Christ Came to Serve – Holy Thursday

Christ Came to Serve

Christ Came to Serve – The Mass of the Lord’s Supper “It is enough.” He said to them, “But now, let him who has a purse take it, and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one.  For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in […]

Our Goal is the Resurrection: Ain’t No Grave

Spes in Domino Our Goal is the Resurrection

Our Goal is the Resurrection Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.  (Introit for the 4th Sunday of Lent)   Our Goal is Almost in Sight      Why rejoice in the middle of Lent?  Isn’t Lent a solemn and penitential season? And haven’t […]

2nd Sunday of Lent: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

 2nd Sunday of Lent:   2nd Sunday of Lent: What is the Goal?     One of the first things a new teacher learns is that you need to start with a clear idea of where you want to end up.  If we’re not clear on what we want our students to learn, then our […]

Catholics, This Is Your Language

Latin is still the official language of the Mass. If you’re lucky you may hear some of the traditional language, your language, in church. 

Has Tradition Become a Dirty Word?

     Picture Sunday Mass in a typical parish.  A mother comes up for communion holding a small child in her arms.  As she approaches the priest, she awkwardly holds on to her infant with one arm in order to free up the other to take the Eucharistic host and quickly pop it into her mouth before […]

A Hand Slap to the Traditional Latin Mass

Introibo ad altare Dei ad Deum qui laetificat iuventutem meam. “I will go up to the altar of God, to God who makes joyful my youth” – Psalm 43:4 There is a well-known story about Canute, King of England and much of Scandinavia in the 11th century, who wanted to illustrate insignificance of human authority: […]

Finding the Future in the Past: Why The Latin Mass is not Going Away

     The scene is a parish church.  A congregation has assembled for Sunday Mass. The opening hymn begins with a grand flourish.  The celebrant processes into the church amid alleluias and mighty blasts from the organ. We reach a mini-climax.  The music ends. Then, there is a moment of silence while the celebrant adjusts his microphone. He smiles.  And what […]

“Gloria” from Salieri’s Mass in B Flat

 The truth is that, while Salieri was no Mozart, he was a good and well-respected composer in his time, and a much sought-after teacher (among his pupils were Mozart’s own son Franz Xaver, as well as Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, and Ludwig Von Beethoven). The lovely piece below is the “Gloria” from Salieri’s Mass in B Flat, one of his four Masses.