St. Lambert – 17 September

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Lambert, patron of Fr. Steve Rice.  Name-day blessings to you, Fr. Steve Lambert! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.  Image: Liège Cathedral] St. Lambert was born at Maestricht between 633 and 638 and died at Liège…

Translation of St. Cuthbert’s Relics

In addition to the 20 March feast day of St. Cuthbert (observed in the Extraordinary Form—I believe—and the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church and by the Church of England), 4 September celebrates the arrival of the relics of St. Cuthbert at their eventual resting place, Durham.  The 4 September date…

The Structure of the Daily Office, Part IV

Part IV of Mr. Tom Bako’s series on the Daily Office.  This essay explores the canticles.  Click here for the full essay. Sections in this essay: The First Canticle of Morning Prayer The Three Gospel Canticles [The photo is of Tunstall Chapel in Durham Castle, where the Choir of University College at Durham University sings…

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary fervor.”

I saw an announcement that in response to the current crisis in the Catholic Church, a bishop has ordered all of the parishes in his diocese “to recite the St. Michael’s prayer after each Holy Mass.” On one hand, this strikes me as an excellent plan.  These times call for powerful statements, and the bishop’s…