Epiphany blessings, High Mass set at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

Blessings for the Feast of the Epiphany and a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered on Saturday morning, January 6, at the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus in Baltimore.

At 9:00 am, Reverend Father Joel Kiefer fssp, pastor of St. Alphonsus parish, will bless water and chalk for use in the home along with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The faithful may bring water in their own containers (as long as the container’s mouth is not too small and it is reserved for the use of holy water) or purchase Lourdes water at the parish store to be blessed. Mass will follow at 10:00 am. Coffee will be served after Mass, and attendees are invited to bring lunch or brunch items to share.

The Shrine is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Street parking will be available for $2.00 per hour. Free parking will be available one block away in the surface lot at the southeast corner of Liberty and Saratoga Streets.

Epiphany water, chalk to be blessed this Saturday at McLean St. John

The venerable and powerful blessing of Epiphany Water will be done according to the Traditional Latin Rite at St. John the Beloved Church in McLean on Saturday evening, January 6, at 7:30 pm in the church. Those who wish to take home blessed Epiphany Water should bring a small empty container, worthy of and designated for this use. Those unable to attend may see the sacristan to obtain Epiphany Water. Blessed Epiphany Chalk for home use will also be available that weekend.

St. John the Beloved Church is located at 6420 Linway Terrace, near the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Birch Road in McLean. Ample free parking is available.

Benedict St. Francis sets Epiphany Mass, devotions

A sung Traditional Latin Mass for the Epiphany will be offered at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland, at 7:00 pm this Wednesday evening, January 6. Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will precede Mass beginning at 6:00 pm. After Mass, the St. Peregrine healing novena prayers will be said.

Dinner at the church hall will follow. Those wishing to attend the dinner, or to help with the food, should email Pam (gammypammy1 at gmail) or Randi (randialtman at yahoo).

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

St. Thomas Apostle, home of Sunday EF Vespers, to offer Missa Solemnis for Epiphany

A Solemn High Mass will be offered for the Feast of the Epiphany at 7:00 pm this Wednesday evening, January 6, at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church. Once a holy day of obligation in the United States, Epiphany celebrates the discovery of the Christ Child by the Magi and is the traditional close of the season of Christmastide in the Roman Catholic Church.

Every Sunday at 4:00 pm, the office of Vespers is celebrated at St. Thomas Apostle by the Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri according to the 1961 Roman Breviary. The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is one of the few weekly public celebrations of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard. Everyone interested in participating is encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday evening at Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a Missa Cantata will be offered Friday, January 9, at 6:00 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University.  Father Stephen Fields, S.J., will be the celebrant of the ferial Mass of Epiphanytide.

Copley Crypt Chapel is located at the rear of Copley Hall, immediately to the north of Healy Hall on the main campus of Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW, Washington.

Fr. Carr to celebrate three Traditional Masses in Epiphany week

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at the following times on Monday morning, Tuesday evening, and Saturday morning of this week by Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

  • Monday, January 5, 7:00 am
    Pope St. Telesphorus, Martyr
  • Tuesday, January 6, 6:30 pm
    Epiphany of the Lord
  • Saturday, January 10, 7:00 am
    Saturday of Our Lady

Please note that these Masses are scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and are not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.