Mass Schedule – Advent III (December 13, 2015)
14, St. Lucy
16, Ember Day
18, Ember Day
19, Ember Day
+ Wednesday Agape & Christian Education for all ages will resume Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
+ The early Roman lists of martyrs commemorate Lucy, virgin and martyr, on 13 December, and her name, with that of Agatha, appears in the Roman Liturgy as an example of those who have gone before us, in whose company we join in giving thanks and praise to God. Aside from this, little is known of her, except that she lived in Syracuse in Sicily, and probably died around 304. Her name, which means “light,” probably accounts for the story that her eyes were put out and her eyesight miraculously restored. In Sweden and elsewhere, the day is observed by having one of the daughters of the house dress in a white robe with a crown of lighted candles and go singing from room to room early in the morning when it is still dark to awaken the other family members and to offer them St. Lucy’s Cakes and hot coffee. Ember Wednesday (of the winter season) is defined as the Wednesday after Lucy’s Day. Agatha was from Catania in Sicily, and probably martyred in the late 200’s. Nothing else is known of her.
+ The Holy Communion is celebrated Monday through Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
+ All Saints parishioner may obtain a Mass card from the Church office. A Mass card is a greeting card given to someone to inform him or her that a deceased loved one or friend was remembered and prayed for at a weekly Mass. It is a specifically Christian way to express one’s love. Call Julie McDermott at the Church office (434-979-2842) and she will help you fill out the form. The celebrant will sign the card and we will mail it from the Church to the family of the loved one.