Ascension Day!

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"Our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things..." (From the Collect for Ascension Day).

This Thursday, 10 May, is the Solemnity of the Ascension and a Holy Day of Obligation for Ordinariate members. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8AM and 6.30PM that day. Ordinariate members must attend Mass, if not at Corpus Christi then at another conveniently located parish. In the Diocese of Charleston, the Ascension is transferred to Sunday; still, attending Mass at a diocesan parish on 10 May meets your obligation. Get thee to Mass!

Palm Sunday Evensong & Benediction

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Solemn Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Anthem: Allegri, Miserere mei, Deus.

Palm Sunday: 25 March, 4pm

Begin Holy Week in prayer and the beauty of holiness in this most lovely expression of the Anglican spiritual patrimony, enhanced by the singing of Allegri's setting of Miserere mei, Deus (Ps 51), a work of art so hauntingly beautiful, the music such a mysteriously perfect match to David's text, that it was for many years allowed to be performed only in the Sistine Chapel on Spy Wednesday and Good Friday, and it was forbidden to transcribe the music.

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Bambinelli Sunday!

Bambinelli Sunday!
 

Each year on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (“Gau­dete Sunday”), children in Rome gather with their families in St. Peter’s Square for “Bene­dizione del Bamninelli.” The children bring with them the “Bambinelli” – the Christ Child figu­rines – from their family’s home crèches, and at the noon Angelus, the Pope blesses the children, their families, and the figurines they have brought. On Gaudete Sunday, we will unite our hearts to the Holy Father’s and the children and families gathered with him and bless our own “Bambinelli.” So bring the Bambinello from your home crèche to Mass! They will be gathered up by the children at the offertory and blessed at the conclusion of Mass.

“Advent and Christmas are about welcoming the Word of God into our lives – which means our homes. The blessing of the Bambinelli – which we bring from our homes and return there – is an embodiment of this.”— Amy Welborn

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17 December: The Third Sunday of Advent

  Image:  Jacapo del Casentino, ca 1330

Image: Jacapo del Casentino, ca 1330

Collect of the Day   O Lord Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee: grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight; who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.   R/ Amen. 

Lesson  Isaiah 61.1-2a, 10-11 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favour. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Epistle   1 Thessalonians 5.16-24   Brethren: Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Gospel   John 1.6-8, 19-28  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ." And they asked him, "What then?  Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" And he answered, "No." They said to him then, "Who are you?  Let us have an answer for those who sent us.  What do you say about yourself?" He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."  Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.  They asked him, "Then why are you baptising, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?" John answered them, "I baptise with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know, even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptising.


NOTICES

BAMBINELLI SUNDAY: This Sunday! Each year on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (“Gaudete Sunday”), children in Rome gather with their families in St. Peter’s Square for “Bene-dizione del Bambinelli,” bringing with them the Christ Child figurine from their family’s home crèche. At the noon Angelus, the Pope blesses the children, their families, and the figurines they have brought. Today we will unite our hearts to the Holy Father’s and the children and families gathered with him and bless our own “Bambinelli.” The figurines will be collected at the Offertory and presented by the children of the parish after the Post-communion Prayer. 

ADVENT IV AND CHRISTMAS MASSES:

  • Advent IV, Sunday 12/24: Corpus Christi & St. Mary’s will combine for one Mass at 9AM.
  • Christmas Eve: 3.30pM Children’s Pageant; 4PM, Mass (St. Mary’s); 6PM, Mass (St. Mary’s); 10PM, Mass with choir (Corpus Christi)
  • Nota bene: Both the Sunday of Advent IV (12/24) and Christmas are obligatory for Catholics
  • Sunday 12/31: Solemnity of the Holy Family, 11AM
  • Monday, 1/1: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: 9.30AM

December 10: The Second Sunday of Advent

Collect of the Day  Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen. R/ Amen.

Lesson  Isaiah 4o.1-5, 9-11  Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"  Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.  He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Epistle  2 Peter 3:8-14  Brethren: Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire!  But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

Gospel   Mark 1.1-8  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight – “ John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptised by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather belt around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey.  And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I have baptised you with water; but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit."


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NOTICES

An ADVENT FESTIVAL of LESSONS & CAROLS! 12/10 at 5.30PM, featuring the choir of St Mary of the Annunciation.

ADVENT IV AND CHRISTMAS MASSES:

  • Advent IV, Sunday 12/24: Corpus Christi & St. Mary’s will combine for one Mass at 9AM.

  • Christmas Eve: 3.30pM Children’s Pageant; 4PM, Mass (St. Mary’s); 6PM, Mass (St. Mary’s); 10PM, Mass with choir (Corpus Christi)

  • Nota bene: Both the Sunday of Advent IV (12/24) and Christmas are obligatory for Catholics!

RETIREMENT FUND FOR PRIESTS: If you have not done so already, please support the Retirement Fund for Priests! Please use one of the pre-addressed envelopes in the narthex. Checks should be made out to the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, or visit ordinariate.net to give electronically.