week of February 1, 2015

Jan 29, 2015

Sunday 2/1/15 is 70 days before the Great Feast of Easter!  In the years before the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council, today was called Septuagesima Sunday; the word is Latin for 70.  Just so next Sunday and the Sunday after were known as Sexagesima (60) and Quinquegesima (50) respectively.  The First Sunday of Lent, then, was Quadragesima Sunday, 40 days before Easter and “The 40 days” is what Lent is called in most languages other than English.

So these two and a half weeks can be an opportunity to prayerfully consider what you (and your family, perhaps) will adopt as Lenten practices this year.  Consider Googling—Composition of Place or Scriptural Rosary or what about taking one Station of the Cross per day and writing it on an index card that you keep in your pocket, near your keys, or some place that you will see it often during the day; you could do the same thing with the Mysteries of the Rosary!  Try something new; be creative!  Perhaps weekly food donations to our St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry might be a good practice for Lent, too!

Monday, 2/2/15 we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (also called the Purification of the Virgin or in the East, the Meeting of the Lord) which we commonly call Candlemas.  It is 40 days after Christmas and celebrates the event described in Luke 2:22-40 wherein Mary and Joseph bring the child Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after His birth to present their firstborn Son to God.  Jesus meets the aged Simeon and the prophetess Anna both of whom speak about Jesus and His role in the salvation of the world.  This feast dates back to the 4th Century and is the oldest of those honoring Our Blessed Mother. 

The tradition of blessing candles and a procession with them is very ancient and we will bless candles tomorrow.  Every Catholic home should have two blessed candles in the event that a person is ill and has Holy Communion brought to them.  For your convenience, candles may be purchased in the sacristy before Mass ($5 for a box of 2).

Tuesday is the Feast of St. Blaise, a 3rd Century bishop who is invoked against diseases of the throat; throats will be blessed during the 8:15 and 12 Noon Masses.

Wednesday is the Full Moon, my Mother’s Moon, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that February 1st is also the feast of St. Bridget of Ireland, along with St. Patrick and St. Columba, one of the principal patron saints of Ireland.

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, pray for us!

God bless,

MJH