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.
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.
I hope all of you were able to make today’s First Friday Devotion today.
Even if you weren’t able to do that, please try to make the First Saturday devotion this month. Many (trad) parishes offer additional Masses on First Saturday. If you’ve never done this most edifying devotion, please pencil in the next five Saturdays and make the commitment. Our Blessed Lady wants to see you there.
*Sidenote: If you are making the nine First Fridays and these consecutive first Fridays will bring you anywhere near April of 2023, please take note now. Similar to two years ago, the First Friday of April IS Good Friday. If your parish is somehow still able to celebrate the pre-1955 Holy Week liturgies, you will likely not be able to receive Holy Communion on the First Friday in April this year. Receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion is an essential element of this particular devotion. Pray for an alternative. I wrote to Fr. Z on this topic two years ago and the reply was, essentially, “Tough.” Then again, we might find ourselves in a situation where NONE of us can receive Holy Communion. Think about it.
Also, the “weather” balloons are apparently up so I hope you’re all staying confessed.
This post will be updated later with the specifics. For now, I wanted to remind the readership of the things mentioned in the title. I was able to obtain a plenary indulgence today. This was most fortunate as I received news that my sister’s mother-in-law died overnight. Her name is Teresa. Please offer a prayer for her repose.
Perhaps during your prayer, please remember to offer an Ave for me. And whatever you do, don’t forget to entrust to The Two Hearts the care of all His holy priests. We need them. We need them in good health, strong, stouthearted, and striving for perfection every day. The devil loves when he can snatch one and take him out of commission. Don’t let that happen for lack of a few moments of prayer.
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