The priest’s traditional Vesting Prayers – Wherein Fr. Z rants

A while ago I ranted about wanting the “salt” back in the Holy Water.

Of course I bless Holy Water every Sunday, and I use exorcised and blessed salt.  What I mean by “salt” in this context, are the other elements which belong with The Clerical Thing, in the good sense.  I have had a sense that, when at times I’ve been less than diligent in a preparation before Mass, or thanksgiving after – even if it has to removed from either the beginning or conclusion by some minutes – I’ve been letting The Team down a little, not doing my share of the heavy lifting.

Save The Liturgy – Save The World … right?

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At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit weaves together the fabric of the Church

As they did for the Jews, our feast days look both backward, to commemorate an important moment in salvation history, and forward, the fulfillment in Christ of what was foreshadowed. For the Jews, the Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in fire, fifty days after the Exodus. Fifty days after Our Lord’s Resurrection (the perfect number 7×7 + 1 for the day itself in ancient reckoning), the tenth from His Ascension, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and first disciples to breathe life into Christ’s Body, the Church.

In the Roman Rite’s Extraordinary Form, Pentecost retains its Octave along with the special Communicantes and Hanc igitur. The Ordinary Form sings a Collect rooted in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary.

Deus, qui sacramento festivitatis hodiernae universam Ecclesiam tuam in omni gente et natione sanctificas, in totam mundi latitudinem Spiritus Sancti dona defunde, et, quod inter ipsa evangelicae praedicationis exordia operata est divina dignatio, nunc quoque per credentium corda perfunde.

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Venezuelan bishops: Country’s situation is ‘unacceptable’

CNA Staff, May 31, 2020 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- The Venezuelan bishops published an exhortation May 28 calling for “a consensus among all and an inclusive national accord” to save the country from “immense national, material, institutional and social catastrophe.”

Under the socialist administration of President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has been marred by violence and social upheaval, with severe shortages of food and medicine, high unemployment, power outages, and hyperinflation. Some 4.5 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2015.

In their message, “A voice is heard of someone crying bitterly,” the bishops said that “the country is near economic bankruptcy of profound proportions” which “it won’t be able to come out of, unless all people definitively demand answers from the authorities and the entire political, social and cultural leadership, and a national emergency is declared.”

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A Reflection for Pentecost 2020 by Archbishop Eamon Martin

The gift of WISDOM helps us learn life-long lessons from the Covid19 crisis. God invites us to consider wisely all that has been happening and to weigh up the choices we make.

The Spirit brings the gift of UNDERSTANDING. Everywhere there are statistics, economic forecasts, “R numbers”, the “science”. Experts offer advice; governments interpret, sometimes differently. The Spirit invites us to make personal sacrifices on the understanding that we are protecting health and saving lives. We deny ourselves for the sake of those who are most vulnerable and for the Common Good.

The Spirit gives the gift of KNOWLEDGE. As we reflect wisely on all that is happening, we get to know what God is asking of us at this time. These days of seclusion are opportunities to grow in our love of God. By prayer and reflection on God’s Word, we can gain insight and self-knowledge to evaluate our lives in relation to God and in relation to others.

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Letter to Prime Minister of Great Briton from Archbishop John Wilson Regarding Opening of Churches

Archbishop John Wilson of  Southwark, England, wrote to the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, this week expressing his understanding of “a growing sense of dissatisfaction” particularly as our churches are not yet permitted to open where a growing number of retail outlet will soon open their doors.

“Religious faith can help support people, both directly and indirectly, with respect to their wellbeing. Access to places of worship is integral to this.”

Archbishop John also wrote to all MPs with constituencies in the Archdiocese.

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