Reconsecration of Montecassino Abbey 1964

The Abbey on Montecassino was rebuilt after the war destructions. Pope Paul VI reconsecrated the Abbey church in 1964.


How the church timetable should look like?

Ten Masses on Sundays
Eight Masses on Weekdays
Daily Vespers and Rosary
Daily confessions from 8 am till 8 pm


Ladies, bring it back


Mariacki in Krakow

Our Lady basilica on the Main Market Square in Krakow
Since 14th century

Street Shrine

Most Holy Trinity street shrine on Stolarska in Krakow


Triregnum of unity

‘Father of princes and kings, Ruler of the world, Vicar of our Saviour Jesus Christ.’

Pater noster... V/. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem. R/. Sed libera nos a malo. V/. Cantemus Domino. R/. Gloriose enim magnificatus est. V/. Buccinate in neomenia tuba. R/. In insigni die solemnitatis vestrae. v/. Jubilate Deo, omnis terra. R/. Servite Domino in laetitia. V/. Domine, exaudi orationem meam. R/. Et clamor meus ad te veniat. V/. Dominus vobiscum. R/. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus. Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, dignitas sacerdotii et auctor regni, da gratiam famulo tuo Benedicto Pontifici nostro, Ecclesiam tuam fructuose regenti, ut qui tua clementia pater regum et rector omnium fidelium constituitur et coronatur, salubri tua dispositione cuncta bene gubernentur. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

From papal coronation rite

Corona aurea super caput ejus

Accipe tiaram tribus coronis ornatam, et scias te esse Patrem Principum et Regum, Rectorem Orbis, in terra Vicarium Salvatoris Nostri Jesu Christi, cui est honor et gloria in sæcula sæculorum.

Receive the tiara adorned with three crowns and know that thou art Father of Princes and Kings, Ruler of the World, Vicar of Our Savior Jesus Christ in earth, to whom is honor and glory in the ages of ages.

From papal coronation rite.

Holy Father receives new Papal Tiara

New Triregnum of Pope Benedict
The tiara was presented to the Pontiff on Wednesday May 25 during the audience by Dieter Philippi and a small delegation of Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.


Tradition brings vocations

When entering the official website of the Polish Company of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul the visitor is welcomed by two sisters. One Sister in wearing the traditional habit, the other one in modern.  
Dear Sisters, bring back the fabulous traditional habit.


Church watches you

Found in the Internet

Lux in tenebris lucet

Light shines in the darkness.

Monstra Te esse Matrem

Show thyself to be a Mother:


How to pray the Divine Office?


Ante Deum stantes ne sitis mente vagantes, si cor non orat, in vanum lingua laborat. 
Anyone can translate it into nice English?
Before God standing, don't be your minds wandering. If the heart doesn't pray
in vain the tongue works.
Thank you Guilherme.

Liturgy in art

Holy Mass in the Franciscan church in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.


Offertory at Canonization Mass

John Sonnenon on his blog has posted extremely interesting photos of the forgotten treasuries from the papal Mass. One thing for me is worth to highlight: a bird cage.
It was probably used during canonization Masses at the Offertory, as described HERE:

‘If the occasion of the Mass should be a canonization, candles, bread, wine, water, young turtle-doves and two other small birds are offered to the Pontiff after the Creed’.

Catholic examination of conscience

Booklet: Preparation for the First Holy Communion.
Examination of conscience:

Sins against God: Common pray and cooperation with non-Catholics.
Has anything changed recently?

Polish Cardinals

Stent et pascant in fortitudine tua, Domine.


Stand out from the crowd

Divine vocation blog

I found an extremely interesting blog with beautiful photos and descriptions of different Catholic orders:

Mothers of the Forsaken

Litany of Krakow saints: St. Stanislaus

Saint Stanislaus (polish: Stanisław).   
Note the traditional bishop insignia: pastoral staff, mitre, gloves, rings, buskins, falda.
Photo: Wikipedia 

King Bolesław killing the bishop during Holy Mass

Silver sarcophagus of St. Stanislaus in the Wawel Cathedra

Saint Stanislaus of Szczepanów (of Kraków), bishop and martyr, died at Kraków on 8 May, 1079. His feast is celebrated on 7 May in Roman Martyrology, but on 8 May in Kraków, which has a special feast of the translation of his relics on 27 September He is a main patron of Poland and the city and Diocese of Kraków. Bishop Stanislaus had several serious disputes with the king Bolesław. He spared neither tears nor prayers and admonitions to bring the king to lead a more Christian life. All being in vain, Boleslaw was excommunicated and the canons of the cathedral were instructed to discontinue the Divine Offices in case the king should attempt to enter. King Bolesław sent his men to execute Bishop Stanisław without trial, but that when they dared not touch the Bishop, the King decided to kill the traitor himself. He has slain Stanisław while he was celebrating Mass in the Skałka outside the walls of Kraków.

Sancte Stanislae, ora pro nobis

Where was St. Stanislaus martyred?

Skałka which means "a small rock" in Polish, is a small hillock in Kraków where the Bishop of Krakow saint Stanislaus of Szczepanów was slain by order of Polish king Bolesław II the Bold in 1079.

The altar by which St. Stanislaus was slain by order of Polish king Bolesław II the Bold in 1079.


May in Poland - the Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In most churches in Poland you can easily find the May Devotion to Our Lady. People sing the Litany of Loreto in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

But in the countryside you can still find more traditional form of this devotion outside in front of the Street-Shrines. When you drive a car in the late afternoon across little villages you see group of people in front of these little chapels, crosses or statues singing the Litany to Our Lady.

Make it popular in the whole Catholic World. It is beautiful testimony of our faith and love to Our Lady.

Photos from the Internet 

Hungary Presidency in the European Union

Saint Stephen I, the king of Hungary

On the official website of the Hungary Presidency of the Council of the European Union are presented profiles of the Hungarian Saints. In the section ‘Introducing Hungary’ you can read short  biographies of 26 Hungarian saints that ‘represented Christian and patriotic virtues’.  


Pontifical Mass in St. Peter in Rome - Evangelium

Thanks to the user Frigty23 you can see some part of the Pontifical Mass sang yesterday in St. Peter in Rome. See more HERE.


Extraordinary Sunday with Extraordinary Mass

For Catholics each Sunday is a special day in a week.  
Make each Sunday an extraordinary event  with extraordinary Mass.
Find a Latin Mass near you here:

Sunday Mass in Holy Cross church in Krakow

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Per evangelica dicta, deleantur nostra delicta:
By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Incensum istud a te benedictum ascendat ad te, Domine: et descendat super nos misericordia tua.
May this incense, which Thou hast blessed, O Lord, ascend to Thee, and may Thy mercy descend upon us.

Done by FSSP - Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri.

Source of photos.

Where to attend Mass when in Krakow?

Holy Cross church - kościół Świetego Krzyża
Each Sunday
Holy Mass in extraordinary form 10.30, 19.15
Compline 20.15

Royal Cathedral of Krakow
Monday – Saturday 8.00


Latin Mass in Seminary

On the 10th May 2011 the Holy Mass in the extraordinary form was celebrated in the Priestly Seminary in Białystok in the north of Poland. More photos can be found HERE. 

East and West

Polish idea for ecumenism.
Read the history of the Union of Brest how to do ecumenism 
that the separated groups could be reunited with the Holy Church.


Catholic streets

Holy Cross Street. St. Thomas Street.

Rabin Meisels Street. Corpus Christ Street.
Ecumenism in the middle of the Jewish district.

Militia est vita hominis super terram

Spiritual and temporal army. 
Fighting for the same purpose – souls salvation.

 Man's life upon the earth is a military campaign. Job 7:1

The life is a fight, if you want or not.

Fatima 13 May a.D. 1918

Cor Mariae Immaculatum - ora pro nobis

Know the message of Fatima. Pray the rosary that the World converts.


Feel the Gothic

Magnificent Our Lady Basilica in Krakow - Bazylika Mariacka
Gothic - the summit of catholic architecture.

Candy after Solemn Celebration

There is a tradition in Poland that after a big, long solemn celebrations (like pilgrimages, processions, churches’ consecrations) there is a small market where parents can buy some sweets or small gifts for their kids. This is some kind of reward for being brave during the celebration.

Spiritus ubi vult spirat

The wind blows where it wishes. John 3, 8