Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year...


There is something really beautiful about the Church's care for us: you can get one Plenary Indulgence on the last day of the year by singing the Te Deum in thanksgiving for the year past, and another on the first day of the year by singing the Veni, Creator Spiritus, imploring the help of God for the year to come. This is a very comforting thought. It's a bit like the Hail Mary, where we ask for Our Lady's prayers "now" and "at the hour of our death," the only two times which really matter...

Sadly, I didn't make it to church this morning; the dreaded lurgy has moved to my chest, and, after a night spent coughing my lungs up, I woke up too late... 

3 comments:

gemoftheocean said...

Aorry you're not feeling well. This year for the second ear in a row they dispensed with the obligation! Still, we had two scheduled Masses our regular 8 and and a 10:30 - went to the 10:30 and it was still pretty well attended without being packed.

Mac McLernon said...

Thanks Karen. Strangely enough, Jan 1st is not a holyday of obligation in the UK anyway... Epiphany is, but, as a Feast of the Lord, it is being transferred to the Sunday on a regular basis.

x said...

Hope you feel better soon. Had it myself - was horrid.

Don't restrict the cat posts though!

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