Pilgrim Icon of Częstochowa to visit Silver Spring Old St. John’s

This week at the Historic Church of St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring, Our Lady Queen of Poland parish is hosting the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, which is a special copy of the original painting of the Black Madonna in Częstochowa, Poland. Immediately after Sunday’s 8:00 am Mass, Fr. George, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Poland, will lead the Silver Spring Traditional Latin Mass congregation in prayer in commemoration of the visit of the Icon. All are invited to participate.

Old St. John’s Church is located at 9700 Rosensteel Avenue in Forest Glen.

Silver Spring TLM cancelled Sunday due to weather

The Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring has announced that the Mass scheduled to be offered on Sunday, January 24, at Old St. John the Evangelist Church in Forest Glen, has been canceled because of anticipated poor road conditions, access, and parking due to this weekend’s winter storm.

We direct our readers to this notice from the Archdiocese of Washington:

With inclement weather predicted for the next couple of days, we wish to remind the faithful that Masses in archdiocesan parishes will be celebrated as regularly scheduled, however, dangerous travel/road conditions are legitimate excuses from fulfilling the Sunday Mass obligation.

Readers planning to attend Masses anywhere in the Washington area this weekend are advised to check parish web pages and this site for schedule updates. Those unable to attend Mass may wish to view the Traditional Mass at St. Thomas More Priory broadcast online by Magnificat Media at 9:00 am Sunday.

A novena prayer in honor of St. John the Evangelist

On Saturday, December 27, just two days after Christmas, the feast of St. John the Evangelist is celebrated in both the traditional and Novus Ordo calendars of the Roman Catholic Church. The author of the fourth Gospel is also venerated as one of Our Lord’s twelve Apostles, called the Beloved.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. John the Beloved in McLean or St. John the Apostle in Leesburg, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence.  Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the following Prayer to St. John, Apostle and Evangelist — as originally promulgated by Pope Leo XIII — as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on December 27:

O glorious Apostle, who, on account of thy virginal purity, wast so beloved by Jesus as to deserve to lay thy head upon His divine breast, and to be left, in His place, as son to His most holy Mother: I beg thee to inflame me with a most ardent love toward Jesus and Mary. Obtain for me from our Lord that I, too, with a heart purified from earthly afflictions, may be made worthy to be ever united to Jesus as a faithful disciple, and to Mary as a devoted son, both here on earth and eternally in heaven. Amen.