St. Ann’s update for Dec 23 & 25

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

We have two bits of wonderful news to share!

  1. Friday December 23rd:  Father Reid has just informed us that this Friday December 23rd, there will be a Latin Mass at 8:30 am (instead of the usual time of 7:00 am).

This new announcement is a change from the earlier announcement that the 7:00 am Latin Mass was to be cancelled this week.  … So the Latin Mass has been reinstated, but for this week only it has been moved to 8:30 am time slot.

Remember that the daily Latin Masses are typically cancelled on holidays and on days when the parish office is closed.  … but this week since the St. Ann’s Elementary School is on Christmas vacation, it made sense to Father to substitute the regular novus ordo school Mass for the Latin Mass.

Of note, for those who follow traditional Catholic devotions, there is a traditional abstinence and fasting devotion for Christmas Eve that was transferred to December 23rd and extended to “all the faithful of the Catholic world” by a decree of Pope (St.) John XXIII.

This is a great and unsolicited gift to our parish by Father Reid.  Since this year December 23rd also falls on a Friday it will be further sanctified with the regular Friday abstinence.  Starting this day with a Traditional Latin Mass will be a nice holy trifecta… a great way to begin this special day and to prepare our hearts for the coming Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Christmas Midnight Mass update from Choir Director Teresa Rowe:  A reminder that the Christmas Midnight Mass this year will be a High Latin Mass (Missa Cantata).  The Mass will be preceded by a one half hour choral program, beginning at 11:30 pm, offered by the excellent Cantate Domino Latin Choir & the St. Ann Latin Schola.

The Mass Ordinary will have organ accompaniment on the Missa deAngelis.  There will also be two Christmas Hymns, Adeste fideles (processional) & Silent Night (recessional).  The Mass Propers will be chanted.