Wednesday, February 4, 2009

saints' days at Saint Stephen's

The increased Eucharistic practice at St. Stephen's in Milwaukee continues to be a great gift. On Monday, 2 Feb., we had Mass for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Yesterday, 3 Feb., we had Mass for the Feast of Saint Blaise, the physician who became bishop and was martyred in 316. Tomorrow, 5 Feb., we will celebrate the Feast of Saint Agatha, the early church Virgin & Martyr, with the Holy Mass. And on Friday, 6 Feb., again I will hear Mass, this time in celebration of the Feast of Saint Titus.

Even in the course of busy weeks, I find that getting to Mass in the morning is an immeasurable blessing, rather than the burden that some fear it would be.

1 comment:

gnesio-lutheran said...

In my personal collection, I have numerous old German Lutheran Bibles and hymnals, which indicate that remants of the medieval sanctoral cycle survived the assaults of Pietism, Rationalism, and Unionism.
Saints such as Nicholas, Catherine, Gregory, Martin and others were remembered, at least by some Lutherans, well into the nineteeth century.
It is indeed pleasing to note that this practice continues even today.