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Ordinary Time

"'Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.' So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee." Mark 1

It is very important to maintain a proper understanding of Devotions vis-a-vis the Liturgy of the Church. Please take some time to visit the Vatican website and read the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy.

Litanies

A Litany is a form of responsory prayer which involves a number of invocations or petitions grouped around one main subject or sacred theme. During various months, litanies are dedicated to Our Lord, the Blessed Mother, and the Saints. At all weekday Masses, the following litanies are recited from the "Manual of Indulgences" published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

  1. January - Holy Name of Jesus
  2. March - St. Joseph
  3. May – Litany of Loreto
  4. June – Sacred Heart of Jesus
  5. July – Precious Blood of Jesus
  6. October – Litany of Loreto
  7. November - Litany of the Saints

Novenas

A Novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days as a prayer of petition or thanksgiving. Epiphany Parish prays a Novena to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost, and to the Immaculate Conception in Advent leading up to December 8.

Scapulars

Pope John Paul II, who is reported to have worn a brown scapular since he was a boy, insisted doctors not remove his scapular during surgery following the assassination attempt in May 1981. Father Mariano Cera, a Carmelite priest, told Inside the Vatican magazine: "Just before the Holy Father was operated on, he told the doctors, 'Don’t take off the scapular.' And the surgeons left it on."

In his message to the Carmelites at the 750th anniversary of the bestowal of the scapular, Pope John Paul II said those who wear the scapular — or habit, as he called it — dedicate themselves to the service of Our Lady for the good of the whole Church. "Devotion to her," he continued, "cannot be limited to prayers and tributes in her honor on certain occasions, but must become a 'habit,' that is, a permanent orientation of one's own Christian conduct, woven of prayer and interior life, through frequent reception of the sacraments and the concrete practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy."

Those who wish may inform the pastor and pray each of the Novenas with the specific intention of receiving the Brown Scapular for Vocations (Pentecost) or the Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception (December 8). Recipients commit themselves to the purposes of the scapulars received. See one of the parish priests for details. For more information on scapulars, visit these sites Brown Scapular and Blue Scapular.

The Rosary

In May and October before daily Masses, the Rosary is recited together with the Litany of Loreto. For a complete history and introducation to the Rosary, please Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the Rosary. The Faithful receive a Plenary Indulgence, under the usual conditions, for reciting a rosary in church or in their families.

Home Mass and Progressive Dinner

During the summer, we would like to revive several House Church Masses and Progressive Dinners. A family would host parishioner neighbors and friends for Mass before walking about to various households for the dinner courses. Families interested in hosting a summer House Church event in June, July or August, should contact Msgr. Powell.

Corpus Christi Procession

The Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ, occurs 60 days after Easter and thus falls in early summer. The Feast was formally established in early thirteenth century, when the Church re-asserted that what occurred during the Mass was the miracle of transubstantiation; that is, that the wafer of consecrated bread did not simply represent the body of Christ but actually became it. The following century, the Feast included a procession during which the Holy Host was generally carried through or around the town, followed in procession by the Faithful.

The Faithful who participate in a Corpus Christi Procession receive a Plenary Indulgence, under the usual conditions.

Epiphany School children celebrate the Feast with a procession and school-wide celebration in October.

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