4th Sunday of Advent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Sunday December 20th is the 4th Sunday of Advent, and as custom we provide a reflection on the Collect by Dr. Mike Foley:

Annual Blessing of Religious Objects/Gifts – Today Sunday December 20

Sunday December 20, St. Ann parish, after 12:30pm Latin Mass: Just a reminder,  as custom, the Sunday before Christmas, Father will kindly bless any religious objects/gifts immediately after 12:30pm Mass. This includes Rosaries, statues, images, scapulars, icons, chaplets, candles, crucifixes, medals, etc. This will be done in the traditional Latin blessing.

We will have a blessing table in the narthex to place your religious items prior to Mass beginning. We again want to emphasize – please have your items on the table before Mass begins. Please avoid placing any items on the table after Father begins his blessing – we can’t guarantee they are blessed.

Christmas Latin Mass Schedule

The great feast of the Nativity of Our Blessed Lord is this Friday. It’s a solemn 1st class feast so normal Friday penances are dispensed and you can have meat (see our note below about Christmas Eve fasting).

Christmas has 3 distinct Masses for the day, and priests are also allowed to offer 3 Masses to commemorate the birth of Our Savior. The first Mass is midnight, which marks Christ coming into the dark world at Bethlehem on December 25, 1 B.C.; Mass at dawn symbolizes the spiritual birth of Christ in our souls and Mass during the day represents eternal love of Christ for coming to us in the Incarnation.   To learn more about the traditional customs surrounding Christmas please visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas1.html and https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas2.html

Some parishes are having signup Christmas Masses so check each parish website. We did confirm that no one will be turned away from St. Ann and there will have extra outdoor seating at Midnight Mass.

  • St. Ann, 12 midnight (Solemn High) & 11:00am (Low) Christmas Day (signup Mass – see parish website. There will also be outdoor seating available for those unable to sit inside/prefer not to sign up. All will have opportunity to receive Holy Communion)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, 12 midnight
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon, 12 midnight
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, NC, 12 midnight
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 11:00am High & 1:00pm Low (signup Mass – see parish website)

For the rest of the Christmastide Latin Mass schedule – including Friday January 1 – please see our webpage which is updated frequently: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

Dec. 23/24 – Fasting and Abstinence Note

Traditionally, Christmas Eve (the feast of Ss. Adam & Eve) was a day of fasting and abstinence, however that has been eliminated by the current code of canon law. However, for those who want to maintain this practice as a pious devotion, we share that in 1959, St. John XXIII allowed the Christmas Eve fast/abstinence to be transferred to today December 23. Hence if you’d like to follow this old practice, you are welcome to practice it on December 23 instead of the 24th. To learn more visit: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2011/12/anticipation-of-christmas-fast-to.html

December 21 – Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

Monday December 21 is the traditional feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, who often gets overlooked due to the crowded liturgical schedule of Ember Week and Christmas. Yet this saint is not the least by any means, as tradition holds that St. Thomas evangelized not only India, but Persia including baptizing the 3 Magi; and also much of the globe – including the western hemisphere.  As custom each December 21, we share with you a great sermon posted by Sensus Fidelium, on St. Thomas the Apostle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1bBepndSGY

Dom Prosper Gueranger also has a reflection for this saint: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/december/december-21-saint-thomas-apostle/

Epiphany Blessing of Water, Salt and Chalk January 5/6: 

  • Tuesday January 5, 6pm (Blessing only): Fr. Matthew Bean at St. Thomas Aquinas has announced he will be blessing Epiphany Water, salt and chalk on Tuesday January 5 (Vigil of Epiphany) at 6pm. There will not be a Mass that evening.
  • Wednesday January 6, 6pm (Mass & blessing): Reid will offer a 6pm High Mass at St. Ann, followed by the Epiphany Water, salt, and chalk blessing. All are invited to bring their filled water jugs (i.e. fill the water up prior to attending and Father will bless them). There will also be an Epiphany Holy Water font to draw from as well (while quantities last). Please note the blessing takes about 45 minutes.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Cardinal Burke’s Our Lady of Guadalupe sermon: His Eminence’s powerful sermon Marxism, the Chinese Communist party, COVID-19 and the Great Reset all that threatens the United States today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWENECMqRGU

As we first posted last Christmastide, the last two articles 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 deemphasized 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!