Monday, 3 January 2011

What does a real parish do on New Year's Eve?

Here in Canberra visiting our churches was a depressing experience on New Year's Eve, with the Churches pretty much entirely empty with few if any masses scheduled, almost no one at those that were, and one of those that were turned into a rather unwelcoming children's playground. 

New Year's Day (once though alas no longer a Holy Day of Obligation) was slightly better, attracting a reasonably strong congregation at I'm told the local EF mass, and similarly at the one Mass scheduled for the day at the Cathedral.

So it's nice to read about what should happen in a real, vibrant Church on a New Year's Eve, as typified by that attended by Mulier Fortis (picture below from her blog), where the parish priest is of course Fr Finigan of the Hermaneutic of Continuity blog.

So they had Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the recitation of the Rosary, the singing of the Te Deum (at a cracking 'manly' pace!), time for private reflection, the Divine Praises and the usual songs for Benediction...and finished up with a glass of wine and some chocolates, to celebrate the New Year.

So next year, let's do that....

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