Disciplines of Lent

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, a day of:

  • Complete abstinence from meat for those 14 +
  • Fasting by all those 18-59. (Fasting is one full meal with two other smaller meals that together do not equal one meal.)

One is no longer required to observe the ‘1962 Disciplines of Lent’, but if you are looking to strengthen your Lenten devotion, consider trying these:

  1. Every day of Lent (excluding Sundays and First Class Feasts of St. Joseph (Mar. 19) and the Annunciation (Mar. 25) is a day of fast. Liquids, including milk and juice, are allowed between meals.
  2. Partial abstinence every day except those mentioned above. This means meat may be taken only once per day at the main meal (except on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays, and Holy Saturday).
  3. Beer and wine are allowed, but no hard alcohol.

Additional Lenten Practices

Make a very humble and sorrowful confession. Take the time to go over a very good examination of conscience and write down your sins so as to not forget them. Often we get nervous in the confessional and can forget them. Stating how many times and when you committed the sins helps the confessor to give you the right penance and to help you root out these vices.

Get to Holy Mass during the week. It takes a lot of discipline to get to Holy Mass, but the fruits are well worth it. There is no greater prayer than the prayer of Jesus to the Father through the Holy Spirit in the Holy Latin Mass in which we participate.

Pray the Holy Rosary. Meditate prayerfully on the Passion of Jesus (Sorrowful Mysteries) everyday during Lent. It would be even more effective if the whole family prays it together. Set a time to pray when people are home and not too tired to give it a good effort.

Read the Bible. Read and meditate on all that led up to the passion and crucifixion of Jesus.

Pray the Stations of the Cross slowly. Take yourself back in time to the Holy Land, retracing the steps of Jesus on His way to Calvary. This is usually done on Friday, but it would also be good to do everyday of Lent.

Read a traditional Catholic book. The ‘Imitation of Christ’, ‘The Secret of the Rosary’, and ‘The Life of Christ’ are all good examples.

Make time for heart-felt prayer. Talk heart to heart with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost. This is best done in front of the Blessed Sacrament. If for some reason you cannot go to a church, pray at home facing the closest Tabernacle.

Disconnect from social media and news and keep use of your phone and computer to a minimum. Encourage your children in this.

Stop watching the news. Instead, use this time to pray for the world governments. What good does it do us to be depressed over all the evil things going on in the world that we have no control over? This time can be much better used to love and communicate with our families and make our home a happier world where they can see the difference. Use time to eat and play together as a family. Take time to communicate with each other and love each other more.

Eat meals together as a family. Sacrifice time to make delicious healthy home-made meals that everyone can enjoy together.

Forgive and pray for those who have hurt you. Forgive everything from the past, once and forever. Holding on to pain from our childhood, our parish, our spouses, etc… does more harm to our spiritual life than you can imagine. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”, “Love your enemy”, “Do good to those who hurt you.” When offended, follow the precepts of Matthew 18:15-17 and absolutely reject gossip, slander, or detraction.

Stop taking the salvation of the world on your shoulders. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. We can only help those with whom we have influence. And let us not forget, salvation starts with our own souls and family. Every time you get depressed about the Pope, bishops, priests, religious and laity, get down on your knees and pray about it. Then, give it over to God, Mary and the Saints to take care of it. We only do what ever we can to peacefully reform and renew the Church. Then, we let God do the rest. We are not God. Chill out and have more joy. God is still in charge of the Church and the world. We are only His humble servants.

Invite people this Lent to attend a Traditional Latin Mass, traditional retreat or traditional group.

Follow the command of 1 Peter 3:15-16. “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; keeping a clear conscience, so that those who slander you may be put to shame by your good behavior in Christ.” 

The Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule 2019 (PDF)

As last year, All Saints has the privilege to use the rites of Holy Week prior to the reforms in 1955, granted by a limited indult to the Fraternity of St. Peter. Some noticeable changes will be in the increased length of the Passion narratives, which begin with the Last Supper, thus tying together the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Crucifixion as one and the same sacrifice. On Good Friday, Holy Communion is only received by the celebrating priest, who alone stands at that liturgy in persona Christi; as it is the day our Lord died, the Church bids the attending faithful to fast from reception of Holy Communion, which in striking fashion brings out the absence of Christ. And the Holy Saturday liturgy is conducted during the day.

Further information and some excellent catechesis can be found online at www.pre1955holyweek.com.

As was announced, along with solemn Masses throughout the week, we will be blessed to have Bishop Cozzens celebrate the Mass for Holy Thursday; Bishop Joseph Perry, an auxiliary of Chicago and good friend to the Fraternity, will celebrate the liturgies on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The 10:30 morning Mass on Easter Sunday will include an small orchestra, as was done at Christmas.

Please note that the seat belt sign is on.

Good Friday

Fast and Abstinence

Current Church laws binds anyone between the ages of 21-59 to the fast, which permits for one (meatless) meal and two lighter supplements; eating between meals is not permitted; water, black coffee, or tea do not break the fast. Abstinence from meat and meat products applies to anyone 14 years and older.

Park and Walk

While cleanup of the Parish Center debris should be near completion, it is possible that the parking lot may not be available by Good Friday. Parking on Good Friday may be a little more challenging since the Webster school is in session. The lot at Webster can be utilized outside of school hours. When parking on the street, please be sure not to block the driveways of the local residents. Thank you for your attention and patience in these regards.

Holy Week

As last year, All Saints has the privilege to use the rites of Holy Week prior to the reforms in 1955, granted by a limited indult to the Fraternity of St. Peter. Some noticeable changes will be in the increased length of the Passion narratives, which begin with the Last Supper, thus tying together the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Crucifixion as one and the same sacrifice. On Good Friday, Holy Communion is only received by the celebrating priest, who alone stands at that liturgy in persona Christi; as it is the day our Lord died, the Church bids the attending faithful to fast from reception of Holy Communion, which in striking fashion brings out the absence of Christ. And the Holy Saturday liturgy is conducted during the day. Further information and some excellent catechesis can be found online at www.pre1955holyweek.com.

As was announced, along with solemn Masses throughout the week, we will be blessed to have Bishop Cozzens celebrate the Mass for Holy Thursday; Bishop Joseph Perry, an auxiliary of Chicago and good friend to the Fraternity, will celebrate the liturgies on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The 10:30 morning Mass on Easter Sunday will include an small orchestra, as was done at Christmas.

We welcome sixth-year seminarian Brendan Boyce who will assist with the ceremonies and Masses throughout the week. Other seminarians from the local seminary, as well as some local priests, will also visit through the week. All are strongly encouraged to make the most of this week as possible, as we pray with the Church through our Lord’s suffering and death for our salvation. By the grace of God, much is able to be offered liturgically here at All Saints, so consider at least attending the Sacred Triduum. And if at all possible, even with some inconvenience, take Good Friday off from work and attend the afternoon devotions and liturgies; it is the day our Lord died.

Season of Passiontide

The last two weeks of Lent comprise the season of Passiontide. As the Church directs her attention in earnest to the sufferings of our Lord, in a sense she now goes into mourning. Anything of joyful sentiment is completely subdued: the statues are draped in violet; the psalm Judica me is omitted at the prayers at the foot of the altar; and the Gloria Patri is absent throughout the Mass, indicating the grave offense against the Holy Trinity through the ploys to arrest and crucify our Savior. Passiontide serves as a great opportunity to renew the resolve of our Lenten penances, which sometimes tends to wane as Lent progresses.