The disappearing Midnight Mass — UPDATED

My pastor, Bishop Paul Sanchez, at Midnight Mass at our parish, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, NY in 2013. (photo: Rosalind Chan) It’s happening in the United States—I know of more and more places that are offering “Midnight Mass” a few hours earlier—and it’s a phenomenon that has taken hold in the [Read More...]

Will you be chanting the Christmas Proclamation?

A deacon reader asked me if I had a copy of this lying around, and I was able to find this very good version (at the bottom of the page.) This chant isn’t mandatory and could even be read; unlike The Exsultet, the rubrics don’t even mention the deacon doing it. But this exquisite proclamation can set a [Read More...]

Have you ever seen a diaconate ordination like this?

A reader sent this my way, with this explanation: Deacon Greg, Knowing your interest in all things deacon-ish, I thought I’d pass along a video showing scenes from the ordination of a new deacon in Christ the Savior Cathedral according to the rites of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Kirill. Take a look. It’s [Read More...]

Cardinal Sarah named Prefect for Congregation of Divine Worship

From The Vatican: On Sunday, 23 November 2014, the Holy Father named Cardinal Robert Sarah as Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Cardinal Sarah has been serving as President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, Archbishop emeritus of [Read More...]

Miami church reports young Catholics seeking out Latin Mass

Details:  Roman Catholic Mass was at one time universally celebrated in Latin, the ancient Roman language. After the second Vatican Council in the 1960s, Mass was allowed to be celebrated in the language of the people, meaning Mass in Peru was celebrated in Spanish and Mass in the United States was celebrated in English — [Read More...]

Bill Murray, liturgist: “I think we lost something by losing the Latin”

H/T to Rod Dreher, who posted this item:  His parents were Irish Catholics; one of his sisters is a nun. This conspicuous religion adds to his broad church appeal (there’s a citation from the Christian Science Monitor on his golfing memoirs). You don’t need to ask if his faith is important to him. He talks about [Read More...]

People, look east: Bishop announces celebration of Mass ad orientem during Advent

From Bishop James Conley in Lincoln, Nebraska:  Since ancient times, Christians have faced the east during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to remember to keep watch for Christ. Together, the priest and the people faced the east together, waiting and watching for Christ. Even in Churches that did not face the east, the priest [Read More...]

Archbishop Cupich’s installation program, featuring music and the coat of arms

For those who missed it, you can download the full program right here.  After all the debate that erupted online over the archbishop’s selection of “All Are Welcome” at the vespers service, liturgists might want to note that the installation Mass itself included “How Lovely Are the Messengers“ by Mendelssohn, and “Taste and See,” along [Read More...]

Here I am, Lord: Dan Schutte, the man behind the music

He’s written some of the most familiar—and controversial—Catholic music of the last 40 years. This morning, a newspaper in Louisiana profiles him:  Dan Schutte never envisioned fame or a lasting legacy as a music star. He just wanted to write spiritual music. He wrote a lot of it. Nowadays, four decades after he first began [Read More...]

Black vestments for All Souls?—UPDATED

This image popped up on my Facebook feed this morning: Brooklyn’s Fr. Carlos Velasquez celebrating his first All Souls Mass as a priest this weekend at St. Sebastian’s in Woodside. This seems to be a growing trend in the U.S, though I have to admit I’ve never seen it personally; we don’t have any black [Read More...]


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