A beautiful way to finish up the Season of Advent and prepare for the coming of the Christ Child, is to pray the Christmas Novena as a family.
Adoremus has a wonderful PDF suitable for printing to use at home.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8 December 2015
Holy Day of Obligation
Masses at Cathedral:
Parish Offices Closed
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for thy Son, we beseech thee that, as by the foreseen death of this, thy Son, thou didst preserve her from all stain, so too thou wouldst permit us, purified through her intercession, to come unto thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Join us on Gaudete Sunday, 13 December for the start of the Year of Mercy
for the 11:15 am Mass andSolemn Opening of the Cathedral Holy Door
by Bishop Guglielmone
A 40 Hours Devotion will follow for the start of the Holy Year:
Sunday, 13 December 7-9 pm
Monday, 14 December 9 am-8 pm
Tuesday, 15 December 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday 16 December 9 am-7 pm
7 pm Vespers, Eucharistic Procession& Benediction
Extra Confession times during 40 Hours:
Sunday, 13 December
Monday, 14 December
11 am—12 pm & 6 pm—8 pm
Tuesday, 15 December
10 am—12 pm & 6 pm—8 pm
Wednesday 16 December
10 am —12 pm & 5 pm—7 pm
The Church provides a great opportunity to help the departed by performing acts of devotion, repentance and charity. These acts provide remission from temporal punishment and are called indulgences. During the Octave of All Saints, (November 1-8) the Church gives us a special opportunity to gain indulgences for the departed.
A plenary or full indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
1. On any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed; or
2. On All Soul’s Day, devoutly visit a church or oratory and recite an Our Father and Creed.
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
1. Devoutly visit a cemetery and at least mentally pray for the dead; or
2. Devoutly recite lauds and vespers from the Office for the Dead or the prayer:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
It is also necessary to fulfill the following conditions for the plenary indulgence,
1. Make a sacramental confession; and
2. Receive Holy Communion; and
3. Pray for the intention of the Holy Father (no particular prayers are prescribed for the intention of the Holy Father, an Our Father and a Hail Mary are appropriate).
These conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the visit to the Church. A plenary indulgence can only be acquired once in the course of the day; it is, however, fitting that Holy Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day the work is performed.
Prayers for the dead, especially offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for their eternal repose, rests securely on this truth expressed so eloquently by St. Paul: “Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 14:9).
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Charleston, SC 29401
Mailing: 105 Queen St.
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