Laudetur Iesus Christus on this the Feast of St. Gabriel the Archangel. The Church traditionally and with perfect design paired this feast day with the Feast of the Annunciation, which is tomorrow, when the Archangel Gabriel announced the Incarnation to the Blessed Mother. Fisheaters.com notes, that tomorrow March 25 was according to some ancient sources, also the day Adam was created 4000 years before Christ – showing the link between the old Adam and Christ, the new Adam. To learn more click here: https://www.fisheaters.com/customslent6.html
Lenten Penances are relaxed tomorrow: The Feast of the Annunciation is also a 1st Class Feast Day/Solemnity in the Universal Church and as such Lenten practices are relaxed for March 25.
As noted today in a parish e-mail, Fr. Reid said he will offer a private 6pm Latin Mass tomorrow for the feast of (not open to the public). No Holy Communion will be distributed but you can watch the Mass at home on the St. Ann Facebook page (available to non-users as well): https://www.facebook.com/StAnnCharlotte
St. Ann Latin Mass & Fr. Reid on TV:
First, words really can’t describe our thanks (and yours) to Fr. Reid for his efforts in allowing the Latin Mass faithful to receive Holy Communion on Sunday. Our thanks also to the Seminary priests, seminarians, Deacons and parish staff as well. Please do keep Fr. Reid, and all our priests in your prayers this week.
Spectrum Cable News was also present for the Latin Mass and had a nice piece that featured the Latin Mass, Fr. Reid and an interview with a few of the attendees. If you missed it you can view it here: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2020/03/22/catholic-parish-offers-in-person-communion-
Reminder: The parish is still needs tithing donations to keep operating and assisting parishioners. If you haven’t had the chance to tithe on Sunday you can always give online or via text: https://www.stanncharlotte.org/home/giving/#stewardship text: 704-360-5305.
With the changing restrictions, Father isn’t sure what will happen this Sunday, Passion Sunday. We’ll try to share any announcements. In the interim, lets continue to pray (especially the Rosary).
Other Latin Mass news
With restrictions in place, there are many online opportunities to help us grow in holiness.
One example is St. Joan of Arc Latin Mass parish (FSSP), in Post Falls, Idaho who is posting their adult catechism series online:
Emblem Against Plagues: A priest in Louisiana was sharing this 15th century emblem of the Holy Name of Jesus that St. Bernadine of Sienna used against plagues in Italy during the time. We thought you might be interested in learning about it and printing the attached Emblem (translation on page 2) on or near your door. Also attached is a fuller description of the Emblem’s history by St. Leonard of Port Maurice.
This sacred emblem is placed on the doors of houses for protection against the plague. It is an ancient indulgenced practice linked to The Most Holy Name of Jesus. The main devotions are illustrated in this figure: to the Most Holy Trinity, to Mary Most Holy, to St. Joseph, to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart, to the Holy Rosary and to the Chair of St. Peter.
The use of sacred images is not superstition, but based on our Catholic faith. Although devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus is as old as the Church, it was popularized by the Franciscans of the 15th century, especially St. Bernardine of Siena.