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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2011, Promulgated by Gen

For your pleasure: Hail Redeemer, King Divine, a traditional Irish hymn in honor of our Eucharistic King.

Rochester seminarian instituted as Acolyte

March 7th, 2011, Promulgated by Mike

Peter Van Lieshout, a DOR seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, was instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte during the celebration of the Eucharist yesterday.  Peter was part of a group of 53 seminarians to receive this ministry.

His Eminence James Francis Cardinal Stafford, Major Penitentiary Emeritus and former Archbishop of Denver, celebrated the Mass and instituted the new acolytes. After handing to each seminarian the gold paten used in the celebration of the Eucharist, the Cardinal said, “Take this vessel of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your lives worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church.”

These seminarians have now received both the ministry of Lector and Acolyte in anticipation of their diaconal ordinations and, God-willing, priestly ordination. As the rite indicates, an acolyte is charged with assisting at the celebration of the Eucharist, purifying the sacred vessels and when needed to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion.

Story here.  Photos here.

Solemn Vespers – Photos

March 3rd, 2011, Promulgated by Mike

Here are some photos to accompany the video posted earlier today.


Solemn Vespers in the Extraordinary Form . . . In Rochester!

March 3rd, 2011, Promulgated by Gen

It’s a great privilege to be able to report something beautiful coming out of the Diocese of Rochester. Word has come to us that this past Sunday saw a sung Vespers service at the Carmelite Monastery. The entire Vespers service was sung in Latin, in the Extraordinary Form  (i.e. Pre-Vatican II form), and was a historic occasion. This is the first time in over 40 years (to our knowledge) that Solemn Vespers have been sung in this manner. There have been many beautiful Vespers services offered since the Council, but none ever implemented the full ceremonial witnessed on Sunday at Carmel.

The particular version of Vespers which was used is from something called “the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin,” an alternative to the full Divine Office which was and is a daily obligation for clerics. The “Little Office” was sung or recited in many monastic communities, and was a very popular devotion in the Church dating all the way back to the 8th Century. Mainland European visitors to England in the 15th Century remarked that almost every layperson in sight either had a copy of the Little Office, knew it partially, or had easy access to its recitation at church. Vespers was actually considered one of the most beautiful ways the laypeople could participate in a church service.

However, after the Second Vatican Council, the Little Office (and several others like it) fell out of use and favor. However, with the 2005 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, the Little Office was resurrected for regular use by priest and layperson alike. And look at the results! To think that within a few short years of the resurgence of the Latin Mass and its accompanying splendors we would see something such as this presented by Rochesterians is miraculous. (I was elated beyond words when I saw this video pop up in my inbox. Talk about partaking in pre-Lenten indulgences . . .)

The translation and order of service for the Office can be found at this link, graciously provided by some of our readers who were fortunate enough to attend the event.

Just a reminder: if you ever hear of an event along these lines, please let us know! We would love to promote things such as this!

Blessed Pope John Paul II

January 14th, 2011, Promulgated by Gen

Pope Benedict will beatifty Pope John Paul II on May 1st, Divine Mercy Sunday, in St. Peter’s Square. Below is the story of the miracle which was just approved, and which has contributed to John Paul II’s advance towards sainthood:

“All I can tell you is that I was sick and now I am cured.  It is for the church to say and to recognize whether it is a miracle,” so said the 46 year-old Religious Sister who many think may have been miraculously cured through the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II.  The French nun, the identity of whom was unknown to the world until this week, spoke to the press in today.

According to the Associated Press, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre stopped short of declaring her recovery a miracle, saying that was for the church to decide. But she said her life “totally changed” after her symptoms vanished in one night of prayer and mystery in 2005.

Smiling broadly, the French nun, whose claims could be accepted as the miracle that the Vatican needs to Beatify Pope John Paul II, said Friday that she was inexplicably and suddenly “cured” of Parkinson’s disease – thanks to him.

“I am cured. It is the work of God, through the intercession of Pope John Paul II,” told Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, smiling broadly before a barrage of television cameras.

“It’s something very strong, very difficult to put into words,” she told reporters in the southern French city of Aix en Provence.

Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre had been suffering from Parkinson’s, a degenerative disease of the nervous system, since 2001, but has testified that she was cured in the night of June 2, 2005 after praying to John Paul II, whose final years were also marked by the disease.

The nun recounted how she had suddenly been able to write legibly after struggling for months to hold a pen, the disease having progressed to the point that she no longer controlled motion in her hand.

“I came across a sister who had helped me tremendously and I told her as I held up my hand, my left hand, ‘look, my hand is no longer trembling’,” she said. “John Paul II cured me.”

“Since then I have not taken any treatment. My life has completely changed — it was like a second birth for me,” she added.

Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre said that her symptoms has steadily grown worse since her diagnosis with Parkinson’s in 2001.  Driving became practically impossible, she had difficulty walking, and her left arm hung limply at her side. She also could no longer bear to see John Paul on television, because he, too, was stricken – more seriously – with the disease.

When seeing him, “I saw myself in the years to come, to be honest, in a wheelchair,” she said.

Then, on the night of June 2, 2005, exactly two months after the pontiff’s death, she said. In her room after evening prayers, she said an inner voice urged her to take up her pen and write. She did, and was surpassed to see that her handwriting – which had grown illegible because of her illness – was clear. She said she then went to bed, and woke early the next morning feeling “completely transformed.”

“I was no longer the same inside. It is difficult for me to explain to you in words … It was too strong, too big. A mystery.”

“I realized that my body was no longer the same,” she added. “I was convinced that I was cured.”

Described by her colleagues as a gentle, reserved woman who had hoped to keep her identity under wraps, the nun coped well with the media spotlight. She looked a little bemused as journalists huddled around her, putting their microphones in place. Only once, when describing how her symptoms worsened after the Pope died on April 2, 2005, did she momentarily lose a little of her poise.

“Please excuse me, I’m a little emotional,” she said.

Convincing evidence of a miracle — usually a medical cure with no scientific explanation — is essential in the beatification process, the first step to sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

Austrian MP Defends Genuine Religious Freedom

December 3rd, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

This video is absolutely amazing. It shows European politics at its best. Do watch this video.

Blessed Pius IX

November 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Here is your dose of Catholicity for the day:

“Atheism in legislation, indifference in matters of religion and the pernicious maxims which go under the name of Liberal Catholicism are the true causes of the destruction of the States; they have been the ruin of France. Believe me: the evil I denounce is more terrible than the Revolution, more terrible even than The Commune. I have always condemned Liberal Catholicism and I will condemn it again forty times over if it be necessary.”

Things That Make My Heart Faint

November 10th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

As seen at the New Liturgical Movement.

The Vortex – Bishop Sheen Edition

October 22nd, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

A Glimpse of Heaven

October 20th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Just click here.

Hurrah for Saint Paul!

October 16th, 2010, Promulgated by Ink

In an attempt to make myself better-acquainted with some of our Church documents, I decided to start with the New Testament epistles.  Saint Paul has made me smile, since I’m sure he is looking down on our world right now and saying, “HEY, THAT’S WRONG!”  Emphasis mine.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.  Though they know God’s decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them.

Source: Romans 1:18-32, Revised Standard Version.

Food for thought.

Pope Benedict on Terrorism

October 11th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

This is His Holiness at his best. Long may he reign.

Shameless Plug

September 22nd, 2010, Promulgated by Ink

It seems that very few people know about this, but I think it’s cool enough to merit attention.

This Saturday, from 9am to 3pm (so you can make 5pm Mass =P) is the annual Rochester Chesterton Conference.  It is at Saint John Fisher and more information can be found here.

Featured speakers include Dale Ahlquist and Joseph Pearce.

I, for one, am going to be there.  I hope at least a few of you, dear readers, decide to come along.

Why Catholics Are Cool

July 24th, 2010, Promulgated by Ink

Because they rock.  Honestly.  I was in Florida recently, in the Tampa area (yes, in the summer… a most unfortunate experience) and had forgotten my hat but, luckily, packed my chapel veil.  While at Mass (which I am desperately trying to forget, since I came out of it in desperate need of a trip to Confession), I looked around and saw a couple girls and ladies with chapel veils.  There were only a handful, probably no more than four (not counting myself) but it was a welcome sight.  Even better?  A young lady, probably college student, who had her own enormous beautiful one, told me mine looked nice.  It was so normal and fun and friendly–like telling a lady you like her earrings or shoes or whatnot.  But delightfully reverent.  I don’t know why I get so much amusement and pleasure from these little encounters, but I guess they just prove to me that the true  Catholic tends to be very, very cool.

Best place to meet new friends

June 19th, 2010, Promulgated by Ink

Anyone who knows me in person, be amazed.  I am about to take back anything I ever said about anime conventions being the best place to meet new friends.  (Generally speaking, everyone at an anime convention is automatically everyone else’s best friend because you’re all there together, having fun!)  The best place to meet new friends and have fantastic conversations is at a Catholic bookstore in Rochester.  Why Catholic bookstore?  Because there, you find good people.  Why Rochester?  Just about everyone you meet is very friendly.

I was at Saint John’s Religious Shop  yesterday, looking for a copy of Manalive, describing the story to the lady searching, and this very nice other lady (who had been trying to return something but everyone got sidetracked by awesome conversations) starts talking to me about Chesterton.  We got into a wonderful discussion about it and I’m sad I didn’t get her name.  She was there with her family, and it made me smile to see them all there together.  It was fantastic.