Advent Is Coming – Two Things
This Sunday we celebrate the wonderful Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. It is the acknowledgement that Jesus is the true Lord of every land and people. We honor Him with great love and honor.
This means that the First Sunday of Advent is next weekend. We begin our anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ and kick off a new Liturgical year in the Church. Oftentimes, the First Sunday of Advent is a good time to start something new or launch a new initiative. We’ll be doing two things this year.
First, we’ll begin using the St. Augustine Hymnal next weekend. For two years we have utilized the Ignatius Pew Missal and there have been a few frustrations with it. There are a limited number of hymns and some favorite hymns don’t include the musical notation. Some of the translations of hymn lyrics are unfamiliar to us. We knew that the Pew Missal had fewer hymns than our previous one, but we thought that it was sufficient; we misjudged it. We’ve noticed some typos in the text, which is simply frustrating. Finally, the musical notation for the responsorial psalm is in Gregorian notation instead of modern notation.
One last item is that the Pew Missal and the publication we used beforehand are annual subscriptions. Each year we purchase new hymnals and at the end of the year, they get recycled. This seems like a waste of paper and a waste of money.
With these issues in mind, we began looking for something new. A group of parishioners, musicians, and Fr. Willig diligently evaluated different publications. I asked them to consider a publication that can be used every year so that we wouldn’t have to purchase new ones each year.
We have chosen the St. Augustine Hymnal. It is a much larger book than the Pew Missal because it contains the three-year cycle of readings and it has numerous more hymns. We are really excited about this new book. Any time that there is change, there will be growing pains. Please bear with us as we all adapt to a new publication. Since we’ll be recycling the Ignatius Pew Missals, if you’d like to keep a copy for your own use, feel free to do so, after Sunday Masses on November 26th.
One thing that the new St. Augustine Hymnal does not contain is devotional prayers for private use. To remedy this, we decided to publish our own parish prayer book. These will be in the pews along with the hymnal. Please keep them in the pews. If people want a copy of the prayer book for their own use, we can make that happen. However please don’t remove the ones in the pews. Before we order more of the parish prayer books, we’ll gauge the demand.
The second new thing for Advent is an additional time for Confession. This is a temporary time for the season of Advent. It fit really well into my schedule, so it was an easy addition. If this time seems to work well for people, we can consider adding it regularly. The additional hour of confession will be Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm at St. Joseph Church. This will just be during Advent.
During Advent, we will also have our two Days of Grace: Tuesday, December 12 at Immaculate Conception Church and Thursday, December 21 at St. Joseph Church. Confession and Adoration will be available from 9:00am until 9:00pm.
As we look toward the future, I think that we need to add more time at Immaculate Conception Church as well. The Wednesday confession time is regularly packed. We’ll plan to add an additional time for Lent at Immaculate Conception. Stay tuned for more information about this.
Long live Christ the King!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Sean Wilson