Oh, and get yourself some plenary indulgence goodness*. Offer expires today! :-)
Here are the details:
On January 1, the faithful can gain a Plenary Indulgence by public recitation or singing of the Veni Creator:
According to Fr. Z -- under whose biretta groweth no moss -- you must do this in a state of grace, make a Sacramental Confession within 20 days of the above, pray for the Pope’s intentions and have no attachment to sin, even venial sin. It is sufficient to make a sincere act of will to love God and despise all sin. The Pope’s intentions for January 2009 (for today and the Veni Creator) are:
And in our souls take up Thy rest,Come, O Creator Spirit blest,
Come with Thy grace and Heavenly aid,
And fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Great Paraclete! To Thee we cry,
O highest gift of God most high!
O fount of life! O fire of love!
And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known,
The finger of God’s hand we own;
The promise of the Father, Thou!
Who dost the tongue with power endow.
Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts o’erflow with love;
With patience firm and virtue high,
The weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us Thy true peace instead;
So shall we not, with Thee for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know,
And Thee through endless times confessed
Of both the Eternal Spirit blest.
All glory while the ages run
Be to the Father and the Son
Who rose from death; the same to Thee,
O Holy Ghost, eternally. Amen.
General: That the family may become more and more a place of training and transmission of the faith.AMDG,
Mission: That the different Christian confessions, aware of the need for a new evangelization in this period of profound transformations, may be committed to announcing the Good News and moving towards the full unity of all Christians in order to offer a more credible testimony of the Gospel.
* Make sure you read through the combox, for some crucial details.