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Discourses on Solemn Mass: The Altar: Part 3

Discourses on Solemn Mass
The Altar: Part 3: Having examined the structural components of the altar, we now turn our attention to its appointments and vesture that adorn the stone of sacrifice for the celebration of the sacred liturgy.

Of the various appointments that grace the altar, the first that we must call attention to is the crucifix...
Instaurare Omnia in Christo

Can a sister be the sacristan in a parish church?

Can a sister be the sacristan in a parish church?
An erroneous assertion has been spreading in some quarters of the Internet that a female religious should not be a sacristan in a parish church.

This study explains the Church's attitude through her history, practice and laws on this matter.


On Processions - Peregrinus Goes Abroad

On Processions
“Have you ever noticed,” asked the Liturgiologist, “how the good Sisters who arrange such ceremonies as May Processions, Corpus Christi Processions, Forty Hours Processions and the like, always get the cart before the horse, and exalt details into essentials, letting the essentials take care of themselves or not, as the case may be?”  Peregrinus Goes Abroad

Why Altar Boys?

Why Altar Boys?
“But why, in the name of Martinucci,” exclaimed the Liturgiologist, “must a Mass Server always be a sniveling little brat with his wrists bursting out of his cassock far too short for him, a very imperfect knowledge of the responses he has to say, and a generally rowdy and unedifying appearance” “Pere, Pere,” remonstrated the Antiquary.  Peregrinus Goes Abroad
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Extra-Liturgical Devotions

Extra-Liturgical Devotions
“Very well, then,” said the Antiquary, warming up to the discussion, “If these extra-liturgical functions are extra, why must they always conform to a custom as strict as it is silly, and never vary at all? Nowadays, when Vespers is a forgotten office in our parish churches, we seldom have any sort of an evening service..."  Peregrinus Goes Abroad

The Moderate Pace

The Moderate Pace

In the Gospel of St. Mark, the perfection of Christ’s humanity is described with the phrase “He hath done all things well.”

The altar server has many opportunities to sanctify himself and serve intelligently and reverently by executing his office of acolyte "at a moderate pace"...


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