Wednesday, December 28, 2005

For the New Year

From the Enchiridion of Indulgences

Dec 31

The Te Deum. PLENARY INDULGENCE when recited publicly on the last day of the year. Otherwise a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite the Te Deum in thanksgiving.

Jan 1

"Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest." PLENARY INDULGENCE if recited on the first of January or on the feast of the Pentecost. Otherwise, a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite it.

Don't forget!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

In Nativitate Domini

My apologies for the lack of posts.

As all of you will know, the season before Christmas is full of activities - catching up with friends, concerts, shopping for presents, going to church etc etc. I sometimes wonder if things can be spread out more evenly - why do people choose to catch up with friends only in December?!!

Wishing our readers a blessed Christmas! Leaving you all with something to contemplate.

O Magnum Mysterium

O magnum mysterium et admirabile sacramentum
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum
jacentem in praesepio.

O beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt
portare Dominum Jesum Christum.

O great mystery and admirable sacrament,
that animals could see the birth of our Lord
lying in a manger.

O how truly blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy
to bear and bring forth the Lord Christ Jesus.