Archive for December, 2009


December 26, 2009

I don’t want to talk about what happened at the beginning of the Pope’s 10pm Midnight Mass this year. I won’t mention how disturbing and horrifying it is to see the Supreme Pontiff fall to the ground in the Vatican Basilica. I won’t try to express the worry and upset at thinking that the Successor of Peter is so exposed to potential danger in just fulfilling his duties! And I know that the woman, Susanna Maiolo, is “unbalanced”, but seriously…..

Nobody messes with MY Pope!

The Camauro

December 25, 2009

Much like Ebenezer Scrooge, CEC works on Christmas Eve! Well actually this is an automated post because I am most likely sleeping in today. A Merry Christmas to you all! Now, on to today’s germane post:

The camauro, in use by the popes since the 12th century, and revived from recent disuse by Pope Benedict XVI.






Pax Hominibus Bonae Voluntatis

December 24, 2009

“In the filthiest place in the world, a stable, Purity was born. He, Who was later to be slaughtered by men acting as beasts was born among beasts. He Who would call Himself the living Bread descended from Heaven was laid in a manger, literally a place to eat. The Jews had worshiped the golden calf, and the Greeks the ass. The ox and the ass now were present to make their reparation, bowing down before their God.”

–Archbp. Fulton Sheen

A happy Christmas Eve to all!

From Gesu e Maria, Rome: We Approve!

December 22, 2009

With credit to Orbis Catholicus, the splendours of the Gregorian Rite at Gesu e Maria:

Santo Subito!

December 20, 2009

The cries of the people at the funeral of John Paul the Great, “Santo subito!” (make him a saint quickly) are being heard. Today Pope Benedict opened a new door to the canonization causes of John Paul II and Pius XII, declaring them venerable.

Venerable Pius XII:

Venerable John Paul II:


December 16, 2009

“Give alms out of your substance, and turn not away your face from any poor person: for so it shall come to pass that the face of the Lord shall not be turned from you.”–Tobit 4.
Friends I draw your attention to the new paypal feature on the right-hand sidebar. If you have enjoyed the site so far I encourage you to make a donation for its upkeep. That way, I can buy a few upgrades and start implementing my own design codes.

And maybe I can buy a few trinkets!

Leo XIII, Patron of Papal Bling:

December 15, 2009

Well not really, but:

His Seminary, Lueven:

A ceiling fresco from the Vatican Museum:

One of his albs. More lace = more grace:

And why is he the “patron” of blingery? Take a look at his cope clasp! (Oh Em Gee!)

Canonization Revisited

December 14, 2009

Pics from the congregation during the recent canonization of 5 new saints:

Deus Providebit

December 14, 2009

My friends, God is in control.

Te Deum Laudamus

December 13, 2009

WE praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud : the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim : continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty : of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world : doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man : thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death : thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants : whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people : and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.