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RORATE CÆLI 5th anniversary Virtual Kermesse
Help us with our new look
and win a special selection of wonderful Catholic books

The Fourth Sunday in Advent marks the fifth anniversary of our blog. A partnership with one of the most serious Catholic publishers in the English language, Angelus Press, has allowed us to offer you a special selection of some of their best works: 8 of the best titles in the Angelus Press catalogue made available to the winner of the website contest of our virtual kermesse.

What is the object of the contest? An update of our blog template, to make it beautiful and slim, a website that remains fully committed to the liturgical tradition of the Church while attractive to all kinds of readers and visitors.

What should the new blog design look like? Using our current general outline as a basis for your work, our only three demands are the following: that it should remain possible for us to have seasonal 800px-wide headers, colors, and words which are easily modifiable according to special events and the different parts of the liturgical year; that, naturally, all information currently available in our right bar should remain easily accessible; and that the winner relinquishes all property rights to his work, including the right to eventually modify the template, to our team of contributors.

The deadline is March 31, 2011, and the blog contributors will decide which one is the best template. The winner will receive directly from Angelus Press the following titles:

Considered by many the best Latin-English Daily Missal ever edited; 1,980pp. Sewn binding, gold-embossed skivertex cover.

This beautiful 2011 edition of the liturgical calendar includes wonderful pictures of moments of Traditional ceremonies of priestly ordinations.

Words really cannot describe how useful this book, written by Fr. Joseph Tylenda, S.I., is, for pilgrims and for all Catholics. This edition has majestic pictures of the Churches which are at the center of our faith.

The opus magnum of Romano Amerio on the crisis of the Church, this deep and yet very readable masterpiece by the philosopher "rehabilitated" by Pope Benedict XVI is a must-have for all serious Catholics.

My Catholic Faith is regarded by many as the most beautiful catechism ever published in English. This is the same version as the classic 1954 edition, in burgundy and gold-embossed hardcover, in 415 pages of pure and solid Catholic doctrine.

6.7.8.) The Michael Davies's monumental Mass Trilogy:

Cranmer's Godly Order: 372pp. Color hardcover, illustrated. The Anglican Revolution as a prophecy of the dangers of liturgical revolution.

Pope John's Council: Michael Davies spent the last year of his life updating one of his most relevant works. In the 512 pages of Pope John's Council, Davies presents the vertiginous events which set the stage for the greatest transformations in the history of Church doctrine and practice.

Pope Paul's New Mass: 752 pages of dramatic portrayal of the liturgical revolution which landed the Church in her current critical position. If one can save the Church by saving her liturgy, what does one accomplish when her liturgy is destroyed?...

Our winner will therefore receive a prize of almost $ 300.00 in value (including shipping and handling) - and an infinite value in the treasures of Church Tradition, wisdom, and history.

Thank you all for your readership, and, please, take part in our virtual kermesse. Remember: the deadline for submissions is February 28, 2011, more than two months during which to exercise your web-creativity. All submissions must be sent to newcatholic AT gmail DOT com with the subject "RORATE CÆLI 5th Anniversary Virtual Kermesse".


  1. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Please don't change the design. It's good already.

  2. Ah, a true traditionalist!

    We don't want any revolutionary design... :-) Our current one is, however, a bit messy, and is even viewed differently by those using Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome. It definitely is in need of an update.

    Thank you for your appreciation, though.


  3. Anonymous7:50 PM

    Dear Rorate Caeli,
    Thank you for all your excellent work. I really appreciate your blog.

    Barbara, Italy

  4. I agree with Anon 19:01. To elaborate: the design is interesting without being too 'busy'. It is also 'business-like', promoting an ethos of clarity, and underlining the importance of substance of content over time-wasting, distracting, annoying, fussy detail which is more in keeping with the ethos of the 'chattering classes'.

  5. Anonymous5:11 AM

    Looks too much like a cheap blog. The NLM and Fr. Z have done some nice improvements. One suggestion I would make is too stay away from most Renaissance art. It is humanist which is opposed to the True Faith.

  6. Congratulations on your Fifth anniversary. Might I suggest as an opening format for the website truly striking Traditional Renaissance art and sculpture reminiscent of that found in the churches and cathedrals of our Holy Faith in ages past - totally at odds with the wreckovation that has occurred in the 20th and 21st centuries. That will state our position in favor of Tradition in a most emphatic way and will bring to light the words found in yesterday's Introit: "Drop down dew, ye heavens from above, and let the clouds rain the just; let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour. The heavens show forth the Glory of God, and the firmaments declareth the work of His Hands."

  7. One suggestion I would make is too stay away from most Renaissance art. It is humanist which is opposed to the True Faith.

    No, most Renaissance art is not humanist, and the Church has never said humanism is necessarily opposed to the True Faith.

    Recordare, Iesu pie,
    Quod sum causa tuæ viæ:
    Ne me perdas illa die.

  8. Anonymous5:10 AM


    How should the designs be submitted, in jpeg format? Or as html template mimicking a blogspot interface to be included in a zip file together with its images? Or should it be an actual modified Blogspot template? Other information on format plus further particulars related to such would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for this. The contest is rather interesting in itself.

  9. Thank God for Renaissance Art & the musical forms which accompany it.

  10. Hi, Shirley: you may do either the second or the third options; you may send us the first one, so we can have a preview of what the whole template would look like. You may send any inquiries to the same e-mail address.

    Thank you.

  11. Are you all just completely ignorant of what Renaissance art signifies and the humanism found therein? Palestrina and Desprez were wonderful composers of the Renaissance of course, but one must realize that even though there music was very beautiful they still employed the sensuous spirit of the age by overemphasizing the human voice in an almost "immodest" sense. Pope Marcellus, in my opinion, made a bad mistake when he blessed this kind of music in the Liturgy because it led to "showy" church music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods which we still have not recovered from. Of course people will be labeling me some sort of "puritan", but oh well. I know the Church has not condemned humanism outright, but does the Church have to condemn something solemnly for it to be condemnable? The current crises in the Church, in my opinion, is a result of the spirit of the Renaissance. The derogatory term "Middle Ages" was derived from the Renaissance. The Renaissance gave birth to polemics against the glorious age where the Church ruled both the spiritual and physical realms. Hence we see a throwing out, beyond recovery in our own age, all things pertaining to the wonderful era of the Church we call the "Middle Ages".

  12. Congrats Rorate Caeli!

  13. Anonymous12:54 AM

    Anonymous said...
    Please don't change the design. It's good already.

    19 December, 2010 19:01

    "How many Traditionalist's does it take to change a light bulb?"

    "Change? .........Why would we want to change?"


  14. Angelus Press calendars are great!

  15. Anonymous10:19 PM

    Angelus press totally linked to the SSPX. Is RC doing the same? However their catalogue is yummy.

  16. Anonymous12:08 AM

    Local media have been contacted in relation to a protest against Bishop Bernard Fellay at Menzingen.

  17. Simplicity wins. Think Google.

  18. Cola di Cola3:06 PM

    Don't mess with success!

  19. Sorry, is the deadline March 31 or February 28? You have both dates listed.

  20. Anonymous12:10 PM

    Fr.Z's blog smacks of awards and other, "look-at-me" clutter - not to knock his work; but I think his blog design is busy with attention-getters instead of content.
    Content is everything.

  21. Jack B.8:33 PM

    "J." asks an excellent question: Two ending dates are listed. Which one is correct? I'd like to have another month as I haven't had time to work on a design.


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