The Spring 2018 Ember Days begin today, and continue on Friday and Saturday. There is an intensity of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for Ember Days.
Ember Days are days of fasting and partial abstaining from meat: days of penance with the intention of thanking God for the gifts He gives us in nature and asking Him for the discipline to use them in moderation. The fasts, known as “the fast of the four seasons,” are rooted in Old Testament practices of fasting four times a year:
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah, joy, and gladness, and great solemnities: only love ye truth and peace.
It is good to ponder what St Cyril of Jerusalem once said,
“I praise and glorify Him that made us; for it is a divine command which saith, Let every breath praise the Lord. I am attempting now to glorify the Lord, but not to describe Him, knowing nevertheless that I shall fall short of glorifying Him worthily, yet deeming it a work of piety even to attempt it at all. For the Lord Jesus encourageth my weakness, by saying, No man hath seen God at any time.”
On Tuesday, February 20th, at 7:00 p.m. we will have a High Mass Requiem for Deacon Robert Brunell who died on January 25th.
Deacon Robert was a long-time member of the St Gregory Society and periodically served at the Altar.
Please come an pray for his peaceful repose.
Low Mass for Quinquagesima Sunday will be offered this coming Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Low Mass for Ash Wednesday will be offered on February 14th, at 5:00 p.m.
As many of you know, Deacon Robert Brunell, 81, reposed in the Lord on January 25.
A Requiem Mass for Deacon Brunell is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Stanislaus Church, State and Eld Streets, New Haven.
This is a sung Requiem Mass and absolution at the catafalque.
Deacon Bob was a friend of all of us and a great friend of SGS, we owe this much to his memory and the peaceful repose of his soul.
Please make every effort to attend Holy Mass on February 20.
Sunday, February 4, Candlemas will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m.: blessing of candles and procession.
Please bring the candles you use throughout the year to be blessed and place them on the table in the sanctuary prior to Mass.
For your convenience, there will be candles for sale prior to Mass:
~4-short candle –$3.00 ea.
~a congregational candle — .50 ea.
Spread the word to come to Candlemas!!!