CHRISTMASCAzT 2017 25: Why the three feasts during the Christmas Octave?

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 25, for St John the Evangelist in the Octave of Christmas.

Pius Parsch helps us to understand why we have the feasts of Sts. Stephen, John and Holy Innocents in the Octave.


Today we hear a snippet from the new disc from choir at St. Mary’s in Norwalk, CT.  They recorded the formulary for the 2nd Mass of Christmas, which isn’t heard very often.  US HERE – UK HERE

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2 Responses to CHRISTMASCAzT 2017 25: Why the three feasts during the Christmas Octave?

  1. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks, Father!

  2. Fr. Kelly says:

    Thank you for these Adventcaszts (Now ChristmasCaszts)

    On this one, I must take issue with Pius Parsch, however. As great as he is in his work on the Liturgical movement, here he shows his reductionist hand a bit. He follows the weaker tradition that claims that Christmas was not celebrated on December 25 until the 3rd Century. This has been shown fallacious over and over again.
    Dom Gueranger is more reliable on this point when he points out that the feast of the Purification has been celebrated in Rome on February 2nd since before we have records. This 40 days after December 25. He dives a cogent and satisfying explanation of why St. Stephen, St. John and the Holy Innocents are the 3 days after Christmas that lines up nicely with the one Parsch calls a good spiritual explanation but to which he denies historical validity.
    Recently, (in 2013) Taylor Marshall collects an overwhelming set of proofs that Jesus was, indeed born on December 25. in his book “God’s Birthday: Why Christ Was Born on December 25 and Why It Matters”
    One of the strongest arguments is the one from actual motherhood. It defies belief that Mary would not have remembered the day on which Jesus was born and that, having related the rest of the story to St. Luke, she would have left out that detail.

    [And yet it seems that the point of the passage selected was to explain not the date of Christmas, but rather the feasts in the Octave.]