Monday, December 22, 2014


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.
All: Amen.
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.
All: Amen.
May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come on this wine (or any other beverage) and remain always.
All: Amen.
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.

The only known use of this blessing in Georgia will take place Saturday at the parish of St Francis de Sales 587 Landers Drive Mableton Ga 30126 after the 9:00 am high mass

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Altar rail being reinstalled

The below is from Father Mc Donald, pastor of St Josephs in Macon Ga (Savannah Diocese)

"It is finally happening and after 10 years ago having been removed, the altar railing is being restored to St. Joseph Church. We are using some of the original railing but new marble has been fabricated as well. There will be two gates in the center (which aren't quite ready) and one gate in the middle of both of our side chapels. Apart from the gates, it should be completed by Sunday or early next week before Christmas. What a nice Christmas gift for the parish!"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Una Voce is delighted to announce that Extraordinary Faith episode 3 will be airing next week on EWTN. The episode, filmed during a CMAA academic conference during October 2013, features the work of the CMAA and the wonderful legacy of Msgr. Richard Schuler and the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale at the Church of Saint Agnes in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

EWTN will be airing Episode 3 of Extraordinary Faith on all of their international English program feeds on Monday, December 15 at 3:00 AM & 6:30 PM Eastern time in the U.S. and Canada. Live streaming is available for free on EWTN's website.

UK & Ireland: 2:00 AM, 10:30 AM, & 9:00 PM
Africa/Asia: 3 airings; see EWTN's page for your time zone
Asia-Pacific: 2 airings; see EWTN's page for your time zone

More information on the episode, including behind-the-scenes photos, is available here. 

Friday, December 5, 2014


Veiled Women at the Altar Rail


To read the official position paper by Una Voce on the history customs and rules of head coverings for women and men in Church, please click  here: