Each year, in commemoration of the three Magi who came from the East to adore the new-born King of the Jews, St. John Cantius Parish celebrates the feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord. Blessed frankincense and myrrh were distributed for parishioners to use in their own homes, and blessed chalk was used to inscribe the names of the Magi and the date of the New Year above our church's door.
This year, at the beginning of the Solemn High Mass, the newly restored cross for St. Joseph's Altar was blessed in anticipation of the dedication of the Altar that will take place at the February 2nd Candlemas Mass.
Fr. Joshua Caswell, SJC, Pastor and Superior General, blessed the Cross using the Solemn Blessing from the Roman Ritual: "Here on the cross may the splendor of your only-begotten Son, our Lord, sparkle in the gold of your glance; may the renown of His death on the wood shine out; may our redemption from death, the purification of our life, be reflected in the effulgent crystal of the cross. Let the cross be a safeguard and assurance to its followers; let it unite them in faith with the people of all nations, bringing them together in peace and in hope, advancing them in victories, increasing their good fortunes, helping them for all time to advance toward everlasting life, thus assuring their happiness in this life, and leading them by its mighty power to the glory of the heavenly kingdom."
We look forward to welcoming you at the Candlemas Mass during which the restored altar will be dedicated, and it will mark the conclusion of our Rosary Novena of Discernment.