April 25 (Part 1): What Feast Day is it?

So this is a rare one…not only do you get a Saturday post, but you’re going to get two of them.

Today the church is celebrating the feast of Saint Mark, evangelist, but I’m not…I’m celebrating a very specific, higher rank of feast.  But that’s for part two.

This part tries to explain the differences between different liturgical celebrations.  If you were ever wondering what the difference was between things like solemnities, feasts, and memorials, my hope is this will help answer those questions.

I’ll be back later with more on what I’m up to today.

Vacation’s Over

No, I wasn’t really on vacation…where could I go, anyway? Everything’s shut down…

But I basically took all of last week off, because I generally try to do as little as possible during the Octave of Easter.  Normally it’s to recover from all the craziness and business of Holy Week and the last days of Lent…and I suppose this year was no different.  For sure, it wasn’t physically exhausting…but it was emotionally exhausting.

Anyway, come tomorrow morning, I’ll be back at it, and you can watch.  I’m the main celebrant and homilist for our grouping’s livestreamed Mass.  Check out our YouTube channel at 10:00 AM on Sunday.

Holy Thursday, take 2

So the original post this morning was intended to be a video, and not just the usual audio recording.  Turns out this may not be the best platform for video, because once again I had a lot of trouble uploading it…and when I did, it didn’t render properly and no one was actually able to view it.

It wasn’t much of a video; just me, sitting at my desk, talking a little bit about the Chrism Mass, which ordinarily would have happened this morning, and has been delayed indefinitely.

The highlight of the Chrism Mass, at least for me, is the renewal of our priestly promises.  And while we will eventually do that, whenever we get to gather, I wanted to renew them today anyway, for two reasons.  The first is that I needed a spiritual shot in the arm.  I’m not kidding when I say this Holy Week has been incredibly difficult.  The second is that I hope it would bring some consolation to others; that it would serve as reassurance that all your priests, wherever you are and whoever they are, are still deeply committed to you and to the Church.

And so, while this perhaps doesn’t have the impact that it would had it been on video…

I, Reverend Michael Patrick Conway, am resolved to renew in communion with my Bishop and God’s holy people, the promises I once made. I am resolved to be more united with the Lord Jesus and more closely conformed to him, denying myself and confirming those promises about sacred duties towards Christ’s Church which, prompted by love of him, I willingly and joyfully pledged on the day of my priestly ordination.

I am resolved to be a faithful steward of the mysteries of God in the Holy Eucharist and the other liturgical rites and to discharge faithfully the sacred office of teaching, following Christ the Head and Shepherd, not seeking any gain, but moved only by zeal for souls.

May the Lord keep us all in his charity, and lead all of us, shepherds and flock, to eternal life.


*text adapted from the Roman Missal