Tuesday, January 19, 2010

With Appologies for My Calendar

I was advised that I had made a few errors in the 2010 Calendar posted on LexOrandi.org. The corrections to the Sundays after Epiphany have been made. It is not wise to proof read your own writing. I appreciate it that my readers are quick to point out my mistakes. I am pleased to know that I have a number of ghost editors working for me.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Chair of St Peter at Rome - January 18

With Fr. Weedon commenting that he will not be celebrating this feast, it calls to mind that the 1962 revisions the to Roman calendar are, indeed, a bit curious. The (this) Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Rome (January 18) has been dropped from the calendar. This feast seems to have been associated with the Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Antioch. Thereby creating a singular Feast of St. Peter. This, of course, is not the only "adjustment" that has been made to the calendar.

It seems to be strange to me that if something is not in need of repair, why fix it. Any comments that you might have Re. the "Adjustments" that Rome has made to the historic calendar are solicited posts to this blog.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Announcement of Movable Feasts at Epiphany

Among the many customs of Christmas and Epiphany, this one is the announcement of the movable feasts between the Epiphany and the beginning of Advent.

After the reading of the Gospel, the traditional announcement of the movable holy days of the church year may be made in the following form: (These dates are correct for 2010.)

Dearly beloved brethren, you shall know that as we have rejoiced in the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, so there is announced to you by the mercy of God the joyous observance of the Resurrection of the same our Savior:

January 31st is Septuagesima Sunday.

On February 17th Ash Wednesday begins the most holy season of Lent.

On April 4th we shall celebrate with great rejoicing the holy Easter Festival of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the 13th is the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the 23rd is the Feast of Pentecost.

November the 28th is the First Sunday in the Advent of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to Whom be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

Friday, January 01, 2010

The Octave of the Nativity

I know that January 1 is the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord. This is also the day on which the great I Am finally told us His name. The angel announced that His name was JESUS. This is the name that is above every name, at which every knee should bow, of things above the earth, of things on earth, and of things under the earth.

The confusing title above is how the Roman church identifies this day after the 1962 revision of the calendar. The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (2nd class) is celebrated on the Sunday between the Octave of the Nativity and Epiphany. If there is no Sunday between thee two days, it is celebrated on January 2.

The only question that comes to my mind is "If it ain't broke, why fix it?"

May the celebration of the birth of Our Lord, and the glory of His holy name, give you peace and blessing throughout the new year.

Pax domini sit semper vobiscum.