Sunday, July 24, 2011

St. Joachim - Old Mines

Many parishes in the Archdiocese are having their patronal feasts this week.  On Monday, it is the feast of St. James and on Tuesday it is the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne.  Therefore, this week I headed out to St. Joachim in Old Mines.  I attended the 10 am Mass on July 24.

St. Joachim is an old brick country church.  It is rather simple on the inside.

Music was accompanied by a piano and a harmonica.  The choir loft was not used but the musicians were off to the side in front.
Opening:  O Bless the Lord
Offertory:  If God Is For Us
Communion:  Seek Ye First
Closing:  Lead Me Lord

Father chanted the Opening and Closing Prayers as well the Preface for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  He used Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation I.  There were bells at the Consecration.  Oh.  And Father wore this stole over his Chasuble.

The homily was given by the Deacon.  We are celebrating the Feast of St. Joachim and Anne today.  Not just St. Joachim because you always mention the wife when you have a married couple.  However, we are using the Sunday Readings because the Readings were made to mingle; mingle in love.  Although the names of Mary's parents, Joachim and Anne, are not in the Gospel, we know their names from Sacred Tradition.  Jesus' Grandparents are important.  All grandparents are important.  They set the Faith forward.  They set the Foundation.  Family is the nucleus of society.  God made them male and female, not male and male or female and female. :O  Satan is at work destroying God's beauty: the family.  Those in marriage need to set an example of holy life.  Jesus is the pearl of great price.  We need to get rid of those things (sin) that keeps us from Jesus.  It is an awesome privilege to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.  In Kings, the guy was able to ask for anything he wanted.  What would you ask for?  God knows what we need.  It is never too late to turn our lives around and remove that which keeps us from the pearl of great price through the Sacramental life of the Church.


St. Joachim

View from the Side?

Holy Spirit

St. Anne & St. Joachim 

Station VIII

Website of St. Joachim
Exterior Shots and History from Rome of  the West (sorry I forgot to check :) )

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