As I conveyed earlier, I would be blogging very little during the Christmas and New Year's break. I have been trying to rediscover my basement and several other neglected areas of my home (I also rediscovered Pizza as I tried to stay away from cooking - another enjoyable past-time which usually takes more time than I estimate).
MEMORIAL MASS FOR FR. HARDON
I want to remind everyone about the Memorial Mass for the Servant of God, Fr. John A. Hardon which will take place tonight at Ss Cyril & Methodius at 7:00pm. The Rosary will take place before the Mass. There is a light social afterwards. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Robert McDermott - postulator for the cause of Fr. Hardon.
SOLEMNITY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
January 1st is a Holy Day of obligation. Assumption Grotto's annual 11:00pm Mass on New Year's Eve for the Solemnity of the Mother of God will take place at 11:00pm on New Year's Eve. OK, I had to say it because someone always asks.
Truly, it is a most beautiful experience to be receiving Holy Communion at the stroke of midnight, or to be in thanksgiving. Being in any urban area at the stroke of midnight can be....well, interesting. However, Fr. Perrone also leads the flock in a post-Mass Rosary which keeps us in Church until things quiet down outside.
Then we pile into the school for a pot-luck dinner, champagne/wine. It may be in the lounge this year as the parish tries to conserve on fuel costs, but I'm not sure about this yet. It was being mulled when I left Sunday.
The 11:00pm vigil Mass is celebrated in the ordinary form (at least it was last year, and the EF Mass is held at the 9:30am on January 1st). Other opportunities to satisfy the obligation include the 4:00pm vigil Mass on December 31st, and the 6:30am, and Noon Masses, both in ordinary form with some Latin.
Here is a slideshow from last year's liturgy (which was concelebrated in the ordinary form in Latin):
LAST CHANCE FOR HAYDN THERESIENEMESSE
This coming Sunday, at the Noon Mass will be the last opportunity to hear Haydn's Theresienemesse with the Assumption Grotto Choir and Orchestra. Orchestra Masses do run longer, so plan accordingly. If there is one thing I learned after coming to Grotto, it's that worship ought not run by a clock. It's easy to lose concept of time when there are so many sights and sounds lifting the soul into deep interior worship (at least for those who aren't keeping an eye on their watch and just let it happen). Prelude music begins about 15-20 minutes before the Mass.
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