Sunday, February 12, 2012


External Solemnity of the Apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes
Commemoration of Sexagesima Sunday

The parish’s feast of title (really yesterday). A rare (?) case in the ’62 Missal when you get some extra propers (two collects and post-Communions) to commemorate something. (So the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites lose a turn this year outside the order.) Older missals do it more often (changing Last Gospel: sometimes the Gospel of the Mass of the outranked feast instead of John’s Prologue).

Pop quiz: what according to the early church/fathers does the ‘woman clothed with the sun’ in the reading stand for?
Tu gloria Jerusalem, tu lætitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri. Tota pulchra es, Maria, et macula originalis non est in te.
The feast is not in Winfred Douglas’ Diurnal. The conservatism of the Monastic Breviary (they like their saint legends good and old), a simplified saints’ calendar in it, simply an abridgement as advertised or a rare Episcopal-ism?

Que soy era Immaculada Councepciou. Fun fact: St Bernadette didn’t speak French, at least as her first language. Lots more little languages back then. I think Provençal’s now extinct (the French seem pretty thorough about that like how Corso and Italian disappeared from Corsica; Napoleon was really Italian, Napoleone di Buonaparte). As you can see it’s like Catalan, alive and kicking in Barcelona: halfway between French and Spanish.

Private revelation has a funny place in the church. You don’t have to believe in it! The bishop’s approval* means you can believe in it because it’s not heresy and not proveably a hoax. That you can name churches after something and it has a Mass and office makes it look required. (*Medjugorje’s a fraud.)

Anyway hooray for Our Lady’s healing water.

After Mass: spumante and cupcakes in the undercroft.

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