Me neither, until last night.
In fact, I didn't know what they were.
Sound like a good idea, though, don't they?
Days of prayer, and formerly also of fasting, instituted by the Church to appease God's anger at man's transgressions, to ask protection in calamities.Why, (and when exactly,) did they do away with them, do you think?
Part of the Catholic Self-Esteem Movement?
Just my opinion, but anything that calls for processions?
We need more of it, not less!
Shameful admission, I was looking up "Ember Days," because I didn't know what THEY were, either.
And of course, became distracted.
So that's how I found this out in the nick of time.
Oh, and ember days? we need those back, too.
Forgive me, I am morose and pessimistic, we had first Communions.
I shall say no more, because it was expounding on just such a demonstration of the utter obliviousness of most of our parishioners as to how they should comport themselves in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament that nearly got me fired last time...
On the other hand, the children themselves?
Lovely and reverent. (What is it happens to them in the next five years of their lives that turns them into .....the confirmandi?)
An Act of Reparation:
Most adorable Saviour,
by the most wonderful prodigy of Thy love for us,
Thou dost shut Thy self up in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,
in order to be the perpetual Sacrifice of
the New Law, the innocent Victim of our sins,
the celestial Food of our souls,
our kind Physician, our good Master, our powerful Mediator, and our loving Father.
But, alas !
with what ingratitude on our part Thine infinite kindness is repaid.
Prostrate before Thine altar,
where Thou art as really present as in the highest heavens,
we come to make reparation
for all the injuries and for all the ingratitude inflicted on
Thy loving heart in this sacrament.
grant us to make a fitting reparation
for all blasphemies, for all profanations,
and all sacrileges committed;
for the want of devotion
and neglect of preparation for Holy Communion,
for the little fruit we have drawn from it.
How happy should we be, Jesus,
could we but make reparation to Thy glory,
by our respect, and our zeal.
At least, most adorable Savior,
grant us the grace to love Thee
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar,
with the most tender, the most generous,
the most perfect, the most constant love.