The Rite of Consecrating a Fixed Altar

St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee celebrated its 150th parish anniversary and celebrated it with a consecration of the newly restored altar by His Excellency Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. The Rite of Consecrating a Fixed Altar according to the 1962 liturgy contains several beautiful elements including Gregorian Water, relics of saints, and even fire on the altar.1 Continue reading

Holding Hands During the Our Father

Prologue: Purpose of the Post

So this blog post is simply a rant and if you are interested in my ranting then read on. You have been warned. I am not interested so much in defining the proper posture during Mass at the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer but seek to be able to express myself clearly on this matter. Last week I tried to give an opinion on what I think is the Church’s stance on this issue and another person, whom I had never met before, simply proceeded to use straw man arguments, ad hominem statements, and arguments from silence that brought about a more hostile environment for debate that I didn’t want or seek. Continue reading