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Santa Caterina leggente ("St. Catherine Reading") - Late 17th century painting

Feb 2,
2023

Candlemas Day
Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Presentation of Our Lord

Mass and Blessing/Procession with Candles
February 2 at 7:00 pm

February 2 is the 40th day after Christmas. It is the feast day known as the Presentation of the Lord (in the Novus Ordo calendar) or the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (in the traditional Catholic calendar).

This day is also known as Candlemas Day because of a long-standing tradition of blessing candles on that day and processing into the church with blessed candles. 

We will have a special sung Mass on February 2 at 7:00 pm, with Gregorian Chant. The Mass will be preceded by a blessing of candles and a procession with the blessed candles. The procession will take place inside the church.

Candles will be provided, but you are also welcome to bring candles with you from home to have them blessed on that day.

Candlemas Day is traditionally the end of the Christmas Season, which used to be celebrated for 40 days (like the Season of Lent).

Jan 24,
2023

Sung First Vespers with Gregorian Chant
for the Eve of the Feast of
the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

January 24 at 7:00 pm

January 25 is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Our parish will be having sung First Vespers on the eve of the feast day, on January 24 at 7:00 pm.

The Vespers will be sung in Gregorian Chant by a schola (choir) of men. The Latin texts will be available with an English translation so that you can follow the liturgy more easily. 

Please do come and join us as we celebrate the feast of the conversion of the great Apostle to the Gentiles!

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