Pope Francis to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at juvenile prison—UPDATED

Our surprising new pope continues to surprise. From Vatican Radio:  It was announced by the Holy See Press Office on Thursday that Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the juvenile prison ‘Casal del Marmo’ in Rome, the same facility visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The Mass [Read More...]

Mass appeal: some details of tomorrow’s papal inauguration—UPDATED

A few choice nuggets:  Regarding the beginning of the ceremony, the Pope, once having entered the Basilica, will head to the Confession (St. Peter’s tomb under the high altar) while trumpets will announce the “Tu es Petrus”. The Pope will venerate the tomb of St. Peter, together with the Patriarchs and Major Archbishops of the [Read More...]

The Franciscan style

Rocco has a few observations:  Beyond scaling back the pomp surrounding his early morning stop at St Mary Major – where he spent a solid half hour in prayer before the protectress of Rome, the ancient image of the Salus Populi Romani – this morning’s La Repubblica reports that the new Pope wanted his retinue to ensure that the basilica [Read More...]

Memo to priests: there’s a new guy to mention at Mass

My blog neighbor and brother in Holy Orders, Fr. Mike Duffy, takes note (and uses duct tape): Read his reflections on this momentous event, as a new priest welcomes a new pope. [Read more...]

Pray for Benedict during the Mass—just not out loud

It happened at my parish this weekend — and no doubt, at countless others around the world: the priest, out of habit, accidentally mentioned the name of Benedict during the Eucharistic Prayer. It’s one small change to the liturgy that takes place during the “sede vacante” period.  CNS has more:  The resignation of the pope, [Read More...]

Great moments in liturgy: the priest who has Superman on his vestments

Details:  Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No … it’s SuperPriest! Catholic padre Humberto Alvarez of Saltillo, Mexico, is getting plenty of online love because of these images showing him wearing robes covered in superhero images when he celebrates children’s Mass. Not many members of the clergy would sport pictures of Superman, Batman [Read More...]

“Exult, let them exult…”

It’s that time of year again. If you’re looking for a handy recording of the “Exsultet,” a great resource is this National Association of Pastoral Musicians page, which has a PDF of the music and text, plus an MP3 recording that the more media-savvy may be able to download.   The page also has some [Read More...]

A terrific how-to video for altar servers

With all the pope news, here’s a nice palate-cleanser. This was produced by Fr. Manuel Dorantes in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He once toiled for Univision, and knows a thing or two about TV production. This may be one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive instructional videos for training altar servers.  While this ministry varies [Read More...]

Like the Latin Mass? You’ll love this.

This is a beautifully produced video promoting the Latin Mass.  The Vimeo blurb says it was shot by Two Sense Films at Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa.  [Read more...]

The Secrets of a Good Mass?

Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith has a few ideas:  Start the Mass on time. If it says six o’clock, then let it be six o’clock, not five past or seven past.  The priest should turn up in good time. Seeing a flustered looking chap rush in at one minute to does not help. After all, Mass is [Read More...]


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