Author Archives: Gertrude

About Gertrude

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.

Reflection for Quinquagesima Sunday

CP&S Note:   In the Extraordinary Form the 26th February 2017 is  Quinqagesima Sunday, which, in days before the Council always preceded the Lenten season, and is now I believe celebrated in the Ordinariate Usage. I apologise for ‘coming in’ on … Continue reading

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Courtesy of Rorate Caeli BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER INTERVIEW WITH RORATE CAELI SSPX; Women and foot washing; consecrating Russia; anti-pastoral bishops and much more Last week, Rorate Caeli interviewed His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most visible prelates working … Continue reading

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Bishop Schneider Offers Hope Amidst Crisis Permitted by “Divine Providence”

From: One Peter Five As the ecclesiastical crisis continues to deepen in 2017, I have found myself facing a certain exhaustion; a feeling that, while knowing the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, that Christ will have … Continue reading

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Pope Orders Cardinal Müller to Dismiss Three CDF Priests

from:1P5: Maike Hickson (Image: Palace of the Holy Office; Headquarters of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) Marco Tosatti, the well-informed and well-respected Italian Vatican specialist, has just revealed another quite troubling development in Rome. On 26 December, … Continue reading

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The O Antiphons

  Today the Great ‘O’ Antiphons begin. I have yet to find a better explanation than the following (even though we have posted on them before – see below)  by Dame Catherine Wyebourne at   Every day at Vespers … Continue reading

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Red Wednesday: the Four Cardinals

from: Dom Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB The Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, has designated today as Red Wednesday. Mancunians know this tag for another reason, but it is being coopted and elevated by ACN to signify the day … Continue reading

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St. Justin Martyr: Apologist and Father of the Church

June 1st marks the feast day of St. Justin Martyr, an early Father of the Church. He was one of the first apologists for the Christian faith and has been regarded as the leading interpreter of the theory of the … Continue reading

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One is Simon, the other is Peter?

From: One is Simon, the other is Peter? – Gänswein: Papacy was changed in 2013 into an “expanded” Petrine Office with two members. – Does this confirm the Socci-Messori thesis of a papal diarchy? Double-Headed Church? Edward Pentin’s latest … Continue reading

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Day of Great Reparation

According to the writings of Mother Mectilde, the following Day of Reparation takes place on the Thursday of Sexagesima week. Since tomorrow will be Quinquagesima and thus the prelude to Lenten Observance, we have passed the ‘Day of Reparation’ for … Continue reading

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The Mandatum: let’s not be hard on Pope Francis

by Joseph Shaw. Chairman, Latin Mass Society. It is tempting to see the decree allowing women’s feet to be washed on Maundy Thursday as an indication of an acceleration of liturgical decay underway with Pope Francis, following his breaking of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis opens Holy Thursday foot-washing rite to women

From: The Catholic Herald Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during Holy Thursday Mass in 2013 (CNS) The Holy Father broke convention in 2013 when he washed women prisoners’ feet Pope Francis has issued a decree changing … Continue reading

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Hopes and Fears for 2016 – Deacon Nick Donnelly.

By kind permission of the Editor, Catholic Voice, Ireland. by Deacon Nick Donnelly At this time of year I observe a personal tradition that my wife and I began over ten years ago as a way of preparing spiritually … Continue reading

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Sermon for the Feast of the Epiphany 2016

by Father Richard G. Cipolla St. Mary’s Norwalk, Connecticut “And behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they … Continue reading

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The O Antiphons – a little indulgence.

Please forgive me. Having already posted on the ‘O’ Antiphons, I really could not resist (with my historians hat on) this scholarly summation. From:   The O Antiphons in Middle English: ‘To þe we clepe with alle owre hert … Continue reading

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Part Five – Calvary and the Mass – The Communion

Fr Richard Heilman   by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D. “I thirst.”-John 19:28. OUR Blessed Lord reaches the communion of His Mass when out from the depths of the Sacred Heart there wells the cry: “I thirst.” … Continue reading

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