Archive for the ‘sacraments’ Category

Dominican Rite

August 8, 2012

In use since ~1256 AD.

January 28, 2012 (Feast of St Thomas Aquinas), offered at St Thomas Aquinas College, California

World’s Largest Monstrance

November 14, 2009

This beautiful monstrance used for perpetual adoration is 9 feet wide and features the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Sign. Located at the Church of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago.

Welcome Home!

October 25, 2009

To all of those in the Traditional Anglican Communion who will soon be joining us in full unity with the Church of Rome: welcome home!

A few images from TAC churches:

“As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am 7 they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

–Jn 17:21

Rare Find: The Sanctus Candle

August 13, 2009

The rubrics, at least for the extraordinary form of Mass, give the option for the lighting of the Sanctus candle. Lit from the Sanctus until the priest’s communion, it is a special sign of the Real Presence of Christ in the consecration that is about to take place. Unfortunately, the practice is hard to come by, even in Rome. But I swear, every time I spot one I feel like the Croc Hunter whenever he finds some rare iguana or something–“Crikey look at that! What a beaauuuuty!”

A few examples from around the world (with a little help from me if you can’t spot the thing!)

Stockholm, Sweden:

St. John Cantius, Chicago:

Ss Trinita dei Pellegrini, Rome:


I Confess to Almighty God…

March 6, 2009

Penitence is as much individual as it is ecclesial: “God makes no distinction; He promised mercy to all and to His priests He granted the authority to pardon without any exception” (St. Ambrose, De Paenitentia 1.3.10). The Church forgives sins for the sake of sinners and for the Church herself as the “people of God”. Indeed, in the very early understanding of the sacrament, penance was often done publically and required much heavier penances than we would expect today. Those who had committed grave sins at one point were even classified in an ecclesial “Order of Penitents.”  The Church “forgives sins in the name of Jesus Christ and determines the manner of satisfaction, [and] also prays for the sinner and does penance with him” (CCC1448). In fact, penance must be ecclesial if it is to be of any good. Its relation to the Church guarantees its efficacy as a sacramental sign. “Willingness to submit to ecclesiastical penance is an indispensable condition and an essential element of fruitful contrition.” Penance is “a reality which belongs both to the Church and to the human person.”  It is necessarily ecclesial because of the nature of one’s baptismal character and one’s submission to the Church’s authority.