For those who don't have a Mass to attend today...can one make their own blessed ashes and apply them at home or is it best to wait until a priest comes and receive it then? Online research results were ambiguous.
In line with that is there a book that covers what practices a Catholic may do at home if no Mass or priest is available?
This has been extracted from a sede site:
<>But what to do if you have no good Mass available to you? Fr. Cekada recently advised a correspondent, “Deepen your own knowledge of the Catholic faith, educate yourself about the errors of the modernists, sanctify yourself, form the members of your family in the faith by word and example, do your best to keep a cheerful spirit in the face of adversity and put everything in the hands of God,” and I heartily endorse his words.
In a word: Do everything you can at home, without a priest! Here are some specifics:
altar_myhome1. SET UP A FAMILY ALTAR: Set up a family altar or shrine. Enthrone the Sacred Heart there as King of Love in your home. (You may obtain the ceremonial from us.)
2. USE SACRAMENTALS: Have and use blessed candles, holy water (we’ll send you some if you’ll only cover postage) as well as a blessed crucifix and statues and holy pictures, medals and scapulars. Also procure and use the various sacramentals blessed on special feasts of the liturgical year: Palm crosses, Assumption herbs and flowers, the Three Kings’ blessing, blessed Palms, etc.
3. BLESS! Sprinkle your home with holy water frequently, bless your food and your children. Make frequent signs of the cross.
4. SET A REGULAR TIME FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP: Set aside a time every Sunday for Mass prayers, spiritual reading and catechism, especially for children.
5. SAY SPECIAL SUNDAY PRAYERS: Your Sunday devotional hour could take many forms:
The Sunday Collect, Epistle and Gospel, with an act of Spiritual Communion
The rosary and seasonal or fitting prayers, such as Litanies
“Mass for the Absent” or Father Goffine’s “Manner of Following Mass at Home”
Father Mateo’s “Mass of St. John”
6. LISTEN TO OUR SERMONS: We have a great archive of excellent sermons on the St. Gertrude the Great website, delivered by a variety of preachers and covering an array of topics: the liturgy, the saint of the day, Catholic doctrine, apologetics, moral topics, contemporary issues, questions of special interest to traditional Catholics, and much, much more. You can listen to the sermons online or download them to an mp3 player.
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