Many of you around the world are experiencing the same, tragic result of the COVID-19 pandemic: the Bishops are closing public Masses. If your diocese has not yet implemented this—praise God! Please pray for the rest of us before the Blessed Sacrament, who will be deprived of this most holy Sacrifice, even during days of immense importance, like Holy Week and the Easter season.
So, what do we do, as families and individuals, to celebrate these holy mysteries without the Mass?
Over here at the Old Soul Rad Trad homestead, we are going to be redoubling our efforts to celebrate the traditions and events of the Church cycle in our homes. If you haven't yet, consider subscribing to our Liturgical Look-Ahead email service. We are going to try to make our April version a bit longer than normal, with a lot of detail on how to celebrate the Church cycle in your homes—usually, these are meant to be in conjunction with parish events and Masses, but now it seems that this is all we've got. Keeping these practices and traditions are more important now than ever. In some ways, that's all we have to really celebrate the most holy days in our calendar.
"Everything is grace" as St. Therese said. Let's find the grace in this: 1) We have the opportunity to share in the Cross of Christ this Lent, perhaps more than we ever have before. In doing so, we can make reparation for our sins and the sins of the world, and the effects of our sufferings can work many conversions, if we suffer well. 2) Perhaps, out of necessity, it will inspire more families to bring the traditions of the Church cycle into their homes, whether it's as simple as doing the Mass propers as a family or carrying on as many traditions—traditions that Catholic families have done for hundreds of years, but are now largely neglected—into our homes as possible.
With that in mind, we will try and have a few posts coming out soon to give more historical and traditional details for the important days coming up that families and individuals can glean from to come up with their own plans. Make sure you are subscribed so that you can be notified of when these come out. In the mean time, you can browse our Church Cycle post category for past examples of Church traditions to get an idea of what we're talking about if you're new here.
If we have more free time than usual now, let's consider using it for just that purpose, to make these days holy, even if it's limited to the confines of our home. Let's redouble our Lenten penances, not neglect them, in the hopes that they will help abate the arm of Divine Justice, manifested in this global pandemic.
God bless us and the Virgin protect us.