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Diebus Saltem Dominicis – 7th Sunday after Pentecost: Operatio medicinalis

This 7th Sunday after Pentecost is the 17th anniversary of the day Pope Benedict XVI released the text of Summorum Pontificum, 07-07-07, the liturgical “emancipation proclamation” for those who desire the benefits of the Vetus Ordo.  Let us pray earnestly for those who are charged with the governance of such matters now, that they eschew…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis – 5th Sunday after Pentecost: Have no fear of their fear

The 20th century liturgical commentator Pius Parsch thought that the 2nd and 3rd Sundays after Pentecost showed God’s love inviting us (the Parable of the Supper) and His seeking us (Parable of the Lost Sheep).  On the 4th Sunday, God revealed in the calling of Peter and the Apostles the instruments of administering His love…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis – 4th Sunday after Pentecost: Something from Nothing

In earlier days in the Roman Church one of the calendrical milestones of the liturgical year was the “birthday” of the Apostles Peter and Paul, that is to say, the feast of their martyrdom and birth into new life in Heaven, 29 June.  The imagery of being born is commonly used in reference to the…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Constant fear and love in equal degree

This week’s offering presented a dilemma.  In many places the Vetus Ordo Feast of Corpus Christi will be observed on Sunday as an “external solemnity”.  Corpus Christi falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday and, in the Vetus Ordo, it had to be celebrated on that day.  However, it is permitted to repeat the Mass…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Trinity Sunday – We might want to get this one right

The Catechism of the Catholic Church 234 says that the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity is the “central mystery of Christ faith and life.  It is the mystery of God in Himself.” We might want to get this one right. The other mysteries of our faith revolve around what God does and has done. …

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Pentecost Sunday – Rise, Let Us Go Hence

For this mighty Feast of Pentecost we first scrabble after some context to enrich our participation.  The sacred liturgical celebration of the mysteries of our salvation make us present to them and them to us.  Sacramental reality is not inferior to sensible reality.  Indeed, it embraces and elevates it and us, it transforms us.  In…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Sunday after Ascension Thursday – What’s up?

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, forty days after His Resurrection, was once graced with its own Octave.  In 1955 Pius XII suppressed all but the Octaves of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.  These three remain now in the Roman Church’s Vetus Ordo.  However, the Octave of Ascension dated back only to the 15th…

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