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The Morning of the Resurrection
(St. Peter Chrysologus)

Fr. Esteban Salas y Castro
Deo gratias, alleluia, alleluia (1769)

For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven. Through the Resurrection of Christ and the defeat of death, men once more entered into relationship with Heaven. Moreover, woman, who had entered into a deadly plan with the Devil, now enjoyed a life-giving conversation with the Angel.
For an angel came down from heaven, and rolled back the stone. Scripture did not say rolled, but rolled back the stone. When rolled forward it was proof of His Death. When rolled back, it was proof of His Resurrection. Blessed is the stone which could both conceal Christ and reveal Him! Blessed is the stone which opens hearts no less than the sepulcher! Blessed is the stone which produces faith in the Resurrection, and a resurrection of faith; which is a proof that God’s Body is risen!
Here, the order of things is changed. Here, the sepulcher swallows death, not a dead man. The abode of death becomes a life-giving dwelling. A new kind of wo…


Osanna, Sanctus Deus Sabaoth,
superillustrans claritate tua
felices ignes horum malacoth!

L'anima d'ogne bruto e delle piante
di complession potenziata tira
lo raggio e il moto delle luci sante;

ma vostra vita sanza mezzo spira
la Somma Beninanza, e la innamora
di sé sì che poi sempre la disira.

E quinci puoi argomentare ancora
vostra resurrezion, se tu ripensi
come l'umana carne fessi allora

che li primi parenti intrambo fensi.

Commedia, Paradiso (c. VII)
Hosanna holy God of Sabaoth,/ abundantly illumining with thy brightness/ the blessed fires of these kingdoms ... 
The soul of every brute and of each plant,/ The ray and motion of the sacred lights,/ Draw from complexion with meet power endued.
But this our life the Supreme Good inspires/ Immediate, and enamours of itself;/ So that our wishes rest forever here. 
And hence thou mayst by inference conclude/ Our resurrection certain, if thy mind/ Consider how the human flesh was framed,/ When …

Pope - Five Homilies (St. Joseph's, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Vigil)

1. March 19, St. Joseph's:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude.

Chrism Mass - Archdiocese of Vaduz

As mentioned by us last Saturday, the Chrism Mass was celebrated according to the 1961-1962 liturgical books of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Vaduz (Liechtenstein). Pictures below, provided by the (CyR) Ceremonia y Rúbrica de la Iglesia Española forum (tip: New Liturgical Movement).
Naturally, another bishop also celebrated the Chrism Mass in the same way, as every year, Bp. Fernando Rifan, Apostolic Administrator of the A.A. Saint John Mary Vianney, in Campos, Brazil.

LIVE event: In 40 minutes, extraordinary ostension of the Holy Shroud

In 40 minutes, at 1710 (5:10 PM) CET (GMT +1), there will be an extraordinary ostension of the Holy Shroud of Turin, in a live television event. The ostension will be broadcast by Italian state main network RAI 1 (here), and, if the event is not made available online outside Italy, also at French Catholic network KTO (here).

Please, post other links in comments.

[Update: apologies, this was one of the most bizarre pseudo-paraliturgical experiments ever seen by us, and the Shroud itself was barely visible... The Annibale Bugnini touch really ruined everything.]

Silence on Holy Saturday
Amidst the solemnity, in praise of Low Mass

Sacrifice. Silence. Humility. Like the simple seven words on Golgotha. The essence, before our very eyes: the epitome of unplanned and truly organic development - Roman order and terseness displayed forever and everywhere.
Strengthened with all might,
according to the power of his glory,
in all patience and longsuffering with joy,
giving thanks to God the Father,
who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light:
who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love,
in whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins;
who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
for in him were all things created in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by him and in him. And he is before all, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the Church,
who is the beginnin…

The Crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Passion meditated at the feet of the Blessed Sacrament

Fr. A.-Joseph Chauvin S.S.S.

They crucified Him…Jesus has reached Calvary. The cross is driven into the ground, the hammers, the nails are prepared; the ladders are straightened, the ropes stretched… The executioners are at the point of beginning the death sentence… The soldiers brutally seize Jesus, loosen the chains, tear off His garments and leave almost naked Him, “Who clothed the sky with stars and the earth with flowers.” They tie the Saviour to the ropes which are thrown over the two arms of the Cross and raise Him up. They then stretch the arms and tie them to the horizontal crossbar, then each of them taking a nail and a hammer, the barbarians nail His hands and feet to the wood of the Cross. The meek Lamb offers Himself to the executioners of this unjust sentence, without putting up any resistance!
They want to tie His arms – He gives them; they want to pierce His hands, He opens them; they want to nail His feet, He…

The Official End of the Reform of the Reform - by example

During the evening Mass at Rome's Casal del Marmo prison for minors, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 young people of different nationalities and faiths, including at least two Muslims and two women, who are housed at the juvenile detention facility. (Catholic News Service)
1st: We are not invested in what goes on in a Novus Ordo setting. So, really, we are not disappointed by it -- though we are still surprised when it moves farther and farther away from traditional practices. We are just reporting it, as we did before any other venue in English.
2nd: Of course the optional mandatum is something that, while widely symbolic of the link between Christ and His Apostles, is ruled by pure Ecclesiastical Law, not Divine Law, and, regarding it, the Supreme Legislator can do (almost) as he pleases, even remove its presence from a liturgical environment. As long as there are specific standing rules about it (viri, men), however, even the Supreme Authority is bound to humbly obey them, u…

For the record: "A girl among the 12 inmates whose feet will be washed by the Pope"

From La Repubblica:

Pope Francis, who often prefers to call himself "bishop of Rome" for the little ones, those who suffer, and the poor, will celebrate today the rite of the washing of the feet in the juvenile penitentiary of Casal del Marmo. Among the twelve young inmates whose feet he will wash will also be a girl, perhaps two. "In Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio also admitted girls to the rite. And we proposed today a female presence. In the Vatican, after some resistance, they accepted it," said Father Gaetano Greco, the chaplain of the facility, where the Pontiff will arrive this afternoon.
UPDATE: The ceremony included 10 young men and 2 young women, as confirmed by the Vatican Radio broadcast, reported by several news agencies. (See here.)

Philippians, chapter 2: There is so much going on!

Yet, at times such as Holy Week, in particular this Holy Week, there is not much to be written that would be useful and good, and an occasion of spiritual growth, and not deleterious - for our readers, and also for our own souls. The words of the Apostle to the Philippians, also repeated on Palm Sunday, keep coming back: semetipsum exinanivit, "He emptied himself", "he made himself nothing". He was born for this, he took our mortal form to be obedient, "obedient unto death", "mortem autem crucis"...

How beautiful to say that He emptied himself, for the empty is opposed to the full! For the divine nature is sufficiently full, because every perfection of goodness is there. But human nature and the soul are not full, but capable of fulness, because it was made as a slate not written upon. Therefore, human nature is empty. Hence he says, He emptied himself, because He assumed a human nature. (St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Philippians
"If t…

Priests: You're Needed to Help the Poor Souls!

We all know, from the theologians and the Church, that nothing relieves the pain or the time in Purgatory of the Church Suffering, as much as the Mass being said for the Souls. We also know that the crisis in the Church isn't going to get better any time soon -- and that most Catholics do not pray for the Souls. So we must increase the Masses said for them.
That being said, we currently have 17 priests saying Traditional Latin Masses for the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society, which has tens of thousands of Souls enrolled. But we need more priests!
Fathers, if you can afford to say a weekly, monthly or even quarterly TLM for the enrolled Souls, please email me at Nothing is required of you -- I just need to know you'd like help. And your name will be keep completely anonymous; even the other Rorate contributors do not know the names of the priests offering the Masses.
We all know, or should know, how busy priests are these days. H…

Holy Week: Jesus betrayed and sold

Jesus betrayed and sold
(from Saint Bonaventure's Lignum Vitae)

For anyone who wishes to meditate upon the Passion of Jesus, the first thing that comes under his gaze is the perfidy of the traitor. He was so full of poisonous deceit as to betray his Master and Lord; so inflamed with the fires of concupiscence that he exchanged the greatness of God for silver and the most precious Blood of Christ for coins; he was so full of ingratitude that he persecuted unto death the One who had made him the domestic administrator (that is, the treasurer) and raised him to the exalted heights of an Apostle; he was so cruel that not even the familiarity of the supper, nor the humility of the washing (of feet), nor the sweetness of colloquy dissuaded him from his perfidious machinations!
O what excessive love of the Lord towards His hardened disciple and of the pious Master towards his most wicked servant! Clearly, it would have been better “if he had not been born!” (Mt. 26:24).
But even if the i…

Holy Week: Christus pro nobis mortuus est


The Evangelists describe the most disturbing event in the history of the world in two or three words” and they crucified him” (St. Mark and St. Matthew). “there they crucified him” (St. Luke), “to crucify him” (St. John). The readers of the Gospel knew well what these words would mean. The torture of the cross, in fact, was considered to be so terrible as to be kept at a distance, according to Cicero, “not only from the eyes, but also from the ears of a Roman citizen.”
But that which characterized the Crucifixion of Our Lord was not only the intensity of the physical sufferings but also the passion – most sorrowful – of the soul. On several occasions the Gospels insist on the progressive abandonment of Jesus in the Passion: the abandonment of the crowd: “You will leave me alone” (John 16:32); then of the disciples: “Then all the disciples forsook him and fled” (Matthew 26:56; Mark 14:50); and finally of the Father Himself: “My God my God, why have you abandoned me…

EVENT: Ephesus versus Vatican II

The families of Coetus Fidelium of Charlotte, joining together with Rev. Timothy Reid, Pastor of Saint Ann Catholic Church are pleased to welcome an Evening of Reflection offered by Very Rev. Fr. John Berg, Superior-General Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).
Father Berg will give a reflection on the topic “Ephesus, Vatican II, and the Year of Faith.”  This talk will compare different aspects of two ecumenical councils [Council of Ephesus and the Second Vatican Council] in light of the Year of Faith.  Fr. Berg will also discuss various issues related to the Mass and Traditions of the Church, and will accept questions following the reflection. For more information, see here.

Palm Sunday: Jesus Teaches Humility

And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, There came to him a woman having an alabaster box of precious ointment, and poured it on his head as he was at table. And the disciples seeing it, had indignation, saying: To what purpose is this waste? For this might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. And Jesus knowing it, said to them: Why do you trouble this woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For the poor you have always with you: but me you have not always.For she in pouring this ointment upon my body, hath done it for my burial. Amen I say to you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which she hath done, shall be told for a memory of her.

Relevant: Archdiocese of Vaduz to celebrate Chrism Mass in the more ancient way

From the French-language website of the Confraternity of Saint Peter, the association of praying faithful attached to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter:
Interesting and relevant news for the faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form: in a few days [Holy Thursday], Abp. Haas, Archbishop of Vaduz [Liechtenstein], will celebrate the Chrism Mass in the presence of his clergy in this same Extraordinary Form. [Editorial signed by Fr. Bizard]
It is a first for a Diocesan Ordinary since the Paul VI liturgical creations (except in the case of the Diocese of Campos, Brazil, during the tenure of Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer, and considering the special case of the Apostolic Administration of St. John Mary Vianney, in the same city, after its establishment by John Paul II).

Speaking of two Popes...
It seems John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger were right...

10 years ago.

And, in the ongoing collapse of the balance of the Middle East that has been unresolved since then, the weakest link - that is, the Christian minorities - have suffered and will continue to suffer the most.
[I] wish to renew an urgent appeal to intensify the commitment to prayer and penance, to invoke from Christ the gift of his peace. There is no peace without conversion of heart.
The next few days will be decisive for the outcome of the Iraqi crisis. Let us pray, then, that the Lord inspire in all sides of the dispute courage and farsightedness.
... [I]n the face of the tremendous consequences that an international military operation would have for the population of Iraq and for the balance of the Middle East region, already sorely tried, and for the extremisms that could stem from it, I say to all: There is still time to negotiate; there is still room for peace, it is never too late to come to an understanding and to continue discussions.
To reflect on one's duties,…

The two popes

The fiat of Gethsemane

“There is nothing greater in the universe than Jesus Christ; and in Jesus Christ there is nothing greater than His Sacrifice,” said Bossuet. Might we not perhaps add that there is nothing greater in the Sacrifice of Jesus than the moment He accepted it.
We have arrived at the conclusion of sublime resolution; the principal event; the culminating point in the history of the world; the victory which the just souls have already awaited for thousands of years; the triumph, the consequences of which are eternal: the fiat of Gethsemane!
Let us raise ourselves to such sublimity. And as if from higher ground, let us contemplate all the beauty of that acceptance: before putting on the purple of Calvary, the Sun of Infinite love has gathered together all His splendours.
See Him in the garden of Gethsemane: holy, innocent, immaculate, sublime. See Him embrace with one glance alone, the earth and all its sins, hell and all its pains, Heaven and all the rights of God.
Christian souls, contemplate …

Pope: "no true peace without truth"

As you know, there are various reasons why I chose the name of Francis of Assisi, a familiar figure far beyond the borders of Italy and Europe, even among those who do not profess the Catholic faith. One of the first reasons was Francis’ love for the poor. How many poor people there still are in the world! And what great suffering they have to endure! After the example of Francis of Assisi, the Church in every corner of the globe has always tried to care for and look after those who suffer from want, and I think that in many of your countries you can attest to the generous activity of Christians who dedicate themselves to helping the sick, orphans, the homeless and all the marginalized, thus striving to make society more humane and more just.
But there is another form of poverty!

The incredible pope who disappeared

From the editorial coordinator of Catholic news agency Zenit, Antonio Gaspari:
"With John Paul II, we had a pope who became a saint; with Francis, we have a saint who was elected pope."
And between them, apparently, an 8-year-long interregnum. 
[Tip: Yves Daoudal: "Franciscomania"]

Reset to 1978 - and a final point

"Reading the Papal Tea Leaves" - an interesting article by George Neumayr, whose conclusion is, "Francis’s papacy may not so much move the Church into the future as back to the recent past, circa 1970."
It is a good article, except for one point. He writes, "Reports on his compliance with Benedict’s authorization of wider use of the Traditional Latin Mass are conflicting, but it is safe to say that he was less than thrilled by it."
There are no conflicting reports on this, Mr. Neumayr. There are people who used one mainstream media article published in 2007 to spread misinformation or disinformation about the fact, as we explained in details here. Summing it up: in 2007, when Summorum Pontificum was issued, the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires complied with... Ecclesia Dei; however, it was a once-a-month hybrid mass, with a chaplain handpicked by the then-Archbishop, a chaplain who, among other things, imposed the readings of the 1970 lectionary (the ABC book…

The favorite books and spiritual readings of the Pope

From today's edition of Argentine daily La Nación:
In his time as Archbishop, Jorge Bergoglio had a selection of books in his nightstand that may give a clue about the Pope's predilections. Of course, they do not comprise all the readings of pope Francis, more varied and numerous. But they are the texts that he uses to recommend to those people who place themselves under his spiritual guidance:
The book that perhaps excites the new pontiff the most is The Lord, by the famous theologian and historian Romano Guardini.
Another favorite author is Spaniard Dolores Aleixandre. She is a sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a theologian at the University of Comillas. Her titles most mentioned by Bergoglio are Baptized with fire [Bautizados con fuego] and Telling Jesus [Contar a Jesús].
Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen van Thuan, who spent 13 years in the prisons of the Vietnamese regime and is, as himself, a fervorous devotee of Saint Therese of Lisieux, is one of his other favorites. …

TLM for Pope Francis

On Wednesday, 20 March 2013, Woodlawn Council 2161 Traditional Latin Mass Guild sponsored a Mass for the intentions of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis.  
Fr. Gregory Plow, TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville, offered the Mass for Wednesday of Passion Week at the side altar of St. Titus Church, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
For photos, see here.

October 2013: Traditional Pilgrimage to Rome - Pontifical Mass in the Vatican Basilica

The Cœtus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum (CISP) gladly announces that it will end the Year of Faith just as it had begun it: with a pilgrimage Ad Petri Sedem (to the See of Peter).
Following the 2012 pilgrimage’s spiritual success, the people of Summorum Pontificum are once again meeting in Rome to bear witness to the traditional liturgy’s eternal youth at the Apostle’s Tomb. The CISP thus means to contribute to the harmony and building up of the universal Church, while remaining docile to the action of the Holy Ghost.
In order to respond to the encouragement to “seguir adelante” (keep forging ahead) on the part of Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, at the end of the November pilgrimage, the CISP early in 2013 had asked St. Peter’s Basilica’s archpriest, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, for access to the Basilica. This March 14, Cardinal Comastri confirmed the Basilica’s availability on 26 October next at 11am for the solemn celebration, which w…

Si autem mortui sumus cum Christo...

It was revealed to St. Gertrude that as many times as someone glances at the Crucified One with devotion, the same amount of times that person is looked upon by Jesus. St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio wrote: “O amiable Passion that divinizes those who meditate upon You.” And speaking of the wounds of the Crucified One, they are called wounds which melt the hardest of hearts and inflame the coldest of souls with divine love: "...vulnera dura corda vulnerantia, et mentes congelatas inflammantia."
The Passion of Our Lord has always been the standard meditation and contemplation of the Saints. In fact, writes St. Alphonsus de Liguori, “From where have the Saints attained courage to bear their persecutions, torments and death itself, but in the sufferings of Jesus Crucified? Who, therefore, could not love Jesus, seeing Him die amidst so many sufferings and so much contempt, in order to obtain our love? […] If we meditate often upon the crucifixion of Jesus, we would be taught to fe…

Eli, eli...

Dear friends,
I received today devastating news about the future health prospects of my mother MJ. Naturally, my work here will be sparse, and I probably will not post much more in the upcoming weeks other than the spiritual posts sent by our dear Contributor Francesca Romana.
Thank you all for your prayers for her. Please, keep her in your prayers, if possible.
P.S. Apologizing for the more personal nature of this post. And reminding you to keep reading as our other contributors will continue to post.

Another Argentine feature coming to Europe...

UPDATE: Cyprus's parliament overwhelmingly rejected this despicable idea.

The Corralito. It did not end well in Argentina and, as it is imposed by the Euro Group on Cyprus - provoking massive bank runs in the island of St. Barnabas -, it will not end well in the Eurozone.
In fact, it is even worse than the Corralito, it is simply the confiscation, the seizure of savings:
No, what’s happening in Cyprus — assuming that the Cypriot parliament is just as gutless as the new Cypriot president, Nicos Anastasiades, in capitulating to eurozone demands — is nothing but the seizure of private assets for the benefit of the euro project (and for the benefit of Angela Merkel in the coming elections, which here in Brussels means the same thing). [The Spectator]
Another chapter in the post-Christian economic dictatorship that is ruining Southern Europe. If only the lessons of Pius XI were remembered:

Free competition has destroyed itself; economic dictatorship has supplanted the free market; unbri…

Coat of Arms: Jesus, Mary, Joseph

-The Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo stylized Miter with three lines, the "Mitriara".

The elements of his episcopal coat of arms:
-The Christogram, SJ-style;
-Our Lady, Stella Maris;
-Stylized nard flower, one of the heraldic symbols of Saint Joseph.

The Holy Father received yesterday evening in Audience:

-the Rev. Fr. Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, Superior General of the Society of Jesus. [Bollettino]

Pope: first week of addresses and sermons (Wed.-Sun.)

On Tuesday, Feast of Saint Joseph, the Lord Pope Francis, the first of that name, will officially receive the insignia that mark the beginning of his Pontificate. This is quite appropriate as Saint Joseph is both the Patron of the Universal Church and patron of the neighborhood where Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born and raised, San José de Flores, in the Federal capital of the Argentine Republic, Buenos Aires. The Basilica of Saint Joseph of Flores was his neighborhood parish church.
The addresses and sermons pronounced by the new Pope in the first days of his pontificate are transcribed below.

Leonardo Boff: "Pope Francis is much more liberal than what is supposed."

Leonardo Boff is the famous former Franciscan priest who is one of the main names of the ideological movement known as "Liberation Theology." He was the mentor of the closest friend, greatest electoral supporter and most influential Cardinal in the new pontificate, the Brazilian Claudio Hummes, also a Franciscan. His most influential book, "Church: Charism and Power", was the object of a specific 1985 notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine for the Faith, which "was obliged to declare that the options of L. Boff analyzed here endanger the sound doctrine of the faith".Excerpts provided in Spanish by Periodista Digital and published today:
"Pope Francis is more liberal than what is supposed"
The Brazilian former priest Leonardo Boff, one of the most preeminent representatives of the so-called Liberation Theology, believes that Pope Francis will surprise many by heading a radical move in the church.
"He now is the pope and he can …

Pope's greatest friend and most influential Cardinal:
"way of celebrating Mass" will have to be "reformed" - once again...

The man closest to the new Pope at the moment of his presentation to the world at the night of his election was Cardinal Hummes, standing by his side at the loggia.
On Saturday, the Pope revealed that even the choice of his name was due to Cardinal Hummes, O.F.M., Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and former Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, a man certain to yield immense influence in the new pontificate, even if (probably) not in formal positions of power:
Some people wanted to know why the Bishop of Rome wished to be called Francis. Some thought of Francis Xavier, Francis de Sales, and also Francis of Assisi. I will tell you the story. During the election, I was seated next to the Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paulo and Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes: a good friend, a good friend! When things were looking dangerous, he encouraged me. And when the votes reached two thirds, there was the usual applause, because the Pope had …