A liturgy that left me speechless — UPDATED

And I don’t mean that in a good way.  Thank you, Kathy Schiffer, for ruining my Sunday. The clip below is some sort of liturgy from some sort of religion in some sort of country that evidently speaks German.  Fr. Dwight, commenting on this, wonders if it’s even Catholic.  Having watched most of it — [Read More...]

Detroit parish holds first “blessing of the purses”

This is something new to me: Churches have long held special ceremonies to bless the sick, pets, bikes and more. Now a church in Detroit has celebrated its first “Blessing of the Purses.” The first annual event, held Sunday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, was aimed at praying for financial stability in a city that [Read More...]

“This is the night…”

My parish, Saturday night.  Easter Vigil.  Photos by Niranjan Fernando. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: deacon at work

Top picture, from the Easter Vigil: blessing the water with the Paschal Candle. Bottom picture, from Easter morning:  putting that water to use, assisting the priest with the sprinkling after renewal of baptismal promises.   Photos: by Rosalind Chan [Read more...]

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...]


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