I am very blessed to have St. Francis de Sales very near me. As the liturgical year unfolds, it presents us with beautiful Masses each and every day. However, there are five (5) Masses/events that stick out in my mind:
- Corpus Christi
- All Souls Day
- The Immaculate Conception Novena
- The Sacred Triduum
- The Forty Hours
As these other events and/or feasts come along, I will expand on them more as to why I hold them in such high regard. But the Forty Hours (or faaarty hours for the native St. Louisans – of which I’m not!) is right around the corner.
For us, this means the following:
- Sunday High Mass, followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of the Saints and Eucharistic Procession around the Oratory. Adoration throughout the day
- Monday morning, Low Mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for the day, reposition before High Mass in the evening.
- Tuesday morning, just like Monday morning…however Mass is sung in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, which typically here only happens once a year. I love this Mass not only for its exceptional beauty, but because there are many rubrical nuances that are present in the Mass.
So why these three days? Rome of the West has a post from two years ago that pretty well covers it. Rome of the West – Carnival. It’s an act of reparation to the debaucheries of Mardi Gras. In our case, said debaucheries are only a mile or two away from the Oratory…so we keep the fight close! OOORAH!
I will update with pictures after this weekend!
Do you have a favorite liturgical event?
PS: Here’s the Litany, for your listening pleasure. The melody will stick in my head for some time time afterwards.