Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Feast of the Mother of God

Catholic readers should be reminded that tonight, January 31st is the Vigil and tomorrow, January 1st, the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God. It is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Eighth Day of Christmas.

For reasons that should be obvious to nearly everyone, the New Year's Eve Vigil is generally the most popular Mass for this day of precept, largely because attending it will not interfere with any partygoing, carousing, or Bowl Games scheduled in the next 24 hours.

Find a Mass time in your area.

Perhaps my fondest memory of this feast was when I attended Mass in Columbus, Ohio at the cathedral there with my friend Chad Monnin on January 31, 1999. The liturgy was 'specially scheduled to coincide with the turn of the millennium, and the Jubilee door was opened there that night. While Chad will recall that we did have plenty to drink later on that night (the effects of which I am sure he will be pleased to remind me of), we prayed the new millenium in while others were already too intoxicated to recall what they were doing.

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