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You can start Novena for Corpus Christi today May 25, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.

If you want to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, on its traditional day, always a Thursday, you can start a Corpus Christi Novena today.  We will be celebrating Corpus Christi on the Thursday, so we will start the Novena today.  If you plan to celebrate on the Sunday it has been moved to in most diocese/parishes, you will start the Novena on Friday. 

I like the Traditional calendar in many respects – there were more feast days and holy days, and I am always up for a party.  In the traditional calendar, we would be celebrating the Octave of Pentecost, with days in the English speaking world like WhitSunday, WhitMonday, etc.  One of the novelties introduced after Vatican II was to expurgate many of these traditional feast days.  When Pope Paul VI was made aware there was no longer an Octave of Pentecost, and that HE had caused that, he wept, or so the story goes.  Plus, I love to go to Mass, so celebrating a feast day on its actual day, as opposed to being rolled up into Sunday for ‘convenience,’ is not a problem for me.

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