Christmastide Update

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Merry Christmas! As we proceed through the season of Christmastide, we wanted to share the updated Mass schedule this week thus far:

Mass cancellations

Wednesday December 30: St. Ann will not be offering the 6pm Latin Mass tomorrow, Wednesday December 30 as Fr. Reid is away (on a much deserved rest). Please offer prayers for him this week – especially after his kind blessing of wine on Sunday.

Thursday December 31: St. Thomas Aquinas will not be offering the 7pm Latin Mass on Thursday December 31.

Christmastide schedule

  • Friday January 1 (Feast of the Circumcision):
    • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 12 midnight (High)
    • St. Ann, 9am (Low) – Per Fr. Reid this will be Fr. Brad Jones’ first public Latin Mass.
    • St. Mark, 12:30pm (High) (Note: Due to an annual “quirk”, the Latin Mass at St. Mark is offered pro-populorum (facing the people) during Christmastide due to the Crèche blocking the front of the altar)
    • St. Thomas Aquinas, 7pm (High)
  • Tuesday January 5 (Vigil of Epiphany)
    • St. Thomas Aquinas 6pm (Blessing only – No Mass). A blessing of Holy Water, chalk and salt will be performed*. You are invited to bring your filled water bottles to be blessed. Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Wednesday January 6 (Epiphany):
    • St. Ann, 6pm (High Mass) & afterwards the blessing of Epiphany holy water, chalk and salt*. You are invited to bring your filled water bottles to be blessed.

The Epiphany blessing of water, chalk and salt takes approximately 45 minutes – please arrive early to ensure your bottles of water, salt, and chalk are properly placed at the blessing table.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • New York Bishop Revives Ember Days: This is exciting news – the Ember Days, as many recall is the quarterly time of year (around the change of seasons) where the Church traditionally asked the faithful to pray and fast for 3 days each season to thank God for his creation and for sanctity in the next season. Sadly these devotional days were made optional (and then essentially fell into disuse) after Vatican II (it still exists now voluntarily in the 1962 Latin Mass liturgical calendar). However, bishops do have the ability to reinstate them across the entire diocese and we are pleased to note the Bishop of Syracuse New York has reinstated the Ember Days. It does not appear to be binding, but he did attach a plenary indulgence to it. Our question is: Will Bishop Jugis be willing to revive it here?

As we re-posted the other week, 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!

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