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Monday, May 26, 2014



Pope and Martyr


Philip Neri (1515-95), a native of Florence, settled in Rome. He thought of offering himself for the foreign missions, but a Benedictine friend told him that his apostolate was in Rome. Philip gathered some companions into a group that later became the renowned Congregation of the Oratory. In 1551 he was ordained to the priesthood. Philip's Oratory soon constituted the center of religious life in the Eternal City, and its founder fully deserved the title by which he was called: "Second Apostle of Rome." This lovable saint attracted the trust and affection of people in every walk of life by his abounding joy in the Lord.

INTROIT Rom. 5:5
The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by His Spirit dwelling within us.
Ps. 102:1. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and let all that is within me bless His holy name.
Glory be . . .

O God, who didst exalt blessed Philip, Thy Confessor, with Thy Saints in glory, mercifully grant, that we who rejoice in his festival may profit by the example of his virtues. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT ELEUTHERIUS
This pope, a Greek by origin, became a deacon in Rome. He succeeded St. Soter as Vicar of Christ, ruling from A.D. 175 to A.D. 189, when he was executed.

O Eternal Shepherd, who appointed blessed Eleutherius shepherd of the whole Church, let the prayers of this Martyr and supreme pontiff move You to look with favor upon Your flock and to keep it under Your continual protection. 

Commemoration of the MASS OF ROGATION  
The death and resurrection of Jesus have opened heaven and won the grace to avoid sin and to gain eternal happiness. But many of the consequences of sin still remain; and every person has his guilt to confess and atone for. Besides, there are the countless needs of soul and body that put all men on their knees before God. Earthquakes and other calamities afflicted Europe in the fifth century and St. Mamertus, instituted a penitential procession with public supplications in his Diocese. Hence, the special days of petition, called Rogation Days, marked by a special Mass, the Litany of the Saints, and, where possible, a procession during which the Litany is sung. It is well to join penance and fasting to all prayer. In 816 A.D., Pope Leo III introduced this Mass in Rome, and soon after it became a general observance throughout the Church.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who in our affliction put our trust in Thy mercy, may ever be defended by the protection against all adversity. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE Wisd. 7:7-14
Wherefore I wished, and understanding was given me: and I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came upon me: And I preferred her before kingdoms and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither did I compare unto her any precious stone: for all gold, in comparison of her, is as a little sand; and silver, in respect to her, shall be counted as clay. I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for her light cannot be put out. Now all good things came to me together with her, and innumerable riches through her hands, And I rejoiced in all these: for this wisdom went before me, and I knew not that she was the mother of them all. Which I have learned without guile, and communicate without envy, and her riches I hide not. For she is an infinite treasure to men: which they that use, become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts of discipline.

GRADUAL Ps. 33:12, 6
Come, children, hearken to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
V. Come ye to Him, and be enlightened, and your faces shall not be confounded.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Lam. 1:13.
From above He had sent a fire into my bones, and hath instructed me. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 12:35-40
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, "Let your loins be girt and lamps burning in your hands. And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you that he will gird himself and make them sit down to meat and passing will minister unto them. And if he shall come in the second watch or come in the third watch and find them so, blessed are those servants. But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Be you then also ready: for at what hour you think not the Son of man will come."

I have run the way of Thy commandments, when Thou didst enlarge my heart.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously regard these present Sacrifices; and grant that the Holy Spirit may inflame us with that fire which miraculously pierced the heart of blessed Philip. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT ELEUTHERIUS
We have offered our gifts to You, O Lord. Let Your light graciously shine upon Your Church, so that this flock may everywhere prosper, and its pastors, under Your guidance, may be trully pleasing to You. 

Commemoration of the MASS OF ROGATION 
 May these oblations, O Lord, we beseech Thee, loosen the bonds of our wickedness, and obtain for us the gifts of Thy mercy. Through our Lord . . .

My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God.

Do Thou, O Lord, who hast filled our souls with heavenly delights, grant that through the merits and example of blessed Philip, Thy Confessor, we may ever hunger for that food by which we truly live. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT ELEUTHERIUS
O Lord, govern Thy Church, which you have been pleased to nourish with Your heavenly food. Guide her by Your powerful direction, so that she may enjoy greater freedom and remain unshaken in the fullness of faith. 

Commemoration of the MASS OF ROGATION 
Favorably receive our prayers, O Lord, we beseech Thee; may we in our distress be consoled by Thy gifts and grow in love accordingly. Through our Lord . . . 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Correction: A Plea to Some Readers of Father Z’s Blog « Deacons Today: Servants in a Servant Church

Correction: A Plea to Some Readers of Father Z’s Blog « Deacons Today: Servants in a Servant Church

Father Z has apparently responded to my last post, claiming that he
has never, ever used the expression “the Mass of St. John XXIII” in his
postings, and would never do such a thing.  I’m so glad to hear that!
 That’s great, Father Z!  I’m glad to be corrected.  A reader of his
blog reports that some of Fr. Z’s readers DO use the expression, without
correction, so that must be where I read the expression.  Since I am
not a scholar of Father Z’s blog, I am more than happy to correct my
earlier post: My plea is not addressed to Father Z, then, but to those
readers who DO use that expression.  And, I would point out that my
comments were not solely addressed to that particular blog itself.

Read more here:

Here's Fr. Zuhlsdorf's Answer:

Wherein Fr. corrects some diaconal misinformation about the Missal of St. John XXIII

A "Mass of St. John XXIII", perhaps even using the Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII
The usually sensible Rev. Mr. Kandra and the, well, I suppose less than always sensible (he seems to support women’s ordination and he has some odd colleagues) Rev. Mr. Ditewig are confused today.

They disseminated something about me that isn’t true.

This isn’t a huge deal, but it bears some explanation because I really like the topic.

From Deacon Kandra’s blog:

Deacon Bill Ditewig address a common misconception: 

It is the tendency of some commentators, such as Father John Zuhlsdorf (“Father Z”), to refer to the 1962 editio typica of the Missale Romanum as “The Mass of St. John XXIII”.  [NO.  This is false.  I don't do that.  I never have and I never will.]
I’m not sure why such an error is being made, and I don’t want to
ascribe any motivation to something which may be nothing more than a
simple error of fact.

Deacon Ditewig… who will get more traffic today than ever… even has a
“PLEA” to me to STOP referring to the “Mass of St. John XXIII”.

No.  I can’t do that.  I can’t stop doing that BECAUSE I NEVER STARTED.

In fact, I do NOT refer to the “Mass of St. John XXIII” when writing or speaking about the Extraordinary Form.  I never have and I never will.

HERE is one post, as an example, wherein I refer to the BOOK as the Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII.

I sometimes, and with great relish, now refer to the 1962 Missale Romanum as the “Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII”.

That is to say, this is the edition of the Missale Romanum issued by St. John XXIII in 1962.

Just as I would never refer to the Extraordinary Form, or Usus
Antiquior (aka all-sorts-of-things), as simply “the Latin Mass”, because
the Novus Ordo ought to be celebrated in Latin and is, therefore, also
“the Latin Mass”, I would never be so sloppy and inaccurate as to refer
to the “Mass of St. John XXIII”, unless it were applied to a Mass
celebrated by St. John XXIII.

The deacons might want to clean their reading glasses.

I am sure that Deacon Kandra, who may not be terribly familiar with
or interested all this old Mass business, may have just taken what
Deacon Ditewig wrote at face value and without doubling checking.  I
don’t think he would purposely misinform people.

Deacon Ditewig, whom we have seen before, could have other motives for misinforming people
about what I write and then tisking and clucking and attempting to
correct me (who has already forgotten as much about these matters has
most clerics will ever know).

In any event, you can watch for their own corrections of the
corrections they tried to make in (wrongly) correcting me.  I don’t need
an apology.

So, everyone, feel free to use as much as possible the nickname:

Missale Romanum of St. John XXIII!

Could it be that liberals doesn’t like the idea of St. John XXIII
being associated with the Extraordinary Form?  Could it be that liberals
think they own St. John XXIII?

And, as frosting, here is a shot of the title page of my typical edition of the Missale Romanum of
St. John XXIII.  You can tell it is the Missale Romanum of St. John
XXIII because St. John XXIII’s coat-of-arms is right there on the page…
beneath where is says Missale Romanum.

Finally, did I mention that St. John XXIII’s edition of the Missale Romanum is what we use for the Extraordinary Form thanks to The Pope of Christian Unity, Benedict XVI?

Whose Mass is it, anyway?

Here's an interesting article on the name of a particular Mass, although I don't agree with what Deacon Bill wrote. I think he is making a big deal about nothing. I believe if a Pope changes the Mass prayers and structure, it should be called his Mass. I also notice that the title "Novus Ordo" are not mentioned at all; Novus Ordo means: The Mass of Paul VI is the liturgy of the Catholic Mass of the Roman Rite in the form given to it by Pope Paul VI in 1969, after the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965). It is the present ordinary or normal form of the Roman Rite of the Mass. 

 Deacon John Giglio


Whose Mass is it, anyway?

Deacon Bill Ditewig address a common misconception: 

It is the tendency of some commentators, such as Father John Zuhlsdorf (“Father Z”), to refer to the 1962 editio typica of the Missale Romanum as
“The Mass of St. John XXIII”.  I’m not sure why such an error is being
made, and I don’t want to ascribe any motivation to something which may
be nothing more than a simple error of fact.  It does seem, however,
that this description of the Mass seems to be made most often by critics
of the Mass of Paul VI, so perhaps it is their way of suggesting a
contrasting hermeneutic of church and liturgical worship.  I don’t know.
 Assuming that this is nothing more than a simple error, then, this
post is offered as fraternal correction.

Here’s the deal.  As we all know, a wide variety of ancient
liturgical texts developed.  These took a variety of forms and often
varied widely from place to place.  There were also attempts over the
years to consolidate or to unify liturgical practice in the Latin
Church, often following the patterns used by the Church in Rome.  There
are many good studies of all of this so there is no need to recount
those details.  However, the custom of “naming” the Roman Missal is what
concerns me here.

In 1570, following the decisions of the great Council of Trent, Pope Pius V promulgated a new editio typica of
the Roman Missal.  This became known, then, as the “Mass of Pius V.”
 In fact, I have open on my desk at the moment an 1896 printing of the
Roman Missal, and the title page states: “Missale Romanum, ex decreto
sacrosancti concilii tridentini restitutum, S. Pii V Pontificis Maximi”.
 Ah, “but Deacon, but Deacon,” you’re probably saying, “St. John XXIII
came up with his own typical edition in 1962!”  Let’s continue, and all
will be made clear.

Following that first typical edition of the so-called “Tridentine
Mass”, many subsequent popes made changes to the Mass of Pius V, and
some of these popes issued their own typical editions: Clement VIII in
1604, Urban VIII in 1634, Leo XIII in 1884, and Benedict XV (reflecting
much of the work of his immediate predecessor, St. Pius X) in 1920.  In
1951, Pope Pius XII issued a number of significant changes to the
Missal, especially involving Holy Week, but none of these changes were
placed into a new typical edition.  Finally, in 1962, St. John XXIII
published the last of these typical editions.  Now, here’s the point: at
no point in all of this history did we as a Church change the
attribution of the name of the Mass.  When Clement VIII issued his
typical edition, we didn’t start calling it the “Mass of Clement VIII”;
when Urban VIII issued his in 1634, we didn’t call it the “Mass of Urban
VIII”; when Leo XIII issued his, we didn’t. . . , well, you get my
point.  It was ALWAYS, even in 1962, referred to as the “Mass of Pius
Read it all. Interesting stuff.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Saint Paschal Baylon (1592 A.D.)


Until the age of 20, Paschal (1540-92) tended flocks on the hills of Aragon. He then became a Franciscan Brother and spent the rest of his years mainly as doorkeeper in various friaries of Spain. All through his life he was animated with a burning love for the Holy Eucharist, a love so intense that it enabled him to speak triumphantly to heretics about the most obscure mysteries of the Faith. Pope Leo XIII declared him patron of all Eucharistic confraternities and congresses. 

O God, who didst adorn blessed Paschal Thy Confessor with a wonderful love for the holy Mysteries of Thy Body and Blood: mercifully grant that we too may be worthy to receive the rich spiritual graces which he received from this divine banquet; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .

In memory of Thy Saints, O Lord, we offer Thee the sacrifice of praise, by which we trust to be freed from both present and future evils. Through our Lord . . . 

Refreshed by meat and drink from heaven, O God, we humbly entreat Thee, that we may be protected by the prayers of him whose memory we have partaken. Through our Lord . . .

Statue of saint Paschal Baylon, on the facade ...Image via Wikipedia

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Third Sunday After Easter, Saints Philip and James, Apostles



Apostles and Martyrs

INTROIT Ps. 65:1-2
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, alleluia, alleluia! Sing a psalm to the glory of His name, Alleluia, Proclaim His glorious praise, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Ps. 65:3. Say to God, "How tremendous are your deeds, O Lord! because of Your great strength Your enemies cringe before You."
V. Glory be . . .

Show us the light of Your truth, O God, which guides the sinner back to th epath of justice. Let those who profess to be Christians avoid whatever will endanger their faith, and follow those things which will help it. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINTS PHILIP & JAMES
The Apostle Philip came from Bethsaida in Galilee and was one of the very first disciples called by Christ. Early Christian writers state that St. Philip evangelized Phrygia in Asia Minor, until he was stoned and crucified by hostile pagans.
St. James, called the Minor to distinguish him from St. John's brother, came from Cana and was a cousin of the Saviour. He became the first bishop of Jerusalem, and even the Jews gave him the title of "The Just." Finally, because he was converting so many of their community, the Jews tried to force him to make a public renunciation of Christ. When he replied by joyfully proclaiming the glory of his Lord, he was slain.

We are made happy, O God, by the annual feast of Your holy apostles Philip and James. As we joyously remember the merits of these Saints, may we also be inspired by their example. Through Our Lord . . .

EPISTLE I Peter 2:11-19.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires which war against the soul, Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling, Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good. For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle but also to the forward. For this is thankworthy: if, for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 110:9
The Lord has sent deliverance to His people. Alleluia!
V. Luke 24:26. Thus Christ should suffer and should rise again from the dead and should enter into His glory. Alleluia!

GOSPEL John 16:16-22.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: "A little while, and now you shall not see Me: and again a little while, and you shall see Me: because I go to the Father." Then some of his disciples said one to another: "What is this that he saith to us: A little while, and you shall not see me: and again a little while, and you shall see me, and, Because I go to the Father?" They said therefore: "What is this that he saith, A little while? We know not what he speaketh."
And Jesus knew that they had a mind to ask him. And he said to them: "Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said: A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me? Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. So also you now indeed have sorrow: but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice. And your joy no man shall take from you."

Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live, alleluia!

May this sacred rite help us to overcome our earthly desires, O Lord, and teach us to love the things of heaven. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINTS PHILIP & JAMES
O Lord, accept our offering on the feast of Your holy apostles Philip and James, and shield us from the punishments we so richly deserve. Through Our Lord . . .
A little while and you shall see Me no longer, alleluia! and again a little while and you shall see Me, because I go to the Father, alleluia, alleluia!

O Lord, may the Sacrament which we have received strengthen us in spirit and comfort us in body. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINTS PHILIP & JAMES
We have been nourished by the Sacrament of Salvation, O Lord. may we be aided also by the prayers of Your saints whom we honor this day. Through Our Lord . . .
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014



Jesus told St. John and his brother, St. James, that the sincerity of their love for Him would be put to trial by their partaking of the chalice of His sufferings. St. James was the first of the Apostles to be martyred; St. John was the last of the Twelve to die. Emperor Domitian caused John to be brought to Rome and condemned him to be cast into a cauldron of boiling oil; but God preserved the Apostle from injury. St. John thus suffered a far greater martyrdom than death; his longing to be reunited with Christ in heaven had to be endured with an increasingly loving patience. So, we, too, must learn to wait lovingly on God's will.

INTROIT Ps. 63:3
You have protected me, O God, from the throng of evildoers, alleluia; from the multitude of malefactors, alleluia, alleluia!
Ps. 63:2. Hear, O god, my prayer of supplication; deliver me from the fear of the enemy.
V. Glory be . . .

O God, you see how we are tossed about by the misfortunes that surround us. May Your blessed Apostle and Evangelist John intercede for us and protect us. Through our Lord . . .

LESSON Wisd. 5:1-5
Then shall the just stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them, and taken away their labours. These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, Saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit: These are they, whom we had sometime in derision, and for a parable of reproach. We fools esteemed their life madness, and their end without honour. Behold, how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the saints.


Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 91:13; Os. 14:6
The just man shall flourish like the palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon. Alleluia!
V. The just man shall blossom as the lily, and shall flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Matt. 20:20-23
At that time, then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, adoring and asking something of him. Who said to her: "What wilt thou?" She saith to him: "say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom." And Jesus answering, said: "You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink?" They say to him: "We can." He saith to them: "My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father."

The heavens proclaim Your wonders, o Lord, and Your truth in the assembly of the saints, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Accept our offerings and prayers, O Lord. Cleanse us by this heavenly rite, and in Your mercy hear our petitions. Through our Lord . . .

The just man rejoices in the Lord and trusts in Him; and all the upright of heart glory in Him, alleluia, alleluia!

O Lord, may the Bread of Heaven that refreshes us strengthen us unto life everlasting. Through our Lord . . .

Sunday, May 04, 2014




With the memory of Christ's death still vivid in our minds and daily renewed with the renewal of His death in each Mass, we know the price of shepherding souls. That divine and dangerous leadership began with Christ. By His command, it must reach across the world to embrace all men, until there shall be but one flock and one shepherd. The inspiring leadership of each successive Pope is the living voice and power of Jesus to each generation. The Pope's commands and admonitions require reverent acceptance. The closer men are to the mind and will of the Vicar of Christ, the closer they are to Christ Himself.

Ps. 32:5-6The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia! By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia, alleluia!
Ps. 32:1. Rejoice in the Lord, you just; praise befits the upright.

V. Glory Be . . .


You raised up our fallen world, O God, by the humiliation of Your own Son. May we, Your faithful people, be always joyful on earth, and, by being rescued from the danger of eternal death, come to everlasting happiness in heaven. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT MONICA

In North Africa during the fourth century, Monica converted her pagan husband by the power of her prayers and her holy life. After her husband's death, she suffered intense grief when her brilliant son Augustine went astray in morals and faith. A saintly bishop consoled her with the words, "It is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish." Augustine crossed over into Italy, but his mother followed him. There, by St. Augustine's marvelous conversion, Monica's sorrow was turned into joy.
O God, You are the comfort of those who mourn and the Saviour of all who trust in You. Blessed Monica's loving tears moved You to convert her son Augustine. may we also grieve for our sins and win the grace of Your pardon through the intercession of these two saints. Through Our Lord . . .

EPISTLE I Peter 2:21-25
Beloved: Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth." When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Luke 24:33

The disciples recognized the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Alleluia!

V. John 10:14. I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep, and mine know me. Alleluia!

GOSPEL John 10:11-16.

At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees:
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
"I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd."


O God, my God, for You do I watch at the break of day; and I lift up my hands in Your name, alleluia!


May this holy offering bring us the blessing of salvation, O Lord, and may the mystery of the sacrifice which we here perform, work its effect in us. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT MONICA 
Accept this gift, O Lord, from a people dedicated to You. We offer it in honor of Your Saints for the help we have received from them when we were in trouble. Through our Lord . . .
I am the good shepherd, alleluia! 

And I Know my sheep, and mine know me, alleluia, alleluia!


O Almighty God, may we always proudly rejoice in Your Gift of grace, which has brought us back to life again. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT MONICA
O Lord, You have feasted Your family with the food of heaven. May we always be refreshed through the intercession of Your Saint whose feast we celebrate this day. Through our Lord . . .