Thursday, June 30, 2005

At long last....
After a few failed attempts to go to daily Mass at a local church Holly and I finally got it! The few times we tried, they had "communion liturgies" because we either came on the wrong day or the priest was unavailable. I'm not sure I was completely satisfied though. We opened and closed with Marty Haugen (if there's anything worse than Marty Haugen it's singing Marty Haugen accapella), no one kneeled at any point during the Mass except Holly, some other lady, and me, and during Communion was wierd too. Father consecrated 2 chalices and left them sitting on the altar. Father proceeded to distribute Communion and left them on the altar. I was a little curious why he would consecrate 2 chalices and not have Eucharistic ministers, but I went up to receive Communion. A little later I discovered that someone picked up the chalice and took it for themself (I didn't actually see this happen) then turned around and distributed to the next person, after that person recieved they distributed it to the next person, and so on and so forth. It was kind of like the handwashing system we use on Holy Thursday at our church. Doesn't this seem a little strange, not to mention possibly invalid? The whole distributing Sacraments to yourself (mind you, I didn't acutally see this happen, but I can think of no other way for the chain reaction to start) also, the fact that most of these people probably weren't Eucharistic ministers at all. Maybe we'll have to send them a well highlighted copy of the GIRM, anonymously of course.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Pope is urging us to learn common prayers in latin. His reason is so that when people of different languages are gathered, they can pray together. Read the article here. Here's a site with latin translations of many common Catholic prayers. Thanks to Holly for this site.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

An interesting story....
Recently I attended a 4 day summer camp run by Schoenstatt sisters, a Marian order. During prayer we often refer to Mary as Mother Thrice Admirable, a favorite title of the Schoenstatt order. One of the girls was curious where this title came from, and Sister Emily answered with the following story.
In the early 1600's there was a priest named Fr. Rem, a mystic, who was particularly dedicated to Mary. He belonged to a Marian sodality where he there asked the Blessed Mother to reveal to him her favorite title. During the litany of Lorretto, (a very pretty litany) when they sang "Mater Admiribilis", Mother most Admirable, he was elevated and he told the cantor to repeat it three times. Thus Mary revealed her favorite title as Mater ter Admiribilis, or Mother Thrice Admirable.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Blogger seems to be acting up, so none of my posts will have titles.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

For the past few months I've been fiddling with the idea of getting a blog, so here it is! A little about myself: I'm a 13 year old Catholic, homeschooler who loves to memorize Shakespeare, play piano, climb trees, and drive the tractor. I just hope I can find enough things to post about! Enjoy!