"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Why don't priests wear the maniple?

Carthusian Nun
wearing stole and maniple.

Quick answer:  Wearing the maniple is optional.

I know.  So the priest doesn't have to wear the maniple* anymore?  But, but it has never been abrogated or banned.  (Neither has the head-covering for women.)  But I want him to.  I can't pray if he doesn't wear it.  I'm distracted all through Mass.  As soon as he processes in, I notice if he is not wearing it and for the rest of the Mass I keep looking for more liturgical abuses...

If only the SSPX celebrated a good Novus Ordo!...  Oh wait!  I think they ...
In a surprise move, the followers of the late Archbishop Marcel Lefevbre in the Society of St. Pius X, have issued a document creating within their ranks an “ordinariate” for Catholics who wish to celebrate the Novus Ordo according to the official rubrics.
According to the press release, the SSPX saw the need to provide a refuge for priests and lay faithful alike to preserve the few vestiges of Catholic identity they retained in the midst of their modernist errors. - WDTPRSNEWS.COM – Ecône, Switzerland
Song for this post here.

*The maniple is a liturgical vestment used primarily within the Catholic Church, and occasionally used by some Anglo-Catholic and Lutheran clergy. It is an embroidered band of silk or similar fabric that when worn hangs from the left arm. It is only used within the context of the Mass, and it is of the same liturgical colour as the other Mass vestments.[1]


  1. Shocker. I'm sure you've also heard the news that Pope Francis has made a surprise announcement this morning that he will walk the Camino to the Shrine of St. James:


  2. Haha! They mentioned Fr. Z too.

  3. It would throw them off balance.


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