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January 6th: The Feast of the Epiphany

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

On Wednesday evening, January 6th, a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated at St. Mary Church.  Father DeWayne Kayser, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, SD, served as Deacon of the Mass and our seminarian, Mr. John Streff, F.S.S.P., served as Subdeacon.  Mr. Landon Frederes was Master of Ceremonies.

“As you kneel at the feet of the child Jesus on the day of his Epiphany and see him a king bearing none of the outward signs of royalty, you can tell him:  Lord, take away my pride; crush my self love, my desire to affirm myself and impose myself on others. Make the foundation of my personality my identification with you.

If our vocation comes first, if the star shines ahead to start us along the path of God’s love, it is illogical that we should begin to doubt if it chances to disappear from view. It might happen at certain moments in our interior life — and we are nearly always to blame — that the star disappears, just as it did to the wise kings on their journey. We have already realized the divine splendour of our vocation, and we are convinced about its definitive character, but perhaps the dust we stir up as we walk our miseries — forms an opaque cloud that cuts off the light from above. What should we do if this happens?  Follow the example of those wise men and ask. Herod made use of knowledge to act unjustly. The Magi use it to do good. But we Christians have no need to go to Herod nor to the wise men of this world. Christ has given his Church sureness in doctrine and a flow of grace in the sacraments. He has arranged things so that there will always be people to guide and lead us, to remind us constantly of our way. There is an infinite treasure of knowledge available to us: the word of God kept safe by the Church, the grace of Christ administered in the sacraments and also the witness and example of those who live by our side and have known how to build with their good lives a road of faithfulness to God.”

-St. Josemaria Escriva, Homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, 1956

 

Church Interior: Christmas Eve Afternoon

Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Detail of one of the Altar Religuaries

Detail of one of the Altar Religuaries

The ladies moved the location of the Crib from the Holy Family Altar to the Gospel Side of the Sanctuary, to the right of the pulpit

The ladies moved the location of the Crib from the Holy Family Altar to the Gospel Side of the Sanctuary, to the right of the pulpit

The niche over the tabernacle is covered until the Gloria of the First Mass of Christmas, when the large image of the Infant Jesus is revealed

The niche over the tabernacle is covered until the Gloria of the First Mass of Christmas, when the large image of the Infant Jesus is revealed

View of the side Altar dedicated to St. Aloysius

View of the side Altar dedicated to St. Aloysius

View of the Holy Family Altar

View of the Holy Family Altar

 

Christmas Mass Schedule (click on ad to enlarge)

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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Extra times for the Sacrament of Penance before Christmas (click on ad to enlarge)

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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