Here is Bulletin_2014-12-14.
Analysis and Commentary:
A Teaching Opportunity Lost: At the 5:00PM Vigil Mass our Pastor provided another visual demonstration of priestly, sacramental minimalism. On the Third Sunday of Advent, he had the option to use violet or rose vestments – he chose violet. That choice is fully in accord with General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) Chapter VI: The Requisites for the Celebration of Mass:
346. As regards the color of sacred vestments, traditional usage should be observed, namely: … f) The color rose may be used, where it is the practice, on Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent) and on Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent).
Father made no comment about vestments. Instead, he merely noted:
“In Latin this is called Gaudete Sunday because of the reading, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always’. And that’s why the candle is a different color, a more salmon or pink color and not as purple as the others.”
It might be worthwhile noting that the USCCB, in talking About Advent Wreaths, brings out an important teaching point:
The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.
Sometimes the practice of minimalism brings about a poverty in teaching. So many rich examples of symbolism that can nourish the young lambs and those new to the Faith can be lost when the minimal option is chosen over the optimal.
If you attended St. Peter’s today, perhaps you read today’s Collect prayer in Reading God’s Word. My mistake, the Collect is not printed in that publication. Well, perhaps you read the Collect prayer in the missalette. My mistake again. We no longer have missalettes. If you didn’t hear the Collect prayer today, here is what it said:
O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
The Sheep in Exile look forward to the day when, rather than minimalism, there will see solemn worship and glad rejoicing once again at St. Peter’s.
St. Peter’s Second Sunday Social: The bulletin says:
Join our parish family and friends to begin the new year with a great St. Peter’s tradition. St. Peter’s Second Sunday Social is open to all after each Mass this weekend. We will gather in Father Albert Hall for light snacks, sparkling conversation, and perhaps a carol or two. Come let us celebrate together this glorious season of Christmas.
I would have joined my fellow parishioners in the Second Sunday Social after the 5:00PM Vigil Mass. I would have, but my wife was not with me at Mass. She was not with me because she is one of the Sheep in Exile. She and I, however, were together at the 8:30AM Mass at St. John the Baptist. We both were able to rejoice with the parishioners there. After all, it is Gaudete Sunday and the celebrant did wear rose vestments.
See Pastoral Council Minutes on Website: Father keeps asking us to see the “meeting minutes from the last meeting (Oct. 7)” of the Pastoral Council. Why? The last Pastoral Council meeting was December 2nd. What’s taking so long for them to be posted. The people in the Parish really would like to know what changes are going to be made in their names.
My next question would be “Which Pastoral Council member represents the Sheep in Exile?”
Penance Services: My wife and I were not here this time last year. Is it usual to not have a penance service at St. Peter’s during Advent?