On the last page of today’s L’Osservatore Romano, at the very bottom corner of the page, there is a note about “Celebrations in the Vatican” which caught my eye. At the parish church of the Vatican, St. Ann, on the memorial of St. Ann mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 26 July in the post-Conciliar calendar, there will be a celebration in honor of “i nonni… grandparents”.
Angelo Card. Comastri, Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica and Vicar General of Vatican City will lead the Angelus and a “supplica” to St. Ann along with a prayer for families. In the afternoon, Paolo Card. Sardi, Patron of the Sovereign Military of Malta, will preside and there will be prayers for all the grandparents and older people in the world.
There is so much going on around Christmas that the family thing is sort of squeezed in. But here in the middle of the summer, at least with the post-conciliar calendar, we have a family reminder.
Jesus was in a family.