The Church simultaneously uses two calendars. As you would expect, the first corresponds with days (and particular dates) that fall in progression from January 1 until December 31. The other calendar corresponds to the table of “moveable feasts” which is first determined by the placement of Easter which then sets the progression of the liturgical calendar. What one observes, when there is a conflict of dated feasts and moveable feasts, is determined by the ranking of the feast itself. Today is one such day where there is an ironic conflict!
The Sunday following Pentecost is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. May 31 is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Of course, we know that a Solemnity outranks a Feast, but there is unique reminder of “who” God is by keeping both of these celebrations in our minds. It is obvious that we worship God alone. But it is also true that we honor the one through who God was revealed to us in human form.
Almighty ever-living God, who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times.
On July 11, the Feast of Saint Benedict, there will be a celebration at 10:00am at Saint Leo Abbey. At this celebration, those who have been taking part in a novitiate year (a year of discernment) will make “First Vows” as they begin a new life in the Benedictine Monastic Community. Among this novitiate class is a fine young man from our parish community who we have known (until now) as J.J. Rodriguez. His religious name is Brother Apollo, honoring the 4th century Egyptian monk who founded a monastery and whose feast day is celebrated on November 4 (in the East). The parish will provide a bus for a pilgrimage to Saint Leo on this day to celebrate with Brother Apollo this great day in his life. There is more information regarding this trip inside the bulletin today if you are interested in participating! We are so very happy for Brother Apollo and pray that God’s choicest blessings be upon him!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!