Page 4, 24th November 1978

24th November 1978
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Page 4, 24th November 1978 — Christmastime Mass

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Christmastime Mass

This year, as most people will have realised. Christmas Day falls on a Monday. This seems to be a mixed blessing. Christmas Eve, being on the Sunday. gives the lay-person, at any rate, a somewhat quieter day in preparation for the festival.

Last-minute shopping and so on will have been done on the Saturday, therefore it is to be hoped that one will be able to think a little more about the spiritual aspect of C hristmas.

On the other hand, this means that the already hard-pressed clergy will have two very busy and tiring days, one on top or the other.

Also. an interesting question is posed on looking into the Ord° for Sunday, December 24. A late Mass on that day has the status of a Mass of Christmas, so what is the position of a person who habitually makes this late evening Mass their oblige tion for Sunday?

Are they then in a state of mortal sin, having missed their Sunday Mass? And can they count this Mass as their Christmas Day obligation?

This is not just an idle question. It could easily cause -at the least — perplexity, if not actual distress and dismay to those whose circumstances make it impossible for them to attend an earlier Mass on a Sunday, whether it is Christmas eve or not.

(Mrs) G. Monk Bournemouth, Dorset.

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