Extreme Makeover: the "Gloria" edition

Well, it’s not that extreme…but it’s definitely different. Here’s something that may be coming your way next Advent: the new “Gloria,” composed by Jeff Ostrowski, to accommodate the new translation of the Roman Missal.  H/T The Anchoress. Give a listen, below. [Read more...]

Deacons and the Latin mass

Also known as the “Extraordinary Form.” Below, in an example, the priest blesses the deacon about to chant the gospel. Anyway: someone wrote to Fr. Z to inquire how his father, a newly ordained permanent deacon, could learn how to serve mass in the Extraordinary Form. The answer: The role of deacon is, frankly, the [Read More...]

Word made flesh: the remarkable Christmas mass of Fr. Prus

A reader sent this my way in the comments, adding that she wanted to show… the wonderful way one priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit celebrates the Christmas Mass starting with a real baby in the manger. The manger is then used as an altar. Brought my camera this year because so many not in [Read More...]

Deacons and the collar: Fr. Z goes there

After much dissection of the norms, he concludes: Sadly, I think, bishops still have little idea what to do with deacons. The idea of denying the Roman collar to men duly ordained as clerics, while permitting it for those merely studying for the priesthood, as is the case in many seminaries, doesn’t make sense to [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“I must honestly tell you that our Christmas Eve liturgy was so slap-dash, so irreverent and untrained and featured music so poorly chosen and executed that it was joyless, perfunctory and at times just so awful as to feel more like torture than celebration. Even my husband, who never has a bad word to say, [Read More...]

Meet Marini, "Master of Liturgy"

Imagine my surprise to find this story splashed on the front page of the Washington Post – a profile of the papal master of ceremonies: In Rome on a rainy Christmas Eve, Pope Benedict XVI followed a procession of Swiss guards, bishops and priests down the central nave of St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate midnight [Read More...]

God rest ye, merry gentle friends

Visiting a parish in Maryland this weekend, I was surprised that the recessional hymn at today’s mass wasn’t altered for political correctness. But no: to my amazed ears, they actually sang “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.” The reason this surprised me was because the entrance hymn, on the other hand, was changed from “Good Christian [Read More...]

Priests in NYC call for halt to new missal

I haven’t heard of anything like this happening elsewhere.  But it seems priests from two vicariates in the Archdiocese of New York are calling for a delay in implementing the new English translation of the Roman Missal (slated to start next Advent). They drafted the following resolution: Whereas, many priests have not had the opportunity [Read More...]