Palm Sunday

Here are a few pics from my 10:30 am Solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form. Blessing of Palms and Solemn Procession. My friend Fr. Thomas Kocik is concelebrant.

Palm Sunday - Solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form with Blessing of Palms and Solemn Procession.

Blessing of Palms


Sprinkling with Holy Water following the blessing


Reading of the Passion according to Saint Luke


Elevation following the Consecration of the Sacred Host


Observing sacred silence before the final Collect and Blessing


Breviarium Romanum

Look what arrived yesterday!

I have been using the Baronius version for a while now, but it is very big. It’s not the kind of book you want to travel with. So, I just got the one published by Nova & Vetera. The Baronius version of the Roman Breviary is very beautiful. It comes in three volumes. The one drawback is that each of the three volumes measures in at about 4-3/4″ x 7-1/4″ x 1-7/8″. The Nova & Vetera is in two volumes and measures in at about 4-1/2″ x 7-1/16″ x 1-1/8″. That is a difference of 3/4″. That extra 3/4″ in thickness and an extra volume account to the English text along with the Latin typical. Both beautiful Breviaries. Have a look at the Nova & Vetera.







The Nova & Vetera on top of the Baronius

iPadre #323 – The Liturgical Year

Today, we are going to talk about the Church’s Liturgical Year. I also talk a little bit more about polygamy. Do we have to believe in the miracles of the saints?

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The Times They Are A-Changin

During my time in Rome, I am staying at the Pontifical North American College. Today, the NAC 250 seminarians. I always enjoy my visits the to NAC. The seminarians are men of deep faith and have a great love for the Church.

Tonight, I had the privilege of attending Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer of the Church).  It was so uplifting. Such a change from my days in the seminary, over 24 years ago. There was a procession of Incense, Cross Bearer, Acolytes bearing candles, deacon and priest celebrant. The hymn was Ad Cenam Agni. (Here is a version of it, but the scola did some beautiful choral in between verses). The antiphons were all in Latin and the Psalms in the vernacular, all chanted of course.

For those that think Pope Benedict’s Liturgical reform was short lived, they had better think again!

A video at the end, that expresses my thoughts on the change that has only just begun. The Liturgical hippies are on their way out, beauty, reverence and dignity are returning.

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception (taken after most had already left the chapel following Vespers)

You can find the lyrics here.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.”