Ad Orientem Training

At our parish of Holy Rosary, we sometimes celebrate Mass on the High Altar. This method, where for much of the Eucharistic prayer the Priest and the people are facing the same direction, is known as ad Orientem. For many Continue reading Ad Orientem Training

Our Lady of Sorrows

Whither is thy Beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? Whither is thy Beloved turned aside, and we will seek Him with thee? We begin with the first antiphon of Lauds for today’s feast of The Seven Sorrows of Continue reading Our Lady of Sorrows

A Bit of a Personal Update

Tuesday was wacky. It included me being made redundant and spending a lovely evening changing passwords. So if you know anybody in need of an award-winning writer with a quarter-century worth of writing and editing credits, let me know. Yesterday, Continue reading A Bit of a Personal Update

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today is celebrated in the western Church as the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Exaltatio Sanctæ Crucis). In the eastern Church, it is known as “the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-creating Cross”. The feast commemorates Continue reading Exaltation of the Holy Cross

In Praise of Altar Servers

Last Thursday, we celebrated a funeral in our parish of Holy Rosary. Nothing unusual in that. The one constant of life is the inevitability of death. This particular funeral was that of a priest, Rev. Dominic Hahn. He was born Continue reading In Praise of Altar Servers

The Birth of the Virgin

God is truly a poet to confound the mathematicians and a mathematician to confound the poets. Nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 8 December, today we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Continue reading The Birth of the Virgin

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Today is one of the more interesting feasts on the liturgical calendar, for today is the feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. OK, nowadays they’ve slightly sanitized the name; it’s now officially called the “Memorial of the Continue reading The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

On the Two Cities

In this very volatile moment in the history of the United States, where so much anger rises to the surface so quickly, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the meaning of our times. This anger and factionalism and Continue reading On the Two Cities

Our Lady Queen of Heaven

On the old calendar, today is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was moved in the calendar reform to the Saturday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost. For what reason, I’ve no idea. On Continue reading Our Lady Queen of Heaven

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array? (Benedictus antiphon, Monastic Office of Lauds for the Assumption) Today’s great Solemnity of the Assumption Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Today is the feast of the Deacon martyr, Saint Lawrence. There are so many stories about him, that it’s hard to sum him up briefly. In the confused days after the martyrdom of Pope Sixtus, the administration of the Roman Continue reading Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Transfiguration!

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, one of the more important (if sometimes overlooked) feasts of the liturgical year. It’s rare that this feast coincides with a Sunday, so enjoy! Jesus took Peter, John, and Continue reading Transfiguration!

Our Lady of the Snows

Today is the Memorial of the dedication of one of my favourite church buildings in the world, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, also known in English as Saint Mary Major. It is occasionally known by the title Continue reading Our Lady of the Snows

Dom Matthew Britt

Dom Matthew Britt, O.S.B. is one of the great writers of practical liturgics in the twentieth century. His classic How to Serve was republished by Tan in 2011. This book is a treasure, and I have made extensive use of Continue reading Dom Matthew Britt

Fátima in Tacoma

This past Saturday (July 22), our parish of Holy Rosary was host to the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fátima. This statue has been on the road worldwide since 1947. The statue is in the middle of Continue reading Fátima in Tacoma

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