Posted January 1, 2018 7:57 pm by Fr John Hunwicke


People sometimes talk about how January 1 has been”changed”.

The facts are very simple.

Originally, in the Roman rite, this was the Octave of Christmas. An old Roman (and Byzantine) custom is to surround major festivals with associated celebrations. So the Divine Maternity of our Lady occupied the Octave Day. Look at the Collect and Postcommunion in the ancient rite.

Because the dies octava 


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