Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 1st Sunday of Advent

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday obligation (jabbed or not!), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

What was attendance like?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I was getting reports that it is way up.

Any local changes or news?

And there’s this.

For those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.  There are developments.  I think the video issues are pretty much sorted.  I still need audio solutions, since the room is pretty “hot”.  Wall hangings, maybe.

I have some written remarks about the TLM Mass for the  1st Sunday of Advent – HERE


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  2. Kathleen10 says:

    Today the homily was about Confession, and why we should all go. Father said what is heard in Confession is forgotten by priests, they do not discuss what they heard with each other, and priests would rather shed blood than reveal what they hear. It would mean excommunication for a priest, if he did, he would be outside the church.

  3. Rich Leonardi says:

    The pastor at my NO parish in Cincinnati surprised everyone by announcing the communion rails were back and that he’d be celebrating Mass ad orientem. No one’s head exploded, no one shrieked in horror — everyone took it in stride.

  4. JSzczuka says:

    My priest’s sermon was excellent, diocesan TLM, talked about self-examination, making a fresh start. He used the idea of stopping, taking stock of all that was wrong in our life and doing a deliberate reversal, heading in a better direction.
    We are, I think, growing somewhat in number, can’t tell if it’s much.

    I am so happy about Rich Leonardi’s report above. What a great change!

  5. missalecta says:

    @Rich Leonardi


    We must pray for that priest.

  6. Gregg the Obscure says:

    yesterday got away from me, so i planned to attend the sequence of confession/adoration/vespers/benediction/Mass in late afternoon. i normally don’t attend late afternoon Mass.

    this morning i learned that, at least for Advent, the late afternoon Sunday Mass will be ad orientam and in Latin. Well attended and many young people. i’m hopeful that this enrichment will persist. o and Father wore a fiddleback.

    Of course Father made some remarks about ad orientam worship for those who are unfamiliar both with the eschatological elements and the more clear facing toward the communion of saints in glory. he had a startling story of an experience from a previous parish where a parishioner reported seeing the Blessed Virgin standing and smiling during the homily, then kneeling beside him (!) during the Eucharistic Prayer, then vanishing at the fraction. beyond that the Archbishop has directed all priests in Denver to preach on the same theme each of the Sundays of Advent, calling it a small retreat. this week’s theme is Creation – that the only reason any of us exists is that God willed us into being and that He wants us to be eternally glad with Him. awesome day.

  7. Buffy says:

    Saturday evening NO anticipatory Mass. Attendance up somewhat from last week. Deacon’s sermon was about the visible Advent items (Advent wreath, etc.) installed in the nave this weekend. I’ve never heard the background story on everything.

  8. JonPatrick says:

    In Lewiston ME this weekend so on Saturday we attended the only Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy in the state, held every Saturday at 5 PM at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston. The gospel was the story of the rich young man who has kept all the commandments but Jesus gives him one more: sell all that you have and give it to the poor then come follow me. Jesus does this because he is making the point that salvation does not come through following rules, checking off the boxes. So he deliberately gives the young man something he cannot just check off. There are 2 things that can keep us from the love of God: a fear of loss and a need to control. We fear to lose what we are comfortable with, as the young man feared to lose his many possessions. We also have that need to be in control. This was the appeal that Satan made to Eve in the garden “you shall be like gods”. It is not easy for us to give up the control that comes with putting God in charge.

  9. exNOAAman says:

    We almost didn’t have a priest available, but a FSSP father who grew up in our area was visiting, so he took the 8am TLM, and he spoke a little about FSSP. What I found interesting: they have essentially a seminary waiting list, because they can accommodate 25 per year but are getting 3 times that many applicants.

  10. Eoin OBolguidhir says:

    At St. Mary’s Oratory in Rockford, our new Pastor shared with us the wonderful news that His Excellency David Malloy, the Bishop of Rockford, had administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 33 confirmands in the vetus ordo, AND that His Excellency had himself celebrated the Mass according to the Missal of 1962. Father praised His Excellency for his having been so very generous to us at St. Mary’s through the years, and he let us know what a friend of traditional Catholicism he is.

    You know a tree by its fruits!

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