MASS SCHEDULE – WEEK XXIII.13 TRINITY (November 3, 2013)
4, Feria of the Octave of All Saints
5, Feria of the Octave
6, Feria of the Octave
7, Feria of the Octave
8, Feria of the Octave
+ A “feria” (Latin for “free day”), on the church calendar is a weekday when no feast is observed. “Commemoration” on the church calendar indicates that the collect for a feast is added to the Mass in order to honor those being commemorated. To “memorialize” a saint is the same as “commemorating” a saint.
+ What is an “octave?” In Christian liturgical usage an octave is the eight days following a major feast. During the octave it is appropriate to use the vestments for the feast day and the collect may be said each day. The feast day itself is counted and so the octave always ends on the same day of the next week when the feast began. For example, All Saints fell on a Tuesday this year and so tomorrow, November 8 will end the octave. Possible Old Testament connections include the eight-day celebration of the Feast of the Tabernacle and the Dedication of the Temple. But in Christian usage the number eight was symbolic of the Resurrection of our Lord. The early Church fathers poetically and liturgically referred to the Resurrection as the Eight Day and also the Eight Day of Creation. Some of the earliest baptistries were octagon in shape. Constantine I first introduced the use of octaves in Christian worship on the dedication of the basilicas in Jerusalem and Tyre.
+ WEDNESDAY SCHOOL AND AGAPE THIS WEEK! Our next class is this Wednesday, November 6 at 5:45 p.m. Classes begin at 6:30 and run till 7:15 p.m. Between now and Christmas break we will have topical classes each week that have been chosen by the congregation. We will have classes for all age groups and our schedule will be published next Sunday. Please call Jackie Jamison if you are interested in volunteering with the children’s classes since classroom assistants are needed!
+ All Saints’ Men’s Group will meet Tuesday November 5, 7:00 a.m. in the undercroft.
+ Monday Morning Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. in the undercroft and classes will run through Monday, November 18. The first few weeks will be a general overview of the Bible using the survey “How The Bible Fits Together.” This is a no-homework study and all biblical probing will be done together in class. The book costs $12.98 when ordered online from www.precepts.org. For further information about the Fall term please contact Priscilla King, 540-456-6458 – [email protected]
+ Daily Mass is celebrated at 12:15 p.m. You and your family members are all remembered by name at the Altar of God every week. Please take an All Saints parish prayer list home with you & remember your fellow parishioners in your prayers!
+ 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.