Sunday, September 20, 2009
Pray for the Repose of the Soul: Michel Lefebvre and Fr. Didier Bonnetterre

The blog Credidimus Caritati requests prayers for the following two individuals:

Michel Lefebvre, the brother of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who passed away peacefully on the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, 15 September 2009. He was aged 90.

Father Didier Bonneterre, one of the most senior priests of the Society of St Pius X, who passed away in a car accident in Paris on the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, 15 September 2009.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescat in pace. Amen.
Book Giveaway Still Ongoing!

Only one entry and winner thus far in the contest. See the post below and participate while I still have 4 additional copies available!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Can God be Trusted by Fr. Thomas D. Williams

Today I learned about a new book by Fr. Thomas D. Williams, entitled Can God be Trusted? For long-time readers of A Catholic Life, remember that Fr. Williams is the author of Greater Than You Think, a book which I wholeheartedly recommended and offered on my blog as a Book Giveaway Contest.

Product Description

Father Williams explores the most common obstacles that prevent people from trusting God, including personal betrayals, unfulfilled expectations, and seemingly unanswered prayers. He then explains what is reasonable to expect from God and offers practical tips for ways to grow in trust.

Williams is becoming a revered voice in the Christian community for his insightful writings on issues that really matter to Christians. In this new book, Father Williams will help readers understand, not only how to trust God in spite of doubts and confusion, but to truly know God can be trusted.

About the Author

FR. THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, LC, is dean of the theology school at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. He has also worked extensively for Sky News in Britain covering church and ethical issues. For both NBC and Sky News, Williams covered the final illness and death of Pope John Paul II, the 2005 papal conclave, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Williams has appeared as analyst on church affairs for CNN, CBS, ABC, and Fox News and now serves as consultant on Vatican affairs for NBC News and MSNBC.

Can God be Trusted? is available for purchase on

Book Giveaway

Attention Readers of This Blog! I am hosting a book giveaway of "Can God be Trusted?" The first five readers who respond via email with the correct answers to the following questions will win a free copy of "Greater Than You Think".

The following answers can all be found on my website (A Catholic Life). If you do not remember some of these answers, simply search my blog using the search feature in the right-hand column. When you have the answer to each question, email me the answers at acatholiclife[at]

In your subject line include the words "Book Giveaway". Be sure to include your mailing address in case you are a winner. If you are a winner, I will notify you. As soon as five winners have been chosen, I will add a note in this post informing everyone that the contest is closed. Only citizens of the United States of America and Canada are eligible for this giveaway. No P.O. Boxes will be accepted.

Deadline: 12 NOON CDT Monday, September 21, 2009

This contest is now closed
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Today I am celebrating my birthday so additional postings today and in the next few days will not be very likely.

However, at this time, I do wish to thank everyone who regularly reads this blog. I am thankful for the 4.5 years of blogging on A Catholic Life, and I hope for many additional years!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Talks Between SSPX and Rome Will Occur in Mid-October

In the second half of October, the talks will take place between the Holy See and the Fraternity of Saint Pius X founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, as confirmed director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, answering questions of journalists.

Vatican spokesman has confirmed the names of three experts to the Vatican, which will participate in the talks... the Swiss Dominican Charles Morerod, the German Jesuit Karl Josef Becker and the Vicar General of Opus Dei, the Spanish priest Fernando Ocariz Brana.


Unfortunately, the article goes on to state the ill opinion [not doctrine] of Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn, who has stated "what is not negotiable" in these talks, which includes the notion of "religious freedom as a fundamental right of humanity." This support for religious liberty is not only nontraditional and heterodox but profoundly against the Church.

Blessed Pope Pius IX: "It is to be held of faith that none can be saved outside the Apostolic Roman Church . . . but nevertheless it is equally certain that those who are ignorant of the true religion, if that ignorance is invincible, will not be held guilty in the matter in the eyes of the Lord" (Solemn Allocution Singulari Quadam, December 9, 1854). "We all know that those who are invincibly ignorant of our religion and who nevertheless lead an honest and upright life, can, under the influence of divine light and divine grace, attain to eternal life; for God who knows and sees the mind, the heart, the thoughts, and the dispositions of every man, cannot in His infinite bounty and clemency permit any one to suffer eternal punishment who is not guilty through his own fault" (QUANTO CONFICIAMUR, August 10, 1863).

This blog has previously described the doctrine of Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus before but it is again worth visiting: Our Lord created one Church and sacrificed His life for it. One priest whom I have heard went so far to stated that our Blessed Lord gave up His life for the Sacraments. To say that Our Lord does not desire us to be part of His Church but instead willingly allows us to pursue a freedom of religion is heretical.

"The Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom..." (Dignitatis Humanae, §2), yet the Church has officially condemned the following: "Liberty of conscience and of worship is the proper right of every man..." (Pius IX, Quanta Cura).

Pray for the success of these talks.

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Monday, September 14, 2009
2 Year Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum's Implementation

Today is the 2-year anniversary of the motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, going into effect. The motu proprio was published on July 7, 2007, and went into effect on September 14, 2007. I wrote a lengthy reflection on the effect of Summorum Pontificum in light of Archbishop Lefebvre, Pope Benedict XVI, and various priests and bishops. That article was published by me on July 7, 2009.

Read the article in honor of this anniversary.

Image Source: Holy Mass in the Ancient Roman Rite at the Shrine of Our Lady of the North American Martyrs, Auriesville, New York taken on September 14, 2007 via Flickr.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The Ceremonies of the Consecration of a Church in the Traditional Manner (1962): Part I

The ceremonies begin with the Bishop entering the church and ordering the deacon to light the twelve candles on the walls. The Bishop with the clergy and people proceed to the place where the relics are kept, and there the clerics begin saying the seven penitential psalms, with the antiphon Ne reminiscaris Domine. When the seven psalms are completed, the Bishop with the ministers go to the entrance of the Church, where the Bishop begins, and the schola continues, this antiphon:

Be present, O God almighty, the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Let us pray. Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy holy inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance: that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and through Thee be happily ended. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

The cantors begin the Litanies and proceed until: Ab omni malo, Libera nos Domine.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, the Redeemer of the world,have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us. Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Saint Michael, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel, pray for us. Saint Raphael, pray for us.
All ye holy Angels and Archangels, pray forus.
All ye holy orders of blessed Spirits, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
All you holy Patriarchs and Prophets, pray for us.
Saint Peter, pray for us.
Saint Paul, pray for us.
Saint Andrew, pray for us.
Saint James, pray for us.
Saint John, pray for us.
Saint Thomas, pray for us.
Saint James, pray for us.
Saint Phillip, pray for us.
Saint Bartholomew, pray for us.
Saint Matthew, pray for us.
Saint Simon, pray for us.
Saint Thaddeus, pray for us.
Saint Matthias, pray for us.
Saint Barnabas, pray for us.
Saint Luke, pray for us.
Saint Mark, pray for us.
All ye holy Apostles and Evangelists, pray for us.
All ye holy Disciples of the Lord, pray for us.
All ye holy Innocents, pray for us.
Saint Stephen, pray for us.
Saint Lawrence, pray for us.
Saint Vincent, pray for us.
Saints Fabian and Sebastian, pray for us.
Saints John and Paul, pray for us.
Saints Cosmas and Damian, pray for us.
Saints Gervase and Protase, pray for us.
All ye holy Martyrs, pray for us.
Saint Sylvester, pray for us.
Saint Gregory, pray for us.
Saint Ambrose, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Jerome, pray for us.
Saint Martin, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, pray for us.
All ye holy Popes and Confessors, pray for us.
All ye Holy Doctors, pray for us.
Saint Anthony, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Bernard, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us. Saint Francis , pray for us.
All ye holy Priests and Levites, pray for us.
All ye holy Monks and Hermits, pray for us.
Saint Anne, pray for us.
Saint Mary Magdalen, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Saint Catherine, pray for us.
Saint Anastasia, pray for us.
All ye holy Virgins and Widows, pray for us.
All ye holy men and women, Saints of God, intercede for us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.

The Bishop then rises from reclining, and standing with his miter, blesses water and salt. Finishing the blessing of the water, the Bishop sprinkles himself and those around him.

Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be cleansed: Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

He begins to walk around on the right hand side, proceeding with the clergy and people, and sprinkling with the same water the walls of the Church from without at their upper part, always saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The house of the Lord is founded on the summit of the mountains, and is exalted over all the hills, and all the people shall come to it. And they shall say: Glory be to thee, O Lord. V. Coming, they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves. And they shall say: Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Finishing the route, the Bishop goes before the doors, standing with all facing the door.

Let us pray.
Let us kneel. R. Arise.

Almighty and everlasting God, who in every place of Thy dominion wholly defends and is wholly active, be present by our supplications, and be the protector of this house of which Thou art the Founder; let no wickedness of a contrary power resist Thee here, but by virtue of the work of the Holy Ghost, let here be always given to Thee that pure service which is devout freedom. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

The Bishop approaches the door of the church, strikes it once with the lower part of his staff, at the threshold, saying:

Lift up your gates, O ye princes: and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates, and the King of glory shall enter in.

The Deacon says: Who is this king of glory?
Bishop answers: The Lord strong and mighty: The Lord mighty in battle.

The Bishop again goes around the church with the clergy and people, beginning on the right side, sprinkling the walls near the foundation:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Meanwhile, the schola sings the following response:

Bless, O Lord, this place which I have built in thy name. For thy people who shall come into this place, * Hear their prayers on high for thy sole glory. V. O Lord, if thy people turn to thee again, may they also do penance and may they offer prayers, coming into this place. * Hear.

Finishing going around, the Bishop again goes before the door, standing before it saying

Let us pray.
Let us kneel. R. Arise.

Almighty and everlasting God, who through thy Son, namely the cornerstone, has joined two walls, coming from diverse places, from circumcision and uncircumcision, and has joined two flocks under one and the same shepherd, give to thy servants, through these rites of our devotion, the indissoluble bond of charity, that there be no division of minds. And let us, who are all one flock under the guidance of one shepherd, and are enclosed in one fold under thy protection, be separated by no sort of perverse disagreement. Through the same Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

He approaches the door and with the crozier strikes the threshold a second time, saying as before:

Lift up your gates, O ye princes: and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates, and the King of glory shall enter in.

The Deacon says: Who is this king of glory?

Bishop answers: The Lord strong and mighty: The Lord mighty in battle.

The Bishop goes around the church a third time with the clergy and people, beginning on the left side, and proceeds, sprinkling the walls in the middle, saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Meanwhile the schola sings the Response:

Thou, Lord of all Creation, who hast nothing unworthy, and hast desired thy temple to be among us, * Preserve this thy house, O Lord, immaculate through eternity. V. Thou hast chosen, O Lord, this house, that thy name may be invoked in it: that it may be a house of prayer and supplication for thy people. * Preserve. After the chant is finished, the Bishop returns to the door saying:

Let us pray.
Let us kneel. R. Arise.

O almighty and merciful God, who hast conferred on thy priests such outstanding grace that whatever is done worthily and righteously by them in thy name is believed to be done by thee: we beg of thy immense mercy, to visit whatever we shall visit, and bless whatever we shall bless, so that it be to the increase of our humility, the merit of thy Saints, the flight of demons, and the entrance of angelic peace. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

The Bishop approaches the door a third time and strikes it at the threshold with his staff, saying:

Lift up your gates, O ye princes: and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates, and the King of glory shall enter in.

The Deacon says: Who is this king of glory?
The Bishop and all the clergy respond: The Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory.

Adding: Open, Open, Open.

The Bishop makes the sign of the cross on the threshold with the lower part of his staff, saying:
Behold the sign of the cross, let all phantasms flee from it.

The door is opened; the ministers, clerics, choir and faithful enter the church. The extra clergy and people are left outside and the door of the church is closed.

Bishop: Peace be unto this house.

Deacon: And to those who enter. All: Amen.

The schola with the cantor sing the Antiphon:

Peace eternal from the Eternal be unto this house. May the unending peace, the Word of the Father, be peace unto this house. Peace may the loving Comforter grant unto this house. Zachaeus, make haste and come down; for this day I must abide in thy house. And he made haste and came down from there, and received him with joy into his house. This day has salvation been given to this house by God, alleluia.

While this is sung, the Bishop proceeds to the middle of the church, where a faldstool is prepared; and at the end of the preceding antiphon, begins the following hymn with the schola following.

COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made. O Comforter, to Thee we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, and sweet anointing from above. Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known; Thou, finger of God's hand we own; Thou, promise of the Father, Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue. Kindle our senses from above, and make our hearts overflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply. Far from us drive the foe we dread, and grant to us Thy peace instead; so shall we not, with Thee for guide, turn from the path of life aside. Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow the Father and the Son to know; and Thee, through endless times confessed, of both the eternal Spirit blest. Now to the Father and the Son, Who rose from death, be glory given, with Thou, O Holy Comforter, henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Meanwhile, one of the ministers spreads ashes on the floor of the Church in the shape of a cross.

At the end of the hymn, the Bishop and the schola again begin and continue the Litany of the Saints, in which Litany in his place is named twice that Saint in whose honor and name the Church or altar is dedicated, and those whose relics are to be included in it

That thou visit this place R. We beseech thee to hear us.
That thou set a guard of Angels for this place R. We beseech thee to hear us.

Extending his right hand up, together over church and altar to be consecrated, he makes three successive signs of the cross, saying first:

That thou vouchsafe to bless this church consecrated to thy honor and in the name of Saint N., and this altar consecrated to thy honor and in the name of Saints N.
R. We beseech thee to hear us.

Saying second:

That thou vouchsafe to bless and sanctify this church consecrated to thy honor and in the name of Saint N., and this altar consecrated to thy honor and in the name of Saints N.
R. We beseech thee to hear us.

Saying third:

That thou vouchsafe to bless, sanctify, and consecrate this church consecrated to thy honor and in the name of Saint N., and this altar consecrated to thy honor and in the name of Saints N.
R. We beseech thee to hear us.

At the end, the Bishop stands facing the main altar and says:

Let us pray.
Let us kneel. R. Arise.
Guide us, we beseech thee, O Lord, by thy mercy, and by the intercession of all thy Saints, anticipate our prayers with thy mercy. Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.
Let us pray.
O Lord our God, be magnified in thy Saints, and appear in this church built for thee, that thou, who worketh all things in the sons of adoption, may always be praised in thy inheritance.
R. Amen.

After the end of the prayers, the schola begins and continues this antiphon ("O quam metuendos, etc.") and the canticle.

O how fearful is this place! Truly this is no other than the house of God and gate of heaven.

Canticle of Zacharia. Luke 1.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people:
And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, * in the house of David, his servant:
As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning:
Salvation from our enemies, * and from the hand of all that hate us.
To perform mercy to our fathers, * and to remember his holy testament,
The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, * that he would grant to us,
That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, * we may serve him without fear,
In holiness and justice before him, * all our days.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: * for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways:
To give knowledge of salvation to his people, * unto the remission of their sins:
Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, * in which the Orient from on high hath visited us:
To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: * to direct our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

While this is being sung, the Bishop writes the letters of the Greek alphabet in the ashes with the tip of his crozier, beginning at the left side from the entrance. In the same manner he inscribes the letters of the Roman alphabet in the ashes at the right side of the cross beginning near the door.
The Bishop goes towards altar to be consecrated; at a distance from it, he kneels and says:
O God, come to my assistance.

The Bishop rises and the choir responds:
O Lord, make haste to help me.

The Bishop says:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

The choir responds:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

It is done in the same manner and place a second and third time, the voice louder each time. When finished, the Bishop blesses water and salt, ashes and wine.

I exorcize thee, O creature of salt, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who said to his Apostles: Ye are the salt of the earth, and through his Apostle said: Let your speech be always taken with a grain of salt; that thou be made holy for the consecration of this church and altar, to expel all temptations of evil spirits; that all who partake of thee be wholly clean in soul and body; and that thou be a protection and confirmation of salvation. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who shall come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.
R. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray: Lord God, Father almighty, who hast vouchsafed to give this heavenly grace to salt, that by this all things may be preserved which thou hast given to men for food, bless this creature of salt so that it may drive away the enemy, and grant to it a healthful property, that it may bring those partaking of it to health of soul and body. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

I exorcize thee, O creature of water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, that thou repel the devil from his goal, the just, lest he be present in the shadows of this Church and altar. And thou, O Lord Jesus Christ, impart the Holy Spirit to this thy Church and altar, that he may strengthen the health of the bodies and souls of those worshiping thee, and that thy name be magnified among the nations; and let those doubting in heart be converted to thee, and have no other God before thee, the only Lord, who shall come to judge the quick and the dead, and the world by fire.
R. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray. O Lord God, Father Almighty, creator of all the elements, who through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord caused to be made this element of water for the salvation of all mankind, we supplicants entreat thee that, hearing our prayers, thou wouldst sanctify it by the countenance of thy holiness; and thus cause to depart from it the assault of all unclean spirits, and wheresoever it shall be sprinkled in thy name, cause the grace of thy blessing to come, and cause all evils to withdraw far away, for the sake of us beseeching thee. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

The blessing of the ashes:

O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray. O almighty, eternal God, spare those that are penitent, be merciful to Thy suppliants, and vouchsafe to send Thy holy angel from heaven to bless and sanctify these ashes, that they may be a wholesome remedy to all who humbly call upon Thy holy name, and who, accusing themselves of their sins as their consciences accuse them, deplore their crimes before the face of Thy divine clemency, or eagerly and humbly entreat Thy excellence and goodness; and grant, by the invocation of Thy most holy name, that all who shall sprinkle these ashes on themselves, for the remission of their sins, may receive health of body and salvation of soul. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Then the Bishop takes salt and mixes it in the ashes in the form of a cross, saying:
Let this mixture of salt and ashes be made one, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

He receives the container of salt and ashes and pours in water in the form of a cross, three times, saying:

Let this mixture of salt, ashes and water be made one, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

The blessing of the wine:

O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who in Cana of Galilee made wine out of water, and who art the true vine, increase thy mercy on us; and vouchsafe to bless and sanctify this creature of wine, that wherever it is poured or sprinkled may be replenished and sanctified by the abundance of thy blessing. Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, forever and ever.
R. Amen.

The wine is mixed into the water in the form of a cross, saying:

Let this mixture of wine, salt, ashes, and water be made one, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray. Almighty eternal God, creator and preserver of all mankind, and giver of spiritual grace, and bestower of eternal salvation, send thy Holy Spirit upon this wine mixed with water, salt, and ashes, so that, armed by the protection of heavenly power, it may assist in the consecration of this church and of thy altar. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

The Bishop says over the blessed water:

Be sanctified through the Word of God, O water of heaven; be sanctified, O water, that was walked upon by the footsteps of Christ; O water, which though held by mountains art not cut off; O water, which dashed against cliffs art not destroyed; O water, which though scattered on the lands dost not vanish. Thou dost sustain the dry land, thou dost bear the weight of the mountains, nor art thou overwhelmed; thou art contained by the height of heaven; thou, flowing around all, dost wash all things, but art not washed. Thou wast bound in a solid mass for the fleeing Hebrew people: unbound anew, thou didst destroy by the salty vortices of the Nile those dwelling nearby, and thou didst pursue the enemy throng with a raging sea: one and the same, thou art salvation for the faithful and punishment for the criminal. The rock struck by Moses spewed thee forth, and thou wast not able to hide in the secret crag; with majesty thou didst come forth by command. Thou dost make fruitful the fields by pleasing rain carried in clouds. Through thee, for bodies parched by heat, a drink is provided, sweet for mercy and salutary for life: thou dost come flowing from the depths and thou dost preserve whether thou dost provide the spirit of life within or the fertile juice without; lest the earth, lifeless with desiccated viscera, deny the annual harvest: let th beginning and the end exult in thee; or rather, it is from God, that we may not know thy limits, or, O almighty God, whose powers are beyond knowing, Feils are working on this Thou art the author of blessing, thou the source of health: we humbly entreat and beseech thee, that thou pour down the shower of thy grace upon this house with the abundance of thy blessing; bestow all good things; grant prosperity; repel adversaries; destroy the demon of evil crimes; and establish the Angel of light as friend, defender, and provider of good things. This house, begun in thy name, and perfected by thy help, may thy blessing uphold for a long endurance. May these foundations, the roof, the entrances, and innermost recesses be worthy of thy protection. May the walls be strong and the place useful for men by the light of thy countenance.

Then the Bishop goes to the door of the church, and makes the sign of the cross on the upper part of the door with his crozier, and again on the whole lower part.

Let the invincible cross be placed on the threshold; and let the doorposts on both sides be sealed with the inscription of thy grace; and through the multiplicity of thy mercy, for the visitors of this house let there be peace with abundance, sobriety with modesty, and an overflowing with mercy. Let all restlessness and calamity depart far away. Let poverty, pestilence, disease, sickness, and the assault of evil spirits depart by thy ever present visitation, so that thy grace, poured into this place of visitation, may run throughout its extended boundaries and halls; and through all its corners and recesses let it be a purification through the washing of this stream, so that always in this place there may be joy of quiet, grace of hospitality, abundance of fruit, reverence of religion, and plenteousness of salvation. And, where thy holy name is invoked, let follow an overflowing of all goodness, and let flee far away the trial of evils; and let us be worthy to have with us the angel of peace, chastity, charity, and truth, who may always guard, protect, and defend us from all evils. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

He then returns to the place where the water was blessed, and standing facing the main altar, he says:

Beloved brothers, we humbly beseech God the Father almighty, in whose house there are many mansions, that He vouchsafe to bless and preserve this house through this sprinkling of water mixed with wine, salt, and ashes. Through our Lord Jesus Christ His Son, who with Him lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.

After this the Bishop proceeds to the altar; and with the schola, begins the following antiphon, repeating the antiphon between each verse of Psalm 42, as needed:

Next follows the Consecration of the Altar, which will be the topic of a subsequent post.
Commentary from the Catholic Encyclopedia:
By a decree of the Council of Trent (Sess. XXII), Mass should not be celebrated in any place except a consecrated or blessed church. Hence it is the wish of the Church that at least cathedrals and parish churches be solemnly consecrated, and that smaller churches be blessed (Cong. Sac. Rit., 7 Aug., 1875), but any church and public or semi-public oratory may be consecrated (Cong. Sac. Rit., 5 June, 1899). Both by consecration and by blessing a church is dedicated to Divine worship, which forbids its use for common or profane purposes. Consecration is a rite reserved to a bishop, who by the solemn anointing with holy chrism, and in the prescribed form, dedicates a building to the service of God, thereby raising it in perpetuum to a higher order, removing it from the malign influence of Satan, and rendering it a place in which favours are more graciously granted by God (Pontificale Romanum). The blessing of a church is a less solemn rite, which may be performed by a priest delegated by the diocesan bishop. It consists in the sprinkling with holy water and the recital of prayers, thus making it a sacred place, though not necessarily in perpetuum. Consecration differs from mere blessing in this, that it imprints an indelible mark (St. Thomas, II-II:34:3) on the building by reason of which it may never be transferred to common or profane uses.
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St. Frances de Sales (FSSP)
Images: Taken from NLM of St. Parick Oratory (Kansas), which will have the proper attribution

The Most Holy Name of Mary

Today is the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose feast originates back in 1513.

It is said : And the Virgin's name was Mary. Let us speak a few words upon this name, which signifieth, being interpreted, Star of the Sea, and suiteth very well the Maiden Mother, who may very meetly be likened unto a star. A star giveth forth her rays without any harm to herself, and the Virgin brought forth her Son without any hurt to her virginity. The light of a star taketh nothing away from the Vírginity of Mary. She is that noble star which was to come out of Jacob, whose brightness still sheddeth lustre upon all the earth, whose rays are most brilliant in heaven, and shine even unto hell, lighting up earth midway, and warming souls rather than bodies, fostering good and scaring away evil. She, I say, is a clear and shining star, twinkling with excellencies, and resplendent with example, needfully set to look down upon the surface of this great and wide sea.

Source: Sermon by St. Bernard the Abbot
Image Source: Jesus Christ Receiving the Virgin in Heaven by Jacques Stella, 17th Century
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The Dress Code for a Pontifical High Mass (Bishop's Dress Code)

The Following is an excerpt from Quidlibet: The Bishop's Dress Code. I would recommend reading the entirety of the article, which elaborates on virtually all aspects of the traditional dress of the Bishop.
III. Vestments Required for Pontifical Mass.

Attired in his choir habit, the bishop reads the Psalms of Preparation, during which the Master of Ceremonies invests the bishop with the special footgear (items 1, 2). The bishop then recites several prayers that recount the symbolism of the vestments and has his hands washed. After this the Deacon, Subdeacon and Assistant Priest solemnly vest him with the rest of the items. Here is what is required:
1. Buskins. (Loose-fitting leggings in the liturgical color of the day that the Master of Ceremonies puts on the bishop’s legs and then ties.)
2. Sandals. (Special fabric shoes, also in the color of the day, that the Master of Ceremonies puts on over the bishop’s buskins.)
3. Amice.
4. Alb.
5. Cincture.
6. Pectoral cross on a green and gold cord. (Strength against enemies; the victories of the Cross and the martyrs.)
7. Tunic. (Made of light silk, the color of the day. This is the garment of a subdeacon, symbolizing joy.)
8. Dalmatic. (Also of light silk, and slightly shorter than the tunic. This is the garment of a deacon, symbolizing salvation and justice.)
9. Gloves. (Color of the day, embroidered with crosses. Acceptance of the Sacrifice)
10. Chasuble.
11. Miter. (Two types are used at the same Mass: a precious miter with jewels and gold embroidery that is worn in procession and for shorter periods of time during Mass, and a golden miter that is worn when the bishop sits for longer periods of time. Helmet of salvation against the snares of the enemy.)
12. Pontifical ring. (Sevenfold gift of the Holy Ghost.)
13. Crozier.
14. Maniple. (Put on in the sanctuary at the prayer Indulgentiam.)
The symbolism of some items is self-evident, but three in particular merit an additional comment:
(a) Buskins and Sandals. The bishop’s feet are vested, according to the medieval liturgist Durandus, as an allusion to the verse that the liturgy applies to the Apostles themselves: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace.” (Nabuco, Ius Pont., 179)
(b) Tunic and Dalmatic. Bishops at Pontifical Mass must wear the vestments of a subdeacon and deacon because in bishops, said the medieval liturgist Durandus, “the degrees of all the Major Orders are most eminently present.” (Nabuco, Ius Pont., 182)
(c) Gloves. The vesting prayer for the gloves contains an Old Testament allusion: Jacob covering his hands when he presented his offering to his father to obtain a blessing; the bishop prays that through his sacrifice he may likewise receive a blessing, that of divine grace.
Image Source: Archbishop John Timothy McNicholas
Tridentine Latin Mass of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart: Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Double of the II Class. Please see my post from last year for this Feastday.


Bestow upon Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace: that as the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of our salvation, so the solemn feast of her Nativity may bring us an increase of peace. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Having a Requiem Mass for a Deceased Pontiff

As a follow up to my recent article on the Traditional Funeral Rites for the Supreme Pontiffs, I wish to expound upon the concept of having a Requiem Mass for a deceased pontiff. While many of us may be unfamiliar with this concept, it is certainly one that has historical significance. For example, when Venerable Pope Pius XII died in 1958, not only were prayers offered in the context of the Sacred Liturgy in Rome at his funeral, but also around the world as countless parishes, cathedrals, monasteries, et cetera celebrated Requiem Masses for the repose of his soul.

Images from the Requiem Mass for Venerable Pope Pius XII:

Requiem mass for Pope Pius XII, St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York)

Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower (5R), Mrs. Henry R. Luce (4R), John Foster Dulles (3R) and John A. McCone (2R) during pontifical requiem mass for Pope Pius XII in Washington, D.C.

Yet, when Pope John Paul II died in 2005 few - if any - places in the Catholic world celebrated Solemn Requiem Masses for the repose of his soul. When Pope Paul VI changed the Papal Funeral Rite, it removed nearly all elements of the ceremony (see the Traditional Funeral Rite). Red vestments replaced the black vestments of mourning - a reminder to pray for the repose of the Pope's soul, not a time shout for a pre-mature canonization. Gone in the Novus Ordo is the absolution at the catafalque, which is used in place of the actual body.

Here is an excerpt from the New York Times dated February 18, 1939 illustrating such Requiem Masses for Pope Pius XI:
ABOARD THE S.S. REX, AT SEA, Feb. 17.--In the main hall of the Rex at 10:30 this morning, as the liner was off the cloud-shrouded coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, Mgr. Cassani, the chaplain, sang a high mass of requiem for the soul of Pope Pius XI.
Sancta Missa has on their website a video of a Requiem High Mass with Absolution over the Catafalque. The page includes the changes from the typical Tridentine (Traditional) Latin Mass with the specific prayers common to a Requiem High Mass. If you want to celebrate a Solemn High Mass for the soul of a deceased in the context of the Traditional Latin Mass then this page is highly useful.

In one example of the resurgence of this practice, Fr. Finigan said a Solemn High Mass for the 850th anniversary of the death of Pope Adrian IV. Let us pray for a resurgence so that the dead may be loosed from their time in purgatory through our prayers and most particularly, the prayers of the Church in the Sacred Liturgy.

Image Source: Flickr account of Lawrence OP; Catholic Requiem Mass celebrated in Dorchester Abbey

Suggestions for 2010:

6 February - 270 years from the Death of Clement XII
21 February - 280 years from Death of Benedict XIII (Dominican)
27 September - 310 years from Death of Innocent XII
27 September - 420 years from Death of Urban VII

With plenty of time to construct a catafalque and familiar yourself with the rubrics of the Requiem Mass, encourage your pastors to have a Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of their souls. In one example, Pope Benedict XIII was a Dominican, and it would be extremely appropriate for Dominicans to remember his soul at a Solemn Requiem Mass on February 21, 2010 (the 280th anniversary of his death).
Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer: Mr. Robert Schindler, Sr. Has Died

Today the pro-life movement mourns the loss of Mr. Robert Schindler, Sr., the father of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, whose fight for life captured the heart of the pro-life community in 2005. Mr. Schindler is being buried in Philadelphia today without the fanfare or accolades that are due a real champion who fought one of the most insidious evils of modern society - the legalized murder of the innocent. His funeral will not be televised on all the cable news networks, no cardinals will attend it, and the President of the United States will not deliver the eulogy - thank God. Mr. Schindler, however, is promised a better send-off than that. God Himself will him speak to him words spoken to all the suffering righteous: "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master."

It is hard not to notice the contrast between the funerals of Senator Edward Kennedy and Bob Schindler. The secular, brash and privileged "Lion of the Senate" had everything that the world had to offer, including comprehensive political protection from his Waterloo; the Chappaquiddick incident in 1969. He walked away from that one scot-free, and the country ever after that conveniently pretended it didn't happen because no one would want to tarnish the image of a famous political family. Americans find it just too messy to honestly address casual killing. Ted Kennedy went on to continue his murderous rampage in his political career through his contemptible advocacy of legalized killing through abortion and the farcical defense of Roe by vetoing potential Supreme Court judges who might have rectified that terrible injustice in our country. Among the many sins he will have to account for before the Throne of Grace, his criminally buffoonish and cowardly causing of Mary Jo Kopechne's death and its subsequent cover-up were perhaps the least. Ted Kennedy had a lot of innocent blood on his hands as he went to his judgment, as do all people who advocate or stand aside in silence at the destruction of the innocents.

Bob Schindler, in contrast, was not endowed with the privileges of wealth and social status, nor the political machine that could protect his back side in times of trouble. His family was ravaged by aggressive euthanasia activist lawyers who decided that his daughter was just not worthy of life because she was brain-damaged. He had to fight the son-in-law from hell who, despite a father's unconditional offer to care for his own daughter, rammed the euthanasia agenda home viciously, even triumphantly. Bob had to endure the agony of three separate court-ordered starvations of his daughter, the third of which took her life in a brutal act of gloating evil that many compared to the Passion of Christ. Bob was the faithful father standing at the foot of the Cross and his vigils took place without the companionship of any cardinal or bishop there to rally the saints in defense of his daughter. His greatest sorrow was indeed that the very leadership of his Church, like the apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane, should have abandoned his family in their hour of need. Indeed, his local bishop somehow found more pressing needs in Asia and was AWOL in defense of Terri the week she was murdered. But despite the failings of the men who are given earthly powers to guide the Church, God never abandons his children. Bob was always in the company of the very best, sent from Heaven, and it is our firm belief that the angels are welcoming him home today as he meets the glory of God and at long last, is reunited with the daughter he loves so much.

No one deserves the kind of treatment meted out to him and his family, but Bob did not take it sitting down. He stood up and fought long and hard for what was right and showed us how to persevere in all our bitter battles. His heroism was humble and virtuous; despite opposition from all sides, despite being abandoned by churchmen, despite the slander his family endured, he held himself up and never faltered. He never "ran from the scene" as Kennedy did at Chappaquiddick; he stood his ground and faced the battle and then he did not let the story end there. If there was anyone whose suffering gave him a right to bitterly blame others and withdraw from the rest of the world's problems, it was Bob Schindler. But he did not go that route. He was too much of a man of faith for that. Rather, he and his family set up the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to assist all others who have are increasingly thrust into that same fight and need someone who has "been there" to stand against the powerful perpetrators of crimes against humanity who sit in our political culture arrogating to themselves the power of life and death, a power that has not been given to them.

Since Terri's Fight in 2005 I have had the supreme privilege of standing next to Bob and the Schindler family on the front lines in the battle against the culture of death and its champions; but I know a real champion when I see one. Bob Schindler certainly paid a martyr's price for his fidelity to the enduring values of faith and family and was a hero in every sense of the word. I will miss him! Indeed, we all will miss him, but we know that his spirit lives on in all those who patiently suffer injustice and in those who fight for life against the lions who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.


Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Traditional Mass: Sunday, September 6 in the Diocese Ventimiglia-San Remo, Italy

(Madonna della Costa)
(Diocese Ventimiglia-San Remo)
. .
Sunday, September 6, 2009
XIV after Pentecost
. .
"Missa de angelis"
application of the Motu Proprio
Summorum Pontificum

celebrated by the Rector
Monsignor Vittorio Mallets
Canon Penitentiary
dell'Insigne Collegiate Basilica of St. Siro

St. Joan Antidea Thouret

Joan Antidea lived from 1765 to 1828. At the age of 22, St. Joan joined the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris but during the French Revolution she was in exile in Switzerland and Germany. Returning to France in 1797, she founded a new religious congregation: Sisters of Charity supported by Letizia Ramolino, Napoleon's mother.

Pope Pius VII approved her religious congregation in 1819 and gave canonical privileges to her convents.

Below is a photo from her canonization proclaimed by Pope Pius XI in 1934.

First Thursday of the Month: Plenary Indulgence Available

For the faithful, a plenary indulgence can be obtained on the opening and closing days of the Year for Priests, on the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month, or on any other day established by the ordinaries of particular places for the good of the faithful.

To obtain the indulgence the faithful must attend Mass in an oratory or Church and offer prayers to "Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to his heart."
The conditions for the faithful for earning a plenary indulgence are to have gone to confession and prayed for the intentions of the Pope.

Source: Zenit
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Vatican Highlights Pope Pius XII's Peace Efforts

At this time we can not forget to remember the tremendous efforts of His Holiness Pope Pius XII made toward saving the lives of Jewish refugees. He unhesitatingly condemned Nazism.

On May 10, 1937, Pope Pius XI released the encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge (Germany for "With deep anxiety"). Unlike nearly all encyclicals, which are written in Latin, this encyclical was written in German. It was addressed to the German bishops and was read in all parish churches of Germany. Pope Pius XI said that his Papal Secretary of State, Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII, was the individual that should be credited for the encyclical's creation. Furthermore, Jewish Rabbi Pinchas Lapide stated that Pope Pius XI "had good reason to make Pacelli the architect of his anti-Nazi policy. Of the forty-four speeches which the Nuncio Pacelli had made on German soil between 1917 and 1929, at least forty contained attacks on Nazism or condemnations of Hitler’s doctrines. . . . Pacelli, who never met the Führer, called it ‘neo-Paganism.’"

During the Holocaust, most of Rome's 8,000 Jews hid in the Vatican. Pope Pius XII saved thousands of Jewish lives. He used numerous networks in Rome to hide the Jewish people, and he even used the assets of the Vatican to ransom Jews from the Nazis. The Chief Rabbi of Rome converted to Catholicism after the war! According to Pinchas E. Lapide in his book, Three Popes and the Jews, Pope Pius XII saved 860,000 Jews from Nazi death camps (214).
The Rite of Extreme Unction

The Rite of Extreme Unction (1962):

{The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy says that, "in addition to the separate rites for anointing of the sick and for Viaticum a continuous rite will be prepared according to which the sick person is anointed after he has made his confession and before he receives Viaticum." And now--just before we go to press--the new "Instruction" of September 26, 1964, gives the rules for a continuous rite (see Rules for Administering Anointing of the Sick). Then at his discretion and depending on circumstances he may add prayers from the part dealing with the care of the sick, the apostolic blessing in the hour of death, and prayers for the dying. Although rubric no. 1 below does not require them, certainly it is proper to include among the appurtenances on the table a crucifix, two lighted candles, etc.}

1. As he is about to confer the sacrament of anointing of the sick the priest should see to it, if at all possible, that the following preparations are made. There should be in the sick-room a table covered with a white cloth; and on it a container with cotton or similar material made into six separate pellets for wiping the parts anointed, a small piece Of bread for cleansing the priest's fingers, and a bowl for washing his hands; a wax candle to be ignited later to give light to the priest as he performs the anointings In fine, it shall be his concern that everything is as clean and orderly as possible for the administration of this sacrament.

2. Then the clerics or servers are summoned, or at least one cleric to carry the cross (one without a staff, not the processional cross), holy water and aspersory, and the Ritual. The priest himself reverently takes the vessel containing the oil of the sick (encased in a silk cover of purple color), and bears it carefully so that it will not spill. If the journey is long or is to be made on horseback (sic!), or if there is any danger whatever of spilling the holy oil, the vessel enclosed in the sack or burse as already stated should be suspended from the neck so that it can be carried more easily and securely. No bells are rung in the course of the journey.

Introductory Prayers

The three introductory prayers that follow are very much the same as those ordinarily used for a priest's visit to the home of a sick person. They are preceded by the peace-greeting, the sacramental of sprinkling with holy water, which commonly is a reminder of baptism and an occasion for renewing the baptismal promises, confession if the person wishes to confess, and a little sermon in which the priest offers some consoling thoughts along with a summary of the nature and effects of the sacrament of the sick (see the introduction). If time permits the priest may choose to read one of the psalms and one or the other gospel passages taken from the rite of visitation and care of the sick.

3. Arriving at the place where the sick person is confined, the priest on entering the room says:

P: God's peace be in this home.
All: And in all who live here.

4. The priest places the holy oil on the table, and then vests in surplice and stole. Next he presents a crucifix to be devoutly kissed by the sick person. After that he sprinkles holy water in the form of a cross on the patient, the room, and the bystanders, saying:

Purify me with hyssop, Lord, and I shall be clean of sin. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Have mercy on me, God, in your great kindness. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

P: Purify me with hyssop, Lord, and I shall be clean of sin. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

If the patient wishes to go to confession, he hears his confession and absolves him. Then he speaks words of consolation to him and if time permits briefly explains the power and efficacy of this sacrament. When advisable he adds words of encouragement and directs the patient's thoughts to hope of everlasting life.

5. Next he says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord. All: Who made heaven and earth. P: The Lord be with you. All: May He also be with you.

The plural form used in the next prayer is by no means the majestic plural but a relic of the days when a number of priests assisted. Now it can refer to those who assist the priest.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, as we, in all humility, enter this home, let there enter with us abiding happiness and God's choicest blessings. Let serene joy pervade this home and charity abound here and health never fail. Let no evil spirits approach this place but drive them far away. Let your angels of peace take over and put down all wicked strife. Teach us, O Lord, to recognize the grandeur of your holy name. Sanctify our humble visit and bless + what we are about to do; you who are holy, you who are kind, you who abide with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Let us pray and beseech our Lord Jesus Christ to bless this dwelling more and more and all who live in it. May He give them an able guardian angel. May He prompt them to serve Him and to ponder the wonders of His law. May He ward off all diabolical powers from them, deliver them from all fear and anxiety, and keep them in good health in this dwelling; He who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Let us pray.

Hear us, holy Lord Father, almighty everlasting God, and in your goodness send your holy angel from heaven to watch over and protect all who live in this home, to be with them and give them comfort and encouragement; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

6. If time does not permit, all or part of the foregoing prayers may be omitted. Next comes as usual the general confession of sins (Confiteor), after which the priest says:

May almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you your sins, and lead you to everlasting life.
All: Amen.

P: May the almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, absolution, + and remission of your sins.
All: Amen.
Invocation of the Trinity and Anointings

Rubric no. 7 directs the bystanders to recite the penitential psalms and Litany of the Saints while the priest is performing the anointings. This was well advised in former days when the prayers and forms were said in Latin. In our present practice it is surely preferable to have the people listen to the stately official prayers and make the responses as indicated.

7. Before the priest begins to anoint the sick person he invites all present to pray for him. And if circumstances are favorable and those present are able to do so they should recite the seven penitential psalms and Litany of the Saints or other prayers while the priest administers the sacrament. First the priest extends his right hand over the head of the sick person, saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; may any power the devil has over you be destroyed by the laying-on of our hands and by calling on the glorious and blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, her illustrious spouse, St. Joseph, and all holy angels, archangels, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, and all the saints.

All: Amen.

8. Next he dips his thumb in the holy oil, and anoints the sick person in the form of a cross on all bodily members indicated below, pronouncing in each instance the respective form as follows:*
* In the case of bodily members which are double, the right organ is anointed at the place indicated in the form by the, and the left organ before the remaining words are completed.--Trans.

Anointing the Eyes (on the eyelids)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the power of sight.

All: Amen.

9. After every anointing the assistant, provided he is in holy orders, otherwise the priest himself, wipes the part anointed with a fresh pellet of cotton or similar material. These pellets are deposited in a clean receptacle and later taken to church where they are burned and the ashes thrown into the sacrarium.

Anointing the Ears (on the lobes)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the power of hearing.
All: Amen.

Anointing the Nose (on each nostril)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the sense of smell.
All: Amen.

Anointing the Mouth (on closed lips)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the sense of taste and the power of speech.
All: Amen.

Anointing the Hands (on the palms)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the sense of touch.
All: Amen.

10. Note as said above that priests are anointed on the back of the hands, not on the palms.

Anointing the Feet (either on the instep or sole)

By this holy anointing and by His most tender mercy may the Lord forgive you all the evil you have done through the ability to walk.
All: Amen.

11. The anointing of feet, as has been said, may be omitted for any good reason.

12. When the priest has finished the anointings he rubs his thumb with particles of bread, then washes his hands and wipes them with a towel. The water used for this purpose together with the bread is later thrown into the sacrarium, or for lack of such, into another decent receptacle. Afterward the priest says:

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)
P: And lead us not into temptation. All: But deliver us from evil.
P: Save your servant.
All: Who trusts in you, my God.
P: Lord, send him (her) aid from your holy place.
All: And watch over him (her) from Sion.
P: Let him (her) find in you, Lord, a fortified tower.
All: In the face of the enemy.
P: Let the enemy have no power over him (her).
All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm him (her).
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord God, who spoke through your apostle James, "Is anyone of you sick? He should call in the priests of the Church, and have them pray over him, while they anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. That prayer, said with faith, will save the sick person, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him." We beg you, our Redeemer, to cure by the grace of the Holy Spirit this sick man's (woman's) infirmity. Heal his (her) wounds, and forgive his (her) sins. Rid him (her) of all pain of body and mind. Restore him (her), in your mercy, to full health of body and soul, so that having recovered by your goodness, he (she) may take up his (her) former duties. We ask this of you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Let us pray.

We entreat you, Lord, to look with favor on your servant, N., who is weak and failing, and refresh the life you have created. Chastened by suffering, may he (she) know that he (she) has been saved by your healing; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Let us pray.

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, in pouring out the grace of your blessing on the bodies of the sick, you show your loving care for your creatures. And so now as we call on your holy name, come and free your servant from his (her) illness and restore him (her) to health; reach out your hand and raise him (her) up; strengthen him (her) by your might; protect him (her) by your power; and give him (her) back in all desired well-being to your holy Church; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

13. Lastly, if the patient's condition allows, the priest may add a few well-chosen words, inspiring him to resist the temptations of the devil, and if death comes to expire peacefully in the Lord.

14. He should leave some holy water for the use of the sick person and also a crucifix, unless he has one, so that he may often gaze on it and devoutly kiss it and embrace it.

15. He should likewise instruct the family or the nurse to notify the pastor immediately if the sick person gets worse or approaches the last agony, so that the priest may be present to assist the dying and commend his soul to God. But if death is imminent the priest should say the prayers for the commendation of a departing soul before he leaves the house.

16. All that pertains to the care and visitation of the sick, the prayers for the dying, the commendation of a departing soul, and the burial rites are found below in their proper place.

For the above in Latin, please see Sancta Missa
Exclusive Video Interview with Bishop Williamson

The author of the blog True Restoration has created an exclusive video interview with His Excellency Bishop Williamson. If you are interested in the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), I would recommend watching this interview on the blog. He offers quite an insight commentary in regards to the issue of priests who defect from the Society.

As stated by the author:

While these videos are not available for download, you may purchase them from True Restoration Press on DVD for $10. These discs will play either in your DVD player (if your player will play WMV files) or on your computer. You may do so either by remitting $10 ($15 for international orders) via Paypal to truerestoration at or mail a check/money order to 6707 W. 91st Street; Overland Park, KS 66212; USA. In either case you should specify your mailing address.

This interview was done to commemorate the publication of (and help launch) the final two volumes of his four-volume Letters from the Rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary.


If you do intend to purchase a copy of this interview, please state that you were referred by the blog "A Catholic Life."

Image Source:

Confirmation 1991
St. Jude Roman Catholic Church
Eddystone, PA
Photograph: Jim
Traditional Mass in the Chapel of Son Serra de Marina, Mallorca (Spain)

From Renaissance Sacred:
Sunday, August 30th, in the chapel of Son Serra de Marina, Mallorca (Spain) in front of hundreds of faithful service and assisted by two acolytes, a young diocesan priest, Father Jaime Mercant Simó, celebrated the first mass in the extraordinary form that had ever celebrated in Mallorca since the conciliar reform. Supported the function a choir of ten singers, who together with the devotion of the participants reported again the majestic forms of the venerable Roman liturgy in this beautiful Spanish town.

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