The Prayer of Humble Access

[As one who unabashedly cherishes the Prayer of Humble Access, I can’t resist sharing Fr. Hunwicke’s thoughts about it.  If my uncertain memory serves, this prayer was inserted into the liturgy under Henry VIII when Henry insisted the liturgy remain in Latin.  So this was the first (and only) vernacular prayer in the Eucharistic liturgy…

A Thanksgiving Message from Most Reverend Steven J. Lopes

To be read at all Masses at OCSP Parishes/Parochial Communities on Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. (Nov. 24, 2016) and/or published by Pastors in their e-bulletins.  [Also available here.] Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Every November, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, marking a day when the earliest inhabitants of our nation expressed gratitude to…

The Bibliophilia of Anglo-Saxon England

[h/t to Deacon Matthew Dallman for the link. A point I would add to this article is that the Rule of St. Benedict played a tremendous role in furthering the value of books and literacy. One of the basic monastic practices, lectio divina, presumes literacy, of course. And monks were given books to read, cover…

Congratulations to Deacon Matthew Dallman!

Congratulations and blessings to Deacon Matthew Dallman on being enrolled as an oblate candidate this evening (which happens to be the feast of a great Benedictine, St. Gertrude the Great) at a weekday Mass at St. Paul’s, Riverside, Illinois. Officiant: Father Thomas A. Fraser. And please keep Deacon Matthew in your prayers as the date…

“The Beauty of Ordinariate Liturgy Can Help Anglicans Embrace Catholicism”

[article by Fr. James Bradley in the U.K. Catholic Herald. Fr. Bradley is a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and is studying canon law at the Catholic University of America.] Professor Stephen Bullivant’s excellent article on Ordinariate worship and the “the real spirit of Vatican II” has been well-received by those…

At an Ordinariate Mass, I Witnessed the Real Spirit of Vatican II

[Click here for the link to the article in the Catholic Herald.] By Stephen Bullivant Hitherto, I’ve steered clear of blogging about liturgy. After all, with two young daughters, I’m subjected to quite enough nasty name-calling as it is. However, something truly amazing happened to me on Saturday evening. So here goes… First, some background. For…

Congratulations, Fr. Steve Rice!

Congratulations and blessings to Fr. Steve Rice on being enrolled as an oblate candidate last Sunday, the External Solemnity of All Saints!  The enrollment took place at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where Fr. Steve is the rector.  

Work and Prayer in the Style of St. Benedict

[h/t to Trevor O’Neal for the link to the article, which can be found here.] by Chris Sullivan I love a fresh start. Unfortunately, the sense of newness passes all too quickly. The shine fades and I’m back to facing the same old me caught up in the same old challenges. I want to be…

Congratulations, Trevor O’Neal!

Congratulations and blessings to Trevor O’Neal on being enrolled as an oblate candidate today on the solemnity of All Saints! The enrollment took place in the chapel of Duke University where Trevor is studying theology.