September Ember Days

With September almost upon us, one might take a moment to consider the Ember Days that follow the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14). Ember Days date from the 5th century and are four sets of days (three each) set aside for fasting and penance. Each set of Ember Days consists … More September Ember Days

The Second Confiteor

It’s easy enough to get lost during the long silent Canon, when there are relatively few cues to alert the congregation to whether father is on Clement, Cletus, or Anastasia (something most Catholics are accustomed to being able to know by listening). To make matters more confusing, however, there is often an exchange between the servers and … More The Second Confiteor

Another Useful Resource

With special thanks to blogging English priest Fr. Tim Finigan for the pointer, a handy addition to the catalogue of resources for liturgical texts is the British site Gregorian Chant Hymns, where one can find, unsurprisingly, a nice collection of chant hymnody, as well as ready-to-print booklets for Mass and Vespers in the E.F.

Gluten Intolerance and the Extraordinary Form

The autoimmune condition commonly known as “celiac disease”—marked by degenerative inflammation of the bowels upon ingestion of gliadin proteins (a component of the more complex protein commonly referred to as “gluten”) present in wheat and related cereals—appears to have been present in the European population for at least 2,000 years. Not until the 1950s, however, … More Gluten Intolerance and the Extraordinary Form

How to Read the Day’s Readings Ahead of Time

Many people, especially people with small children, like to have the readings for Mass available ahead of time to review before, or on the way to, Mass. How best to do this for the Extraordinary Form? One way would be to get a standard hand missal. The most affordable up-to-date missals available to purchase new are … More How to Read the Day’s Readings Ahead of Time