30 November 2017

Beginning Today: Novena to the Immaculate Conception

Greetings, everyone! As the post-Christian, secular season of Christmas is in full swing, I confess to a palpable level of annoyance. Not that people jump start Christmas (after all, it is after Thanksgiving), but that Advent. Still. Hasn't. Begun!

But I've opined on that subject long ago. Today my mission is to promote a way to prepare for Advent and Christmas at one fell swoop, and ease our way into the contemplation of the Love of God Who became incarnate of the Blessed Virgin.

Mary, the Immaculate Conception, is the Patroness of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (not to mention of the United States). Each year the Institute holds a novena of Masses in preparation of Our Lady's Feast, each Mass with a different priest preaching the sermon.  This year is no exception.

So if you wish to participate in this beautiful tradition, the schedule of Masses at St. Francis de Sales Oratory is as follows (hint-- it begins tonight):

Novena in Preparation
of the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Thursday, November 30
6:30pm Low Mass
Father Brian Harrison
Chaplain, St. Mary of the Victories Chapel
"Mary, Seat of Wisdom"

Friday, December 1
6:30pm Low Mass
Father Eric Kunz
Pastor, St. Clare Parish
"Mary, Mother of Our Savior and Help of Christians"

Saturday, December 2
8am Low Mass
Canon Adrian Sequeira
Vicar, St. Francis de Sales Oratory
"Maria, Cause of Joy"

Sunday, December 3
10am High Mass
Canon Francis Altiere
Old St. Patrick's Oratory, Kansas City
"Virgin Most Powerful - Virgin Most Merciful"

Monday, December 4
6:30pm Low Mass
Father Henry Purcell
Associate Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish
"Tower of David - Tower of Ivory"

Tuesday, December 5
6:30pm Low Mass
Father Thomas Keller
Pastor, Assumption Parish
"Morning Star"

Wednesday, December 6
6:30pm Low Mass
Father Damien Dougherty, OFM
Professor of Sacred Scripture, Archdiocese of St. Louis
"Mary, Mother of the Church"

Thursday, December 7
6:30pm Low Mass
Canon Jean-Baptiste Commins
Vice Rector, Shine of Christ the King, Chicago
"Mirror of Justice, Mother of Mercy"

Friday, December 8
6:30pm High Mass
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, Saint Francis de Sales Oratory
"Queen Conceived Without Original Sin"

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