Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Please ask your local priest to use the Roman Ritual and perform the Epiphany House Blessing on your home. The ceremony is in the Roman Ritual, and the English translation is below for you to follow along. All Catholic priests may use the traditional Roman Ritual pursuant to Summorum Pontificum, without seeking any type of permission.
BLESSING OF HOMES During the Season of Epiphany
The head of household with lighted candle will lead the priest throughout the house as he blesses the rooms.
As the priest comes into the home he says:
P: God's peace be in this home.
All: And in all who live here.
P. Ant.: Magi from the East came to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasure chests they presented Him with precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial. Alleluia.
Canticle of the Magnificat
P: "My soul * extols the Lord;
All: And my spirit leaps for joy in God my Savior.
P: How graciously He looked upon His lowly maid! * Oh, see, from this hour onward age after age will call me blessed!
All: How sublime is what He has done for me, * the Mighty One, whose name is 'Holy'!
P: From age to age He visits those * who worship Him in reverence.
All: His arm achieves the mastery: * He routs the haughty and proud of heart.
P: He puts down princes from their thrones, * and exalts the lowly;
All: He fills the hungry with blessings, * and sends away the rich with empty hands.
P: He has taken by the hand His servant Israel, * and mercifully kept His faith,
All: As He had promised our fathers * with Abraham and his posterity forever and evermore."
P: Glory be to the Father.
All: As it was in the beginning.
Meanwhile the home is sprinkled with holy water and incensed. At the end of the Magnificat the antiphon is repeated. Then the priest says Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)
P: And lead us not into temptation.
All: But deliver us from evil.
P: Many shall come from Saba.
All: Bearing gold and incense.
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May he also be with you.
Let us pray.
God, who on this day revealed your only-begotten Son to all nations by the guidance of a star, grant that we who now know you by faith may finally behold you in your heavenly majesty; through Christ our Lord.
Responsory: Be enlightened and shine forth, O Jerusalem, for your light is come; and upon you is risen the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.
P: Nations shall walk in your light, and kings in the splendor of- your birth.
All: And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
Let us pray.
Lord God almighty, bless this home, and under its shelter let there be health, chastity, self-conquest, humility, goodness, mildness, obedience to your commandments, and thanksgiving to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May your blessing remain always in this home and on those who live here; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.
FSSP Blessing of Epiphany water last year.
The only known blessing of Epiphany water in the state will take place at St Francis de Sales in Mableton, Sunday January 5th ( The Vigil of the Epiphany) during Vespers. Chalk, gold frankincense and myrrh are also blessed. Pursuant to Summorum Pontificum, you can have your parish priest perform this ritual. To provide help to your priest have him review the below link. Please note there will be a high mass at 7:30 pm on Monday for the Feast of the Epiphany at St Francis de Sales in Mableton
Monday, December 30, 2013
Father Peter West of Human Life International
Father Peter West of Human Life International will be visiting the Archdiocese of Atlanta with the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa and will visit the parish of St Francis de Sales in Mableton this Friday. There will be a Mass at 7:00 pm for the First Friday Devotion and following the mass Father West will give a presentation. The Icon will be available for veneration. This pilgrimage is to stop the horror of abortion. Following the presentation there will be desserts in the parish hall. Also note there will be a high mass, on the following day at 9:00 am to promote the First Saturday Devotion.
For directions: visit www.francisdesales.com
Thursday, December 26, 2013
On December 27th, in the Roman Ritual there is the blessing of St John wine. Have your priest Bless wine on this day. You use this wine to drink a toast to St John on this day before dinner. Here is how it it done:
When it is drunk on his Feast Day, we drink it before dinner as a toast to St. John. The Father of the house lifts his glass toward Mother and says, "I drink you the love of St. John." The Mother replies "I thank you for the Love of St. John" and then turns to the oldest child, lifts her glass, and says, "I drink you the love of St. John..." -- and on it goes down the line until each has been toasted.
Here is the blessing of the wine and how it is done:
BLESSING OF WINEon the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist (December 27)
At the end of the principal Mass on the feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, after the last Gospel, the priest, retaining all vestments except the maniple, blesses wine brought by the people. This is done in memory and in honor of St. John, who drank without any ill effects the poisoned wine offered to him by his enemies.
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
If it please you, Lord God, bless + and consecrate + this vessel of wine (or any other beverage) by the power of your right hand; and grant that, through the merits of St. John, apostle and evangelist, all your faithful who drink of it may find it a help and a protection. As the blessed John drank the poisoned potion without any ill effects, so may all who today drink the blessed
wine in his honor be delivered from poisoning and similar harmful things. And as they offer themselves body and soul to you, may they obtain pardon of all their sins; through Christ our Lord.
Lord, bless + this creature drink, so that it may be a health-giving medicine to all who use it; and grant by your grace that all who taste of it may enjoy bodily and spiritual health in calling on your holy name; through Christ our Lord.
May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come on this wine (or any other beverage) and remain always.
It is sprinkled with holy water. If the blessing is given privately outside of Mass, the priest is vested in surplice and stole and performs the ceremony as given above.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Cathedral of St John the Baptist
There will be a Latin Mass on Christmas Day at noon in the Cathedral in Savannah. This will be the only Latin Mass in the Diocese for Christmas. On the Holy Day of the Feast of the Circumcism on January 1st, there will be no Latin Masses in the Diocese
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The only known midnight mass and opportunity to gain two plenary indulgences on January the 1st (Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord) in the State of Georgia will be at the parish of St Francis de Sales in Mableton. Holy Hour and confessions followed by the public singing of the Te Deum starts at 11:00 pm. Immediately following the Te Deum there will be a High Mass at Midnight. After the Mass there will be the public singing of the Veni Creator Spiritus. The public recitation of the Te Deum before midnight gains a plenary indulgence, AND the public recitation of the Veni Creator Spiritus after midnight carries another plenary indulgence. They both carry the usual conditions so you can receive confession and communion all in the same evening. A rare opportunity to gain two plenary indulgences on one trip to church.
For info see www.francisdesales.com
Monday, December 16, 2013
The Remnant Newspaper has released a video today detailing the latest very sad news concerning the
Vatican's attacks on the Latin Mass & the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.
To watch the Report click here:
There will be a Latin High Mass at St Josephs Catholic Church in Macon on Sunday January 5th at 2:00 pm.
With this mass the parish will resume the monthly high mass on the first Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm for 2014.
For directions see www.stjosephmacon.com