Today begins the first of the three Sundays known as the last Sundays in ordinary time. These Sundays are used “as needed” based on how many Sundays fall between Easter and Advent. This year we will use all three (31, 32 and 33) leading up to the Solemnity of Christ the King; the last Sunday of the church year.
In last week’s article I wrote about the theme of these weeks and their connection to the upcoming season of Advent. You can find this and previous bulletin articles at http://brucemauro1.blogspot.com
Two upcoming liturgical feasts provide additional insight into the connection between these last Sundays and Christ’s second coming.
On Tuesday November 1 the church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. On this day we remember and celebrate those who have been named by the church as saints.
While many of our beloved deceased may already be saints, we remember them in a particular way on in The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed on Wednesday November 2. This day is commonly called All Souls Day.
One way of connecting these Last Sundays with all Saints and All Souls day will be through the use of John Becker’s “Litany of the Saints” (#727) at communion.
My hope is that you will get “caught up” in the prayer by responding “pray for us” as the cantor invokes God’s blessings through the intercessions of the Saints.
In loving memory of my Dad, Grandparents and mentors,
Be sure to mark your calendar as St. Mary’s hosts the Nutley/Belleville ecumenical service Monday, November 21st at 7: