Christ, the Hope of Glory

My dear friends, in this Easter season, I’d like to talk to you about hope. Indeed, casually speaking, we have much to “hope” for...

Handel’s Messiah and the Resurrection

This day, in 1742, April 13th, was the first performance of Handel’s Messiah, in Dublin, of all places. Here was an Oratorio, following the...

In the Glorious Light of Easter, Alleluia!

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden...

An  Easter Hymn: Ad cenam Agni providi

Ad cenam Agni providi, stolis salutis candidi, post transitum maris Rubri, Christo canamus principi. Cuius corpus sanctissimum, in ara crucis torridum, sed et cruorem roseum, gustando Dei...

Easter Sunday: O Sacred Banquet in which Christ is received!

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia (Communion...

An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday

I have always found the following homily, recited on this Holy Saturday in the Office of Readings, rather powerful and moving, earthy, pun intended,...

Good Friday and the Mirror of the Cross

The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquity (Is. 53:11).⧾ The reading of the Passion of our Lord...

Good Friday: Crux fidelis

Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis; nulla talem silva profert, flore, fronde, germine, dulce lignum, dulci clavo, dulce pondus sustinens! Flecte ramos, arbor alta, tensa laxa...

The Mystery of the Mass

‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me….This is the cup of the new covenant in my blood....

Australia needs the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Australia, the antipodean Land Down Under, is under a severe lockdown, with people arrested for surfing all alone, and, what is far worse, no...