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St. Peter's Catholic Church

108 E. St. Peter St.~ New Iberia LA 70560 ~ (337) 369-3816

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Holy Father's Intention

Intention for December

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

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The Light Is On For You!

The Light Is On For You

“The Light is On For You" program will be offered on Wednesdays, December 6th, 13th, & 20th during the Advent Season. Confessions will be heard from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on these dates in addition to our regularly scheduled times.

 

These additional confession times are for the benefit of those who may not be able to make our regularly scheduled times.

A Holy Day of Obligation

Dec. 8th The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Lessons and Carols: An Advent Service

Lessons and Carols: An Advent ServiceLast year, we presented for the first time, an Advent Lessons and Carols.  This Advent liturgy finds its roots in the Anglican tradition of the Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The premise behind this service is to allow the faithful a moment of meditation on the coming Birth of the Savior.

The original service dates back to 1878 and was first held at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England. It took place prior to the Midnight Mass and was a truncated form of today’s service.  Much to the surprise of the clergy, it was widely received and much sought after the following year.  Its raison d’être was to provide those who had   gathered at the Cathedral a means of meditation through Sacred Music and Sacred Scripture the coming of the Christ Child.

Later, the service was adapted by King’s College, Cambridge, England, and set the model for the current pattern of Lessons and Carols. Like its predecessor the King’s version of Lessons and Carols was to assist the faithful gathered before the Midnight Mass to reflect on the great mystery of the Incarnation.  Today, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been adopted by many denominations and is seen many different forms.  The standard form of the service begins with the Advent Responsary followed by a hymn, then the Bidding Prayer, followed by all present reciting “the Lord’s Prayer,” then all join in singing a hymn. Following the hymn, the Lessons or Readings begin. A series of nine lessons are read.

At its heart, it's the use of Sacred Scriptures that chronicle the fall of man unto the redemption wrought through the Birth of the Infant Christ. The Roman Catholic Service of Lessons and Carols is an amalgamation of the Anglican pattern using Nine Lessons and the Office of Readings, one of the Daily Offices in the Breviary.  Interspersed throughout the service are a series of hymns and sacred music that closely relate to the preceding or succeeding Lessons.  Somewhat different from the Anglican raison d’être for Lessons and Carols, the Roman Catholic adaptation of the Advent Service of Lessons and Carols is to provide the faithful a means to contemplate and to meditate on both the coming of Christ as the Savior and also as Christ as the Judge Eternal.

This year, Lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday, 10 December 2017 at 7:30 pm.  Please consider joining us for this beautiful service during the Advent Season.

Thank You!

A Fundraiser Thank You from the Confirmation Class

Youth Group Gift Drive

Christmas Unwrapped! gift drive