The Feast of Saint James

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

On the Vigil: Vespers for the Feast of Saint James

Chanted from the version given in the Codex Calixtinus. Neither Ordinary nor Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, but rather from the Mozarabic Rite.

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

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

On Vestments

There is a tendency in the modern world to minimize the use of vestments in the liturgy. In my early days as a Catholic, it was not unusual to see a priest celebrate Mass wearing only an alb and a Continue reading On Vestments

Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus

Pray and work! is the perennial exhortation of the Order of Saint Benedict. However, the motto of the Order, found at the end of chapter 57 of the Holy Rule is “Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus”. In English, this is Continue reading Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus

Summorum Pontificum Roundup

Here are some of the best articles I’ve seen on the ten-year anniversary of Summorum Pontificum: On the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, we can safely say the doomsayers are wrong by Dom Alcuin Reid (Catholic Herald) Pope Benedict’s Great Continue reading Summorum Pontificum Roundup

Summorum Pontificum: Tenth Anniversary

TEN 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: Tenth Anniversary

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and Continue reading The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America


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

Changes 2017: Welcome Father Wagner!

This weekend, Father Michael Wagner celebrated his first Masses at our parish of Holy Rosary as its Priest Administrator. In his homily, he gave us a thumbnail sketch of his life and vocation story. Welcome Father Wagner! Within ten minutes Continue reading Changes 2017: Welcome Father Wagner!

Changes 2017: Farewell to Father Wichert

This morning, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Father Nicholas Wichert celebrated his last Mass at Holy Rosary as its thirteenth pastor. The Mass was celebrated for the fathers of our parish on the Saint Joseph altar. I served Continue reading Changes 2017: Farewell to Father Wichert

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

On Saint Irenæus and the Continuity of the Church

A post-Protestant friend of mine has a particular fondness for that great Doctor of the Church, Saint Irenæus of Lyons, whose feast day is today. He occasionally quotes from the saint’s great work, Adversus Hæreses (Against Heresies), and he is Continue reading On Saint Irenæus and the Continuity of the Church

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

How does the human brain wrap itself around the eternal and infinite love of God for His creation? How can can we even begin to comprehend the depth of love in Christ’s wounded heart as he pours Himself out for Continue reading The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Saint Thomas More

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 Saint Thomas More

God in the Streets of Tacoma

Depending on what calendar you use (Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form), and whether or not it is a Holy Day of Obligation in your diocese, today(or last Thursday) is (or was) the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Continue reading God in the Streets of Tacoma