A Great Novena

A Great Novena of Masses to the Immaculate Conception will begin at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011. There will be guest sermons at each Mass on various aspects of Mary’s role in Salvation History. The Masses will be according to the Classical Roman Rite.

We are very fortunate to have here in St. Louis a place of prayer with the resources to pull-off something like this – a Great Novena is a difficult thing to do, but the rewards in graces are… infinite.

In the time following the World War when it was becoming apparent that the second one would come, a Great Novena of Masses to the Immaculate Conception was begun in France, and has continued ever since. The prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary are no less needed today than they were during the rise of the Third Reich. Our freedom to participate in civil society is under attack while the Church herself lurches from crisis to crisis, and our political leaders seem more interested in power than in the Common Good. Each year since 2006, The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has presented the Archdiocese of St. Louis with a Great Novena of the same kind, with guest sermonists at many of the Masses, and confessors available before and during the Masses. A partial indulgence for making a public novena before the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is specifically mentioned at no. 34 in The Enchiridion of Indulgences (this is the 1968 edition, but as best we can tell there is no substantial change in the fourth edition).

Several of these sermonists are known to Credo Members — Bishop Rice spoke on fatherhood at the 2011 St. Joseph dinner. Fr. Harrison is Credo’s Spiritual Adviser, and before he was assigned to be pastor at St. Angela Merici, Fr. Keller had served us in that role. Fr. Witt spoke at a 2006 Credo Forum. Fr. Price kindly hosted the 2011 Credo Day of Recollection at The Oratory of Saints Gregory and Augustine. During the Great Novena, you can hear them all speak at The Lamb’s Feast.

If you don’t have a Latin/English missal for the Classical Liturgy, the Fraternity of St. Peter apostolate in Sidney, Australia has one you can download here. It is meant to be printed on normal paper, double-sided, and folded into a booklet. There are links for Mass Propers in the schedule below — you will need these to go along with the “common” or unchanging part in the missal. We have also provided the proper for the Commemoration of St. Sabbas.



Sermon Title

November 30th
6:30 PM
Mass of the First Sunday of Advent
Father Bede Price, OSB
Rector of the Oratory of Sts. Gregory and Augustine
Mary – Queen of the Apostles
December 1st
6:30 PM
Mass of Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest (History)
Father Eric Kunz
Associate pastor, Queen of All Saints
Mary, Mother of Divine Hope
December 2nd
6:30 PM
Mass of the First Sunday of Advent
Father Gregory Lockwood
Administrative Director -Vocations Office
Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph
Woman, Behold Your Son:
Mary the New Eve
December 3rd
8:00 AM
Mass of the First Sunday of Advent
Canon William Avis
Rector, Old St. Patrick’s Oratory
Kansas City, Missouri
Mary, One of Heart With Our Lord
December 4th
10:00 AM
Mass of the Second Sunday of Advent
Father John Horn, S.J.
Rector, Kenrick – Glenon Seminary
Advent, Waiting, and the Coming Glory of the Lord
December 5th
6:30 PM
Mass of the Second Sunday of Advent with Commemoration of St. Sabbas, Abbot
Father Thomas Keller
Pastor, St. Angela Merici
Mary, Throne of Eternal Wisdom
December 6th
6:30 PM
Mass of the Second Sunday of Advent
Bishop Edward Rice
Auxiliary Bishop,
Archdiocese of St. Louis
The Purity of Mary
December 7th
6:30 PM
Mass of the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Father Brian Harrison, O.S.
The Immaculate Conception in American History
December 8th
6:30 PM
Mass of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Monsignor Arthur Calkins
Marian Scholar
Member of the Ecclesia Dei Commission
Mary’s Presence in the Mystery of Christ “before the creation of the world”

Tom Leith

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