On Daily Missals

People have contacted me from time to time who are new to the Traditional Latin Mass. The one suggestion that I can make is that of purchasing a Missal. It is absolutely worth the investment ($60, more or less) and you can learn a lot about the Mass from it, as well as lots of other Catholic stuff. These Missals are packed with prayers, the daily Mass readings, notes on the various seasons of the Liturgical Year, and even basic Catholic Catechetical things (e.g. the Sacraments, Sacramentals, the ten Commandments, Precepts of the Church, Cardinal and Theological Virtues, the list goes on and on). So, if I were going to recommend one book in addition to the Bible (in a trustworthy translation) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it would be a decent Daily Roman Missal. Here’s a list of 1962 Missals that are out there: all of them are decent and well and beautifully bound, and will last for years.

1) The Baronius Press Missal (currently out of stock at Baronius Press but ostensibly available through Amazon).

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2) The Angelus Press Missal, from the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).

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They also have a Spanish-Latin version and a "young Catholic's" version, which is not dumbed down and infantilized.

3) The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) also offers a 1962 Daily Missal,

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as well as a Missal for Young Catholics, a Marian Children's Missal and Booklet Missals in English and Spanish. Note: these last two items, the “Booklet Missals,” are NOT full daily Missals. They are the little red booklets that give an overview of the Mass, but do not have all the daily readings, prayers, etc. You may have seen them, they look like this:

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Finally, for those of you who, like me, are unable to attend the Traditional Latin Mass, I strongly recommend the Daily Roman Missal, 3rd Edition for the Novus Ordo. Like the 1962 Missals listed above, this has not only all the readings and prayers for each Mass, but is also crammed with “extras”. It was originally published by the Midwest Theological Forum back during the Pontificate of Benedict XVI (when I got mine) but alas I can no longer find it on their website. That’s a shame. You can, however, find it elsewhere, including the Catholic Company (that I linked above) and, of course, Amazon.

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Curate, ut valeatis!

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MORE abortion in Maine in Lent.

Hard on the heels of the pending public funding on abortion legislation, discussed here, we have LD1261, An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions, introduced 14 March 2019 (yesterday, as of this post). It expands those who can perform abortions to include physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The bill is a “Governor’s Bill”, pushed by the new Governor, Janet Mills. The sponsor is the current Speaker of the House, Sara Gideon. Co-sponsors are here. The text is here. The relevant passage is this:

1596. Abortion and miscarriage data

1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

A. "Abortion" means the intentional interruption of a pregnancy by the application of external agents, whether chemical or physical, or the ingestion of chemical agents with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus, regardless of the length of gestation.

B. "Miscarriage" means an interruption of a pregnancy other than as provided in paragraph A of a fetus of less than 20 weeks gestation.

C. "Health care professional" means a physician or physician assistant licensed under Title 32, chapter 36 or 48 or a person licensed under Title 32, chapter 31 to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Contact your representative. She happily accepts your tax dollars. She is obligated to hear your views.

Maine State Senators

Maine State Representatives

Expect more of this, folks, on the front end of life, and on the back end.

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Democrats push public funding for abortion in Maine

As is usually the case in this sort of thing, the bill is disingenuously and deceptively named An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine. It is a bill for public funding of abortion. The Summary is as follows (my emphasis):

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

The complete text is here. The new Democratic Governor, Democratic Speaker of the House and the Democratic Assistant Majority Leader, have endorsed, supported and pushed this and other upcoming legislation to further abortion in this State, and to oppose attempts to restrict abortion.

There is a PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 220

So far, I can find nothing on the Diocesan website regarding this. However, Maine Right to Life has it in their ALERTS section here, as well as a detailed piece here: please look at it. It has lots of legislative links. Here are the two most important:

Find your State Senator

Find your State Representative

Find your senator and representative, mail or call him or her. Just as the proliferation of slavery was a central plank of the Democratic Part, a plank they maintained up into the Civil War, the expansion of abortion and it’s congeners is a central plank – some say the central plank of today’s Democratic party. With complete control of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the Maine government by the Democrats, look for more, much more, of this in the years to come.

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Ember Days in Lent, Anno Domini MMXIX

Awhile back, we looked at Ember Days here and here, and the Catholic Herald had a piece (now behind a paywall) on The Revival of Ember Days:

The Ember Days recall an age when the rhythms of human life were still bound to the changing of the seasons. A corruption of the Latin Quatuor Tempora (“Four Times”), the Ember Days were an attempt by the ancient Church to preserve and sanctify the pagans’ observation of equinoxes and solstices. Our predecessors in the faith marked the cycles of Creation with fasting, prayer and acts of charity – giving thanks to “the Lord of the Harvest”, as Jesus called his Father.

The Ember Days are seldom marked by Catholics today, when every fruit and vegetable is available in the supermarket all year round…

Ember Days have been suppressed, of course, in the 1969 Novus ordo calendar, but they are in the Traditional Calendar. Once upon a time, Ordinations took place on Ember Days, and the faithful were to pray for priests.

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Fr. Z has a 5 minute podcast on Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent, which includes the Ember Days, here. It is a brief reminder of the Ember Days and what they are about, and a reading from Cardinal Newman. It is 5 minutes well spent.

Curate, ut valeatis!

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St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy has a website!

Many of you are familiar with the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy, they’re the folks who offer the only weekly – meaning every Sunday - Latin Mass in Maine, at two locations:

8:30AM at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul at 122 Ash St, Lewiston, ME 04240

Noon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101

Holy Days: as announced.

They also now have a website, here.

Here are some snippets from the "FAQ's"(read them all there):

What is a “Chaplaincy”? Is it like a parish?

No. A Chaplaincy is set up to provide the spiritual needs of the faithful in a particular area or circumstance… A parish has a particular canonical status under Church law. A Chaplaincy does not have this status. The jurisdiction of the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy extends to Mass and confessions…

I am not familiar with Latin, or the extraordinary form of the Mass. Do you provide any help with following the Mass, posture, etc? I would like to attend, but I’m unsure what to do.

The Chaplaincy has printed small missals with explicit directions for the parts of the Mass, as well as the common prayers. Also, the proper prayers and readings are printed on an insert that is provided every week. Those who do not have a missal may use these to follow the Mass…

And, please pay attention to this one (my emphasis):

How is the Chaplaincy funded?

The Chaplaincy is completely self-funded. There are no funds from the diocese, such as funds from the Bishop’s Appeal, that are used to support it. The collections from the Masses and other donations are directed exclusively and entirely for the support of the Chaplaincy. These costs include the priest’s salary, health and pension benefits, housing and mileage reimbursements, office expenses, liturgical items, etc. Also, there is a payment made each time the Mass is offered in a parish church to compensate for the expenses incurred because of the Chaplaincy's use of the building. (Lights, heat, etc.) (I’ve heard that their rent has recently been doubled, although this may be rumour … - TC)

So, if you’re geographically able to attend, by all means go and support the Chaplaincy!!

PS: I am not in any way affiliated with the Chaplaincy; indeed I live too far away to even attend. I just want to see the Latin Mass grow and flourish in Maine.

Curate, ut valeatis!

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Lewiston

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Lewiston

Cathedral in Portland

Cathedral in Portland

Latin Mass Schedule for the Diocese of Portland, Maine, March, 2019 UPDATE!!!

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UPDATE

ASH WEDNESDAY, the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy shall offer MASS:

8:00 AM Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland

6:30PM at Saints Peter and Paul Basilica 122 Ash Street, Lewiston.

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Noto bene: As for me, I shall keep the dates of upcoming TLM Masses up to date to the extent that I know about them.

Please feel free to E-mail me at info@unavocemaine.org or timothy.collins3@va.gov with additions, deletions or corrections.

FIRST SATURDAY MASS Saturday, 2 March 2019.

Contact:
Fr. Steven Cartwright
Parochial Vicar - Sebago Lakes Region Parishes
Office Phone: 207-857-0490, ext. 22

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THIRD SUNDAY MASS (Traditional Latin Mass) Sunday, 17 March 2019

9:15am

"Missa Cantata"

St. Anthony Franciscan Monastery

28 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk

Confession available.

Overnight accommodations available, contact the Guest House: 207-967-4865

Contact the Monastery:

franciscanmonastery@yahoo.com

(207) 967-2011

PO Box 980

Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Also at the St. Anthony Francisca Monastery: FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Begins at 7:45AM, Novus Ordo Mass, Confessions Benediction, meditation and Rosary.

Contact the Monastery for more information (contact info as above)

And don’t forget, EVERY SUNDAY (courtesy of the Saint Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy):

8:30am
Saints Peter and Paul Basilica
122 Ash Street, Lewiston

12 noon
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street, Portland

Curate, ut valeatis!

S311 Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act fails in the Senate due to Democratic opposition.

From Life Site News:

The United States Senate voted 53-44 Monday evening in favor of legislation to guarantee medical care to babies who survive botched abortions, but failed to reach the 60 votes necessary for the bill to overcome the current filibuster rules and pass…”

The Life Site article goes on to explain how a bill which received a majority of “yeas” still didn’t pass.

Senator Collins voted in favor of the bill.

Senator King voted against the bill.

The entire list of votes by Senator name is here.

Thought you might like to know.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act S.311 25 Feb 2019

From the Maine Right to Life Committee in their Alerts section, we find this:

Your voice is needed to protect babies born alive after an abortion. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Feb. 25, 2019 on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, S. 311.

In light of the radical trend that began with the signing of the Reproductive Health Act by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) allowing abortion through all stages of pregnancy and removing explicit protections for babies born alive following a failed abortion, Congress needs to act now to protect unborn babies.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311), sponsored by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Ne.), would enact an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be given "the same degree" of care that would apply "to any other child born alive at the same gestational age," including transportation to a hospital…

“…Ask our Senators to vote in support of S.311, to protect unborn babies who survive a failed abortion from infanticide! Give these defenseless little ones the same protections as those born alive at the same age. All newborn babies must be afforded this fundamental legal protection…”

Contact Senator Susan Collins

Contact Senator Angus King

Curate, ut valeatis!

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An Open Leter from Cardinals Brandmuller and Burke.

Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register provides us with an open letter from Cardinal Walter Brandmuller and Cardinal Raymond Burke,. Here is the full text (it’s not long):

Open Letter to the Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops

Dear Brothers, Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops,

We turn to you with deep distress!

The Catholic world is adrift, and, with anguish, the question is asked: Where is the Church going?

Before the drift in process, it seems that the difficulty is reduced to that of the abuse of minors, a horrible crime, especially when it is perpetrated by a priest, which is, however, only part of a much greater crisis. The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church, promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence. The roots of this phenomenon are clearly found in that atmosphere of materialism, of relativism and of hedonism, in which the existence of an absolute moral law, that is without exceptions, is openly called into question.

Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism. But the first and primary fault of the clergy does not rest in the abuse of power but in having gone away from the truth of the Gospel. The even public denial, by words and by acts, of the divine and natural law, is at the root of the evil that corrupts certain circles in the Church.

In the face of this situation, Cardinals and Bishops are silent. Will you also be silent on the occasion of the meeting called in the Vatican for this coming February 21st?

We are among those who in 2016 presented to the Holy Father certain questions, dubia, which were dividing the Church in the wake of the conclusions of the Synod on the Family. Today, those dubia have not only not had any response but are part of a more general crisis of the Faith. Therefore, we encourage you to raise your voice to safeguard and proclaim the integrity of the doctrine of the Church.

We pray to the Holy Spirit, that He may assist the Church and bring light to the Pastors who guide her. A decisive act now is urgent and necessary. We trust in the Lord Who has promised: “Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Mt 28,20).

Walter Cardinal Brandmüller

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Curate, ut valeatis.

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Ad orientem in the New York Post

From the New York Post, of all places, comes a piece by Chad Pecknold of Catholic University of America entitled Behind Ted McCarrick's fall: the wrong kind of 'openess'". Overall, it’s quite good, with a brief explanation of what “laicization” means:

“…In Catholic teaching, ordination to the priesthood “confers a gift of the Holy Spirit” that changes a man and his personal status. A man ordained to the priesthood has the right and duty to exercise a sacred power “which can only come from Christ himself through his church.” This imprint of God’s power can never be erased — but the church can remove an ordained man’s right to exercise the power of that imprint…”

But I was struck by this paragraph (my emphasis):

“… McCarrick is only the most ­extreme representative of such forgetfulness. Elsewhere, openness to the world has meant ­removing the crosses from Catholic classrooms or turning altars around to the face the people rather than the dying Jesus on the cross. Such openness has shifted not only the direction the priest faces during the Mass — but which way he faces in his heart…

This last is true for the people as well as the priest. And, I think people can understand this if it’s explained coherently rather than trivialized, dismissed and denigrated, as is generally the case when the issue comes up, especially in Catholic circles. How we do the Mass is central to how we live our lives as Catholics. It’s not perfect, ad orientem and/or the TLM won’t magically fix everything wrong in the Church – after all, what is the Church’s 2000 year history if not “troubled”. But it would be a good start.

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Septuagesima Sunday 17 February A.D. 2019

For those few of you in the State of Maine who are blessed enough to be able to attend regularly one of the two weekly Sunday Masses in the Extraordinary Form (8:30 AM at the Basilica in Lewiston, noon in the side chapel of the Cathedral in Portland, see sidebar for details), this Sunday begins the pre-Lenten season with Septuagesima Sunday. Fr. Z, naturally, does a piece on this little three week period here.

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For the rest of us, well, Paul VI expunged the pre-Lenten preparatory period in 1970, so, we have three more weeks of “Ordinary Time”, then Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (6 March).

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There it is.

Curate, ut valeatis.

Let Not Your Heart be Troubled

From the National Catholic Register, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012-2017, has given us a Manifesto of the Faith, “Let Not Your Heart be Troubled.” My emphasis:

In the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith, many bishops, priests, religious and lay people of the Catholic Church have requested that I make a public testimony about the truth of revelation. It is the shepherds' very own task to guide those entrusted to them on the path of salvation. This can only succeed if they know this way and follow it themselves...

Go read it yourself. Its only four pages: short and easy read, easy to understand. In a nutshell, as it were.

Valete.

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Latin Mass Schedule for February, 2019, in the Diocese of Portland, Maine

Noto bene: As for me, I have encountered a sharp but hopefully transient increase in work related demands for the next couple of months. Thus, while I shall keep the dates of upcoming TLM Masses up to date – to the extent that I know about them - you will not be hearing much else from me. Perhaps that is a blessing.

Please feel free to E-mail me at info@unavocemaine.org or timothy.collins3@va.gov with additions, deletions or corrections.

FIRST SATURDAY MASS Saturday, 2 February2019.

Contact:
Fr. Steven Cartwright
Parochial Vicar - Sebago Lakes Region Parishes
Office Phone: 207-857-0490, ext. 22

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THIRD SUNDAY MASS (Traditional Latin Mass) Sunday, 17 February 2019

9:15am

"Missa Cantata"

St. Anthony Franciscan Monastery

28 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk

Confession available.

Overnight accommodations available, contact the Guest House: 207-967-4865

Contact the Monastery:

franciscanmonastery@yahoo.com

(207) 967-2011

PO Box 980

Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Also at the St. Anthony Francisca Monastery: FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Begins at 7:45AM, Novus Ordo Mass, Confessions Benediction, meditation and Rosary.

Contact the Monastery for more information (contact info as above)

And don’t forget, EVERY SUNDAY (courtesy of the Saint Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy):

8:30am
Saints Peter and Paul Basilica
122 Ash Street, Lewiston

12 noon
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street, Portland

Curate, ut valeatis!

The End of Christmastime

Having safely passed the waypoint of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, those of us navigating with the 1969 Novus ordo chart know that we have departed the Ocean of Christmastime and entered the Sea of Ordinary Time, v.1. Here we will make our way across the waters of the weeks until we pass the Point of Ash Wednesday, entering the Easter Sea via the Storms of Lent.

For those who are blessed enough to be able to follow the alternative chart of 1962, well, you are in a different part of the ocean of Christmas Cycle known as the Time After Epiphany. Here you will go until you, too, leave the Ocean of Christmas. But you will enter the Easter Sea via a different route, three weeks ahead of we who must use the newer chart. Your route does not recognize “Ordinary Time” but will take you by the “pre-Lenten” rocks of Septuagisema, Sexagesima and Quinquagisima Sundays. No matter, for you, too will end up at the same place: Ash Wednesday.

As for me, I have encountered a sharp but hopefully transient increase in work related demands for the next couple of months. Thus, while I shall keep the dates of upcoming TLM Masses up to date – to the extent that I know about them - you will not be hearing much else from me. Perhaps that is a blessing.

Curate, ut valeatis!

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Christmastime and Epiphany - a brief calendar review,

Christmas Time

Last year, I did an overview of how the Liturgical Year differs, and how it remains the same, across the two liturgical forms, the Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form or OF) and the Tridentine (Extraordinary Form or EF). I also loosely refer to them as the 1962 calendar (the calendar followed by the EF) and the 1969 calendar (the calendar followed by the OF). I also did a post on the period of Christmastime, and how it differs across the two calendars. The period we are in now, the period after Christmas, is particularly confusing, so I thought I would update and repost that post on Christmastime.

First, though, a note of caution: the purpose of these posts is simply to explain the differences, and the similarities between the two calendars. The Church can, and has, altered the Liturgical Calendar through the millennia. I’ve heard, for example, that once upon a time, Advent was 8 weeks, not 4. Sometimes changes seem for the better, other times not so much. But the Church has the authority to do this.

Finally, I was critiqued once for spending to much time on OF things. Well, truth is, we live in a Novus ordo world, and it is instructive to recognize the differences. Also, many of us – me, for example- simply don’t have recourse to an EF Mass, because there are so few to be had, and those that exist are all clustered around Portland, far from where I live. So, we go to Novus ordo Masses, like it or don’t.

1962 Calendar

Beginning with the EF, my Baronius Press 1962 Daily Missal tells me that the season of Christmas, or the Christmas Cycle, begins with the First Sunday of Advent, and ends with the Saturday before Septuagesima. This Cycle is also known as The Mystery of the Incarnation, and has three parts. Thus we have:

Part I of the Christmas Cycle. Advent: First Sunday of Advent (the Sunday closest to November 30th) up to the Vigil Mass on December 24th. The feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of obligation in the US (being as Our Lady is, after all, the Patroness of these United States) is on December 8th. The 3rd Sunday of Advent is Gaudete (rejoice!) Sunday. Note that the Ember Days for Advent also occur during Advent. These are days of recommended (not obligatory) fasting; in Advent they occur on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the 3rd Sunday of Advent. The subject of Ember Days probably should have its own post someday.

Part II of the Christmas Cycle. Christmastide: Begins with the Vigil Mass, December 24th, (which I believe in the 1962 calendar must span midnight) and runs through Epiphany.

Now things get a little confusing. Right after Christmas Day comes the days of the Octave of Christmas; these have their own Masses, with Decembers 26, 27 and 28 are the Masses of St. Stephen, St. John the Evangelist, and the Holy Innocents, respectively. Decembers 69, 30 and 31 are just called 5th, 6th and 7th days in the Octave. If a Sunday happens to fall in there, it gets its own Mass, the Sunday within the Octave. Then comes the Octave, January 1st, previously known as the Mass of the Circumcision (I think), as under the Jewish Law, it was on the 8th day of life that the boy was to be circumcised. Now it is known as the Octave Day of Christmas.

On the Sunday after the Octave Day of Christmas comes the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Now, if this Sunday happens to fall on January 1st, 6th or 7th, then the Holy Name Feast is kept on January 2nd. Except when it isn’t. Current calendars for the EF available to me differ slightly on this point. Anyways, the days of January 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th are Feria (non feast) masses with their own designated readings, Collects, Introits and so forth.

What we can be sure of, though, is that in the 1962 calendar, Epiphany falls on Epiphany, the 12th Day of Christmas, January 6th..

The Octave of the Epiphany is January 13th, the Baptism of the Lord.

Part III of the Christmas Cycle: Season after Epiphany: Now things get a bit more straightforward. Each Sunday after Epiphany (As many as 6 depending on when Ash Wednesday comes) gets its own Mass, and the days in between are Ferias interdigitated with various saints’ feast days. This season runs up to the Saturday prior to Septuagesima Sunday. Thus endeth the Christmas Cycle in the Extraordinary Form, according to the 1962 Liturgical Calendar. The periods known as Ordinary Time are not present in the 1962 calendar.

Et nunc,

How does Christmas time work in the 1969 Calendar? The USCCB promulgates the Liturgical Calendar for these United States every year, the USCCB calendar website is here, the link for the calendar PDF is here.

1969 Calendar

Advent: Using my handy and dandy Daily Roman Missal, Third Edition I find that, as in the EF, Advent runs from the First Sunday of Advent up to First Vespers of Christmas, essentially Sunset of Christmas Eve (which is when the Vigil Mass is often held). As in the EF, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on December 8th, and Gaudete is still the Third Sunday, but the Ember Days are all gone. Indeed, all of the Ember Days throughout the year were expunged from the 1969 calendar. Other than that, things are pretty similar to the EF.

Christmas Time: Begins December 24th at First Vespers (Evening Prayer I, which is essentially sundown). The Octave is pretty much as in the 1962 calendar, although the Octave Day (1 January) is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. In the 1962 calendar, this feast is not a solemnity, and is on October 11th.

Next up is Epiphany. In the Dioceses of the United States, Epiphany is on the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8. If that Sunday happens to be the 6th of January, then Epiphany is on Epiphany. If that Sunday happens to be not January 6th (Epiphany), then Epiphany is celebrated on that Sunday anyway and January 6th in that case is just another day. Now, this period around the 1st of the year is already confusing, as we saw in the 1962 calendar, it is doubly so in the 1969 calendar, because we have two factors that move: the days of the week change relative to the calendar dates (normal), and the date of Epiphany moves, to keep it on a Sunday (less normal). This, in turn, necessitates extra set(s) of weekday readings. If you are not following this and are getting a headache, don’t worry. It’s only in these United States that this goes on. In the rest of the Roman Catholic world, at least so far as I know, they celebrate Epiphany on Epiphany. Or, maybe they don’t.

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord ends Christmas Time, but it isn’t celebrated at the Octave of Epiphany, as it is in the 1962 calendar. It can be anywhere from 1 to 7 days after Epiphany which, as we saw, has no fixed date either. To recap: in the 1962 calendar, Epiphany is on Epiphany, January 6th, and the Baptism of the Lord is January 13th. The Season After Epiphany, Part III of the Christmas Cycle, can vary in length, but it always ends the evening before Septuagesima Sunday. Spetuagesima Sunday, in turn, is always three Sundays before Ash Wednesday, and nine Sundays before Easter. Always. It’s easy to keep oriented to where you are in the year.

In the 1969 calendar, Epiphany is sometime between January 2nd and January 8th, and the Baptism or the Lord (and the end of Christmas Time) is 1 to 7 days after that. Some years, like last year, Christmas Time can end rather abruptly, with the Baptism falling the day after Epiphany, which was placed that year on January 7th. On the other hand, in this year – 2019 – the Novus ordo Epiphany happens to fall on the actual Epiphany, January 6th.. So, in the 1969 calendar, if you find yourself feeling slightly disoriented after January 1st, well, don’t worry about it. The USCCB isn’t.

After the Baptism of the Lord (1969 calendar) Christmas Time is over, and we go into the first of the two rounds of “Ordinary Time”. There are no “pre-Lenten Sundays” (Septuagesima, Sexagesim, Quinquagesima). So, there it is.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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1969 calendar

Latin Mass Schedule for January, 2019, in the Diocese of Portland, Maine

Noto bene: I post times and places of Latin Masses in the Diocese, to the extent that I know of them. Please feel free to E-mail me at info@unavocemaine.org or timothy.collins3@va.gov with additions, deletions or corrections. Happy New Year!

FIRST SATURDAY MASS this Saturday, 5 January 2019.

Contact:
Fr. Steven Cartwright
Parochial Vicar - Sebago Lakes Region Parishes
Office Phone: 207-857-0490, ext. 22

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And don’t forget, EVERY SUNDAY (courtesy of the Saint Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy):

8:30am
Saints Peter and Paul Basilica
122 Ash Street, Lewiston

12 noon
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street, Portland

Curate, ut valeatis!

Adeste, fideles, laeti triumphantes, in Anno Domini MMXVIII

Latin Masses on New Year’s Day:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

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For whatever it’s worth, a literal rendering of Adeste, Fideles laeti triumphantes comes out as “Be present! Faithful, happy, victoriously marching ones.” I had help, of course, from Professor Hans-Friedrich Mueller but no matter.

Anyway, here’s the entire piece, and may God bless you all in this Christmas Season! See you in January.

Curate, ut valeatis!

1. Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

2. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine,
gestant puellae viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

3. Cantet nunc io chorus Angelórum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

4. Ergo qui natus, die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit glória
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

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Schedule of Christmas Masses in the Extraordinary Form, Diocese of Porltand, Maine, Anno Domini MMXVIII

MIDNIGHT MASS 12AM St. Anthony of Padua

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Christmas Day:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

New Year’s Day:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).