Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Feast of St. Sylvester, which is celebrated on the 7th Day within the Octave of Christmas. Just a reminder tomorrow is the Feast of the Circumcision and a Holy Day of Obligation.
Feast of the Circumcision Latin Masses in Charlotte (Wednesday January 1):
9:00 AM – St. Ann parish
7:00 PM – St. Thomas Aquinas parish
Non-Charlotte Latin Mass times for tonight: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/
Plenary Indulgence for December 31 & January 1:
There is a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions offered on the last day and first day of the year when one takes part in the recitation of the Te Deum hymn (December 31) and the Veni Creator (January 1) in a church or oratory. The former is recited in thanksgiving for the blessings the past year, and the latter is to ask for divine assistance for the coming new year. Learn more here: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2012/12/plenary-indulgence-reminders-te-deum-on.html (prayers here)
Sunday & Monday Masses: Vigil of Epiphany and Feast of the Epiphany
Sunday January 5 12:30pm – High Mass, St. Ann parish, followed blessing by Fr. Reid of Epiphany holy water, chalk, and salt (you are welcome to bring any filled containers of water or salt you would like to have blessed. We hope to provide the chalk and Epiphany blessing kits). This blessing is only available in the Traditional Rite (Extraordinary Form).
Sunday January 5, 4pm – Low Mass, Sacred Heart parish (offered by Fr. Ferguson FSSP)
Monday, January 6, 6pm –High Mass, St. Ann parish (offered by Fr. Reid)
Good reading for the Octave of Christmas: Since tomorrow is the Octave (8th Day) of Christmas, we wanted to share with you two excellent articles about Christmas in the Traditional Latin Mass.
Don’t Stop celebrating: After Christmas Day, Christmas continues by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/dont-stop-celebrating-after-christmas-day-christmas-continues-2
Just How Different are the Old and New Liturgical Calendars at Christmas and New Years? by CLMC’s own Brian Williams and Dr. Peter Kwasniewski: https://liturgyguy.com/2019/12/30/just-how-different-are-the-old-and-new-liturgical-calendars-at-christmas-and-new-years/
The first article examines how the Traditional Latin Mass calendar keeps the celebration of Christmas going all the way to February 2nd. Sadly, many of these Christmas celebrations were made optional, suppressed, or de-emphasized after Vatican II. The 2nd article provides a comparison of the two calendars to give you a better idea of the changes and how the Traditional Latin Mass maintains these beautiful traditions.
If you’re saddened about how the secular world has taken over Christmas, and want to see this beautiful season restored, you can do no better than to attend the Traditional Latin Mass regularly (especially on Sundays) and keep these beautiful feasts and traditions alive. If you’re not attending the Latin Mass regularly, why not make it your New Year’s resolution? The above schedule gives you many opportunities to do so!