The feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commonly as Candlemas, will be celebrated this Sunday, February 2, at 2:00 P.M., at St. Stanislaus Church, State and Eld Streets, New Haven. The Celebrant of the Solemn Mass will be the Fr. Peter J. Langevin, Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich, the Deacon will be Fr. Robert L. Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford and Subdeacon will be William Riccio.
Candlemas celebrates both the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary forty days after his birth. In both respects it is connected with the mysteries of Christmas and is filled with Christmas joy. It is a feast of light—first because of aged Simeon’s prophetic words when he greeted Jesus at the temple as the Light which sould enlighten the Gentiles, and also on account of the Candlemas procession, in which candles are carried, as once was done on other feasts of Our Lady. Today’s procession has been retained on one of her most ancient feasts to celebrate the revelation of Christ as the Light of the world.
The solemn blessing of candles and procession through the church by the entire congregation, with the servers holding the newly blessed lit candles, followed by Solemn Mass, comprise one of the loveliest services of the Church Year. Please bring family and friends to participate in this festive celebration. Music for the service performed by the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society, will include the Gregorian chant Missa Marialis (Vatican ed. IX/X), the chant propers for the procession and Mass, polyphonic motets by Palestrina and Victoria, and organ music by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany will be observed in a celebration of High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven, this Sunday, January 20, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Peter J. Langevin, Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich, will be the celebrant, and the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chants for the service.
Saint Augustine observes in a homily read as a lesson at Matins on this day, “Our savior was invited to the wedding feast at Cana, and He went there to reveal to us the mystery typified by this wedding., that is, the union of Christ with His Church.” St. Thomas Aquinas further noted that the conversion of water into wine is a symbol of transubstantiation, the greatest of all miracles, whereby the wine of the Eucharist becomes the blood of the covenant of peace which God has made with His Church.
Let us all then, at this Epiphanytide heed the exhortation of St. Paul in the Epistle for this feast that we as members of the mystical Body, of which Christ is the Head, have those same dispositions of charity and humility that were His.
Music for the liturgy to be sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will include the Missa de Angelis (Vatican edition VIII) chant ordinary, the Gregorian proper for the Epiphany: “Omnis terra adoret te;” the motet “Alma Redemptoris Mater, and organ music by Johann Pachelbel and J. K. F. Fischer.
Reminder: Mass will be offered on Sunday, January 12 will be at 4:00 p.m.
The forthcoming Latin Masses in New Haven:
The Octave Day of Christmas, January 1, 2pm
First Friday Mass, January 3, 8:00am
Holy Name of Jesus, January 5, 2pm
NB: Mass on January 12 will be at 4pm. This Sunday only.
Blessed chalk and incense will be available next Sunday, January 5th. A traditional Epiphany custom of marking the doorways of your home with: +20+C+M+B+20+ AND to burn the incense.
The High Mass will be offered at 2pm on Christmas Day.