Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review. Happy New Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 300,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects

By: Msgr. Charles Pope In the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X … Continue reading

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The Traditional Catholic And Novus Ordo Confession Rites

The traditional Catholic Confession begins with the Penitent kneeling down behind a screen and making a sign of the cross and then saying: “Bless me father for I have sinned.  It has been (week, month, years) since my last confession … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Feast of the Holy Family

The Holy Family Vasari & Sarto Pilgrimage to Nazareth to the Holy Family Paris, December 26, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo Sunday of the Holy Family, December 28 ‐ Year B ‐ December 28, 2014 1) The Family who is … Continue reading

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Saint John, the Beloved Disciple

By Monsignor John T. McMahon, M.A., Ph.D., Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1957 The feast day of Saint John the Evangelist is celebrated two days after Christmas. It is both right and proper that the feast of the chief Evangelist of the … Continue reading

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Meeting

Before any relationship can flourish, there has to be a meeting. Before the meeting, there is the coming together, and preparation. Only a mad or evil person would want a meeting to go badly! Christmas is where God meets man directly, … Continue reading

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Review of the Year – the highs and the lows (Deacon Nick Donnelly)

 By permission of the Editor, Catholic Voice, Ireland   by Deacon Nick Donnelly As the year draws to a close it seems to many that we are again living through revolutionary times in the Church. I suggest therefore that we … Continue reading

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Why China needs a Chinese edition of CP&S

A Chinese university bans Christmas for being a kitsch Western holiday. CP&S kitsch at Christmas? Never!

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Urbi et Orbi Message of Pope Francis

Pope Francis greets the crowd in St Peter’s Square during the annual Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing. – REUTERS   Thursday 25 December 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, … Continue reading

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A Joyful and Blessed Christmas to all our Friends

“What worthy return can we make for so great a condescension? The One Only-begotten God, ineffably born of God, entered the Virgin’s womb and grew and took the frame of poor humanity. He who upholds the universe, within whom and … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Christmas Masses

<a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_van_Honthorst”Gerard van Honthorst Christmas: the Birth of the Heart of Our Heart Paris, December 23, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo Amazed by the Light, by the Joy and by the Simplicity 1) The Living Nativity: us. An anonymous person … Continue reading

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The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

What struck me when I first read this beautiful 19th century Christmas meditation was its pure traditional Catholic sentiment! By Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 “When shall I come and appear before the face of God?”–Psalms xli, 3 Five thousand … Continue reading

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Of the Father’s heart begotten

I can’t think of any other two metropolitan cathedrals that are only within an eight minute drive from each other, but that somehow is the situation for the Catholic cathedrals of Westminster and Southwark in London. They both, of course, … Continue reading

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“O Emmanuel” (God-With-Us) – 23rd December

From Vultus Christi Behold the Bread of Angels Sent Murillo’s painting of the Infant Christ distributing bread to pilgrims is an invitation to consider the mystery of the Eucharist, God-With-Us, the Child of Bethlehem, the House of Bread. An Angel assists … Continue reading

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“O Rex Gentium” (O King of the Nations) – 22nd December

The “O” Antiphons, the seven jewels of our liturgy, date back to the fourth century; there is one for each day from 17th to 23rd December. These antiphons address Christ with seven magnificent Messianic titles, based on the Old Testament … Continue reading

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