The Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society invites all of you to continue celebrating Christmas with Extraordinary Form Sung Masses and Ordinary Form Sung Vespers on Sunday (December 31) and Monday (January 1). Both Traditional Latin Masses will be offered at 4 p.m. at the Adoration Chapel of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Capitol Parish) church along N. Escario Street. Sung Vespers will immediately follow the Mass. The Schola Gregoriana of Cebu will be assisting in music at both Masses.
Liturgy on December 31
December 31 is the Sunday Within the Octave of Christmas. In the secular calendar, it is New Year’s Eve. Mass on this day will be sung by Cebu Archdiocesan Liaison Monsignor Joseph Tan.
The Society will pray in Latin the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 3:15 p.m, so please come early so you can pray with us. After the Mass, we will sing the Office of Vespers (Evening Prayer) in English in the Ordinary Form. Please bring your copies of the Liturgy of the Hours (Breviary) if you have them. We shall also be providing a limited number of prayer booklets for this.
Liturgy on January 1
On January 1, which is New Year’s Day, we celebrate liturgically the eighth day of Christmas, known as the Octave Day of Christmas. Because the Birth of our Lord is so great a feast, the Church stretches the celebration of this mystery for eight days. The Mass on this day will be sung by Fr. Clement Covacho, novice master of the Community of Saint John.
As usual, we will pray in Latin the Holy Rosary at 3:15 p.m. After the Mass, we shall sing in Latin the Office of Vespers in the Ordinary Form.
Please prepare yourself to worthily receive our Lord in Holy Communion by going to Confession beforehand.
Gain Plenary Indulgences
On these two days, we will have two opportunities to gain plenary indulgences. You can apply the indulgences either for your own soul or for the soul of another deceased person — but not for another living person. A plenary indulgence is the full remission of temporal punishment for sins that you have committed but which have already been forgiven.
You can gain these indulgences by taking part in our public recitation of the Te Deum, a hymn of praise and thanksgiving to God, on December 31 and the Veni, Creator Spiritus, a hymn invoking the Holy Spirit, on January 1 (cf. Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones).
We pray the Te Deum on the last day of the year, in thanksgiving to God for the favors received in the course of the entire year and the Veni, Creator Spiritus to ask for divine assistance for the whole of the coming year.
So that you can gain these indulgences when you pray the Te Deum or Veni, Creator Spiritus with us, you need to:
- Receive Holy Communion on the day specified,
- Go to sacramental Confession (within eight days before or after the day specified),
- Detach yourself from sin, including venial sins, and
- Pray one Pater Noster and one Ave Maria for the intentions of the Pope.
The Society also will be having a simple meal together after the Mass and Vespers on January 1. We invite our regular Mass attendees and supporters to share this meal with us. It’s not really a party but more of a gathering of those who are in love with the Extraordinary Form. It will also be an opportunity for all of us to swap stories and get to know one another. Please contact us if you wish to join. Please prepare Php 350 as contribution for the food and venue.
See you on Sunday and Monday. Have a merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!