Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everybody! May God bring many blessings upon you. Also, I hope you earned the plenary indulgence for publicly reciting the Te Deum in a church or oratory today in thanksgiving for the past year! (A plenary indulgence, by the way, is remission from time in purgatory, and is attached to a work, such as a prayer. It can be offered up for a deceased person's soul  if desired. For it to be plenary, one must pray for the Pope's intentions, make a good confession, received Holy Communion- both can normally be made within eight days before or after, but Communion must be made for each work performed- and be free from attachment to sin.)

Tomorrow, one can earn an indulgence by- and I quote from the Enchiridion (the Handbook of Indulgences, courtesy of Fr. Z) '§ 1. A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a church or in an oratory, are present [take part] in a recitation or solemn chant of: …
1° the hymn Veni Creator … on the first day of the year, imploring divine assistance for the whole of the coming year…'
Also, remember that tomorrow, is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God in the new calendar, and the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ in the Extraordinary Form. Either way, it is a holy day of obligation. The reason I make note of the differences is because the Mass tomorrow at St. Martin's will be in the EF, and it satisfies the obligation. In fact, any Catholic rite will satisfy it, so long as it is between 4 PM on the day before, and midnight exclusive on the feast (so going into the day after the feast). I will have a more substantive post (I hope) on the Theotokos tomorrow. 
This is simple tone, which quite frankly I prefer (it's easier to sing!!) We used the solemn tone tonight at Mass for the closing;nothing wrong with it, if you are really used to chant. By the way, we should all be singing it, regardless of the indulgence, because the fiscal cliff won't be as bad, and quickly follow it with the appropriate Marian antiphon for the protection of Holy Mother Church and better politicians. 

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