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Blessing of the Basil: 14 & 15 September 2019

August 22, 2019
22 Aug 2019

The herb, basil has long been associated with the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14). According to liturgical legend, the Empress Saint Helena found the location of the True Cross by digging for it under a colony of basil. Basil plants were reported to have sprung up at the foot of the Cross where fell the Precious Blood of Christ and the tears of the Mother of Sorrows. A sprig of basil was said to have been found growing from the wood of the True Cross. On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, it is customary in the East to rest the Holy Cross on a bed of basil before presenting it to the faithful for veneration.
 
Bring your sprigs of basil to be blessed the weekend of 14 & 15 September. Please place it on the table provided by the BVM side altar before Mass and it will be blessed. You can then pick it up after Mass to use in your home or in a special recipe in commemoration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Why are Sacramentals and Blessed Items important? Click here to read a great article:  Do We Appreciate the Church’s Greatest Sacramentals?

Announcing the Cathedral Youth Choral Program!

August 6, 2019
06 Aug 2019

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.” Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy #112

 

The above quote comes from the documents of the Second Vatican Council in regards to the Church’s understanding of liturgy, primarily the sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Here at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, we are very blessed to experience this great treasure each and every Sunday. The outstanding quality of music that the Cathedral Parish enjoys should never be taken for granted. I have traveled throughout the country and experienced music in many cathedrals and parishes – many of which are larger in membership and geographical reach than us – but pale in comparison to the talent and care that has been given to the liturgy, specifically sacred music, here at the Mother church of Charleston. Everything we do within the Mass is for the worship and glorification of God, and I believe that you, the parishioners of the Cathedral, should be very proud of fostering this gift to our Creator.

 

The music program at the Cathedral is composed of extremely talented professional staff singers and dedicated volunteers who spend time rehearsing and personally studying the music that is sung at the various Masses. The full choir continues to sing at the Solemn 11:15am Mass, and a small schola from that ensemble has began to provide the Propers of the Mass and choral music at the 9:00am Mass.

 

Sadly, there is one important aspect of the music program which is missing – our youth. This piece of the puzzle is so crucial to not only a healthy music program within a parish, but for the universal Church. For this “treasure of inestimable value” to be available, we must introduce it to our children at a young age. In a world that is primarily focused on giving youth a new fad every few months, it is more important than ever that tradition, timeless art, and the Faith become a focus for our children. My own music career began at the age of 10, when I was asked to join the boys and men choir which sung at the Dominican Parish my parents began attending due to its focus on reverent liturgy. This introduction to a range of sacred music from Gregorian Chant to stunning pieces for children in the English tradition led to my passion of all forms of music. Being involved in sacred music at that age allowed me to acquire knowledge and skills that prepared me for an easy transition into the college music scene.

 

The tradition of children’s choirs has been apart of the Church’s musical tradition for more than a century, and is the catalyst of sustaining this treasure for many years to come. You will find a flyer in this Sunday’s bulletin outlining the Youth Music Program. Our goal is to provide not only a musical education for your children, but also one that teaches them the Faith at a new and deeper level. Through music theory, history, and choral skills, the youth of the parish will have the opportunity to develop knowledge that will propel them into whatever the future holds for them. It is also their chance to give God the worship due to Him within the Mass. I hope every single parishioner with children will prayerfully consider signing them up to be apart of this program. While there is a firm commitment needed to participate, I plan to work with all parents to make it as convenient as possible to be involved.

 

Let us work together to create a parish that is focused on giving God the most perfect glory and praise in thanksgiving for the sacrifice of His Son through the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.

 

 

In Christ,
Scott Powell

Director of Sacred Music

 

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Sunday 30 June

June 24, 2019
24 Jun 2019

Canon Law states: “For the pastoral advantage of the people, it is permissible to observe on the Sundays in Ordinary Time those celebrations that fall during the week and have special appeal to the devotion of the faithful, provided the celebrations take precedence over these Sundays in the Table of Liturgical Days. The Mass for such celebrations may be used at all the Masses at which a congregation is present.”

Therefore, the weekend of 29 & 30 June, we will celebrate our Patronal Feast Day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist with special music at the 11:15 am Solemn Mass.

 

 

Litany of St. John the Baptist

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, precursor of Christ, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, glorious forerunner of the Sun of Justice,
pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, minister of baptism to Jesus, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, burning and shining lamp of the world, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, angel of purity before thy birth, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, special friend and favorite of Christ, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, heavenly contemplative, whose element was prayer,
pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, intrepid preacher of truth, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, voice crying in the wilderness, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, miracle of mortification and penance, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, example of profound humility, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, glorious martyr of zeal for God’s holy law, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, gloriously fulfilling thy mission, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Pray for us, O glorious St. John the Baptist,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray:
O God, Who hast honored this world by the birth of Saint John the Baptist, grant that Thy faithful people may rejoice in the way of eternal salvation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
R. Amen.

 

Seven Habits to Become a Saint

September 10, 2018
10 Sep 2018

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1. Say the Morning Offering first thing after you get up, dedicate the day to the glory of God.
2. Fifteen minutes of quiet prayer, preferably before the Blessed Sacrament, but this can be done at home or outside. Join Mary (Lk 10:38) and just sit at the feet of Jesus and listen.
3. Fifteen minutes of spiritual reading. This could be a systematic reading of the New Testament/ the lives of the Saints/ Catholic Catechism/ etc.
4. Attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion in the state of grace (of course, this presumes a frequent trip to the confessional).
5. Pray the Angelus at noon or the Regina Coeli during the Easter Season.
6. Pray the Rosary as a family “sitting at the school of Mary and contemplating her Son.”
7. Make a brief examination of conscience each night before going to bed. Review the day… make an act of gratitude for the good done and an act of contrition for the areas in which you failed.

 

Epiphany House Blessing

January 3, 2017
03 Jan 2017

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