Unity of the Church Octave

Canon Avis announced this morning at 8:00 a.m. Mass the beginning today of the "Chair of Unity - Octave Devotions". We understand that that the prayers of the first day of the Octave were begun at the 10:15 a.m. Mass.

We must admit our ignorance, but this is a devotion that is only faintly familiar to us...and probably not prayed very often. So after a little research, here is some background for our readers' edification and information. 

The objective of the prayers of the Octave is to make reparation for the sins of modernism, particularly for those which have defiled our churches and holy liturgy, and to pray for the return of our brethren separated by modernism, liturgical experimentation, other errors and schisms to full communion with the Catholic Church.

In the Octave, the faithful recite the devotions for the Chair of Unity Octave, which extends from the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Rome (today) until the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25). (The photograph above is of the Chair of St. Peter in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome)

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