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Buona terza Domenica dopo la Pasqua

First Mass in the village today. As with all the strange carnival of the Novus Ordo world, it had its ups and its downs.

For various reasons, this was

the Sunday for attending the local parish, ad experimentum. I’m happy to report that the parish in San Martino in Campo is quite a flourishing one, as Italian rural parishes go. People seem to go because they want to, which is good (better than Norcia where you get the impression that no male over the age of six darkens the door of a church if he isn’t being carried in by six of his friends and relations.) They’ve got a good group of Adorers every Thursday in a little chapel that has been rather nicely renovated for the purpose. And the church of San Martino itself is quite lovely. And it really is a good feeling to join the local community for the main Mass. Just going to church, like a normal person, in a normal way, in a normal parish has a lot to be said for it.

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5 thoughts on “Buona terza Domenica dopo la Pasqua”

  1. John Cahill says:

    “(A)ll the strange carnival of the novus ordo world” . . . lovely! I shall remember that. And probably steal it at some point. Yes, the novus ordo is like a box of chocolates, as Forest Gump probably should have said.

  2. Barbara says:

    HAHAHAHA indeed! I thought James’ comment mentioned Hagan Das when my old eyes skipped over Haugen and Hass. My first thought was “what! they are serving Hagan Das at the NO!”

  3. James says:

    The Eastern option is actually possible in rural parts of Italy’s deep south, where there are surviving Byzantine-rite communities in the mountains of Calabria and Basilicata. Good thing too, as traditional Latin masses are as rare as hens’ teeth down here.

    I had to do the gritted-teeth emergency Novus experience myself this weekend. I managed okay—I used to live in Florida, and *anything* is better than that. I’ll take the awful sappy music and chatty Italian priest. At least the church doesn’t look like a spaceship and I don’t have a sea of albed girls to wade through to get to the army of trousered female “Eucharistic ministers”. And no Haugen and Haas and New American Bible.

  4. Hilary White says:



    No. There’s no Eastern Rite churches around here.

  5. Andrew Dunn says:

    That is a pretty Church and I like this photo a lot: the direct sunlight highlighting the yellows and oranges in the brick is beautiful. It’s probably not an option in rural Italy but if there’s an Eastern Catholic Church around, I recommend the Divine Liturgy when getting to a TLM isn’t possible. The Novus Ordo for me is just too Protestant style and in most (but not all) cases, it is simply not reverent. Last time I went to a NO, it put me in such a bad mood for the week I built up a long list for my next confession.

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