Vespers for the Feast of Saint James

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Chanted from the version given in the Codex Calixtinus, so neither Ordinary nor Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, but predating both. I believe it may be from the Mozarabic Rite.

The Feast of Saint James

Santiago Matamoros

Today is the Feast of Saint James the Greater, known throughout the Spanish-speaking world as Santiago. He was one of Christ’s Twelve Apostles. He is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Seattle, and therefore today is a solemnity within Continue reading The Feast of Saint James

The Poetry of Apollo


On July 20, 1969, man first set foot upon the Moon. The project that took us to the Moon was called Apollo, ostensibly after the Greek god associated with hunting, harmony, and healing. Perhaps the folks over at NASA had Continue reading The Poetry of Apollo

The Emperor Saint

Saints Heinrich and Cunigunde / Saint Francis of Assisi

It’s a pretty rare thing when Kings become saints, or at least become canonized saints. I can only think of a handful off the top of my head, though I’m sure there are more: Saint Louis IX of France, Saint Continue reading The Emperor Saint

Of Benedict and His Monks

Saint Benedict

Happy Saint Benedict’s Day! Today is the principal feast of the founder of western monasticism: the author of the Holy Rule, and a great saint. Over the course of the last decade and more, new monastic institutions with many young Continue reading Of Benedict and His Monks

Summorum Pontificum at Nine


NINE years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI caused to be published the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. With the stroke of a pen, the ancient rites of the Mass (last edited in 1962) could suddenly be celebrated by any priest of Continue reading Summorum Pontificum at Nine



Happy feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle! Today wasn’t always his feast. In fact in my Monastic Diurnal, today is the Memorial of Saints Processus and Martinian. I’m sure these holy martyrs will forgive me if I choose to celebrate Continue reading Thomas

Saints Peter and Paul


Today the Church celebrates one of her oldest feasts, commemorating the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. I prayed at the tombs of these apostles during our pilgrimage to Rome in 2005. Peter With the body of Saint John Paul Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul

Down in Adoration Falling

Eucharistic Adoration

Last week, I ran across a quote by a French Catholic author of the last century that really resonated with me. “You understand absolutely nothing about modern civilization unless you first admit that it is a conspiracy against all interior Continue reading Down in Adoration Falling

Saint John’s Eve

St John's Eve 2016

Tomorrow being the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, today is Saint John’s Eve. Throughout much of Europe, the tradition on this day is to light bonfires. Here’s ours. Not much of a bonfire, strictly speaking, but Continue reading Saint John’s Eve

“I’d Cut Down Every Law…”

Hans Holbein the Younger: Sir Thomas More

Today is the memorial of one of my favourite saints, Saint Thomas More, who died at the hands of King Henry VIII (that villain). That is, today is his memorial in the modern Roman calendar, which he shares with Saint Continue reading “I’d Cut Down Every Law…”

Malleus Hereticorum

St Anthony of Padua

The Lord manifests Himself to those who stop for some time in peace and humility of heart. If you look in murky and turbulent waters, you cannot see the reflection of your face. If you want to see the face Continue reading Malleus Hereticorum

A New Feast

Saint Mary Magdalene announcing the Resurrection to the Apostles 
(Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:9, Luke 24, John 20:1)
(St. Alban's Psalter circa 1123)

Vatican Radio is reporting that Pope Francis has raised the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to the rank of a Feast. This puts the celebration of the “Apostle to the Apostles” on par with those of the men to whom Continue reading A New Feast

Mediatrix of All Graces

"Do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5)

In the calendar used in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces. Here’s where many folks go off the rails in castigating the Church as non-Christian. Mediatrix of All Graces? Continue reading Mediatrix of All Graces

Ten Years!


On this day, ten years ago, this blog was born. It’s had a bit of a bumpy ride, changing venues a couple of times in the process. This is what I said in that first post: So much has changed Continue reading Ten Years!