Now is the time - St. Paul tells us - that is acceptable to God. It is the time, by God's grace, to reform our ways and to become His true servants. Against the temptation of the flesh, of the world, and of devil, let our weapons be prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. Come to St. Vincent de Paul for Vespers and hear these stern but necessary warnings sung in Gregorian chant.
This is the time of the year when we are called to reflect on our mortality and, in this perspective, to set aside transitory goods for those goods that cannot be taken away from us. As it has become customary, the Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego have been invited to sing the Gregorian proper and ordinary for the Mass of Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday, the faithful are signed with the blessed ashes and are thus reminded: Remember O man, that dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return. Come and witness this venerable ceremony.
Although he is one of the most popular saints in the calendar, almost nothing certain is known about St. Valentine, except that he was a priest and a martyr during the times of the III century Roman emperor Claudius II. The fact that he became the patron saint of affianced couple is a curious development. But, as a martyr for Christ, he was a messenger of true Love, to which every human love must conform, lest it regresses to a brutish passion. On St. Valentine's day, come to the Traditional Latin Mass, sung by the Brothers in Gregorian chant and with a guest polyphonic choir.