Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Octave of Christmas and Holy Name (and – absurdly – Novus Ordo Epiphany)

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 Masses for the Octave of Christmas (aka Novus Ordo Mary, Mother of God), and Holy Name (aka – insulting dopey transferred Epiphany in the Novus Ordo) either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

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

Any local changes or news?

Those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.

I have some written remarks about the TLM Mass for Christmas – HERE


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  2. voxborealis says:

    FSSP TLM on the internet, because where I live all public indoor masses have again been prohibited due to the ‘rona. (The bishop and has, to his credit, continued to offer a couple of NO masses outside in the cathedral parking lot, which practice seems to be OK with the authorities; a couple of priests have followed suit in their NO parishes). The homily stressed the importance of Hope, as the tendency of Roman Catholics to focus on Faith and Charity, especially during good times: but when times get tough, they despair rather than having Hope. Father also reminded us of last things, tying together themes discussed throughout the Octave of Christmas, when the birth of Jesus and Martyrdom are closely linked in the older calendar.

  3. Jim Dorchak says:

    In the fullness of the Gospel. We all know where the message is best delivered. I know I do.

  4. ajf1984 says:

    Visiting SJ celebrant at our usual parish N.O. Father made several good points, but the one that stuck in my mind was when he said that Holy Church’s purpose is to bring all men into Herself, bearing witness to Christ despite the fact that “polite,” secular society wants us to keep our mouths shut! Also, Mass was ad orientem (offered several times a week this way and always once per Sunday) and Holy Deacon proclaimed the dates of the moveable feasts for 2022. I am so blessed with this parish, definitely an example of the mutual enrichment between forms (rites, now?) that Papa Benedict hoped for!

  5. summorumpontificum777 says:

    Diocesan TLM. Great sermon by Father on the Holy Name of Jesus. Not every sermon I hear stays with me, but this one will. Attendance was below normal which worries me a bit. My metric is how easy it is to find a pew to myself, and there was zero problem on that front this morning. Not sure what’s going on… Regulars out of town for the holiday weekend? (probably) Covid-19 fear/panic creeping back up? (maybe) The papal war on the TLM yielding casualties without really even firing a shot in this diocese? (I sure hope not). I wonder, though, will this last one have an effect over time? Unless s/he has been living under a rock for the last 6 months, any Catholic who’s a regular or occasional TLM attendee must now be aware that the Holy Father disapproves of the TLM and its attendees in no uncertain terms. He considers us bad, divisive, misguided Catholics who block the Church’s path. Now the typical reader of may not be sanguine about being on the wrong side of the pope but that’s not necessarily enough to convince us to change course. But what about the somewhat less zealous TLMers? Do papal admonitions weigh on them enough to actual alter their behavior? I honestly don’t know.

  6. bookworm says:

    NO Mass at cathedral parish, an assistant pastor/rector talked about the resolution (not really a New Year’s resolution, but just something he started doing that became a habit) that changed his life in 2005: he started praying the Rosary daily. At the time he was an inactive Catholic, it brought him back to the sacraments and eventually to the priesthood. He recommended that if you were’rnt quite ready to do the same, at least pray 3 Hail Marys daily, one for the Bishop and clergy, one for the parishoners, and one for your personal intentions.

  7. JonPatrick says:

    Saturday morning our usual 1st Saturday TLM was celebrated as the mass for the 8th day of the Octave of Christmas which was well attended. That evening we had our NO mass for the vigil of Epiphany. In the latter Father preached on what an epiphany is, our becoming aware, and how we need to have an epiphany in our own lives, to become more aware of our need for God and to make him the center of our lives.

  8. Gregg the Obscure says:

    OF at the Cathedral. Attended 1230 rather than usual 1030 as this Mass was for the repose of the soul of my late wife.

    How can we be like the wise men?
    – have a sense of wonder and awe;
    – take risks on behalf of Truth;
    – go on pilgrimage;
    – worship sincerely.

    Father gave some great examples, particularly on the last two points. He even suggested following the example of the Magi by praying with prostrations – though he cautioned that there isn’t sufficient space to do this during Holy Mass – and briefly discussed the role of prostrations during ordinations.

  9. hwriggles4 says:

    Went to Mass yesterday with a lady friend (single Catholic men, yes there are good Catholic women out there – if you are called to marriage please seek them) at a good parish. Heard a good homily related to the kings bringing gifts. Gifts oftentimes involve work and sacrifice and imitating Christ.

    This was 11 am Sunday Mass and while the parish had good attendance (and communion available on the tongue along with an altar rail) it was not packed. I do know that many schools don’t start until Tuesday so I think many parishioners were out of town. However I have heard that since the pandemic some churchgoers are having reservations about returning.

  10. Angelo Tan says:

    OF – the transferred feast of the Epiphany. Our parish priest made an excellent sermon:

    “In order to see God face-to-face, let us have a clean and pure heart. Let us ask God to purify our hearts. Those who repent and seek Him sincerely will surely behold the face of God. Detach from this world; you can only experience true and lasting peace if you let the Lover and King of your souls dwell in your heart and in your daily life.” – Rev. Fr. G.T, SThL

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