He’s Lost His Head!

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (Caravaggio)

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 He’s Lost His Head!

Of the Two Cities

Roman Forum

In this very volatile election in 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 the accompanying doom-saying Continue reading Of the Two Cities

A Prayer to Saint Monica

Saint Monica icon

Dear Saint Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet, you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius, and Continue reading A Prayer to Saint Monica

Norcia Earthquake Follow-up


The Monks of Norcia have started keeping a blog about events following the earthquake. You can find it here: https://en.nursia.org/earthquake/. It makes fascinating reading. Most of the monks have (temporarily) relocated to Rome, though a hardy pair remain behind. We Continue reading Norcia Earthquake Follow-up

Earthquake at Norcia


The epicenter of yesterday’s earthquake in Italy was very near to the town of Norcia, where Saints Benedict and Scholastica were born. The first earthquake struck around 3:30 a.m. local time near Norcia, a small town roughly 105 miles from Continue reading Earthquake at Norcia

The Queen of Heaven

Mary, 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 The Queen of Heaven

The Assumption

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

Rosary Novena for Our Nation to Begin August 15


Regardless of which political team you’re on in this country, Sauron or Cersei, can we at least agree that our nation is in serious need of prayer?


“Keeper of the Treasures” by Deacon Lawrence Klimecki

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 Lawrence

The Transfiguration

Transfiguration icon

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, one of the more important (if overlooked) feasts of the liturgical year. How overlooked? As far as I can tell, only two local parishes even have a Mass for Continue reading The Transfiguration

Our Lady of the Snows

A side chapel

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

Reason 438 why I Love my Wife

At the Parish BBQ Yesterday

Today in both the Extraordinary Form and the Benedictine Ordo is the Memorial of the Seven Holy Maccabees. Their story may be found in the Bible – provided you’ve got a Catholic or an Orthodox one. Martin Luther removed these Continue reading Reason 438 why I Love my Wife

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