Something Completely Different: New Saints in the Usus Anqituior

For a departure from cancellations, closures, and other disaster-related news, the Holy See has issued decrees (1) providing for the celebration in the usus antiquior of saints canonized since 1960[1] and (2) permitting the use of certain new prefaces.[2] Both provisions are optional: neither requires any deviation from the liturgical norms set out in the … More Something Completely Different: New Saints in the Usus Anqituior

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