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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween, thank Goodness they took that penitential vigil out


Relax, KKK dogs will NOT be doing the unmentionable on your lawn. That was last night. Tonight it's ALL about the treats.
I went to Mass this morning. I noted that back in the 20s missal there was a vigil Mass with its own propers. Purple was worn and it was a day of semi-penitential fast. Change can be good! :-D At least kids now don't have to feel guilty about scarfing down all that stuff. I'm betting that even back then Halloween candy didn't break the fast - in the same way that calories from broken cookies don't count -- nor does anything consumed on the run.

4 comments:

Mac McLernon said...

The fast only lasted until First Vespers, (which would have been of the Feast of All Saints) so ended about 2pm!

gemoftheocean said...

Oh, good. Did you guys do some sort of Oct. 31st vigil Mass?

As far as I can tell there was some sort of change...this Vigil Day was still done in the 40s-50s too, according to that Pius XII era edition I have.

Mac McLernon said...

Yes... Vigil of All Saints, with First Vespers to follow (though we sort of anticipated the end of the penitential fast bit... difficult to sing Vespers on an empty stomach, I guess!)

;-)

gemoftheocean said...

How odd that the new Baronius press missal '62 didn't have this then. It's even geared towards a UK audience as well, I note the book also carries the prayer for the Monarch at the end of a high mass -- but zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Bupkis regards this vigil mass.

How odd.

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