Thursday, July 15, 2010

New National Feasts in England

Just heard this, its from the good guys at the CDW, sent out to Westminster priests by their diocese:
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments has agreed to a request from the Bishops of England and Wales for four important changes to the Liturgical Calendar for England and Wales:

May 4th THE ENGLISH MARTYRS NATIONAL FEAST (from Memorial)
May 27th ST AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY NATIONAL FEAST (from Memorial)
September 3rd ST GREGORY THE GREAT NATIONAL FEAST (from Memorial)
December 29th ST THOMAS BECKET NATIONAL FEAST - PATRON OF THE PARISH CLERGY (from Optional Memorial)

These come in to operation with immediate effect (i.e. from September 3rd this year).

14 comments:

Charles Elvy said...

Well that puts right the botch-up over the observance of St Thomas of Canterbury; as an optional memorial falling in the Octave of Christmas it was effectively demoted to a commemoration with the last revision.

Ma Tucker said...

Thanks be to God

Delia said...

Great - I was received into the Church on the now-to-be feast of St Augustine of Canterbury!

The Flying Dutchman said...

There are separate liturgical calendars for England and Wales. Surely the change only applies to the calendar for England?

Just another mad Catholic said...

Hear Hear - although in Bristol we have been getting the red out for the past couple of weeks in honour of St. John Fisher, St Thomas Moore and St. Oliver Plunket.

Anonymous said...

Your Reverence,

2 questions:

Who painted the retable?

I want the feast of St Thomas of Canterbury to be celebrated (in both 1962 & Novus Ordo) as a feast, not a commemoration - we have relics of St Thomas in one of our cathedral altars. Where should I direct my request in Rome? Is there a specific individual?

+ Wolsey

St Malachy said...

Great, now if only our pastors would stop transfering holy days of obligation...

parepidemos said...

This is lovely news, indeed. However, I am surprised that our bishops had to get permission from the Vatican to make such a change in our national calendar.

A national hierarchy is considered competent enough to authorise a translation of the Sacred Scriptures to be used in worship, but must go to a Congregation to have some memorials elevated to the level of a national (not universal) feast. Now, which is more important?

Fr Ray Blake said...

Wolsey
Q1 Don't know, I googled: English martyrs - it came up.
Q2 Don't know

Et Expecto said...

The answer to Wolsey's Q2 is the pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

However, don't expect rapid action. They have been considering questions like this for years and not come up with an answer. At far as I know, no new feast has been introduced into the old calander since 1969.

Fr P said...

I had been following the "Splintered Sunrise" blog for many months before it came to the notice of traditional Catholics like DT. I think it is a moot point whether it can be called a Catholic blog. It was, until recently, known above all as a left-wing political blog written by a Marxist, albeit an ex-jesuit one. I read it because of its intelligent commentaries and readiness to "think outside the box", although I do not agree with many of SS' views. While he may be presumed to have remained a believing Catholic after leaving reigious life, he has views which orthodox Catholics will find allarming, notably his defense of legalised abortion (see http://splinteredsunrise.wordpress.com/?s=abortion - it may take some plowing through the older posts in detail to find what I am talking about). Maybe he has changed hs mind of late, now that Church issues seem to preoccupy him more; and in any case I am not throwing stones, since intelligent comment is always a welcome change. However, the kind of rabid Caytholic ultras (to use Splintered's own phrase) who migrated there en masse from Holy Smoke should be careful before claiming SS as one of their own.

JARay said...

I know that some were under the impression that the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul had been transferred to the Sunday.
JARay

Thomas Windsor said...

Wolsey

From the LMS ordo (1962)

Wed 29 December
FIFTH DAY within the OCTAVE of the NATIVITY 2 Cl W
etc.
In all DIOCESES of ENGLAND & WALES:
S THOMAS B M 1 Cl R
Gl Cr Pr of the Nativity
Proper Communic diem sacratissimum
Commem of the Octave of the Nativity at all Masses
etc.

Delia said...

Should have said: a Red Letter day!