21 December 2007

Relic of the Crèche of Bethlehem at St. Francis de Sales Oratory


From the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest:


This year for the first time, the faithful attending the Midnight Mass and the 10am Solemn High Mass on Christmas will have the occasion to venerate the relic of the crèche of Bethlehem at the end of these two Masses. We hope that this veneration will inflame in our hearts the love for the newborn King of Heaven and Earth who gave His life for our redemption: Sic nos amantem, quis non redamaret – how could we not love in turn Him who loved us so much. Venite, adoremus – O come, let us adore Him!

With my best wishes for a blessed and spiritually fruitful celebration of this Holy Christmas Season

Yours devotedly in Christ the King

Fr. Karl W. Lenhardt
Episcopal Delegate/Rector/Vice Provincial

5 comments:

YoungCatholicSTL said...

How can the Oratory have a relic of something that doesn't exist? Oh wait, that's just what the crazy Anglicans want you to believe. Maybe they're just jealous that we have the relics...

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure but I believe that the faithful attending this service may receive a plenary indulgence....That right there is reason enough to come.

Not to mention Midnight Mass at the Oratory is like NO OTHER IN ST. LOUIS....

I also have to say that the priets of de Sales are the best around. Let us pray the Lord sends more holy priests to the Institute.

Latinmassgirl said...

My family and I have never been to the midnight mass because we have a toddler and littles, but the 10:00 AM mass on Christmas is beautiful, and edifying! If you get there early, the choir will be singing religious Christmas carols.

The Lord has been sending many holy candidates to the Institute in St. Louis. They have about seven living there now. There are no shortage of vocations here. Young men are drawn to the truth. It is plain and simple.

buehrled said...

I attended the midnight mass and was humbled and honored at the opportunity to worship the relic. It was the most faith fulfilled Christmas mass I have ever been too. I will pray for the one who doesn't believe and felt the need to post without full knowledge and understanding. I will also pray for the priests at St. Francis DeSales and look forward to attending again. What an awesome place for worship.

thetimman said...

Thanks, Buehrled, for the comment. A slight note, that the relic is venerated, not worshipped (the honor due to God alone). And I think the first post was tongue-in-cheek.

Merry Christmas!