First Friday/Dilemma

Customarily, on the first Friday of each month I write a post about the First Friday devotion, encouraging all to participate.

In fact, here is a link to help you in that regard.

But today is a little different. The First Friday devotion must be carried out on the first Fridays of nine consecutive months.

Look at your calendars. You might notice that the first Friday of April (next month) happens to be Good Friday. In TLM land, that means you will certainly not receive Our Lord in Holy Communion (one of the requirements for the devotion). This is especially so if your priest opts to use the pre-1955 rites.

Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, Shrine of St. Catherine Laboure, Harrisburg, PA

I wrote to Fr. Z. about this the last time it happened that first Friday and Goos Friday aligned. His response was basically, “Oh well,” though he did offer the possibility of going to another church (a Novus Ordo) where Communion would be distributed. I balked and re-started the devotion a month later.

This year we have the greater threat to the practice that April’s first Friday is also post-April 3rd so it might just be difficult to find what you’re looking for period.

Either way, let us make acts of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord, so wounded by our sins.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

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