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The Feast of the Holy Family, 2021

The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph will be observed in a celebration of Solemn Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven, this Sunday, January 10, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, pastor emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk, will be the celebrant, The Reverend Robert L. Turner, pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, will be the deacon and members of the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chants for the service.

Pope Leo XIII the Feast of the Holy Family for Canada in 1893, and Pope Benedict XV established this Feast on the Sunday after the Epiphany on the universal calendar. In their lowly dwelling at Nazareth, by practicing the domestic virtues of charity, obedience, mutual help and regard, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph hallowed family life. There, too, they constantly found joy and peace in recollection and prayer in common.

May we as well, during this joyful season of Christmastide, meditate on the Holy Family as the model of virtue for all Christian households.

Music for the liturgy to be sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will include the Missa de Marialis (Vatican edition IX/X) chant ordinary, the Gregorian proper for the Holy Family: “Exsultet gaudio” the Christmas chants “Resonet in laudibus”, “Corde natus ex parentis”, and “Puer natus in Bethlehem”, and organ music.

Winter Ember Days 2020

The Winter (Lucy) Ember Days

Wednesday, December 16
Friday, December 18
Saturday, December 19

The Ember days are set for us, four times a year, to center our attention on God’s Providence given through the beauty of creation. The Ember Days refine our understanding that by the quarterly periods that there is a sacramentality of creation. We have now past the feast of Saint Lucy, one of the great Virgin-Martyrs on December 13. This feast day signals that the winter ember days are coming coming historically after the harvest (some people will say following the harvest of the olives).

As you note from the dates above, the three days of asceticism (a disciplined time of prayer and fasting) preparing us for the Nativity of the Lord. Part of the Church’s tradition is to fast on Wednesday and Saturday, and to fast and abstain on Friday.

Pray for the poor and the ill, pray for the clergy, for the Latin Mass apostolate.

For more information on Ember Days, read this blog post at Fisheaters.

Fr. Arnaud Devillers, FSSP, has a brief essay on the Ember Days.