Hello everyone. Today is Saturday, the day of the week dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Today is also the first Sunday in Advent – the last day that the Holy Mass will be celebrated from the old translation of the Roman Missal, and the first day that the Holy Mass will be read from the new translation of the Roman Missal.
I am so excited about going to Mass tonight! Now, I always look forward to going to Mass, but today my anticipation is most especially great – I cannot wait to hear the new translation. Since I serve Daily Mass, I have been secretly studying and have a wee head start. Still, I have a long way to go. However I can tell you, as one who has read the new translation, that it is profoundly beautiful and I really encourage you to attend Holy Mass tonight to hear for yourselves.
What a fitting time for this new translation of the Roman Missal to be made public. It is a renewal of the Sacred Liturgy and just as much, we are entering into Advent, a time of renewal and penance to prepare ourselves for the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas. How fitting!
So please join me today in honoring Mary, the Loving Mother of the Redeemer. May she guide us through our Advent pilgrimage this year.
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli
porta manes, et stella maris, sucurre cadenti
surgere qui curat populo: tu quae genuisti,
natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,
Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore
sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.
Loving Mother of the Redeemer,
Gate of Heaven, Star of the Sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners.
Thank you for joining me in prayer to honor our mother and don’t forget to offer little acts of love to our Blessed Mother on this, her special day.
P.S. Just a reminder, Advent (like lent) is a time of penance. Our family has a tradition of offering up candy for Advent (just as we do for Lent). Please consider doing some form of penance this Advent – and remember, Advent is shorter than Lent.