MASS THIS SUNDAY (
First Sunday of Lent
St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:
Processional Hymn (832): O Kind Creator, Bow Thine Ear
Asperges Rite: Asperges me (567)
Order of Mass (569)
Kyrie, Credo III (776), Sanctus-Benedictus, Agnus Dei:
Mass XVII, Advent and Lent (762), Choir & People
Preface for Lent (686)
Marian antiphon (951): Ave Regina Caelorum (Choir & People)
Recessional Hymn (828): Throughout These Forty Days
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MASS NEXT SUNDAY (
Second Sunday of Lent
ASH WEDNESDAY MASS IN TOWNSEND
St. Francis of
, Wednesday, March 5
FIRST FRIDAY MASS IN TOWNSEND
St, Francis of
Low Mass followed by Benediction
, Wednesday, March 7
RULES FOR FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
With Lenten fasting now underway, from an FSSP Newsletter:
Canon Laws of the Catholic Church concerning fasting and abstinence
Can. 1249 -- All members of the Christian faithful in their own way are bound to do penance in virtue of divine law; in order that all may be joined in a common observance of penance, penitential days are prescribed in which the Christian faithful in a special way pray, exercise works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their responsibilities more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence according to the norms of the following canons.
Can. 1252 -- All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth year.
Can. 1253 -- It is for the conference of bishops
to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to
substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of
penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety. [In
LOVE FOR LATIN LITURGY NOT JUST A
When older Catholics rhapsodize traditional liturgy, this is comparatively easy to dismiss . . . . But now, younger people are voluntarily donning the mantle of liturgical tradition. . . . . They are drawn to the beauty and solemnity of older liturgical forms, which bring them to a real appreciation of the power of the Sacraments. . . . . When I discovered the traditional Latin Mass in my first year of graduate school, I was suddenly stricken with an intense thirst to receive the Sacraments . . . . If young people are indeed “addicted” to traditional liturgy, I would contend that beauty and grace are the things they find most intoxicating. It strikes me as the sort of addiction that ought to be encouraged. . . . .
There is one more thing, however, that draws young people to the new liturgical movement. Blogger Susanna Spencer captures the point well in a reflection on her own discovery of the traditional liturgy. As a cradle Catholic, she was always surrounded by Catholic things. Nevertheless, in traditional liturgy she felt she was uncovering a long and rich Catholic tradition that her earlier experiences had obscured. In a particularly moving passage, she compares her discovery of that tradition to the experiences of the Israelites returning to the land of their ancestors (as related in the Book of Nehemiah). Standing once again on the sacred ground of their fathers, the people weep when they hear the law read aloud once more. They are simultaneously overcome by joy and by sadness, because in appreciating the beauty of what they have regained, they also understand the magnitude of what was lost through sin and disobedience.
Young Catholics have a deep yearning to be reconnected to the rich Catholic tradition that is their rightful heritage. Having grown up in the shadow of egregious doctrinal disobedience and liturgical neglect, they feel exiled from that tradition, and many ardently desire to return. Revitalizing older devotions and liturgical forms is one way of building bridges back to our own country and people, who carried the torch of faith through the centuries. This is not a fashion. It is, as for the Israelites, a way of rediscovering who we really are.