Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Christmas is over

A snowy day on Candlemas also marked the end of Christmastide, the initial white vestments of Christmas which briefly gave way to post-Epiphany green will revert to the pre-lentern purple. The word lent itself refers to the the lengthening of the days which slowly become more noticable.

This Friday's Mass at St. Marie's (centrally located) Manchester Road, Bury at 7.30p.m. will once again be a Missa cantata.

Tomorrow Mass at St. Omund's Long Lane, Breightmet, Bolton at 7.15p.m.

I'm sure that the Lord waits for us all to witness the Sacrifice of the altar and the effort we put in to witness this miracle.

All of a sudden there seems to be a lot more to pray for. The situation regarding the lifting of the excommunications on those Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre over twenty years ago in recent days came at the same time as a Swedish television programme reported some quite wicked views concerning the Shoah from one of these Bishops - Richard Williamson. Williamson has apologized for the effects of his remarks, without taking back the offensive remarks he initially made , the SSPX General Superior Bishop Fellay silenced +Williamson and today the Vatican issued a clarification. Talks of a swift re-union are increasingly few and far between.

An Anglican Catholic personal prelature may, according to some reports, well now be in the offing. Meanwhile many are delighted with the recent Orthodox Leader, Kiril's, enthronement in Moscow, seeing this as a sign to closer unity and even unification.

Please pray for the Pope and the Church, founded upon the rock which is Peter.