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Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Octave of Pentecost at the Birmingham Oratory

Photo: Benediction after Vespers of Pentecost at the Birmingham Oratory. (Photo credit: Birmingham Oratory Gallery - click here for more photos from Pentecost)

New Catholic writes on Rorate Caeli:

Traditional Catholics should in particular remember those calendar features that the 1968-1969 liturgist brigade tried to eradicate based on an antihistorical and false antiquarianism: Septuagesimatide, Ember Days, the Pentecost Octave... That is, the committeemen kept the octave day itself (the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity), but eliminated the days of the Octave - though the former is much less ancient than the latter. This great and ancient Octave even has its own Ember Days: if you have the chance, celebrate the Holy Ghost by attending weekday Masses during this Octave. And, if you do not have weekday TLMs available near you, there is always the great FSSP apostolate at LiveMass.org.
We are of course in this area lucky to have a 6pm daily Mass for the Octave of Pentecost at the Birmingham Oratory  from Monday to Friday this week. I am pleased to announce that, in addition, Fr Richard Duncan will be saying a Low Mass for the Ember Saturday of Pentecost at 9am this Saturday, which was not advertised in the Oratory newsletter. Do please try to attend if you could not make any of the evening masses.

You may also be interested in the following article by Fr Guy Nicholls of the Birmingham Oratory on the importance of restoring the liturgical observance of the Octave of Pentecost:


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