Mass will be held at 6:30 AM on the Feast of the Annunciation, Saturday, March 25.
The Easter Triduum will NOT be held at St. Michael Mission in Bush this year as no Priest is available to celebrate the Triduum.
Upcoming dates regarding choir rehearsals and scheduling will be coming soon, and we welcome our new choir director for the Latin Mass, Chris Warwick, to St. Jane.
This weekend starts the Easter Cycle, with Septuagisma Sunday.
7 Things about Septuagisma Sunday
The name Septuagisma comes from the Latin for 70th, which means 70 Days Before Easter. It’s not really 70 days before Easter, but it’s the 3rd Sunday before Lent, which is 40 Days Before Easter. So, it’s Three Weeks before the beginning of Lent.
In some places it’s called Circumdedérunt Sunday, because of the 1st word of the Entrance Antiphon.
Ps 17:5; 17:6; 17:7
Circumdedérunt me gémitus mortis, dolóres inférni circumdedérunt me: et in tribulatióne mea invocávi Dóminum, et exaudívit de templo sancto suo vocem meam.
Díligam te, Dómine, fortitúdo mea: Dóminus firmaméntum meum, et refúgium meum, et liberátor meus.
Circumdedérunt means “about”, “around”, “encircling”… Which is why you rarely hear it referred to these days as Circumdedérunt Sunday. Because unlike “Rejoice Sunday”, during Advents and Lents, “Around Sunday” doesn’t have quite the same literary appeal.
The full translation of the Entrance Antiphon is:
“The terrors of death surged round me, the cords of the nether world enmeshed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; from His holy temple He heard my voice.”
“I love You, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.”
The 17-day period beginning on Septuagesima Sunday is a preparation for the season of Lent. “In many countries, however, Septuagesima Sunday marked and still marks the traditional start of the carnival season, culminating on Shrove Tuesday, sometimes known as Mardi Gras.” (via Wikipedia.)
However Carnival Season, as we all know, starts on Epiphany, with the celebration of the Three Kings bringing our precious Lord the gracious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
There is a close correspondence between the pictures in the Roman Catacombs, and the readings which occur from Septuagisma Sunday through the 2nd Sunday of Easter. We’re talking ancient here.
In some places, the custom of the “Burial of the Allellulia” still takes place after Septuagisma Sunday, usually the Sunday before the first Sunday of Lent, as the Allelulia is not said during Lent.
Via St. John Cantius, The Burial of the ‘Alleluia’ is a beautiful custom repeated each year at St. John Cantius Parish. On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, we bid this sacred word a fond farewell for the duration of Lent.
At the end of Mass, a placard with the ‘Alleluia’ in ornate gold letters is taken from the Sanctuary and processed to Mary’s Altar where it is “buried”—placed under the altar cloth. The ‘Alleluia’ will only emerge again at the Easter Vigil after the 40 days of Lent, we hear the Church proclaim the Resurrection of Our Lord.
And via the New Liturgical Movement:
“On Saturday before Septuagesima Sunday all choir boys gather in the sacristy during the prayer of the None, to prepare for the burial of the Alleluia. After the last Benedicamus Domino [i.e., at the end of the Vespers service] they march in procession, with crosses, tapers, holy water and censers; and they carry a coffin, as in a funeral. Thus they proceed through the aisle, moaning and mourning, until they reach the cloister. There they bury the coffin; they sprinkle it with holy water and incense it; whereupon they return to the sacristy by the same way.”
This burial of the Alleluia was nicknamed the deposition (i.e., “the giving on deposit”). Curiously enough, gravestones in Catholic cemeteries traditionally had the inscription Depositus, or simply “D,” to indicate a Christian’s burial. When this term indicates the burial of the Alleluia or of the faithful departed, the Christian belief in resurrection is clear. As we bury those who have been “marked with the sign of faith,” (Roman Canon), and as we enter into the fasting of Lent, we do not silence our tongues because of despair or permanent loss. Rather, we do so with confidence that what has been deposited into the earth—our dead, our Alleluia—will rise again.”
Origen has an interesting Homily on the Gospel of the Day:
“Observe if you can that the first order stands for Adam, and for the creation of the world: for the Householder going out in the morning early as it were hired Adam and Eve to work in the vineyard of His justice. The second order of workers means Noah, and the Covenant which He established with him. The third order signifies Abraham, and those who, following him, were Patriarchs, until the time of Moses. The fourth order is Moses, and all who went with him out of the land of Egypt, and the Law that was given in the desert. The last order, about the eleventh hour, means the Coming of Jesus Christ. The Householder was but one, as the parable records: He went forth five times, and He went forth that He might send into His vineyard workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (II Tim. ii. 15), who would labour in His service. And One is Christ coming frequently among men, ever providing what is needed for the calling of His workers.”
The entire homily is edifying.
Septuagisma Sunday is this coming Sunday ~ lots to be done before the Lenten Season.
Fr. Allen will say the Mass at Noon. We continue to pray for Monsignor Calkins as he recuperates from his icy fall and broken leg.
“At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the crowds: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. And when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the weeds appeared as well.
And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’
He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ And the servants said to him, ‘Will you have us go and gather them up?’
‘No,’ he said, ‘lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers: Gather up the weeds first, and bind them in bundles to burn, but gather the wheat into my barns.’
On Thursday, February 2, we will have the annual blessing of candles, followed by a Low Mass.
As we did last year, we will begin with the blessing of the candles, then process around the Church with lit candles, and then start the Holy Mass.
At that time, when the days of Mary’s purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord – as it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord – and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.
Brethren: Be not wise in your own conceits. To no man render evil for evil, but provide good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as far as in you lies, be at peace with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it is written, Vengeance is Mine: I will repay, says the Lord. But, If your enemy is hungry, give him food; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Fr. Allen will be celebrating the Mass this weekend. We continue to thank all of those who support and encourage the Mass here so profoundly.
We would also like to have a meeting in the near future to discuss the restoration of Catholic Culture in society at large, but more so, here in our Parish. Please contact father Allen if you are interested.
An Off the Wall Q & A
From a Parishioner, adressed to the Mysterium Fidei Latin Mass Society, Inc.
Please join us for the traditional Latin Mass this Sunday, January 15th at noon at St. Jane de Chantal Church in Abita Springs. We will be celebrating the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany.
Several people have approached me with concerns about diminishing attendance and the decreasing quality of the music accompanying the Mass. While I share these concerns, I am not the person in charge of the Mass and therefore unable to take corrective action. However, I do believe you should voice your valid concerns and therefore offer you the appropriate point of contact and their contact information:
Fr. Ken Allen
XXX-XXX-XXXX (Mobile) [edited]
For your love of our Lord and His Mass, I encourage you to speak up. For the love of His Church and its pastors, I beg your respect and civility.
God bless and take care,
P.S. We will have a general meeting of the Latin Mass Society next Wednesday. Please plan on attending.
Hello David, and thank you for writing about this. I too have great concerns about our music program overall, the Latin Mass foremost. All suggestions are welcomed.
Also, it’s helpful that we continue to note that the Mysterium Fidei Latin Mass Society, Inc., is not a part of St. Jane de Chantal Parish. While it’s unfortunate that the times call for such things, I’d be happy to put you in touch with Cheryl Harper of Catholic Mutual, or Wendy Vitter of the legal department to discuss things with you in a friendly manner. Though, as a lawyer, I understand you’re well aware of the issues involved. We’re all working for salvation in Jesus Christ, in His Church, working through the means which we have available. To that end, I’ve created the Sancta Missa group within the Parish itself, that concerns may be addressed head on within the Parish, and support may be found for choirs, organists, and such. All are welcome. We enjoy a great support, spiritually and financially, from the members of the St. Jane congregation itself, regarding the Latin Mass.
It’s true that I was very surprised when your wife resigned as Choir Director the Monday prior to Christmas, and I do publicly apologize to her for my initial shock. Frankly, I was shocked that anyone would resign within a week prior to Christmas with no explanation. However, I do empathize with her sincerity. As a Pastor, it’s not easy to respond in the week prior to Christmas when one is having major issues regarding a choir.
I’m sorry that you were unable to be at Mass today. For various reasons, due to our Parish schedule, I chose to have a Low Mass.
While it was quite a surprise to everyone, I did have a number of people tell me they had never experienced a Low Mass before…. They appreciated the quiet, prayerful time at the foot of the Cross.
You are always welcome to express your opinions to me personally, and I certainly don’t mind if you continue to address your opinions about the Mass at St. Jane, or about myself, to your Incorporated group, and to the public in general as you have been doing. After all, I can’t do anything about the issues if I’m not aware of the issues themselves. I can only assure you, that we share many of the same concerns, and I find it unfortunate that our work would not be together, but towards a separation.
I’m thankful that I do have an awareness of the issues, and may address them forthrightly in the coming months, and in the coming year.
As for our attendance, I check with the ushers every week, and it is holding quite steady for the last year, between 175-225. Never less, sometimes more.
Fr. Kenneth Allen