What happened to Satan’s empty promises?

Rehearsing for the Easter Vigil tonight, a few of us couldn’t help but notice that the new missal translation has altered some of the baptismal rite. No longer do we reject “Satan…and all his empty promises.” It’s now “Satan…and his empty show.” And: the line “This is our faith” has also been removed. I was [Read More...]

Pange Lingua

The beautiful, haunting chant of Holy Thursday.  Translation follows the video below. Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, of His flesh the mystery sing; of the Blood, all price exceeding, shed by our immortal King, destined, for the world’s redemption, from a noble womb to spring. Of a pure and spotless Virgin born for us [Read More...]

The bee’s knees

As we near the Easter Vigil, and deacons around the globe are clearing their throats and practicing the new Exsultet, here’s an interesting tidbit from New Liturgical Movement: Recently one of our priests sent in some photos with a brief note about a Paschal candle that he, himself, undertook to design for his parish. He [Read More...]

Looking for the new Exsultet? Look no further

Someone dropped me a Facebook message, asking if I’d found a version that you can download. You can find everything at this website. There’s a pdf of the music, as well. For your listening pleasure, here: If you need it, here’s the chant for the candle at the beginning of the Vigil: And last, but [Read More...]

“Let us remember we’re in the presence of God, even though we’re 650 feet beneath the surface of the ocean”

How’s this for an unusual place to celebrate Mass: on a submarine. Details: As venues for religious services go, the Rev. Thomas Hoar says you could do worse than a submarine. Hoar, who presided over a Mass aboard the USS Missouri last Sunday, said there was a quiet calm to the sub as it surged [Read More...]

Vatican issues ultimatum to SSPX

From Reuters: The Vatican on Friday told an ultra-traditionalist Roman Catholic splinter group they must accept non-negotiable doctrinal principles within a month or risk a painful break with Rome that would have “incalculable” consequences. The ultimatum was issued after a two-hour meeting between Swiss-born Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of the dissident Society of Saint Pius [Read More...]

Helping hands: translating the Mass for those who can’t hear

A diocesan paper in Arkansas looks at the particular challenges of deaf Catholics – and how the church is trying to help them: When Catholics who are deaf make a joyful noise to the Lord, they do it with a flourish of fingers. Every day they face isolation in a hearing world, even when it [Read More...]

When yoga is more reverent than Mass — UPDATED

An astute observation from Elizabeth Scalia: Out of curiosity, I recently visited a yoga class with a friend. It was held in a simple, unadorned room. Outside of it, there was a great deal of socializing and chatting, but once people entered the room, all talking ceased. People moved carefully, so as not to disturb [Read More...]

“Our Masses are much like any other — just better done…”

While we’ve been distracted by the the communion controversy down in Washington, some interesting news on a related topic broke overseas: Archbishop Vincent Nichols has reaffirmed the Diocese of Westminster’s pastoral provision for gay Catholics following accusations that it provides a platform for dissent from Church teaching. In a statement issued today, the Archbishop of [Read More...]

Nevermind: priest who lost job over Mass language retracts resignation

The saga in Belleville continues: The Rev. William Rowe may not always go by the book during Mass, but he is digging deep into the letter of church law in an effort to regain his post as parish priest. For decades, Rowe has deviated from the language of the Roman Catholic Mass, a highly prescribed [Read More...]


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