessed Sacrament that she kept in a pyx in her … Continue reading

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May Deacons Use the 1962 Blessings?

Following upon recent posts, I have received several comments and emails from deacons, asking if they may use the blessings contained in the 1962 Rituale Romanum. I have declined to post these comments or answer them privately because it is a … Continue reading

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How to Incense the Altar

123. The Priest goes up to the altar and venerates it with a kiss. Then, if appropriate, he incenses the cross and the altar, walking around the latter. That’s the extent of the directions the General Instruction of the Roman Missal … Continue reading

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A Thought on the Mantilla or Chapel Veil

On my Spanish-language Facebook page, someone recently requested that I explain the meaning of the mantilla or chapel veil. More and more ladies are wearing them now, re-discovering the old traditions, as it were. It tends to be controversial for some… … Continue reading

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Where should the priest look during Mass?

What is a priest supposed to do with his eyes during the celebration of Mass? The question probably seems trifling and frivolous to many, but the answer to it can greatly affect the experience of those assisting and praying at … Continue reading

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Smartphone in Confession?

A couple of years back, I started to notice an uncanny occurrence: often things that I had spoken about (out loud) during the day would suddenly appear in online ads (e.g., on my Facebook). It didn’t take long for me … Continue reading

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The Purification of the Church

Last weekend in my parish I preached on the current scandals in the Church and our response to them. You may be interested in reading that homily here. In it, I encouraged prayer and fasting for the purification of the Church. … Continue reading

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BLESS me, Father…

It occurred to me today to ask other priests this question (in the event that there may be some priests among my readership): when the penitent says to you, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…”, do you actually give … Continue reading

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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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Formula of Absolution

Please note that I have written an update to this post here. You may want to read this post first, then go to the new one for some further precision on this matter. A friend was commenting to me at … Continue reading

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