December 23, 2006

Guess whom the Church calendar honors on the day before Christmas

Commemoratio omnium sanctorum avorum Iesu Christi, filii David, filii Abraham, filii Adam

The commemoration of all the holy ancestors of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham, son of Adam

From the Vatican's 2001 edition of the Martyrologium Romanum

December 22, 2006

My Mother's Christmas Memories

Recently my mother reminisced about the celebration of Christmas in her hometown in the Philippines.

The culture of most of the Philippines is Catholic, and holy days are still civic affairs.

Every home in town puts up a paper lantern in the shape of a star or comet to recall the star that honored the birth of Christ. Even the town’s church has a lantern. My mother remembers that they stretched wire from the choir loft over the main doors of the church all the way to the altar area. At some point during Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve the church’s star lantern was released from the choir loft to shoot down the wire and come to a stop over the image of the Infant Jesus resting in a manger near the altar.

After Midnight Mass, the townspeople stayed up to celebrate with all sorts of desserts right in the square in front of the church or in their own homes.

Beginning with Christmas Day and continuing for eight days, vested acolytes would take the image of the Infant Jesus from the altar and carry it in procession from house to house throughout the entire town. When the acolytes took the image out of the church each day, the church bells would ring non-stop until the acolytes returned the image after that day’s round of visits.

The acolytes also rang a hand-bell as they carried the image through the town. This let each street know the image of the Infant was in their neighborhood. Each home (and even each shop in the town) admitted the acolytes and the image of the Infant. The residents in their homes and people in the shops would kiss the feet of the image, and send the acolytes on their way with small offerings of money.

People waited in their homes for the Infant to visit. If they heard the church bells stop, they knew that the Infant had gone back to the altar, and they waited for the next day.

December 21, 2006

Blogging "a New 12-Step Program for the Left"

My own journey to so-called “conservatism” hasn’t been a journey at all. In reality, I am more or less the same liberal I have always been. It’s just that, over the past 30-40 years, liberalism has been hijacked by the Left, thereby becoming an illiberal movement.

From the blog of Robert W. Goodwin.
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December 20, 2006

Is Jesus to be crowned as honorary king of Poland?

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Monks injuring monks

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Maybe . . .

. . . it's . . .

. . . time . . .

. . . for . . .

. . . an . . .

. . . intervention.

December 18, 2006

Strictly speaking, "Midnight Mass" does not really exist...

... even if our English-language liturgical books say otherwise.

Our English books are supposed to be translations of the Latin liturgical books.

Here's what the Latin Missale Romanum ("Roman Missal") says about Mass for Christmas Day.

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Die 25 decembris

Ad Missam in Vigilia

Ad Missam in nocte

Ad Missam in aurora

Ad Missam in die

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Here's what that means.

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The Twenty-Fifth Day of December

At the Mass on the Vigil

At the Mass in the Night

At the Mass at Dawn

At the Mass in the Day

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The Vigil Mass would be around sunset or early evening.

The Night Mass would be later than that, in the dark hours. Even at 3 A.M.!

The Dawn Mass would be around sunrise or early morning.

The Day Mass would be anytime after that.

The "Fishers of Men" priestly vocation video!

You can now watch the complete 18-minute version online.
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Just Married

He's posting more pictures from his wedding on his blog.
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