December 01, 2019
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.

Welcome to Sanguis Christi

Thank you for being among the first visitors to this new blog.  It is a work in progress as I learn to navigate the ins and outs of managing a website.  I ask your patience as the site experiences inevitable growing pains.

I plan on at least one new entry per week.  Most of these will be a weekly resource to help prepare for the following Sunday’s liturgy.  May I offer the following suggestions in how to use this resource which can be employed individually or in a group, all in one sitting or spread out over the course of a week.


Each entry will have an icon or work of art that I hope will be evocative enough to trigger a moment of visio divina – a thought or feeling arising from contemplating the image, an engagement that has a particular resonance for you.  They will be taken from resources that permit their free use.


By making the opening prayer of the Sunday liturgy a part of your personal prayer during the week you will be able to contribute more effectively to the assembly’s “collection” of prayers during public worship.

Proper Chants

It comes as a surprise to many that the preferred music for the Catholic liturgy is not a selection of hymns, but what are called the propers – chants of mostly psalm verses that are sung at the beginning of Mass (Introit); at the presentation of the gifts (Offertory) and during the Communion procession (Communion).  While the official texts are in Latin and sung to Gregorian melodies – contained in a book called the Graduale Romanum -- they are slowly making their appearance in English translation.  They are short enough to precede the customary hymns and can serve to bring the liturgy more in line with the church’s musical tradition.  I am omitting the Gradual which follows the first reading as this has almost universally been replaced with a responsorial psalm. The embedded videos are taken from Simple English Propers composed and edited by Adam Bartlett and recorded by Corpus Christi Watershed.  Both resources have free use permissions.  They may enhance one’s prayer as a form of audio divina akin to contemplating the icon or work of art.


The wealth of Scripture readings is probably best approached over several days, once again in a contemplative mode of engaging the text or lectio divina.  Here the passage or passages are read in a slow, prayerful fashion until one lights upon a word or phrase that catches your attention as a “living Word” with particular meaning and relevance.  The translation will be taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible rather than the one used in the Lectionary as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has stringent copyright restrictions for use of the New American Bible translation.  For the purposes of this blog we will not run afoul of copyright issues for the NRSV.

Reflection Questions

Three questions are provided to stimulate private or small group reflection on the several readings.

Catena Nova

St. Thomas Aquinas compiled the classic Catena aurea (Golden Chain) of quotations from ancient sources as a commentary on the Gospel readings from the lectionary in use at the time.  I am providing seven brief passages, one for each day, from authors past and present in the hope of developing a Catena nova (New Chain) of thought to assist one’s prayerful preparation for the Sunday liturgy.  I am giving special consideration to some of the great pioneers of the modern liturgical movement.  


I have finished editing and updating a three-cycle of Sunday homilies that those who were on my distribution list received by email each week.  I will be re-presenting these here with necessary modifications in light of current events.