Why Tradition- Why Now?

Why Tradition- Why Now? By Brian Williams Essays Why Tradition-Why Now? Liturgical Game Changers Why Aren’t More Masses Offered Ad Orientem Seven Reasons for the Use of Latin in the Mass The Affirmative Argument for Receiving Communion  on the Tongue The All Too Ordinary Use of Extraordinary Ministers Altar Rails and Reverence Altar Serving Seen … Read more

Advent Embertide

Advent Embertide Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Gaudete Sunday (3rd Sunday of Advent) are known as “Advent Embertide,” and they come near the beginning of the Season of Winter (December, January, February). Liturgically, the readings for the days’ Masses follow along with the general themes of Advent, opening up with Wednesday’s Introit of Isaias 45: … Read more

Resumed Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Resumed Fourth Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  The life of man is a struggle. We can also call it justly a tempest. This comparison is also applicable to the Church which St. Peter called a ship, and the ark of Noah. How often is Eternity compared to a haven where we … Read more

Saint Narcissus, Bishop

October 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Narcissus.  Ora pro nobis.  St. Narcissus was born towards the close of the first century. Saint Narcissus from his youth applied himself with great care to the study of both religious and human disciplines. He entered into the ecclesiastical state, and in him all the sacerdotal virtues were … Read more

Blessed Karl of Austria-Hungary, Emperor

October 21 Today is the feast day of Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary.  Ora pro nobis.    Karl (1887-1922), Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, said goodbye to his wife, Empress Zita. “I’ll love you forever”, he declared, just as he had eleven years earlier when they were married. Then he called his first born … Read more

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877  “So also shall My heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.”–Matt. 18, 35.  The Gospels which are read to you from the pulpit during the ecclesiastical year afford opportunities for the expounders of the Divine Word … Read more

Our Lady of the Pillar

October 12 Today is the feast day of  Our Lady of the Pillar.  Ora pro nobis. Perhaps the oldest devotion to Our Lady in Europe is the devotion to Our Lady of the Pillar. In Spain, Pilar is a popular girl’s name, as is Mercedes for Our Lady of Mercy. (In fact, General Franco named one of … Read more

Blessed Herman, Confessor

September 25 Today is the feast day of Blessed Herman.  Ora pro nobis. “Loving mother of the Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea, assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again, To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before, You who received … Read more

The Resurrection: Historical Thoughts for Doubting Thomases

The Resurrection By Harry Stevens “Thomas was not present. The Beloved disciple John records this exchange between the Risen Lord and Thomas which follows: “Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, … Read more

Saint Gorgonius, Saint Dorotheus and Saint Adrian, Martyrs

September 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Gorgonius, Saint Dorotheus and Saint Adrian, Martyrs. Orate pro nobis.  By Father Francis Xavier Weninger Saint Gorgonius, though chamberlain of the heathen Emperor, Diocletian, was secretly a Christian, and with the assistance of Dorotheus, who occupied a similar position, he gradually converted all the chamberlains of the court … Read more