Fun Fact: No 4th Sunday of Advent This Year
That’s right. Because Christmas is on a Monday, the Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord, a Vigil of the 1st Class, takes precedence over the 4th Sunday of Advent on the 24th. So instead of opening your missals to the 4th Sunday of Advent on Christmas Eve, turn over a page or two to the Mass of the Vigil. The last time it happened was 2006, and while it ought to happen every six years, the leap year in 2012 caused an 11 year gap in this cycle. It will next occur in 2023, so enjoy this rare occurrence!
Editor’s Note: The next time after that will be 2028 … the leap year is causing a 5 year gap.
December 9, 2017