Pastor's Corner Nov 26 2017

A warm welcome to all of our visitors today.

New Custom: This year we will institute a custom here which is actually an old custom in the Church: an pre-dawn Mass in Advent, candle light only, in honor of our Lady called a Rorate Mass. (Sat. Dec. 9, 6:15 am. Yes, 6:15 am.) I hope many of you will come. It is the Saturday Mass of our Lady, in Advent. The Introit is from Isaiah 45:8: "Rorate coeli desuper et nubes pluant justum. Aperiatur terra et germinet salvatorem." -- "Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just. Let the earth be opened and send forth a Savior."

The Messiah is a clear, cool mist, life giving rain from Heaven. At the same time, He is also a fruitful seed, the Word of God, planted in the receptive and fertile soil of our Lady’s virginal womb. We need to thirst for this water from heaven, we need to wait and desire the fruit of our Lady's womb.

The Mass is pre-dawn as a sacrificial devotion, recognizing that we are indeed hopeless, represented by the darkness—without Christ, and without our Lady. Christ is the only light of the world, which has come through our Lady to enlighten every person.

An Advent commentary: "Let your hearts be filled with hope and joy at hearing this sweet prophesy: "A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son." These words contain the salvation of the world, as these others express its perdition: “The woman took of the fruit of the tree, and did eat, and gave unto her husband." This virgin promised to us has at long length come: the divine Fruit is in her womb. By her, Eve's disobedience is repaired, the world is raised from its fall, the head of the serpent is crushed. God Himself is more glorified be the fidelity of this second Virgin, than He had been outraged by the disobedience of the first." -The Liturgical Year by Abbot Prosper Gueranger, OSB.

An historical note: The Rorate Mass had been squeezed off of the calendar—an unintended conse-quence of 20th c. changes to the 'order of precedence' of Liturgical Feasts. A few years ago, the FSSP sought and received approbation from the Holy See to offer this Mass as a 3rd class (not 4th) Votive Mass, thereby making it possible yet again. Many Fraternity apostolates now have this custom.

Roof Update: two small parts down, one large part to go. Thank you for your patience and prayers, and financial support.

Litany of Humility: (Click here for printable copy) Please note that we are asking to be delivered from some "desire" and "fear" because these can govern us. When they do, we are lead into evil. The love of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. This Litany is not approved for public recitation in a church—as the big 5 are—but may be prayed fruitfully in private.

Vestment Donation: Please offer a prayer in thanksgiving for Fr. Francis Simeone, a retired priest from outside the diocese who now resides in Williamsburg. Fr. Simeone just gave us 4 sets of mass vestments. Thank you, Father!

We have a lot to be thankful for. Thank you for being an instrument of God's generosity.

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