What a great season it is and aren't you glad your Catholic? I normally don't blog in the middle of the week but so much is happening that I just can't help myself.....that and I am done with finals at school. Yay!
Mr. James Spencer will be back at Venite Missa Est this weekend with book reviews. It's hard to fit him inside this tiny computer.
For those who would like to learn more about Ember days, or for those who would simply like to refresh themselves on this ancient Roman tradition, you may wish to review the following NLM article from 2008 which briefly looks at some of the history and discipline of these days.
I would also like to remind our readers of two posts published last year which look at some aspects of the Ember days of Advent in particular, including the Mass of Ember Wednesday in Advent according to the usus antiquior:
The Golden Mass of Ember Wednesday
Ember Wednesday in Advent (Feria Quarta Quatuor Temporum Adventus)
The Ember days not only bring with them many fascinating insights into the liturgical tradition of the Roman church, it further provides a wonderful opportunity to take up the discipline of the fast -- so nearly absent within the Western church today in both practice and in popular consciousness.
- Appointed Fr. John B. Brungardt of the clergy of the diocese of Wichita, U.S.A., chancellor and pastor of St. Mark parish, as bishop of Dodge City (area 59,547, population 229,000, Catholics 62,300, priests 44, permanent deacons 9, religious 81), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Salina, U.S.A. in 1958 and ordained a priest in 1998. He succeeds Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.