The present part of the liturgical year, the Sundays after Epiphany, could also be called the “Let us get ready” season. After the splendour of the Christmas cycle and before the sombre Season f Septuagesima, preparing us for the penitential practices of Lent begins, we are in a bit of no man’s land. Let us therefore pray that we see the road-map for our journey to heaven when seasonal prayers to aid us start again.
This time, when we are not so busy celebrating, more often not with others, may be a good time to review our New Year resolutions.
The Breviary notes were bought up to date. all dates for the various Seasons are now also current for the year of 2018
In the traditional Latin liturgy, the light of Christmas simply explodes into splendour. Then we had shepherds from nearby. We now have the Magi coming from far afar, bearing the splendid gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
This is how the Little Chapter at ad Primam puts it:
Omnes de Saba vénient, aurum et thus deferéntes, et laudem Dómino annuntiántes. (All they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the Lord.
The above is said once. The Little Chapter below is repeated three times, namely at ad Laudes, ad Tertiam and at ad Vesperas:
Surge, illumináre Ierúsalem, quia venit lumen tuum, et glória Dómini super te orta est. (Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.)
May be given the graces also to see better as to what God wishes for us to do!
… hoping that you have received many graces during the Holy Season!
I did not forget you, and you were in my prayers, but was not able to write. At Christmas time I was visiting the Clear Creek Abbey
and staying with the Clear Creek Sisters.
It was wonderful. there I am planning to tell you all about it later.