Friday, July 22, 2016

St. Mary Magdalene Feast Alert!

Just a reminder--since Pope Francis has elevated (or restored) St. Mary Magdalene's day from memorial to feast, it's office will now follow the format for a feast.

This means that you will NOT use the four week psalter today. You will use   Sunday week I for Morning Prayer, and of course all the antiphons, readings, responsories and prayers that are already in the proper of saints for St. Mary Magdalene's day. Psalmody for any other hour will be that of the Common of Holy Women.




6 comments:

  1. Hi Daria,

    The Psalmody and antiphons for the Daytime hours are still from the Psalter or complimentary psalmody!

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    1. Ha! Technichally, you can have one any Friday that is not in lent, so long as you do other penance. But I guess you know that, and what you are saying is "May I aboslve myself from my voluntary meatlessness or anly other penance due to this feast? The answer is no. Only solemnities rate this sort of celebration.

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  3. JUL 24, OFFICE OF READINGS FOR SUNDAY OF THE 17TH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME

    Ant. 1 See how the cross of the Lord stands revealed as the tree of life.

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  4. Is it legitimate for me to (in personal recitation) elevate to a feast our family patron saint days? I mean, I understand the religious police won't come and cite me for a violation, but is this practice generally permitted across the board?

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    1. Here's the thing. You can do whatever you want--it's all prayer and it's all good. I think your question is: if I celebrate a favorite family saint's memorial as a feast, am I still joining in the official public worship of the church, or am I just praying "devotionally"? Now, the Church has not answered this question on the individual/private/family level. It has said that parishes can elevate the parish patron's day from memorial to feast or even (I think) a solemnity, assuming it's not on a Sunday or a Friday in lent.Religious orders also do this with the saints of their order, and their founders are usually celebrated as solemnities. So I think (this is my opinion) apply this same privilege to patrons of our "domestic" church and still be liturgical. And if I'm wrong, the worst that could happen is that you are not strictly praying liturgically that day, but instead having a really great devotion to that special saint. Not a bad thing.

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