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Recommendation to families the wonderful book published by our American bishops in the last few years entitled Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers (revised edition August 2007). On page 134-136 for February 2nd you will find the following:
Receiving Blessed Candles at Home
On February 2nd, forty days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (see Lk 2:22-40). Because it echoes the Christmas festival, this day is a celebration of light in darkness. Its Gospel tells of the old man Simeon’s calling the infant Jesus a “light to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.”
For centuries, the Church has blessed candles on this day. Because of its simplicity and beauty, candles are used when the Church gathers for prayer, both in public places and in the home. Candles blessed at the Mass for this feast day may be brought into the home. . . These candles are lighted at ordinary times (at dinner, for example) and at special times such as during the Anointing of the Sick, or when Holy Communion is brought to a member of the family.
On Sunday, February 2nd, Father Samuel Weber, O.S.B., Archdiocesan Director of the Benedict XVI Institute of Sacred Music, will celebrate a Traditional Latin High Mass for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 11:00 A.M. at Star of the Sea Parish, 4420 Geary Boulevard (at 8th Avenue), San Francisco. This day is also known as Candlemas Day because of the blessing of candles for home and church use and the procession that takes place with lighted candles at the beginning of Mass. Music will be provided by the Stella Maris Choir. There is ample parking behind the Church entered through the gates on 8th Avenue. For further information call the parish at 415-751-0450.
Candlemas Candles for Home Use
After the solemn blessing of candles on Sunday, February 2nd the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of the Lord, candles for home use will be available from the parish. These special 51% pure beeswax candles come two per box for a donation of $10.00. They will be available in the parish office during the weekdays during office hours.
Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr
The traditional blessing of throats with blessed candles will take place after the 7:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. Traditional Latin Masses and after the noon Mass on Monday, February 3rd. At the Latin Masses those who wish the blessing kneel at the communion railing. The priest says: Per intercessionem Sancti Blasii, Episcopi et Martyris, liberet te Deus a malo gutturis, et quolibet alio malo. In nomine Patris, et Filii, + et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. Translated into English: Through the intercession of St.Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver thee from sickness of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Yesterday’s Walk for Life is an excellent example of the building of a culture of life and civilization of love. People of good will, from all over the West Coast, come together in the City of St. Francis to witness to the truth of the human dignity of unborn babies, elderly persons, disabled persons, and all others threatened by the cold Mafioso morality of our society’s laws.
The culture of death, which is enshrined in those laws, is truly a form of idolatry. Those who kill unjustly place themselves in the place of God, Who alone has authority over the life and death of humanity. They make themselves God by deciding for themselves whether this person is worthy of life. They forget that only God is the Author of Life. Indeed, the authority of God over human life is the basis for all sound reasoning on matters related to the morality of killing.
To be truly pro-life, therefore, we have to reject entirely this idolatry of the “ego” – of the self or of the individual – and entrust the entirety of our human affairs, both individual and societal, to the Lordship of the One True God. As Pope Pius XI wrote, “When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.”
Walk for Life
This Saturday at 12:30 at Civic Center Plaza
(Polk Street across from City Hall)
We’re off and running! Walk for Life West Coast will be here in 3 days! Are you ready to join with us? We are getting ready to welcome the many thousands of you who will descend upon San Francisco in these coming days! We are excited to welcome you to our beautiful city as we all come together to Walk for Life!
We unite ourselves today in a special way with all those who are at the March for Life in D.C. on this 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As was said by Star Parker, one of our past WFL Speakers: “We stand again. We unite with the West Coast, the East Coast, the middle of the country, we stand again and say it may be legal, but it is not lawful!”
Since the media is consistently ignoring us, we would like to make it hard for them to do so this year. We ask that all of you take out your cell phones at the Rally and tweet that you are at the Walk for Life with 50,000 other people. In the tweet, beside including our own hash tag #WalkForLife, you should include @CNN @FoxNews @ USAToday, etc. If we have thousands of people showing these media outlets that we’re here, they can’t ignore us! So get ready by downloading Twitter to your phones and learn how to send those tweets! It will be great fun.
As a reminder, while you are doing the Walk down Market Street, keep an eye out for our WFL Banners that line the poles. They are a wonderful sight to behold!
THE LIMITS OF DISSENT:
God’s Law and the Right to Life
The mystery of Epiphany – the manifestation of the Savior – continues to unfold for us this week in the traditional rhythm of the Roman liturgy. On Monday, we celebrated the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which is the second mystery of Epiphany (after the Adoration of the Magi), as Jesus’s divinity was revealed to the world by the solemn declaration of the Father’s voice: “This is my Beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased.”
Today the Lord’s divinity is manifest once again, as we have in our Gospel reading the third mystery of Epiphany: the miracle of the changing of water into wine at the Wedding Feast of Cana. By performing this first miracle, Jesus shows that He is not merely man, but that Continue reading