Sunday, December 21, 2008

Photopost of the Extraordinary Form on 4th Sunday in Advent

Today was the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The pews were a little shy of usual numbers due to the fresh coating of snow at Mass time that made driving difficult (especially since municipalities are conserving road salt). You will see the fourth candle of the Advent wreath now lit in many of the pictures.

Introit: Drop Down dew, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One: let the earth open and germinate a Savior. {v} The heavens dclare the glory of God: and the firmament proclaims the works of His hands. Glory to the Father...

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

1* In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberi-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysani-as tetrarch of Abilene, 2* in the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness; 3* and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4* As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6* and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

Preceding the National Election in 2008, Fr. Perrone and the priests celebrating Masses knelt down with those serving or concelebrating following the Liturgy and prayed the Holy Rosary for the nation. They continued this practice after the election and will do so for an unspecified amount of time. If the good Fathers go by participation, I would estimate that it is around 98%. Very few people leave before the Rosary is done and the recessional hymn sung. There is something very powerful to hearing a full, or even half-full church praying a Rosary. How much Our Lady must be pleased. Below is a shot taken during today's Rosary, of one of the sisters, with the altar boys in the background, all in prayer.

One more parting shot was the throne basking in sunlight cutting through the stained glass. This photo doesn't do it justice. It had a multi-color hue.

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